Nikolozi - Pull
Here’s my latest work: mangled metallic sounds, wah-wah effects and cowbell. Enjoy…
Excellent choices for mobile musicians, sound designers, and podcasters, the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox iOne and iTwo provide high-quality audio I/O for Mac®, PC, and Apple iPad®. These compact, ruggedly built interfaces offer high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers, record 24-bit audio at up to 96 kHz, and include powerful, easy-to-use Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows and Capture™ Duo recording software for iPad.
These interfaces look great. I’ve been holding out for iConnectAudio4+. It has all the features I want in an audio interface. It can digitally stream MIDI and audio between an iOS device and a Mac using the audio passThru technology. This means I can easily integrate iPad music apps into my production. But, I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have to wait before it’s finally released. So, I might have to grab iTwo (I’m not a big fan of the name by the way) instead. It looks great, has a big volume knob, supports iPad and will be shipping soon.
Another great post by Peter Kirn, but what got my attention was the following paragraph:
I think it’s time to spend this energy elsewhere. The computer as we know it is for the most part better than ever. If anything, we need to stop worrying about backwards motion and start thinking forward. Desktop creative software is still stuck in 90s-era metaphors. Most of it doesn’t deal with touch input or gestures – even trackpad gestures in many cases. It doesn’t deal with Internet connectivity in any meaningful way. It doesn’t scale properly to higher-resolution displays. It doesn’t deal with the widespread use of mobile devices in most cases – most desktop software lacks dedicated mobile control or round-trip mobile workflow options.
We are indeed stuck in 90s-era metaphors.
This mix was played and recorded on an iPad using only streamed tracks from SoundCloud. No external audio interface, no controller, no MIDI, nothing but my trusted KRK headphones. No post production or edits / fixes after the recording, uploaded straight from my iPad to SoundCloud.
I’ve left each glitch and mistake in the mix, so you can hear what is possible to make without prelistening and with streamed files. If you invest a little time into the preparation, setting up CUE points and so on your mix will be a LOT better than mine ;)
This is the moment what I personally been waiting for years and years: DJing with streamed tracks on a mobile device. Freakin’ cool! I encourage you to do the same thing, try it and taste the future of DJing. The SoundCloud integration great, and the key/BPM detection works perfectly.
Of course it’s only the beginning, this is not the replacement of the CDJs and turntables, yet. But as soon as HD audio streaming will be available streaming will be used in every DJ booth.
EXPERIENCES AND TIPS
- make a SoundCloud playlist with the tunes you wanna play
- favourites are also accessible, and you can search for any tune on SoundCloud
- artists and bands, please upload full songs or proper edits, the fade in fade out preview clips are a bloody pain to mix
- once your device analysed the track the info will be there for ever. this is very useful
- be brave! there is no need for pre listening the next track. if you know your music and/or you set up CUE points it’s easy to mix since the SYNC works well
- there was a SoundCloud breakdown, or some sort of downtime during I recorded this. the tracks been played, but the search was unavailable.
- Cross DJ doesn’t do tracklist for you (like Traktor DJ for example), so you have to do it manually
- obviously since the bitrate of the streaming this is not club ready (yet) but it can be totally okay on small gigs, house parties, radio shows and so on
- there was only one situation when the beat detection was wrong and the SYNC was not working well, I left it in the mix, you can hear it at 31:25, otherwise it was really reliable
- this recorded at the third take, and this was the first time ever I used Cross DJ on iPad, however I played with the Android version many times, and I’ve played handful of proper gigs with Traktor DJ
- I’ve used the iPad version, mainly because of the key detection (it’s an iOS only feature at the moment). According to my experiences it’s doesn’t matter which system you are using, the SoundCloud integration in Cross DJ works on Android and iOS too.
So pick up your phone or tablet and start mixing. It’s great fun!
Feel free to post your questions as SoundCloud comments, I will answer them as soon as I can.
DJ / producer / founder of MOARRR
Simon Iddol - CLOUD DJ mix
(Cross DJ x SoundCloud x iPad)
01 ZHU x LANA DEL REY - West Coast
02 Nimmo And The Gauntletts - “Others” (Joe Goddard Club Mix)
03 Pet Shop Boys - Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Claptone Vocal Mix)
04 Orange Juice - Rip It Up (Round Table Knights Edit)
05 Xinobi - The Signal
06 Herr Styler - We are the Ones (Shinichi Osawa remix)
07 Rey & Kjavik - Prototype
08 La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (George FitzGerald Remix)
09 Steed Lord - Anymore
10 Hercules & Love Affair ‘I Try To Talk To You’ (Seth Troxler Extended NYC Mix)
11 Hervé & Zebra Katz - Tear The House Up (Sinden Remix)
12 MANIK - Get It Together
13 RÜFÜS DU SOL - Sundream (Classixx Remix)
I’m quite impressed by what Jimmy Iovine had to say about music and music industry. His humour and analogies are awesome.
New version of MIDI Editor has been submitted to the App Store. Here’s what’s new:
If you have any feedback or issues drop me a line.
There’s been a lot of noise this week regarding rumoured Apple’s acquisition of Beats Audio. I’m not sure what this means exactly, but everyone has their take on it. I just know one thing, I’ve completely stopped using iTunes for music listening. I didn’t even renew my subscription for iTunes Match this year. Spotify has everything I need. Apple should start supporting music streaming soon (iTunes Radio is not enough). They were pioneers in digital music distribution. It’s a shame that they are taking so long to evolve their music services to properly compete with Spotify.
If you make music or work with audio you should watch this. It’s amazing how your mind processes incoming audio information. You could have an EQ inserted on a channel and be tweaking its parameters, you’ll hear the changes you are expecting to hear even though you may not realise that the EQ was bypassed all along.
(via Pro Tools Expert).