With the release of the iPad immenent it’s clear a MIDI interface for the pad or iPhone could be put to good use. I’ve been enjoying the lack of MIDI and the simple sound mangling apps such as Bebot, Curtis, TOPLAPapp and sampleToy. However, some Apps such as synthPond scream, “I want to be hooked up to to a DAW in sync and use me with external sounds”.
“MIDI Mobilizer is the only MIDI interface for Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Play, record, and backup MIDI information from any MIDI device, any time, any place.” – line6.com
We may not need a new MIDI standard but how about a new tiny MIDI plug?
If you rent a room in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude or if you are a crystal meth dealer there is a speaker system designed just for you. The Harman Kardon GLA-55 has chrome tubing and touch sensitive volume controls. For those with $999 you can get a set via Amazon: click here. I admit some strange part of me likes these speakers. It’s the same part that like the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata’s design:
“Founded in 1953 by Dr. Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon — two men with a deep interest in music and the arts — the company helped create the high-fidelity audio industry. In 1958, Harman Kardon introduced the world’s first stereo receiver, the Festival TA230, once again aimed at non-technical users in an attempt to make high-fidelity widely available. Stereo sound was achieved by using one channel from the AM Band, and one channel from the FM Band. The first true FM Multiplex Stereo Receiver was sold by HH Scott in 1961 with introduction of the Model 350 tuner.” – Wikipedia.org/Harmon_Kardon
So what do you think? Are these ridiculous or show pieces for your futuristic apartment?
Everyday Looper has become my favorite iPhone app period. If your a musician go grab this thing. It’s really fun to play around with and although you can’t tell by my loop it get’s your creative juices flowing. $4.99: click here
“Install Call Recorder and you’ll instantly see recording controls in Skype. Use the Record and Stop buttons, or activate Call Recorder’s automatic recording feature. The recorded files are saved into a folder on your Mac, neatly named with the caller’s name and the date. That’s it!” – ecamm.com
“Propellerhead Software’s product specialist James Bernard kicks off this series of tutorials with a demonstration on creative uses of the Record mixer’s dynamics section to create rhythmic gating effects, also known as ‘trance gate’.” – PropellerheadSW
“Week 4 is here and this time James shows you the basics of the Contol Volt and Gate features in Reason and Record. Many users shy away from CV/Gate for fear of not knowing what they do, but CV/Gate is an immensely powerful feature and quite straightforward to use once you grasp the basic concept.” – – PropellerheadSW
Here’s a pro-audio podcast I just discovered while listening to SonicTalk. Audionowcast is quite similar albeit with a more USA centric accent. They are up to 80 episodes and if via the iTunes download page you can troll through some descriptions to see if you want to hear any older shows. Subscribe page: click here
“The AudioNowcast is a podcast that covers all aspects of audio in the music, recording, film & television industries. Topics include: song writing & music marketing; recording & mixing; location sound, sound design & sound editing. Our panel is made up of industry professionals who share their insights, stories and tips.” – nowcastnetwork.com
Big City Music has released a good look at the Metasonix D-1000 Vacuum Tube Drum Machine. It’s unique and definetly sounds ancient in terms on electronic sound. Those who can appreciate the amazing soundtrack to Forbidden Planet (iTunes link) or some Aphex Twin will appreciate this box.
“The first drum machine made with vacuum tubes since the Wurlitzer Sideman of 1959. Unlike the Sideman, it’s a “modern” primitive device–with plenty of inputs, outputs, and flexibility. Even though it has only four drum sounds — two tunable drums, a tunable “snare” drum (harder sounding than the others), and a cymbal — control voltage inputs give great flexibility.” – metasonix.com