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iPad Focusrite

How to Use Focusrite Audio Interfaces with iPads and iPhones (Video)

Here’s a quick tip on how to connect a Focusrite USB audio interface to an iPad or iPhone. This allows you to easily connect microphones and instruments such as electric guitars and keyboards to your iOS device to record and create songs using various music-making apps. For some odd reason Focusrite’s USB audio interfaces don’t […]

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Arturia MiniLab Live Mapping

Arturia MiniLab MkII Ableton Live Tips

Last year I bought an Arturia MiniLab MKII and it has turned out to be a great mini MIDI keyboard controller for the price. The keys are a lot nicer than the Alesis MIDI keyboards I tried previously, and it has a lot more knobs and pads to work with. I especially like the integration […]

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Arturia MiniLab MkII

New Arturia MiniLab MkII MIDI Keyboard Controller (Video)

Arturia recently released a new mini 25-key MIDI keyboard controller with a nice set of features for the size and price. The Arturia MiniLab MkII sells for $99, about the same price as similar controllers like the Akai MPK Mini MKII, which is probably the most popular model for its size. The Arturia MiniLab MkII […]

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rythme-sauvage

Toontrack Rythme Sauvage MIDI Pack Released by Gojira Drummer, Plus Guitar Contest

Toontrack has released a new MIDI pack for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2 called Rythme Sauvage. The MIDI grooves were performed by Mario Duplantier, the drummer for the band Gojira. If you haven’t heard of them before here’s one of my favorite Gojira songs: Silvera. Like other Toontrack MIDI packs, the Rythme Sauvage collection […]

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How to Connect MIDI Keyboards and Controllers to Computers

One question that frequently comes up, especially in regards to audio interfaces, is how to connect keyboards and MIDI devices and controllers to computers to use with DAWs and software instruments. A lot of lower cost audio interfaces like the Scarlett 2i2 and Audient iD4 don’t have dedicated MIDI connectors, and that sometimes makes people […]

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EZdrummer 2 Metal Machine

Best Virtual Drum Software Programs – Free and Paid

Below is a list of the best free and paid virtual drum software programs available to download right now. They are available for PC and Mac computers in plugin formats to use with DAWs and most operate as a standalone program as well. Unless you plan on mastering the technique of recording an acoustic drum […]

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Alesis VMini MIDI Keyboard Controller

Alesis V Mini MIDI Keyboard Controller Review and V25 Comparison (+Video)

Overview Earlier this year I posted a review of the Alesis V25 MIDI keyboard controller, so when I got the chance to give the new smaller version a try, I wanted to put together a quick review of the Alesis V Mini keyboard to see how it compares to the larger V25. Both keyboards have […]

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Alesis V Mini MIDI Controller

New Alesis V Mini 25-key MIDI Controller Released

Alesis has released a new “mini” version of their V series USB MIDI keyboard controllers. The little tike is aptly called the Alesis V Mini. It has 25 mini keys, 4 pads, 4 knobs, and buttons for octave up and down, modulation, sustain, and pitch bend. The pads, buttons, and knobs have nifty blue LED […]

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