NAMM 2015 Wrap Up
NAMM was the biggest ever!
Record breaking attendance; Sonoma's booth was double its usual size to show four new products; artists performed using GuitarJack Stage and GuitarTone (Mike Campese, Polo Jones, Max Cabello Jr., and others), composers like David Schwartz (Arrested Development) and Gregory Hinde (Disney) stopped by to see the DrumCore 4 plug-in update that they want to use in production; Daniel Bedingfield is itching to use a StudioJack Mini for songwriting on the go; and much more. See pics in Sonoma's NAMM 2015 Wrap Up.
Musikmesse 2015: April 15 - 18
Sonoma will be showing DrumCore 4, GuitarJack Stage, StudioJack Mini and GuitarJack Mini at our usual booth near the café.
April 15 - 18, 2015, Frankfurt, Germany (Hall 5.1 Stand A-70)
Visit Musikmesse for more details.
DrumCore 4 News
DrumCore 4 Beta Testing and Development Update
DrumCore 4 beta 2 worked great at NAMM. It's in the hands of more than 50 beta testers who pre-ordered DrumCore 4 Prime Flash or DrumCore 4 Ultra and use Mac OS (Pro Tools, Logic, Studio One and Digital Performer). Testers who ordered the downloadable versions (DrumCore 4 Prime Link and DrumCore Lite) will be considered for the beta after the download server is ready.
Pre-order DrumCore 4 for special offers and to apply to the beta program.
Feb. 6, 2015: In-depth development status update in the forum.
DrumCore 4 Installation Videos, DrumCore 4 Quickstart Guide, DrumCore 4 FAQ, and a private beta tester forum have been posted to help with testing.
Most of the 1st Wave of beta testers have received their beta drives. It will be sent to others as more systems are supported.
To apply to the beta program, pre-order DrumCore 4 (Lite, Prime or Ultra) or any DrumCore 4 upgrade. Sonoma will send all pre-order customers, who order through Sonoma's online store, an application to the beta program.
Betas being Mailed in this Order:
1st Wave - Mac: DrumCore 4 Prime Flash and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
2nd Wave - Mac: DrumCore 4 Prime Link AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
3rd Wave - Windows: DrumCore 4 Prime Link, DrumCore 4 Prime Flash, and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
4th Wave - Mac and Windows: DrumCore 4 Lite AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
About DrumCore 4: Currently in development, DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with royalty-free 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, and multi velocity sampled drum kits.
DrumCore 4 Preview Videos
Sonic State captured this preview video of DrumCore 4 at Musikmesse. Sonic State says, "DrumCore 4 uses real recordings of drummers to build a library of component audio building blocks of grooves and fills which can be seamlessly joined together to form your drum track.
Based on audio, there's a limit of how far you can timestretch audio blocks recorded at one tempo, to fit within a target track at a different tempo, but the software handily highlights which selections might not quite work within your composition, so you can be sure of crafting a track which fits together perfectly.
In addition, the audio segments can be presented as MIDI information too, so you can swap out sounds easily."
Sweetwater previewed DrumCore 4 and had this to say, "For many years, DrumCore has been one of the staple drum virtual instruments music producers and professional composers have turned to consistently. Loaded with 20GB of exciting content including over 100 fully sampled drum kits and countless stellar performances by world-class drummers such as Alan White, Terry Bozzio, Sly Dunbar, and many others, DrumCore 4 offers greater versatility than ever before."
Audio Interface and Pedal Control for All of Your Devices
GuitarJack Stage Video by Sound On Sound at NAMM 2015 (paraphrased) "GuitarJack Stage is a 2-in/2-out interface for audio software for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices that are starting to have low latency audio. The switches and knobs allow you to control any software that supports MIDI controls, like amp apps or page turning apps. Sonoma's GuitarTone app is pre set up with MIDI messages that allow you to use GuitarJack Stage turn on and off effects, switch presets, control amp levels, etc. Sonoma created a custom cable for all three of our upcoming interfaces. The cable connection is super rugged, so it doesn't pop out when you wiggle the cable, and it has enough length that you can go from the floor to a tablet on a mic stand on stage. Power isn't required because GuitarJack Stage is device powered, but it allows you to charge your iOS device when you plug GuitarJack Stage into a pedal board or power outlet."
GuitarJack Stage is an audio input/output accessory for Mac, PC and select mobile devices. It offers 24-bit AD/DA converters, 1/4" jacks for all connections, and physical knobs for input level control. Four foot control switches allow you to change presets, adjust tempo, and start and stop recording with your feet, all while playing guitar. Five amp control knobs give you instant access to amp settings without having to be on the amp control screen.
GuitarJack Stage won Best in Show at Macworld 2014. Watch the interview here.
Audiofanzine captured this GuitarJack Stage video at Musikmesse 2014.
Sonic State captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at Musikmesse and says, "You might be aware of the high quality yet teeny tiny Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack audio IO devices for iOS/usb devices ... well, it looks like there's something in the water out Sonoma way, as their latest offering has bulked up somewhat. The new GuitarJack Stage is designed for the rigours of on-stage use, so it's gonna get a bit of foot-booting. Looks like it can handle it though. It's a pedal controller and audio interface, compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS - device powered, but if you do plug it in, it'll charge your iPhone/iPad."
Sweetwater captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at NAMM and says, "If the original GuitarJack iOS interfaces were any indication, then it’s clear that Sonoma Wire Works is passionate about capturing great-sounding guitar tone. Now they are about to release four new audio interfaces that take the same concept one step farther. While the GuitarJack Stage and GuitarJack Mini are focused on mobile guitar processing and recording, the StudioJack and StudioJack Mini models let you take studio-quality recording capability on the road."
FourTrack Update with iOS 8 and DropBox Fixes Now Available
FourTrack has been updated and is fully compatible with iOS 8! In addition to squashing a few bugs, the DropBox Sync feature has been greatly improved. The team has also added a new progress bar so you'll know exactly how much of your song has been uploaded. Be sure to make a mixdown first if you want to share your full mix with friends!
GuitarTone and StudioTrack updates for iOS 8 are in the works!
More about FourTrack
Mike Score (A Flock of Seagulls)
Although famously known for their avant garde hairstyles, A Flock of Seagulls were a pioneering force behind the "New Wave" movement of the 1980's. Their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)" and its accompanying music video were staples of early MTV video and radio rotation. The synth heavy track still shows up in TV, films, and commercials. Lead singer and songwriter Mike Score tours with a reorganized new "Flock" and has recently released a highly anticipated solo album, "Zeebratta." We were pleasantly surprised to find out Mike has been using DrumCore to sketch out new material.
More in the Mike Score Artist Spotlight
GuitarJack 2 USB Review
"As a guitar input/output interface using an iOS device as the "brains" (e.g. for guitar effects processing), or simply for guitar recording, the GuitarJack 2 USB has the same killer audio quality and tone as the original [GuitarJack Model 2]; if you’re serious about getting great sound from your guitar to your iOS device or laptop and hearing it back out again, these interfaces have few peers[...]it can be used with iOS devices, Windows PCs, and Macs equally handily, and it’s sturdy and sounds dynamite. As a portable recording/listening solution for any and all audio computer devices out there, it’s hard to beat." - Mike Metlay Recording Magazine
GuitarJack 2 USB Works on iPhone 5
As of iOS 7 GuitarJack 2 USB has added compatibility with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c! It continues to work with Mac OS, Windows and iPad.
GuitarJack 2 USB is Compatible with:
- Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8
- Windows XP, Windows 7* and Windows 8
- iPad 4, iPad mini (and iPhone 5, 5c and 5S as of iOS 7) using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (not included)
- iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (not included)
- Android devices to be determined.
GuitarJack Model 2 is Compatible with New iOS Devices using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter
Sonoma's GuitarJack Model 2 high quality iOS audio interface works great with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad with Retina display while using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable with and without a CableJive dockXtender cable. Recording with FourTrack through GuitarJack's 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch inputs separately and simultaneously was tested along with GuitarJack's other features, and all is working well. Because the lightning adapter is purely digital, GuitarJack's sound quality remains incredibly dynamic and clear.