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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Farfisa Pocket FX-1000 Portable General MIDI Sound Module

General MIDI Sound Modules are hard to find these days, especially with the widespread use of software synths.  Even notation programs like Print Music, Finale and Sibelius all use built in software synths.

However, if you don't want to deal with the problems that can be caused by latency when working with software synths, a GM sound module is the perfect solution.  (Latency is the delay between when you strike a key and when you hear the sound.  This can be very frustrating and results in problems when recording into your computer.  See our article on Eliminating Latency for more information.)

GM sound modules are also ideal if you have a keyboard that doesn't have any built in sounds.  If you want to get sound out of your keyboard, you simply connect a MIDI cable from the MIDI Out of your keyboard to the MIDI In on a GM sound module and you won't need your computer anymore!

The PianoBox from MidiTech is a hugely popular GM sound module, especially since the price is very attractive.  However, there is one big disadvantage - it requires a power supply.

This is where the Farfisa FX-1000 comes in!  It sounds great, and its natural expressiveness make it perfect for anyone who uses MIDI.  The FX 1000 can also play a “vintage section” realized with the modern digital technologies by using your computer.  However, the big advantage is that the FX-1000 can connect to your computer through USB and is also powered through USB so you can power it from your laptop.

The FX-1000 offers up to 64 voices of polyphony.  It is General MIDI compliant, which means it has 128 GM Sounds plus 133 Variation  and 10 Drum sets.  It offers two independent MIDI channels: "USB Midi 1"and "USB Midi 2 / Midi-In."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Yamaha i-MX1 IOS MIDI INTERFACE

There are lots of ways to connect your MIDI device to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and now we bring you one more: the i-MX1 from Yamaha.

i-MX1 is a MIDI interface cable which enables iPad / iPhone to be connected to any MIDI instrument.  What makes the i-MX1 unique is that there are also dedicated apps for Yamaha synthesizers which will expand the functions of your instrument. The Faders & XY Pad MIDI Control app controls your synthesizer’s sounds by sending MIDI control change messages from the iPad.  The Keyboard Arp & Drum Pad is an app that transmits notes to the synthesizer.   You can even edit the sound of a Motif XF or MOX using the large display of iPad! 

Of course, the iMX1 will work with any MIDI instruments, and any Core MIDI compliant Apps on the market. For example, you can practice the piano songs using a digital piano and Notation App, record your drum pattern using an electronic drum kit and music production apps, or play a variety of sounds using synthesizers and virtual instrument apps. All these combinations can be realized in many ways by using i-MX1 and instruments.

Looking for something a bit less expensive than the iMX1?  Check out these alternatives:
  • iRig Midi - uses the dock connector for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Midiface II Thru or MidiLink Mini - uses the camera connection kit to connect to your iPad, also works with any Mac or PC
Check out all of our iOS accessories!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lots of free stuff from Arturia!

Until the end of June Arturia will provide you with some free software when you buy their hardware/software bundles:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

iRig Stomp: a stomp box for your iPhone, iPod or iPad!

iRig STOMP is the first stompbox guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. For the first time, guitar and bass players can now integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects processing. 
iRig STOMP is based on the wildly popular AmpliTube iRig interface and is compatible with any iOS guitar / amp / instrument app. With its compact, standard stompbox shape, iRig STOMP is packed with many smart features found here for the first time in an iOS audio accessory.

Features:
- Compact, durable yet lightweight, aluminum-cast enclosure integrates easily into any traditional pedalboard.
- Can be used inline with other effects pedals, or directly connected to amplifiers or PA systems using regular 1/4" guitar cables, with no need for adapters.
- Allows precise adjustment of the signal for perfect guitar and bass levels with its large input gain knob.
- Active battery-powered output circuit improves headroom, especially when used with high-gain amplifiers in the AmpliTube app, reducing feedback and crosstalk when recording.
- The bypass switch allows engaging or bypassing the AmpliTube app chain of effects – like a traditional stompbox – for seamless integration into any existing rig.
- Ultra-compact form-factor can be easily carried on the road.
- Features a 3.5mm/1/8" jack for silent practicing with headphones.
- Includes AmpliTube FREE app and can be used with any other guitar processing app that uses the iOS mini-jack
- Has an ultra-small, compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
- Compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

iRig Pre - a pre-amp for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!

The iRig PRE is the ultimate solution for connecting any type of microphone – from regular stage microphones to expensive studio models – to any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad providing access to the widest range of recording applications.

iRig PRE is a high-quality microphone preamp designed specifically for iOS devices that allows musicians to use their favorite high-quality stage or studio mics with their iOS device. The microphone plugs directly into the standard XLR connector of iRig PRE with no need for extra cables or adapters.

Its adjustable thumbwheel gain control allows the user to easily make precise level settings. The onboard 9V battery provides the necessary voltage for phantom-powered studio condenser microphones for at least 15 hours of continuous use.

The 3.5mm (1/8”) standard stereo headphone output allows monitoring while recording. The lightweight housing sports a convenient cable for iOS device connection and also includes a Velcro strip slot for easy mounting on a mic stand or other stage locations. Like all other IK Multimedia microphones, it includes 2 free apps: iRig Recorder (an easy-to-use recording/editing app) and VocaLive (an effects processing app for singers).

The iRig Pre connects to your iOS device using the headphone jack, so it relies on your device's A/D converter.  Battery life is approximately 40 hours with dynamic microphones and 15 hours with phantom powered condenser studio microphones.

Check out our complete list of iOS accessories!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sibelius First 7

Sibelius has upgraded their popular entry level notation program. Sibelius 7 First is now available and offers many of the features found in the full Sibelius 7, plus some great new features for sharing your music. Teachers and schools will be pleased with the new Lab Pack 5 option for $239.99, making it possible to install Sibelius First in your computer lab for less than $50 per computer!
Sibelius First 7 replaces both Sibelius 6 First and Sibelius 6 Student.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Big East West sale - until May 21st

Almost all East West products are on sale until May 21. They usually don’t discount new products but almost everything is on sale, making it a great opportunity to pick up their popular software synths.

T-Racks Singles - 50% Off Until May 30!

Until the end of May, you can purchase a T-Racks Single for 50% off the regular price.

When you purchase a T-Racks single, you can download any one of the following from IK Multimedia's website:
- Vintage Tube Compressor/Limiter model 670
- Vintage Tube Program Equalizer
- Opto compressor
- Intelligent, multi-algorithm Brickwall limiter
- High precision, high definition Linear Phase Equalizer
- Classic T-RackS Compressor
- Classic T-RackS Multi-band Limiter
- Classic T-RackS Clipper
- Classic T-RackS Equalizer
- High quality, high precision, complete metering suite

T-Racks Singles support VST, Audio Units, and RTAS to fully integrate with all of today's popular DAWs .

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tratkor Scratch A10: Advanced DJ Audio

This powerhouse unit sets the new benchmark for DJ audio interfaces. The successor of the highly acclaimed AUDIO 8 DJ has been carefully refined, now achieving a new level in connectivity and performance. With ten inputs, ten outputs, four phono preamps, MIDI I/O and mic input, TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 will satisfy even the most demanding DJs.

This premium DJ audio interface is built on the established and award-winning design of NI audio and hardware gear: Extra-robust metal casing, high-end Cirrus-Logic AD/DA converters, brand-new chip technology and completely revised driver architecture ensure top sound quality and low latency for professional use on stage and in the studio.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 is now available exclusively with the TRAKTOR SCRATCH A10 digital vinyl system. This pack contains the audio interface, the latest TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software, time code vinyl and CDs, and all the cables you need for hooking this award-winning and incredible value DVS.

TRAKTOR SCRATCH A10 lets you spin digital files on four track decks using super-tight vinyl and CD control. The next generation of the award-winning digital vinyl system is easier to use than ever, and boasts incredible connectivity via the included TRAKTOR AUDIO 10.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Buy Addictive Drums, get a free Adpak!

Buy Addictive Drums from Kelly's Music between May 1 and May 30th and get 1 ADpak FREE from XLN Audio! (Note: Retro cannot be the free Adpak.)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Traktor Scratch A6 - incredible value for DJs

NI's popular DJ line has been updated and expanded with even more features.  An incredible value, the TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6 is the straight-up digital vinyl system for spinning MP3s using super-tight vinyl and CD control. The included TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 interface, timecode vinyl and CDs, and the flagship TRAKTOR software provide pro credentials at a very attractive price.

TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6 is designed for DJs who need rock-solid performance, amazing audio quality and incredible ease of use. The included TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2.5 software with Remix Decks allows for a new level of creativity - seamlessly merge the worlds of DJing and live performance.

TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6 gets the remix treatment and now delivers an immense package for creative DJs. Using TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 as a jumping off point, TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6 now contains the flagship TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2.5 with Remix Decks software – at a new price that makes it the most incredible value out there.

Powered by the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 interface - now available exclusively with this product - you can also expand your setup to include TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 for ultimate and intuitive control over the software’s Remix Decks.

Get ready to unleash the full sonic potential of your tracks thanks to the included TRAKTOR AUDIO 6, the high-gain audio interface for DJs who demand premium sound quality and extra-loud output. With six inputs and six outputs, the TA6 is destined to be the centerpiece of your live or studio setup.

It’s never been easier to spin digital files. Hook up the system in seconds thanks to the plug-and-play hardware and software integration. The software interface features an easy-on-the-eye Essential View, focusing on the important elements. Innovative TruWave colored waveforms let you see your tracks like never before.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

mBox & mBox Mini with Pro Tools Express Now Available!

The popular mBox and mBox Mini USB sound cards from Avid now include Pro Tools Express!  Pro Tools Express gives you many of the features of the full version of Pro Tools, while limiting you to 16 stereo tracks at 32 bit, 96Khz resolution.  If you wish, you can always upgrade to the full version of Pro Tools 10 for a discount - contact us for more details.