Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface


1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

iTrip Clip wirelessly connects smartphone to any headphone

Bluetooth audio adapters have been around for a while. At first they were marketed as giving you the ability to use your favourite wired headphones wirelessly, i.e. not having them tethered to your smartphone. Now with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 and the the Motorola Moto Z shipping sans headphone jacks, an adapter like the new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter by Griffin Technology is a wireless alternative to using USB to 3.5 mm adapters.

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LG V20, world’s first Quad DAC smartphone coming in September?

In the days where it’s getting harder and harder to add significant innovations to smart phones, LG has taken a bold step to appeal to the discerning audiophile. They’ve announced their upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG V20 will feature a built-in 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) — a smartphone industry first.

Inclusion of a high-quality DAC is not new to LG. The V20′s predecessor, the LG V10 already includes 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, but the new DAC, will feature four channels. The company claims the new addition will allow the new phone to deliver ultra-crisp and clear sound that comes close to replicating a live performance. Of course, you’ll need to use compatible wired headphones to really take advantage of this. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Jabra Halo Smart Wireless earphones

When Jabra announced the Halo Smart – wireless Bluetooth earphones and smart nonetheless, it truly piqued my interest – and in particular that they were also designed to give both voice and call, top priority, something often forgotten about in other sets.

To review the set, I thought I’d give them the test drive as I do others by taking them along with me along with my iPhone 5S for a week during my daily walks.

The first thing you notice about Halo Smart is its unique shape. Rather than just cables running to each bud or to a control module, each earphone is attached by a short cable to an almost squared off light-weight, U-shaped rubberized neckband, which sits quite comfortably around your collar. And should you need to adjust the fit, the arms have flex zones where you can bend them. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone

Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone - The first pro-audio mastering app for iPhoneIK Multimedia has announced the release of Lurssen Mastering Console, the first iPhone mastering app that lets musicians master their mixes with a model of the console and settings used by the engineers at Lurssen Mastering, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. Lurssen Mastering Console is a totally unique approach to audio mastering that incorporates the Lurssen “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” philosophy by recreating not only the gear chain used but the interactions and influence the processors have on other gear in the chain during the mastering process. Lurssen Mastering Console is available as a universal iPhone/iPad app and it is also available separately for Mac/PC.

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IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC

ikc-L-trcs_module_saturator_xIK Multimedia, has just released T-RackS Saturator X – a new T-RackS digital signal processor module that imparts the colour, flavour and saturation effects of classic analogue audio processing gear to digital recordings.

T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in a user’s favorite DAW. It provides simple controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.  < read more and watch video>

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NEW SampleTank 3 CS free version of SampleTank 3

sampletank3csSampleTank 3 CS “Custom Shop” for Mac/PC now offers all musicians and studios the full functionality of SampleTank 3 in an expandable and free virtual instrument
IK Multimedia, has announced the latest version of SampleTank 3 CS, the free version of SampleTank 3.  The new update removes all limitations by unlocking the full software functionality including unlimited editing and import features. SampleTank 3 CS is a standalone player and plug-in that can be expanded with IK’s Instrument Collections that are available at any time from the integrated Custom Shop: Everything from rare pianos to signature artist drums to the new Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE collection. Legacy VIs, libraries and user samples can also now be imported without restriction. SampleTank 3 CS comes loaded with 30 free instruments, 1.8 GB of sounds, 81 MIDI patterns and 2 loop kits.

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Toastcaster 62 Lance Miller: Bad Super Bowl Interview/Dealing With Failure

[27:44]  Greg speaks with Lance Miller 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking as he shares his insights about Cam Newton’s defeated attitude during a post Super Bowl 50 media interview. Lance reflects on lessons learned, dealing with defeat and adversity taking a page from his own life both in business and journey to the World Championship.

Review: Creative MUVO mini water-resistant wireless speakerphone

1 MuvoMiniPicIt’s nice to have a small portable wireless speaker that you can just throw in your backpack or purse. It’s even better, when you can get such a gadget that’s designed to withstand the elements without easily getting destroyed. The MUVO mini from Creative Labs certainly fits that bill.

Water-Resistant Compact Footprint 

Muvo mini has a small footprint 7.4 x 1.4 x 2.3 inches housed in an attractive brick-shaped polished aluminum case.  It’s rated to IP66 standards, so it’s not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. And it’s light, weighing a mere 10 oz. It has a cool funky speaker grille pattern that could look like different things depending on how you visualize it. It might be a series of cubes stacked onto each other or a plethora of peace signs within a hexagonal shape.  The hexagonal motif also extends to its four speaker control buttons located atop the unit. Read Greg’s full review at G4TV Canada.

Sir Paul McCartney and Skype make beautiful Love Mojis together


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.