Introducing IK Multimedia iRig Pads

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I know that for me one of my biggest challenges when making music at home on the computer is trying to get my drum tracks to sound lifelike. I hate that overly mechanical, ultra-quantised, every-hit-sounds-the-same MIDI drum sound that’s all over the place. I agonise over drawing in my own drum parts one note at a time in the MIDI window. Lately I’ve been using IK Multimedia’s iRig Keys to do it instead, which introduces an extra layer of realism (typically I’ll do one pass for the kick and snare and another for the cymbals). But now IK Multimedia has announced something that will make this process more intuitive and performance-oriented than my awkward keyboard-tapping: iRig Pads! There are jillions of things you can program this thing to do but I know that for me it’s exactly what I want to get more lifelike drum performances onto my tracks. It works with your iOS device or computer. Here’s the press release: Read More …

MUSIKMESSE: BOSS GT-100 Version 2.0 Update

BOSS gt-100PRESS RELEASE: BOSS is pleased to announce the GT-100 Version 2.0 Update, a system software upgrade for the flagship GT-100 COSM Amp Effects Processor. The user-installable update adds many new features to the GT-100’s already impressive specs, including new amps and effects, enhanced USB audio capabilities, guitar-to-MIDI conversion, BOSS TONE STUDIO support, and more. The GT-100 Version 2.0 Update is a free download for all GT-100 owners. Read More …

MUSIKMESSE: BOSS GP-10 Guitar Processor

Boss GP 10PRESS RELEASE: BOSS is pleased to introduce the GP-10 Guitar Processor, an instrument modeling and multi-effects unit that puts an immense range of sound possibilities into the hands of all guitarists. Driven by BOSS’ acclaimed COSM technology, the GP-10 gives players access to various guitar, bass, and synth models, instant tuning changes, and a wide selection of world-class amps and effects, all in one compact and affordable device. In addition to stage performance, the GP-10 is a powerful partner for DAW music production, with unique multi-channel audio capabilities and guitar-to-MIDI conversion via USB.  Read More …

INTERVIEW: Adrian Belew

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The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring three current members of that historic, nay, iconic band – Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto – along with Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Markus Reuter. And a typical Crimson ProjeCKt concert is a marathon of musical might which shifts through many moods and configurations. Belew explains: “What happens is this: Stick Men (Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter) play a set of their music (which includes a Crimson track or two), then the Power Trio (Belew, Slick, Ralph) plays a set of my music (which also includes a Crimson track), then Tony and Pat and I play a Crimson song (as yet another trio), and then comes the big finale: both trios play more than an hours-worth of Crimson music as a double trio! It’s a helluva show!” And the group is coming to Australia and New Zealand to spread their particular brand of musical majesty in June and July, with shows in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: The PUC

PUC_w_PodstaThe PUC is a wireless MIDI interface designed specifically for iOS devices. It allows you to wirelessly connect any MIDI device (keyboard, DJ controller, drum pad, floor pedal controllers, etc.) directly to your iPad, and an also work with any platform that supports a MIDI connection over WiFi. It communicates directly to the iPad via WiFi directly as a device, so no “host” WiFi network is necessary, and it uses an open standard for Core MIDI over WiFi. Once your legacy MIDI signals are translated into Core MIDI by the PUC, any Core MIDI compatible app can recognize it. You have an iPad loaded with synth and music creation apps but you’re sick of the cable tangle tango, PUC makes it easy to connect your MIDI stuff. You just plug your controller into PUC’s MIDI port, establish your WiFi link and get on with it. PUC also connects to your Mac for Wireless Core MIDI control. And yes, for those of you who use gadgets like the brilliant Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesiser, you’ll be able to plug your GR-55’s MIDI out into the PUC so you can get your MIDI data into your app of choice. Go here for more info including ordering, and check out the video below. Read More …

IK Multimedia Now Shipping iRig BlueBoard

image-1Press Release: IK Multimedia — the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories — is proud to announce that iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, which gives guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboard players hands-free wireless control of mobile and Mac music apps, is now available from musical instrument and electronics retailers worldwide. iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages to control app and software functions and features. Read More …

Guitar Synthesis – What Are You Missing Out On?

LPGuitar is the greatest instrument in the world. I know it, you know it, the other dudes in the band know it. It looks cool, it’s sexy, and like you can’t stop at just one. But the sad, sad truth is that the guitar can’t do everything. It’s great at sounding like, well, a guitar, and in the right hands you can use it to make the sound of a rocket or a racecar or maybe a chicken, but when it comes to flexibility, you just can’t beat a synthesiser. A synth doesn’t just make a sound that’s ‘like’ a particular instrument: most synths actually trigger samples of the instrument you’ve dialled in. Call up a piano patch and you’re triggering actual samples of a real piano. And you can’t do that with a guitar. Wait, yes you can! Guitar synths have been around for decades now, and therefore the technology is pretty damn tight at this point. So there are now plenty of ways to integrate synthesis in your sound. Let’s have a look at a few of them. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Two Notes Torpoedo C.A.B.

CAB thumbnailAah! This is perfect! A lot of us are huge fans of cabinet impulses in the studio but there hasn’t really been a practical way of using them live. You could take your laptop to a gig, but then what if someone runs off with it and finds your porn stash? Well the Torpedo C.A.B. will help you to retain your tone and your dignity by providing cabinet impulses in stompbox form. It’s not a loadbox (so don’t expect to be able to silently record your amp head), but it does include all the other features of the Torpedo Live (which is a loadbox), together with an input stage specifically tailored to accept pedal-level signals.  Read More …