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Continuing our quick look at some of the iPad related announcements at this year's Winter NAMM we have a couple of products from Behringer to mention.
This seems very much like Behringer's version of the already available iO Dock by Alesis, with a lower price tag. Comparing the two, they have very similar specs and input/output options. Have a look at the images below for a visual comparison.
The other connections for the iO Dock are on the sides as shown below:
Current prices for the Alesis iO Dock seem to be around £139+, with prices for Behringer's iS202 not generally available, but B&H have them listed at the moment for $149.99 (about £95). If the Behringer is generally available for under £100, we think it has a good chance of success.
Check out the specs for the iStudio (iS202) at Behringer's site and the video below for a brief preview.
iX16 Digital Mixer
The iX16 digital mixer has been specifically designed to integrate with your iPad as the controller. The iX16 has 16 audio inputs (hence its name we guess). The controller app can control the sound mix over WiFi, so you can stroll around the venue with your iPad and stand exactly where you need to be to get the perfect mix, while the iX16 sits on the sound desk responding to your input.
It's all a bit clever really and not our area of expertise to be honest, but we have done our fair share of show and concert setups between us. The iX16 and accompanying software is definitely on our wishlist.
For the full details check out the iX16 page and be sure to take a look at the video below for a brief look at the iX16 and the iStudio iS202 from musicianews.com (if you are watching this on your iPad, the video stops at around 3:32 but will carry on playing with a blank screen until 8:09).
Now is the time to grab StudioTrack for iPad from Sonoma WireWorks if you haven't got it already!
This functionality was previously only available via Sonoma's FourTrack iPhone app. This is the app we had to use when reviewing GuitarJack 2 last month, which was less than optimal running on our iPad at 2x.
Now we can enjoy StudioTrack's 8 recording tracks along with this integration, we are very happy.
If you have been holding off on purchasing GuitarJack 2 for your iPad, this update will definitely improve your experience of using it.
We can't recommend GuitarJack 2 highly enough, it continues to impress as much as it did when we reviewed it, even more to be honest.
Non-Retina but great price
Although StudioTrack's UI has not yet been fully updated for the new iPad's 'Retina' display, it is good to see the updated version (1.5) being offered with a 50% discount at just $9.99/£6.99 for a limited time.
If you have already invested in IK Multimedia's iRig device and you've had the same problem we have managing devices and cables dangling off your iPad, you may be interested to hear about the new iKlip Studio.
Announced at this year's Winter NAMM and priced at a very reasonable $29.99, this adjustable iPad stand also folds flat for storage and importantly incorporates a little holder for your iRig, which then clips onto the back of the iKlip Studio.
We haven't seen it in the flesh yet but it looks fairly sturdy and we think it's a great idea that will potentially solve one of our main annoyances about using the iRig with our iPad.
Here's a little taster video from IK Multimedia about the iKlip Studio's general features - let us know what you think in the comments:
What is it?
StudioConnect compared to the iO Dock
Initially it looks like the StudioConnect is moving in on the iO Dock's territory, and it is, a little bit. But if anything, the StudioConnect is a cut down version and seems aimed more at the consumer level audience rather than Alesis' Pro-musician aspirations with their iO Dock.
Although it doesn't offer the outer case protection of the iO Dock, or quite the same range of in/outs that the Alesis' device does, Griffin's StudioConnect is nearly $50 cheaper on the RRP. The street price will be the key thing of course, because we have seen the iO Dock for only $159.99 on Amazon.
What's missing on the StudioConnect may be the clincher for the more ambitious musician: XLR inputs, extra unbalanced and balanced ¼" inputs, phantom mic power and USB.
In addition, the iO Dock has video out (although we are not sure how much that is being used) and another ¼" input for a footswitch or controller.
How good the StudioConnect sounds remains to be seen and we will be closely watching the reviews when they come out later this year, but for the more casual musician, or those who don't need all the extra inputs, the StudioConnect's lower price tag could attract a lot of attention.
The StudioConnect is scheduled for release in 'Spring' this year, but until then, here's the specs from Griffin's press release. We have included the iO Dock's specs below so you can make a comparison:
Audio In and Out
- Audio In – Complete with its own gain control. Plug in your instrument through a mono 1/4" jack or plug a mixer into StudioConnect’s stereo 3.5mm jack.
- Audio Out – Left and right line-‐level RCA plugs. Also a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with its own volume knob helps monitor what's going in and out.
MIDI in and out is equally straightforward:
- MIDI In – Connect your MIDI controller through a standard 5-‐pin DIN MIDI-‐in port.
- MIDI Out – A second 5-‐pin DIN connector accepts a sequencer, sound module or other MIDI gear, allowing your iPad and favorite MIDI apps to act as a MIDI controller.
Alesis iO Dock Specs:
- 2 x XLR-1/4" Balanced TRS
- Individual gain controls
- Phantom power, switchable
- Guitar (high-impedance) switch on Input 2
- Balanced XLR Mic
- Max -45 dBV
- Min -3 dBV
- Balanced 1/4“ TRS Mic/Line
- Max -27 dBV
- Min +16 dBV
- Un-Balanced 1/4” TS Mic/Lin
- Max -27 dBV
- Min +16 dBV
- Un-Balanced 1/4” TS Guitar
- Max -38 dBV
- Min +4.5 dBV
- 2 x 1/4" Balanced TRS Main
- 1/4" TRS Headphone
- Individual level controls
- RCA Composite (requires compatible apps)
- MIDI In (DIN)
- MIDI Out (DIN)
- USB MIDI
- 1/4" Footswitch (function assigned by apps)
What do you think? Does Griffin's StudioConnect tempt you? Or are you willing to spend a bit more for Alesis' iO Dock? Let us know in the comments.
Have you ever tried recording a lecture, talk or podcast conversation on your iOS device? If you have, you'll know that results can vary and ambient noise plays a big part.
IK Multimedia want to help you out with the newly announced iRig MIC Cast.
Like the iRig Mic, the MIC Cast has a headphone socket so you can monitor what is being recorded.
The iRig MIC Cast even comes with a stand for your iPhone/iPod Touch, but you should be able to use the device (without stand) on your iPad too.
More details and images of the $39.99 device are available on the website.
What do you think, is this going to be useful to you?
Ignoring for a moment that this album was created on an iPhone (3GS no less!), not iPad, we are really impressed by the production values of this new album from rock band One Like Son (Facebook link), even more so since it was recorded entirely on iOS.
We've never managed to get anything close to commercial sounding results in our brief attempts at music making.
We realised we have heard a lot of electronic music created on iOS, but not really any full on rock tracks, which is surprising given the plentiful supply of guitar and bass effects emulators out there on the App Store.
One Like Son are inviting everyone to listen to the whole album when it is released next Tuesday 17th January on their Bandcamp page. If you go there now you can here two of the tracks from their album already, or pre-order the whole album for just $7.
Here's a teaser trailer the band have posted to YouTube, which is a bit of a masterpiece in-itself.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and especially if you decide to buy the album.
Suffice to say we are desperate to get our grubby little mitts on this one. If only!
The Alesis iO Dock has been promised for what seems like a very long time. Finally seeing it in action we have to say it looks really awesome and could solve a lot of the headaches around connecting devices to our iPads. It is nice to see it being used with GarageBand too.
Enter the StudioDock from Alesis which is sat waiting for Apple approval, announced yesterday at NAMM. Here are a few product shots to whet your appetite showing the iPad docked and in place, with views of the multitude of interfaces included.
The StudioDock includes a power supply so it will charge your iPad whilst it is docked which is useful, but it is the shear range of connection options within the dock that impresses us and our brains are now spinning with all the things we could do with this thing including stuff we hadn't considered before with the video out.
There has been no announcement at the time of publishing this post about pricing though, we have scoured the Internet looking for any resellers offering pre-orders but we haven't found anything yet.
We are guessing it is going to be fairly pricey as it is aimed at the professional level but we would love to get our hands on one and run it through its paces.
- The world’s first pro audio dock for iPad
- Connect microphones and instruments including guitar, studio monitors, PA speakers, headphones, and MIDI controllers
- Universal device works with virtually every audio and MIDI app in the App Store; Core MIDI compliant
- Perform, craft, create and play back music in virtually any conceivable manner or location
- Video output for connection to TVs and projectors
- Inputs: two combo XLR-1/4" for use with audio gear, instruments, and computer audio
- Input channel gain controls and switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones
- Guitar-direct switch for use with amplifier- and effects-modeling app
- Outputs: pair 1/4" and 1/4" headphone with separate volume controls
- Control: MIDI In, MIDI Out, USB MIDI, and assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input
This year's CES has understandably had a lot of focus on tablet devices and of course our favourite, iPad. Whilst not iPad exclusive, IK Multimedia have announced the new iRig Mic hardware for iOS devices and VocaLive software which is basically an AmpliTube for vocalists and audio recordings.
The samples, especially the chorus effects, sound amazing and if the samples provided are anything like those for Amplitube, the real thing will sound very similar (depending on your musical talents).
A big advantage is that the vocal processors will be available through AmpliTube in-app purchase, so if you have already spent out on the Recorder in AmpliTube, you can add just the vocal effects and record everything in that app.
Think about that, no need for another recording app with Audio Copy/Paste, you can record a whole song in one app! Things just got a bit more interesting in the audio effects/simulation app race.
The iRig Mic isn't out yet, it is slated for a Spring 2011 launch, but you can pre-order it now at $59.99 (~£42) with new VocaLive app plus AmpliTube Free included.
Here is the iPad in action with IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic, VocaLive app and some talented musicians. Be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments below:
This app released yesterday, just in time for the party season, looks like a ton of fun. djay for iPad by algoriddim is a realistic simulation of a DJ mixing desk with full and instant access to your iPad's music library, no messy importing or file transfers to worry about.
The Digital Advantage
Despite being a simulation of a turntable, this app has some clear advantages over the real world/analog mixing desks, with features such as each track having a visible waveform displayed above the virtual turntable. As you will see from the video below this is an excellent aid to DJs who are mixing tracks live and scratching.
Auto beat matching enables another key feature 'Auto-cut Scratching' which "automatically applies the rhythmic pattern of the currently playing song to your scratches in real-time". Add to this AIFF export of performances which can be recorded within the app, plus AirPlay compatability and this app becomes really appealing to Digital DJs.
There is even an 'Automix' mode so you can leave the app to mix together tracks on your party playlists. Combined with iOS 4 multitasking and a VGA out capable app for visualizations (we are still trying to find a non-Jailbreak one of those) you could run your whole party from your iPad. Just awesome!
If you want to use this app properly with pre-cueing then you can get a fully compatible audio splitter (not your bog standard one-into-two headphone splitter) that works with a number of DJ apps. This allows you to monitor one deck and cue up a song independently of the main mix, something professional DJs do all the time in live performances. The splitter is linked to from algoriddim's site and is available on eBay from a European company called Yumatron for £10.96 plus p&p.
algoriddim are not new to this type of app, having received rave reviews for their Mac desktop version of djay in the past and their experience and programming skills really shine through in this iPad version with its host of other features.
This is perhaps reflected in the pricing for the app at $19.99 (£11.99) but even so, it has very high ratings in the app store already (mostly 4 or 5 stars).
The video below from editorskeys on YouTube shows the amazing, realistic sounding mixes that can be made with this app if you know what you are doing. Whilst watching this we had to keep reminding ourselves this was done on an iPad, brilliant stuff!
If you have tried djay for iPad and would like to let us know what you think, please leave us a comment below.