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Air Display Updated To V3 With USB Connectivity To Compete With Duet Display

Just before Christmas we covered a great find Duet Display, as well as suggesting 3 ways to use the Duet Display. Avatron Software make a similar product to Duet Display called Air Display 2 that was WiFi only and could be a little laggy as a result. They have been in touch to tell us that they are updating their Air Display 2 to AIR Display 3 to add USB connectivity and more. It seems that Apple have relaxed their policy on rejecting apps that accessed USB when Duet Display was approved and it would appear from the announcement of Air Display 3 this isn’t a one off. MacRumours said of Air Display 3…

In our limited testing, Air Display 3 used over USB worked well, with little lag, and its performance was comparable to Duet Display. There’s still an option to connect over WiFi if USB is not available, but using WiFi was considerably more unreliable with a lot more of a delay when attempting to perform tasks. 

What Are The New Features In Air Display 3?

  • USB: They have added USB. You can still communicate over Wi-Fi, which is very useful in some cases and allows you walk around untethered, but you can also plug in your dock connector and see much faster performance with no perceptible lag.
    This is great for using Air Display in locations with a hostile Wi-Fi network, like hotels, coffee shops, airplanes, and some corporate and campus networks.
  • Pressure: They are retiring their Air Stylus iOS app and rolling all of its features into Air Display 3. Now you can draw with your favourite pressure-sensitive stylus directly into a Mac app like Photoshop or Motion.
    In Air Display 3, they have added support for all of the latest styluses and on iOS 8, you don’t even need a stylus, just tilt your finger to simulate pressure changes.
  • Pinch-Zoom: You can use familiar gestures to zoom and pan, which is quite handy at Retina resolutions and makes the iPhone a useful second display.
  • Speed: USB speeds up the Air Display connection a lot, but Air Display 3 also dramatically increases performance over Wi-Fi.

If you haven’t come across Air Display before then here is a summary of what it can do…

  • Multiple Monitors: Air Display 3 connects up to 4 iPads simultaneously for powerful multi-monitor configurations.
  • Keyboard: Type using Air Display’s built-in keyboard or any Bluetooth keyboard.
  • Cross Platform: The free Mac host app is not just for iOS; it can also connect to our Air Display clients for Android, Mac, and Windows.
  • Touch Gestures: You can control your Mac with intuitive iOS gestures: tap or drag to operate the mouse or tap, two fingers to right-click, drag two fingers as a scroll wheel.
  • HiDPI: Choose Normal, Retina, or HiDPI resolution to suit your taste.

For the moment Air Display 3 is only available in the App Store for Mac users, Windows users can still get Air Display 2, but they will be releasing a Windows version of Air Display soon.

They are also intending to create an App Bundle to enable Air Display 2 and Air Stylus users upgrade to Air Display 3 for a discounted price.

Users will also need to download a free Mac app from the Avatron website to connect their iOS devices to their Macs.

Want To See Pro Tools On Your iPad? Duet Display Allows You To Use Your iPad As A Second Monitor

No it’s not a Photoshop job, that really is Pro Tools on an iPad and even better it’s using the power of the Mac to run, let us explain.

Duet Display is a new Mac application for OS X and iOS that tethers your iOS compatible device to your Mac and making it a secondary monitor, but rather than being connected by laggy WIFI it uses the cable and some clever software.

Developed by an ex-Apple engineer the new Duet Display app gives you an instant second monitor, even better it allows you to use touch on the iOS device to control whatever application is on screen.

We’ve tested it with Pro Tools and it offers menu functions, faders, mutes, solos and more. It does not allow pinch pull editing, but many common features such as control over plug-ins, MIDI and timeline editing and work. As an instant second monitor with touch control for Pro Tools, it’s a handy little app to have. It even charges your iPad as you use it.

At £6.99 Duet Display is going to be a very popular app - all we need now is Apple to make a large iPad. At the moment it is Mac only but rumours suggest a Windows version is coming.

For more information on the Duet Display for Mac and iOS clcik here

CheatSheet Cool Free Mac App For Those Who Can't Remember Their Shortcuts

CheatSheet is a cool free Mac application that tells you all the shortcuts of any application.

The premise is simple, hold down the CMD key for longer than normal and a full cheat sheet of the short cuts for the applicaition that currently has focus pops up.

We love the work over at Keyboard Shortcuts For Pro Tools, but for creative in a rush this is an added little gem to have installed. We’ve been running this for several weeks without issue.

Download CheatSheet for Mac here

Amazing - See Your Microphones Polar Patterns With ARA Polarmic

Arapolarmic is a pretty cool app for the iPad, using augmented reality it allows the user to see the polar pattern of the microphone in real time. Not only that it contains the technical information of hundreds of mics.

The first release of Arapolarmic includes microphone models of the following brands: AEA, Audio-Technica, Audix, Beyerdynamic, Electro-Voice, Lewitt, Mojave Audio, Oktava, Royer Labs, Schoeps, Telefunken-Elektroakustik and Violet Design.

The company promise free mic updates as wel as a request service for those mics not shown in the database.

The app runs on an iPad and is available from the Apple App Store for £79.99

Find out about the Arapolarmic here

iLok Licence Manager Show & Tell -Video

A first look at the new iLok Licence Manager App for Mac and PC. Manage your iLok from your desktop and more!

Neyrinck Release V-Control Pro 1.7 With Tons Of New Features

Our friends over at Neyrinck released V-Control Pro v 1.7 with a lot of new features. More here

Preferences - New preferences section is displayed in Setup popover

  •     Optionally place transport at top of screen
  •     Optionally disable transport controls
  •     Optionally disable fader double-tap
  •     Optionally set for transparent jog wheel display
  •     Optionally set for Cubase +12 dB max gain

Counter Jog Control - Pro Tools and Cubase and some other apps now let you drag across the counter to jog/scrub/shuttle forward or back.

Draggable Multi-Panel - The multi-panel window can now be dragged and placed anywhere.

Transport Controls can be set to show at top in new preferences

Smarter Multi-Panel Display - The multi-panel window now remembers which mode is selected when a user exits V-Control Pro and re-launches.

Jog/Shutte Wheel - All DAW modes have a jog/shuttle wheel.

  • Different apps have different functionality with some having Scrub and Shuttle modes selectable at the top of the wheel. If Scrub and Shuttle are not selected the wheel Jogs thru the project. In some apps dragging in the counter also allows Jog/Scrub/Shuttle depending on the setting for the Jog Wheel.  
  • Audition, Final Cut 7, and Media Composer have a fixed wheel in the user interface.
  • All other DAW modes have an optional wheel.
  • Two-finger double-tap the mixer to show/hide the jog wheel for all other DAW modes.
  • Two-finger drag to quickly activate and control shuttle mode
Pro Tools Transport Popover
Keypad and Automation Popover

Transport Popover - All DAW modes now have a Transport Popover selectable from transport bar

  • Pro Tools memory locations and audition controls have been moved from edit panel to transport popover.
  • Logic marker controls moved from edit panel to transport popover.

Pro Tools Keypad Improved
 - The keypad now has modifier keys for additional functionality.

Pro Tools Automation Popover Improved

  • The popover now has a “All” button to set mode for all tracks.
  • Write Enable controls and Suspend control moved into Automation Popover

Pro Tools Surround Panner Improved - The surround panner better controls panning if a touch moves outside the panner boundary.

More here

Novation Releases Launchkey 25, 49 & 61 - Keyboards With Apps At Amazing Prices

In a move that is likely to turn their competitors white, Novation have announced three new keyboards in a range called Launchkeys, not only do they come with Apps, but they also sell for amazing prices, with the 61 note controller selling for just £159.99. I know it’s only January, but one can’t help but think these may be top of most people’s Christmas list this year! We have review product coming soon.

Based around a 25, 49 or 61 note keyboard controller with 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads, Launchkey features the Launchkey app (an iPad performance synth) as well as a Launchpad app that provides drag-and-drop loop playback from the pads and real-time effects including stutter and filter effects. It also ships with a suite of software for Mac and PC including Novation’s V-Station and Bass Station soft-synth plugins and Ableton Live Lite. Launchkey’s 16 launch pads will also trigger clips and scenes in Ableton Live.

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Ultimate Mic Locker For iOS App

Cool new iOS App, The Ultimate Mic Locker provides access to a huge selection of high quality microphones that will bring you the best possible sound, no matter what your project is. We know microphones, and we know what you use them for. From vocal and instrument recording, broadcast presentations, to different performance environments, we provide access to an industry wide variety of options for every use.

The Ultimate Mic Locker will find your perfect fit. With detailed descriptions, specifications and examples of use, you can be certain of your mic selection. More here

Quietart Catchin' SYNC - Handy iPhone® App That Helps You Determine Audio Visual SYNC Errors

Quietart Makers of the “Wave Rider” Automatic automation plugin have made a cool little iphone app that helps You determine Audio Visual SYNC Errors in video playback.

Catchin’ SYNC allows you to capture and manually determine audio SYNC issues on your video playback device.
In almost all cases, where audio and video playback passes through separate devices (i.e Audio through receiver, video through LCD TV or Projector etc.) there will be advancement or delay on the audio signal, making the viewing experience unpleasant. Catchin’ SYNC will help you determine if your system is in SYNC or not and by how much in milliseconds or frames. With that information you can add appropriate amounts of delay to your signal and get everything play along properly in SYNC.

Check it out !

iMPC Music Production App for iPad Out Now - Impressive!

Akai have released iMPC for iPad, with impressive features and knock-out price.

Akai iMPC features

  • More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
  • Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
  • Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
  • Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
  • In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
  • 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
  • Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
  • Simple drag and drop program creation
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
  • Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
  • AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
  • Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for iMPC owners
  • Route to and use with your favourite Tabletop Effects and devices
  • Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
  • Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor

More here