efectism has a new jam out this week, using SampleTank and Thumbjam for what sounds like quasi-Eastern Jazz.
One Red Dog's powerful Molten Drum Machine is now the 3rd dedicated drum app to support Audiobus! This is still one of my favorite apps to work with, because it offers so much control over the samples and a great workflow on the sequencer.
You can read my mini-review on the Music App Buyer's Guide.
elephantcandy have released their Audiobus effect app, LiveFX!
LiveFX is a Dynamic Effects Processor for iPad. Any audio source can be processed; use either live sound input, the built-in track player that plays from your iTunes library or Audiobus to stream audio through LiveFX. Create your own combination of audio effects, and simultaneously control up to four effects using a single fingertip (over 1000 possible combinations) or use multi-touch for automated dynamic sound effects. Make music with features that truly stand out from the crowd. Introducing LiveFX for iPad; it’s sound control evolved to a whole new level.
- Hook up any source or even use an other app with Audiobus
- Control multiple effects in realtime using the intuitive LiveFX touchpad
- Create your own LiveFX combinations and use up to four effects at once
- Use multi touch to create an auto dynamic effect
- Use one of the many preset-banks or save your own
- With Audiobus access those presets from within an other app
- Make your own effect combination from the countless possibilities
- Lock button holds the effect settings, for dazzling hands-free use
- Versatile and highly playable effects control, delivering unimaginable expression
- New Looper effects – Forward, Reverse and Slice – add new audio intensity
- Mix it up with new DJ emulation Vinyl Break and Ducking Compressor effects
- Auto BPM detection and Tap Tempo keeps your LiveFX locked to the beat
Attention: In this free version you are limited to three built-in tracks. Audiobus and live input will work but with a limited time slot. Through in app purchase you will be able to remove all limitations.
Gerçek Dorman has a new video with Impaktor. It starts off kind of slow, but he gets a lot of great sounds out of his kitchen pan and a nice jam going with loops and his Korg Kaosspad 3.
The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 is happening right now in Las Vegas, and some interesting new devices have been unveiled.
IK Multimedia's Something Old
IK Multimedia has several new products coming out this year, including an updated iRig HD. Instead of running your instruments into the headphone jack, as the original iRig did, the HD version features dock, lightning, and USB connections for a digital signal path after the 24-bit DAC.
This is positioned to compete directly with the popular Apogee Jam, in both functionality and price at $99. This seems like an odd move for them, since they have been banking on being a cheaper alternative to most other hardware. Perhaps with this higher price we will see an improvement in the quality.
The iRig HD is expected to ship this quarter.
IK Multimedia's Something New
IK Multimedia also announced the iLine Mobile Music Cables, coming to stores next month for $59.
This is just a bundle of 6 cables with a carrying case.
You can also buy the individual cables for $20-$25 each.
IK Multimedia's Something Blue
Perhaps most exciting in IK's CES2013 lineup is the BlueBoard. Available in the second quarter of this year for $99, this is a compact Bluetooth foot pedal controller. It sends standard MIDI CC so you can use it with anything.
The little unit is powered by AAA batteries, and has two inputs for connecting additional expression pedals/foot switches.
Griffin StudioConnect & MicConnect
Griffin is also updating their iOS offerings with a new Lightning connector version of their Studio Connect.
Available in Spring for $150, this looks like a decent alternative to the Alesis iO Dock for iPad 4s and iPad minis.
Coming out later in June for $40 is their MicConnect, which is a simple adapter for plugging an XLR mic into your iDevice headphone jack.
Windows 8 Goodies Of Note
As we saw back in October, Windows 8 might become a very serious platform for music. Before you can take advantage of it though, you'll need a Windows 8 touch device.
If you already have a Windows computer you might just want a new multi-touch monitor. ViewSonic have 3 coming out shortly that offer 10-point multi-touch in various sizes. I'm seriously tempted by the 27", which comes in at about twice what you'd pay for a normal 27" monitor, or $100 more than a 64GB iPad.
- 23-inch TD2340 - $599 (Available January)
- 27-inch TD2740 - $799 (Available April)
- 32-inch TD3240 - $2,499 (Available February)
Alternatively if you're planning on upgrading your computer soon, you might want to take a look at the latest Lenovo "tablet", which is similar to the one we saw Jordan rocking on. The IdeaCentre Horizon is coming out this Summer and starts at $1699. Watch in this promo as a young mother effortlessly drags this monolith throughout the house. Their marketing department must hate them.