NAMM 2011: iPhone/iPad

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Akai SynthStation49
The SynthStation49 is a 49-key USB MIDI controller keyboard with an iPad dock. Pop in your iPad, boot up a compatible instrument app and away you go. This is the big brother to the earlier SynthStation keyboard, which was designed to work with the iPhone/iPod touch. Price: $199 MAP.
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Alesis StudioDock
The Alesis StudioDock is an audio interface for the iPad, featuring two XLR/1/4-inch jacks and MIDI in/out ports. It promises to be an elegant solution to the problem of plugging mics into an iPad, providing microphone and instrument users with two Combo XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, each with its own gain control and switchable phantom power for condenser microphones. Guitarists and bassists will appreciate the StudioDock''s guitar-direct switch, enabling them to play, perform and record right into amplifier- and effects-modeling apps. Bands can connect outputs from their mixer and easily record their performances and rehearsals or use the StudioDock as a metronome or loop-playback device. Producers can use the StudioDock''s MIDI jacks to sequence external keyboards, samplers, drum machines and synthesizers, or perform using the StudioDock as the sound module and their favorite MIDI-compliant keyboard, drum pad or other controller. StudioDock can also connect to a Mac or PC using the USB port to send MIDI back and forth for creative, new applications of the iPad and computer used in tandem.
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IK Multimedia iRig Mic and Amplitube Fender app
IK Multimedia has been into the iOS app and accessories world for a while now, and they didn''t disappoint at this year''s NAMM. The iRig Mic (available in March) is a stand-alone, electret condenser mic with an omni pattern, which will work with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The handheld mic was on display at the IK booth, along with some new apps. Included with the mic is the VocaLive app, which is a voice-processing app for iOS devices that includes pitch correction (from subtle to T-Pain), harmony generation, gender-bending effects and more. It sounded really good. The same could also be said of the new AmpliTube Fender app ($19.99, out in a few weeks), which, like its big brother for Mac and Windows, offers up Fender amp, cabinet and effects models. I was really impressed with the warmth of the amp models. The difference between the sound you can get on a conventional computer and on an iOS device is not that big anymore. The one exception to that rule remains reverb, which must be a lot tougher to emulate on the chips used in the iOS devices. Overall, though, the Amplitube Fender app is pretty mind-blowing. iRig Mic (with VocaLive app), $59.99 MAP. Amplitube Fender app, $19.99.

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PreSonus StudioLive Remote App
StudioLive Remote is a free iPad app from PreSonus that gives you wireless remote control of any PreSonus StudioLive Series digital mixer You can control its channels, auxes, effects, subs, Fat Channel processors and more. As long as there's a wireless connection present, you can establish control over the StudioLive, and you can even have multiple iPads controlling a single mixer. Although it could be handy in the studio, this app is especially suitable for live sound applications.
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Spectrasonics Omni TR
Omni TR is a free iPad app that allows for remote manipulation of the Omnisphere 1.5 software synth (also announced at the show), in particular its new Orb feature. Omni TR's main page offers eight patch spots that let you load Ominsphere sounds and activate them by touching them. By manipulating the Orb on the iPad's touchscreen, you can customize Omnisphere 1.5's sounds remotely.
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Tascam Portastudio for iPad
Tascam showed a range of interfaces and other new products, including its Portastudio™ application for the Apple iPad. The Portastudio app records four tracks, one at a time, with VU meters and a cassette transport contributing a vintage vibe. When a production is complete, the app can mix your recording to a stereo track that appears in iTunes. Audio can be recorded form the iPad's built-in microphone or a mic plugged into the headset jack. Pan, level, high and low EQ are available for mixing, and mixes are saved as CD-quality WAV files inside iTunes. Available at the iTunes App Store for $9.99.
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TC Helicon Voice Jam
This audio-looping app works on both iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, and lets you record and loop audio, reverse it, double, it share it on Soundcloud and more. You can record up to six separate loops and switch between them on the fly. Price: $4.99.
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