How do I connect my iPhone 7 to my guitar, bass, microphone or MIDI controller to record with GarageBand?

•March 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By now, if you didn’t know you could record and perform music with your iPhone, it’s ok, welcome to the 2010’s. The first audio interface for an iPhone was called the “iRig” in 2010, and it connected directly to the audio jack of your iPhone, creating both and input and an output for you to still be able plug in your guitar and listen with headphones, or go live out to a P.A. or a mixer. In 2016, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus appeared without the audio jack, and most people “thought” that was going to be a problem for people using the iRig line of products as audio interfaces, but actually, IK Multimedia’s interfaces coincidentally “solved” the “no headphone output” issue on Apple’s new iPhone 7 series, with their lightning-connected inputs that also provided a headphone output for monitoring. PROBLEM SOLVED before it even started. Plus, all of the previous iRig audio jack-connected products still worked on iPhone 7 series, with the adapter that was provided in every iPhone 7 and 7 Plus box.

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Oh yeah, you’re first question was, “How do I connect my guitar or instrument to my iPhone 7 and record with GarageBand or another app, like AmpliTube, SampleTank or VocaLive?” Answer: IK Multimedia’s iRig audio interfaces. Here is a short list that will help you get started…

Low budget? We’ve all been down that road. Let’s start with  “single parent’, “school kid” or “starving musician” and work our way all the way up to “Portable Packin’ Fabulous Musician” with a full studio rig that has amazing sounds and rockin’ interfaces in his/her pocket or backpack.

And please do not forget that these starving guitarist/bassist/acoustic/keyboard playing singer/songwriter/student/children musicians still somehow can afford the iPhone 7/7 Plus and it’s mobile data plan? (OK, seems legit):

“Keepin it Real”: Making music for under $100

-The original iRig adapter is still for sale, it just more options now and is called the iRig 2: $39.99

GarageBand (DAW) app: $4.99 or FREE sometimes from the App Store

AmpliTube FREE or AmpliTube Full ($19.99) on the App Store, guitar & bass software

irig_acoustic_stage_front-Play Acoustic guitar/bass/ukulele? iRig Acoustic Stage ($99) and AmpliTube Acoustic from App Store (on sale in the App Store right now for $9.99)

iRig Acoustic Stage is a patented, revolutionary digital microphone system that makes your guitar sound exactly as if it was captured with a classic recording studio setup, giving you full rich studio-quality sound on the stage.

 

 

Vocals??? Yep, there would never be any love songs or sobbing, sloppy, heartfelt tears to love songs without vocals, right?

The Freshman singer/broadcaster/karaoke master/ceremonious master of future crybabies:

You can get a kickass condenser-electret microphone for under $60, called the iRig Mic, that will connect directly to your iPhone 7/7 Plus using the adapter kit for audio-jack enabled devices (and give you a headphone output! Yay!) Or just need karaoke in the dorm to attract more of the opposite sex? Opt for the iRig Voice microphone $39, and make sure you get a cute color for the girls to sing into, like Pink, or Baby Blue.

The Sophomore who goes digital on the input:

You finally got some more dough to spend on a microphone for the sorority/fraternity’s stage with your iPhone 7? The iRig Mic HD rolls in at right around $99 (street value) from any Guitar Center or Sam Ash music store.

The Graduate with digital inputs galore:

Need Studio vocals? The iRig Mic Studio is a large-diaphragm condenser-electret mic that will work with the iPhone 7 series, and also a lot of other gear! ($199.99 from http://www.ikmultimedia.com, or your favorite retailer). When paired with IK’s Mic Room application from the App Store for just $7.99, you can turn your iRig Mic HD or iRig Mic Studio into an even BETTER sounding mic with the help of the software – there are 20 different studio mic models to choose from. Oh yeah, and of course, they all work with GarageBand!!!

Last but not least, you have MIDI controllers to connect, right? You have a couple options here:

Option 1: The Smart Way and Save Money at the same time – iRig Pro DUO ($199.99). Not only does the iRig Pro DUO provide a MIDI interface so you can connect and play your MIDI Controller, it gives you two channels to connect instruments & XLR microphones, while still providing a headphone output. You can digitally connect using the Lightning adapter, and it doesn’t draw any power from the phone or tablet, because it has batteries inside the unit. Boom.

Option 2: The Other Other Way – Get a dedicated MIDI Controller that connects to the iPhone 7/7Plus, like the iRig Keys ($99), iRig Keys PRO w/ Lightning ($149) or iRig Keys MINI ($79). All work with IK’s apps, like iGrand Piano, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, and of course, GarageBand!

Option 3: You go Mack-Daddy on it (drops mic) and opt for the one-stop-studio shop for everything iPhone/iPad/Mac recording-related, called the iRig Pro DUO Studio Suite Deluxe Bundle, which contains everything you would ever need to record guitar/bass/drums/vocals/keyboards and more, with tons of software included for just $399.99.

iRig Pro DUO Studio Suite Deluxe Bundle includes most of the aforementioned IK Multimedia products and more: iRig Pro DUO, iRig Keys Pro, iRig Mic Studio XLR, PLUS iRig Headphones, AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC, T-RackS Deluxe for Mac/PC, Mic Room for Mac/PC, SampleTank 3 SE for Mac/PC and Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE for Mac/PC (And guess what? All of this hardware works with GarageBand on iOS/Mac/PC!!!)

Please click here to visit the IK Multimedia website to learn more about the iRig Pro DUO Studio Suite Deluxe Bundle to record your next album on GarageBand.

iLoud Micro Monitor, “Fantastic” pro-audio, portable speaker monitors – quotes from Eddie Kramer, Dave Pensado and Craig Anderton!

•March 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

When you first look at IK Multimedia’s iLoud Micro Monitors, you might think that they’re too small to deliver big sound, or deliver clean sound without distortion in the low to mid-range due to their size. So, we gave them to the most trusted and famous ears in pro-audio history and editorial to test them out for “ACTUAL” feed back, and…”This is the one time where a product defies the laws of physics.” ~ Craig Anderton of Harmony-Central.com on iLoud Micro Monitor. Click here for the full review.

IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor

Here are some more quotes and photos from Eddie Kramer and Dave Pensado, who had excellent things to say about these micro-looking, Bluetooth, 50 Watt, computer speaker monitors that fit into a backpack and prove: “Size doesn’t matter!”

Eddie Kramer after listening to IK’s new desktop, portable studio monitors, iLoud Micro Monitor:

“We plugged them in, listened to the sound of the iLoud Micro Monitors and we were all very impressed with them (it was myself and three other engineers, it was quite a team in there). The bottom-end was fairly representative of the loudspeakers in the control room. I haven’t heard small, loudspeakers sound quite that good in a long time.”

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“They are up on the console, we will definitely be using them. Fantastic! We have a constant stream of major clients flowing through the three rooms and I do believe you will be getting some excellent reviews.”

“One of the other engineers came into the room and immediately wanted his own pair.”

About Eddie Kramer from his website, www.Eddie-Kramer.com:

Any producer is only as good as the sounds and sights he helps create. By this standard, Eddie Kramer must be regarded as a rock icon. For over five decades Kramer has painted the rock landscape with his aural and visual brush working with some of music history’s biggest names; The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Bad Company, The Beatles, just to name a few. Still, Kramer is best known for three long-term associations: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss. He not only produced and engineered music for these legendary artists but he also has set standards for rock production today, making Eddie Kramer a true innovator. For more information about his legendary music production and engineering, please visit: www.eddie-kramer.com

Dave Pensado, Grammy® winning engineer and host of “Pensado’s Place”

Here are quotes from Dave Pensado, Grammy winning, famous engineer/mixer and host of “Pensado’s Place” on iLoud Micro Monitor:

“Audio engineers always love a great small speaker for the unique information and characteristics that inform the ear.  I just got my IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors.  Blew me away!  They are destined to be an instant classic!”

Learn more about Dave Pensado and Pensado’s Place, click here to visit his website. Stay tuned to IK Multimedia and Pensado’s Place for more information and events concerning iLoud Micro Monitors.

 


For more information about IK Multimedia’s iLoud Micro Monitors, please visit the IK product page and website, here, for more editorial reviews and quotes from engineers and artists.

iRig HD 2: iPhone 7 ready for guitar/bass & more. Check out Vernon Reid, Dylan McGee Jones and Eli Krantzberg endorse and review the new interface from IK Multimedia

•September 19, 2016 • 1 Comment

The iRig HD 2 from IK Multimedia gives guitarists/bassists, and anyone with a quarter inch input the ability to record and perform live with their new iPhone 7, iPad, Mac and PC. iPhone enthusiasts will be happy to know, that a ton of IK Multimedia products for broadcasting and recording that use the headphone output will still work with Apple’s included headphone jack adapter (that comes included in the iPhone 7 packaging).

Check out these videos to learn more!

Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Dylan McGee Jones (Gallant), and Randy Komberec talk about how “…with iRig HD 2, you can be ready to roll just about anywhere, any time.”

And here’s Eli Kranztberg showing how to record guitars using iRig HD 2 with Pro Tools and an iPad:

 

Visit the IK Multimedia website to check out more information and reviews for

iRig HD 2.  www.irighd.com

 

Top Broadcasters Using Technology at its Finest: KTLA’s Rich DeMuro covers Apple’s 2016 Announcements with iKlip A/V

•September 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

KTLA’s Rich Demuro with USA Today’s Jefferson Graham on video

Rich DeMuro showing off his iKlip A/V to capture the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch event in September 2016
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Rich DeMuro from KTLA TV’s Tech News

“This is the reality of local TV. We do our own stuff, so we’re recording live right now.” says KTLA’s #1 Tech reporter, Rich DeMuro, as he holds his iPhone connected to an iKlip A/V while shooting Jefferson Graham and Ed Baig from USA Today walking up to greet him. Jefferson remarks that he’s impressed with the IK Multimedia video rig he has, and they make some jokes about not being excited for the event, though they clearly are.

Apple’s Annual September Announcement event is highly televised, streamed, reported on and watched by millions of tech enthusiasts and broadcasters. KTLA’s Rich Demuro was using his iPhone and iKlip A/V to capture high resolution video and audio, and he was spotted by USA Today’s Jefferson Graham, who always uses IK’s iRig Mic HD and other IK products for his recordings in the field.

Check out the candid video of them running into each other right before the highly anticipated Apple announcement event for 2016, (iPhone cameras rolling).

Here is the video Rich Demuro shot with his iPhone and iKlip A/V from Apple’s event covering iPhone 7, which aired live on national TV.

To learn more about KTLA’s Rich Demuro and the iKlip A/V feature, please watch the featured video..

Record your next video with iKlip A/V.

How do I connect my guitar, microphone or MIDI controller to my iPhone or computer to make music?

•September 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

irigproduo_lifestyle_horns_dsc01835_slx_retHow do I connect my guitar, microphone or MIDI controller to my iPhone, iPad, Android or computer to record or make music?

There are so many options these days to make computer music….you can use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac/PC with your organic instruments (like a guitar or your own vocals). Software for music producers on Mac/PC that used to cost on the ups of $500, are now available on the iTunes App Store for $20 and even less/free. But the question always remains, how to do I connect my guitar or microphone to my mobile device or computer so I can make music and record audio?

Here are some low-cost options that have hit the market in the last years, and I am going to list them by category of musician/broadcaster:

Guitar/Bass:

iRig HD ($99) from IK Multimedia. Grab a 1/4 inch cable and plug that bad boy into the iRig HD, then into your Mac/PC, or iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Then use a guitar/bass amplification/recording application like AmpliTube (available for free to start on all platforms). Coming soon…the iRig HD 2! Stay tuned to IK Multimedia for the new edition!

iRig HD-A ($99) and iRig UA ($99)

Same as above, except for Android and PC users. The iRig UA will definitely take the latency out of your little toaster sized CPU tablet or phone.

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Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Keyboards

iRig PRO ($150) from IK Multimedia. This little gem of an interface will support your guitar & bass (1/4 inch), has XLR for a microphone input for vocals, and also serves up a MIDI hookup for your keyboard controller. All-in-one. Works on all platforms (iOS + Mac/PC) 24-bit/96K sample rate.

iRig Pro DUO ($199) The first truly mobile, dual channel interface for all platforms. Two channels of 1/4 inch, XLR and MIDI for your recording pleasure. Plug in a guitar and a mic, and also your MIDI controller to perform live or record your next masterpiece, with 24-bit/48K sample rate.

iRig MIDI 2 ($79): this interface will allow you to hook up several MIDI controllers at a time to work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android or Mac/PC.

Broadcasting/Vocals:

Now here’s a whole list of stuff you can use to make podcasts, indulge in social media fun, film videos with better audio, record vocals, sing karaoke, and more:

Here are some mics that are compatible with Mac/PC, Android, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch 6s and lower (needs a headphone jack):

iRig Mic Cast ($39) Nifty little unidirectional mic that works perfectly for Skype, Facetime, Voice Memos, Snapchats, Video messaging and more.

iRig Voice ($39) Karaoke Mic for beginners. Cute iPhone 5C colors, great gift for the future vocalist in your family.

iRig Mic ($59) Inexpensive electret-condenser mic that works everywhere, has great sound and won’t kill your pocket.

iRig PRE ($49) – Plug any XLR mic into your mobile device or tablet and have phantom power as well (Condenser mics need this) Then use your own expensive microphone and record whatever you need to.

iRig Mic Lav ($79)- awesome lavalier mic setup! Can plug in two at a time (daisy-chain) so you can conduct interviews with your mobile device. Omni-directional, great for broadcasts and situations where you want to enhance your audio, and not the background noise.

Here are some digital microphones that are compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Lightning connected devices:

iRig Mic Field ($99) Great stereo field mic for recording outside or indoor concert venues. No more snap, crackle, pop on your videos, Snapchats, or Periscope broadcasts!

iRig Mic HD ($129) Widely used condenser mic for broadcasting, live performances and interviews.

AND….Here are some more that will work for Android or PC as well:

iRig Mic HD-A ($129) – Same as iRig Mic HD, just a condenser mic for Android/PC users.

iRig Mic Studio ($179) Super sensitive, 1-inch large diaphragm condenser microphone that will work with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Mac/PC. Perfect for studio-quality vocals and acoustic guitar recordings. Also has 135 DB SPL (so you can mic a drum kit with it!!!) 24 bit/48k sample rate.

There are a ton of choices out there, but these are a few from IK Multimedia, the leader in music creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Mac/PC. For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com

YouTube.com/YourIndigoPath – My experience with a live Skype Tarot reader and Medium

•July 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Cindy, Tarot/Medium – Your Indigo Path on YouTube, http://www.yourindigopath.com

OK, so I love to read my horoscope, I’m a hopeless romantic and I read my love horoscope at least once a day, even if I’m in a steady relationship. I’m a Gemini…but since there’s only 12 kinds of horoscopes in the zodiac, does that mean one horoscope applies to the whole 12th of the population? Uhhh…no. Always skeptical…and I spend a lot of time working on the computer, so I started listening to my horoscope on YouTube while I worked. This became a mix of people either giving astrology readings or tarot readings. In the month of June, I noticed that when I watched (listened) to 4 or 5 different videos, I was getting a lot of the same readings, mostly tarot-based, and even then, 5 or more cards being drawn that were the same! Strange, right? This prompted me to learn more…

I particularly liked this one woman’s tarot reading (well, two actually), so I started listening to them more than the others. So, on both, I left kind messages on their comments’s section to thank them for the readings (never did that before). I recieved a kind reply from one of them, YouTube.com/YourIndigoPath. Somehow I felt drawn to ask her for a personal reading, and she agreed to it. We made a plan to Skype for the reading (I believe truly that sincerity is in the eyes). I wanted to share my experience with my readers, so that you may decide for yourself and be aware of what’s truly out there in the land of mediumship / psychics / fortune telling/ tarot card readers.

A little education on the subjects mentioned above:

What is mediumship? Mediumship is the practice of certain people—known as mediums—to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings.

What is a tarot card reading? There are many interpretations of this. I would have to go with one of the more scientific definitions explained here, among others: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/tarot-card.htm

According to The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, ‘The most powerful sources of information come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one’s Higher Self.’

(Sidenote – there are a lot of real people who can do this type of work, and there are TONS of frauds in the business…When I was a small child, my family rented out a space to one of the most famous “gypsy” clans in NJ – Gifted Sara’s team, and Gifted Sara and her kin are the real deal. Unfortunately, years later, even they had someone working for them at one time (freelance, I guess), who was a total fraud. If you are interested to know which one of her “psychic” tarot readers was the fraud, you are welcome to email me. Although, I don’t think she would be working there anymore anyway…there has to be more people than just me that thought she was a fake and a total fraud.

My experience (review) with the mediumship reading from Cindy, aka :YouTube.com/YourIndigoPath

We made a plan to Skype, and I didn’t tell her anything about my life. Because I’m sort of a public figure, she could probably tell I’m a musician and supporter of musicians, but that’s about it. After settling in with polite hellos, she was going to read my tarot…I wanted a love tarot reading (of course!), but almost immediately we started having strange technical difficulty (delays in Skype, lag in video) and pretty much the first thing she said to me was that there were a lot of people chattering at the same time, wanting to talk to me. I didn’t know at the time that she was also a medium. So when she said there were people wanting to talk to me, I was surprised to know just “who” these people were (and were they physically there?). She told me that there were three women (spirits) in the room that were jumping at the bit to talk to me. So she asked me if I wanted to speak to them. Even though I wasn’t prepared for it, I agreed. I thought for sure that this would really tell me if she was the real deal or not.

After we agreed to it, she told me that the spirits in the room decided to give one woman the space and made the other ones quiet down. Suddenly, the interference calmed down on the Skype. It was still there to a degree, but oddly noticeable that the audio was coming through a lot easier, and I wasn’t receiving a delay in speech vs talk on the video.

She asked me who the woman was with the curly blond hair, who she said “was obviously in charge” and wanted to talk to me the most. I said I didn’t know at first (even though I thought it might be my grandmother who had just passed three years ago). Cindy didn’t really ask me any questions, she just started telling me that my grandmother was okay and that they were all “together now” and really missed me. She said a lot of things…but at the time they seemed pretty much like something that anyone could say to you if they were missing you. So I asked a specific question to make sure this was my grandmother, I asked her to tell me what I was doing when I would say, “Grandmom, what is going on in the world?”.

(About 4 days after my mom passed away, my Grandmother tripped over my mother’s cat -Fibber McGee) and broke her hip…this left her largely incapable to leave the house, so she ended up watching  a lot of TV and loved watching Republican propaganda and other news-related things…gossip mostly, and sports. 🙂 )

So when I asked, “What was I doing when I would ask : Grandmom, what is going on in the world?”.- Cindy replied that I would be standing in the room with my grandmother, behind her, watching TV. (Actually, I would be standing behind her, while she watched TV, and I would be doing her hair. Which was close enough…since why would I be standing behind her asking this question?)

Then the interference in the video/audio on Skype became very agitated…it was like they knew I was believing and the spirits that were there all wanted to talk to me at the same time. Meanwhile, remember, I thought I was just getting a personal tarot reading, I wasn’t ready for all of this….

So here’s the story, we spent the next 4 hours talking to these three spirits (who were my mother, my Aunt Carmie and my Grandmother. Millie Natale). Cindy also did a tarot reading, because I asked about how my vacation was going to go (first vacation I have taken in five years that didn’t have to do with a funeral) This all came true as well. The vacation went exactly as she said it would, that I would be spending it alone, mostly, and that all of my plans would not go the way I had scheduled them, and that even if there were promises made…that they would be broken. Mostly, she told me that there was someone in my life that was constantly lying to me, and that my family knew it, and everyone else around me knew it, and that I just had to get away from this person before I ended up drowning in a sea of tears.

She followed up with a complete tarot reading, which also blew my mind…because all of that came true as well. I would ask a question, and she would answer with tarot spread, then further clarify by placing more tarot cards on the table and being specific about her answers.

Overall: Mind Blown. It’s been over two months now and everything came to fruition. If you want a personal reading from Cindy/ Your Indigo Path on YouTube  don’t hesitate to do it.

Here are her details on pricing from her website, www.YourIndigoPath.com: If they have changed somewhat, it may mean that’s she’s having a special for the holidays, or they just changed because she’s becoming more popular!

“My Mediumship readings are $300 this is a flat rate. The reading can go on for more than an hour. This depends on Spirit, Loved Ones and the person in front of me. I’m done with the reading when Spirit is done. I’ve had some last 4 hrs.”

Hypnosis with Past Life Regression is Two or Three Sessions. This will depend on the individual and how they respond. 1st session is $150 the rest is $75 ea. Also each session is 1 hr.”

Holistic Life Coach: you can choose from two- 1/2 hr. session $50,2 times a week or $400 a mo. and you get more access to me. So if that is through email or text or phone. between sessions.”

Tarot– Either via phone or Skype

Donations as follows;

1) 1 question 3 card pull- 10 min each- $20.00 with this it is one question and I will see what the cards say for past, present and future. This is for each question so to clarify you may want two questions and then donation I ask is $20.00 per question per 10 min.

2) 30 min Celtic spread- $60- This is the version you’ve seen on my video. This covers one area of your life ie. Love, Career or Finances.

3) 30 to 40 min Life Spread- $120 this covers all aspects of your life ie. home, career, relationship, finances and future. It is also more detailed.

My suggestion is: Please visit Cindy’s/ Your Indigo Path’s – YouTube channel, subscribe, and watch some videos for your zodiac sign. Then if you have a life event, hit her up for a personal reading. You won’t be disappointed!

Behind the scenes Video with USA Today’s Jefferson Graham and IK Multimedia, Making Music in Modena, Italy

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Jefferson Graham, technical editor for USA Today, is also a great musician! He plays guitar, bass, keys and he can even sing! So when I asked him to come visit IK Multimedia’s headquarters in Modena, Italy, he agreed! Check out the video of Jefferson Graham, taking a look behind the scenes at what it takes to make music in the 21st century…from iOS & Android music creation, to app innovation to pro-audio mass production of software and hardware in the motherland of music.

Here is the video from USA Today’s feature “Making digital music in Italy with IK Multimedia”. To watch the video, click on the image below, or click here.

Making Music in Italy with IK Multimedia and USA Today's Jefferson Graham

Making Music in Italy with IK Multimedia and USA Today’s Jefferson Graham

 Thanks for visiting us Jefferson Graham! IK Multimedia loved having you…

~Starr Ackerman Public Relations

 
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