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IK Multimedia already offers a plethora of great products for iOS device-owning musicians. Now, the firm has extended that selection with the introduction of five new accessories as part of the iKlip range.

In each case, the new iKlip models provide ways in which to mount and position the iPad or iPad mini, thereby enabling users to operate devices hands-free as well as set up the perfect viewing angle towards a microphone stand, tabletop or anything else of use in the studio. It’s the kind of solution that’s ideal for presentations as well as music studio work, or just around the home.


The iKlip 2 offers such a solution for iPad users, enabling them to attach any type of iPad (from the 2nd generation and later) to a microphone stand securely, as well as be able to adjust the device to just the right viewing angle. For iPad mini users, there’s the iKlip 2 for iPad mini, offering the same potential.


Tabletop stands are also available in separate iPad and iPad Mini versions, with the iKlip Stand making things much simpler. It’s the ideal stand for connecting the iPad above the desktop so that it’s easy to position equipment, such as a musical keyboard or mixer underneath, but it can also be used in the home. Too small an office desk to fit all the devices easily? Use the iKlip Stand to solve such a problem and revel in the extra space!


The iKlip Studio offers a similar solution but is specifically designed for use on flat surfaces, and aimed at those apps that require “energetic tapping and beat making”, tying in nicely with the many DJ based apps already out there. Non-slip rubber grip feet, as well as adjustable viewing angles keep the iPad safe and secure, plus it folds flat, lending itself perfectly to easy storage.

The iKlip 2 for iPad and iKlip 2 for iPad mini will be priced at $39.99 or €29.99 excluding tax, while the iKlip Stand for iPad and iKlip Stand for iPad mini will be $59.99/€49.99. The iKlip Studio for iPad mini is priced at $29.99/€24.99.

We’re big fans of IK Multimedia’s accessories and I suspect these new iKlips will be quite the hit when they ship during the first quarter of 2013.

Santa Rockstar Review

Santa Rockstar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Santa Rockstar is a Guitar Hero-style game that’ll have gamers head banging to their favorite Christmas tunes.

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Hype Machine Review

Hype Machine Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use Hype Machine to browse lists of curated songs in many different categories.

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Starbloom Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A soothing journey through space, creating and destroying the stars in a solar system. Music responds to the press of a fingertip, colors explode everywhere.

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Flea Symphony Review

Flea Symphony Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Solve challenging musical puzzles by bouncing fleas off drums, guitar strings and other instruments in this unique indie title.

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Band Of The Day Review

Band Of The Day Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Each day of the year, Band of the Day highlights a particular new band worthy of checking out, and offers up a selection of tracks and information to absorb.

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In:play Review

In:play Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Delightfully minimalist, In:play is a simple yet great music playing app.

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Arranger Review

Arranger Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Get ready to embark on what is perhaps the most bizarre musical adventure ever! Just be ready for a few stumbling blocks along the way.

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Quik.io HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Quik.io is a fast and hassle-free way to instantly access media files and documents from a PC or Mac on an iPad thanks to its streaming and downloading capabilities.

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Rhythm Rocket Review

Rhythm Rocket Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Race a rocket to the beat of your own music, while dodging asteroids. Rhythm Rocket might be a little too simple for extended sessions but it is appealing.

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Beat Gather Review

Beat Gather Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Slide your fingers to the rhythm of your favorite iTunes songs in this brand new and free iPhone game, but be wary of the in-app purchases that might ruin all the fun.

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iRig Keys Review

Developer: IK Multimedia
Price: $99.99
Device Reviewed With: new iPad, iPhone 5

Usability Rating: ★★★★☆
Integration with iPad/iPhone Rating: ★★★★☆
Hardware Design Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-Use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

IK Multimedia might be trying to take over the music peripheral world. The company has a wide range of apps, instruments, and support items that could, in theory, be used to build a band entirely out of iOS instruments. The latest offering from this prolific manufacturer is titled iRig Keys, a super portable iOS keyboard with 37 velocity-sensitive keys, modulation and pitch wheels, low power consumption, and core MIDI compliance. The iRig is aimed at the portable musician, the composer on the go, the backpack virtuoso, and as such, it succeeds brilliantly.

The manufacturer offers the free version of iGrand Piano or SampleTank, both IK Multimedia, as the apps to use with the iRig Keys, but this unit will work with any MIDI app on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It comes with an included USB cable to plug into a Mac or PC as well, opening up the use of any core MIDI compliant app on a laptop. I was able to make the keyboard work with iGrand, SampleTank, and GarageBand. The setup was as simple as plugging in the keyboard via the 30-pin dock connector and firing up any one of the keyboard apps on my iPad 3. I didn’t notice a significant battery drain while using the iRig Keys unit, either.

The small size of the iRig Keys is the killer feature, of course, as it can easily fit into a backpack or even just carried by hand. It’s small, light, and the controls and keyboard keys all feel well-made. The keys are indeed velocity sensitive, and the handy data send/volume knob feels solidly attached. The octave up/down buttons don’t feel chintzy at all, and the two expression wheels don’t wobble when used. All in all, the iRig Keys shows a superior build quality that should help it hold up over time as it moves from place to place, in and out of backpacks and shoulder bags.

For on-the-go composition, song recording, or piano practice, iRig Keys works well for an attractive price. The unit is powered by the included iOS or USB cables, but does not draw excessive amounts of power to drain the iPad or iPhone attached to it. The keys are easy to play, feel solid enough for mobile use, and will allow musicians at any level to create and record music as inspiration strikes.

8tracks Radio Review

8tracks Radio Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
8tracks Radio is a free to use radio app that allows users to listen to a wide selection of playlists, covering every musical interest imaginable.

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Rhythmanix Review

Rhythmanix Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
If you have a good ear for music and can keep a decent beat, this game will keep your toe tapping.

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Rock Prodigy Review

Rock Prodigy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rock Prodigy helps beginning guitar students learn to play with over 150 lessons and exercises laid out in a simple format with easy-to-follow instructions.

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VEVO HD Review

VEVO HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
VEVO HD is clearly a more cleaner and organized version of YouTube for music videos, and its expansive catalog leaves little room for disappointment.

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Your computer is a powerful piece of technology, and it usually has a lot of storage space on it, enough to store band discographies that you’ve never even listened to one track off of. Your phone and tablet are great mobile devices, but they’re also great for listening to music and watching videos while at home. So, you’re sitting on your couch or laying in bed, and want to listen to that one album from that band that you’ve never really listened to all the way through. However, you’re too lazy to get up to your computer to actually put it on there. Or maybe you downloaded season 5 of Breaking Bad but your storage space is best measured in kilobyes, not gigabytes. If only there was a way to stream the media from iTunes to your iOS device!

Well, there is, and it’s called iTunes Home Streaming. This streams media from an iTunes library over a local wi-fi network to any iOS device.

Set it up on iTunes first. Log in with the Apple ID of your choosing – it’s best if this is the same Apple ID that was initially set up on the device, and is logged in to iCloud, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. To manage the Apple ID that is logged in to Home Sharing, go to Settings -> Music or Video and tap Apple ID.

To access music from a local iTunes library, go to the Music app. Tap More, Shared, the name of your iTunes library (configurable from iTunes’s preferences), and then the standard music listings will instead show what is available from the remote library, which can then stream the music to your iOS device.

Now here’s the kicker: it also works for video. As long as the video in the iTunes library is compatible with iOS, then it will play. DRM-protected content purchased from iTunes plays back via Home Sharing too. These videos can also be streamed from AirPlay to an Apple TV. It’s the ultimate in high technology being used for new levels of laziness.

Now, the only real downside to Home Sharing is that it only works over local wi-fi. There are plenty of ways to stream music and video over the internet, but that would fill up a completely different article. Until then, enjoy using thousands of dollars of technology to stream video to TV without getting up to your computer.

Funky Smugglers Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Play as a funky TSA agent, sent to make sure those mean smugglers don't get anything past you. Swipe, drag, and get it out of here!

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Blue Note by Groovebug Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
EMI Records offers jazz aficionados and newcomers to the genre a tour of Blue Note Records classic catalog. It's cool, man... but it's only free to browse. You'll have to spend real dough to chill with full tracks.

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HumStar Free Review

HumStar Free Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
HumStar is adequate filler for iOS pop song fans that abhor or fear karaoke, but some of the smaller details drag it down.

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Listen Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Listen is a beautifully designed app that makes it possible to experience music through gesture controls.

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Link: iRig Pre Released Today

Posted by on September 20th, 2012

The mic pre-amp from IK Multimedia has arrived, allowing you to use any professional XLR microphone you want with your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. You can use it to record vocals, of course, but instruments also benefit from a clean pre-amp mic sound.

There’s more to see on the iRig Pre website, and look for our review next week.

iRig PRE has the essential features found in professional studio microphone preamps like an adjustable gain control, 48-volt phantom power and an audio/headphone output jack for real-time monitoring.

The iRig PRE is ideal for capturing live performances on the go with professional stage or studio microphones. It’s also great for songwriters who want to capture demos of their compositions at the moment of inspiration.

source: IK Multimedia

Regular commuters will know that driving can get pretty dull and tedious. Sure, you can turn the radio on but even that can turn uninteresting after a time. What you need is a sense of being part of an epic adventure, right? In which case, backing Mission: Escape might be exactly what you’re after.

Currently in development and in need of Kickstarter backers, Mission: Escape is the brainchild of Fernando Macias-Jimenez. Recently graduated from the California State University in Chico, California, Fernando is a young composer with a passion for writing music to a set scene.

Recently, while driving through Chico and listening to David Arnold’s Quantum of Solace soundtrack, he realised something.

“I was driving about 30 miles per hour and I was pretty much alone in the street, yet the music suddenly gave me this rush of thrill and made me feel like I was in an action movie, with people chasing me and so on. The feeling was so vivid that it made me say out loud to myself “wow, that was awesome”. A few days later I though, “wouldn’t it be awesome to have something that would take that feeling one step further and REACT to how you are driving so that the music doesn’t seem arbitrary and generic, but customized to what you are doing at the moment?”"

Fernando then joined together with others and came up with some great ideas and features, eventually leading to the creation of Mission: Escape.

The music is set to be 100% original with the focus on being “very epic” and “very fun”. The app will react according to situations such as if you’re waiting at a stop light, it’ll turn calm and serene, while once acceleration kicks in, the music will turn more cinematic and exciting. Sound effects of enemies and messages from “home base” will also be included. It sounds thrilling but what of the safety aspect? Surely, it could turn things risky?

Fernando explains, “The speed limit is definitely a big one since it’s the most obvious to cause problems. This also happens to be one of the “easier” ones to implement to some extent. Others, such as overtaking, are a bit more difficult to determine. However, we are trying to develop a security system that will try to gauge if the driver is driving recklessly and will advice the user to stop doing so or it will shut down the application. The way we would do this would be by detecting aggressive actions such as harsh acceleration, hard stopping, extra sharp turning or movement (changing lanes too fast), among other things. The iPhone will easily give us information when a user is doing something like that. The only thing to do is to create a balance point so that the security system only works when the user is actually driving recklessly and not because of something else,” with the plan for plenty of testing and development to ensure it works well and in the right scenario.

Fernando was also keen to point out that safety will take priority alongside such exciting thrills.

It all sounds pretty intriguing to me and certainly an unique way of using such technology. Check out the Hands-on demo video below as well as the Mission: Escape Kickstarter page. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the app’s development.

My Singing Monsters Review

My Singing Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Singing Monsters is a weird and clever "town" building freemium game, but it's got some serious connection problems.

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New App: iTunes Festival in Full Swing – Watch on your iOS Device

Posted by on September 7th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We’ve told you about this app before, but wanted to remind you that the iTunes Festival is well underway. You can watch concerts streamed from London every day this month (P.S. Jack White with Band of Horses is on Saturday)

MUSaIC Review

MUSaIC Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A worthy replacement for the stock Music app, blending a rich feature set with an intuitive interface.

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SongPop Review

SongPop Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
SongPop has a good music trivia hook but it's too light on content for repeat listenings.

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Ecoute Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ecoute is a music player that offers more features and a much better experience than the standard iOS music player. It's definitely worth taking a look.

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Michael Jackson may be gone, but if Michael Jackson The Experience is any indication, it seems that his music and his legacy will be with us forever. After showing up on every platform from the Wii to the PSP to the iPad, Ubisoft’s rhythm game tribute to the world’s favorite smooth criminal has now arrived on the iPhone. Luckily, this mobile version comes with a few new reasons for players to not stop until they get enough.

While the game retains the iPad version’s rhythm gameplay, the input system where players “draw a series of shapes with their fingers according to the beat and choreography of the Michael Jackson avatar” has been adapted for the smaller screen. The game also includes two new, exclusive songs: “Leave Me Alone” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” The rest of the soundtrack consists of “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Speed Demon,” and “Blood on the Dance Floor.” More songs can also be purchased in-game.

Remember the time, on the go. Michael Jackson The Experience for iPhone is available now for $2.99 on the App Store.


$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-08-09 :: Category: Games

Mus + Lang L1 Review

Mus + Lang L1 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Music and Language: two classic disciplines collide to educate and inform in a pleasurable process.

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