Entries in ipad (12)
There’s a lot of audio interfaces on the market, some offer a lot of features for the home studio, but for some live is an important part of their entire workflow and having to invest in both live and studio equipment can get costly.
A few months ago I purchased a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 to use as part of my home studio, in some ways as an expensive mix solution for creating videos. Over time I’ve really started to love it and can see the potential it has for those working in a band who may be looking for a mixer and also a recording interface. It’s not a new product, but for the money (it streets for less than £800) and this is what you get for your money.
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
A few years ago the iPhone and iPad were inheard of and yet in a matter of years it has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. Part of the attraction is of course the huge selection of Apps available, it wasn’t long before Apps were appearing to make music and to record and edit audio.
Avid have made some small steps into the world of iOS with Sibelius support but nothing for Pro Tools users to date, other brands have tried to do more to give their DAW users an iOS experience when working on the move.
So has iOS been the music and audio dream come true for you, or did you dabble and find yourself disappointed?
Please complete our poll - we’ve broken it into professionals (those making a living from music and audio) and enthusiasts to see if there are any trends that emerge. Of course, as ever please leave comments to give more flesh to the poll.
The creative forces behind Positive Grid, the developer of JamUp and BIAS for iOS (www.positivegrid.com), have created a new Mastering App and now open up to collect feedback from mastering engineers, production gurus and iOS music enthusiasts.
The Mastering App consists of a mobile-first mastering suite from the ground up that combines nuanced techniques of mastering with Positive Grid’s expertise on mobile design. Positive Grid is looking for experienced and talented individuals who want to join to shape this project and be a part of the beta testing program.
In exchange, beta testers will:
- Have exclusive access to early development of a groundbreaking app from one of the fastest growing music technology companies.
- Participate actively with Positive Grid’s engineering and product team, provide input and be in the front row of a Mastering App development process.
- Be featured in the final Mastering App credits.
- Receive a Mastering App promo code when released.
If you have an iPad or iPad mini with iOS 7 and would like to join, just sign up at:
Only 50 slots are available so sign up quick.
A few weeks ago a Novation Launchkey 61 landed at PTE HQ for me to take a look at. On a good week I can have several keyboards littering the studio, in fact so many that only an octopus who plays like Chick Corea would have any chance of making real use out of them. I say this to indicate that a lot of controller keyboards pass through my hands and the thought of reviewing a budget controller keyboard is my least favourite task. It’s not that I’m a snob, at least not about controller keyboards, shoes and restaurants yes, but controller keyboards no. I appreciate that there are varying needs and budgets, but I do get attached to the ones I like, so even the simple task of swapping from my trusty stead to a newbie takes some energy.
Anyway, I eventually took the Novation Launchkey 61 out of the box and gave it pride of place on my Ultimate Support stand (note the stand costs more than the keyboard) and I was ready to take a look at it.
The NLK61 was of interest to me for a couple of reasons, the first was the features to price ratio, in other words you get a lot for your money. Secondly it also has Pro Tools integration built in so you can control the transport, faders, mutes and also assign MIDI controller too. All for not much more than a decent pair of shoes or a meal from aforementioned restaurants. Joking apart, the Launchkey 25, 49 and 61 versions clock in at £99, £129 and £159 respectively, so they offer a lot of bang for your buck. In the words of Novation “Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads that trigger and stop clips - and launch scenes - in Ableton Live. As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey app and the Launchpad app* - plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.” To be frank… a steal!
One of the first things I wanted to check was the Pro Tools integration, I’m on a Mac so there are no drivers to install. Simply open up the peripherals menu in Pro Tools and set it up via HUI protocol, see below. However on this occasion it didn’t want to play ball, it didn’t matter how many times I tried to sort if out it wouldn’t play nice, so no cigar for me. I put a call into their support line and within 5 minutes they called me back. After a little bit of discussion it transpired that the USB hub I had used to connect it to my Mac was not helping. Once I connected it to the Mac directly then all was good, I could then plug it back into the hub… please note. Full marks to Novation support, not their fault, but they fixed it with a smile and didn’t mention that I’d been a plonker.
Once this was working then I could control the transport, faders and mute via the NLK61. I could use the pads to put in drum parts, the keyboard to play in (yes you guessed it) keyboard parts and assign controllers for MIDI control.
In use the NLK61 is a nifty MIDI controller, my only criticism is the money has been saved on the keyboard which feels a little soft and has the action of a typewriter made from jelly. Don’t get me wrong it’s not bad, it’s just not the kind action you want when laying down piano parts, but for everyday MIDI sequencing it will be more than adequate.
However if you are on a tight budget and want a MIDI controller for the centre of your Pro Tools studio then you should take a look at the Novation Launchkey series of keyboards - they work with Mac, PC and iPad and come with free Apps and two FREE virtual instruments, note that one is VST so you will need to either wrap it or host it in something else to use it in Pro Tools.
If you are looking for a new MIDI controller and want a lot of bang for your buck then check out the Novation Launchkey 25,49, or 61 they represent outstanding value for money.
RME have announced a whole host of new prosucts at this years Musikmesse,
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
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.
Community member and sound engineer Simone Corelli has launched his ‘Pro Tools In One Hour’ on the iPad as an iBook. Bob Katz said ‘‘Simone is the best person I could think of to take you there’. In their words…
“This clear and concise guide takes the reader by the hand through the first steps in the use of Pro Tools, the audio system born twenty years ago and adopted by some of the best professionals worldwide.
In this video James takes a look at updates that have been made to the Auria DAW for iPad. He shows how he uses it along side the RME UCX interface for playback of backing tracks and how some of the new features of Auria help make this job very easy.
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.