An Introduction to MIDI Connections
2018 - A Year to Remember
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It consists of a set of digital signals that are used for controlling and playing electronic musical instruments.
It’s important to realise that MIDI doesn’t contain any actual sound itself, it’s simply instructions for how other instruments should create sound. In this sense it works like the conductor of an orchestra. The conductor doesn’t make any sound by their self, but they send signals to all of the other members of the orchestra that tell them what to play, when to play, and what expression to use while playing. MIDI is like an electronic version of that.
How to use your iPad as an Audio FX Unit
Can we really be at the end of 2018 so quickly? Here at iConnectivity, it’s been an exciting and eventful year for us, unlike anything else we’ve known in the company’s history.
We thought it an ideal time to reflect on some of the events and achievements which have made 2018 a year to remember.
Great Free Music-Making Programs
Did you know that you can use your iPad as a real-time audio effects processor? There are some great apps out there which can turn your iOS device into a virtual effects unit. Here’s how to do it using the IConnectivity AUDIO4+ interface.
A Musician's Guide to USB
The world of music software has totally democratized the business of creating music, making previously unaffordable studio technology available at prices almost anyone can afford. Modern Digital Audio Workstations include technology that used to cost hundreds of thousands of bucks at a price of a few hundred instead.
But even a “few hundred” bucks is a lot of money, especially to those just starting out, or who aren’t making music professionally. But that doesn’t need to be a barrier to entry because there are some amazingly good music apps out there that are absolutely free to download and use.
Using Backing Tracks - A Beginners Guide
USB, or the Universal Serial Bus, has been with us now for over twenty years. It seems strange to consider the modern world without USB; those of us old enough, however, remember a strange and confusing time.
Adding Redundant Inputs to Live Playback
In the modern world, the use of backing tracks is widespread and accepted as an essential part of today’s live music experience.
Each different type and size of act will have different requirements, but there are some common features and things to bear in mind when setting out to use backing tracks for your own live performances. Let’s look at the different possibilities…
Playback 101: A History of Live Backing Tracks
Adding external audio inputs to a redundant playback rig really is as simple as buying an iConnectAUDIO4+, and routing your inputs to be split between two computers. We show you how…
Ethernet MIDI for Live Musicians - an iConnectivity Guide
“Playing with playback is pretty much the standard on most pop oriented gigs these days. The more solid and stable playback you have, the less stressed you feel.”
Andrew Marshall - Drummer with Billie Eilish
MIDI over Ethernet - Marvellous RTP-MIDI
Go to any gig or concert nowadays, and the keen-eyed gig-goer is likely to see more computer technology on-stage than ever before. More and more artists are using computers for live concert playback and using plugin soft-synths instead of hardware MIDI modules.
Monitor Masterclass - Getting the best onstage sound
iConnectivity Ethernet-equipped MIDI interfaces use a system called RTP-MIDI (Real Time Protocol MIDI). This is a method of running MIDI over standard networks, like Ethernet or even Wi-fi! Yes, that's right, you can even run MIDI over Wi-Fi!
Welcome to 2018 - iConnectivity and the year ahead
Monitoring: It's an oft-overlooked aspect of playing live, but one which has an absolutely crucial impact on how you as a musician plays and performs on-stage
Making your life easier! The latest updates from iConnectivity
We're proudly going into 2018 with two new products: our incredible PlayAUDIO12 interface and our revolutionary software control interface, Auracle.
PlayAUDIO 12 - The must-have interface the pros are queuing up for!
The past month has seen some big developments, here at iConnectivity, and so we've decided to wrap them all up in one big blog, just in case you've missed some of the great advances and releases we've been working on.
Make your live shows sound better, with a multi-channel audio interface.
"iConnectivity are light years ahead of everyone else in the playback industry" - find out why the world's best professionals have been queuing up for the new PlayAUDIO12 by iConnectivity
PlayAUDIO12 - your questions answered!
There are a great many reasons why multichannel outputs can improve your live performance. Let's take a look at a few scenarios...
Perfect Playback with PlayAUDIO12 - Our new interface for live musicians
We thought it would be a good idea to answer some of the most common questions we've received about the PlayAUDIO12 and put them all in one place.
The Live Connection - The challenges of connecting to a Venue's PA System (aka keeping your sound engineer happy).
Today's the day we show our new baby off to the world: the interface we've all been working on furtively behind the scenes, and the one we think might, just might change the way people look at running computer audio and MIDI live...
The Challenges of Running Computers Live
Here's the lowdown on what you need to know about interfacing your audio outputs to your venue's stage box and keeping your Front Of House (FOH) engineer a happy bunny.
20th Century Analogue in the 21st Century Digital World
A modern computer is so powerful and so capable of controlling virtually every aspect of our live shows, that it's become the heart of many musician's live performances. With that though, comes the great danger that with a computer failure comes a complete failure of the gig itself!
There are some debates in the world of music and audio which seemingly run and run ad nauseum. Perhaps the oldest chestnut of them is the debate between analogue and digital, and which one's 'best'.