Musicians can’t make a living

A few music related blogs have posted the video above. Basically it states what most musicians know or are in the process of finding out: It’s very hard to make a living in the music business. I still make a percent of my total income from music but it’s largely from live performances and legacy hit records. That said, I would never stop making music because I love it and what it does for me other than buy me material goods. I also suspect that although the industry is in an all time lull profits will rise for those dedicated and talented.

“Topspin CEO Ian Rogers, captured at New Noise Santa Barbara, notes that only 25-30,000 musicians are actually making a living through their music.” – sonicstate.com

For more info: digitalmusicnews

Korg iMS-20

Yay Korg. The iMS-20 is a full MS20 recreation for the iPad with some nice additions including an analog sequencer, drum machine, Kaoss Pad and SoundCloud integration. Let’s hope the knobs and connectors are as fun and easy to use as on the iElectribe.

UPDATE: It’s in the store now for $15.99. Here’s the link: click here

“A complete recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 analog synth. Built-in 16-step analog sequencer to control the sound. Music production studio with the MS-20 mono synth, a six-part drum machine, and a mixer. Kaoss Pad function allows intuitive performance and control. Publish and share your iMS-20 songs online with the SoundCloud music distribution site. By combining a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, an analog step-style sequencer, six-part drum machine, Kaoss-style performance, and a mixer to control it all, the iMS-20 will transform your iPad into one way-cool sound studio for the modern musician – and the analog enthusiast as well!” – korg.com

For more info: korg.com

IK Multimedia iKlip

The iKlip from IK Multimedia gives your iPad a place to be in your music studio. It can mount above or below your microphone. Put a teleprompter App on your iPad for lyrics while you sing or place a musical score on the screen. Other ideas for the iPad in view could be a guitar amp, synth or drum machine. It’s made in Italy and it will cost you $39.00. Not a bad stocking stuffer.

“…a multi-angle lightweight iPad microphone stand adapter.” – ikmultimedia.com

For more info: ikmultimedia.com/iklip

Jawbone Jambox

As a musician when I play my songs to friends I want them to be loud. The problem is these days I’m usually playing music from my laptop, iPad or iPhone. I’ve used various little speaker systems in the past but the associated power cords and audio cable’s are a hassle to truck around. I’ve had my eye on the Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth speaker. It’s a small portable speaker with Bluetooth and a rechargeable speaker and it has some rave reviews for it’s sound. This week Jawbone released a similar speaker using the same exact audio technology and trumped up tech specs. The new Jambox also looks modern and comes in black, blue, red or gray. Besides louder music the Jambox is also a good speaker/mic for conference calls. It’s $200… someone put one under my Christmas Tree ok?

“Meet JAMBOX by Jawbone the smallest, best-sounding wireless speaker and speakerphone on the planet. Just place it anywhere in a room to stream pristine wireless audio from any Bluetooth device. It’s the perfect way to make those jams on your phone or iPad sound, well, awesome.” – aliphjawbone

For more info: jawbone.com/jambox

Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is yet another reason the iPad is a must have for musicians. How can you not like this? The iPhone version is available now and looks ok on the iPad: click here (App store link). A made for iPad version is on the way. If you still ready to complain keep in mind this App is free. It was created at the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten.

“Singing Fingers Lets You Finger Paint with Sound. Make a sound while moving your finger to record a sound-drawing. Touch the drawing you just made to play the sound back: forward, backward, sideways, or any way. That’s it! Singing Fingers lets you see music, hear colors, and re-see everyday sounds for the beautiful playground that they are. Singing Fingers lowers the floor to let beginners play with sound as if it was finger paint, and raises the roof by letting advanced DJs break out of the grooves of the records into a world where sounds take any shape you give them.” – singingfingers.com

For more info: singingfingers.com

Izotope Nectar

Izotope will be releasing a vocal plug-in this month called Nectar. The software will have Pitch Correction, Breath Control, Compressors, a DeEsser, Doubler, Saturation, EQ, Gate, Limiter, Delay and a Reverb. It will be $199 at launch then jump to $299 shortly after. I use Ozone and Trash quite often and considering every song I have is graced with my voice (subject to opinion I know) Nectar could end up in my AU folder. As with other Izotope plug-ins there will be an extensive preset browser too.

“Nectar offers dozens of professionally designed vocal production styles powered by eleven processing modules. Users will select an included style and then customize it with faders tailored to that style. For further customization of their vocal sound, users can switch to the Advanced View and access all of the controls of the underlying modules that power the plug-in… iZotope Nectar is ideal for audio engineers, voice over artists, singer/songwriters, recording enthusiasts, podcasters, and anyone else who records sung or spoken vocals. Its dozens of styles cover genres including: Alternative & Indie, Blues/R&B, Classical, Country, Dance & Electronica, Hip Hop & Rap, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Spoken Word.” – izotope.com

For more info: izotope.com/products/audio/nectar/

iOS Full Midi Support

This week Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music posted a great article on the upcoming full MIdi support in iOS 4.2. We are getting “WiFi Midi” which appears to be an Apple proprietary system for Apple devices to communicate wirelessly and official USB Midi support via the iPad Camera Connection Kit (Amazon link). It seems we will enter the next phase of music software and hardware on iOS devices once developers have the new Core MIDI goodness in their hands for a while. Is my Atari ST jealous yet? Read the full article on CDM here: createdigitalmusic.com/on-ipad-midi

“In iOS 4.2, best known for leveling the playing field between Apple’s handhelds and tablet, you’ll get full-blown MIDI support. It was clear in leaked details from earlier releases that Apple’s Core MIDI framework was finding new life on the mobile OS, but not directly what that would mean for hardware. Now, the hardware picture is clear.” – Peter Kirn

photo credit: ConfortModerne

Bullet Headphones

I thought the upcoming Marshall Headphone’s were the king of rock cool but their crown has just been stolen. Munitio is selling… um get this… Nine Millimeter Headphones! These are about $150 and you can also get them in silver. If you want to seriously ballistic (or stupid depending on how you look at it) go for the Teknines for $250. Why? Why not?

“In another earphone first, MUNITIO has pioneered the use of extreme industrial grade coatings for the SITi (standard issue titanium) line of earphones. No other earphone on the planet has ever attempted to integrate this specialized technology into its products because no other earphone is made the way MUNITIO nines are. Used by NASA in high performance applications titanium coatings have unmatched durability and safety. Available in Deep Gold with gun metal tips the SITi earphones are down right menacing.” – munitio.com

For more info: munitio.com

Moogfest

Moogfest 2010 from charleston scene on Vimeo.

I really think Bob Moog’s kind nature is playing a much a role in the success of his after death business and events as the fact that his instruments are amazing. Make sure to visit The Bob Moog Foundation, Moog Music and the Moogfest website.

“Moogfest 2010 was a three-day festival celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog. It took place Halloween weekend, October 29-31, in Asheville, NC.” – charleston scene

For more info: moogfest.com

Autotune 7

If you forget the T-Pain/Cher effect Auto-Tune is a highly useful and good sounding plug-in. I’ve been using the previous version for a few months now and it does add a certain something to a vocal that I haven’t found in other plug-ins. I use Melodyne too but they are different enough tools if vocals are very important to your music. Besides correction there is added sheen that I think you would associate more with a good pre-amp and mic. You can also nicely lower a vocal’s pitch with some formant settings and it sounds very interesting.

“This video, produced by Groove 3 Inc., is an overview of Auto-Tune 7′s new features, focusing especially on Auto-Tune 7′s new time manipulation features.” – antaresaudio

For more info: antarestech.com