Musikmesse 2014: Line6’s AMPLIFi FX100

I got a demo of this unit at Musikmesse and was actually very surprised by how well thought out it was. That probably sounds wrong. It is as I’d expect from Line6 (who made the very first MIDI mobilizer for iOS of course).

The hardware is well made, the build quality is high, but I was especially interested in the integration between the device, the app, and the cloud service that holds everything together. It’s a great idea and a good use of the individual pieces of technology. I can see it being really useful for guitarists.

What really interests me though is how we’ll see all these things hanging together in the future, or to be precise, the not very distant future. The use of cloud based services to hold and share presets is a great one, but so far everything I’ve seen sits in isolation. Line6’s cloud won’t talk to Positive Grid’s ToneCloud and vice-versa.

What we need, and what I expect will happen eventually is that we’ll see an Audiobus for tone sharing, and possibly for more, like synth patch sharing across apps. Why not? If you can share a preset in Audiobus 2 then why not more?

Anyway, that’s off the subject for now, I was impressed by Line6’s latest offering and I’ll be interested to see how it develops over time and what users make of it too.

Let’s Play with Sector: Sound Design & Commentary

More details emerge about Audio Mastering 2.4

The next version of Audio Mastering (2.4) looking very good indeed:

New version of Audio Mastering 2.4 will have visualization tool for more accurate control of Stereo Imaging. Mid-Side vector indicator shows phase difference between stereo channels. Length of vector shows relative volume level.

With this indicator you can measure presence of stereo signal, width of stereo, offset of channels level and possible presence of phase distortion.


Next part it’s spectrum of Side channel. Its bars show presence and relative level of stereo signal on different frequencies. Also this meter shows frequency space for three-band Stereo Imaging module.

Via the Audio Mastering blog.

The Lion Sleeps tonight with Loopy HD app on iPad

Ok, this version probably won’t get as many views as the Billy Joel video, but it is nice.

dot Melody : MIDI test

Short but sweet! Looking forward to seeing this app come out.

Michael (developer of the Loopy HD app), talks to Ross Greenwood

It looks like the whole Billy Joel thing has been huge for Loopy HD and its developer Michael Tyson, and it’s great to hear him interviewed here by Ross Greenwood!

Not only that, this whole thing is awesome publicity for the whole of mobile music making. More of this please!

Musikmesse 2014: Tascam (1)

For some reason I have a real thing for these little portable recorders. I know I would probably not use one very much if I did get one, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get one.

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