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IK Multimedia unleashed a fresh batch of new iOS and iPad-centric accessories at NAMM 2012, which can help you do everything, from recording excellent-quality sound directly into your Apple device, to mixing songs on separate media players with a purpose-built iPad hardware DJ mixer.

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2 years ago
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The new Universal Audio Apollo advances the technology of computer audio interfaces in two significant ways: it offers integrated duo or quad core real time UAD plug-in processing, and it’s the first audio interface to offer the option to connect through an über-fast Thunderbolt port.

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2 years ago
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Jimi Hendrix was famous for was playing guitar with his teeth, but if he had a Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Foot Controller, he would have been able to tap out notes with his feet, too. 

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2 years ago
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If you’re not familiar with the RME Babyface, it’s a USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface that offers an array of inputs and outputs in an ultra-compact form factor. 

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2 years ago
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I haven’t had a working cassette player in my home for nearly a decade, but I still have a couple shoeboxes filled with old tapes in the back of my closet. I could never bring myself to get rid of them. I’ve developed a deep psychological bond with the little things...  What does the future hold for the cassettes trapped inside the shoeboxes in my closet?

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3 years ago
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Most people listen to digital music files these days, but that doesn’t mean your beloved old cassette tapes need to be trapped in the analog realm for eternity. It’s not terribly difficult to load your favorite tapes onto a computer and a portable MP3 player. You just need the right equipment and a little determination.

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3 years ago
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Computer audio interfaces intimidate people who don’t have a thorough understanding of Pro Audio. “Direct Monitor” buttons and “Hi-Z-to-Line” switches can quickly rob a prospective user’s confidence. However, the new MOTU 4pre has two qualities that you never see in audio interfaces.

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3 years ago
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When Pro Tools 9 was announced, the big news was that the world’s most popular audio-production software was no longer dependent on proprietary hardware, and would now work with just about any computer audio interface. This week, its successor, Pro Tools 10 was announced, and while its new features aren’t as game changing as the last iteration, there are some sweet new tools that will improve the lives of those who mix sound to picture.

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3 years ago
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Whether you grew up listening to records, or you recently discovered collecting and playing vinyl, the idea of recording your favorite vinyl records into your computer may have crossed your mind. Having a digitized version of your vinyl collection is useful for loading songs into portable devices and for having an archive of your favorite tunes in the digital realm.

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3 years ago
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The New Zealand-based software manufacturer Serato Audio Research produces some of the most popular applications for DJing with a computer, but, until now, if you wanted to get into using their DJ products, purchasing a higher-end piece of proprietary hardware (like the Rane TTM-57SL or the Pioneer DDJ-S1) was required.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

If you’re looking to expand the sonic palette of your digital audio workstation, you’d be hard pressed to find a more radical way to do so than by diving into Komplete 8. As the name implies, Komplete 8 is a voluminous suite of software instruments, effects and unique sound-creation tools.

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3 years ago
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The iPad is known as a great media consumption device for kicking back on the sofa to surf the ’Net, watch videos and read electronic magazines, but with a little effort, an iPad can be transformed into a powerful media creation device as well.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

Addictive Drums by XLN Audio isn’t a meandering cornucopia of exotic and unrelated drum samples; it’s a plug-in that’s dedicated to letting you easily create realistic drum beats that sound like they’re being played fluidly, as opposed to something that just sounds like a computer playing a sequence (which is all too often the case).

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3 years ago
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The new Tascam iXZ is a tiny, pocket-sized device which enables you to connect a professional XLR microphone to an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also supply a condenser microphone with phantom power. The iXZ runs on two AA batteries and can feed phantom power to a microphone for up to 15 hours.

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3 years ago
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If you use your computer as the primary playback device for listening to music, the new Fostex PC-100USB will not only make controlling the volume fast and easy, but it will improve the overall sound quality of your system.

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3 years ago

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