Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Doctor 33, a virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, sampled from a Boss DR33 analogue metronome unit.
Doctor 33 provides a handful of little ticks, bips and clicks to play with, plus four tempo-syncable rhythms.
Doctor 33 is a strange little creation from those funky folk at Boss. Unlike its big brothers, the Doctor 55 and Doctor 110 beatboxes, Doctor 33 isn’t a drum machine – it’s a metronome. Still, it creates a variety of little analogue clicks, blips and ticks which have a fun percussive style of their own; it hosts four combinable onboard rhythms, which we’ve tempo-synced to your host DAW (these include triplets, which can be rather cool); and we’ve grafted on a “Tone” control which actually brings a strongly resonant gritty-sounding filter to bear on the metronome sounds. Sweep this while the rhythms are playing and you can get some odd, engaging effects going, particularly if you layer it over a proper drum beat.
The percussive sounds can be level-adjusted and panned, and played along with the onboard rhythms if you wish. All in all, Doctor 33 is a neat little box for adding some analogue oddness to the background of your beats.
Roland has announced the F-20 Digital Piano, an entry-level instrument that offers the company’s industry leading piano technologies at a breakthrough price.
With sound, features, and performance directly inherited from Roland’s high-end pianos, the F-20 is ideal for parents seeking a first instrument to inspire and support their child’s musical development. The F-20 is also compatible with Roland’s free interactive apps for Apple iOS devices, which provide a great way to stimulate kids’ interest in playing and learning.
Delivering authentic sound and playing touch that far exceeds other instruments in its class, the F-20 provides a solid foundation to carry a child through many years of musical development. Roland’s trusted piano technologies offer a distinct advantage over competing instruments, providing quality performance that rivals pianos costing much more.
With the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found in Roland’s flagship instruments, the Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement offers an authentic grand piano touch for building fundamental playing techniques. The acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine–also derived from Roland’s top-line models–allows young students to develop their skills with the rich tone and expressiveness of a world-class acoustic grand.
Roland’s free piano apps for Apple iOS devices offer a unique approach to motivate a child’s interest in playing and practice. With the Air Performer app, they can play along with favorite songs in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wirelessly via Roland Connect (optional) through the F-20′s sound system. The Piano Partner app for iPad includes Flash Card, an interactive music program that kids will love, plus an intuitive graphical interface for selecting tones, songs, and rhythms in the F-20.
The F-20′s onboard Rhythm feature lets young piano students experience music with a beautiful backing ensemble, so they can have fun and develop their timing skills at the same time. The instrument automatically accompanies their playing, intelligently following with chord backing and rhythms. 32 different accompaniment styles cover a variety of musical genres, and it’s simple and intuitive to select rhythms from the F-20′s panel or the Piano Partner app.
As a digital instrument, the F-20 presents many additional advantages over traditional acoustic pianos to encourage learning and make playing fun, such as a built-in metronome, a recorder for capturing performances, easy volume control to suit the room, and the ability to plug in headphones for quiet practice. The F-20 also includes additional sounds such as electric piano, harpsichord, organ, guitar,
strings, and more, allowing students to explore a world of instruments beyond the piano.
The compact and stylish F-20 features a wood cabinet and built-in stereo speaker system and comes in Contemporary Black finish with an optional matching stand.
Korg has announced the KR mini, an easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker and optional battery power for play-anywhere convenience.
Many musicians wish that they could enjoy casually performing while being backed up by real rhythm patterns rather than just a metronome. Korg has responded to these wishes with the KR Mini rhythm machine.
It features a simple design that eliminates all complex functions, looks that overflow with nostalgia and analog-like controls. Playing a rhythm pattern is easy as making selection and pressing play. A total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns and 120 fills are ready to accompany you. Easy, simple and compact, the KR mini can play its role anywhere.
KR mini features
Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button.
Chain function lets you arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs.
Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop.
Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms.
Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere without the need for an additional monitor.
Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system.
Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3).
The KR mini is scheduled for release in November 2013, priced at $79.99 USD.
Never miss a beat with the new sample accurate n-Track Metronome free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Choose your tempo spinning the big metronome wheel or tapping with you finger.
Practice with your instrument by setting the metronome to any tempo and time signature you want to use, from classical music to rock rhythms.
n-Track Metronome features
Extreme precision: higher than 1/40000 of a second.
Turn visual mode on to make the wheel flash with the tempo, very useful when you play in noisy places.
Activate background audio to leave the metronome on while you play wi th some other instrument app.
Easily save and recall your settings with the touch of a button.
You can even easily import and export your tempo tracks to n-Track Studio for iOS, Mac and Windows via iTunes file sharing.
The app includes a quick tutorial explaining the main user interface elements.
Additional features available via in-app purchase:
Automate tempo and time signature changes, program full songs or exer cise by automaticallyincreasing the tempo as time progresses.
Enable vibration on the beat.
Enable camera flash light to follow the tempo.
Add a reverb effect to the metronome sound or boost the metronome vol ume with an integrated audio limiter effect.
Positive Grid has updated its JamUp guitar and bass multi-fx processor app for iOS to version 2.4.
Turns your iPad or iPhone into a professional grade Guitar and Bass Multi-Effects System.
Offers 60 industry-acclaimed amp models and effects, iTunes Jam player, phrase sampler, tone sharing and more.
Changes in JamUp v2.4
New Metal Signature Pack – a collaboration with three metal masters – guitarists Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ola Englund (Six Feet Under, Feared) and Keith Merrow. Now you can rock Jeff, Ola and Keith’s six signature amp models and six signature guitar pedals right in JamUp—from ultra clean to trash metal; delay, chorus, four-band parametric EQ to distortion and overdrive! All are certified and carefully developed by both the artists and Positive Grid.
New Bass Pack II: JamUp adds extra juice to fuel your bass engine with all-new historic bass amp models and effects. Includes four new legendary bass amp models and two highly sought-after bass pedals based on *Acoustic® 360, *Orange® AD-200, *Gallien-Krueger® 700RB II, *Fender® Super Bassman, *EBS® OctaBass and HPF Pro.
New Pitch Shifter: JamUp adds a real-time pitch shifter/harmony effect (via in-app purchase), simply controlled by your expression pedal. Using StompBox or MIDI footswitch with expression pedal , you can turn your JamUp into a real whammy pedal.
ToneSharing: JamUp offers world’s the first and only cloud based ToneSharing platform. The new redesigned interface (iPad 2 and newer device required) allows you to browse thousand of presets by simply looking at their effects chains and amp settings. With the power of our fast-growing JamUp tone community, now you can explore, like, comment, share and download over 5,000 artists and users presets.
Live View: Assigning your custom amp setups and effects chains in JamUp is easy and immediate. And now, JamUp adds convenient and elegant “Live View” displays—a fully assignable control interface with an ultra-clear format that gigging guitarists will appreciate, turning JamUp into a truly live friendly multi-effect system.
Increased Preset Slots: Store up to 128 presets for all your favorite sounds at the touch of a button!
JamUp XT for iOS is a free download at the iTunes App Store. The expansion packs are available as $9.99 USD in-app purchases.
Roland has announced the release of V-Drums Friend Jam Kids, a free software application for children to build drumming skills and compare their progress with other V-Drums users around the world.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids provides a fun way to practice & enjoy playing V-Drums.
As the industry leader in electronic percussion, Roland offers a wide-ranging lineup of V-Drums sets, from the flagship TD-30KV V-Pro Series to the home-friendly HD-3 V-Drums Lite. V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps children and their families communicate with each other through practicing with any V-Drums set. By accessing a child’s “player page” with their computer or smart phone, family members can easily check practice time, scoring, and more to keep up with playing progress and encourage improvement.
Since its release two years ago, V-Drums Friend Jam has become an extremely popular social networking tool for drummers, with over 30,000 users to date in 175 countries and regions worldwide. The software allows players to share scores and interact with each other via their Twitter accounts while practicing the drums.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids is a completely self-contained application that does not require Twitter to share scores. Its practice features and functions are similar to V-Drums Friend Jam, but are tailored more to children who are just starting to learn the drums. The software supports 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and more.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids – Record Screen Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps young drummers improve their skills with enjoyable songs and fun practice evaluation features. It offers a friendly and inviting user interface, plus a continuously growing library of play-along songs that can be downloaded directly within the application from the web. Included are traditional children’s tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” classic pieces such as “Air on the G String,” and a variety of musical grooves in popular styles, all specially arranged for playing along on the V-Drums. Users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer to jam with their favorite songs.
By connecting their V-Drums kit to their computer via USB or MIDI, players can capture and evaluate individual performance elements such as rhythm, technique, and variation, then see how their results compare with other V-Drums Friend Jam Kids users around the world via the Internet.
New Metronome and Beat Guide functions help developing players build their basic drumming skills in an interactive way. In addition, score rankings, achievement awards, and a calendar feature that tracks playing time motivate them to reach practice goals.
The V-Drums Friend Jam Kids software application is available as a free download for Windows and Mac.