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.