Figure for iOS was designed from the ground up for mobile environments where users (even non-musician users) want to make music fast. With an easy-to-use touch interface, Figure offers a control via simple gestures, and many ways to tweak sounds and parameters. Of course, powered by Propellerhead’s Reason, Figure has some major synth power under its hood as well.
Check it out:
• Make songs with drums, bass and lead synth
• Play by sliding a finger across the play pad
• Always stay in key and on the beat
• No previous playing skills required
• Tweak and twist tracks on the fly
• Sounding amazing has never been this easy
• The sound of Reason on an iPhone, powered by Kong drum designer and Thor synthesizer
NYC-based Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE) has just expanded its scope yet again, signing an agreement with the cultural branding firm IBE (Intelligent Brand Extension) to launch a global entertainment lifestyle collection.
The diverse collection will be built around many categories, including apparel; footwear; accessories and leather goods; audio and electronic equipment; skate decks and snowboards. The collection is inspired by the brand’s heritage, which stems from its world-renowned NYC-originating live venues, to create a uniquely American collection, which is made in America. The line will feature homegrown collaborations and pieces made exclusively in the United States.
One of the first KFE product lines will be apparel — hoodies, tees and accessories — which feature original designs and imagery from iconic shows held at KFE venues. The first selection will be sold at Knitting Factory venues across the US as well as at www.knittingfactory.com. Soon to come are an offering of iPhone skins made with Ecotekaworld a U.S. manufacturer using only 100% U.S. grown and forested wood from Sustainable Forest regions.
NYC concertgoers who associate Knitting Factory solely with live music discovery in Williamsburg might be surprised to learn the current extent of KFE’s diverse media empire: Today, the company comprises music venues in five states, a restaurant division, a consultation group, record labels, management companies, and partnerships with theatrical, film and distribution entities.
Currently, KFE owns its flagship Knitting Factory venue in Brooklyn, along with concert houses in Boise, Idaho, Spokane, Washington, and Reno, Nevada. The company’s presentation of tours and concerts at other venues throughout the nation has earned it the ranking of #15 in the Pollstar 2011 Year End National Top 100 Promoters Ticket Sales, and number 28 in the 2011 Year End Worldwide Top 100 Promoters Ticket Sales.
In addition, KFE owns a record label which has successfully reissued the entire catalog of Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti (and co-produced the Tony nominated Broadway musical FELA!), and the recently Grammy-nominated Femi Kuti release. The label has also partnered with Brooklyn-based indie label Partisan Records, whose roster includes Deer Tick, Mountain Man, Middle Brother and the new Heartless Bastards release. And recently, KFE added artist management to their enterprises by opening KFM – Knitting Factory Management.
Last but not least, the company also partnered last year with Van Johnson (of VJC) to start a film and TV division and opened its first gastro pub, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood, in 2011.
The new lifestyle product division is expected to bolster a push to further promote the company domestically and internationally.
CES brings us all angles of the digital realm. Many companies show up from miles to present their new hotness but one product that caught our attention right off the bat was the iRig Mix from IK Multimedia. iRig Mix is mobile mixer designed to use multiple iOS devices as turntable platforms utilizing their new DJ Rig mixing app from the iPhone 4 to the iPad. It also includes compatibility with external auxiliary devices (mp3 and cd players).
iRig Mix from IK Multimedia will be available February 2012 for $99 MSRP and the DJ Rig app will be available “soon” for $9.99. Now – presenting details from IK themselves:
“iRig MIX includes 4 free apps (downloads from the iTunes app store):
DJ Rig, the new professional DJ mixing app from IK
AmpliTube, the most popular iOS guitar amp and effects app
VocaLive, the processing app for singers and vocalists
GrooveMaker, the loop-based beat and groove making app
iRig MIX Features Summary
• 2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel crossfader
• Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTube, VocaLive)
• Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
• High quality, pristine sound
• Quality headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
• Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
• ”X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the included DJ Rig free app
• Can also be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
• Includes 4 free apps: DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker”
Everyone remembers how their minds were blown the first time they saw the Lemur multi-touch controller in 2004. Now they can have that sensation all over again, for considerably cheaper than the thousands of dollars than the original cost.
The proud parent of this new app puts it this way:
“Lemur turns your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate hands-on controller. Connect via Wi-Fi or USB MIDI and within seconds you’re controlling multiple elements of your music environment with ease. Either use one of the many existing templates or create your own quickly and easily with the easy-to-use drag’n’drop editor.
Why choose Lemur?
• Rock solid standard
Major stadium-touring acts use Lemur on stage. The original hardware version was introduced to the public in 2004 and Lemur software benefits from almost a decade of development. These are just two of the reasons Lemur is the name cited when talking about multi-touch control.
• Lemur can control anything
Lemur is a professional iOS controller app that doesn’t cut any corners. It lets you control anything, any way you want. Total flexibility means it can go as deep as you need it to. Lemur can control DJ software, live electronic music performance software, studio production software (DAWs), VJ software, visual synthesis software, stage lighting and more. In fact, any software or hardware that can be controlled by MIDI or OSC can be controlled by Lemur.
• A controller unequalled
Lemur has often been imitated but never equalled. The physics engine, which can make faders and balls bounce, is entirely unique: allowing anything from a slight organic feel to absolutely chaotic modulations. Lemur goes deep: it comes with more than twice as many unique objects as comparable apps. Options for adjusting the look and feel of objects are vast, and connection to your gear is simple.
• User Library
Access templates from top artists and the Lemur community. Some of these are actual templates used on stage, others are pure studio or creative tools. Share your own or simply browse the library and download whatever suits your needs.
See the iOS action right here:
Lemur gives you a vast array of Objects for building templates, such as: Fader; MultiSlider, Range; MultiBall; Knob; RingArea; Switches; Pads; Custom Button; Container; Breakpoint; Leds; Menu; Monitor; SignalScope; SurfaceLCD; Text
Hated physics at school? Now you’ll love it! The behaviour of many Lemur objects can be affected by powerful and easy to use physical models which can make your controller bounce, rebound and oscillate. Make your controller come alive.
There’s absolutely no need to dive into scripting if you don’t want to. But if you’re the type who likes to get their hands dirty then there’s a powerful scripting engine inside Lemur. Harnessing this power will allow you to build extremely dynamic templates.
The Lemur Editor is a cross-platform (OS X/Windows) interface builder. It allows you to create new Lemur templates or edit existing ones. The drag & drop interface makes it easy to use, allowing you to create templates for anything from the simplest set of faders to the most complex groovebox with no hassle.
Simply connect your iPad/iPhone to your laptop over Wi-Fi and make the connection! Lemur also supports USB MIDI, allowing you to use hardware interfaces such as Alesis’ iO Dock, iConnect MIDI or any other class compliant device with the camera connection kit. You can even control up to 8 computers from one iPad with Lemur!”
Propellerhead announced that is has released ReBirth 1.2 for the Apple iPad.
With Version 1.2, the Rebirth app adds WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology developed by Korg). WIST uses a Bluetooth signal to simultaneously start two compatible iPad or iPhone apps. The free update to current owners is available now from the iTunes AppStore.
With this development, ReBirth 1.2 users can perform with a friend or expand their iPad/iPhone ensemble by using two units at once, thereby expanding the ways they can create and perform music on their mobile devices. Mix and match ReBirth with TableTop, iMS20, iElectribe and other compatible apps in new dynamic ways. For more information on WIST, visit this handy link.
The 1.2 update and/or ReBirth for iPad is available here:
And the 1.2 update or ReBirth for iPhone is here: