Artist Spotlight: Omar Sosa Uses StudioJack Mini in Performances

It was intriguing to hear that Omar Sosa (Pianist/Composer/Bandleader) uses Sonoma's StudioJack Mini audio interface strapped to a grand piano to play his Afro-Cuban, jazz and classical influenced music during his expansive world tour. We interviewed him about his gear, and what he is up to these days.

Omar was introduced to music while growing up in Cuba, starting with drums as a boy in Camagüey, then piano at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Havana as a teen. Since then, he has continued to learn, teach and collaborate with others. He performs in about 100 concerts annually on several continents, including a few stops in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived for many years. He has released several solo and collaborative albums, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards, like Across the Divide, Sentir and Mulatos.

We were thrilled to hear that Omar had been experimenting using GuitarJack Model 2 with his iPad, and found it "sounded great, was reliable, lean and sturdy for touring use." He was excited when he realized that our newer model, the StudioJack Mini audio interface for iOS/Mac/Win, can conveniently charge his iPad while he's using it. We caught up with Omar during his tour to ask how he uses his new StudioJack Mini during performances.

"StudioJack mini acts as an interface for me. I get signal from a pick-up on the grand piano through a DI. That signal goes into a loop station, then into the StudioJack Mini, and then into my iPad. Within the iPad I have an effects pedal App that allows me to manipulate the signal. From there it goes back out to the StudioJack Mini and into a DI for signal into an audio console."

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Omar Sosa Piano Setup with StudioJack Mini Audio Interface

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Portable Multi-Channel Audio Interface for Desktop and Mobile

Record, practice, and play live anywhere with your computer or mobile device using popular audio recording, amps and effects software! You can even charge an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device while you play! iPhone 7 Ready!

This compact, device powered, 24-bit interface features 1 mono Hi-Z ¼-inch input for guitar, a stereo mic/line ¼-inch input for vocals or keyboards, 2 analog input level knobs with LED metering, a stereo ¼” output for headphones, and “Plug-in power” for electret microphones. Designed in California. Made in U.S.A.

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Audio Interface and Pedal Controller for Desktop and Mobile

Transform your computer or mobile device into a guitar amp and effects rig. Control your favorite guitar software on stage and in the studio with assignable knobs and foot switches.

GuitarJack Stage's rugged aluminum chassis holds a mono Hi-Z ¼-inch input for guitar, a stereo mic/line ¼-inch input for vocals or keyboards, 2 analog input level knobs with LED metering, an expression pedal jack to control wah, volume, or other effects, 2 line level ¼-inch outputs (left and right) for monitors, amps, or a mixer, 1 stereo ¼-inch output for headphones, plus 5 Knobs, 4 foot switches, and 4 LEDs to control MIDI enabled software. External power is required only to charge an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while you play! iPhone 7 Ready! Designed in California. Made in U.S.A.

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