I'm going to have to give this cable/app combo from Griffin and Frontier Design a go when I get a chance (called GuitarConnect and iShred respectively). I am spoiled somewhat in that my Line 6 amp already has a robust amount of modelling built into it. I like purer amp sounds, without much experimenting with effects, but then I'm a pretty old school rock player--couldn't hurt to broaden the horizons a bit. I have seen a couple of these guitar rigs out there for iPhone iOS (the Guitarbud, and iRig), and am starting to get curious.
A bit of news for the would be iPad recording artist and an article correction/update to our recent issue. The amazing Yeti USB mic from Blue Microphones can be used with the iPad (using a connection kit). The Yeti is an excellent recording mic, but combined with the iPad and Blue FiRe app, you can have the makings of a lightweight recording rig. I also need to print a correction to my recent article on recording with Blue FiRe. I said that BF only recorded in mono, but in fact supports both mono and stereo. Read on for more press info about the Yeti + iPad hookup..
Connecting iPad and Yeti...
In a recent column I wrote about the Slacker streaming music service that lets you create "stations" that stream only your favorite type of music. And I highlighted a new feature of their Slacker Radio app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: the ability to cache songs for offline listening. But the caching feature requires a Slacker Radio Plus account. I have good news: I'm giving away five 1-year and five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.
I love the Slacker and Pandora websites — free services that let you create your own radio stations that only stream music that you like. Both are very popular, and both have iPhone apps. Now Slacker has taken an interesting — and timely — new direction. Given the constraint on data usage in AT&T's new plans, the ability of Slacker Radio 2.0 (released today) to cache songs can be a convenient and money-saving feature.
JBL released their On Stage Micro II last week. This is one of their portable speaker docks, which works with the iPhone, iPods, as well as some other devices. They were kind enough to send me a loaner unit (Thank You), which I have been using for a few weeks.
I went and grabbed the app update in the App store, and after starting it, noted that my zone indicated it needed an update. Both my Sonos ZoneBridge and S5 were updated in a few quick steps. In mere minutes, I was enjoying the newly added iheartradio... Be patient though. The update process does have to download files and restart the Sonos devices in your zones, and warns that you shoundn't stop the app during the process...Read on for more update screenshots, and feature details...
In our current print issue, I shared some examples of the unique and not un-cool ways you can use your iPhone or iPod to master your own music recordings. One of my musician buddies recently pointed me to the PRS Guitarbud, and now IK Multimedia is releasing the iRig. An audio plug adapter that turns your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch into an amp and effects system...read on for more press release info...
iRig Plug Interface Adapter
Thanks to the iPhone's high-speed connectivity and some great apps, you can listen to Internet radio wherever you are!
The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I give you an overview of the best radio apps available and provide you with information on how you can gain access to several online radio stations.
Note that streaming media for an extended length of time can drain your iPhone's battery. To help minimize this, please try the tips in the sidebar titled, "Reduce Battery Drain Associated With Streaming Media."
Using the iPhone or iPod Touch to record and mix your own music
Since my very first generation iPod, I've wished for a way to integrate my favorite music player with my hobby—recording my own music. When the iPhone and its accessories exploded onto the scene, the ability to record directly on the device was finally realized. But how well does it compare to more traditional recording methods?
A variety of inexpensive apps for the professional, hobyist, or student musician
Please excuse me for changing the song's lyrics but, "What a difference a year makes." Since my article in the second edition of iPhone Life, the App Store continues to grow with a wide range of offerings that could be useful to musicians of all stripes. During a recent music education and technology conference hosted by TI:ME (ti-me.org), I presented a session on mobile music making. When I saw another session being offered by music teacher, Matthew Harrington, focusing on iPhone/iPod touch music apps, I was concerned that we'd be covering the same titles. Surprisingly, we only overlapped on one app! For me, it illustrated the sheer number of apps available and the great work being done in the development community.