IK Multimedia iRig Pro – User Report Review

On December 23, 2013, in Adapter, Audio, Features, iPad, Macintosh, Music, Review, by Karen Gasparick

iRig Pro — User Report Review
IK Multimedia

iRig Pro Device

IK Multimedia has introduced an excellent new product for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The iRig Pro is an accessory for both amateur musicians like myself or for the more seasoned musician.

The iRig Pro is a device that allows musicians to plug a guitar, bass, MIDI controller, or microphone into an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac computer and quickly play and record. The iRig Pro is smaller in height than a highlighter. Everything that is needed for great sounding recording, practicing, and playing can fit nearly anywhere. The iRig Pro uses a 24-bit conversion from analog to digital signal. That translates into a high quality digital recording that retains the integrity of the analog instrument.

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About Karen Gasparick

New Mac user with an eye on all things related to New Product Development, Art, and Design.

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It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

-Paul Cezanne

QuNeo - 1

QuNeo Music Controller
Keith McMillen Instruments
$195 to $249 online pricing

QuNeo - 4

The Keith McMillen QuNeo is a pad based controller designed for music or video creation and performance applications. The QuNeo shows input response through 251 multicolor, programmable LEDs. It communicates MIDI via USB through: 16 Pads with velocity, pressure, and x/y sensitivity; 8 pressure-sensitive touch slider; 1 long pressure-sensitive multi-touch slider; 2 pressure-sensitive rotary encoders; and 17 pressure-sensitive buttons. In short, the QuNeo is a monster of a machine.

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Mark Sealey
Groove 3
Price: $49.99 for single users; contact Groove 3 for groups specials and (educational) discounts

MIDI Orchestration Explained, using strings

MIDI Orchestration Explained, using strings

Although an older technology and simple in conception, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) can be complicated to implement and make the most of; and particularly challenging to use in effective music making. But the clear explanations and expert perception of Eli Krantzberg and the Groove 3 team are well up to the task of making MIDI orchestration both plainer and pleasurable for users.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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Music on a Mac

On May 4, 1996, in Opinion, by Brian Koponen

MIDI and MOD: Music on a Mac

The Mac was seen as a toy in its infancy, but a few industries found a use for it, and it caught on. The music industry was one of them. They came up with a great technology, called MIDI. There is an similar upcoming technology called MOD.

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Any composer can tell you that this is a great thing. To use it, three things are needed. The first one is a MIDI-compatible keyboard. (Today, most decent keyboards are) Second, you need a MIDI interface. This is just a small box that, in its simplest form, attaches the keyboard to the Mac. The last thing needed to do MIDI is the software. More specifically, a sequencer.

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