Guitar and Vocal Effects for LIVE as well as the Studio

12 05 2012

VoiceLive Play GTX is the first ever combination of complete vocal and guitar processing, VoiceLive Play GTX takes everything that VoiceLive Play gives to singers and adds award-winning TC Electronic guitar effects and AmpTones. Artist presets offer signature vocal and guitar sounds while full editing ability allows you to define your unique style. Pro or Practicing, acoustic or electric, VoiceLive Play GTX is the singing guitarist’s dream machine.  And if you are going to use it on stage you can even get a special microphone that has a switch right on the mic so that you can turn it on and off as you like.  It is full of presets that imitate some of the most famous songs by the most famous bands.  It is even affordable at around $250 US.  Check it out!

Click on the links to see a video hosted by Dire Straits guitarist singer on how it works.

200+ song & artist inspired presets for vocals & guitar
Dedicated guitar effects processing from TC Electronic. No amp required
Key for harmonies and pitch correction set automatically from guitar input
Plug in your MP3 player to the AUX input and sing along using Vocal Cancel feature

Read an in depth article about the unit in the New York Times

I Wanna Hold Your iPad

21 11 2010

There are so many great apps that have come out the last few months that make the iPad a wonderful music tool. Well now you don’t have to worry about your iPad falling on the floor while onstage. Check out the iKlip by IK Multimedia. There has been a lot of hype about this product.

“Put your iPad centre stage with the new iKlip, a
microphone stand adapter for the iPad. For musicians and other who
want to be able to read from their iPad during presentations, the
iKlip puts an iPad at the right angle for viewing while still
allowing access to the iPad controls and ports. It has a universal
stand clip to work with most microphone stands and the angle of the
iPad can be adjusted. the iPad can be held in either the landscape
or portrait position and the iKlip mounts either on a vertical
microphone stand or on the horizontal boom. The Italian designed and
manufactured iKlip is scheduled for release in December.”

Amplitude App for the iPad – An amp in your phone or ipad.

24 07 2010

Guitar players will be extremely happy to hear that Amplitude effect and amp simulator has just been released for the iPad as well as as the iphone. You can get it at the iTunes store. Just open your iTunes and click on the iTunes store and do a search for Amplitude. IK Multimedia developed this software and is has developed several interesting and useful music applications.

If you use an iPad on stage, check out this really cool holder for the iPad. It is also made by IK Multimedia and attaches to a music or mic stand. No more getting your iPad kicked around or dropped on the floor. Plus it is at the optimum height and position to manipulate your apps on the fly while strumming your power chords. Check it OUT

Affordable Digital USB Interfaces for GarageBand

13 07 2010

If you are looking for a simple yet effective and affordable way to input audio into GarageBand try this interesting group of products by Apogee Electronics. They have several useful interfaces for composers including a guitar interface, a single channel called the One and a two channel iput interface called the Duo.

iPad Can Make a Great Touch Contol Panel for Music Recording

13 07 2010

Entrackment by Talkative

If you work with GarageBand you probably find yourself wishing for a controller surface that you can use for panning, track volume, etc. Unfortunately control interfaces usually cost hundeds of dollars or more. Well the guys at Talkative have developed an affordable app ($2.99 – yes that is three bucks) for the iPad called “Entrackment” that turns it into a controller for GarageBand and apparently soon to be added support for Protools, Logic Express, Logic Pro, and Record.


Gigging Apps for Guitar Players – An Effects Rack in Your Pocket

21 05 2010

Most of my articles on this blog are slanted for educators but here is one for gigging musicians, specifically guitar players. After working as a gigging musician for so many years I really appreciated this application when I came across it while investigation useful ipod and ipad music applications. I found it mentioned on a great blog called “IK Multi Media, Musicians First”.

It is called the iRig by AmpliTube. Guitarists have always been interested in new gadgets and effects and almost always fighting with buzz caused by a multitude of patch cables in their systems. Several years back a few companies started to manufacture multipurpose guitar effect foot controllers that cut down on all the stuff and cables but this new iRig app is just too sweet. It is a small plug in that works as an adapter so you can plug it into your iphone and then plug your guitar using a regular 1/4″ lead into it. It also has a line out for headphones or to go to your amp. I live in Tokyo and I see guitarists taking trains with all their gear and I would think this would be a wonderful solution for most gigs.