No more beat-boxing in the shower hoping that Kanye West is driving by and hears you outside of your bathroom window. Now you have the power to create tracks yourself with new Ion Audio equipment for your iPad.
”Ion Audio has bought its musical gear out in force this year, bringing a host of new musical training and entertainment products to CES. The easy highlight is the Guitar Apprentice — an iPad based training tool with light up keys for each fret. It's a bit reminiscent of the Yamaha EZ-AG, with translucent light-up keys showing you the correct finger positioning as you play. However, in place of the strings sits your iPad, and since the axe is Core MIDI compatible you're able to use it with almost any iOS music creation app, including Garageband. Ion also promises that a proprietary teaching app for the device is on its way, giving you a chance to use it as a training tool as well as an interface. It's launching in August this year for $149.99.”
”In a similar vein for the rhythmically inclined is the Drum Master. It looks similar to the Guitar Hero drums, though offers four pads, two cymbals and two pedals. All of these are pressure sensitive and light up as you play. Again, it's built for use with the iPad and is Core MIDI compatible for use with other apps. It's expected in September for $299.99. There's also a smaller version, the Drum Apprentice, which will be released around the same time for $149.99.”
”Besides these, there are a couple of successors to the popular Piano Apprentice: the Piano Studio and Piano Master. The Master is a larger version of the Apprentice, offering four pressure sensitive octaves over the original's two. The Master is hitting in May for $179.99, while the more flexible (but not pressure sensitive) Studio is set for release in September for $149.99.”
For the novice who has dreams of playing an instrument, this sure makes it easy for you. Of course you won’t be the next Sly Stone or Dave Grohl, but after a few lessons you could make some strides. This is definitely a step in the right direction for the techy that wants to seduce the ladies with a guitar serenade.