Posts Tagged ‘IK Multimedia’

IK Multimedia introduces iRig for iPhone, iPad

May 10, 2010

I’ve written previously about IK Multimedia’s fun iPhone app, GrooveMaker. Today the company announced a new hardware/software guitar recording and practice solution for Apple’s iPad and iPhone called iRig.

IK Multimedia says:

AmpliTube iRig is a combination of an easy-to-use instrument interface adapter and the new AmpliTube for iPhone software for guitar & bass. With AmpliTube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and jam out anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones, from the leader in studio-class guitar and bass software.

Simply plug the iRig interface into your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, plug your instrument into the appropriate input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, download AmpliTube FREE for iPhone and start rocking!

You’ll have at your fingertips the sound and control of 3 simultaneous stompbox effects + amplifier + cabinet + microphone- just like a traditional guitar or bass stage rig!

Here is the full press release.

Given what the company has accomplished with its excellent VST plugins and GrooveMaker, I am willing to bet iRig will be a handy iPad/iPhone extension for musicians.

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IK Multimedia announces Amplitude 3

January 14, 2010

UPDATE: Audiofanzine voted Amplitude 3 one of the top products at NAMM 2010. Read it here.

IK Multimedia, which makes a host of useful virtual instruments and VST effects, today announces Amplitude 3. It looks like a major upgrade over previous versions of its virtual guitar amp software suite.

According to the company,

AmpliTube 3 raises the industry standard of sound variety, realism and creative power – with over 160 precisely modeled pieces of vintage and modern gear available in one package – it is the ultimate tone gear collection for players, producers and engineers.

I will try to get my hands on a copy before it releases next month. If I’m successful I’ll give you a full review!

Second song on iTunes, Amazon: Serendipity

December 7, 2009

Photo by Tim Samoff

After some remixing and remastering, my second single, “Serendipity,” is now available on iTunes as well as Amazon.

Unlike “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song),” “Serendipity” has nothing to do with the newspaper industry. I wrote “Serendipity” to make the point that some life development that may seem bad — even disasterous — can actually work out for the good. As I explained in this blog post earlier this year, I used flooding as a metaphor for the bad stuff; I wrote the lyrics after some particularly bad rain and flooding in the St. Louis area last year.

Musically, I was going for a Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty/George Harrison kind of sound, with jangly 12-string guitars and some (for me) expansive background vocals on the chorus. For you recording fanatics, I tracked and mixed it in my humble Getting Better Recording studio using Sonar, an Audio-Technica 4047 microphone, a Line 6 Variax guitar, a Hofner-copy bass from Rondo Music, a Groove Tubes preamp and a bunch of plug-ins from IK Multimedia, Line 6, Antares, Cakewalk, etc.

In the end, it still sounds like a Chris Ave song, for good or ill. In any event, I hope you enjoy it!

New music app for iPhone, iPod Touch: GrooveMaker from IK Multimedia

August 14, 2009

Today IK Multimedia released a pretty amazing new app for iPhone and iPod Touch – GrooveMaker. Even non-musicians can compose original scores, background music beds and, of course, dance grooves with this app and one of the above-mentioned Apple devices.

I was privileged to have given a personal demo of the app. The cool thing is you have literally millions of loop combinations available at your fingertips. After you create your masterpiece, you can export it as a full .wav file — no compressed .mp3 limitations here. The first app is free; subsequent packs are available for $9.99.

It’s all available now in the iTunes store. If you create multimedia projects and are already an iPhone user, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t have this. I’m really looking forward to downloading and playing with it myself.