iRig Midi arrives – sleep departs

A while back I posted an article introducing the musical health I made music on my iPad!” href=”http://www.channelsteve.com/2011/03/12/look-ma-i-made-music-on-my-ipad/”>applications and accessories available for the iPhone and iPad, cure particularly for those who don’t have a full-size keyboard to play and record with. At the time, information pills that was me. I mentioned GarageBand and the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer – a device that connects your iGadget to a MIDI controller keyboard, allowing you to play iOS synth apps from a full-size keyboard.

In the article I neglected to mention the iRig MIDI, which is the same idea as the Line 6 item, but providing compatibility with all instruments using the Apple CoreMIDI standard, particularly GarageBand and iRig’s very own SampleTank. I ordered one about 6 weeks ago from the US, and it’s finally arrived!

Since that post I went out and purchased a professional synth -the Yamaha S70SX. I blogged about it at the time, mentioning that I may be joining a local band. I didn’t end up doing that as they made rather odd song selections.

Last night I connected the iRig MIDI to my Yammy and put it to the test with both my iPad 1 and my iPhone 4S. Both devices performed flawlessly and suddenly I have hundreds of otherwise expensive synths and electronic music applications at my fingers.

It was nearly 8pm when I started to play, and I am amazed I got to bed by 1am in the end, as it was so damn addictive! During my play time I somehow managed to churn out a short (American Idol style) song that I recorded into GarageBand. As I was checking out one of the cool Grand Piano sounds, my fingers somehow started playing an arrangement of Bryan Adams “Everything I do”. Yeah, I know. I don’t understand why, either. Perhaps it’s because I hear it a lot at Seventeen Saloon, perhaps it’s because @chefshane (World class chef at Lifestyle Resort Danang) on Twitter loves it so much (not!) or perhaps it’s because I feel this way about Quynh. You can think up any reason you like.

Ready for a listen?

As usual, keep the dogs out of earshot, and take some valium before listening. (Don’t be too harsh in your comments. Each part was recorded in one take, was totally unrehearsed and played from memory, my voice is not great, and I’m no good at drums.)

Everything I do

More pain below

For those who are real masochists, here are some early experiments I’ve recorded on my iPad.

House of the Rising Sun

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Salty Popcorn & Cereal

Wild between the sheets

Bao Cao Su Ringtone

If you’re interested in the stories behind those songs, search for them using the toolbar at the top right of my site.