NAMM 2015: New iPad Accessories and Apps for Musicians

Beathawk is a new portable music production studio from UVI. UVI

The portability and flexibility of the iPad has made it a hit in the music scene. Roland uses it as a way to control their Jupiter 50 keyboard and Integra-7 sound module. Korg has created one of the best music apps on the iPad. And various vendors have either created cool accessories designed specifically for the iPad or with iPad integration in mind. So it's no surprise that a few new goodies have appeared at the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show held last week in Anaheim, California

A few new toys for musicians

Beathawk. While the iPad isn't quite ready to take over as your music studio, it's portability makes it a great way to take your studio on the road. Beathawk is designed to give you everything you need to create great music, from providing sounds and instruments powered by the UVI Engine to a full range of mixing options. Beathawk is currently on sale for $4.99, a good deal considering its regular price of $9.99. Read more about the Beathawk app.

Auria Pro. Auria has been around for a while as a well-regarded 48-track DAW, but it has only handled audio. The absence of MIDI recording and editing from any DAW is quite limiting, and WaveMachine Labs looks to fix this in the upcoming Auria Pro app. Unfortunately, this isn't an add on to the existing Auria app, which could leave some existing users out in the cold. Auria Pro is expected to cost $49.99.

iRig Mic Studio.

IK Multimedia was one of the first companies to jump on the iPhone and iPad bandwagon, providing interfaces to hook your guitar and MIDI instruments into your phone or tablet. With iRig Mic Studio, they are providing a studio-quality microphone that can hook straight into your iPad or iPhone, which means you don't have to settle for a low-end mic when recording on the road.

iRig Mic Studio will retail for $179.99 and should be released sometime in the 1st quarter of 2015.

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AudioFuse. If there is one common frustration that most studio musicians come across, it's in dealing with input/output (IO) devices that have their own individual quirks or that are overly complicated. AudioFuse hopes to ease these frustrations by providing an interface with musicians in mind. This pro-quality IO device can plug into any PC, smartphone or tablet, allowing you to use the same device on the go as you do in the studio. It will retail for $599.99.

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