I was lucky enough to get the a sample pack of IK’s new iRing controller last week and found time to give them a quick play as well. My initial reaction to the hardware is that these are simple lightweight and yet quite robust and sturdy. The controllers are very easy to hold and once you’ve got them in your hand they don’t fall out easily.
I started by trying to use the iRings without configuring them, and of course, they don’t work. You need to register these using the QR code that comes in pack. Once you’ve done that they work straight off with no problems at all.
Once you’ve got the whole thing working it’s a lot of fun to play with. I started off by using the iRing Music Maker app (iTunes link). The app gives you a view on how the controllers work and how they can be used, but I think the real benefit to a lot of mobile musicians will be using IK’s other iRing enabled app, the iRing FX app. In the music maker app you can assign different parameters to each controller iRing. This is pretty easy to do actually and it’s very responsive once set up.
I used one to control the overall filter on the mix and the other to change the patterns coming in and out. I found that even with this simple set up it was great to just play and bring stuff in and out. I think I could probably spend a lot of time just messing about with a mix and controlling different parameters in it.
So, next I need to spend some time with the FX controller app and see where that takes me. I think that IK’s newest addition to their mobile hardware line up is going to be well worth the €19.99 they’re charging for it, especially if other developers take on the iRing SDK which is available here.
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A massive thank you to IceGear for the codes today. If you didn’t get one I’m sorry, but there’s going to be more promo codes and sales very soon so stay tuned.
Also, take a look at IceGear’s app on the store, they are well worth checking out.
“In this video we take a look at midi routing between Cubasis and outside apps, as well as a basic review of the different features available in Cubasis.”
Here’s what’s coming in version 1.4:
- Added 3 modes: pencil, edit and velocity.
- It’s now possible to select and edit multiple notes at the same time.
- Added Cut, Copy, Paste, Select All and Delete support.
- Playhead can now be dragged to a precise location on the timeline. This is especially useful for pasting notes at precise timestamps.
- Bug fix where after zooming out some notes didn’t snap to grid when moved.
- Exported MIDI files now have correct time signatures.
- ‘Clear All Notes’ removed from the actions menu, as it is no longer required. Use ‘Select All’ and ‘Delete’ menu items instead.
- Notes no longer clip each other. This is especially useful when creating new notes or editing multiple notes at the same time.
- Other minor bug fixes and UI improvements.
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IceGear’s last app (so far of course) is Cassini for iPad which arrived in August 2012.
It built on the success of Cassini for the iPhone and was well received. Even though it’s the youngest of IceGear’s apps it’s still been kept up to date, the last update being in September last year.
So you’ve still got time to enter the IceGear Promo Code give away to win one of two promo codes for Cassini for iPad, but you don’t have long now.
Remember that today’s contest ends at 9 pm BST.
Double Decker for iOS will be available shortly.
The app lets you trigger notes and chords using an ordinary Bluetooth keyboard.
The keyboard is arranged in two different ways. First is a “piano style” layout, with a traditional piano keyboard on the two middle rows, a row with the ZXCV keys, and then a row for the number keys and punctuation. Each group of keys can have its own Soundfont or MIDI assignment, and each key is configurable for a single note, or a chord. The second arrangement consists of four 4×4 grids, which are also fully configurable.
Because of how iOS handles keyboards, the app will need to run in the foreground — but it can send notes to MIDI apps in the background. The app also features Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth; one way we expect many people to use the app is by running the keyboard connection through an iPhone, with MIDI notes being sent to an iPad — this gives you full screen access to synthesizers and sequencers, increases the playing surface area dramatically, and provides a powerful and configurable MIDI control environment.
And of course, the app is universal, and supports Audiobus.
Next from IceGear we saw their Cassini Synth for the iPhone in April 2012.
A synth app with incredible depth and potential for sound design, it met with excellent feedback from the community straight away.
As usual IceGear provided users with plenty of video tutorials to help them to get the best out of the app …
I know a lot of people love this iPhone synth app, as it’s so flexible and versatile.
So enter the IceGear promo code contest for a chance to win one of two codes for this app.