All you have to do is take one look at a Ferrari or a Lamborghini and it’s immediately clear the Italians are serious about product design. Design is a source of national pride for Italy, so it comes as no surprise that the new iKlip Xpand from IK Multimedia is very well designed. Continue reading
IK Multimedia was one of the first hardware and software developers to embrace the iPhone and iPad as viable music creation platforms and have, since releasing their introductory instrument interface the iRig in 2010, produced a whole family of products aimed at making it easier to create music on iOS devices. They have consistently improved upon the original iRig by creating devices that offer different input options, such as the iRig Mic and iRig Keys, and by improving upon the basic design and sound quality of the iRig by creating the the iRig HD, a truly digital interface that plugged into the Lightning connector instead of the headphone jack.
The latest member of the iRig family, the iRig PRO ($149.99), improves the guitar/instrument interface yet again, by expanding upon both the device’s input and output connections. The iRig PRO comes complete with a full complement of cables to connect to all iOS devices, MIDI controllers and your Mac or PC. Continue reading
One of the most common complaints I hear when I talk about digital amp simulators, iPhone or otherwise… is that they are no replacement for a good old fashioned tube amplifier. Well, IK Multimedia is giving you a chance to have the best of both worlds. To celebrate the release of their new app, AmpliTube Orange for iPhone and iPad, the company is giving away more than $2,200 worth of gear and apps – including the extremely popular (and very non-digital) Tiny Terror amp from Orange.
Not long after developers started to create apps for the iPhone and iPad, guitarists recognized the power of iOS devices for mobile music creation and an immediate demand was created for interfaces to help bridge the gap between a guitar and an iOS device. One of the first to market was the iRig from IK Multimedia, a relatively simple device that plugs into the headphone jack and essentially splits the guitar input and headphone signals much like an Apple headset with built in mic.
The basic iRig, and other similarly designed interfaces work just fine and tend to be priced between $20 and $40, so they are great for quick mobile creation. The main drawbacks of these simple devices, however, are sound quality. Because they are unpowered devices passing input and output signals past one another, there tends to be a lot of signal noise and they aren’t always capable of handling high gain input favored by some players. iOS recording devices are capable of much higher quality and interface designers responded by continually improving technology and creating a whole range of devices at different price points and with different capabilities.
When the iPad was first released, critics were quick to say that the device was great for the consumption of media but would never be a serious tool for the creation of new content. That’s changing quickly – especially when it comes to music. With more and more artists and hobbyists embracing the iPad and even the iPhone for the capture of everything from quick song sketches to full-blown productions that end up on albums.
There are a number of options for 4- and 8-track recorders and a number of guitar amp and effect modelers, most of which offer some type of recording ability. One element that has been missing, however, was the ability to add sophisticated effects to vocal performances. That’s changing now too with the introduction of VocaLive from IK Multimedia. Continue reading