DJ Cheeba has done a run down on the gear he uses for his live shows. Featured prominently in his setup is TouchOSC.
This is kind of unique, since we usually only ever see Traktor represented in these videos, but DJ Cheeba is a Serato man.
You'll find lots of details, including free template downloads on his blog at DJCheeba.com
This morning I saw Roland released a new app on iTunes called Cube Jam, the functionality of which is limited and baffling.
I had dismissed it, wondering what in the hell Roland was up to with their iOS integration.
This must be the year for iPad speakers, now that we have Roland competing directly with IK Multimedia's iLoud.
The functional differences between the two models is slight.
The Guitar Amp model offers a single 1/4" input jack along with 3 COSM™ tones, stereo chorus, and stereo reverb.
The Cube Lite Monitor does not offer any amount of tones or effects, but you get 2 1/4" inputs for stereo.
Before you go shelling out for a bit of quality Roland gear you'll want to take a look at the back panel, where you'll find the:
Roland i-CUBE LINK™
Which is more often referred to as a 1/8" stereo jack, with a mic connection! What in the hell, Roland? There is already a way to connect iDevices to things, and we would certainly perfer that for the digital I/O than running out of the headphone jack!
They make some really nice promo videos though.
Unphased by their inability to deliver on previously promised iPad docks, Alesis is promising a new one today!
This model even comes with its own drum kit...
DM Dock Pro Kit
iPad-Integrated Premium Electronic Drumset
- Includes DM Dock drum module for iPad
- 5 RealHead dual-zone pads offer a natural feel: 12 ˝ Snare (x1) + 12 ˝ Toms (x2) + 10 ˝ Toms (x2)
- StealthKick 2 compact kick trigger; Pro X Kick pedal
- 12 ˝ Hi-Hat (x1) + 16 ˝ 3-zone Ride (x1) + 14 ˝ Crash (x2)
- Chrome-plated 4-post rack; adjustable snare stand
Allegedly you can buy the dock separately to attach it to any electronic drum kit you may already own, with 13 1/4" drum inputs. Alesis aren't speculating on when that might be though.
Numark have updated their iDJ Live controller to revision 2, offering a lower profile and lit-up platters. They also now include support for 30-pin, Lightning, and USB connectors.
iDJ Live II
DJ Controller for iOS, Mac, and PC
- Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, plus Mac and PC laptops
- Seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps (sold separately)
- Algoriddim’s djay LE software for Mac included
- Crossfader, EQ controls, and capacitive dual-zone touch-activated platters
- Headphone/speaker splitter cable and stand for iPad included
- Available with USB and 30-pin or USB and Lightning connections
- Core MIDI- and standard MIDI-compatible
No word on pricing or availability. The iDJ Live currently retails for $81, so let's say $100 in Maybe May?
Last year iConnectivty released iConnectMIDI, a MIDI box that offered the ability to connect your MIDI gear to both your computer and iPad simultaneously. This was a neat trick, but at $179 it was hard to get excited about.
This year will see something worth getting excited about!
The iConnectMIDI4+, available in the first quarter of this year, will more than quadruple the capabilities of the original, for $199.99!
In addition to the 4 In/Out MIDI Din pairs on the device, you can connect 8 more bits of USB-MIDI gear through the USB hub port. Once you've wired your whole studio up to this thing you can then use all of your gear from up to 3 computers/iPads via USB.
This alone is a pretty amazing feat, but they've gone the extra step to also make this some kind of crazy audio pass-through interface. You can steam audio from all of the connected devices!
I can't believe they're selling this for $200. Dedicated MIDI boxes usually start at $350, and only let you connect up to 8 instruments to 1 computer. This thing will even charge your iPad!
12 MIDI connections, 3 computing device connections, and audio streaming between all 3. Incredible! There's even a network cable connector in there to do networked MIDI, though I have no information on how that would work. MATRIXSYNTH has further details.
- 4 In & 4 Out pairs of MIDI DIN Connectivity
- Connect 8 additional MIDI devices via USB Host Port + Powered USB Hub
- Over 64 user configurable ports of 16 Channels of MIDI per port
- Audio Pass-Through Between Up to 3 Computing Devices
- Multi-Host Capability - Connect 3 Computing Devices Directly & More via Network
- Network Connectivity
- Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage - For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control
- Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices
- USB MIDI Class Compliant
- Plug and Play - No Drivers Needed
- Charge iOS Devices