2017
06/18
Best Powered USB Hub For Mobile Musicians
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iPad and iPhone musicians often ask for a decent reliable powered UBS hub for all their devices and controllers. We recommend the Anker 7 port UBS hub.

Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub with 36W Power Adapter and BC 1.2 Charging Port for iPhone 7 / 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S Series, Note Series, Mac, PC, USB Flash Drives and More.

Light and Compact: Palm-sized and lightweight (2.9oz) for greater convenience.
Huge Expansion: Enjoy super-fast transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for up to 7 devices—simultaneously!
High-Speed Charging: 7th port provides a 2 amp high-speed charge and combines with the other 6 ports to deliver a total 6 amp charge.
Broad Compatibility: High-grade chipset and adapter guarantee stable operation, including plug-and-play and hot-swapping functionality. Works flawlessly on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Mac (OS X [10.2 and above]).What You Get: Anker USB 3.0 7-Port Hub, 12V / 3A power adapter, 2.7-foot USB 3.0 cable, welcome guide, 18 month hassle-free warranty.

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2017
06/16
iPad Pro 10 Inch Screen The Verge
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The Verge, a popular technology news site, has done a review of the new iPad Pro 10.5 inch screen size. It’s a great review but what makes it really cool is they used my song “God Knows” in the video.

My song comes in here at the 1:30 mark https://youtu.be/-Hf5prRZIeg?t=95 and it plays through out. FUN FACT: this song also appears in Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Ep “Beirut”

Get the new iPad Pro direct from APPLE here https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The iPad Pro 10.5 isn’t available on Amazon yet but you can get a 12″ Pro or a 9.7″ Pro from Amazon right now.

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2017
05/17
Wej LED Lightshow and Bluetooth MIDI
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Retronyms Wej bluetooth MIDI interface and LED light show is now available on Amazon.
Material: Soft Touch, 30 durometer, silicone body in Tabletop Grey.
Width: 200mm.
Depth: 134.4mm.
Height: 25mm – 35mm.

Microcontroller
Arduino-compatible Application Processor.

LEDs
48 full-color RGB LEDs, individually addressable from Arduino.
Animations triggerable from Tabletop-ready iOS app via MIDI or inter-app audio.

Communication
2 powered USB host ports — Two way MIDI.
Bluetooth LE configured with a service that provides Apple’s MIDI over Bluetooth protocol.

 

Wej and Hook app demo

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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)
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Price: $25.43 & FREE Shipping

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