Syntronik is “a massive lifesaver” for The Killers’ – “Wonderful Wonderful”

•January 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Starr Ackerman’s Interview with Matt Breunig, The Killers’ playback/monitor/keyboards tech/engineer
21 August 2017
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Wonderful Wonderful” is The Killers‘ 5th studio album, to be released in September 2017. BBC News’ Mark Savage called it,”The Killers’ most vital album since Sam’s Town in 2006.” Matt Breunig has worked with The Killers since 2008, performing as Playback/Monitor engineer, Keyboard Tech, and recording/tracking engineer. Here are some quotes from the IK interview with Matt Breunig about using IK’s new Syntronik for the upcoming Killers‘ tour to promote “Wonderful Wonderful” and on using AmpliTube in the studio to track The Killers‘ frontman – Brandon Flowers:

“Due to the extensive amount of random keyboard tracks recorded with so many different synths, especially vintage ones, when I saw the email announcing Syntronik I was very excited that it would save me tons of work tracking down those synths to be sampled and loaded into a soft-synth to be played by Mainstage live.”

“I have been using it to finish up the keyboard sounds to play the new Killers’ album, ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, live for the last few weeks. I have had no issues with Syntronik using it to find and recreate the sounds that were used on the record.  I think the tonal characteristics of each synth could hardly be any closer.  It has honestly been a massive life saver for me.”

“While some of the synths in Syntronik have already been modeled by other companies, when I saw the few that haven’t been and knew I would need those…I had hoped that once it was released I would like them, and you guys did a great job! In fact, I’m sampling a V-80 sound right now for some tracks…it took me about five minutes to find something close already in the presets in Syntronik.”

“With the exception of Pro-V and Galaxy, there are at least 5 different sounds from Syntronik’s OXa and V-80 per song because of all of the layering. We used an OB-6 on almost every song and I will definitely be using the OXa to get those sounds instead of sampling the original keyboard.”

“Here is a list of the some of the models from Syntronik that I used to replace sounds from the original keyboards for the live tour and the songs from “Wonderful Wonderful” they are used on:

OXaLife To Come, Some Kind of Love

V-80Some Kind of Love (almost all the prominent key parts)

GalaxyLife To Come

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“I have been a fan of IK software pretty much since the beginning and have enjoyed watching you progress over the years. I was turned onto IK when the music director for a recording session came in with his Miroslav Philharmonik software and was very impressed by the string sounds.  I feel like you do a better job at capturing the non-linear harmonic distortion and characteristics of most equipment better than a lot of other manufacturers.  I loved AmpliTube 3 and am especially happy with AmpliTube 4.”

“The Killers love to track very fast and they have had amp simulators in their studio for years. Recently, I finally installed AmpliTube Max on their studio computer so they can finally have some real flexibility, and so when I have to work with them in the studio – I don’t feel like I have my hands tied when Brandon is looking for specific guitar tones.”

Learn more about IK Multimedia’s Syntronik

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Video: Jae Deal & DJ Aktive use IK’s gear for Janet Jackson’s 2017 Tour

•January 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Programming and producing using Syntronik, iLoud Micro Monitor & more
11 September 2017

Watch this video interview to learn how production & tour programming pros, Jae Deal and DJ Aktive, are using IK’s Syntronik, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, iLoud Micro Monitor and other IK products to program Janet Jackson’s 2017 “State of the World” tour.

Here are the simple reasons why artists Jae Deal and DJ Aktive are using Syntronik and iLoud Micro Monitor to provide the best representation of sound for Janet Jackson’s 2017 “State of the World Tour.”:

Syntronik is a cutting-edge virtual synthesizer instrument with some of the most advanced sampling techniques combined with a new hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine. Syntronik includes 17 amazing instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers.

The iLoud Micro Monitor speaker monitor system is two extremely portable, high-performance bi-amped speakers that delivers a combined 50W RMS of power for solid bass, plenty of headroom and a stunningly defined stereo image. Whether you’re recording, editing, mixing or mastering audio, editing video, sound designing or gaming, iLoud Micro Monitor ensures your production will translate well to the huge variety of consumer devices. With iLoud Micro Monitor, you will hear the truth in your music no matter whether you’re mixing in your bedroom, mastering in a small studio or just listening to your favorite tunes at home.

Click here to receive up to 25% off from Amazon on iLoud Micro Monitor

Jae Deal is an American composer, arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop. He is also a session keyboardist, programmer, and bassist in Los Angeles, California. Jae Deal has worked behind the scenes and on stage with several premiere artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Mary Mary, Karen Clark Sheard, Ne-Yo, Faith Evans, Tye Tribbett, T-Pain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis, Elton John, Jill Scott and songwriter, Diane Warren.

DJ Aktive: With today’s DJs achieving fame and celebrity status like the artists whose albums they spin, no one is at a higher level than Philly’s own DJ Aktive. Spinning professionally for the past 18 years, DJ Aktive has made serious moves in his career that have taken him literally around the world with some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest names, including Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Nas, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, John Legend, Marsha Ambrosius, The Roots, LL Cool J, Tyga and Queen Latifah, to name a few.

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, check here to find a lower price on Amazon.

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.

 

Click here to save up to 25% off on iRig Acoustic Stage from Amazon

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 2 rolls in at right around $99 (street value) from any Guitar Center or Sam Ash music store. Also new from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro I/O.

Click here to save up to 25% off for iRig Pro I/O on Amazon

Click here to save up to 25% off for iRig Mic HD 2 on Amazon

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

 
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