I’ve given up on calling it Cyber Monday, because everybody seems to be running week long sales. In fact, the sales seem to start about three days before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story. Right now you can find some great deals on Hyper’s impressive products, from their external batteries to cables to cases during the HyperShop Cyber Week sale.
Mobile musicians in the know are likely familiar with IK Multimedia’s iRig KEYS mobile keyboard already. Today, IK Multimedia has two announcements. The first is that the iRig KEYS mobile MIDI keyboard is gaining Lightning cable support, which is fantastic news indeed. But even more exciting is the announcement of IK Multimedia’s even better mobile MIDI keyboard for iOS: the iRig KEYS PRO.
The FineGrain team is back on Kickstarter with a new iPad accessory, the COBURNS iPad stand. Minimalist to a fault, COBURNS is a set of two wooden slats that can be used to hold your iPad at any angle without adding bulk to your iPad. Even though they use less material than FineGrain’s cases, the materials in each COBURNS are no less exotic; not only will your iPad stand up, but your iPad will also stand out with a pair of these fine looking wooden beauties attached.
Originally launched as a Kickstarter project, the Flote iPad stand aims to take you handsfree when browsing, watching, or chatting. Flote isn’t another small desktop style-stand; its heavy, weighted base keeps it firmly in place on the floor, while its adjustable arm lets you place your iPad anywhere from four to seven feet off the ground.
When you’re an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owner, every day is Cyber Monday! (Except for Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday.) Listen, the point is that there are always deals to be found, and you’re always shopping online. But this Cyber Monday is special, because there are some great deals for apps and accessories. Head inside to see what deals are worth wasting your precious work hours for.
This review is largely about my wife and her iPhone. Having spent her every winter in Ohio, she doesn’t mind being out in the cold, provided she’s dressed to handle it. Her latest gloves of choice, in this regard, are the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves. They keep her hands fairly warm, but more importantly, they allow her to use her iPhone without exposing her fingers to the cold.
If you’re looking to buy a gift this year for a musician, your iPhone and iPad options have never been better. Digital input adapters for connecting instruments like guitars and the like to iOS devices are now much easier to find, but this year also brought us other musical accessories. And thanks to Apple’s Core MIDI in iOS 7, many of these accessories are able to interact with just about any musical app on the App Store (as long as they support Core MIDI). Let’s cut to the chase, here are my favorite iPhone and iPad accessories for musicians released this year.
There is a plethora of digital audio interfaces available now to connect your guitar to your iPhone to use with all sorts of wonderful audio apps, but there aren’t a lot of accessories that allow you to easily change settings or presets inside of those apps. It shouldn’t be this way. Good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard is a Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard that makes using your iOS device as an effects processor easier than ever.
The Quartet is Apogee’s top-of-the-line iOS compatible audio interface. It has an impressive four input channels, eight outputs, two OLED screens, and audio quality second to none. This one accessory has the ability to almost singlehandedly transform your iPad into a professional audio workstation. Of course, these kinds of features don’t come cheap. The Apogee Quartet retails at $1,395. Is it worth the hefty price tag?
It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.
If you’re in the market for a new case for your iPhone 5 or 5s, you’re probably having a hard time choosing. There are so many options out there that you can easily find yourself wanting one of everything. One style of case keeps the metallic quality of the iPhone 5 and 5s while protecting your expensive device. The Element Case Solace is just such a case. It combines polycarbonate with aircraft grade aluminum to make it strong and light, but that aluminum will cost you a pretty penny. Is it worth it?
Motrr’s Galileo robotic dock provides you a controllable iPod dock that swivels and rotates, allowing you to capture panoramas or time lapse photos, control your own telepresence, or perform monitoring—all remotely. The dock connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the device you’ve placed in the dock, and you control the motion of the dock from another iOS device.