Music and Audio Stories February 17, 2019

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This week we are entering the wild world of Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z. The tiny little portable gadget is essentially its own music making platform with built-in instruments. However, it is also capable of sequencing photos, unity 3D video, lighting rigs and more. Along with its beautiful hardware design, OP-Z uses your iOS devices as a display (among other things) and plays nice with your Mac too. Head below for a closer look. expand full story

Music and Audio Stories September 30, 2018

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FXpansion recently released the new Cypher2 software instrument for all major DAWs. It comes packed with hundreds of new 5D touch sounds and sound design capabilities, so we couldn’t wait to give it a run for Logic Pros. The fully-featured instrument features an impressive array of effects along with a powerful oscillator section and more. But at the same price as Logic Pro X itself, is it worth it? expand full story

Music and Audio Stories September 10, 2018

Logic Pros Review: IK’s new extremely affordable analog UNO synth for Mac/iOS

Today it’s all about IK Multimedia’s latest analog synth hardware. IK’s lineup of music production and live sound gear is largely considered to be for those with a budget in mind or as amazing beginner rigs for aspiring producers. The new UNO synth is designed to be just that with an extremely competitive price tag and wide platform compatibility with your existing recording environment. After having the chance to put the portable analog synthesizer to the test over the last couple weeks in some electronic-based music productions and more, it’s time to see what the new IK Multimedia UNO Synth is packing.

Music and Audio Stories March 28, 2018

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Today we are going to be taking a look at some of our favorite options for storing our sample libraries and other files for content creation. No matter what it is we are creating, at some point or other, storage is a must, whether it’s for project assets, backups or archival purposes. While this particular roundup will be focusing mainly on music producers and their sample libraries, many of our suggestions will work with other applications as well. expand full story

Music and Audio Stories February 4, 2018

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This week on Logic Pros, we are continuing our deep dive into all the latest new features in Logic Pro X v10.4. Apple’s flagship music production software was the recipient of a massive new (and completely free) update a couple weeks back with loads of new features and gear. Last time we took an in-depth look at the new multi-effects units built-in to Logic (Step FX and Phat FX), and now it’s time for the new ChromaVerb. expand full story

Music and Audio Stories January 26, 2018

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NAMM 2018 is in full swing this week highlighting the best of what the audio/music production industry will have to offer over the coming year. All of the biggest music gadget companies flock to Anaheim, California to show off their newest products and this year is no exception. We have been bringing you some of the major announcements from the show over the past week (or more) and now it’s time to round-up the best of NAMM 2018… expand full story

Music and Audio Stories January 22, 2018

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Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… expand full story

Music and Audio Stories January 14, 2018

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. Ahead of NAMM 2018, we are starting to see more hardware products announced/come available. Moog’s new semi-modular DFAM, Waldorf’s string/vocoder synth, another clone from Behringer, new iOS/Mac instruments and much more are making news this week.

Music and Audio Stories January 7, 2018

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. This week, we are getting a new flagship wavetable synth for Mac, more Behringer hardware clone teases ahead of NAMM 2018, and much more below…

Music and Audio Stories December 18, 2017

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IK Multimedia has released loads of new generation products for portable and mobile musicians over the last 12 months. From the iRig HD 2 condenser mic and the sub-$100 iRig Pre guitar interface, to the new Syntronik for Mac/iOS, IK has something for everyone this holiday season. Back in August, the company debuted its latest MIDI controller product known as iRig Keys I/O. As expected with IK, this appeared to come along with everything you could want in a sub $300 controller, but this time around IK decided to take it one step further with a more all-in-one approach.

The controller keyboard-meets-audio interface brings a lot to the table for the price tag, but is it all a little too good to be true? We decided to put the company’s latest flagship driver to the test over the last couple weeks in a typical home studio environment across a number of different projects. Head below to find out more… expand full story

Music and Audio Stories December 16, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, one of our favorite plug-in makers has released a massive new FM synth for Mac, IK takes its analog emulations to iOS, apps that turn your Trackpad into a MIDI controller, and, as usual, more free instruments…

Music and Audio Stories November 14, 2017

Apogee’s new Lightning/USB MiC+ brings world-class quality to your iOS and Mac setup

Today, Apogee is announcing the brand new MiC+ for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and PC, along with the official price and release date…

Music and Audio Stories November 12, 2017

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After being unveiled back in the summer, the latest ROLI Seaboard recently showed up at the office much to our delight. The Seaboard Blocks is the first time ROLI has brought its unique 5D MIDI touch technology down to an affordable price tag, so we couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to go hands-on… expand full story

Music and Audio Stories October 29, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we have loads of brand new instruments for iPad/Mac. Scythe brings spectral synthesis to your mobile setup and Thorn for Mac comes with analog-modeled filters and a grid-based glitch sequencer. Head below for that and much more…

Music and Audio Stories October 22, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we have Audio Damage’s Axon 2 drum synth for iPad, a sub-$100 iOS/Mac interface, PreSonus gear, some free sounds for Logic Pro X and much more…..

Music and Audio Stories July 21, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, IK releases its new Syntronik analog synth beast, we get major price drops on the KORG iOS apps, new software instruments for Mac and much more…

Music and Audio Stories June 29, 2017

IK’s new ‘iRig Pro I/O’ pocket-sized iOS/Mac audio interface is available now

IK Multimedia is one of the biggest names in mobile audio recording these days. It has a slew of products to support just about any kind of iOS musician/producer out there and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Today, the company is unveiling the latest mobile interface with the new iRig Pro I/O

Music and Audio Stories June 24, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Roland and Studio Electronics unveil a brand new mono analog synth, Native Instruments drops a toy box full of quirky sounds and Output introduces us to its new studio desk Platform…

Music and Audio Stories June 14, 2017

The best wireless & portable Bluetooth MIDI keyboards for iPhone, iPad & Mac

We recently rounded up the best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro X (2017 edition), and now it’s time to get portable. At this point in time, it’s hard for me to even believe that MIDI isn’t entirely wireless on every product that features it. But it is clear that some companies have been looking to the future for some time now, so we thought it would be good to run down the best wireless MIDI keyboards for Mac and iOS…

Music and Audio Stories June 10, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression is more affordable than ever with the Seaboard Block MIDI controller, the Native Instruments virtual modular synth platform gets a new line of instruments/effects and our favorite new iOS music production app KRFT is getting some major MIDI updates and more. We also have some nice freebie instruments for your Logic Pro X/Kontakt setup…

Music and Audio Stories June 5, 2017

GarageBand for Mac updated with new Touch Bar support, Drummers, iOS integration, more

As part of today’s WWDC festivities, Apple has now updated GarageBand for Mac and iOS. Most of the big changes come to the desktop version with some cross-platform integration, TouchBar support and more.

Music and Audio Stories June 4, 2017

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Recently we reviewed the new iOS version of Unique from Sugar-Bytes. The company is among our favorite third-party instrument and effect makers. We have personally been purchasing and using its gear for many years with products like Effectrix and Artillery appearing regularly in our daily production setups. And now, after spending some time with its latest matrix multi-effects processing unit, it’s time to dive into the world of Looperator… expand full story

Music and Audio Stories June 2, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we have a new audio mangler from Audio Damage, major updates to Korg Gadget for Mac, the release of the latest Elektron drum machine and much more…

Music and Audio Stories May 26, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week is headlined by a massive list of classic synths turned virtual courtesy of IK Multimedia, Roland’s Future Redefined event packed with new product announcements and so much more…

Music and Audio Stories May 25, 2017

IK Multimedia debuts new beast Mac synth w/ Moog, Roland, Prophet, & Oberheim sampler-instruments

IK Multimedia, a popular maker of mobile audio recording solutions and software for iOS and Mac, is introducing a massive new plug-in instrument for Mac and Logic Pro today. The new Syntronik is a sample-based virtual synthesizer and features 38 painstakingly multi-sampled virtual versions of some of the most classic synthesizers that have ever existed.

Music and Audio Stories May 24, 2017

The best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro

Now that we are well in to 2017, we thought it was a good time to re-assess the MIDI keyboard situation for Mac users. We have some new contenders on the block that have pushed some old favorites to the side, while AKAI, Native Instruments and more continue to bring some of the best and most affordable controllers to market. If you are just getting into making music with virtual instruments on your Mac and Logic Pro X, a MIDI controller of some kind is a must and a keyboard option is usually the best point of entry.

Head below for our 2017 picks of the best MIDI keyboards for Mac users:

Music and Audio Stories May 19, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production.

It’s Moogfest 2017 this week. That means we are getting some brand new hardware from the company and it didn’t disappoint. The latest Dave Smith polysynth is now shipping, more interesting Mac/iOS synths hit the market and some sweet deals on production apps are all on the bill this week…

Music and Audio Stories May 13, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we get a brand new synth from one of our favorite virtual gear makers, Sugar Bytes. A completely free Nintendo Game Boy sampler instrument is up for grabs and the new EchoMelt brings that warm VHS warble to your DAW with introductory pricing. All that and more down below…

Music and Audio Stories May 6, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we have some really interesting new virtual gear for Mac including a stylophone-based sampler instrument, the GEM TapeDesk analog console emulator, a completely free Casio VL-1 for your Logic setup and more…

Music and Audio Stories April 29, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. Last week we saw some major announcements from SuperBooth 17, and this week we are focusing on iOS. We get an interesting new sequencer from Reactable, a new AI-powered iOS drum app from Positive Grid, artificial reverb processing from Mac and the limited run of a Moog legend…

Music and Audio Stories April 22, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week was very busy with loads of new hardware/software announcements from Superbooth 17 in Berlin. Most notable, new flagships from Novation, DC-coupled Thunderbolt interfaces, brand new software synths for Mac and much more:

Music and Audio Stories April 16, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we get some brand new amp sims for iOS, the new PO-32 drum machine is up for sale, Behringer confirms two new synths for Super Booth 17 and we take a look at the Hexagon Sky instrument from SampleScience.

All of that and more along with this week’s best music app sales are down below:

Music and Audio Stories April 8, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Musikmesse 2017 in Frankfurt kicked off with a new flagship synth from Waldorf and Arturia’s all-in-one KeyLab Essential MIDI keyboard controllers for Mac/iOS. We also saw the release of one of the most powerful iOS music apps on the the market with Audiobus 3.

For more details and to see what a $20,000 custom-made synth looks like, head below for all of this week’s top iOS & Mac music production news:

Music and Audio Stories April 1, 2017

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we say goodbye to an old friend, Cubasis for iOS gets some major new enhancements, we have an epic new AU instrument from Spitifire and the fantastic Magellan synth is 50% off on mobile. But most exciting of all, we get a brand new walkthrough video of what has to be the absolute best iPhone companion device ever: the OP-Z from Teenage Engineering!

All this and more in this week’s top iOS & Mac music production news:

Music and Audio Stories January 19, 2017

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From 9to5Toys.com

NAMM 2017 is officially in full swing this week, which means product unveilings galore for the latest and greatest in music and audio production gear. We’ve been covering some of the bigger announcements on 9to5Toys (and on 9to5Mac), but below we’ve rounded up the best of the best so you don’t miss anything. Check back for more NAMM product announcements as the show continues over the weekend.

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Music and Audio Stories January 18, 2017

IK Multimedia updates line of iOS/Mac recording devices w/ new iRig Pro I/O interface & Acoustic Stage pre-amp

From 9to5Toys.com

While you’re likely too busy with today’s Logic Pro X update at the moment, we are getting some new iOS/Mac gear from IK today:

IK Multimedia is well known for its lineup of great sounding and affordable recoding interfaces for iOS and Mac. Whether its the iRig HD 2 for guitar players or the iRig Pro Duo for producers and songwriters, the company has just about every kind of musician, podcaster and music maker covered at a reasonable price point. And now, straight out of NAMM 2017, IK is announcing the brand new all-in-one iRig Pro I/O for iPhone, iPad and Mac. As its name suggests, just about every type of connectivity option your typical musician would need at home or on the road is present here.

Music and Audio Stories January 13, 2017

Korg’s powerful iOS Gadget music production app is coming to the Mac w/ full DAW support

Korg’s Gadget music production app combines an ever expanding collection of synthesizers and drum machines with “all-in-one” recording features. While there are some IAPs that get in the way of unlocking the complete collection, it is one of the more interesting and useful arsenals of sound sources on the App Store. Ahead of NAMM 2017, Korg has announced the once iOS only synth suite will soon be making its way to Mac.

Music and Audio Stories January 10, 2017

IK Multimedia brings a host of vintage 50’s & 60’s Fender Amps to AmpliTube for Mac

Well known for its line of popular Mac/iOS audio recording interfaces along with a slew of interesting apps to support them, IK Multimedia is introducing Fender Collection 2 for its Mac guitar processing suite/engine, AmpliTube 4. The new collection of guitar processors include a series of virtual guitar amps spanning the history of Fender’s “genre-defining” gear.

Music and Audio Stories January 9, 2017

Roland to release $100 GO:MIXER for iOS devices/YouTubers + new Rubix series of Mac/iPad interfaces

Roland has just introduced its new GO:MIXER for iOS and other smartphones. The palm-sized mixer allows users to connect up to 5 devices at once through its mono mic and analog line instrument inputs. While there are a number of options for multi-track set-ups on iOS including the popular IK Multimedia interfaces, the sheer number of inputs and affordable price tag make the GO:MIXER worth a closer look.

It is bus-powered via your iOS device and measures only 3.75-inches (95 mm) square by just over an inch in height (28 mm). GO:MIXER features front-panel gain controls for each input along with a master knob normalled to the stereo output (nice for headphones as well).

Roland is aiming the 5-input mixer at YouTubers and the video making crowd. The 5-way simultaneous inputs and dedicated mixing controls will be a really nice touch for YouTube musicians and other live soundtrack type work.

Music and Audio Stories February 17, 2012

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Music and Audio Stories October 20, 2011

Avid releases Pro Tools 10 with 50+ new features

Hot off the presses, Avid just announced the next version of its industry leading sound program, Pro Tools 10. We had heard it was on the way last month but it still caught friends in the industry off guard: . Whatever the case, Pro Tools 10 promises to have over 50 new features and is […]

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