Yamaha announces their Wireless MIDI Adaptor MD-BT01 and UD-BT01

This looks like a nice solution from Yamaha, and what’s more they’ve updated their Mobile Music Sequencer, Synth Arp & Drum Pad, Performance Editor Essential, Faders, Voice Editor Essential, Multi Editor Essential, and reface capture apps to work with it too.

Nice move.


Explorations with a Ukulele and IK’s iRig Acoustic

I thought I’d post a few recent tracks of mine which show what I’ve been doing with IK’s iRig Acoustic, which, I have to say, I’m really impressed with. I’ve been using it with my Ukulele and I’m so pleased with the results.

So here’s a few things I’ve made using it. I hope you like them.

I think it shows how clear and distinct the sound is even with a lot of effects used.

In terms of how each track was constructed, here’s the ingredients for each:

  1. Track one was made using AUFX Space, Dub, PeakQ, Multitrack DAW, Audiobus, and AudioShare.
  2. Track two was made using Deregulator with Audiobus into Audioshare.
  3. And finally, track 3 used apeDelay.

I’m impressed with the iRig Acoustic and would happily recommend it, I’m planning to do some more with it in the coming weeks to show a bit more of its capabilities, so watch out for that.

IK Multimedia's iRig Acoustic

Musikmesse 2014: Tascam (2)

All of Tascam’s nice little iOS add-ons were hidden away behind a protective screen so you couldn’t play with them at all, which was a bit of a shame really.

Another picture of the C.24

C.24 looking rather lovely

Musikmesse 2014: A closer look at the C.24

It was great to meet up with the guys from Miselu at Musikmesse and get a look at the latest prototype of the C.24 keyboard. It isn’t the finished article, but it is getting a lot closer to something that’s going to ship to the backers from Kickstarter.

The first thing that I have to say is that the engineering on the keyboard itself is very complex and all I can imagine is that it has been incredibly difficult to put together so far.

I know from my conversation with them that they’ve spent a lot of time on the design and layout of every aspect of the keyboard and I think that those decisions will pay off in the long term.

Once you set the iPad in the C.24 it’s very sturdy indeed and the whole thing fits together as a case which is very cool.

As you can see in the photo above I got to play with Nave on the C.24 which worked nicely after the guys had sorted out a few configuration issues. It is a prototype after all. After that was done I found it easy to play, but I do like smaller keys.

You might also notice the module that’s sitting just behind the keys. This is one of the unique features of the C.24. The module in the picture is removable, and could be replaced by another. It’s held in place by magnets and is actually very secure.

My understanding is that the plan is that more people will make different modules for the C.24 allowing users to expand control in some interesting ways.

So overall the C.24 is moving forward. Like many kickstarter campaigns involving hardware it is late, but even so I think it’ll be a good step forward for mobile music making.

Native Instruments introduces the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 – now iOS-ready

Here’s what NI’s Press Release tells us …

Native Instruments today announced new iOS compatibility for the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 – the world’s smallest premium DJ audio interface. Now plug-and-play with the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ – the pro DJ app for iPad and iPhone – TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 transforms iOS devices into a mobile, crowd-worthy DJ setup. Designed for ultimate portability, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 delivers pristine, premium 24-bit/48 kHz audio in an unsurpassed pocket-sized format.

The ultra-compact TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 now joins the growing list of iOS compatible hardware by Native Instruments. With the release of iOS version 7.1, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, S2, and Z1 now all connect seamlessly to an iPad or iPhone running the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ. With an even slimmer, streamlined profile, the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is more portable than ever. Two 1/8 inch stereo outputs allow for seamless track cueing and headphone monitoring in TRAKTOR PRO 2 or TRAKTOR DJ. The outputs of the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 can be connected to a standard DJ mixer, allowing two TRAKTOR Decks to be mixed with familiar tactile control.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 connects to laptops or iOS devices using the included mini-USB or 30-pin to USB cables. Using the AUDIO 2 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 requires a 30-pin to Lightning adapter. When using TRAKTOR DJ on an iPhone or iPad, connecting the optional power supply increases the overall output volume and keeps the connected device charged. TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 includes TRAKTOR LE 2. Two decks, three effects, and all essential mixing features provide a ready-to-use package designed for entry-level DJs.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / £89 / ¥ 10,800.

A $50 / 50 € / £44 / ¥ 5000 e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

The three GuitarJacks …

Interesting to see the three iterations of the hardware side by side …

GuitarJack 2 USB: Cables

Just a quick shot of the cables that come with the GuitarJack 2 USB. Including both is a nice touch and makes the package far more complete.

GuitarJack 2 USB and GuitarJack 2

Just a little comparison of the packaging as I noticed that I’d been careful enough to keep the packaging from the last version.