Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Christmas gifts for the iPad and iPhone musician!
Yes, it’s probably too early to have your decorations up and be out serenading the neighbours with carols, but it probably is time to be thinking about the old present buying; nobody enjoys that last minute Christmas rush. We’d all much rather be spending that last week before Christmas in our living rooms, drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies elaborately with a long-handled spoon. Perhaps whilst wearing a deerstalker or novelty jumper. For some reason. To that end, let’s take a think about Christmas gifts for the iPad and iPhone musician!
The iPhone and iPad have emerged as portable and powerful tools for on-the-go music making. From a cheap as chips synth app to a full-on RME UFX interface, iOS devices can let you program some bass patches on the train, or record a complete band in location. Here are our Christmas gift picks for your iPad or iPhone-owning musician:
Focusrite iTrack Solo
The Focusrite iTrack Solo is a great portable workhorse interface that is great with your iOS device on the go, but also works with your computer once you get home. With inputs to connect your microphone and guitar, the iTrack Solo is perfect for singer/songwriters, as well as electronic musicians who need a high-quality portable interface for producing and mixing.
IK Multimedia iRig Keys
If you’ve got a synth, piano, or any type of sound-generating app on your iPad or iPhone, chances are you’ll want something a bit more tactile with which to play it, rather than a touchscreen. The IK Multimedia iRig Keys is a great keyboard controller for playing you iOS apps in a considerably more natural way! With a 3-octave range, pitch-bend and modulation wheels and many other handy functions, the iRig Keys is a great partner to your music-making software.
IK Multimedia iRig Mix
A great problem solver for the guitarist, dj, vocalist or producer, the IK Multimedia iRig Mix is a gift to make any musician happy!
Novation Launchpad Mini
Grid-based controllers make so many things so much easier! Particularly for the sample and loop-based producer or performer, triggering sounds with the convenience of an 8×8 pad is the way to do it. With it’s brightly illuminated set of 64 pads, as well as dedicated function buttons, the Novation Launchpad Mini is a great pad controller for the on-the-move musician, as well as for back in the studio.
IK Multimedia Amplitube iRig
Amplitube has quite a reputation in recording circles, it’s a great way to capture the performance first, then dial in the right guitar sound later. What all this fancy technology means, is that you can put a selection of classic guitar amplifiers and effects in your pocket! With the IK Multimedia Amplitube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone or iPad, call up the guitar tone of your choosing and play anywhere! It’s a lot easier to carry around than a Marshall Stack!
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1
Native Instruments’ Traktor dj software remains the standard for digital DJing. If you have an iPad, the Traktor DJ app lets you carry your mix around in your bag. Add the excellent Traktor Kontrol Z1, and you’ve got all the control you need for controlling the software and the perfect way to send the sound to your speakers and get those mixes spot-on with the headphone output. And for the icing on the cake, the Z1 includes a power supply and will keep your iPad powered while you play! Just how useful is that!
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