AOK its’ that time of year again where the Mac Audio Guy looks at the ten best Mac audio over the last year.
Let’s Kick it!
Without a doubt the the coolest Mac related audio toy has to be the iPad. Sure it cost $500 and that’s a lot of guitar strings, but I’ve happily spent twice as much on a Mic. (MMMM AKG 414) But this is the shizzle that dreams are made of. Okay, it only does 44.1KHz 16 bit audio but so does that lame butt CD player. The iPad is the master blaster in disguise and I’ll tell you why as we talk about the Apps later on. Yeah, there are lots of Apps for that. http://www.apple.com/ipad/
Did I mention that there is an App for that? Color it SHRED! The Amplitube iRig turns that iPhone (sing Ball & Chain) or that iPad into a Marshall stack or better yet; Stomp boxes that don’t require stomping, Let your fingers do the Christopher Walkin’, and your Strat do the rockin’. Word! 40 Ducats! http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig
Last year I sung the praises of the Zoom H4N. Long live the King! But there is a new prince on the block and he ain’t purple (tho’ I suppose he could be, purple and the purple one one are indeed cool… but I digress) The new kid is the Zoom H1, Two tracks of audio recording goodness packed in to a couch remote sized package for under a Benjamin. You can’t touch that. http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2053
Propellerhead kicked ass in 1997 with the Rebirth TB-303 Bass and TR-808 and TR-909 Drum simulator package, It disappeared from the Mac with OSX but now it’s back in black on the iPad. Tweak away, Garth! Heavy Techno goodness. 1500 pennies at the App store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rebirth/id368199125?mt=8
Ten years ago 24 tracks would cost you at least $5K. Your bonus for surviving the Bush years is a great 8 channel audio interface, 24 track audio work station and DAW controller wrapped up like Victoria’s Secret and looking almost as sexy. The Zoom R24 will give your desktop studio street cred. $500 buys you a lot more than one 21” wheel for your Escalade. Just sayin’ http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2054&brandID=4
Need a Mic to feed your Mac’s Autotune addiction? Though M-audio has indeed been assimilated by the Borg Continuum called Avid, there is still one last vestige of freedom and individualism and it is hiding under the pseudonym “Avid Vocal Studio” You get an excellent M-Audio Producer condenser USB Microphone and some Poor Tools SE software for under a hundred. Just don’t drink the Kool-aid.
How much should 8 Tracks of portable CD audio quality recording cost? How about ten bucks on top of your iPad investment? DAW Multitrack brings you simply great multitrack recording for your iPad. And yeah it works with the Apple camera connection kit to give you access to those external USB audio Mics and interfaces. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/multitrack-daw/id329322101?mt=8
So you or your Primary gift recipient is already rocking with Logic studio? If the only you or they had a Multi-touch interface to mix down those masterpieces that are going to win the Grammy or the AMA award and send you to Disneyland. Never fear uber-dog is here disguised as that Ac-7 Core controller interface for your iPad. This App rules german sequencer software as only German controller software can. And it’s worth $5 just to confuse the audio engineer by stopping and starting Logic on the Mac from your iPad. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ac-7-core/id403915394?mt=8
If you are a House DJ, this is already on your iPad. Korg Electribe is rockin’ the house! Alien sound sweetness emanating from your iPad for only 20 simolians, Now you just need 5 more iPads. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/korg-ielectribe/id363714043?mt=8
I don’t promote drug use, but this is the crack of music listening, Devil Doll radio is feeding my Candye Kane addiction. Ahmad Jamal is tickling the keys during tea time, no worries. It’s free, if you can tolerate the occasional Disney ad, Did I mention it’s like crack? http://www.pandora.com/
It’s that time of year again, so without further ado here’s the Mac Audio Guy Top Ten Mac Audio Products For 2009:
- Logic Studio 9 $499 http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/
A truly awesome Pro Digital Audio Software suite for just under 500 smackers. (half the price of the previous version!!!)
Makes Pro Tools look like Poor Tools. This software is the single best software for audio and music production on the Mac (or any other platform)… period.
- Zoom H4N $299 http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h4n/
The H4 was great, the H4N is mind blowing! The H4 was plastic and toylike which just didn’t look like a professional audio recorder, all that has changed. The new H4N is a rugged pro piece of gear. the perfect location recorder for digital cinematography or any other form of field recording. 4 Tracks, built in high quality mics, XLR, 1/4″ and Mini inputs, SDHC cards, and it’s an audio interface!
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Tune-In to the Groove
After many months of effort to set up a legal internet radio station, I’ve finally succeeded! Thanks to finding a way to legally licensing the music I play through LoudCity.com
I’m proud to announce RadioGroove.org
is on the air!
Radio Groove is broadcasting 24/7 completely commercial free. Radio Groove is even available for your land or club in Second Life.
Radio Groove features eclectic Jazz and electronic groove music, including Latin Jazz, Dub, Brazilian, Ambient and Down-tempo, Blues, R ‘n B and even Contemporary Lounge. Hopefully you’ll find some music to love or love by on Radio Groove.
Radio Groove is almost completely listener supported and I depend on your support to meet my monthly expenses. So please give Radio Groove a listen and donate, every cent helps.
The Mac Audio Guy website was attacked by a hacker and due to the the code injection attack The Site was de-listed by Google and the site traffic went essentially to zero. This made me do some soul searching as to whether maintaining this site was really providing a valuable service and if it is worth the effort to maintain. I decided to carry on.
I did a rebuild of the entire site and fortunately was re-listed by Google. I am really busy with several video projects and I am in the process of building my video business and launching the Jay Shaffer Video website, but I am dedicated the getting some more content up here on Mac Audio Guy. and I plan to have a new Monitor Podcast out by tomorrow. Thank you for sticking with the site through this rebuilding process, and I hope to continue to bring valuable information to the Mac audio and music community.
In this episode of Monitor, as part of series of audio basics, I explain decibels and their importance in recording digital audio. Decibels play an important role in measuring sound levels for motion pictures, broadcast and musical recording.
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I recently received an e-mail from Mike Hohmann and he wants to set-up a home studio using his new iMac and GarageBand, but he was confused with what mics, audio interface and reference monitors he should get, in short, he asked “I know this is a lot of info to cover but I am doing as much research as I can before I spend my hard earned money and simply put I need professional advice from anyone who really knows this stuff inside out and can ask the right questions and say okay here is what you need to get and you should be good to go for awhile. I would like to spend around 1000 dollars for this stuff give or take a little…”
This got me to thinking. What gear I would buy, in order to put together a flexible Mac based home audio recording studio?
Okay, here it is; The amazing $1000 Mac Audio Guy home studio gear list. Continue reading »
Okay, I usually don’t blatantly promote software. Nor would I usually steer you to another Mac site. But this is too good of a deal to pass up, if you are at all interested in DJ software.
There are several good DJ mixingÂ applications out there, the big three are Tracktor DJ Studio, Ultramixer and DJay. Of the three, Tracktor is the big-boy Pro app but at $280US list price, it’s definitely beyond the budget of the casual DJ. UltraMixer Pro has most of the features of TracktorÂ and goes for $230US and while I like UltraMixer’s interface better than Tracktor’s in most aspects, UltraMixer is obviously a cross platform port, There is nothing Mac-like about it’s interface or menus. Finally there is the little engine that could. If you like spinning with two turntables and a microphone DJay is the app for you! It has a cool two deckÂ interface and all the controls are Mac-like and intuitive, and atÂ $50 USÂ its a bargain.
So here’s the deal For today only (February 20, 2008) Djay is available as promo deal on MacUdate.com for $24.99.
Even if don’t catch today’s deal if you have any interest in DJ software you should check out the trial download of DJay at the DJay website.
Here are a bunch of free stocking stuffers from Goldbaby (thanks !)
Including some HipHop Apple Loops and the 606 Tape sample library.
Free Stuff form Goldbaby
Alright It’s been over two months since Apple released OS 10.5 Leopard and I’m still waiting on a stupid Driver for my M-Audio Radium 49 keyboard. Two months of being unable to use a product because someones to lazy to write two hours worth of code. I am Fuming!
I HATE Avid/Digidesign and always hated that it takes them on average 6 months to start writing drivers after any major OS change. I was hoping that when M-Audio was aquired by Digi that they would remain the cool little company that they used to be. I remember specifically how quick and often they used to update drivers. But unfortunately it appears that the guy that used to write the drivers for M-Audio has been swallowed into the huge slow gluttonous mass that is Digidesign calls support.
Shame on you Digidesign, you suck. My next keyboard will be an Edirol.
Next Rant: On October 5th I submitted my latest EP to TuneCore to be released on iTunes . TuneCore said that it would be available in the iTunes Music store and on Emusic around November 30th. Okay if that’s the process, I was willing to accept that. So although I recieve no notification from TuneCore, I thought I better check their site to see If my music was available yet. Acording to TuneCore My Album is Live in theÂ ITunes Music store both in the US and UK and at Emusic and at Amazon.
The reality is that it’s only available on Amazon as of now. WTF???Â I wentÂ aheadÂ and put the link to iTunes on the site in hopes that the Link will go hot before X-mas.Â In the meantimeÂ you can buy the Album at Amazon.
In this episode of Monitor, I explain how to use your Mac to launch your own Shoutcast internet radio station and how to broadcast into Second Life.
You can be an internet DJ and stream your music or voice over the internet using Your Mac, iTunes, a program called Nicecast from Rogue Amoeba and a Shoutcast DNAS or Icecast server. I also talk briefly about the legalities of Internet radio and ask you to check out SaveNetRadio.org
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