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December 05, 2010

iPad as Handy Music Production Tool

Using the iPad as Wireless MIDI Controller

By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)

Continuing their support of the electronic music production community, computer and hi-tech electronics maker Apple has added MIDI control functionality to the capabilities arsenal of their recently launched iPad. Upon first hearing the news, I envisioned such usage of the iPad in a mobile setting. However, the various videos that I've seen thus far detail the iPad in use as a MIDI controller within a static studio setting.

So does iPad's bonus power mean that some beatmakers will replace their favorite keyboard/drum pad MIDI controllers with the iPad? Probably not. But for users of the Logic DAW (also by Apple), the iPad just might come in handy. In the videos below, both by electronic music producer and all-around tech guy Noe Ruiz (@Ecken on Twitter), the iPad is used similar to how Digidesign's table top (non-rackmount) hardware interface works with its Pro Tools software. The first video is really a demo of the iPad at work, and I must say, it looks quite impressive. The second video is more of the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up the iPad to work with Logic.

For educational purposes...

Making Music with the iPad, video via videopixil


Pixil.info - How to Use iPad as Midi Controller for Logic, video via videopixil

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January 07, 2009

'MPC Hunter' Makes Buying Classic MPCs Easier


If you've ever been in the market for an MPC, (or any used gear, for that matter), finding the right MPC, and more importantly, the right seller, can be a daunting process. Well, enter auction listing site, mpchunter.com! MPCHunter looks to streamline the used/new/rare MPC buying process with their new site, by offering a "directory" of MPC (and Akai products) listings. What makes MPCHunter cool as that it serves as a sort of "consumer reports" for would-be auction buyers. These guys break down each listing, giving you their thoughts on the gear, its condition, and/or whether or the not price is good, reasonable, fair, or bad. MPCHunter also provides helpful MPC tutorial-style videos, which will almost certainly put you in the market for an MPC! For more information, go to mpchunter.com. Big shout out and thanks to BeatTips Forums member, Last Ritez, for putting me on to MPCHunter.

-Sa'id

November 30, 2008

Mackie ProFX USB Mixers

*Initially published by BeatTips on 9/12/08*

By Sa'id
Mackie ProFX Mixer
Mackie has gone and done it. They've created a new mixer that will undoubtedly serve as a "must have" for hip hop beatmakers/producers interested in a solution that can help speed up their tracking process. The USB capability, in particular, will revolutionize the workflow of many beatmakers/producers who yearn to use the multiple outs of their pivotal workhorses. I see this mixer as an ideal addition for those MPC users who've longed to go with the individual outs over the main outs. Plus with an aggressive price point, (it lists for $279), I suspect that Mackie has a winner on their hands, much like in the vain of the CR and VLZ series.

Features & Specs:

Professional 12-channel Compact Mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O; 6 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps with easy LED metering; 32-bit RMFX processor with 16 gig-ready reverbs, choruses and delays;
Precision 7-band graphic EQ for tuning Mains or Monitors; USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC; 4 full stereo channels plus extra stereo return for keyboards, external effects or stereo playback devices; 60mm faders for input channels, returns and Main/Monitor masters; 3-band active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz and 12kHz) on all channels; Hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar, bass and other instruments; Insert, 100Hz low cut filter, and 48V phantom power on all mic channels; Stereo RCA tape I/O with input level control,
Headphone output with separate rotary level control; Balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced 1/4-inch Main outputs; FX mute with remote control via footswitch; Break switch mutes all channels for music playback between sets; Built-like-a-tank steel chassis with rugged, yet stylish ABS sidecheeks; Switching power supply for worldwide use; Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC.

(source: ZZSounds.com)

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