U2 for all! Few want it!

At the end of their iPhone keynote, Apple announced that a new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, would be made available to iTunes users for free. However, that was not all – the album would actually be downloaded by iTunes and placed in users’ libraries automatically.

Users though have decried this action, many on grounds of having music forced on them, some because they plain don’t like U2. More consternation was caused by the complexity of completely removing the album from their iTunes – after a few days Apple relented and provided removal instructions.

But how does Songs of Innocence sound? The album has received mixed reviews; here’s a link to a funny one by The New Yorker.

Tascam DR-22WL and DR-44WL

Tascam have announced two new portable recorders the DR-22WL and DR-44WL.

Both recorders feature WIFI connectivity allowing direct uploading of recorded material, audio streaming, file transfer and transport control.

The DR-22WL is a 96K/24bit recorded featuring an XY stereo condenser pair and comes with a free iOS or Android app for remote control of recordings. The DR-22WL uses microSDXC card and supports cards up 128GB in size.

The DR-44WL is a 4 track recorder featuring a pair of XLR inputs as well as a built in stereo condenser and the wifi functionality of the DR-22WL. Additionally the DR-44WL features a multitrack mode allowing individual tracks to be written one at a time with controllable reverb. For video shooters the DR-44WL also has a hot-shoe mount. The DR-44WL uses SDXC card and supports cards up 512GB in size.

EDNA01 – EARTH

Spitfire Audio have announced the release of EDNA01 – EARTH a collection of processed orchestral sounds.

This is best explained with a quote from the press release…

So what on earth is EDNA01 – EARTH, exactly? Easy answer. For the last five years Spitfire Audio has been cherry-picking its way through the best musical moments from seven years’ worth of orchestral recordings and placing them through a series of extraordinary analogue and digital signal-warping chains to create the largest sound set of jaw-dropping, next-generation, organic-sounding electronics ever heard anywhere on earth. Either this is some of the best hyperbole ever written or something special has been happening behind closed doors, waiting for the right moment to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting music-making masses, more often than not already jaded by the morass of identikit, mainstream, and cliched dance and pop sounds already available elsewhere.

Available on promotion pricing until October 1st 2014.

iPod generations

RIP iPod (classic)

Hidden amongst all the new announcements from Apple’s iPhone/iOS/Watch event was the killing-off from their device line up of Apple’s iPod Classic, the direct relative of the original iPod.

The Classic had not been updated for several years, so perhaps this occurrence is not entirely surprising, given that a 128GB iPod touch is rumoured. Still, the iPod Classic’s demise will be felt by music lovers. Goodbye iPod Classic.

Openmix mixer

Kickstarter Korner – Openmix

Need the tiniest mixer for your travels? Take a look at Openmix, a passive mini-mixer designed especially for portable music devices.

Openmix features three stereo inputs and one stereo output (all on mini-jacks), and a dial to crossfade between stereo inputs 1 and 2. And that’s it. The device is passive, requiring no batteries.

The Openmix Kickstarter runs until Monday September 29th, with the device itself starting from as low as $29 (if you get in there quickly!).

Lush Blend

Blend.io are hosting a competition based on the LuSH-101 from D16.

Open until 15 September 2014, the competition is based on a limited-time license for the LuSH-101 software instrument: it will only work for 30 minutes, and during that time you make your submission to the competition; two winners win the instrument.

Entries are DAW sessions to be published on blend.io, and during this period there is an invitation code that can be used to sign up.

Full details on the Blend Blog: Create A New Track In 30 Minutes Or Less With D16’s LuSH-101 & You Could Win It!

We first mentioned Blend.io on show 123.

More Reason to Blend:
Blend have also announced support for Reason!

SessionBand Country Released

    UK Music Apps Ltd has announced SessionBand Country – Volume 1, an iOS app with over 12,000 chord-based, copyright-free country audio loops. The collection has been put together under the guidance of Geoff Gascoyne.

    Audio content is downloaded to the device for offline use while the SessionBand apps features automated mixing, auto-transpose, one-touch recording, real-time tempo shift and Audiobus compatibility.

    SessionBand Country – Volume 1 is available in the iTunes store.

iRigMicField

iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Mic Field, a high quality stereo field record designed for both video and audio projects.

The iRig Mic Field offers 24bit 44.1/48kHz stereo audio recording with matched cardioid capsules. A unique feature of the iRig is the ability to rotate it independently of the iPhone allowing correct stereo field capture regardless of the device orientation (proper stereo when recording landscape video) .

The iRig Mic Field will be available October 2014 and is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad mini. iOS 6.0 or later is required.

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