iConnectivity has announced the iConnectAUDIO4+, an audio interface that can share sources among multiple computers or iDevices. This will include their Audio passThru Technology, which provides a direct digital audio stream between connected iDevices and computers.
By a strange coincidence they announced this yesterday on the 1 year anniversary of when they announced the iConnectMIDI4+; which has still failed to materialize. Optimistically iConnectivity expect to release the iConnnectAUDIO4+ in mid-2014, price to be determined, but they have not responded to inquiries on when they now hope to actually release the iConnectMIDI4+ originally slated for Q1 2013.
ConnectAUDIO4+redefines the audio interface with new dimensions of connectivity. Connect your studio completely to your iOS devices, independent of your Mac or PC. Or integrate your iOS device seamlessly into your DAW, like a touch-sensitive plugin. It’s the most flexible interface on the planet.
Mics, instruments, line ins, MIDI, iOS, Mac, PC, high resolution digital audio…one audio interface unites them all. The music data superhighway of the future is here.
Features at a glance:
- Multi-Host & Host Port - use 2 computer devices (Mac/PC/iOS) at the same time. Or use 1 computing device and multiple MIDI peripherals (with Class-compliant devices connected to a powered USB hub.)
- Audio passThru™ routes audio digitally between two computing devices.
- 4 XLR – ¼” TRS combo analog inputs
- 4 ¼” TRS balanced analog outputs
- Headphone output with independent mix
- 1 X 1 MIDI DIN in/out
- iConfig software (Mac, Windows, iOS) makes it simple to set up filtering/routing/merging scenes – which are also stored in flash memory on the device
- High-resolution audio - up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
- USB audio and MIDI Class-Compliant
- Charges an iOS device
The key difference between the iConnect4+s is that the MIDI version is an elaborate MIDI hub with just Audio passThru for audio, and this Audio4+ is specifically for audio with only 1 set of MIDI In/Outs. You'll have to pick which one is more important to your needs, as I can't imagine a way to use these in tandem. Perhaps an iConnect8+ will combine the two at some point, but let's just hope they can get these out the door!
Behringer has announced the X18, an 18-input (12-bus) mixer that is not only controlled by your iPad, but can be used to record into your iPad as well! The biggest difference between this and last year's $1000 Behringer iX16, is that they've removed the Behringer iX16 page from their website. Once again Behringer's commitment to supporting their products is truly amazing. Previously they've had a pretty shitty track record on driver support, but this is a new low for the company.
Behringer X18 Features:
- iPad*/tablet controlled 18-input, 12-bus digital mixer for studio and live application
- Integrated Wifi module for direct control--no need for external routers or any specialized connectors
- 18 x 18 channel, bidirectional USB interface for direct recording on iPad etc.
- Virtual FX rack featuring 4 stereo FX slots including high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L* and PCM70*, EMT250* and Quantec QRS* etc.
- 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA) for all channel and bus EQ's
The expected street price for this mixer is $700, but a release date has not been announced.
Sonic State has a little demo video from the NAMM show floor.
Korg has released a huge new app featuring a ton of virtual versions of hardware Gadgets! None of these are direct classic hardware clones, but they all seem to be inspired by them. The Chicago device for instance, looks a bit like their Volca Bass, named for the city that birthed House music at the Warehouse club; when some guys started doing weird things at the Roland TB-303.
It has been released on sale for 25% off! Thanks to readers Zymos, UglyKidMoe, Derek, and Adrian for this news.
Korg Gadget iTunes Description:
The ultimate mobile synth collection on your iPad
KORG Gadget - the all-in-one music production studio
KORG Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called "Gadgets”, which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music.
A collection of fifteen Gadgets
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions. The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don't play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function, Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?
Ideal track-making experience while on the go.
Control two things at once.
For the most part, KORG Gadget uses the vertical orientation that makes the iPad easy to hold in one hand and is the most common style of interface on iOS devices. The screen of the iPad is divided vertically in two halves, allowing you to simultaneously control two types of content-"song creation" and "sound creation". by placing the current Gadget on the bottom of the screen while always showing the sequencing environment up top.-This ensures that your creative production flow is not interrupted. That's all you have to know. You'll enjoy the simple and intuitive sequencer, and experience track-making in an environment that's been perfectly optimized for mobile use, while retaining professional quality in everything from the effects to the mixer.
Capture ideas for your songs wherever you like.
An ideal choice as a second DAW
If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational, like a cafe or your living room. Then create sounds or phrases with your favorite gadget and stock up on ideas. The data you create can be exported as audio data for a variety of uses. Even if you typically use a computer or sophisticated music production equipment, KORG Gadget is an ideal partner that will inspire you from a different perspective. KORG Gadget is also an ideal choice as a second DAW that's easy to take with you along anywhere.
Sadly it seems the app only operates in Portrait display, rather than the Landscape used by most apps/docks/cases.
Reader dswo found this page which features samples from all of the Gadgets, with little descriptions as well.
This official promo video was produced for Korg by Mee Zanook! He was also involved in some of the patch design.