iMPC Updated: Mute Groups, Sample Editing, & More
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Akai iMPC For iPad

Akai iMPC For iPad

Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring the look and feel of the classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad. iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.

What’s New in Version 1.2 – iMPC gets a free update that adds some simple yet powerful new features.

Mute Groups, Sample Editing, & Enhancements

• More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
• Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
• Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
• Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
• In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
• Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
• 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
• Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
• Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
• Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
• Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
• Simple drag and drop program creation
• Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
• Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
• Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
• Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
• AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
• AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
• Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners
• Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices
• Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
• Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor

iMPC is available for $6.99

WNAMM 2013: IK Multimedia Bluetooth Pedal Board
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BlueBoard Blue Tooth Pedal Board

NAMM: iRig BlueBoard Announced
The first Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac
23 January 2013

Winner of the iLounge “Best in Show” at the recent CES, iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac, which gives you: the guitarists, bassists and keyboard players hands-free control of mobile and Mac music apps.

iRig BlueBoard is a great addition to any mobile or studio rig for live performance and recording. You can use it to extend control of your preferred music apps by switching presets, changing sounds or modifying effects parameters – all hands-free. You don’t have to put down your instrument, and can remain focused on your performance.

Any music app or software that is MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments) – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand – or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be operated wirelessly with iRig BlueBoard.

This ultra-portable unit uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external pedals to the mobile device or Mac. Then using the included iRig BlueBoard app and software, the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that’s running on the device.

Because it’s wireless, iRig BlueBoard lets you setup onstage without being tethered to your mobile device. The unit’s range is 10 meters (over 32 feet), giving musicians a great deal of mobility to roam the stage that would be impossible with a wired unit. Because the footswitches are backlit, they’re easy to see in all lighting conditions, even on a dark stage. Additionally, the fact that iRig uses wireless Bluetooth leaves all the wired ports of the device free, so they can be used simultaneously by interfaces or controllers that feature the 30-pin or Lightning connector, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig MIDI or iRig Keyboard, and adapters or microphones that use the device mini-jack such as iRig or iRig MIC.


Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range)
4 backlit switches for sending program, bank and other MIDI messages
2 1/4″ inputs for optional expression pedals or switches that can used for sending continuous controller or on/off messages
BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI
Runs on standard AAA batteries
Small enough to fit in a laptop bag

Pricing and Availability
iRig BlueBoard is priced at $99.99 / €79.99 MSRP (excl. tax) IK Multimedia iRig Blueboard wireless floor controller

Dubstep Loops For iPad iPhone iPod Touch Apps
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Dubstep loops for iPad iPhone iPod Touch

Soundtrack Loops announces Dubstep loops and samples formatted specifically for Looptastic, Meta.Dj, NanoStudio, Garageband, and Beatmaker apps

Each of the four loop pack construction kits comes with ten loops. You’ll get drums, basses, SFX, hi hats, and more. Formats include “.loop” for all Sound Trends Apps (Looptasic,Meta.DJ,StudioHD), “.bmkz” for Intua Beatmaker, and “.trg” for NanoStudio TRG-16 drum pads.

The Garageband pack is much larger and it includes a lot more loops and samples therefore the price is $22

Wicked Drops for iOS is available on iPad Producers webiste for $3.99 (TRG-16, Beatmaker, Soundtrends) and $22 (Garageband) HERE http://ipadproducers.com/store/beatmaker-beat-packs/wicked-drops-dubstep-kits/

Wired Midi Controller Apps
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LiveRig Midi Controller For iPad

Are you looking for an affordable (one of the most expensive ones being Lemur) app that supports connecting your iPad directly into your DAW via midi (not JUST over wifi) and send midi messages?

We are stoked to put LiveRig to the test. Here’s what they have to say:

“Musicians, now you can turn your iPad into a clean, small, sophisticated midi controller that remotely manipulates your DAW, your plug-ins, any sounds or effects on your computer while you play, without having your computer in front of you, AND without the pesky and troublesome wires. It is quickly customizable, so you can change your controller’s functions to meet the needs of the moment, and to adapt to whatever hardware rig you’re using. Plus, it’s able to be used wirelessly, or wired, or both, depending on what you need — live performance, studio recording, audio engineering, composing — the list goes on.

LiveRig Midi Controller For iPad

LiveRig Midi Controller For iPad

• A way to control the sounds in your computer, as you play, without having your computer in front of you, without wires, without a router, and without having to purchase a hardware module.

Which means:
• A cleaner live performance setup without a computer in front of you taking center stage.
• Ability to command computer sounds, effects, and parameters from afar, without the cables.
• No more struggling with a laptop trying to press a key or work the trackpad while you play.
• Switch sounds while playing live, add reverb, do a quick EQ, start a backing track playing from the front of the stage, with your big clunky laptop tucked away back stage.
• Start and stop the DAW from wherever you’re recording, switch recording tracks, solo/mute tracks, etc., without running back to the board.

Now the iPad can function the same way a hardware controller would, except it IS the hardware controller, and it IS wireless, so you can “cut the cord” from using ordinary controllers that require cables to connect to your computer, AND you can completely customize your controller’s function for the needs of the moment.

For all the MIDI details visit www.PullRibbon.com

Observes the MIDI Specification using conventional messages.
• Built for Core MIDI and Multi-Core devices.
• Knobs, Encoders, Faders & Buttons send and receive MIDI Control Change messages.
• MIDI Machine Code and Control Change messages can be configured for transport controls.
• Incoming MIDI Time Code is displayed on the main LCD in realtime.
• Send Track Record Enable messages for managing up to 24 tracks.

Transform that USB MIDI Device into a Wireless MIDI Device.
• Works perfect with the Camera Connection Kit.
• With iRig MIDI, control any MIDI Device while making it wireless enabled.
• Connect your MIDI device and send MIDI to any device that supports Core MIDI.
• Using the Camera Connection Kit, send your MIDI Keyboard to your iPhone!
• No router on stage? Use your Mac to create a wireless network without one.”

LiveRig gives you the power to configure Core MIDI the way you need it.

• Use the built in controls to send messages to other devices on the wireless network.
Send messages to a wired MIDI device using the Camera Connection Kit, iRig MIDI from IK Multimedia, or other Core MIDI capable interface.
• Manipulate the cables within LiveRig to route messages to other Core MIDI enabled apps.
• Control Mac apps like Logic, MainStage, and even GarageBand by installing MainStage GarageBand Controller that utilizes AppleScript.

LiveRig is available for $14.99

Concerto For iPad By Ned McGowan
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Concerto For iPad By Ned McGowan

Composer and director Ned McGowan composes the first concerto for iPad in Orchestra. This is his attempt to prove that the iPad is a new and unique instrument that is unlike any other. There are also live visuals tied into the performance as well.

Here is quick peak at his concert. The premiere will take place on the 1st of June in the Doelen in Rotterdam, performed by the Sinfonia Rotterdam conducted by Conrad van Alphen with Keiko Shichijo as iPad soloist.

Performed by Keiko Shichijo on the iPad with the Sinfonia Rotterdam, conducted by Conrad van Alphen. This work is the 2nd in the Rotterdam Concerto series initiated by the Doelen and Sinfonia Rotterdam.

The app used in this concert is Geo Synthesizer by Jordan Rudess.

Geo Sythesizer is available for $9.99

  • 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 LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Sony Creative, 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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