Sir Paul McCartney and Skype make beautiful Love Mojis together

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Mention former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Valentine’s Day in the same breath and you immediately think – Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – She Loves YouMy Valentine or All You Need is Love. Add Skype into the conversation and you might think it’s getting a little weird.

Well, not so, as Skype has announced a new partnership with Macca for this special project. No, it’s not a new opening app launch chime a la Hard Days’ Night, but rather a new exclusive set of “love inspired Mojis” (short video clips or animations you can drop into your Skype instant messages), just in time for Valentine’s Day.  READ FULL POST at CanoeTech Blog.

 

IK Multimedia debuts iLoud Micro Monitor world’s smallest studio reference monitoring system

iloud_mmIK Multimedia announced today iLoud Micro Monitor, the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. iLoud Micro Monitor is a serious and reliable sonic tool that provides high-quality sound in a small enclosure at a price that everyone can afford.

It comes with two bi-amplified speakers that deliver an expansive stereo image, an ultra-accurate true linear frequency response, superior bass and plenty of power in a truly portable package.

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO offers dual channel midi interface

A portable MIDI interface is pretty handy to have particularly when you’re on the road, so if you’re doing an impromptu performance or a live recording session and have both a guitar and a mic, you might be out of luck, unless you either have two interfaces or the iRig Pro DUO – the latest portable MIDI interface from IK Multimedia that features two channels.

This new dual-channel gadget is a follow-up to the original single channel iRig Pro, we looked at here at CanoeTech Blog back in mid-2013. Not only does it double your channels, it’s been enhanced with additional features not found on its predecessor.

It won’t surprise you that it’s a little bigger, but still pretty small. At only 5″x 2.95″x 1.46″ it more or less fits in the palm of your hand and amazingly compact for what’s packed under the hood.  Read Full Review at Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2016 Fold-up scooter, broadcast mounts and instant touch screens

There will be thousands of products announced, unveiled and displayed at this year’s International CES 2016 and here are a few to begin with that really caught my attention. Three in particular are; a cool little fold-up scooter, a professional smartphone mount and a gadget that gives your PC notebook instant touch functionality.

Fold-up Smart Scooter

Smart-Rhino unveiled their cool little Xcooter, which you have to say real fast to get right. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a scooter and if you look closely at the picture, it’s designed in the shape of an X.

Its body is made of a full aluminum alloy and fairly lightweight. It’s designed with their own-patented technology to fold up along with the handlebar in one second making it space efficient and quickly storable. Although it does weigh just under 42 lb (19 kg), but a folding size of only 21 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 38″, you could theoretically throw it in your car or take with you so you don’t have to worry about locking it up. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

iKlip A/V 1st smartphone broadcast mount for mobile audio and video

iklip_avJanuary 5th, 2016 – IK Multimedia is pleased to present iKlip A/V, the first broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones. An industry first, it’s a system that gives professional broadcasters and videographers the ability to capture and monitor pro-quality audio on the go via its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It also delivers a steady picture thanks to its smartphone holder and hand-held grip. Designed for mobile broadcast professionals, iKlip A/V gives everyone the power to use their smartphone as a full-featured camcorder.

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Never too late to give a gift of Music (lessons)

You may have put musical instruments under the tree last year but everyone was just too busy to take the time to learn to play them. So why not start the New Year off on a new note; convert those IOU stocking stuffers into a gift of music (lessons) they can take on-line, anytime and right from home.

If you think that’s a great idea, the new MusicSchool On-Line is the kind of gift that doesn’t require shipping. It was launched this past summer by Grammy nominee multi-instrumentalist, producer and 20-year veteran Ken Lewis, seen above, whose experience extends to major artists and record labels. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

Review: iRig Mic Lav monitoring lavalier mic

irigmiclav_filterIK Multimedia’s tagline is “Musicians First,” but many of their offerings including their iRig Mic line of high quality microphones are also suitable for presenters, podcasters and videographers. But one selection missing from their line-up, until now was a lav (lavalier) mic. Keeping with their naming tradition, it’s called the iRig Mic Lav. Beyond a clip-on, this latest offering  gives you the capability of monitoring what’s passing through it, as well as chain two mics together and simultaneously record to one device.

Dual-Purpose Jack

At first, it looks like your typical clip-on mic with a foam wind/pop shield, but look further down the cable and you see a dual-purpose connector that ports both a 3.5mm male and female connectors. The male goes to your recording device. The female serves two purposes depending on which selection you make to the toggle switch. Selecting the headphones option enables the monitoring option. Plug in a set of headphones or earbuds and you know that you are actually getting a recording. Toggle the switch, plug in another lav mic and now you can record two people and even monitor through the 2nd port.  Read full review at Canoe Tech Blog.

T-RackS Mic Room professional studio Mac/PC mic modeling tool

MicRoomPicDecember 1, 2015 – IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS Mic Room for Mac/PC, a powerful new microphone-modeling module that gives producers the power to process and “re-mike” their physical microphones to sound and perform like some of the most popular studio microphones of all time. With a collection of over 20 classic and contemporary models to choose from, its selection covers every microphone type from condensers to dynamics to ribbons and beyond. Powerful and versatile, Mic Room is an inspiring and essential tool that can enhance the recording quality of any microphone.

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AmpliTube 4 released for Mac/PC: hyper-realistic tone, control and feel

Amplitube4 IK Multimedia announced that AmpliTube® 4 for Mac and PC is now shipping. Offering exciting new features and gear, it marks a major upgrade to the world’s most popular and powerful guitar & bass tone studio: It includes the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed, new speaker modeling, 5 new British amplifiers, a new acoustic simulator pedal, a built-in 8-track DAW and a whole lot more. AmpliTube 4 offers more realism, more gear, better sound, more flexibility, more functionality, more tone and just plain more everything than ever before – quite simply, it’s the most powerful guitar & bass tone studio ever released. And there are now multiple versions that let musicians tailor their AmpliTube experience for their specific needs.

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iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO go universal

irigkeys_universalOctober 1, 2015 – IK Multimedia announced today that its iRig Keys range of mobile keyboard controllers is going universal, meaning they will be compatible with Lightning-compatible iOS devices and Android devices as well as Mac/PC right out of the box and at the same price as before.

Both the ultra-portable iRig Keys and mobile full-size keyboard iRig Keys PRO controllers will now come with a Micro-USB to OTG cable for Android devices in addition to their Lightning and USB cables. (30-pin cable is still available as an option)

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