The Native Instruments Traktor Z1 is the ultimate, stick-it-in-yer-bag portable addon for Traktor users, both on PC and Mac, but also for Traktor DJ on iOS.
Fully compatible with all of the versions of Traktor, this unit is very similar to the Traktor S2 mixer section. Featuring the same faders and knobs as the S2 and S4, this really opens up the use of iOS Traktor App for iMac and iPhone (yes, it is even reported to work with iPhone too!) “more than a bit of fun messing about” usage. Not only does it give you a true stereo output and stereo headphone cue for iOS, it’s also an ultra-portable solution to anyone with its partner X1 or F1 controller for PC and Mac.
RME Toalmix FX app is just one of the pile of Musikmesse releases today, for use with any of it’s class compliant devices on the iPad (currently the UFX, UCX and Babyface).
Giving almost identical functionality to it’s computer based sibling, it enables users to store complete mixes, including adding dynamics and effects on both analogue and digital inputs, as well as controlling hardware settings, such as input switching, phantom power and sample rate.
It has been designed to take advantage of the retina display, gesture controls and to work in both horizontal and vertical orientations. It supports glitchless background processing, enabling users to switch between DAW apps, such as Cubasis or Garageband and the Totalmix controls without any loss of audio.
Totalmix FX app will be available in the summer from the App Store
Novation Launchpad S: It’s Bigger, It’s Brighter, and it’s getting us excited!!!!!
Hear Ye! All you Fleet-fingered Ableton Live users, a new King cometh etc.
Yep, it’s here…….
Novation Launchpad S
The no.1 Live controller: now brighter, faster and universal
Launchpad S is an update to the best-selling grid controller for Ableton Live: the Novation Launchpad. The 64 tri-colour pads can launch loops and clips, trigger drums and samples, and also control effects, volumes, mutes, solos and more. Launchpad S can do all this but has vastly brighter LEDs, a significantly faster refresh rate and is now plug and play with other software such as FL Studio. It also now works with iPad!
For those of you not familiar with the original Launchpad, it was about the most comprehensive way of manipulating Ableton Live’s particular way of working.
It was especially designed for launching loops/clips and triggering effects as well as getting full mixer control including volume, effects sends, pan, mute, solo and track arm. The grid can also trigger drums and one-shot samples. A second user mode allows users to freely assign pads to control other software parameters.
So what’s new!!!!
64-button music software controller Launch loops/clips, trigger drums and samples, and control effects and volumes.
Brighter, faster and works with more software Launchpad S is an update to the best selling original Launchpad.
Comes with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition Feature-packed version of Ableton Live lets you create music straight out of the box.
Plug and play with FL Studio and other software Now including custom software control overlays in the box.
Now supports iPad Launchpad S connects to iPad® with the Apple Camera Connection Kit — no drivers required!
New #1 iPad music app Trigger loops and remix on the fly with just a Launchpad S and your iPad
Create and perform anywhere Launchpad S is bus powered, even from an iPad, so you don’t need to connect it to mains power!
Launchpad S comes with the Launchpad Edition of Ableton Live, so you can start making music straight away. It also comes with custom overlays for using other grid-based music software such as FL Studio.
Novation has developed a Launchpad iPad app that enables loop triggering and effects from your iPad, independent of Ableton Live. Launchpad S can be connected to, and powered by, an iPad using a standard Camera Connection Kit. The app features a 1GB sample pack of brand new hand-picked loops curated by Loopmasters, ranging from drum samples to artist packs across a variety of modern genres……
This superb little box of tricks will retail at £149.99 and should be available from the middle of April………
A welcome feature set announcement from MOTU this morning as they introduce wireless control of their Cuemix client from your iPad.
If you own already own a CueMix-equipped MOTU audio interface you can now grab a free download from MOTU where the the latest CueMix FX software includes TouchOSC templates for your iPad. These will give you access too and complete control over the CueMix mixing and effects processing in your MOTU audio interface. Control your mix from anywhere in your home or studio via its Wi-Fi network. All CueMix-equipped MOTU interfaces are supported, both current and legacy models (see list below).
The CueMix mixer in your MOTU audio interface can be controlled from an iPad using an iPad app called TouchOSC. From your iPad, you can perform all CueMix mixing functions using the on-screen faders, knobs, and buttons in TouchOSC. Communication is bi-directional, so any changes you make on your computer screen will also be reflected on your iPad.
So how does wireless control of CueMix from your iPad work?
The CueMix FX (or CueMix DSP) mixer in your MOTU audio interface hardware is controlled by the CueMix FX software running on your computer. The CueMix FX software is, in turn, controlled by TouchOSC running on your iPad, which communicates wirelessly with your computer.
Open Sound Control (OSC) is a protocol for communication among computers, sound synthesizers, and other multimedia devices that is optimized for modern networking technology.
TouchOSC is a customizable OSC and MIDI control surface app for the iPad. It is available through the Apple App Store and allows you to control applications on your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.
MOTU has created custom TouchOSC iPad layouts for controlling CueMix FX. When you load them into TouchOSC, your iPad becomes a customized Wi-Fi control surface for CueMix FX.
Supported MOTU audio interface models
When you purchase a MOTU audio interface, you enjoy lasting performance and value, along with the very latest cutting edge technology. Through software and driver innovations like this, we are often able to extend new technologies to a MOTU audio interface you purchased years ago, to bring extra value to your MOTU investment.
Fortunately, our new CueMix FX Wi-Fi features support new and legacy models alike. Supported MOTU interface models include:
Any “mk3” MOTU audio interface
Any “mkII” MOTU audio interface (including the 896HD, UltraLite, and Traveler)
The Pioneer XDJ Aero is an excellent new Wireless DJ controller and this week we’ve had a visit from thier chief demonstrator Rob Anderson, who took us through the many features including the use of the Rekordbox APP for Android and Apple smartphones and Tablets, as well as Windows PC’s and Mac.
We were extremely impressed by the build quality and slick operation of the Pioneer XDJ Aero, although it does “stream” from wireless authorised devices running the Rekordbox app, it has a 10 minute buffer, as well intelligently automatically using the bpm (set in rekordbox) to put the track into a 4 bar loop, if the worst happens, if your mobile device runs out of battery and it does run out of tunes!
The build quality of this device was fantastic, with a welcome return to the solid metal cue and start buttons that CDJ users will be used to, as well as solid metal, touch sensitive platters.
The mixer is switchable between standalone and wireless mode and is exactly what you would expect from pioneer’s top level of equipment, solid, smooth and built for the heaviest level of fader abuse that you could possibly manually throw at it! One really nice feature was the lockable fader caps, to stop the frequent “flying fader” effect, where after some energetic movements, the caps shoot halfway across the dancefloor, leaving only little metal stumps for the next DJ.
The idea behind the Rekordbox app is that you can sort out and beatgrid, cue and edit information for your tunes on the go.
I found this a MAAASIVE plus point, as there’s many times whilst stuck on many forms of transport, that i really wished that i could sort my tunes out quickly, this does not only do that, but also allows you to stream directly to the unit to mix the tracks.
I can see the Pioneer XDJ Aero as the perfect home practice tool for people who use CDJ-2000’s in clubs, and currently move thier library about on USB pendrive. This controller definatly sits alone with a unique way of working that will be incredibly attractive to users who embrace modern technology and methodology.
The Alesis IO Mix mixer for iPad is one of the first Musikmesse unveilings of 2012.
What they say…
Now, for the first time ever, you can mix and record up to four channels of audio into your iPad.
The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio, allowing you to record multiple mics or instruments directly into GarageBand or any other compatible Core Audio app.
With the Alesis iO Dock, Alesis was the first to make your iPad studio-compatible. Now with the Alesis iO Mix, your iPad becomes your studio. All the connections you need are onboard, including four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels and balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs. The Alesis iO Mix also has a video output, making it perfect for everything from presentations and corporate meetings to home entertainment and live performance visuals.
ROOM FOR FOUR
With the Alesis iO Mix’s four-channel capability you finally have everything you need for mixing and recording on your iPad, all in one device. There’s no more clunky dongle connections or USB cables needed. Your iPad is seamlessly integrated into a compact mixing console that will be immediately familiar and easy to use. When you close Alesis iO Mix’s hinged door, your iPad is completely enclosed and secure — you’ll hardly be able to tell that they’re separate devices.
CONNECT & CREATE
The Alesis iO Mix allows you to connect virtually any piece of recording gear to your iPad: microphones, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels are exactly where you need them on the rear of the unit. Each has trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ controls located right in front of you. Push-button High Pass Filters are also available on each channel to eliminate low-frequency interference in live mixing and recording situations.
STUDIO TO GO
With its compact design, iO Mix is the perfect portable studio. Bring it to your band’s practice space, coffeehouse gig or weekend recording session. Switchable 48V phantom power allows you to use studio condenser microphones and iO Mix’s guitar-direct switch makes guitar recording easy. You don’t even need an amp! Simply connect your guitar or bass, flip the switch and use your iPad to add effects like reverb and delay. Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output are also onboard along with a switchable limiter for clip-free recordings.
The Alesis iO Mix is Core Audio-compliant, allowing you to use it with virtually any app in the App Store. Plus, your iPad’s WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and 3G connectivity, allow you to tailor your sound at a moment’s notice or playback audio through compatible wireless speakers. Download new effects or filters to deal with unexpected live sound needs, or download songs, videos or entirely new applications to keep your audience entertained during a gig or the band’s creative energy flowing during a recording session.
Along with its four-channel mixing and recording capability, the Alesis iO Mix’ s ability to playback video makes it ideal for applications that were previously impossible. You can use the Alesis iO Mix to not only mix and record, but also playback live performance visuals behind the band. The Alesis iO Mix is also great for corporate presentations and business meetings, allowing up to four speakers to be mic’d and have video playing back simultaneously. With the optional Alesis Module Mount, you can attach the Alesis iO Mix to a nearby mic stand and have easy access to instantly adjust any mixing, recording or video-playback parameter.
Turn your iPad into a portable mixer and flexible recording studio, with the iO Mix, only from Alesis.
The world’s first mixer/multi-channel interface for iPad
Mix and record up to four channels, or a stereo mix into your iPad
Works with mics, instruments, speakers, headphones, video monitors and projectors
Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels, each with trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ
Switchable 48V phantom power for use with studio condenser microphones
Guitar-direct (DI) switch for guitar recording without an amp
Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output with separate volume controls
Direct Monitor switch for latency-free input monitoring while recording
Switchable limiter for clip-free recordings
Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad
Core Audio-compliant: works with virtually any app in the App Store
Video output for connection to TVs and projectors: perfect for presentations, meetings and VJs
Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately)
Complete routing and signal-management controls
Power supply also charges your iPad
What we say…..
Whilst claims like “The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio” are not exactly true (Mackie DL1608 comes to mind), the Alesis offering will almost certainly come in well under the mackie pricepoint and value for money is a phrase always associated with Alesis, although i’m not exactly sure that i would prefer this solution to using a RME UCX and some multichannel audio software if recording. The slight downside is that it lacks the wireless possibility of the mackie, which really was one of the best audio uses for the ipad that i’ve seen. We hope to get our hands on the Alesis io Mix at Musikmesse in Frankfurt this week and report back with some in-depth analysis.
Another new product at NAMM this year from IK Multimedia see them adding a DJ solution to their popular iRig series. Called the iRig mix we see a 2 channel dj style mixer solution that allows you to access your i device libary and mix it up with another connected device as well as enabling you to patch in a guitar or mic on a 3rd dedicated channel.
The IK Multimedia iRig MIX lays claim to being the first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices. iRig MIX offers the same controls you would expect from a professional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a huge variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps.
The IK Multimedia iRig MIX allows DJs to use a traditional setup with two devices (one plugged into each of the independent channels) OR a single iOS device. For the single iOS device setup, the output of the single device is split into dual-mono and sent to the individual channels. Additionally – for the first time on any DJ mixer – iRig MIX can be used for mixing any type of audio source including those coming from mp3 players, CD players, etc… with an iOS device using automatic tempo matching and beat syncing. This is accomplished with X-Sync, a feature that works in combination with the DJ Rig free app from IK Multimedia that is included with iRig MIX.
The ultra-compact size and low profile of the IK Multimedia iRig MIX allows it to be easily be carried in a regular iPad bag. Plus its low-voltage power supply (only 5VDC) lets it be powered not only by any regular mobile device charger, but also by suitable iOS battery pack or laptop USB port for maximum mobility to mix anywhere.
IK Multimedia iRig MIX Key Features:
2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel cross-fader
Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTube, VocaLive)
Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
High quality, pristine sound
Quality headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
“X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the included DJ Rig free app
Can also be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
Also at NAMM this year but this time for the guitarists was the iRig stomp. Whilst many would have expected further pedal developents for this series of devices this stomp box style hardware controller for your iPad/iPhone device makes an interesting addition to the family. As you’d expect for a product from IK Multimedia iRig Stomp is based upon Amplitude and is in fact based around the well established Amplitude iRig edition.
The iRig STOMP lays claim to being the is the first stompbox guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad allowing guitar and bass players to integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects processing.
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp Features:
Compact, durable yet lightweight, aluminum-cast enclosure integrates easily into any traditional pedalboard.
Can be used inline with other effects pedals, or directly connected to amplifiers or PA systems using regular 1/4″ guitar cables, with no need for adapters.
Allows precise adjustment of the signal for perfect guitar and bass levels with its large input gain knob.
Active battery-powered output circuit improves headroom, especially when used with high-gain amplifiers in the AmpliTube app, reducing feedback and crosstalk when recording.
The bypass switch allows engaging or bypassing the AmpliTube app chain of effects – like a traditional stompbox – for seamless integration into any existing rig.
The iRig Stomp has an ultra-compact form-factor can be easily carried on the road.
Features a 3.5mm/1/8″ jack for silent practicing with headphones.
Includes AmpliTube FREE app and can be used with any other guitar processing app that uses the iOS mini-jack
Has an ultra-small, compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
The iRig Stomp is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.