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How To Take Proper Care of Your iPad

December 6, 2017 Comments off

iPad in useArticle contributed by Tara Desquitado.

Like most gadgets, your iPad needs to be taken care of to keep it running well. Although it does not require as much care as a laptop or desktop, it still needs a little bit of maintenance. In this article, we have listed down ways for you to take proper care of your iPad and keep it in check so that it can be of use to you for as long as it can.

Don’t leave it charging
You shouldn’t be leaving your iPad to charge all day and night. Overcharging it will only reduce its battery life. Avoid completely draining its battery as well. It’s best to let the battery down to 5% or less and then plug it in to charge. To help get the most out of your iPad’s battery life, you should also shut it down every now and then. Powering it down once a week can help extend its life.

Keep iOS Updated
Updating your iPad not only gives it more features, it also downloads the latest security updates too. Since iOS products are becoming more ubiquitous, there has been an increase in malware directed to target it. Updating your iPad equips it with better defenses. It also fixes old bugs found in the previous versions, making your iPad to run more effectively.

Add a passcode
Keeping your iPad secure from others is very important. Others may reconfigure its settings or come across personal or sensitive information. Adding a passcode can remedy this. It allows you to leave your iPad without having to worry about someone using it without your permission. If you can, you should also add biometric protection to your iPad. This ensures its security to privacy even more.

Use a screen protector
Although an iPad’s screen is made of a relatively durable material, it is the area of the iPad that is most likely to get damaged first since it receives the most contact. Using a screen protector is one way to safeguard your iPad’s screen from unwanted scratches and cracks. Make sure to apply it after its screen has been thoroughly cleaned as well. It is best to apply the screen after washing your hands so that oils will not end up on the screen when the protector is being placed.

Use a protective case
Since the iPad is designed to be extremely thin, a simple accidental drop may severely damage it. The best preventive measure is to suit it up with a protective case. There is a great selection of iPad cases to choose from. It is suggested to pick one that is made of durable material and fits the iPad’s form. Avoid loose-fitting cases as they are usually used for aesthetic purposes and provide little protection for the iPad.

Conclusion
Maintaining your iPad isn’t a process that falls under a long and tedious checklist. All you have to know is the hazards that are most likely to damage it and keep it away from those. Make sure you keep it protected, avoid overcharging it, keep it away from moisture and extreme temperatures and you’re good to go. Make it a point to clean it every now and then when you can find the time to do so as well and you’ll have your iPad running smoothly and effectively.

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iRig Pro I/O now available in the Apple Store

September 7, 2017 Comments off

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

September 7, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig® Pro I/O, the cutting-edge high definition audio/MIDI interface for iPhone®, iPad® and Mac®, is now available in the Apple Store® at more than 200 locations worldwide and online.

iRig Pro I/O lets musicians connect all their gear to their mobile devices or computers to make music and produce audio, anytime and everywhere, with a portable, pocket-size mobile studio they can always carry with them. The combo microphone and instrument input allows users to record high definition, studio quality audio anywhere. A MIDI input and output allow to connect keyboards and controllers and a headphone output jack with a dedicated volume control is perfect for use with the new iPhone 7 and its future generations. iRig Pro I/O is a truly powerful, professional and portable recording solution that operates on AA batteries when connected to an iOS device, or on USB power when used with a Mac. When used with an optional power supply unit, it even charges a connected iPhone or iPad during extended sessions. A huge selection of IK’s award-winning apps and software is also included with iRig Pro I/O enabling complete music productions with a total value of more than $/€500.

iRig Pro I/O now available in the Apple Store

Being certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) iRig Pro I/O is guaranteed to be plug-and-play on all iOS devices with a Lightning® port using the included Lightning cable while the USB cable included connects Mac computers. iRig Pro I/O works out of the box with popular Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software like GarageBand®, Logic Pro® and more.

IK Multimedia is the leader of the mobile music creation revolution as the first company to utilize the power of the iPhone, tapping into it with products like the award-winning iRig line of guitar interfaces and AmpliTube amp modeling software allowing users to plug their guitars and basses into their phones and experience the most authentic amplifier tones and effects anywhere.

Today IK Multimedia offers more Apple certified music and audio creation and production hardware than any other manufacturer, with the widest range of interfaces, microphones, keyboards and other controllers for musicians, producers and podcasters available on the market. All of this is complemented by a full range of software and apps along with other accessories like stands, speakers and video accessories, focused on plug and play, portability and affordability that has made music and audio creation easier for millions of consumers around the world. With more than 50 million software and app downloads and over 2 million units of its iRig branded products sold since 2010, IK Multimedia is the undisputed leader in the mobile music creation category with over 70% market share.

iRig Pro I/O, together with the vast majority of IK Multimedia products are also “Made in Italy” in its fully owned state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that combines the highest quality processes together with a focus on unique Italian world class craftsmanship. This goes together with IK’s social responsibility standards that ensure compliance with the strictest labor regulations in the world along with eco-friendly programs, such as lessening environmental impact by reducing waste, employing smart recycling techniques and reducing power consumption by utilizing roof mounted solar panels to generate electricity.

iRig Pro I/O is available now from Apple.com and at more than 200 retail locations worldwide.

In addition, other IK Multimedia products like iRig HD 2 (guitar interface), iKlip Grip and iKlip Grip Pro (multi-functional iPhone stands) and iRig Keys (keyboard controller) can be found in the Apple Store worldwide.

www.apple.com/choose-your-country

www.apple.com/retail/storelist

For more information, please visit:
www.irigpro.io

For a video of iRig Pro I/O in action, please visit:
www.irigpro.io/video

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.
954-846-9101 ext 313 | www.ikmultimedia.com


About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With millions of installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers or mobile devices. iRig® and AmpliTube® are trademarks property of IK Multimedia Production. Mac, iPhone, iPad and Lightning are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

iRig Pro I/O – the most advanced mobile Audio/MIDI Interface is now shipping

June 29, 2017 Comments off

IK Multimedia

 

 

June 29, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce iRig Pro I/O, the pocket-sized mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone®, iPad®, Mac®, PC and Android™ devices is now shipping worldwide.

iRig Pro I/O, the successor to IK’s highly popular iRig PRO, raises the bar for personal mobile interfaces, with a new set of features and included software and apps that are unmatched in the category. iRig Pro I/O is an ultra-compact, plug-and-play, truly portable interface that lets musicians hook up all their gear – guitars, basses, studio mics, vocal mics, keyboards and more – to their mobile devices or computers and record 24-bit/96kHz pro-quality audio and MIDI tracks anywhere. iRig Pro I/O features a high quality 1/8″ headphone/line out with level control for use with the latest Apple devices like the iPhone 7 to connect to headphones, mixers or powered monitor speakers in an ultra-compact enclosure that fits in a pocket and can be taken anywhere. Additionally, iRig Pro I/O is the first interface of its kind that includes built-in device charging for extended playing sessions, using an optional power supply.

iRig Pro

24-bit, 96kHz professional audio

At its core, iRig Pro I/O is a truly professional audio interface, giving players the ability to record 24-bit audio at sample rates of up to 96kHz and rivals traditional desktop interfaces by providing stunning audio quality anywhere. The integrated Class-A preamp features a precision input gain control to handle a wide array of input signals giving it a tremendous amount of flexibility in a super-compact design. iRig Pro I/O features a multi-color LED indicator for visually optimizing the input gain level and monitoring the input signal to prevent clipping.

MIDI In/Out

iRig Pro I/O includes MIDI input and output ports offering connectivity with MIDI keyboards, controllers and synths to record MIDI tracks, control virtual instruments, use control surfaces, pedalboards and connect outboard sound modules and more. The multi-color LEDs on iRig Pro I/O provide visual feedback of MIDI in/out activity.

Pristine audio quality and real-time monitoring

For real-time monitoring on the go with the latest iPhones, iPads and computers, iRig Pro I/O features a high quality 1/8″ headphone/line output with level control. Users can plug in their headphones, connect to a mixer, or hook up a set of powered monitors like iLoud Micro Monitor. With any connection, the headphone/line output delivers pristine, crystal-clear audio for ultra-accurate representation of the audio program, with a quality far better than the host devices’ built-in audio output.

Combo XLR/¼” Input

iRig Pro I/O features a Neutrik® XLR/¼” combo input that lets users plug in all their gear – from dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones to unbalanced Hi-Z or line level instruments like guitars, basses and more.  iRig Pro I/O features a 48V phantom power switch for powering condenser or active ribbon microphones. With the adjustable, numeric input gain control, users can easily recall the gain settings for their recordings.

Battery, USB or DC Power with device charging function

iRig Pro I/O can operate on 2 x AA batteries (included) when connected to an iPhone/iPad, or on USB power when used with a Mac or PC. iRig Pro I/O also features a new DC in port that, when used with its dedicated power supply unit, charges a connected iPhone or iPad while in use for unlimited playing or recording time, on stage and in the studio. iRig Pro I/O comes with Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables along with two 5-pin MIDI to 2.5mm cables for connection to standard MIDI gear.

Over $/€500 worth of software and apps

iRig Pro I/O comes with more than $/€500 worth of included IK software. Users get full versions of IK’s award-winning titles like AmpliTube 4, AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad, SampleTank 3 SE and T-RackS Deluxe with Mic Room.

Pricing and availability

iRig Pro I/O is now available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for only $/€149.99*.

*Prices exclude taxes.

For more information, please visit:

www.irigpro.io

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With millions of installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers or mobile devices. iRig® and iLoud® are trademarks property of IK Multimedia Production. Mac, iPhone, iPad and Lightning are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc., Neutrik is a registered trademark of Neutrik AG. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Lurssen Mastering Console updates to version 1.1

June 8, 2017 Comments off

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.June 8, 2017  – IK Multimedia has just released an important update for Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac®/PC and for iPhone®/iPad® bringing even more processing power for both desktop and mobile users.


Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iPhone/iPad
Lurssen Mastering Console, the award-winning professional mastering software, born from the collaboration of the IK Multimedia development team with multiple Grammy® winning engineers Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen is now even more powerful and flexible making it ideal for multi-track and surround mixing applications. “We’re pleased to offer new features such as improved dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio along with multi-mono operation for mono, stereo and surround use for the pro users who have asked for it,” said Gavin Lurssen, Chief Mastering Engineer. 

Mastering Jazz and Classical music is a very delicate process where every tiny adjustment can make or ruin the final master.


Multi-Mono operation – From mastering to mixing and surround 

The Lurssen Mastering Console plugin can be inserted in mono, stereo, multi-channel tracks and busses in any compatible DAW for ultimate flexibility as both a mastering and mixing tool. The new mono operation not only allows users to use the plugin on mono tracks (such as vocals, bass, guitars etc.) in regular mixing sessions, or stereo busses for stem mixing or mastering duties, but it can also be used on 5.1 surround, or even larger surround projects, depending on the DAW. The parameters, presets and styles will remain consistent across all instances on a multichannel bus when the settings are linked. This will allow greater precision and consistency in surround operation for the highest quality results.

More Styles: Jazz and Classical
Mastering Jazz and Classical music is a very delicate process where every tiny adjustment can make or ruin the final master. Thanks to the experience of the Lurssen Mastering team, spanning over 30 years in all kinds of music genres, Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen have developed two new “Styles” for use within these specific contexts. Each Style has been meticulously crafted to reflect Gavin Lurssen’s motto: “You want it sound like you were never there,” meaning the sound will be enhanced and optimized but without altering the original artist’s intent.

Extended De-esser threshold control range
In order to provide users with an extended control over higher frequencies in any given audio material (whether it is a vocal track or an entire mix,) the De-esser “Threshold” control range has been extended by 3 decibels. This applies to all versions of the product.

Noiseless analog character
The new update improves the sound quality even further by retaining all the subtle nuances of the original analog mastering chain while simultaneously removing the intrinsic noise of the hardware machines for a superior, crystal clear sound.

Pricing and availability
The update is available for free to current registered users.

Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC is available from the IK Multimedia website and select retailers worldwide for $/€159.99. Users can download and try Lurssen Mastering Console’s full features for free for a period of 10 days.


Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone/iPad can be downloaded for free from the App Store and will operate in demo mode. Users can activate two operational modes via in-app purchase as follows:


Play / Process – $/€49.99 via in-app purchase
Enables unrestricted playback, monitoring and processing, 48kHz maximum sample rate of the DSP processing and export of compressed formats such as AAC & OGG.Play / Process – $/€49.99 via in-app purchase

HD Engine – $/€99.99 via in-app purchase
Enables the HD Engine, allowing unrestricted playback, processing and monitoring at 88.2/96kHz sample rates for DSP and export, selectable Digital Delivery Mastering export, selectable dithering and export of uncompressed formats such as WAV & FLAC.

Download Lurssen Mastering Console from the App Store, please visit: www.appstore.com/lurssenmasteringconsole

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information about Lurssen Mastering Console, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/

For audio and video demos of Lurssen Mastering Console, please visit

IK Multimedia updates AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad, with more than 100 amps and effects available

April 20, 2017 Comments off
April 20, 2017 – IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that a free update for AmpliTube for iPhone® and AmpliTube for iPad® is now available in the App Store®. This update provides more included free gear with the full, LE and CS versions of the app, and adds the availability of Fender® Collection 2 for iOS to guitar and bass players providing them the widest selection of amps and effects on the go.
AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad

In the full version, this update adds 9 new bonus gear models right from the start, including 3 new amplifiers and 6 new stompbox effects to craft amazing guitar tones. New stompbox effects include the Swell volume modulator, an Electric Flanger effect, the Crusher overdrive, Dcomp compressor, Feedback distortion and Phazer10 phase pedal. New amp models include the British Copper 30TB based on one of the most popular vintage British combos ever, Vintage Metal Lead and the 360Bass amp, all with their matching cabinets.

 
The LE and CS versions are also loaded with a wide variety of gear and the latest update includes 4 new stompbox effects; Crusher, Dcomp, Feedback and Phazer10, plus two new amp models, the Vintage Metal Lead and the 360Bass.

AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad
With this update AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad reinforces its position as the most powerful and best sounding amp and effects modeling app available on mobile devices.
 
Not only does AmpliTube lead the guitar app category with a huge array of over 100 amps and effects, it is the only app featuring officially approved models from the most sought after iconic brands such as Fender®, MESA/Boogie®, Orange®, ENGL®, Soldano®, Marshall® and Ampeg® along with gear collections from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix™.
 
AmpliTube is also the ultimate mobile guitar tone playing and recording studio that includes an exclusive feature set that can’t be found anywhere else such as its hyper realistic cabinet section with 3D mic positioning, 8 track DAW/recording studio, 4 track looper, UltraTuner™ – the most precise guitar tuner available, a play-along section with solo cancellation and much more.
 
IK offers a complete “start to finish” music production system when used with the extensive range of iRig mobile guitar interfaces (such as iRig 2, iRig HD2, iRig Pro I/O) and controllers (like iRig BlueBoard) for iPhone, iPad, Mac® & PC.
 
Pricing and Availability
AmpliTube version 4.4 is a free update for existing users of AmpliTube.
 
AmpliTube for iPhone is available now on the App Store in 3 versions:
AmpliTube (full version) – $/€19.99
AmpliTube LE –  $/€2.99
AmpliTube CS – Free
 
AmpliTube for iPad is available now on the App Store in 2 versions:
AmpliTube (full version) – $/€19.99
AmpliTube CS – Free
 
Fender Collection 2 for iOS is available via in-app purchase for just $/€19.99, and individual amp models with matching cabinets start at $/€4.99 each. 
 
For more information, please visit:

www.amplitube.com/ios

IK Multimedia announces and ships iRig Nano Amp – the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface

December 8, 2016 Comments off
IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

December 8, 2016 IK Multimedia once again redefines a product category for guitarists with the newly released iRig Nano Amp – the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface. iRig Nano Amp gives players both a standalone portable guitar amplifier PLUS an interface that lets them plug their guitar into an iPhone or iPad and use AmpliTube for iOS to access an unlimited and inspirational world of guitar tones on the go. iRig Nano Amp is available now from IK Multimedia and music and electronics retailers around the world.

iRig Nano Amp

The first micro amp and interface for mobile guitarists
iRig Nano Amp is a super-compact, battery-powered, self-contained micro amp and interface for iOS that players can use by itself, with headphones or even an external speaker cabinet – this power-packed amazing little amp can drive up to a 4×12″ guitar cab! But what makes it more versatile than any other micro amp available is that it features the iRig circuitry so that guitarists can plug their iPhone or iPad into it with the included TRRS cable and tap into the limitless world of AmpliTube guitar tone and more.

Dual Mode Operation – AMP/DEVICE
What makes iRig Nano Amp so unique is that it operates in two different modes: AMP & DEVICE. In AMP mode it’s a standalone amp for impromptu practice anywhere. In DEVICE mode it’s used as an interface and amp for an iOS device. Plus, in both modes players can use the built-in speaker or hook up an external speaker cabinet – up to a 4×12″ cab – for more volume and tonal clarity.

AMP mode
iRig Nano Amp operates as a straight-up guitar amp and features a British tone stack circuit with tone and volume controls for practice on the go. Players simply plug their guitar into the 1/4″ guitar input, adjust the volume and gain settings, select the output type NORMAL/BRIGHT and rock out. The British tone circuit delivers sparkling clean tones at lower gain settings and a cascading wave of overdrive when cranked to the upper limits.

DEVICE mode
iRig Nano Amp is also an interface and monitor for an iOS device thanks to its integrated iRig circuit. Players use the included TRRS cable to hook up iRig Nano Amp in DEVICE mode to an iPhone or iPad and plug in to the amazing toneful world of AmpliTube to play, practice and record anywhere, any time. This is great for grabbing ideas in AmpliTube’s 4-track looper or recording studio, or just practicing with the models of AmpliTube gear and more. When used in DEVICE mode, the internal tone stack circuit is bypassed and the volume knob controls the overall output of the amp. Headphones can be used in DEVICE mode for monitoring the processed signal coming from the device.

Drive a cab
iRig Nano Amp features a 1/4″ speaker out jack that can drive up to a 4×12″ cabinet. Once plugged in, guitarists will be floored by the volume and tonal definition that iRig Nano Amp provides. An external cabinet can be used in both AMP and DEVICE modes providing the most flexibility of any micro amp available.

Under the hood
iRig Nano Amp is compact – it’s just slightly larger than an iPhone and features a handy “kickstand” for tilting back the unit for better monitoring. Inside, iRig Nano Amp powers a 3″ speaker with a 3-watt class A/B power amp. It features a 1/4″ guitar input, a 1/4″ speaker output, an 1/8″ headphone jack, is powered by 3 AA batteries (included) and comes complete with a TRRS cable for connection to an iOS device. iRig Nano Amp can be used in 3 output monitoring options – in DEVICE mode with headphones for private practice, or with the internal speaker active or external speaker cabinet connected to the 1/4″ speaker out in both DEVICE or AMP modes.

An expandable universe of tone
Since iRig Nano Amp lets players plug into their iPhone or iPad, they’ll have access to AmpliTube for iOS – the largest and expandable collection of virtual gear available from the world’s top manufacturers. Available models include amps and stomps from Fender®, Ampeg®, MESA/Boogie®, Orange® and signature artists like Slash, Jimi Hendrix™ and more. With iRig Nano Amp and AmpliTube, a complete guitar rig is always close at hand.

Pricing and availability
iRig Nano Amp is available now from IK retailers worldwide or from the IK online store for only $/€49.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information on iRig Nano Amp, please visit: www.irignanoamp.com

To see iRig Nano Amp in action, watch the video: www.irignanoamp.com/video

Hammer & Anvil MK-SLR100 Directional Condenser Microphone (Review)

July 15, 2016 Comments off

Hammer & Anvil MK SLR100Hammer & Anvil MK-SLR100 Directional Condenser Microphone
Adorama.com
$39.95

All microphones are not created equal. That statement is an overly obvious one to those of you who are in the filmmaking or videography game. However, not everyone knows it. There seems to be this highly outspoken rule that great audio is better than great video. In other words, if your video is mediocre, it doesn’t matter if your sound is great. And no matter how great your video is, if your audio is poor quality, then the whole thing is poor quality. It doesn’t seem fair does it? Well, it isn’t, but since people love great audio, there’s only one thing to do: Purchase great audio equipment for your videos.

The problem with creating great audio is that it’s not cheap to do it. But anything worth doing is worth doing right, so save your money for better equipment. There are some exceptions to the more expensive equipment rule making a better audio product. Hammer & Anvil products transcend that rule. In fact, I’d say that they break it. The HAAMKSLR100 (SLR100) microphone is one of those exceptions. Sure, you can spend more, but you won’t really get more. The SLR100 microphone is a directional condenser mike that delivers great audio for under $40.

Type:   Directional Condenser microphone
Frequency Response:    38-20,000 Hz
Sensitivity:    -40dB +/- 3dB / 0dB=1V/Pa, 1kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio:    75dBOutput
Impedance:    <1k Ohm
Power:    1.5V AAA Battery
Plug:    Mini-Pin Plug (3.5mm)
Dimensions:    109x75x45mm
Net Weight:    52g

I like the SLR100. It’s small, compact, has its own power (AAA battery), has a pop screen, and a “dead kitten” for windy outdoor shooting. You can attach it to a hot or cold shoe or directly to a tripod mount. It also sports a shock mount of sorts on the base. It’s a complete video camera shotgun microphone that delivers very good sound for a small price.

Why it’s Frugal: The HAAMKSLR100 condenser microphone is frugal because it is inexpensive ($39.95), but yet delivers great audio. If you’re on a budget, this is a perfect audio unit to start with. It’s frugal because you get a lot of audio quality for a little money and you can use it with your iDevices, if you buy an adapter/converter

Now, you’re probably asking, “What are the practical applications for this microphone?” That’s a good question. If you’re a YouTuber who doesn’t want to be wired to a lavalier microphone or dish out hundreds of dollars for audio that’s imperceptibly better, then this is the mike for you. Would I use it for filming a documentary that’s going on Netflix? Probably not. Not because it isn’t a great little microphone; it is, but Hammer & Anvil offers some very reasonably priced professional directional microphones for about $100 more and they’re just too tempting to resist. For example, I’m actually reviewing the HAAMKENG600 microphone as I’m writing this post.

HAAMKSLR100 with Pop screenThe HAAMKSLR100 microphone will do just about anything you want it to do and, as I pointed out in the review video, for a few dollars, you can buy a three pole to four pole converter and use this microphone on your iPad or on your iPhone as an external shotgun audio capture device. Awesome.
It’s awesome because you don’t have to blow a lot of extra money buying a microphone specifically designed for your iDevices. You can use this one everywhere and that’s a very good thing.

One of the things that I really love about the SLR100 is that when you turn on the mike, you can see clearly that it’s on because of the green light on the back near the ON/OFF switch. I’ve seen complaints on much higher priced microphones that don’t offer this basic feature. Bravo to the folks at Hammer & Anvil for providing that much needed feature.
Why am I making such a big deal about the ON light, you ask?
Well, after you run down a lot of batteries because you left your mike ON, you’ll understand why. The light clearly lets you know when the unit is ON and when it is OFF. To me, that feature alone is worth $40.

I’m quite pleased with the sound quality that I get from the SLR100. It’s quiet where I need it to be and it picks up sounds that I want it to and all for the price of an afternoon matinee. I’m sold on it. As I said in the video, it’s a solid microphone and deserves the rating I give it.

Adorama.com is a top-notch camera and accessory store for the amateur and the professional alike. This microphone is perfect for those who need something better than the built-in microphones on DSLRs, video cameras, and iDevices.

Rating: 8/10
Recommendation: Buy it for all your general video creation needs. It’s not a pro-grade microphone, but it’s darn nice for $40.

IK Multimedia unveils iRig BlueTurn – the first Bluetooth page turner with backlit buttons

January 5, 2016 Comments off

January 5th, 2016 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation and technology products, is pleased to announce iRig® BlueTurn, the first backlit compact Bluetooth page turning solution for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Android. Portable and streamlined, it’s a small foot controller with two highly visible backlit soft-touch buttons that musicians, performers and more can easily pair with their favorite device for use with a wide range of document viewing apps and software like IK’s iKlip Stage app.

Designed for use on stage and on the road, iRig BlueTurn runs on two AAA batteries and features a rugged, durable enclosure. It’s an ideal companion for musicians who perform from a score, guitar and bass players who practice with tablature, speakers who use notes, presenters who use slides and more.

iRig BlueTurn

Portable page turning
With iRig BlueTurn, it’s easy to take control from the floor. Once it’s paired to a device or computer, its buttons send standard HID messages over Bluetooth LE technology. iRig BlueTurn works with IK’s owniKlip® Stage setlist management app and it’s also compatible with many popular page turning and document viewing apps and software.

iRig BlueTurn‘s buttons can be used in three different modes: They can send Page Up/Page Down, Arrow Up/Arrow Down or Arrow Left/Arrow Right commands depending on whether scrolling or page turning is required. These different modes can be set directly from the hardware when powering up.

Light it up
iRig BlueTurn is made for performers. Its backlit buttons are incredibly handy considering that most performance situations take place in venues with a low amount of ambient light. These buttons have an unobtrusive glow that makes them well suited for use during digital slideshows, while performing music or giving a lecture.

Road ready
iRig BlueTurn is ready to go. It sports a small footprint and an enclosure that’s tough enough to stand up to the rigors of the road. It easily fits into any small bag or backpack, which makes it a great travel companion for the performer on the go. A mobile design, it’s powered by 2 AAA batteries, which last a long time thanks to its ultra-low energy consumption rate.

Pricing and availability
iRig BlueTurn will be available in February 2016 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $/€69.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information about iRig BlueTurn, please visit www.irigblueturn.com

To learn more about iKlip Stage, please go to: www.ikmultimedia.com/iklipstage

Cyber Monday Deals on Portable Power from Jackery

November 25, 2015 Comments off

Jackery’s top portable cell phone battery rechargers; the Giant S, and the Mini Pink, both of which are on sale, now through Cyber Monday.

Looking for stocking stuffers? Give a gift that keeps on giving–portable power. Everyone in my family uses one (we have both the mini and the giant) and we take them everywhere we go: football games, school events, work, and on long walks. When you need power, but don’t have time to wait on power, take it with you.

Here are two special portable power deals from Jackery:

Jackery miniDEAL 1: Get the Jackery Mini Now just $11.99
The stylish small portable battery charger
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– Jackery’s very first pink color charger!
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IK Multimedia adds ultra-compact iRig Keys MINI to the portable iRig KEYS range of universal MIDI controllers

November 19, 2015 Comments off

November 19, 2015 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to announce that iRig® Keys MINI, the newest addition to the immensely popular iRig KEYS universal MIDI controller range, is now shipping. iRig Keys MINI offers universal connectivity to a full-featured playing experience in an ultra-compact enclosure with 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys and full MIDI edit features, plus over $/€360 worth of included apps and software. Now players, producers, sound designers and audio engineers can plug in and create anytime and anywhere with compact convenience on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Mac or PC.

iRig Keys MINI

Ultra-portable performance
iRig Keys MINI is the smallest keyboard controller in the iRig Keys range. It provides 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys and essential features like a volume/data knob and Octave Up/Down buttons, plus MIDI edit functions. Its footprint makes it one of the most compact and portable keyboards on the market — it fits in any laptop or gig bag or backpack with plenty of room to spare. Its size, combined with its light weight and functionality, provides for an unbeatable combination of mobile convenience and playability.

Complete compatibility
iRig Keys MINI offers universal compatibility with all popular mobile and desktop platforms. It comes with Lightning, Micro-USB to OTG and USB cables. This means that it can be immediately used with Lightning-compatible iOS devices, Android devices and Mac/PC right out of the box. In addition, an optional 30-pin cable can also be purchased for use with 30-pin iOS devices. And no matter what device is used, iRig Keys MINI delivers a seamless plug-and-play experience thanks to built-in Core MIDI compatibility for iOS and USB class compliance.

Over $/€360 worth of Killer apps and software included
Creativity starts immediately with iRig Keys MINI thanks to its extensive suite of included apps for iOS and Android, plus software for Mac/PC. These apps are powerful IK Multimedia fan favorites and they all come with extra material for registered iRig Keys MINI users.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download a complimentary version of iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPad, a concert-quality multi-velocity piano app that comes with 2 world-class piano sounds. 15 additional studio-grade instruments can be purchased from within the app. iOS users will also get the complimentary version of SampleTank for iPhone and iPad, a complete mobile sound and groove workstation with 23 included sounds that cover acoustic, electric, electronic and beyond, plus additional instrument collections are available via in-app purchase.

Android users can download: iGrand Piano, a complimentary Android version of the aforementioned piano app that includes the same world-class sounds as its iOS counterpart. And like that app, it comes with 2 stock pianos. And, Android users will also receive a complimentary version of iLectric Piano, a studio-quality electric piano app with a library of multi-velocity stereo instruments sampled from some of the most iconic electric pianos ever made. Users get 2 pianos to start, and iLectric Piano is expandable with 15 additional studio-grade instruments via in-app purchase.

And, finally, computer users will receive SampleTank 3 SE, a special edition of the ultimate sound and groove workstation for Mac & PC with a 6.5 GB library of sounds that cover every instrument category from acoustic to ethnic, electronic to orchestral and beyond. Registration of iRig Keys MINI adds to this base library with a huge bundle of extra sounds in the form of The Grid add-on collection. Plus, users can choose 5 additional SampleTank instrument collections at no cost from its electronic-focused Elektronika and Beats series, and they receive 25 Custom Shop gear credits that can be used toward the purchase of additional SampleTank Instrument Collections.

iRig Keys MINI is also fully compatible with Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X, and compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software, like Samsung Soundcamp, Cubasis, MultiTrack DAW and more.

Keys to creativity
iRig Keys MINI is a part of the iRig Keys range of universal MIDI controllers. This range also includes iRig Keys, an ultra-slim and extremely portable MIDI keyboard controller with 37 mini-keys and iRig Keys PRO, a portable keyboard that gives players the luxury of 37 full-sized keys in a controller that can be easily carried in a gig bag or backpack. With compact size and advanced features, the iRig Keys line offers keyboard players a portable playing experience like no other.

Pricing and availability
iRig Keys MINI is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for $/€79.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information about iRig Keys MINI, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/irigkeysmini

For more information about iRig Keys range, please visit:
www.irigkeys.com

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