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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

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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

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Alesis introduces DM Dock and AmpDock for iPad

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Alesis has announced the DM Dock drum module and AmpDock multi-effects guitar processor for iPad.

Alesis DM Dock

The DM Dock harnesses the power of your iPad to give you an unlimited selection of sounds, a massive touchscreen for hands-on visual control, and wireless connectivity.

This first-of-its-kind drum module builds upon the widely acclaimed design of the Alesis iO Dock, harnessing the tremendous processing power of your iPad or iPad 2 to give you a fully-integrated, stage-ready module with a wide array of professional trigger inputs and audio outputs.

DM Dock features

  • The only drum module for iPad and iPad 2.
  • Works with virtually any app including GarageBand.
  • 13 individual 1/4″ TRS trigger inputs for connecting drum and cymbal pads and other triggers.
  • Works with dual-zone drum and cymbal pads, continuous hi-hats, three-zone rides, and multiple chokeable cymbals.
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad.
  • Mounts to any stand or rack using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately).
  • 1/4″ Headphone jack with volume control.
  • 1/8″ Mix Input for mixing in external audio sources.
  • Balanced 1/4″ stereo main outputs for connecting to an amp or PA.
  • MIDI input and output for connecting to external MIDI hardware.
  • USB MIDI port for use with MIDI software applications or your Mac or PC.
  • Powers and charges iPad using universal wall power supply.
  • Assignable footswitch input for program changes, start/stop sequences or metronome.
Alesis AmpDock

The AmpDock harnesses the massive processing power of iPad, allowing you to unleash your ultimate guitar tone.

Building upon the design and technology of the widely acclaimed Alesis iO Dock, the AmpDock is the world’s first device for guitarists that enables tonal shaping through iPad’s processor. The AmpDock fully encloses your iPad or iPad 2 in a rugged and portable device made especially for guitarists and bassists.

Whether you’re in the studio or on the stage, the AmpDock helps you create “the sound in your head” with real controls and professional inputs and outputs that work with virtually any app, as well as your amp and pedal setup.

AmpDock features

  • The first professional guitar processor to use your iPad or iPad 2 for signal processing.
  • Works with GarageBand, AmpliTube, JamUp, and virtually any audio or CoreMIDI app.
  • Includes a rugged pedalboard controller with program, effect, bypass, volume and continuous controls.
  • Guitar Input 1 and switchable Mic/Line/Guitar Input 2; professional outputs, and MIDI jacks.
  • Kickstand allows for stable positioning on top of guitar amps.
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad.
  • Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately).
  • 1/4″ high-impedance guitar input and combo input for microphone, second guitar, or another instrument.
  • 1/4″ outputs with Guitar/Line impedance switch.
  • Stereo auxiliary outputs for connection to external effects.
  • Two assignable endless knobs to control parameters in compatible apps.
  • Analog Input 1, Input 2, Main, and Headphone volume controls.
  • MIDI input and outputs and USB MIDI jack for use with other controllers and MIDI software or hardware.

More information: Alesis / DM Dock / AmpDock

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Tascam introduces DP-24 Digital Portastudio

Tascam has announced the DP-24, a 24-track Digital Portastudio with solid-state recording, a color LCD and channel strip controls to make recording simple so you stay creative.

Tascam DP-24

Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a time through its combination XLR and ¼” combo jacks. Input processing like compression and limiting are available during recording, as well as guitar amp simulation and multi-effects for use with the instrument-level input.

Once recorded, tracks can be viewed and mixed on the large color LCD and dedicated mixing controls like nineteen linear faders and a dozen channel strip encoders. Two Mixdown effects including reverb and chorus are also available, as well as a mastering effect. Once finished, songs can be transferred to computer over USB or written to CD with the built-in CD-RW drive.

With its great sound, powerful features and easy operation, the DP-24 is TASCAM’s best Portastudio yet.

DP-24 Digital Portastudio features

  • 24-track digital Portastudio.
  • Color LCD display and 12-encoder channel strip for simple operation.
  • Eight microphone inputs on combo XLR-1/4” jacks with phantom power.
  • Up to eight-track simultaneous recording at 48kHz/24-bit audio resolution.
  • Solid-state recording to SD Card media for better shock resistance than hard drive recording.
  • Instrument-level input for direct recording of guitar or bass.
  • Dedicated controls for EQ, pan and effect sends.
  • Multiple effects processors for input processing, guitar amp simulation and mastering.
  • Virtual tracks for alternate takes and undo.
  • CD-RW drive for mixdown and backup.
  • Built-in chromatic tuner and metronome.
  • MIDI input and output for clocking and control.
  • ¼” monitor outputs, effect send outs and headphone output.

More information: Tascam / DP-24

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IK Multimedia releases VocaLive for iPad

IK Multimedia has released VocaLive for iPad, the first professional vocal live performing and recording processor for the iPad.

IK Multimedia VocaLive for iPad

Singers and songwriters will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 4-processor vocal rig chain. VocaLive also includes dozens of presets to help you get up and running in seconds.

With the VocaLive app you can record (single or multi-track), sing along with your iPod song library (with voice cancel included), and warm up with the included vocal tools giving you the most complete, portable vocal solution.

VocaLive can be used with the built-in iPad microphone, earbuds with built-in mic, or for the best results, with IK’s new iRig Mic. VocaLive is the most portable and powerful vocal processing tool always available at your fingertips on your iPad.

VocaLive features

  • Real time vocal processor + recording app.
  • 4-processor vocal rig chain.
  • 12 professional studio quality vocal effects.
  • Single-track Recorder expandable to a full 8-track recording studio available for in-app purchase.
  • Import and play songs for use as backing tracks directly from your iPod library or computer.
  • Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings.
  • 50 factory Presets included with 40 Favorites for fast recall.
  • Number of user Presets limited only by device memory.
  • Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools.
  • Low-latency for real time vocal processing.

VocaLive for iPad is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 15.99 EUR. A free version is also available, and new effects can be added starting from $2.99 USD / 2.39 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / VocaLive for iPad

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Korg intros MA-1 metronome

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Korg MA-1 Solo Metronome

Korg has introduced the MA-1, a compact solo metronome.

The MA-1 is a compact metronome that solidly covers all the basics with a broad tempo range and a rich variety of beats and rhythm patterns.The MA-1 also shows the beat in an innovative way that makes practicing easier.

The MA-1 is available in your choice of two-tone color schemes: blue and black, or black and red. With stylish design and reliable functionality, this is an indispensible rhythm training aide for any musician.

MA-1 features

  • Multi-function compact metronome.
  • Available in two attractive color schemes: blue and black, or black and red.
  • Beat-Counting display makes it easier to practice your rhythm and phrasing.
  • Choose from two types of tempo steps: pendulum steps or full steps.
  • Tap Tempo function lets you quickly set the desired tempo.
  • Beat display offers from 1 to 9 beats, plus 8 rhythm types to practice any style of music.
  • Tune any instrument using the 12 step (C4 – B4) chromatic reference pitch.
  • Adjustable calibration setting (410 – 480 Hz).
  • Earphone jack with adjustable volume.
  • Memory backup function and auto power-off function.
  • Up to approximately 290 hours of continuous operation.

The MA-1 will be available to purchase this August, priced MSRP $40 USD.

More information: Korg / MA-1

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Binary Bleeps updates Sampler iOS sampling performance instrument to v1.1

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Binary Bleeps Sampler

Binary Bleeps has released version 1.1 of Sampler for iOS.

Binary Bleeps Sampler is an audio capture and performance instrument – a beat-maker with motion-controlled pitch, filter, delay, and lo-fi bit crusher effects.

Changes in Sampler v1.1

  • Metronome with auditive and visual feedback.
  • Global effects: Compression and saturation.
  • Re-structured settings views.
  • General performance improvements.

Sampler for iOS is available to purchase for $1.99 USD.

More information: Binary Bleeps / Sampler

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