2017
04/29
iPhone Mobile Guitar Rig iTrack Pocket
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Want a mobile guitar rig for jamming and recording that fits in a small bag? Well if you’re comfortable with using an iPhone look no further. We are using an iPhone as the central brain for things like effects, amp modeling, and recording. For the interface we will use a Focusrite iTrack Pocket. The iTrack Pocket features an instrument line in with preamp as well as two mics (left and right). I’m recommending the Anker SoundCore for amplifiction. The SoundCore is one of Amazon’s best sellers. It is a great portable speaker with long lasting rechargeable batter and bluetooth for connecting wirelessly. There are several speakers on the market so you could choose a different one if you like for example you might want a waterproof speaker. For effects and amps I chose Amplitube by IK Multimedia. Amplitube is jammed packed with features and it can be expanded when needed via in app purchases.

What you will need for this setup:

1) iPhone. The iPhone will be the central brain for processing and recording your guitar.

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2) Audio Interface. In this case I recommend the Focusrite iTrack Pocket interface because not only does it have an instrument input it also has a couple mics.

Product description: iTrack Pocket is a portable, high quality stereo microphone and guitar input that lets you create and share exceptional videos using your iPhone. Designed for singer-songwriters who want their YouTube videos to sound as great as they look, iTrack Pocket lets you easily apply mastering effects and share directly to YouTube with outstanding quality your subscribers will love. iPhone microphones simply aren’t designed to do justice to the sound of vocals and guitar. That’s why Apple officially approved iTrack Pocket. It holds your iPhone at the perfect angle for recording and then captures your performance using a stereo microphone that eclipses the quality of your iPhone mic and a dedicated guitar input with built-in amp simulation. iTrack Pockets lets you capture audio in any of your favorite iPhone recording apps, including Garage Band. Alternatively, for the quickest and easiest way to create truly exceptional sounding music videos on your iPhone, we recommend you download Focusrite’s free Impact app. It enhances the sound quality of your videos using powerful mastering and audio effects, which you can apply with a few taps. Simply connect your iPhone, choose some effects, press record and edit in seconds. Your finished performance will be automatically mastered and uploaded to YouTube in HD video with high quality stereo audio. The stereo microphone captures clear, detailed recordings of your performance: vocals, guitar, piano or any other instrument. The dedicated guitar input and included amp simulation make it easy to record amazing sounding guitar at the touch of a button. iTrack Pocket fits in your pocket, is powered by your iPhone (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5) and designed to sound great in any situation, so you can use it wherever you take your phone. And you can effortlessly find the perfect setting for the clearest possible recording by letting iTrack Pocket take care of all the technical setup for you. Buy Focusrite iTrack Pocket Portable Stereo Microphone and Guitar Input for iPhone Video Creation and Sharing

3) Amplification. Bluetooth wireless rechargeable speakers. I recommend the Anker SoundCore.

Dynamic Stereo: Enjoy crisp, energetic sound with impressive volume, powered by 2 x 8W stereo drivers with remarkable frequency response. Sublime bass is delivered by dual passive subwoofers.

Tough Tech: Tough Bluetooth speakers. IP67 waterproof (1m depth) and dust-tight. Shock resistant.

Bluetooth 4.1: Advanced Bluetooth tech offers an extended 66ft range (outside) so you can take your phone further without losing connection and make hands-free calls with the built-in noise-canceling mic.

Breakthrough Battery Performance: 15-hour playtime from the built-in, high-capacity lithium-ion battery (with Anker’s industry-leading power management) keeps your music playing all day, non-stop. You can even charge your phone or tablet with the charging port. Playtime varies according to volume level and audio content.

What You Get: Anker SoundCore Sport XL, Micro USB cable, hand strap, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

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4) Effects and amps. I recommend the iRig Amplitube app.

AmpliTube gives you 17 creative stompbox effects, 8 amazing amps, 10 speaker cabinets and 2 mics, 1 Loop Drummer groove from the Rock pack and 1 active track in the recorder section. You can of course expand this selection via a massive library of over 100 pieces of gear that includes amps and stompboxes from the world’s best brands like Fender™, Soldano®, Ampeg®, ENGL®, Orange®, T-Rex® and many more. BUY Amplitube in the appstore

2017
04/13
GuitarConnect Cable For iPhone iPad Audio
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The cable you need, to use GarageBand or other effects apps with your guitar, bass or keyboard. Our GuitarConnect Cable turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into the most portable guitar rig/practice room/studio you’ve ever used. Connect the cable’s 1/4″ plug to your guitar, bass, or keyboard; then open GarageBand or other instrument effects apps.

As quickly as you can tap your Multi-Touch display, our GuitarConnect Cable and GarageBand plug you into a virtual pedal board with guitar effects, digital tuner, metronome and play-along/practice player that allows you to play along with your favorite songs, or practice tricky sections. No need to lug out the amp; no more neighbors yelling for you to “turn it DOWN…!” Just a super-compact practice rig you can use with your headphones to rock wherever you are, whenever you want.

Tuck your iPhone into a pocket and you’re playing without being tied down (excellent for practicing windmills from atop your coffee table). And because The GuitarConnect Cable provides a standard 1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack, you can plug in your headphones, or an AUX cable (we suggest our own excellent Auxiliary Audio Cable) and play into your home stereo, amp, control board, whatever.

We gave GuitarConnect Cable gold connectors for improved conductivity (and thus, a better signal), as well as a braided exterior for durability.

Heavy-duty 1/4″ mono plug connects to your guitar, bass, or keyboard
1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo plug connects you to the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
1/8″ (3.5 mm) jack allows you to connect headphones, amp, or powered speakers (additional cables not included)
Compatible with:

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2017
04/02
Roland GO MIXER 5 Input Interface for iOS
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Compact, portable, and easy to use, GO:MIXER makes it simple to record high-quality audio in music videos and other video content created with your smartphone. Just plug in GO:MIXER to capture a pristine stereo soundtrack directly to your video as you perform. With multiple inputs available, you can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players and mix them all together live while you shoot. Instead of relying on your phone’s noisy mono mic or recording external audio tracks that you have to sync later in a video editor, you can now record top-quality audio in one quick and easy step. GO:MIXER is the ideal solution for adding a pro sound touch to your social media videos, helping you get more views and attract more followers.

Standard Features

Palm-sized audio mixer for smartphones
Ideal for both desktop and mobile use
Multiple inputs—connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players
Plug and play—ready for immediate use right out of the box
Connection cables for iOS and Android devices included
Powered from the smartphone connection; no batteries or AC adapter required
Center Cancel function for karaoke-style singing

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2017
03/30
Looperverse Looping App And Pedal
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RETRONYMS CREATES A UNIVERSE OF MUSIC EXPLORATION WITH THE RELEASE OF LOOPERVERSE

San Francisco, CA USA (March 31, 2017) – Retronyms, pioneers of pro music production, performance, and expression on multitouch platforms, have released Looperverse today. Looperverse is the ultimate loop recording/performance system for iOS. It’s the result of a multi year collaboration between Retronyms and Cycling ’74, creators of MAX/MSP. The Looperverse product lineup includes a wireless stomp pedal and an app for iPhone and iPad. more…

Looperverse merges the classic pedal-based live looping workflow — utilized by Ed Sheeran, DubFX, DJ Quest, and more — with powerful multitouch editing features. Including an array of advanced tools, Looperverse makes recording, editing, and customizing loops simple. Continuously record up to 16 tracks worth of content, and immediately edit them. The 16 track loop recorder includes sound-on-sound, overwrite, and next track modes. Musicians can adjust track sends to the built-in delay and reverb effects, as well as adjusting pan, gain, mute, and solo in the mixer. Looperverse features advanced waveform editing, pitch shifting, time stretching, live reverse, extensive undo/redo, and time signature support. These features allow musicians to limitlessly modify their scenes and explore phrases and riffs.

The Looperverse app connects your music to the iOS music ecosystem. Inter App Audio and AudioBus support ensures that you can record any virtual instrument. Looperverse also supports Ableton Link, allowing musicians to lock tempo with Ableton Live or apps on other devices. AudioCopy support allows musicians to quickly publish music on SoundCloud, copy and paste from hundreds of compatible apps, and choose from millions of loops and sounds available in the Content Store.

The app is integrated and enhanced with the Looperverse pedal, which provides 6 premium quality switches pre-mapped to undo, redo, clear, tap tempo, record, and playback. Each setting is fully customizable, so users can remap to their liking. It can be controlled from users’ iOS devices and will work as a standalone pedal with any device that supports MIDI. Because the Looperverse pedal supports the Bluetooth (BTLE) MIDI standard, it’s compatible with virtually any software on any device. Musicians can control Looperverse from external hardware and remap to their liking with MIDI and MIDI Learn support.

APP FEATURES:
Advanced 16 track loop recorder
Time stretching and pitch shifting for scenes, tracks, and segments
Delay and reverb send effects
Built in mixer with pan, gain, mute, and solo
Advanced waveform editing
Snap to grid or transient for extensive editing
Advanced time signature support
Tap tempo
Stem export for DAWs
Reverse songs or musical segments in real time while recording or playing back
Extensive undo/redo
Audio triggered record
Play scene with keyboard
IAA, Audiobus and Ableton Link support
MIDI and MIDI learn support
AudioCopy and AudioPaste support


PEDAL FEATURES:

Premium quality powder coated aluminum enclosure
Low latency Bluetooth MIDI interface
Six premium quality steel switches
Pre-mapped and fully customizable

“Looperverse is a unique hybrid of a familiar looper, with some of the most powerful aspects of computer-based multi-track recording and editing. It is a unique combination of always-there immediacy with the ability to powerfully manipulate what you’ve recorded, right away.” — Peter Freeman
Looperverse is available now in the App Store. The app retails for $9.99 and works universally with iOS devices. Looperverse pedals are available for purchase directly on www.retronyms.com for $199.99. For more information, visit www.retronyms.com

ABOUT RETRONYMS
Based in San Francisco, Retronyms has been driving pro music production, performance and expression on multitouch platforms for years. They partner with industry giants like Akai Pro, Arturia, Korg, and Loopmasters on apps like iMPC Pro, iMini, Hook, Tabletop and more. Retronyms runs AudioCopy — the largest royalty free music store on iOS which integrates with 100’s of compatible apps on iOS and beyond. Retronyms makes powerful tools that enable people to create, share, and engage through music and technology.

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The music in this Looperverse ad was written, performed, and produced by iPad Loops blog owner Jason Donnelly

2017
02/02
iRig Keys and Pads Bundle
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A powerful combination for iPhone, iPad and Mac producers – save $50iRig KEYS + iRig Pads is everything you need to turn your iPhone, iPad or Mac/PC into a powerful production rig. Easily play and program drums, loops, and beats with iRig Pads pad-style MIDI controller, then add melodies, chords and licks with iRig Keys 37-key keyboard MIDI controller. IRig KEYS is a compact, 2-octave MIDI controller for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With Core MIDI support, you can play any compliant virtual instrument app on your iOS device or MIDI-compatible software on Mac or PC. iRig KEYS has a dedicated pitch wheel and four assignable controller knobs that can be used for everything from volume to pan to modulation. IRig Pads offers sixteen velocity-sensitive rubber pads in a 4×4 configuration. It’s the perfect solution for laying down drum, percussion, bass, loop, and instrument parts. Each pad lights up to react to your playing, and iRig PADS is also equipped with two assignable knobs, a push button rotary encoder, two buttons and a slider, all of which are programmable. IRig KEYS and Pads includes Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables to connect to any generation of Apple device and Mac/PC. Use both simultaneously on your laptop, or hot-swap with your iPhone or iPad – both can be powered by your device. Small enough to fit into a backpack, Keys + Pads is the perfect solution for on the go or in the studio. And to get you started, this bundle also includes SampleTank 3 SE, a powerful new virtual instrument for Mac/PC. With over 400 instruments from 20 categories, over 250 loops and 150 MIDI patterns, 3 sample engines, 55 high-quality effects and more, SampleTank 3 SE is the ultimate production station as both a stand-alone and plug-in with your favorite DAW. For iOS users, KEYS + Pads also unlocks premium content inside SampleTank for iOS, IK’s flagship music production app.

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  • iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle). You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.
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