It’s almost like a new brain, and I get to fascinate/annoy my fellow musicians at the same time with all the new noise. Everybody wins!
Yes, I just turned in the first draft of my new book (along with author and all-around electronic music guru Mike Levine) iPhone and iPad For Musicians For Dummies to the good folks at Wiley Publishing.
Part of trying to use too many toys is finding out how they work together. And part of moving into a new place is discovering all kinds of fun buzzing and grounding issues. So I’ve spent the past few months trying to locate the best places to place gear and try out configurations of pedals. My usually reliable Q-tron had… Read more →
It’s NAMM time, so a ton of press releases are going around regarding new products and software, including this rather surprising announcement about a 48-track recording program that could host VST plug-ins and recording 24 simultaneous tracks of audio. As noted here, these claims are a little misleading and the software hasn’t really arrived yet. It’s easy to get caught… Read more →
Folks used to working with the Mac version of Garageband will probably notice a little loss in functionality – only 8 tracks, and the audio recording process isn’t entirely intuitive. Monitoring of the audio signal being recorded isn’t on by default, and you have to record in the instrument section and not the track view. Editing in the track view… Read more →
A fellow bassist recently told me he’s getting back into recording because it’s so easy on the iPad (he’s using the Amplitube app I reviewed earlier), which makes a ton of sense to those raised on dealing with the infamous 4-track cassette recorder. This device performs the same function as the 4-track with none of the same quality issues or… Read more →
Looks like more folks are catching on to the iPad as an optimum solution for sheet music – you can clip it on a mic stand now. Not that it was too heavy for even the lightest music stand, but this does eliminate another piece of gear that needs to be tossed into the bag in moved. Add your PDF… Read more →
The new IMN podcast is up – download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm. I’m a fan of a few iPad audio apps with retro appeal – like the Rebirth synth from Propellerheads and the Korg iMS-20 – but I have to shake my head a little bit at the new… Read more →
The new IMN podcast is up – download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm. My new iPad holds quite a bit of sheet music in PDF form, and so far it’s been a good resource for such storage. The resolution is high enough to be useful, and the screen is big… Read more →