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JamUp Pro XT and AirTurn are claiming a worlds first this week with the unveiling of their new iOS Guitar/Bass Multi-FX System which is equipped with a with a wireless foot switch.
The new iOS Guitar/Bass Multi-FX System has been announced ahead of NAMM the National Association of Music Merchants exhibition which starts tomorrow, where is will be showcased. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
The new AirTurn BT-105 with two ATFS-2 Pedals and Pedal board retails for around $119.95 or a 4 pedal AirTurn BT-105 with ATFS-2 pedals retails for $159. The JamUp XT application is available to download for free at the iTunes App Store.
“JamUp Pro XT users will be able to use AirTurn’s two or four pedal BT-105 Bluetooth controllers to switch between dozens of studio-grade amp and stomp box effects hands-free. Each AirTurn pedal can be customized within JamUp Pro XT to perform various functions, from toggling amps and effect switches, to moving between presets, controlling Jam Player’s iTunes song playback functions, triggering various sampler recording and dubbing options, and even controlling the built-in metronome or tapping out the tempo, wireless and hands-free.
The AirTurn BT-105 features a built-in rechargeable battery that provides power for up to 100 hours of continuous use and works with all models of the iPad, as well as with the iPhone 3GS and up and the iPod Touch. In addition to AirTurn’s two and four pedal boards which are outfitted with their own ATFS-2 silent pedals, the AirTurn BT-105 can be configured to work with a wide range of momentary normally open (NO) switches, such as the Boss FS-5U and the Boss FS-6 dual foot switch.”
Source: Gear Diary
Pioneer has this week introduced a new flagship range of mixers and remix stations to its range in the form of the new CDJ-2000nexus Player, DJM-900nexus Mixer AND RMX-1000 Remix Station.
The new range will be released in limited editions with a limited run of 4,000 units for the CDJ-2000nexus, 2,000 units for the DJM-900nexus, and 2,000 units for the RMX-1000.
CDJ-2000nexus-M features include:
• Users can choose their media source from a USB storage device, SD memory card, CD- or DVD-ROM Disc, DJ software via MIDI/HID or even using music stored inside Wi-Fi®1/USB-connected smartphones and tablets
• rekordbox™ music management software for analysis, management, and playback of music files.
• Pioneer’s PRO DJ LINK2, which enables up to four digital CDJ players to be connected for sharing music files stored on a single USB device and/or SD card
• High efficiency Wolfson® Microelectronics digital-to-analog (D/A) converter for accurate sound reproduction, faithful to source material
• Slip and Quantize functions, which enable reliable performance without changing the flow of the original track. Using the My Settings feature, the function settings of a player can be saved to an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, USB storage device, or SD memory card. For additional convenience, the settings can also be can be made ahead of time on the rekordbox app or software, allowing users switch to their settings when a connection is made to the CDJ-2000nexus.
• Up to 35 controls on the surface of each player can be used to trigger other devices, such as DJ effectors and software by way of HID and/or MIDI
• Active Loop function automatically starts loops when playback begins from a specified point
• Load Previous Track feature provides playback of prior music that has been loaded to the player
• Rating on the Go function allows users to rate tracks during play for easy reference or sorting
• Auto Standby function switches power to standby mode when no operation or input is detected for a certain period of time
ION has unveiled its new ION iDJ 2 Go Plus DJ system, that will be showcased at CES 2013 this week running from January 8th -11th. The new ION iDJ 2 Go Plus has been specifically designed to be used with Apple’s latest iOS devices and is equipped with an Apple Lightning connection.
The ION iDJ 2 Go Plus features two turntables, audio effect and crossfader, connects directly to your iOS devices requiring no batteries and provides a quick and easy way to rapidly search for tracks from your library.
The ION iDJ 2 Go Plus has also bee designed to work with ION’s iDJ 2 Go app, which is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.
“iDJ 2 Go Plus is the easiest way to become a DJ with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The system harnesses the processing power of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and enables you to DJ anywhere using the music from your iTunes library. iDJ 2 Go Plus works with Algoriddim’s award-winning djay app (sold separately). With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for takes DJing on your iOS device to the next level.”
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Il software di Steinberg è famoso in ambito professionale con la versione Cubase nato inizialmente su computer Atari per poi essere portato e storicamente utilizzato soprattutto in ambiente windows. Cubasis arriva su iPad e si differenzia dal fratello maggiore per essere una vera e propria versione lite pur mantenendo la maggior parte delle funzioni. Si tratta di un sequencer audio-midi in grado di registrare in sessioni multi-tracccia allo scopo di creare musica.
Cubasis su iPad segue in parte la filosofdia della controparte PC, offrendo un’interfaccia semplificata e intuitiva, migliorata per l’utilizzo touch. I progetti creati su iPad potranno comunque essere esportati in Cubase 7/6.5, Cubase Artist 7/6.5, Cubase LE AI Elements 6 o superiori.
Pioneer has this week taken the wraps of a new addition to its range of DJ controllers with the unveiling of the Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ which has been specifically designed as an advanced performance DJ controller for the newly released Serato DJ Software.
The Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ uses the Serato software, and has been designed to provide DJs with a complete system incorporating a controller, four deck sampler function, dual deck control, slip mode, FX mode and more.
“Serato’s newest software lets DJs be more creative with their music, so we’ve built a dedicated controller that enables them to access the software’s features with a precision similar to that in our Pro DJ gear,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The DDJ-SX is the first controller in the industry that is designed to take full advantage of Serato DJ’s powerful new capabilities.”
For more information jump over to the on the new Pioneer DDJ-SX DJ jump over to the Pioneer forums, the controller will be arriving in stores during November and cost around $1200.
Available in 61, 73 and 88-key models, Korg’s new Krome Workstation boasts fancy Kronos-derived piano and drum sounds plus some brand new electric piano sounds, all of which Korg says are designed to work splendidly on stage.
There are the usual workstation features of drum backing tracks, a ton of effects, sequencing and dual polyphonic arpeggiators. Plus, there’s a rugged aluminum shell for gigging and a Krome editor for digging deep into the sounds when you hook the Krome up to your computer via USB.
Plenty to get excited about if you’re a keys player looking for a fresh new workhorse, then: we hear that prices are set to start at £899 for the 61-key version.
Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 took the spot at the top of the firm’s CD turntable range a couple of years back, and has enjoyed a decent spell as the club standard. To ensure that its reign continues unchallenged, a new iteration in the form of the CDJ-2000nexus (no relation) has just been announced. The vast majority of the DNA remains the same, but there are some key new features such as WiFi (as we saw in the XDJ-AERO) for use with the rekordbox app, Beat Sync, Wave Zoom and Slip (a much wanted feature first seen in the CDJ-900). In total, you can now load tracks from CD, DVD, USB, SD, networked machines, and WiFi, meaning the player has essentially outgrown its “CDJ” labeling, becoming a true multimedia player. If you fancy taking one for a spin, you can do so starting from some time this month, for the upbeat price of $2,399. Laidback Luke demo video on rotation after the break.
There’s a stack of different plugs, cables and connectors aimed at piping sound into your iPad, but when studio-stalwart Focusrite makes one, we pay attention. The iTrack Solo is a two channel interface compatible with the iPad, as well as your Mac or PC, offering mobile recording all the way up to 24-bit / 96kHz. The onboard preamp is the same as used in the brand’s flagship Liquid Saffire 56 interface, and there’s phantom power for microphones. As well as the mic-in there’s a quarter-inch input for guitars etc., as well as a chunky volume control for monitoring. Front “halo” indicators change from green to red if your recording levels go too high, and the aluminum casing should prevent it from getting damaged at the bottom of any gig bag. Once you’ve created a masterpiece in Garageband (or other recording app), you can use the line-level phono outputs to run it through your sound system of choice. Sound like something you can get down to? You’ll be able to get your hands on the iTrack Solo starting next month, and it’ll set you back $160 at your local dealer — in the meantime, you can jam on the PR after the break.
If you prefer a set of keys to power your mobile recording sessions instead of a guitar adapter of some sort, you’re in luck. The folks at IK Multimedia have just revealed the iRig KEYS portable keyboard peripheral for iOS devices and both Mac and Windows PCs. Packing 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys, the add-on touts a three full-octave range, modulation / pitch bend wheels, an input for a sustain / expression pedal and an assortment of controls for customizing your sound just so. Should you feel inclined, this iRig offering connects via USB to a computer for an “in-studio,” desktop tracking experience. The unit is Core MIDI compliant and sports plug-and-play functionality alongside the outfit’s SampleTank family of apps. Said software can function on its own on the PC side or as a plug-in for more robust offerings like GarageBand, Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar and the like. Itchin’ to snag one? You’ll have to wait until sometime this fall, but when it arrives, the KEYS will set you back €74.99 ($94).
Remember that fancy-looking DDJ-AERO we saw from Pioneer recently? Well if that was a bit too “buttony,” or perhaps just too expensive for your beginner DJ pockets, how about that which you see above? Announced today, this is the DDJ-WeGO an (or is that another) all-in-one DJ controller — squarely aimed at the cheaper end of the market. With a suggested retail price of $399, it’s Pioneer’s cheapest controller to date, and comes bundled with Virtual DJ LE software. For your money, you get two platters and a mini-mixer, FX buttons, a choice of five colors (white, black, red, green or the pictured violet), as well as some built-in LED effects that help you learn to mix (the lights get brighter as the pitch of the two songs gets closer, etc.). On a more practical level, the unit is compact, USB-powered, and has a built-in audio-interface (no extra sound card required for headphone monitoring). You can get your spin on from next month, at the aforementioned quad-benjamin price-point, or tease yourself with the PR past the break.
Load and start track A. Load, and start track B on the next down beat. Adjust pitch / speed of track B to keep in time with track A. Now you know the very basics of DJing, you might want some hardware to practice it on. Fortunately, for you beginners, Denon has just released the MC2000 DJ controller. An entry-level device that should get you (and your tracks) up to speed. Along with the plug and play USB device, you’ll get a copy of Serato’s DJ Intro mixing software (for which it was specifically designed) to get you started. If that’s not for you, or perhaps you’ve already earned your spinning stripes, and are looking for something compact, no problem — full MIDI output means this can work with other software options too. There’s a basic two-channel mixer snug between the pair o’wheels, and all the usual buttons for hot-cues and loops etc. As is fast becoming standard, the audio interface is built-in, making the hook-up at parties and gigs a much simpler — and less computer-bothering — affair. If has ticked your boxes, it’ll be available from October, commanding an estimated £269 / €325 / $299 out of your record budget when it does so. In the meantime you can cue-up the promo video after the break.
Griffin has this week added a new adapter to range, designed specifically for iOS device, allowing users to connect a variety of instruments directly to their Apple tablet and smartphones device.
The Griffin MIDIConnect is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad 2, or 3rd Gen iPad and provides both MIDI In and MIDI Out ports. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
“Use MIDIConnect’s MIDI IN port to play your MIDI-capable instruments and controllers into GarageBand or other MIDI apps. Download MIDI controller apps and use your touchscreen to compose and perform through MIDIConnect’s MIDI OUT port.”
Both ports on the Griffin MIDIConnect are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, allowing you to benefit from a wide range of devices to play with. The Griffin MIDIConnect is now available to purchase for around $80. Enjoy!
Jeri Ellsworth has created an awesome hack using a Commodore 64 and transformed it in to a C64 Bass “keytar”, and was unveiled by Ellsworth at this years Makers Fair Bay Area.
The fantastically innovative hack was created by splicing a bass guitar neck to the retro Commodore 64, you can hear Ellsworth explain her awesome hack and how it was created in more detail after the break.
The Commodore 64 Bass “keytar” uses the original SID 6581 sound chip, and is fitted with piezo pickups to capture the vibrations from the strings. The one downside to the C64 “Keytar” at the moment admits Ellsworth it its poet consumption. Which eats through 18AA batteries every eight hours of play.
As the world of digital DJing offers those who spin increasingly individual configurations, there’s still a dedicated crowd who like to keep it strictly “ones and twos.” Denon hears this, and is hoping to snag some of those faithful with its latest SC2900 DJ media player. From the tease video (after the break) it looks like it’s pitting itself against Pioneer’s CDJ900 and CDJ2000 models. There’s a 7-inch platter (Denon’s first without a motor,) jazzed up with LEDs for cue and marker points. This can be used to get hands on with CDs (audio and MP3,) USB drives, music direct from the companion “Engine” software (i.e. hosted on a Mac or PC,) and shared media from other compatible networked players. Other goodies include four hot cues, native support for Traktor (and other) DJ software over MIDI, a “slip mode” made popular by the CDJ900 for keeping tracks in the mix even when scratching, and library browsing via iPad (though we’re not sure if it’s anything more than that). Pricing and availability should get played out soon, in the meantime you might want to start boning up on those old DMC routines.
IK Multimedia has started shipping its new iRig Mix, the first mixer designed specifically for iOS devices, such as Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod. iRig Mix has been designed to be an ultra compact DJ and audio mixer, which works with the DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker and other iOS DJ applications.
The new IK Multimedia iRig Mix is equipped with full EQ adjustment, crossfader, headphone cue and a mic input, and allows you to record your creations if needed and share them with friends, publish or distribute. Enabling you to either have dual iOS devices connected or simply one, as required. IK Multimedia explains:
“This flexibility, combined with iRig MIX’s portability gives aspiring and pro DJs a compact system that can be used everywhere… anytime. House parties or in the yard, after-parties, and impromptu dances are perfect environments for the iRig MIX. Planes, trains and automobiles used to mean that your DJ gear was inaccessible and unusable. Now, no matter where you are or where you are going, you can mix and rehearse sets.”
The IK Multimedia iRig Mix is now available to purchase for around $100.
Source: IK Multimedia
Its been revealed this week that Rdio the ad-free music streaming subscription service similar to Spotify will be launching across Europe. To give Spotify a little competition on its home territories, has Spotify has done with Rdio in the U.S.
Rdio has already expanded into Europe a little in the past months, now being available in Germany, Denmark, Portugal, and Spain. As well as other countries further afield such as Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
Rdio’s roll out across Europe is being lead by Rdio’s Scott Bagby, who was also responsible for the arrival of Skype in Europe and its international expansion. Rdio was created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis and rolled out of private beta testing on August 3, 2010.
Adam Professional Audio specialises in high-end sound solutions and has built a range of products that have performed this task since 1999. Their latest ARTist 5 150W 5.5″ Active 2-Way monitor speaker continues this tradition and provides you with a 5.5″ basket woofer with a carbon fiber/Rohacell/glass fiber diaphragm and the acclaimed X-ART tweeter.
Within the ARTist 5 monitors each driver is powered by its own Class-A/B 50W RMS (75W Peak) amplifier to provide a strong performance with low distortion. Providing you with pro-level audio with terrific clarity and a full frequency response, says Adam’s.
On the rear of each are connections for XLR, RCA, and 3.5mm inputs, together with a handy USB that enables you to connect the speakers directly to your computer.
Another handy feature included in the solution is the Adam Professional Audio stereolink function, which allows you to connect the speakers together controlling the volume on both from either speaker. Adam Professional Audio ARTist 5 monitors are now available to purchase for $1200.
Source: Gear Patrol
What you see above is the gTar, an upcoming electronic musical instrument from Bay Area-based startup, Incident Technologies. It’s got what appears to be an iPhone docked in the pick-guard and it looks pretty cool lit up in the teaser video after the break. Beyond that, there’s not a ton of information about the thing available online, but we did some digging and have pieced together a pretty good idea about the thing. The device made an appearance at South by Southwest earlier this month, and bits and pieces have made their way into the web by way of startup site AngelList and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and, of course, YouTube. A posting on the former describes it as “a consumer electronics device that enables an interactive music entertainment experience to anyone without any kind of previous musical knowledge.”
From the looks of it, the thing is a little bit Guitar Apprentice and a little bit Tabber. Unlike the plasticky Guitar Apprentice, however, this device looks like a genuine guitar (strings and all), albeit one with a light up fretboard for Tabber-like educational purposes and a “docked mobile device.” The guitar also makes it possible to share music socially, though it’s not entirely clear whether this is accomplished via the docked smartphone or an external output like a PC, though given the company’s connections to the developer community, we suspect that both will be options, be it through built-in functionality or available APIs. The gTar is also being positioned as a music creation device, rather than simply an educational tool (à la Tabber) or a simple overblown Guitar Hero-style controller.
Check out a flashy, if rather uninformative teaser after the break.
A new iPad application has been created which is currently under development called Beatsurfing, which has been designed to enable you create custom MIDI instruments directly on your iPad tablet.
The custom MIDI instruments within Beatsurfing can be customized from the ground up and tailored to be played in anyway you like, to suit your style. Watch the video after the jump to see the Beatsurfing iPad application in action.
“By sliding (‘surfing’) your finger across the screen. This very special approach to beat making and production allows for more creative expression and brings back a human touch and feel to your MIDI habits.”
More details can be found over on the Vlek website, and the new Beatsurfing application is hoped to be available by the end of spring to be downloaded now from the iTunes App Store. You can also signup for beta testing from the Vlek website.