15 iPhone and iPad Accessories For Savvy Musicians
Many smartphone gadgets in the market today take full advantage of all the mobile devices we carry. There are high tech gadgets for health junkies, hikers, pet lovers, or the kitchen and even wearable gadgets. And now we have a list of iOS-enabled gadgets for musicians.
With these portable music gadgets, you’ll be able to reduce the load of all your music gear, record music on the go, give an edge to your compositions and write full-fledge songs without a studio.
Here, you will find gadgets for pianists, guitarists, drummers, singers, and electronic music composers that are ideal for the iPad or iPhone.
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Korg plugKEY is an audio interface that enables you to play a number of musical instruments on your iPhone or iPad. It connect with your device and works with musical instrument apps like KORG Module or Apple GarageBand so you can play devices easily from your own keyboard.
One of the most interesting features of plugKEY is that it helps you play music while charging your connected device allowing you to do gigs and rehearsals for a long time. It is also certified by Apple that gives it the quality that musicians look for.
IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O Audio and MIDI Interface
A pocket-size instrument input for guitar, bass and an array of there instruments, iRig HD2 turns your iPhone or iPad into a digital amplifier or mixer that allows you to dial in the optimum level for your pickups.
It comes with a Hi-Z amplifier output and FX/ THRU switch to send processed or clean signal. Ideally, you can pair it with AmpliTube 4 software or app that offers ultra-realistic gear models and an entire guitar recording studio with pedals, amplifiers, speakers, mics and much more. There’s also a headphone/ speaker output to practice music the way you like.
IK Multimedia iRig Keys
iRig Keys I/O is an all-in-one yet portable music studio with a MIDI controller and integrated audio interface. It is fully compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Mac and offers you a number of features and tools right out of the box.
Being compatible with GarageBand and Logic Pro, it offers 4000 sounds and 9 studio effects to create the best music. The full-sized MIDI controller has 49 velocity-sensitive keys plus 8 pads for programing drums or loops.
Apogee ONE + ONE USB Microphone
A great combination of microphone and audio interface, the Aprogee One+One allows you to capture professional-level recordings through your iPhone, iPad or Mac. Apogee boasts of a world-famous sound quality that is reflected in this mic.
Built with premium components and highly effective circuit design it delivers a powerful audio quality for vocals, interviews, podcasts and brainstorming. As for the audio interface, you can connect the cable with XLR input and an electric or acoustic guitar with two simultaneous channels of recording – making it a portable yet complete recording station.
Transform your iPhone into a single-button musical instrument with Skwitch. It a compact little device that clips straight onto your iPhone and you can start creating music with in seconds.
Skwitch features multi-dimensional pressure-sensitive tactile button, a tray, and a self-adjusting clamp to hold your device in place. The device works with GarageBand and other musical devices and requires no batteries or charging so you can use it on the go.
If you are into making professional videos from your iPhone or iPad, iQ7 stereo condenser mic will be a perfect accessory for you. It connects with your device’s lightning connector and captures high-quality crisp audio recordings without any signal overload.
The mic features a large front-facing knob to set an input level, three-segment LED meter, and a dedicated headphone jack that works as a line output and enables you to check the quality of your audio during recording and playback. Moreover, it avails the mid-side recording technique that capture audio coming from any side.
iRig Keys Mini
A great tune can come to you anytime and to capture your brilliant ideas anywhere, iRig Keys Mini can come in really handy. It is a portable 25-key MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone or iPad as well as Android, Mac, and PC. Just connect it with any device and you can start working on it right out of the box without needing to have any additional apps.
The best thing about iRig Keys Mini is that it does not require any power cable or charger. Instead, it gets it power from the connected device that too with an ultra low power consumption. Additionally, it is lightweight, and extremely portable that makes it ideal to take along anywhere.
RøDE Microphones VideoMic Me-L Microphone
Another RøDE mic, the Me-L is a directional microphone that connects to any iOS device through the lightening connector and enables you to capture powerful audio recordings.
The most interesting feature of the Me-L mic is its cardioid polar pattern that cancels background noise and focused on the sound that’s in front of it. It is made with durable material and also comes with headphone output that enables you to playback and live monitor you’re recording.
iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller
A compact MIDI pad controller by Apple that works with iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod touch, iRig Pads turns your device into a production studio by allowing you to play virtual drum, percussion, and other electronic instruments on the go.
IRig Pads feature 16 velocity-sensitive rubber triggers in a 4 by 4 configuration with each pad lighting up in different colors in response to your actions. Also, you’ll find rotatory encoder, two assignable knobs, and a slider – all of which are programable.
Shure MOTIV MV88 Microphone
To capture high-quality audio for your iPhone or iPad, you can use Shure MOTIV MV88 Microphone. Simply connect the mic via the lightening connector to your iOS device and capture powerful and crisp audio recordings.
The best part of Shure MV88 mic is that it is compact (easily carried anywhere) and sully adjustable with tilt, flip and rotate function. You can customize and edit the captured audio with ShurePlus MOTIV Audio and ShurePlus Video app downloadable from the App Store for free.
RøDE Microphones VideoMicro Mobile Kit
A compact microphone approved by Apple, RøDE VideoMicro allows you to capture fantastic audio recordings by connecting it with your iPhone or iPad. The mic can be easily mounted on to your iOS device via the Apple-compatible case with cold shoe mount.
Being a directional mic, the RøDE VideoMicro reduces the peripheral sounds and records the audio that in front of the camera. It comes with an aluminum body coated with high-grade ceramic finish and accessories like a furry windshield.
Shure MV88+ Video Kit
An Apple-approved portable and high-quality audio and video kit, Shure MV88+ allows you to capture professional audio recordings through your iPhone or iPad. You can choose from a range of creative set-up options including videography, audio-capture, desktop or self-recording modes.
The mic is fully compatible with Shure MOTIV audio and video apps. You can connect your headphones with it for real-time monitoring. The kit includes top-quality mini tripod, phone clamp, shoe mount clip, lightening and USB cable, and a storage bag.
Sphero Specdrums Musical Rings
Do you know that you can turn colors into sounds? Well, yes you can, with Sphero Specdrums musical rings. All you have to do is to connect the ring with Specdrums MIX app for iPad or iPhone and when you tap on anything (fabric, drawings, or Play Pad), it will make music.
With the musical rings you can make music just about anywhere and on anything. It’s a fun way to jam with your friends and a wonderful gift for your music-creator friends.
Apogee HypeMiC Microphone
Bring magic to your voice-overs, vocals or instrument recordings with Apogee’s HypeMiC microphone. You can connect it with iPhone or iPad and get professional-quality analog compression recording on the go.
HypeMiC features professional cardioic condenser mic capsule and PureDIGITAL connection that promises a premium sound quality. Its accessories include tripod, pop filter, and a useful travel case. Also, you don’t need to sync or configure it, just plug and play anytime anywhere.