iRig HD 2 review – IK Multimedia raise the iOS guitar interface bar

At times, IK Multimedia have had their share of detractors amongst the iOS music making community (most notably for their use of in-app ads but, thankfully, this is criticism they have responded to) but they are certainly a company that has embraced the iOS platform full-on. The R&D costs of developing software for a relatively new platform are considerable yet IKM have produced a number of very creditable music apps, AmpliTube, SampleTank, VocaLive, iGrand and iLectric amongst them. … [Read more...]

Seventh heaven – Apple launch the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

As any die-hard iOS musician will be aware, Apple held one of its super-slick launch events yesterday with Tim Cook and the crew taking us through a number of new Apple product enhancements. Yes, sad that I am, I sat through the whole 2 hours (I multi-tasked though!)..... :-) The focus was very much on the iPhone and  Apple Watch so, if you are more of an iPad-based iOS musician, and maybe also run a desktop-based music system using a MacBook or iMac, then there was perhaps less to get your … [Read more...]

iSolo pickup review – wireless acoustic pickup system with iOS support

I’ve been lucky enough to get to try quite a range of hardware add-ons that might be of interest to the iOS musician in the course of running the Music App Blog. As a relatively new – and very quickly evolving – platform, buying hardware dedicated for just iOS use can be a bit of a risky business. However, perhaps less of a risk are products aimed at both desktop and iOS users and the latest hardware item I have in for review is an example of this; the iSolo wireless acoustic microphone … [Read more...]

Yamaha MIDI adapeters announced – universal Bluetooth MIDI adapters with iOS support

While I happy to admit to a bit of anti-cable OCD in my studio space, if you are involved in any sort of high-tech music making, cable spaghetti is a bit of a way of life. Of course, any opportunity to reduce that is welcome and, whether that's single cables that carry multiple signals or wireless connectivity, providing the performance is fir for purpose, less cable clutter is a good thing. All of which means lots of musicians - iOS musicians included - will be quite interested to see just … [Read more...]

iConnectAUDIO2+ announced – iConnectivity add to their product line

Longstanding iOS musicians will be familiar with the iConnectivity brand. The company have developed a number of hardware products that do quite an interesting thing. While all of these devices fall into either the 'MIDI interface' or 'audio+MIDI interface' ballpark, they have further connectivity options that make them appealing to the iOS music maker; they attempt to provide a hub function that allows you to connect multiple computing devices to the iConnect hardware and pass data between … [Read more...]

iLoud Micro Monitor announced – IK Multimedia launch ‘the smallest studio reference monitors in the world’

IK Multimedia are one of the mainstream music technology companies that have fully embraced iOS as a music-making platform. As well as making some very good apps (many of which I've reviewed here on the Music App Blog), they also make hardware aimed at the iOS musician. This includes devices such as the original iRig audio interface (that launched many guitar players in the the wonders of iPhone/iPad amp modelling) through to more recent products such as the iRig Duo, iRig Mic Lav, iRig Keys Pro … [Read more...]

BT series update – Positive Grid’s Bluetooth footpedals get some tweaks

If you have been hooked into the wonderful world of iOS music making for any length of time then Positive Grid will need little by way of introduction. Their headline iOS music apps – JamUp Pro, Final Touch, BIAS Amp and BIAS FX - have all made a significant impact and guitar players in particular have been very well served. As well as porting some of their iOS apps over onto the desktop (a brave move given the established competition), PG also announced some time ago that they were going … [Read more...]

GuitarJack Stage – Sonoma Wire Works iOS compatible stage ready guitar pedalboard available

Way back in the mists of time here on the Music App Blog (OK, August 2012 to be precise) I did a review of Sonoma Wire Works incredibly stylish guitar audio interface for iOS; the GuitarJack 2. This did the same job as something like IK Multimedia's original iRig but at a higher price and, it has to be said, with a rather more stylish and desirable look. With a very sleek metal finish (and a soild, weighty feel to go with it), the physical design of the GJ2 was one of the few add-on gadgets … [Read more...]

Steinberg UR22 mkII review – high quality 2-in/2-out interface with iOS support

Making music under iOS is not all about apps; for most musicians it will also involve getting audio and MIDI data into, and out of, their iOS devices. And, as I’ve covered in the iPad Recording Studio series, that means you need some additional hardware to sit alongside your iPad or iPhone. With computer-based recording now very much accessible to all, there are all sorts of audio and MIDI interfaces out there for the hi-tech musician to pick from. However, not all of them are happy … [Read more...]