Tapping and swiping is so 2013. Who needs touchscreens now that IK Multimedia’s iRing lets you interact with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with simple gestures? First presented at CES 2014, the iRing motion controller offers gestural control over your favorite music apps in real-time, using simple hand positioning for music expression.
The iRing system consists of two double-sided “rings” to wear comfortably on the fingers along with a series of apps that are able to detect the iRings’ accurate positions in space using the device’s camera. Through the recognition of the dot patterns printed on the rings, the device’s camera picks up the movement and translates it into MIDI information. Users can then interact with music apps by simply moving their hands in front of their device through the precise reading of the ring position, which is converted into music commands or MIDI control messages to operate various app parameters without touching the device.
In addition to the hardware, iRing comes with two free apps for various music applications suitable for everyone from DJs and musicians to your basic music fan: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller:
iRing Music Maker is a free app that gives users a fun way to create music and grooves using hand gestures, no matter what their skill level. The app utilizes music “loops” that can be remixed in virtually limitless combinations by simply waving the hands with the iRing controllers in front of the device’s camera. Change beats, control rhythmic elements, play synth parts and control effects with simple gestures. Plus, iRing Music Maker includes lead and bass synths with respective pattern players that can be independently operated.
iRing FX/Controller, which is also free, is a bit more complex (and, therefore, powerful):
iRing FX/Controller is the app for skilled musicians and DJs that is both a real-time audio effects processor and a MIDI controller with fully assignable parameters. It can be used as a touch-less outboard audio effects processor, or can be fully configured to send multiple simultaneous MIDI parameters; such as control changes, notes or any other MIDI messages.
As an effects processor, iRing FX/Controller uses the analog or digital input of the device for processing external audio sources. FX/Controller can also be used with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio compatible apps to process the audio stream from music apps running on the device to add stunning and brilliant audio effects. The iRings can control up to six effects parameters at a time. iRing FX/Controller operates two simultaneous effects, selectable from up to 16 powerful and creative effects, including: Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail.
As a MIDI controller, iRing FX/Controller can transmit MIDI messages to other Virtual MIDI compatible apps running on the device or to external devices using compatible MIDI interfaces (like IK’s iRig MIDI). iRing FX/Controller can send out the complete set of MIDI messages (control change, notes, program change, pitch wheel, aftertouch, MIDI system real-time, and MMC, MIDI Machine Control) with up to 3 assignable parameters corresponding to the X, Y and Z axis positions for each of the 2 detectable rings for a new level of touch-less control. Additionally, MIDI messages can also be sent to a computer application via Wi-Fi (using MIDI network). Users can configure the app to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more for creative and dynamic “never before seen” performances.
iRing computer vision technology is also incorporated into the entire line of IK Multimedia DJ apps like Groovemaker and DJ Rig, and will soon be included into other popular IK apps such as AmpliTube, SampleTank, and VocaLive.
iRing controllers are available now for $24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes) in three colors: white, green and gray). For more information, visit www.ikmultimedia.com.