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Akai Professional intros new MPD Series pad controllers

Akai Professional has announced the introduction of its new MPD218, MPD226, and MPD232 pad controllers. These new controllers are a product of

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Cakewalk releases SONAR Foxboro update

Cakewalk has released the Foxboro update for its SONAR music production software. The SONAR “Foxboro” update continues to make improvements in core

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Producer loops releases Open Your Trap Vol 2

Producer Loops has announced the release of Open Your Trap Vol 2, a collection of trap construction kits. ‘Open Your Trap Vol

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Watch iConnectAUDIO4+ Connect Absolutely Everything

I know you’ve been there. Somehow, even with a small assortment of gear, you find that you have exactly the wrong combination of plugs.

It’s actually even worse if you’ve bought into the inexpensive mobile music revolution. iPads are chock full of apps; little boxes like the KORG volcas can be great fun. But… the iPads don’t have any ports, and compact devices (including our own MeeBlip) often have just MIDI in to save space. And then there’s trying to clock everything.

That’s why I’m really excited by the promise of the iConnectAUDIO4+. (And I know from feedback, I’m not alone.) It’s an audio interface for one computer. It’s also an audio interface for two computers. It works with your iOS stuff. It does MIDI. It does USB hosting for all those gizmos that lack MIDI ports. And it’s still a multichannel audio interface with mic pres and four outputs – while remaining nicely portable. (Too many audio interfaces are limited to two outs.)

In fact, it does so much, that the review I’m working on won’t be done until next week. In the meantime, though, our friend Chris Stack of Experimental Synth has posted a lovely walk-through video.

What’s nice about this is that this gadget really did help Chris finish his record. And that’s something that resonates with me. When you’re struggling to find creative flow, the worst thing is having to stop because you realize you can’t actually plug something in.

Here’s what he writes:

I just finished my first album and am starting on the next. I just got an iConnectAUDIO4+ and it has become the “everything hub” of my studio, connecting computers and iOS devices, high-res audio, MIDI, USB, 5-pin MIDI, mics, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. The mic preamps sound great, iPad audio fed digitally into Logic and Ableton is pristine. The iConnectAUDIO4+ has really streamlined my music production workflow. The iConnectMIDI2+ made a lot of my first album possible and it looks like the iConnectAUDIO4+ is going to take my next album even farther.

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Find Chris’ (lovely) album at:

chrisstack.bandcamp.com

And learn about the product at:

http://www.iconnectivity.com/iConnectAudio4plus

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SPF Samplers releases Producer Essentials Techno

SPF Samplers has announced Producer Essentials Techno, a collection of loops, MIDI files and presets for techno music production. Spf Samplers have

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Sample Tools by Cr2 releases Techno Megapack

Sample Tools by Cr2 has announced Techno Megapack, a bundle comprising the Sound of Techno, Sound of Techno 2 and Underground Techno

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Black Octopus Sound releases Sexy Booty Shakin Melbourne Bounce

Black Octopus Sound has launched Sexy Booty Shakin Melbourne Bounce, a sample pack by Peep This. Peep This, well known for slaying

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Famous Audio releases Techno Invasion

Famous Audio has launched Techno Invasion, a collection of 278 loops, 129 MIDI files, and 178 one-shot samples. From techno to minimal,

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Reveal Sound intros Spire Essentials Vol 2: Future House & Deep House

Reveal Sound has launched Spire Essentials Vol 2: Future House & Deep House, a soundset by Baltic Audio. ‘Spire Essentials Vol 2:

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Auxy, the iPad’s Simple Music Creation Tool, Quietly Gets Better

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iPad creation tool Auxy may have come with a lot of fanfare touting its simplicity and elegance when it launched. The piano roll-turned-touchable music maker first launched on the merits of doing less, better, then turned into something more of us might use with the addition of MIDI.

But a rather significant upgrade has come without any trumpets or bolts of lightning. I can’t post a screenshot, because all the work is under the hood.

For all the power of today’s mobile devices, though, there’s a significant effort in coaxing optimal performance. So, sometimes this behind-the-surface stuff matters a lot.

I spoke to Auxy 2′s Henrik Lenberg. New in this release:

A new synth engine. DSP is licensed from fellow Swedish dev house Sonic Charge. It’s more optimized, and sounds a whole lot better. (I must confess to not distinctly remembering what the old version sounded like, but it seems good!)

More stuff at once. That optimization means you can get more synths running even if you don’t have the fastest Apple hardware.

Ducking. Sidechaining done automatically.

Edit chromatically, and get advanced editing for free. Arnold Schoenberg and even Richard Wagner are pleased.

Share right from the program. You can upload tracks directly from Auxy, and then link to a webpage. (Cough – come on, Apple, you realize Connect really should have an easy Web presence and not only live inside iTunes. I’m going to keep ranting about that until they fix it.) Here’s how that looks:

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With sharing, and the emphasis on simple creation in general, I can’t help but feel like what this tool really needs is a mic input – so you can add vocals. Until then, I still think the killer use case is for MIDI control of hardware and other apps. But it’s nice to see Auxy continue to invest, especially as we’ll find out if this free app with add-on purchases can be a sustainable business in a field of apps that are generally a labor of love.

But it’s worth watching, as Auxy is the rare app that feels like it makes most sense on an iPad rather than a desktop environment. Have a look:

auxy.co

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