Uploaded on April 22, 2012 by darthzoidberg
Uploaded on April 22, 2012 by darthzoidberg
If you’re deciding between the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer II, the Yamaha i-MX1, and the iRig MIDI, you should probably go with the iRig. All of these interfaces support Core MIDI, cost $69.99, and have MIDI DIN in and outs, but only the iRig has MIDI THRU and a USB (Micro-B) charging port. If you’re looking to connect multiple controllers to your iDevice, or only have controllers with solely USB ports, iConnectMIDI is the interface for you… So, that said, lets get into this review!
I didn’t experience any latency issues with my controller. It seems perfectly fine. If you did, let me know by commenting below. I’d be surprised if there are any major issues after all the YouTube demo videos IKM made…
The biggest setback was that the USB Micro-B cable it comes with is literally a foot long. This is pretty darn inconvenient, but you can purchase longer cables on the internet for very little money… Lastly, the unit itself feels pretty ‘plasticy,’ and easy to break. You probably can’t sit or step on this thing and expect it to still work. But at the same time, we are talking about something that’s just going to be sitting in your iPhone’s dock, so a super solid unit isn’t extremely necessary… But at the end of the day, it really comes down to how durable you prefer your interfaces to be.
iOS Musician Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
If you want a more durable interface, and don’t really need USB charging and MIDI THRU, check out the Line 6 MMII and i-MX1. I’ll throw up a review as soon as I get my hands on them. But if you’re more of a careful user and really need USB charging, go with the iRig…
The first pro-quality sound and groove module for iOS…
October 2011, Modena, Italy – IK Multimedia is proud to announce that SampleTank® for iPhone/iPod touch is now available in the iTunes App store. SampleTank is the first pro-quality, sample-based sound and groove module available for the iOS mobile platform. Keyboard players, producers and musicians will now have access to hundreds of extremely realistic acoustic, electric and electronic instruments, and professionally programmed patterns, anytime and everywhere, directly from their iOS devices.
SampleTank can be played directly from the app or can be used live with any MIDI keyboard or pad controller with the just released iRig™ MIDI interface adapter from IK Multimedia. Together with iRig MIDI, SampleTank offers the most portable and best quality sound and groove module solution for mobile musicians to date.
The higher quality of SampleTank’s sounds distinguishes it from other sample-based instruments available on the iOS. The sounds are derived from the award–winning desktop version of SampleTank, which has been used on countless records and productions by world-class artists and producers. Furthermore, new premium instruments have been recorded especially for the new iOS app.
The sheer number of instruments in every possible sound category also sets SampleTank apart from what you would normally expect from an iOS instrument and represents a milestone for the platform. There are currently over 400 sounds available in SampleTank with a huge selection of Pianos, Organs, Strings, Basses, Guitars, Drums, Synths, Woodwinds, Brass, Ethnic Instruments, Percussion and more all instantly accessible from a single app.
For instant inspiration, SampleTank also includes over 900 professionally pre-programmed patterns and groove sequences for every instrument category that can be played easily – even by non-keyboard players – and combined for making high-quality music simply with just one touch. When it comes to grooves and drumbeats, SampleTank also offers an astounding variety of drum kits and groove styles that spans every music genre from classic Blues, Rock, Soul to modern Hip-Hop, R&B, Techno, House and more making it an extremely powerful drum and rhythm machine.
Additionally, every SampleTank sound is “production-ready” since it comes with pre-programmed built-in effects of the highest quality for the platform to further emphasize the musicality and character of sounds.
The SampleTank interface has been designed from the ground up especially for the iOS platform and has been studied for the greatest ease of use on mobile devices through its 3 main sections: Sounds, Edit, Play. On the Sounds page, the user can quickly browse and audition the hundreds of available sounds and patterns, which are neatly organized in easily recognizable icon-based categories. Here users can play up to 4 simultaneous instruments and save or recall them using the built-in presets system. On the Edit page, instruments can be personalized through easy-to-understand knobs for immediate sound and effect parameter tweaking. The Play page offers a convenient play environment for every type of musicians with its double piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard or drum pads.
4-part multi-timbral professional quality sound and groove module
Expandable sound library with more than 400 instruments in 16 categories
Huge selection of melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
Built-in insert effects and master reverb
Easy-to-use, intuitive mobile interface
Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and drum pads
Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th and 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad with iOS 4.3 and newer
Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
Free version also available soon…
Pricing and availability:
SampleTank for iPhone/iPod touch is now available on the iTunes App store at an introductory price of only $9.99/€7.99 with 72 high-quality instruments and hundreds of patterns included. A free version of SampleTank will also be available with 8 sounds plus their selection of patterns. Additional 22 expansion sound packs are available for in-app purchase starting from as low as $4.99/€3.99 each or all together for a competitive bundle price. Owners of iRig MIDI will also get an exclusive sound-set of 48 sounds for free simply by registering.
For more information:
In Episode #04 we talk about Spotify in the US, SampleTank, Epic Synth, Addictive Synth, MicroTrack DB for Samsung Bada phones, the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer II, iRig MIDI, the Yamaha i-MX1 and the Fostex AR-4i microphone for the iPhone 4. And if that wasn’t enough for you, we also discuss the camera connection kit on the iPhone with iOS 5, some new apps coming up plus we interview Dan Radin from Alesis who talks to us in depth about Alesis and the iO Dock!
We’ve also got 5 copies of the DM1 drum machine, 2 copies of iBend Pro and 1 copy of Slide Control to give away! Just email us or send us a tweet if you want to win one of those apps!
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MicroTrack DB – A Samsung Bada app that emulates the TB-303, TR909 and TR808