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MBLOK memory device launches on Kickstarter

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Kwelea has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its MBLOK memory storage device.

MBLOK
MBLOK is a secure personal mobile storage with Bluetooth and USB interfaces that is designed to have long battery life.

By pairing the MBLOK with all of your devices through Bluetooth, you can use it just like local memory. However, instead of transferring files between devices, they are all stored in one location.

Stream movies, music and access files on the go with up to 300 hours of battery life without need for internet access. Plug in to PC and upload data similarly to a flash drive while charging the MBLOK simultaneously.

In addition, it is so small that it can fit in your pocket yet has up to 256 GB of storage space.

This project is looking to raise $120,000 CAD by June 16th, 2014.

More information: MBLOK

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IK Multimedia releases iRing

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of the iRing motion-tracking controller for iDevices.

IK Multimedia iRing
Originally presented at CES 2014, iRing is a wearable and affordable controller for iOS music apps and more. It allows touch-less parameter control via state-of-the-art motion-tracking technology.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device’s front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

Also included are two free apps for music applications, which are intended for everyone from music lovers to DJs to seasoned musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

iRing Music Maker is a free app designed to give music lovers and DJs a fun new way to create
 music and grooves using hand gestures, no matter what their skill level. iRing Music Maker
 utilizes music “loops” that always sound good together and can be remixed in virtually limitless
 combinations by simply waving the hands with the iRing controllers in front of the device’s 
camera. To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.

iRing FX/Controller is the app for musicians and DJs that is both a real-time audio 
effects processor and a MIDI controller with fully assignable parameters. It can be used as a
 touch-less outboard audio effects processor, or can be fully configured to send multiple 
simultaneous MIDI parameters such as control changes, notes, or any other MIDI messages.

 To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.

There is an SDK and a free licensing program available upon request for developers who want to integrate motion control into their apps.

The iRing is available for purchase in three colors (white, green and grey) for $24.99 USD / 19.99 EUR (ex. taxes). iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRing

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Image-Line updates IL Remote controller app to v1.1

Image-Line Remote

Image-Line has released version 1.1 of its IL Remote, a free user-configurable virtual MIDI controller application for FL Studio, Deckadance 2 and plugins.

Just open FL Studio 11.0.4 or Deckadance 2.3 (not yet released) on your computer, enable Image-Line Remote on the MIDI settings and then open IL Remote on up to 15 Android and or iOS devices. The connection is made automatically over a Wi-Fi network.

Changes in IL Remote v1.1

  • New splash screen with FL Studio or Deckadance targeting.
  • Deckadance support.
  • MIDI channel selector for all controls.
  • Mixer scrolling (now with 99 Mixer channels).
  • MIDI channel override for Container contents.
  • Keyboard scale highlighting.
  • Custom scales for Harmonic Grid.
  • Increased sensitivity range for Jogwheels.
  • “Send on/off” option for knobs and Jogwheels.
  • Color of selected controls are now added to the custom color list.
  • Many small bug-fixes and improvements.

IL Remote for Android and iOS is available to download at no charge.

More information: Image-Line / IL Remote

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Cubase intros Cubase IC Pro for Android

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Cubase IC Pro for Android

Steinberg has announced the immediate release of the Android version of Cubase iC Pro, an app for remote controlling the award-wining Cubase music production system via Wi-Fi.

“Since releasing Cubase iC Pro as iOS app, we’ve registered a massive demand to port the software to the Android environment. Cubase iC Pro for Android boasts the same feature set as the iOS version, offering users the ultimate possibility of remote controlling Cubase in many ways,” comments Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Cubase iC Pro comprises different screen configurations designed to leverage the real estate of large tablet displays but also to work nicely on smaller mobile devices. The project overview allows Cubase users to navigate quickly through the project with pinch-to-zoom functionality, change tempo and add markers. The transport section comes with playback controls and metronome. The channel mixer adjusts levels, panning, mute/solo, read/write automation and record arming for basic recordings. When running Cubase versions 7.5, 7 and 6.5 with Control Room capability, users are able to set up a maximum of four headphone cue-mixes, individually controlled by each Android device. The final feature provides customizable key commands and macros that allow users to assign virtually any command in Cubase to the controller, making it highly flexible and easy to use.

Cubase iC Pro has been tested with smartphones and tablets running Android versions 4.0.3, 4.0.4, 4.1.2 and 4.3. Cubase versions supporting Cubase iC Pro are Cubase versions 7.5, 7 and 6.5, Cubase Artist versions 7.5, 7 and 6.5 and Cubase LE, AI and Elements versions 7 and 6. Installing the Cubase iC Pro Remote Extension for Android is a requirement.

Cubase iC Pro is available as download through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The app can be downloaded for free, but the Cubase iC Pro Remote Extension for Android is required for the connection to Cubase and is available from the Steinberg Online Shop. The price for the component is 14.99 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase iC Pro for Android

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IK Multimedia intros iRing motion controller for iOS

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IK Multimedia has announced iRing, the first motion-tracking controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch music apps and more.

IK Multimedia iRing

Now musicians, gamers, and more can trigger sounds and control effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from touching the screen!

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device’s front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms built-in to an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can now operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two free apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to DJs to seasoned musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

iRing features

  • Ring controller, in tandem with either of two included apps featuring advanced motion-tracking technology, allows remote control of iOS app and app parameters using hand gestures.
  • Great for musicians and non-musicians alike.
  • Includes two identical, two-pattern reversible rings, allowing for numerous control combinations and the control up to 6 effect parameters simultaneously with two hands.
  • Rings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit.
  • Included iRing Music Maker app allows novices to make music using hand gestures.
  • Included iRing FX/Controller app lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects when used together with other music apps via Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.

iRing will cost $24.99 USD/19.99 EUR (exc. taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014 in three colors (white, green and silver). Pre-orders are already available on the IK Multimedia online store and selected stores. iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRing

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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.

More information: Positive Grid

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Image-Line releases Image-Line Remote MIDI controller for FL Studio

Image-Line has announced the release of Image-Line Remote, a free Android or iOS, Tablet or Phone, user-configurable MIDI controller application for FL Studio and Deckadance 2.

Image-Line Remote

Control FL Studio instantly or link your favorite instrument and effect plugins just as you can with any MIDI controller. Use a phone, tablet or any combination with up to 15 devices simultaneously.

Use the included controller tabs covering functions including; Transport Controls, MIDI Keyboard, FPC control, Harmonizer Keyboard, Performance Mode (Clip Launcher), Gross Beat FX, Mixer and more. If the control you want isn’t available then you can create your own.

IL Remote allows you to add custom tabs and add controls including Pads, Faders, Knobs, Jog Wheels, Mixer, Clip Launcher, X/Y Controls, Piano Keyboard, Harmonic Grid and Containers. There is a complete range of customization options for each control so that you can create virtually any virtual MIDI controller to suit your needs.

The app is available as a free download for iOS and Android.

More information: Image-Line / IL Remote

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