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CEntrance showing new MixerFace mobile recording interface at NAMM

CEntrance has announced that it will be participating at the 2014 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

CEntrance MixerFace

This year, CEntrance will showcase its full line of products for recording and playback, including the best-selling HiFi-M8(r) DAC and amplifier for iPhone and the newly released MixerFace(r) mobile recording interface based on the same portable technology. The company’s exhibit will be located at booth 7327 in the Arena, located near Hall A.

MixerFace is a mobile recording interface that connects professional microphones with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The small, battery-powered device fits under an iPhone. It features two studio-grade microphone preamps and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording. MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, creating mobile recording capability for the modern, on-the-go musician, broadcaster and VO artist.

MixerFace is currently the subject of a successful crowd-funding effort on Indiegogo. The Indiegogo campaign lasts until January 31st, 2014.

More information: CEntrance / MixerFace

Apogee launches MiC 96k

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Apogee Electronics has announced the release of MiC 96k, a professional quality microphone for GarageBand on iPad, iPhone and Mac.

Apogee MiC 96k

Apogee MiC 96k is a digital microphone designed to deliver studio quality recording you can take anywhere. Use MiC 96k to record vocals, spoken word, acoustic guitar, piano, drums…anything! Inspired by the most revered and classic microphones in history, MiC 96k is designed to sound amazing and be easy to use with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one compact device. Apogee has carefully designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone. And it all fits in your pocket.

MiC 96k features

  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality.
  • Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone.
  • Up to 96kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion.
  • Studio quality microphone preamp with up to 40dB of gain.
  • No configuration, just plug in and record.
  • Control knob allows easy input level adjustment.
  • Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring.
  • Designed for vocal and acoustic instrument recording.
  • Also great for recording interviews, podcasts, voice overs, and audio for DSLR video.
  • All metal construction.
  • Extremely compact and portable.
  • Works with GarageBand.
  • Bus-powered by iPad, iPhone or Mac (no batteries or external power required).
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The MiC 96k is now shipping worldwide, priced at $229 USD.

More information: Apogee Electronics / MiC 96k

IK Multimedia intros iRing motion controller for iOS

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IK Multimedia has announced iRing, the first motion-tracking controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch music apps and more.

IK Multimedia iRing

Now musicians, gamers, and more can trigger sounds and control effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from touching the screen!

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device’s front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms built-in to an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can now operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two free apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to DJs to seasoned musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

iRing features

  • Ring controller, in tandem with either of two included apps featuring advanced motion-tracking technology, allows remote control of iOS app and app parameters using hand gestures.
  • Great for musicians and non-musicians alike.
  • Includes two identical, two-pattern reversible rings, allowing for numerous control combinations and the control up to 6 effect parameters simultaneously with two hands.
  • Rings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit.
  • Included iRing Music Maker app allows novices to make music using hand gestures.
  • Included iRing FX/Controller app lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects when used together with other music apps via Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.

iRing will cost $24.99 USD/19.99 EUR (exc. taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014 in three colors (white, green and silver). Pre-orders are already available on the IK Multimedia online store and selected stores. iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRing

Positive Grid launches BT-2/BT-4 Bluetooth MIDI Foot Controllers

Positive Grid has announced its BT-2 and BT-4 foot controllers, two robust, fully-programmable Bluetooth MIDI foot controllers with I/O features for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Positive Grid BT-4

Guitarists, bassists, pianists, vocalists and music producers will now have hands-free control over their iOS and Mac apps using either a two- or four-button wireless foot controller designed to provide total freedom and reliable operation in any live performance, studio recording or rehearsal situation.

“Mobile devices have changed the landscape and brought new possibilities to many working musicians,” said Jaime Ruchman, Marketing Manager at Positive Grid, “and they’ve been asking for a foot controller that is extremely solid and easy to use and which provides a live-ready solution. The BT foot controllers are the answers for that.”

BT-2 / BT-4 features

  • Bluetooth MIDI foot controller for iPad and iPhone.
  • Solid metal case with 2 or 4 assignable foot switches.
  • Made for JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT, GarageBand.
  • Send Bank Change, Program Change and Control Changes.
  • External expression pedal jack.
  • Built-in iOS link for plug and play audio interface.
  • Optimized for active/passive pickups for both guitar and bass.
  • BT iOS app runs in background on iOS to send MIDI.
  • AA x 2 batteries.
  • iOS 7 ready.

Positive Grid’s new Bluetooth foot controllers retail for $99.99 USD (BT-4 four-button set) and $79.99 USD (BT-2 two-button set) and will be available in Spring 2014.

More information: Positive Grid

CEntrance launches MixerFace mobile recording interface Indiegogo campaign

CEntrance has announced a crowd-funding effort to speed up the production of MixerFace, its new mobile recording interface for smartphones and tablets.

CEntrance MixerFace

MixerFace connects professional microphones with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The small, battery-powered mobile device includes two studio-grade microphone preamps and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality recording on the go.

The new product comes on the heels of CEntrance’s successful “HiFi-M8″ (pronounced HiFi-Mate) portable DAC and headphone amp for the audiophile listening community. MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, creating mobile recording capability for the modern, on-the-go musician, broadcaster and VO artist.

MixerFace features

  • Two custom, discrete, boutique microphone preamps, based on our new, low-noise dbpre technology.
  • Each input features a Neutrik combo XLR jack with mic / line inputs and a wide-range gain control. Inputs can accommodate a guitar pedal board, as well as keyboards and other XLR or 1/4″ audio sources.
  • A Hi-Z input has been requested and may be added.
  • Two LED level indicators per channel (green for signal present, red for peak)
  • 48V phantom power for using professional condenser microphones. Switchable per channel.
  • 24-bit / 192kHz A/D and D/A converters.
  • An innovative monitoring and mixing section that allows to pan each channel and control the dry/wet signal mix in the headphones.
  • Loud headphone amplifier with digital volume control.
  • Fully portable operation. Fits right underneath the phone, straps right to it and serves as a cradle, forming one device to hold.
  • Works with old 30-pin iPhones and new lightning connector-based iPhones. Shorter cable options will be available as well.

The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $52,000 USD by January 31, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

MixerFace is set for release in April 2014 and will be priced at $599 USD, while Indiegogo contributors can save a significant amount and be the first to receive the new product well in advance of stores.

More information: MixerFace

Camel Audio updates Alchemy Mobile to v2.2.6 + 50% off Pro Upgrade

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Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile

Camel Audio has released version 2.2.6 of the Alchemy Mobile music app for iOS.

Changes in Alchemy Mobile v2.2.6

  • Improved MIDI CC overdubbing.
  • Improved IAA and AudioBus support.
  • Support for iOS 7.1.
  • Various additional improvements.

Alchemy Mobile is available as a free download for iPhone/iPad from the iTunes app store.

Until December 31st, the Alchemy Mobile Pro Upgrade is available as an in-app purchase for iPhone/iPad at 50% off, priced at $6.99 USD / 5.99 EUR / £4.99 GBP.

In addition to all the standard functionality of Alchemy Mobile, Alchemy Mobile Pro users have access to a multitude of additional features, including:

  • Save and Export Songs – Recall and export your songs
  • Full MIDI Learn – Assign external controllers to any parameter
  • Remote Control – Control the desktop version of Alchemy
  • Polyphonic Pitch Bend – Bend notes in different directions

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More information: Camel Audio / Alchemy Mobile

Native Instruments celebrates TRAKTOR DJ’s “App of the Year” with a limited time price drop

NI Traktor DJ

Native Instruments has announced it is celebrating the announcement of TRAKTOR DJ‘s “App of the Year” status among numerous year-end mentions in the App Store worldwide.

The world’s first pro DJ app was chosen as Apple’s App of the Year in many countries and was runner up in several others.

Initially released for the iPad in February, TRAKTOR DJ has won countless praise and introduced a tactile, on-the-go DJ solution aimed at DJs of all levels. Utilizing familiar iOS Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and swipe, TRAKTOR DJ has brought a professional quality mixing experience to iPad and iPhone. The revolutionary app allows DJs to intuitively interact with their music in a completely new way.

To celebrate TRAKTOR DJ’s success, Native Instruments has significantly dropped the price of both iPad and iPhone versions in the App Store for a limited time until January 31, 2014.

TRAKTOR DJ is available in the App Store for only $9.99 USD / 8.99 EUR for iPad and $1.99 USD / 1.79 EUR for iPhone until January 31, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

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