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Native Instruments launches TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, to natively connect to both the TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad and iPhone, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ App, the Z1 adds headphone cue, and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly portable mixing interface when compact size and professional performance features are needed.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

Following TRAKTOR DJ’s overwhelming popular success and warm critical reception, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now provides TRAKTOR DJ users with an all-in-one 2-channel mixer, controller, and 24-bit soundcard. Its dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel automatically map to the software, instantly giving DJs added tactile control over their iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups. The Z1′s cue section delivers headphone pre-listening of the next track for fluid, professional mixing, while the built-in 24-bit soundcard provides club-ready sound without the need for additional hardware. This combined with the Z1′s compact footprint gives users the most portable TRAKTOR DJ setup available today. With iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch turned on, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the device charged, assuring DJs hours of performance fun.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR and the included TRAKTOR LE software, DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. When combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 connects to iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which must be purchased separately from Apple.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $199 USD/199 EUR. A $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad is available for $19.99 USD from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com. The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone is available for $4.99 USD from the App Store iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

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IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Studio + AmpliTube 3.0 update

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of AmpliTube Studio, adding timeline audio editing to the mobile guitar studio AmpliTube in a version 3.0 update.

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Studio

IK is proud to announce the new version of the highly acclaimed AmpliTube® App, which now adds a complete multi-track Studio with timeline audio editing and new gear models, making it the most comprehensive guitar and audio production app available. Now you can play, practice, compose and record complete songs from start to finish, anywhere inspiration strikes, on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Get to know AmpliTube Studio in this short video. There’s also videos you can watch that shows you how to record on an iPad or an iPhone using AmpliTube Studio.

The new release of AmpliTube completely changes the game for mobile music production and offers everything musicians need to quickly and easily record complete songs: a full guitar/bass rig; a multi-track recorder with effects; a new timeline audio editing suite for arranging, editing, mixing and mastering; a built-in programmable drummer; professional export features for sharing creations with the world; and the possibility to work simultaneously with other audio apps.

Plus new features are continuously being added, including AutoFreeze, which allows for separate effects rigs on each recorder track. The new AutoFreeze feature allows you to “freeze” the effects on a track (in other words, write them to the track), freeing up AmpliTube’s effects engine to use on another track, which can then be frozen and so forth. As a result, you can have full effects on every track. And if you want to go back and tweak an effects setting, no problem, you can “un-freeze” the effects on a track to make your adjustments.

When used with the IK Multimedia iRig® line of guitar interfaces (like the new high-quality iRig HD, iRig STOMP or the iRig adapter), microphone products (like iRig Mic or iRig PRE) AmpliTube 3.0 provides an all-in-one solution with unmatched sound quality, guitar tone, recording flexibility and ease of use for the professional mobile musician.

AmpliTube 3.0 is available to purchase for $19.99 USD/17.99 EUR. The update is a free update for all previous users.

The new Studio feature is available as in-app purchase for $9.99 USD/8.99 EUR on iPhone and iPod touch and $14.99 USD/13.99 EUR on iPad for users who have already purchased the multi-track recorder, or at a special bundle price that also includes the multi-track recorder for new users.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Studio

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Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone & iPod touch

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Native Instruments has announced the release of the TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App, available now on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

Following the release of the unique, hands-on DJ app for iPad, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone delivers the same intuitive workflow and advanced feature set as the iPad version, with an optimized interface to fit the screen real estate of iPhone and iPod touch. The TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App is aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals. Users of TRAKTOR PRO, Native Instruments’ flagship DJ software for Mac and PC, can also complement their setups with bidirectional content synchronization with TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone.

NI Traktor DJ for iPhone

The release of TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is the realization of one of Native Instruments’ long-term visions – to use touch-controlled waveform displays to create a more direct way to interact with music. The success of the iPad version demonstrates this new paradigm has been eagerly adopted by the DJ and wider iOS community.

TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone follows its iPad counterpart in putting the waveform at the center of user interaction. A user interface optimized for the iPhone’s screen size delivers the same dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, and 8 proven TRAKTOR effects as the iPad version. Users can view both decks simultaneously or use the convenient touch slider to quickly adjust the size of each waveform in relation to the other. This allows users to set loops, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks with the same precision and ease available to iPad users – all in the most portable version of the industry-leading professional DJ software to date.

Also on board are TRAKTOR DJ’s advanced performance features. Freeze Mode lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. Users can also create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. TRAKTOR’s refined automatic tempo detection, sync engine, and precise downbeat analysis make beat mixing completely straightforward and free users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. A powerful recommendation engine uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms to recommend compatible tracks with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time. This allows users of all levels to create smooth and earpleasing mixes. Users have access not only to their TRAKTOR collection, but also the music available on their iPhone or iPod touch. And thanks to TRAKTOR DJ’s Notification Center, users learn the app at their own pace, unobtrusively receiving tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.

TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set when on the move. Users can also transfer their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPhone and TRAKTOR PRO and back via a free Dropbox account. Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone also offers ultra-low latency playback, manipulation and recording while also supporting professional class compliant hardware audio interfaces, such as the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10, something currently not possible on any other mobile platform. DJs can connect these and other devices to their iPhone using the Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or via a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPhone, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.

TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is available to purchase for $4.99 USD / 4.49 EUR from the App Store.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

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IK Multimedia ships iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit, a collection of 6 high-quality cables, also available separately, designed to give users of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops the tools they need to handle any mobile-audio cabling situation.

The iLine cables are perfect for use with IK accessories like iRig, the most popular guitar and bass input adapter of all time; iRig HD, the new high-definition digital interface, and iRig MIX, the ultra-portable DJ mixer that’s small enough to hold in one hand.

iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

  • 6 high-quality cables:
    • Mono Output Adapter
    • Input Output Extension
    • Stereo Aux
    • Headphone Splitter
    • RCA Output Adapter
    • Mono Output Splitter
  • 24K gold-plated connectors for maximum connectivity in all environments.
  • High-purity copper conductors for the best-quality signal transfer.
  • Low-capacitance insulation to preserve transients.
  • High-density shielding to guard against EMI.
  • Carrying case included.
  • Made in Italy.
  • Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and most high-end audio equipment.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • Cables can be purchased individually.
  • Free interactive companion app, iLine Cable Kit for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and for Android.

The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR. Individual cables are sold starting at 11.99 EUR. The iLine Cable Kit App is a free download.

More information: IK Multimedia / iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

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Mixed In Key releases iMashup 2.0 for iOS

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Mixed In Key has announced the release of iMashup 2.0, the newest version of its popular iOS app that allows users to easily mix songs together whenever inspiration strikes.

iMashup 2.0 (on iPhone 5)
iMashup 2.0 adds new features, such as looping, copy/paste and audio segment rearranging that enables anyone to create professional-quality audio mixes on their iOS device.

iMashup allows users to access music from their iPhone, iPad or iPod to beatmatch and harmonically mix tracks. With the updated version comes the option to copy/paste and loop audio segments, making it easier to fit songs of different lengths together. In iMashup 2.0, segments can be dragged to any location in the project, allowing users to rearrange a song to make it their own. Additional updates include audio export while the application is running in the background and an easy-to-understand listing of audio formats that are available for sharing.

Users can add a track to the project and Mixed In Key’s unparalleled key-detection algorithm will sort the rest of the music collection based on harmonic compatibility with the first track in the project. The most compatible tracks will appear at the top of the browser making it easy to select songs that will mix well together.

iMashup enables users to easily adjust the high, mid, and low frequency ranges to help place emphasis on the desired part of a song, whether that be the bassline, melody or hi-hats. Mashups can be saved and exported as M4A files to be sent over email, shared on Facebook, or synced with iTunes as high-quality WAV files.

iMashup features

  • Access iTunes music library on iPad, iPhone or iPod.
  • Copy/paste audio segments.
  • Ability to loop audio segments.
  • Change segment order by dragging sections to desired location.
  • Easy-to-comprehend explanation of sharable audio export formats.
  • Save mashup projects to work on later.
  • Continued audio export while application is running in the background.
  • Send finished tracks in M4A format over email or share on Facebook.
  • Sync mashups with iTunes to export in high-quality WAV format.

iMashup costs $6.99 USD.

More information: iMashup

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Propellerhead gets track sharing through SoundCloud in v1.4

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Propellerhead Figure

Propellerhead has released version 1.4 of Figure, now featuring SoundCloud integration, enabling quick sharing of tracks with friends or the world.

Directly in Figure, users can easily share their tracks privately with their friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks using SoundCloud, the world’s leading social sound platform. It takes just a click to share sounds to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Foursquare. In addition Propellerhead has created a mobile listening gallery, where users can listen to any publicly available Figure SoundCloud uploads, to discover new great music — or get inspiration for their own creations: propellerheads.se/mobile

To celebrate the new release, Propellerhead and SoundCloud are holding a prize drawing for everyone who uploads a sound through Figure. Two lucky winners will receive Beats by Dre headphones as well as a Propellerhead software suite and one year SoundCloud Pro account. The more a song is played, the greater the chance that it wins. Details in the drawing can be found here: propellerheads.se/figuredrawing

Propellerhead Figure
In addition using Audiobus, Figure users can now bus their audio to other effects and recording apps in real-time.

Using the Audiobus app with Figure, users can interconnect Figure with other Audiobus capable apps in real-time. Audiobus works like virtual audio cables, enabling Figure audio to be “plugged” into other effects and recording apps running simultaneously. A user can now alter and record an entire Figure performance of any length using additional effects and features from apps outside of Figure itself.

Changes in Figure v1.4

  • SoundCloud integration – share your Figure tracks with access to Facebook, Twitter and more.
  • Audiobus™ support.
  • Background audio (in device Settings).
  • Sort song list by Name/Date.

Figure for iOS is available to purchase for 0.79 EUR / $0.99 USD.

More information: Propellerhead Software / Figure

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IK Multimedia intros Loop Drummer: Personal Drummer inside AmpliTube App

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IK Multimedia has introduced Loop Drummer, a high-quality drum module that’s included in the new AmpliTube 2.9 real-time guitar-and-bass multiFX-processing and recording app for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.

IK Multimedia Loop Drummer
The programmable, loop-based drum section lets users easily create custom drum tracks and sync them seamlessly to the AmpliTube recorder.

Loop Drummer sports over 500 loops, which are available in a variety of popular styles including Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, Funk, and more. Loops are grouped in “Style Packs” containing up to 64 different loops for each of the available styles, which are organized in 8 “songs” with 8 loops each, including intros, outros, fills, and alternate parts.

In addition to Loop Drummer, the new AmpliTube 2.9 adds a handy new feature to the recorder, a pre-roll function that can be turned on and off. The pre-roll gives the musician who’s recording two measures to lock in on the groove before recording starts, making it easy to play in tempo from the very first beat.

Version 2.9 is a free upgrade for owners of previous versions of AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad and includes Loop Drummer with a free set of 8 loops from the Rock style pack.

Eight additional Style Packs (each containing 64 loops) can be obtained via in-app purchase for $3.99 USD each. The complete collection is available in the All Style Pack bundle, which sells at the discounted price of only $14.99 USD.

More information: IK Multimedia / Loop Drummer

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