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IK Multimedia releases GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone & iPod Touch

IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2

IK Multimedia has released GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone and iPod touch, the most powerful mobile loop based music making app with a patented “groove generator” engine that lets anyone create professional quality non-stop grooves, beats and songs in real time on the go.

GrooveMaker 2 has been completely redesigned with a slew of powerful new features, giving users total control over their creations while functioning as a live performance powerhouse app.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a completely new and intuitive way of making music by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that always sound good together, and users use these to build build grooves and complete songs. GrooveMaker 2 gives users ability to mix and remix their creations from a newly designed iOS 7 style interface and intuitive controls, loop import, automatic mixing controls, loop effects, mastering effects, groove sequencing and export controls.

There are literally millions of groove possibilities that can be constructed and deconstructed with GrooveMaker 2. Over 3,600 available loops from a continually expanding library of over 60 collections for virtually every style of groove music including House, DubStep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Electro, D’n’B, Trance, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and artist’s packs from Ace of Skunk Anansie, Chris Domingo and Cool & Dre and more.

There are tons of new and powerful performance features in GrooveMaker 2. The new Grid Interface allows users to literally “draw” new grooves by dragging their finger across the screen, as well as being able to change the length of individual loops and grooves down to 1/4 of a bar. Additionally, GrooveMaker 2′s time-stretch engine allows complete tempo changes (up to 200% and down to 50%) without affecting the pitch of the loops.

GrooveMaker 2 also features a suite of up to 16 creative effects users can apply “on the fly” to mixes
and grooves, including staple effects like delay, reverb, filter, flange and wah, but also specialized effects designed forlive DJ performance like stutter, noise, twist, tail, brake and spin. Furthermore, one of the most requested features is now fully implemented in GrooveMaker 2: audio recording and audio import (E-mail, FTP, SoundCloud, and more).

Changes in GrooveMaker 2

  • Completely redesigned iOS7 style interface.
  • New single application allows you to have all your loop collections in one place via inapp purchase (any GrooveMaker 1 loop packs bought previously are unlocked and usable in GrooveMaker 2 upon registration).
  • 16 Packs available in 60 song collections (1 song included in the free version, 4 songs included in the full version and more available via in-app purchase).
  • New Grid interface allows for simplified loop remixing – even by “drawing”.
  • Single loop duration and groove duration can be freely selected down to ¼ bar, with new 1/8 to 1/32 live-repeat function on full grooves for dramatic effects.
  • 16 available FX with automation and touch-pad like interface.
  • IMPORT functions allows to import audio files or record your own grooves within the existing collection (available for in-app purchase in the Free version).
  • New high-quality time-stretch for seamless groove tempo variation from 50% to 200% of original BPM without changing the pitch.
  • New real-time recorder of your remixing performance.
  • New master control with Compressor, EQ and Filter.
  • New sharing features include Audio Copy, E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP and SoundCloud.
  • Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and X-Sync (with iRig MIX).

GrooveMaker 2 is available to purchase for 8.99 EUR. A free version can be downloaded on the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / GrooveMaker 2

IK Multimedia releases UltraTuner app for iOS

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of UltraTuner, a precise digital tuner app for for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iOS

UltraTuner features one of the fastest, smoothest and most responsive tuning engines of all tuner apps, and is precise to well below a hundredth of a cent — far beyond human perception of pitch, making it 10 times more accurate than a mechanical strobe tuner.

UltraTuner’s precision and speed provides players and engineers with a pocket-sized professional instrument tuner always at hand and offers two basic modes of operation: Stage and Studio. When in Stage mode, UltraTuner is a straightforward, ultra-accurate instrument tuner featuring a unique, simple interface that’s very easy to see in low light conditions. In studio mode, UltraTuner provides pitch tracking – allowing players to monitor pitch over time. This is especially useful in the studio for monitoring pitch of non-chromatic instruments like vocals, violin and brass etc., on recordings over time, and very useful for vocal and instrument pitch training.

In the settings window, players can quickly calibrate the “A” note, set the temperament type, set the root key for tracking and adjust the audio sensitivity. UltraTuner can use the device’s built-in microphone for audio input, and works with all analog or digital audio interfaces for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig PRO and the iRig MIC series of products.

UltraTuner features

  • Innovative patented tuning engine that provides the highest level of responsiveness and accuracy with 0.01 cent resolution.
  • Dual Mode: Stage and Studio.
  • Large Tuning indication visible from a distance (stage mode).
  • Tuning History to see the tuning variations over time (studio mode).
  • Temperament selection includes: Equal, Pythagorean, Just Major, 1/4 Comma Mean Tone, Kimberger III, Werckmeister III, Young and Kellner.
  • Useful not only for tuning, but also for non-chromatic instrument training.

UltraTuner is available to purchase as a standalone app from the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch for $4.99 USD / 4.49 EUR, or as an in-app purchase within AmpliTube for iPhone (Free/LE/Full versions), and AmpliTube for iPad (Free/Full versions).

More information: IK Multimedia / UltraTuner

IK Multimedia launches Happy New Gear Holiday Sale – 50% off

IK Multimedia has announced a Happy New Gear sale, offering 50% off software titles for a limited time.

IK Multimedia Happy New Gear

One day? Are you kidding me? Only one day to save big on “holiday” purchases? Nope, not at IK. We know how busy you might be trying to track down holiday deals, so we’ve put together a little promo we like to call “Happy New Gear!” holiday sale where you’ll save 50% on ALL IK MULTIMEDIA PLUG-INS AND SOFTWARE. That’s right, everything in the IK software toy bag is half price from now until January 6, 2014. No gimmicks, no tricks… just good honest deals for musicians, engineers and producers.

So if you’re having trouble coming up with gifts for your musician friends, or need to provide someone with a gift idea for you, might we suggest a few of the following. Happy Holidays from the IK “Musicians First” Team!

Use promo code HALFOFF to take advantage of this offer. The sale ends January 6th, 2014.

More information: IK Multimedia / Happy New Gear

IK Multimedia launches iRig KEYS PRO Mobile MIDI Keyboard

IK Multimedia has announced the expansion of its iRig KEYS line with two new products for mobile musicians: iRig KEYS PRO and iRig KEYS with Lightning connector, compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS PRO

iRig KEYS PRO is a true “plug and play” professional-quality programmable MIDI controller designed specifically for making music on the go with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Even with pro features like mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable “sets” for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob, iRig KEYS PRO is 30% smaller than any other full-size key MIDI controller that can be played with two hands.

iRig KEYS PRO also has powerful programming features that are useful during live performance and in the studio. Players can program iRig KEYS PRO with different set-ups and store them in one of the 4 “Set” banks. When iRig KEYS PRO is in Edit mode, the user can set the MIDI transmit channel, velocity (touch) response, assign Control Change numbers to the Volume/Data knob, send custom Program Change messages, transpose the keyboard in semi-tones and more. iRig KEYS PRO is also right at home in the studio, and works seamlessly with DAW software, including GarageBand, Logic Pro and many others.

iRig KEYS PRO features

  • 37 velocity-sensitive full-sized keys (a 3 full octaves range plus one note).
  • Modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • Volume/Data knob (assignable).
  • Octave/Program Up/Down back-lit, soft-touch buttons.
  • SET button to store and recall 4 different customized setups.
  • Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal.
  • Core MIDI (iOS) and USB class compliant (Mac/PC) – plug and play.
  • Powered from the iOS device or Mac/PC USB.
  • Comes with SampleTank FREE iOS and iGrand Piano FREE apps (download from the App store).
  • Comes with free Mac/PC virtual instrument: SampleTank 2 L (download from IK User Area).
  • Includes Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables.

The iRig KEYS PRO is available to purchase for 119.99 EUR.

iRig KEYS with Lightning is the first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC.

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS

iRig KEYS with Lightning connector is IK’s new version of the ultra popular iRig KEYS portable mini keyboard and now comes with a Lightning-connector cable for connecting iRig KEYS to the newest Apple devices, including the new iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5 series.

It shares the same powerful features of iRig KEYS PRO but with a more compact build so it only takes up minimal space on your desktop and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.

The iRig KEYS with Lightening connector costs 99.99 EUR. The Lightning Cable is also sold separately for 24.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig KEYS

Homegrown Sounds releases Infekted Synths for Sampletank

Infekted Synths for Sampletank

Homegrown Sounds has announced Infekted Synths for Sampletank, a sample library for the Sampletank instrument by IK Multimedia.

A collection of Multi-sampled Instruments designed on a Virus TI now released for Sampletank.

These are a high quality selection of musically useful sounds which make the most of Sampletank via a series of 44 child presets for each instrument. These child presets are like categories which transform each instrument adding a ton of flexibility to the collection.

Note: If you use Kontakt this sample collection is available as part of Kosmos Infekted

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $20 USD (regular $35 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Infekted Synths Sampletank

IK Multimedia ships iLoud portable stereo speaker

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IK Multimedia iLoud

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLoud, the first portable stereo speaker designed for musicians.

Now is your chance to be among the earliest to own the first portable stereo speaker that is truly designed with musicians and audiophiles in mind. iLoud combines superior power with spectacular audio resolution and amazing low end. For the first time, musicians can have a portable speaker that sounds like a studio monitor, and allows them to create high-quality compositions and accurate mixes on the go.

Featuring rechargeable battery operation, pristine frequency response, and the flexibility of both Bluetooth and wired operation, iLoud makes it possible to compose, record, and mix anywhere from a mobile music rig. It gives you the convenience of a cableless connection, together with the performance of a hi-fi speaker, and offers a superior listening experience at home, with your friends, and on the go.

As it’s name implies, iLoud is much louder than your average portable speaker. With a full 40 Watts of sonic power, iLoud sounds two to three times louder than comparable-sized speakers. It provides a richer, more powerful sound for any type of music style from rock to hip-hop to electronic.

iLoud features

  • 40 W total musical power – twice as much as comparable size speakers.
  • Superior low frequency extension and sound accuracy.
  • Bluetooth and stereo analog line input.
  • Battery powered with auto standby, 10 hours normal usage.
  • iRig® input for guitars and dynamic mics for iPhone/iPad processing.
  • Highly portable – easily fit in a laptop bag or a backpack.
  • Ideal for music reproduction and music creation.

iLoud is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / 239.99 EUR (excl. tax).

More information: IK Multimedia / iLoud

IK Multimedia launches In-App Special: 40% off all Recorders & AmpliTube Studio

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IK Multimedia Recorder

IK Multimedia has announced that AmpliTube, AmpliTube Fender, AmpliTube Slash, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix and VocaLive users get 40% discount on the Recorder through in app purchase.

From now until November 14th, 2013 you can get the multi-track recorder inside your favorite guitar or vocal app for a great price. AmpliTube users can also save 40% on the Studio and Studio + Recorder in-app purchase as well.

Inside AmpliTube and VocaLive’s multi-track recorder, you can use the handy “Apply FX” feature to subtly or radically change the sound of your recorded vocals and instruments without having to re-record them. Capture your ideas quickly by recording your performances with the built-in recorder featuring re-amping capabilities, then share your track by exporting high quality audio files or M4As – all in the convenience of your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The limited time offer to get 40% off on a multi-track recorder expires November 14th, 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia releases iRig BlueBoard wireless MIDI pedalboard

IK Multimedia has announced the release of iRig BlueBoard, a Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iOS and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages, allowing a user to control the functions of their favorite music-making apps. Any MIDI compatible app – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, iGrand Piano — or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be controlled wirelessly.

This opens up a whole new world of live performance possibilities. The user can switch between presets, change patches, and turn effects on and off from up to 10 meters away. The user can even connect pedals (not included) for further control of continuously variable parameters such as volume and wah, without being tied by cables to a mobile device.

iRig BlueBoard is small enough to fit into a laptop bag and works with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supporting Bluetooth 4.0. It also works with any Mac that supports Bluetooth 4.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy. The iRig BlueBoard app runs in the background on a mobile device or Mac, translating Bluetooth signals into MIDI signals.

iRig BlueBoard features

  • Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
  • 4 backlit assignable foot switches.
  • 2 1/4″ inputs for assignable expression pedals or switches.
  • Can send Bank Change, MIDI Program Changes and MIDI Control Changes.
  • BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
  • Runs on standard AAA batteries.
  • Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.

The iRig BlueBoard is now available to purchase for $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig BlueBoard