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Positive Grid launches Final Touch mastering system for iPad

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Positive Grid has announced the release of Final Touch – Complete Mastering System for iPad, a suite that combines nuanced techniques of mastering with Positive Grid’s expertise on mobile design.

Positive Grid Final Touch
The Final Touch app offers the highest mastering control, precision and flexibility possible on an iPad.

“Final Touch allows musicians, producers and engineers to master audio recording with the industry’s standards: maximizer, pre and post equalizer, multiband dynamics, stereo imaging, reverb and dithering controls are all just one finger tap away”, says Positive Grid Marketing Manager Jaime Ruchman. “And now they will be able to continue their mastering sessions literally anywhere, with the same sound quality as a top notch professional mastering studio, enhancing productivity to its maximum.”

Final Touch combines seven essential mastering tools into one integrated system, the Pre and Post linear phase EQ modules consist of eight independent bands, each providing a choice of five different types of parametric filters: Hi-Pass, Low-Shelf, Peak, Hi-Shelf and Low-Pass. The Dynamics module offer highly flexible stereo/mid-side multiband compressor/limiter. The Stereo Imaging module adjusts the width of your mix, corrects L/R channel imbalances and checks mono compatibility. The Reverb module offers flattering room, hall and plate algorithms to sweeten overly dry mixes, providing continuously variable controls for independently adjusting Pre-Delay, Decay Time, Early Reflections and Room Size. The Maximizer module limits peaks and raises the average level of your mix, thereby increasing loudness. Comprehensive dither and noise-shaping options are also provided in this module.

Once your master is perfectly dialed, a couple taps are all it takes to share it via email, Dropbox, iTunes and SoundCloud.

Final Touch features

  • Complete professional mastering system powered by Positive Grid’s high-end signal-processing algorithms.
  • Linear Phase Pre and Post Equalizers, each offering eight bands and five filter types.
  • Multiband Dynamics with four independent bands of compression/limiting.
  • Stereo Imager adjusts the width and balance of your mix’s soundstage.
  • Reverb provides state-of-the-art Room, Hall and Plate algorithms.
  • Maximizer transparently limits peaks to make your mix louder.
  • Dithering and Noise-Shaping preserves your mix’s depth and nuance.
  • Stereo and mid-side processing.
  • High-resolution, multi-colored metering with accurate readouts.
  • Each module can be independently bypassed.
  • Bypass switches for individual EQ bands.
  • Left, right, mid and side channels can be independently soloed or bypassed.
  • Waveform overview of your mix, with draggable playback cursor.
  • 100 factory presets and unlimited user presets.
  • Global and module-based presets.
  • Drag and drop modules to rearrange their order in the signal path.
  • Pristine, high-resolution sound (double-precision, 64-bit calculation).
  • Unmatched audio-data integrity: no rounding or truncation except when calculations are performed.
  • Share via Email, Dropbox, iTunes, SoundCloud and FTP.
  • Streamlined project management: browse multiple projects with one simple tap.
  • Workflow optimized for mobile and desktop data transfers.
  • Supports Inter App Audio and Audiobus routing system (works with many other audio apps).
  • Supports iPad 2, iPad mini and newer iPad devices.
  • Designed for iOS 7.

Final Touch for iPad is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Positive Grid / Final Touch

Positive Grid launches Custom Amp Competition

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Positive Grid Custom Amp Competition

Positive Grid has announced the launch of its Custom Amp Competition, a chance to win an iPad Air.

Positive Grid announces the first amp creation competition as a celebration of their over 1 million ToneCloud views for its BIAS amp designer app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Simply by submitting a short video demoing your custom BIAS amp between March 18 and April 18 you can win an iPad Air + $25 iTunes Cards!

Positive Grid will select the best tones and will pick one winner for the iPad Air and four winners for the iTunes Gift Cards. Winners will be announced on April 23rd on Positive Grid’s Facebook wall.

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Positive Grid releases BIAS for iPhone & iPod touch

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Positive Grid has announced the release of an iPhone version of the BIAS amplifier modeler and designer app, previously released for the iPad.

Positive Grid BIAS for iPhone

The new iPhone and iPod Touch version of BIAS features a number of sonic improvements over its initial iPad version debut, as well as the addition of ToneCloud, the industry’s first cloud-based amp sharing social platform. With BIAS for iPhone, users are able to create and share their own custom amp creations with fellow musicians as well as download, like and comment on the creations of others.

“With this new version of BIAS, musicians can own, design and share an infinite collection of highly realistic sounding amps right in their iPhones,” says Positive Grid Marketing Manager Jaime Ruchman. “And we know that a lot of them want to rock the stage with BIAS, so, with our upcoming BT-4 Bluetooth controller rounding out the complete product ecosystem, they’ll be ready to live the whole BIAS experience anywhere.”

BIAS for iPhone features

  • The most complete, accurate and versatile amp modeling available in the world.
  • 36 factory authentic amp models (28 guitar, four bass and four keyboard/vocal) included with the introductory release, plus the ability to custom-design a near-infinite variety of new topologies.
  • Factory categories organize amps by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, insane, acoustic and bass.
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets, panel controls and mic selection and placement—mix and match!.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two eight-band equalizers.
  • Included room simulator adds depth and natural ambience.
  • Included noise gate nips noise in the bud with high-gain setups.
  • Save a virtually unlimited number of custom amps.
  • Quick presets recall up to eight favorites in turn with just one tap.
  • Seamless integration with Positive Grid JamUp Pro XT with one finger tap.
  • Works with GarageBand and other audio apps via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.
  • ToneCloud amp sharing platform.
  • Designed for iOS7.
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5, iPhone 4s or superior.

BIAS for iPhone and iPod touch is available to purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD (regular $9.99 USD). Designed for iOS7, the app requires an iPod Touch 5 or iPhone 4s (or newer) to operate.

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Positive Grid announces new Mastering App & Open Beta Program

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Positive Grid has created a new Mastering App and now open to collect feedback from mastering engineers, production gurus and iOS music enthusiasts.

Positive Grid Mastering App

The Mastering App consists of a mobile-first mastering suite from the ground up that combines nuanced techniques of mastering with Positive Grid’s expertise on mobile design.

Positive Grid is looking for experienced and talented individuals who want to join to shape this project and be a part of the beta testing program.

In exchange, beta testers will:

  • Have exclusive access to early development of a groundbreaking app from one of the fastest growing music technology companies.
  • Participate actively with Positive Grid’s engineering and product team, provide input and be in the front row of a Mastering App development process.
  • Be featured in the final Mastering App credits.
  • Receive a Mastering App promo code when released.

The beta program is available to those who have an iPad or iPad mini with iOS 7. Only 50 slots will be available.

More information: Positive Grid / Mastering App

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.

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Positive Grid updates BIAS to v1.1 – ToneCloud custom amp sharing platform launched

Positive Grid ToneCloud for BIAS

Positive Grid has released version 1.1.0 of BIAS, introducing the ToneCloud sharing platform that allows BIAS users to interact with each other and share their custom amps.

The recently released BIAS (#1 paid music app in 118 countries) brought a whole new level of tone customization to guitar and bass players through a game changing, intuitive amp modeling and designer app. Today, Positive Grid added an new feature to raise the bar again: ToneCloud – the world’s first custom amp sharing platform.

“ToneCloud is an amp sharing platform with all the amp models you can imagine,” notes Jaime Ruchman, Marketing Manager at Positive Grid. “The ToneShare in JamUp allows musicians to create, share, and download user and artist presets. With ToneCloud, musicians can now explore and get inspired by the whole world’s custom amp models in just seconds. The possibilities are infinite.”

ToneCloud is a sharing platform that allows BIAS users to interact with each other and share their custom amps right inside BIAS. Users can now explore popular and latest custom amp models, and can further search by music genres or keywords. Also, sharing is more intuitive than ever: an upload button is always visible in BIAS no matter in what stage of the amp creation process, this makes sharing much easier and faster.

With ToneCloud, BIAS users will be part of a tone community with social utilities that allow them not only to create and share custom amps, but also interact with other musicians. With ToneCloud, BIAS will deliver much more than 36 amp models: it has the whole world of tone, on the cloud.

ToneCloud features

  • Explore and get inspired by the world’s first custom amp sharing platform.
  • Find popular and latest custom amp models, and search by genre or keywords.
  • “Preview,” “Like,” “Comment,” and “Download” artists and users custom amps.
  • Log in with Facebook for quick access.

BIAS for iOS is currently available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Positive Grid / BIAS

Positive Grid launches JamUp Plug HD interface for iOS

Positive Grid JamUp Plug HD

Positive Grid has introduced the JamUp Plug HD, a professional studio quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“Mobile guitar players are becoming more and more sophisticated every day,” notes Positive Grid Product Manager Calvin Abel. “What started out as amp/effects emulator apps—mainly used to practice at home—have now evolved into a whole new generation of professional tools for working musicians on the go. For guitarists that are particular about their sound, tone and expression, our new JamUp Plug HD ensures that signals are converted with the utmost depth and dynamics as well as least noise.”

Perfect for rehearsing, performing and recording alike, the ultra-compact, pocket-sized device improves on Positive Grid’s preexisting JamUp Plug by offering a pristine 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution significantly enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), completely eliminating any feedback issues and bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.

Equipped with a 1/4-inch input jack and 1/8-inch output connector for headphones or powered speakers, the JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED indicates that the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange means that the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; and red warns that the input level is too high.

JamUp and JamUp Pro XT users will discover rich, crystal clear tone when plugged into the JamUp Plug HD. But they’re not alone. The flexible interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with numerous other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

With its highly responsive circuitry, Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. Docking directly with the iPhone 4/4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2/3 via its 30-pin connector, the JamUp Plug HD also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

JamUp Plug HD features

  • Studio grade digital audio interface for iPad and iPhone.
  • Made for BIAS, JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT, GarageBand.
  • Optimized for active/passive pickups for both guitar and bass.
  • No configuration, just plug in and play.
  • Easily adjust input levels for any instrument.
  • 3-color LED for status indication and input level monitoring.
  • iOS 7 ready.
  • Works with 30-pin port.
  • Works with Lightning port (via 30-pin to Lightning adaptor, not included).

The JamUp Plug HD is available to purchase for $79.99 USD.

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Positive Grid launches BIAS amplifier modeler & designer app for iPad

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Positive Grid has announced the launch of BIAS, the world’s most complete, accurate and versatile guitar amplifier modeler and designer for iPad.

Positive Grid BIAS

Equipped with 36 stunning replications of rock ‘n’ roll history’s most sought-after vintage and modern amps, Positive Grid’s new iPad app lets musicians dive deep into the guts of their gear to tweak every possible aspect of their architecture.

“Ask any guitarist what’s most important in a guitar amp app, and you’ll get the same answer: great tone,” says BIAS Product Manager Calvin Abel. “We didn’t think we’d be pushing the boundary by merely adding more bells and whistles to an amp simulator, so we threw out convention and focused instead on how to create the most delicious tone in as many flavors as possible. The result is BIAS, which allows guitarists to change preamp tube types, edit preamp voicing, adjust bias, audition various transformer types, swap out loudspeakers and cabinets, move microphone placement and much, much more. Never before have guitarists had such a broad palette to create their own dream amps and distinctive signature sounds.”

BIAS features

  • The most complete, accurate and versatile amp modeling available in the world.
  • 36 factory authentic amp models (28 guitar, four bass and four keyboard/vocal) included with the introductory release, plus the ability to custom-design a near-infinite variety of new topologies.
  • Factory categories organize amps by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, insane, acoustic and bass.
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets, panel controls and mic selection and placement—mix and match!.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two eight-band equalizers.
  • Included room simulator adds depth and natural ambience.
  • Included noise gate nips noise in the bud with high-gain setups.
  • Save a virtually unlimited number of custom amps.
  • Quick presets recall up to eight favorites in turn with just one tap.
  • Seamless integration with Positive Grid JamUp Pro XT with one finger tap.
  • Works with GarageBand and other audio apps via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.
  • Designed for iOS7.

The BIAS app is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Positive Grid / BIAS