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Roland intros CD-2u SD/CD Recorder & SD-2u SD Recorder

Roland has announced the CD-2u SD/CD Recorder and SD-2u SD Recorder, two all-in-one portable recording devices. Both units record CD-quality audio to SD/SDHC cards, and include many useful features for music practice and education.

Roland SD-2u
With high-quality SD recording and a host of great features for music practice and study, the SD-2u Recorder is a powerful tool for educators, students, and hobbyists.

The CD-2u offers identical features to the SD-2u, with the addition of CD burning/playback capability. Compact and ready to travel, the CD-2u and SD-2u are ideal for mobile audio recording, learning music and languages, and much more.

Both the CD-2u and SD-2u feature an integrated high-quality stereo microphone, making it easy to capture audio anywhere. Built-in, high-performance stereo speakers provide convenient sound playback of recordings, music, lesson material, and more.

The CD-2u and SD-2u also provide connections to integrate external devices for various applications. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks allow users to connect their own microphones, with phantom power available if needed. There’s also a stereo mini-mic jack with Plug In Power, plus stereo RCA LINE IN jacks for connecting an instrument, music player, or other audio sources.

Roland CD-2u
In addition to SD/SDHC recording, the CD-2u also offers recording direct to CD and CD-RW discs. Standard audio CDs can be played as well. This allows users to easily burn and play audio CDs anywhere without the need to use a computer.

Both recorders are equipped with powerful features for manipulating audio playback, providing useful tools for building music skills, learning languages, transcribing spoken-word audio, and more. Users can independently adjust the speed and pitch with exceptional audio quality, perfect for slowing down passages to learn difficult parts or changing the key of music to match a singer’s vocal range.

An improved Center Cancel function removes vocals and solos from commercial songs, allowing users to create minus-one tracks for practice and karaoke fun. The newly developed Center Focus feature isolates center-located sounds in music tracks to make them easier to hear and learn.

Both recorders also feature practice essentials such as a chromatic tuner and metronome. A wireless remote control is included as well.

The CD-2u and SD-2u can be powered via the included AC adaptor, or with six AA batteries. AC power is required when using the CD-2u’s CD recording and playback functions.

More information: Roland

WaveMachine Labs releases Auria LE for iPad

WaveMachine Labs Auria

WaveMachine Labs has released Auria LE, an entry level version of the professional digital audio recording system for iPad.

Auria LE is a 24-track digital recording system designed from the ground up for the iPad. With professional-level features and optional third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog (available via In-App purchase), Auria clearly sets a new standard for mobile recording.

Auria LE features

  • 24 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files (upgradable to 48 tracks).
  • Up to 8 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible USB audio interfaces (upgradable to 24 tracks of recording) Camera Connection Kit required.
  • 24-bit recording.
  • Supports sample rate of 44.1KHz only (upgradable to support 48K and 96K sample rates).
  • Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes Expander, Multiband EQ and Compressor.
  • MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter.
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store).
  • ClassicVerb reverb plugin included.
  • StereoDelay and StereoChorus plugins included.
  • 2 Assignable subgroups(upgradable to 8) and 2 aux sends.
  • Powerful waveform editor with features like cut/copy/paste, duplicate, separate, gain, and more.
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more.
  • DropBox, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support.
  • Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing.
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode.
  • Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project with adjustable offset times and video export capability.
  • Timeline ruler options include minutes:seconds, bars:beats, samples and SMPTE time.
  • Auto-punch mode.
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks and subgroups.
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak.
  • Adjustable pan laws.
  • Sample accurate loop function.
  • Automatic sample rate conversion.
  • Built-in metronome.

Auria LE for iPad costs $24.99 USD.

More information: WaveMachine Labs / Auria LE

IK Multimedia iGrand Piano—The Concert-Quality Piano App for iPad

IK Multimedia has released its iGrand Piano for iPad a collection of 17 professional sounding pianos for your iPad.

IK Multimedia iGrand Piano
IK Multimedia’s iGrand Piano for iPad — Concert-quality piano app.

Turn your iPad into the ultimate piano instrument with an extraordinary collection of ultra-realistic acoustic piano instruments along with built-in recording! Use the iRig KEYS portable keyboard (www.irigkeys.com) or the iRig MIDI interface (www.irigmidi.com) to connect your external keyboard to your iPad, and you’re ready to compose, rehearse, perform and record with the very best instruments for the iPad.

iGrand Piano puts an entire gallery of the world’s finest pianos right at your fingertips with studio-grade quality never heard before in any other app that stands up to the most powerful virtual instruments available on a computer.

With high-definition stereo samples across multiple velocities, iGrand Piano brings you the most playable, expressive and beautiful sounding grand, baby grand, upright and specialty piano instruments available on a mobile device that you can play anytime and everywhere.

iGrand Piano gives you 8 world-class pianos (including one by registering) along with a capable recorder and metronome. Add the Piano Expansion via in-app purchase to further extend your piano library with 9 additional high-quality instruments.

iGrand Piano for iPad features

  • 8 world-class, multi-velocity stereo grand and upright piano instruments (including one by registering).
  • Expandable library of 9 additional studio-grade instruments instantly available via in-app purchase.
  • Intuitive instrument edit controls including ambience, lid, brightness, release, tuning and transpose.
  • Included MIDI Recorder with overdub and punch-in capability.
  • Export performances via E-mail, File Sharing and Audio Copy.
  • Large visual metronome with variable click volume and adjustable tempo.
  • Easy-to-use instrument editor with transpose to adjust ambience, tonality and tuning.
  • Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change support.
  • Low-latency for real-time playing.
  • Designed in concert with iRig KEYS portable MIDI keyboard and iRig MIDI interface.
  • Free version also available.

iGrand Piano is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 15.99 EUR. A free version is also available.

More information: IK Multimedia / iGrand Piano

Positive Grid releases Beats Metronome, Jam Player & AccuTune for iOS

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Positive Grid Beats Metronome

Positive Grid has announced the release of a trio of new iOS music-utility apps: Beats Metronome, Jam Player, and AccuTune.

All offer the same high level of sound quality, features, and usability found in the company’s flagship app, JamUp Pro.

“Each of these apps performs a specific function and does it really well,” says product manager Calvin Abel. “We’re confident that musicians will find all three to be essential items for their software toolkits.”

Beats Metronome combines a comprehensive feature set with an elegant user interface. It can be set to a whopping 35 different time signatures, including compound and complex meters. It also sports a handy tap-tempo function—great for figuring out song tempos—and 17 different click sounds. Turning on Flash Mode in the Settings page enables a strobe-like flash on each beat (it can also be set to flash only on the downbeat). This mode can be very useful onstage or in other low-light environments.


Beats Metronome for iPhone and iPad.

A different type of graphic depiction of the beat is provided when the Visual Beats function is turned on and the iOS device is rotated to landscape mode. The display changes to show circles that represent the beats in a measure. As the metronome counts the time, the appropriate circle is highlighted, providing an easy-to-follow visualized version of the tempo.

Jam Player is a simple-to-use, yet enormously powerful app that promises to make learning and practicing songs a lot easier by letting the user seamlessly manipulate the tempo and pitch of a recorded song.

Positive Grid Jam Player
Jam Player – Time and Pitch Audio Player.

The first step is to load a song into the Jam Player from the iOS device’s iTunes library. The Speed control knob can then be used to slow down the tempo of the song without affecting its pitch. For instance, a super-fast guitar solo could be slowed significantly to make it easier to learn, and then sped up periodically as the player becomes more comfortable with it. The Pitch control raises and lowers the pitch but has no impact on the tempo, and it’s a great way for a singer who’s learning a song to change the key of the original track to match his or her vocal range. Using the Speed and Pitch controls in tandem allows for manipulation of both variables. The app’s sophisticated pitch and time algorithms provide stunningly good results, even at extreme settings.

Positive Grid Accutune

As its name suggests, AccuTune is a super-accurate chromatic tuner. It responds either to notes captured by the iPhone or iPad’s microphone, or through a guitar adapter like Positive Grid’s JamUp Plug.

It provides two different views: the top of the screen is a standard meter display and the bottom a note-wheel. Both offer a great level of detail, making precise tuning easy. Pressing the Setup button brings you to the Settings screen, where you can change the calibration from the default 440 Hz, set transposition, adjust temperament, and more. Most importantly, the AccuTune features a smooth response, making tuning easy.

Beats Metronome and AccuTune list for $4.99 USD each and Jam Player for $9.99 USD. Currently, all three are available for the introductory price of $0.99 USD each.

More information: Positive Grid

Shiverware Speakbeat – Metronome App for Ios Counts So You Don’t Have to

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Shiverware SpeakBeat

Shiverware has announced the release of SpeakBeat, a new metronome app for iOS devices.

The app is unique among metronome apps because it uses spoken words to mark the beat rather than clicks or ticks. The spoken metronome improves timing over click metronomes for music students, dancers, and cheerleaders as well as saving the voices of instructors.

Choreographers, music teachers, and cheerleading coaches regularly count out the beats for their students, marking time with a “five six seven eight.” SpeakBeat aims to offload this task to a phone or ipod, relieving vocal strain and letting the instructor focus on the music or the routine.

A significant benefit over traditional metronome apps is that with Speakbeat, performers find it easier to follow the beat because each beat is indicated by a number. Other metronomes click or tick, but it’s easy to lose your place when one tick sounds like the next. This is why choreographers call out “five six seven eight”, and this is the problem SpeakBeat solves.

The app is widely customizable, with a variety of high-quality studio recorded voices to choose from, as well as a large high-contrast numerical display. Tempo can be chosen with either a slider or a “tap to bpm” button, which allows the user to tap out the beat. The user can select the time signature, and can indicate a pickup bar as well as a delay to start.

SpeakBeat also provides the option for adding various types of sub-beats (one-and-two-and) between each beat. This feature, not available in traditional metronomes, adds versatility and utility to the app, and further cements the uniqueness of this new metronome.


SpeakBeat iOS Metronome by Shiverware.

SpeakBeat is available to purchase for the “Launch Week Special” introductory price of $1.99 USD.

More information: Shiverware / SpeakBeat

Blip Interactive updates NanoStudio to v1.33

Blip NanoStudio

Blip Interactive has updated its NanoStudio music production app for iOS to version 1.33.

NanoStudio is a recording studio for iOS, OS X and Windows. It has virtual analogue synths, sample trigger pads, a comprehensive sequencer, a sample editor, a mixer and multiple effects all integrated into a single application.

Changes in NanoStudio v1.33

  • Retina display support for new iPad.
  • Eden sample page supports note slicing, so samples can be sliced across the keyboard in up to 64 slices.
  • Files can be emailed from within NanoStudio.
  • .nsp, .wav and .mid files are now associated so they can be opened with NanoStudio from other apps.
  • .nsp files are associated so they can now be opened with NanoStudio by double-clicking (OS X/Windows).
  • Computer keyboard support for typing file names, playing keys/pads and basic sequencer operation (OS X/Windows).
  • NanoStudio for OS X is now available via the Mac app store.
  • Fixed: Projects were not always exported with relative sample paths (so they had to be decompressed to the same folder path to work).
  • Fixed: Using AV adapter on iOS causes crash.
  • Fixed: Channel L/R buttons in mixer are sometimes visible when they shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed: The last note event of a loop section was sometimes played at the beginning of the loop when resampling with pre-roll enabled.
  • Fixed: Tapping FX indicator on mixer channel sometimes selects the wrong channel (iPad).
  • Fixed: When using more than 32 mixer channels, the later channels would sometimes be silent.
  • Fixed: NanoStudio would shutdown the network MIDI session for other apps on start up.
  • Fixed: Removed small click on the end of a couple of default TRG samples (eg. 808 BD).
  • Fixed: Couldn’t set metronome to zero volume.

NanoStudio is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $14.99 USD / 11.99 EUR.

More information: Blip Interactive

Vox introduces Lil’ Looper

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Vox has announced the Lil’ Looper, a looper multi-effect pedal.

Vox Lil’ Looper

Combining two independent loops with a dozen onboard effects, the VOX Lil’ Looper shares many of the winning features of the VOX Dynamic Looper.

The easy-to-use design, solid footswitches, versatile effects, and layering loops are ideal for guitarists who want to break new ground in looped performances or who seeks new expressive power. Lil’ Looper offers the additional convenience of being compact, lightweight, and battery operated. A balanced Mic input allows any mic’ed instrument – or even a vocalist – to enjoy the sonic power of the Lil’ Looper right away!

Lil’ Looper features

  • Intuitive dual pedal design.
  • Record for a total of 90 seconds on two independent loops.
  • Overdubbing with Undo/Redo.
  • Add infinite layers with SOS recording capabilities.
  • Loop Quantize:
    • Creates phrases that automatically loop on the beat
    • Sync two loops to the same tempo
  • 12 Effects:
    • Pedal: Comp, Crunch, Overdrive, Distortion
    • Modulation: Chorus, Phaser, Mod Delay; Stutter
    • Simulation: Acoustic, Bass, Radio, Pitch
  • Built-in metronome/rhythm guide.
  • Headphone output with metronome only mode.
  • Switch between Guitar input & Balanced Mic (1/4″) input.
  • Battery power (AA x 6) or optional AC power adapter.
  • Optional VFS2 can turn effects on/off, stops loops, or erase a phrase.

More information: Vox / Lil’ Looper

Joe Crabtree intros RhythMachine, OctopuSequencer, Pyramid and PolyNome

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Joe Crabtree

Best known for his drumming with UK classic rock legend Wishbone Ash, Joe Crabtree has developed new and exciting software for the drummer and musician. Crabtree, who has been creating music software for a number of years, is excited to introduce the RhythMachine, OctopuSequencer, Pyramid and PolyNome.

RhythMachine is a tool for generating rhythms and melodies and orchestrating them on the drum kit or pitched instruments. It can be used for ear training, creating vamps to solo over or generating grooves and fills.

“I began work on my first piece of software, the RhythMachine, back in 2008,” Joe explains. “It was inspired by some lessons I took in New York with Robby Ameen. In my lesson with Robby we were playing double drums – both playing a songo groove with a left foot clave. We’d play 3 bars of groove, then Robby would keep the clave going and play a 1 bar melodic fill on the toms. We’d go around the 4 bars again and my challenge was to mimic what he had played. It was challenging and I wanted to develop some software that would replicate that scenario. I wrote RhythMachine to do exactly this.”

OctopuSequencer is a tool for creating multi-layered grooves consisting of overlapping time signatures. Its core feature set allows you to easily program and manipulate grooves in order to discover new ones.

“To play the songo groove in RhythMachine I had to build a step sequencer,” says Joe. “I built in the ability to chose any subdivision rate between 1 and 32, and to loop at any point in the sequence. Once I’d written the step sequencer I realized that I could stack them, and that having four independent step sequencers would allow me to program some of the kind of grooves that Virgil Donato, Marco Minnemann and Mike Mangini were playing – grooves which are essentially combinations of different time signatures layered over each other. That concept evolved into the OctopuSequencer.”

Pyramid is an advanced metronome which allows you to easily program polyrhythms and the rhythmic scale. It includes features which make it easy to learn how unfamiliar rates and polyrhythms sound.

“Someone who’d bought OctopuSequencer asked me how they would use it to program in the rhythmic scale where you work your way up through all the subdivisions between 1 and 16,” Joe explains. “OctopuSequencer wasn’t designed to do this, so I spent a few weeks working with that idea and developed The Pyramid. It’s much simpler than OctopuSequencer but is an invaluable tool for all musicians (not just drummers) who want to become more familiar with unconventional subdivisions.”

PolyNome is the ultimate metronome for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

“Soon after writing Pyramid I met Lucas Ives, a New York-based drummer who used to work for Pixar,” says Joe. “He had experience coding for the iPhone so we worked together to develop PolyNome, which is basically the metronome that I wanted to own. It has all the functionality of Pyramid and more. We built in the option to program clicks with bars of rest so you can use it to improve your internal clock which is proving to be a very popular feature among all musicians. So far we’ve had great feedback from Dave Weckl, Jon Riley, Peter Erskine, Will Lee and others. In the words of Dennis Chambers – it’s the s**t!!!”

“Wow! Polynome is a brilliant tool for drummers and any musician! It allows you to understand precisely what subdivisions among bars of time feel like, teaches you the drum rudiments, and so much more. I love ‘time check’ where it’ll leave bars of silence in between bars of click to see if your groove stays in time. One of the best apps for your toolkit, right up there with a good tuner!” – Will Lee – session bass legend (Late Show, Brecker Bros, Bette Midler…)

Joe Crabtree has been teaching drums for 16 years. He has recorded and toured with UK prog-rock ensembles Pendragon and the David Cross Band and has been a member of legendary UK classic rock band Wishbone Ash for the past 5 years. Joe’s website features many free lessons and software for drummers. “Joe is a drummer who has it all, he has an unbelievable ability to learn complex songs fast with an accuracy and power that makes it feel as though he has been in the band for years,” says Nick Barrett of Pendragon. “He has an astonishing flair for playing odd time signatures and straight fours with easy flowing technique,” adds David Cross, formerly of King Crimson.

Along with the marketing of his new software, Joe is preparing for a world tour with Wishbone Ash on the heels of their critically acclaimed new CD release ‘Elegant Stealth’. For more information visit the official website at www.WishboneAsh.com. Joe also has a regular column in Drumhead Magazine in the US. Finally Joe has this to impart to drummers around the world: “Never forget why you started playing drums in the first place. I’ve seen so many drummers get caught up in the business side of things and end up hating the instrument. I’ve always said that if it gets to the stage where I’m not enjoying it I’ll get a regular job and keep drumming for fun.”

More information: Joe Crabtree