Retronyms, are the guys who have been pioneering music creation on touch screen interfaces for quite some time, known for bringing pro music and audio production to multitouch platforms they have just released (today in fact) a new hardware/software product combo. Hook and Wej these two offerings combined with your iPhone or iPad make up a pretty tasty Live DJ & Mashup Workstation.
Hook is a new music performance, mashup, and DJ app for iPhone and iPad. Users can arrange and trigger loops on a grid based interface and create dynamic, expressive transitions with the Flux Fader — a multitouch “smart crossfader” that allows the user to make expressive transitions between any combination of tracks/cells on the fly. The Flux Fader includes a two-axis control with 9 riser synths, glitch and gate effects, tempo-synced filter sweeps, an EQ, beat drop, tape stop, and filter drop. Combining all these to make transitions is the heart of playing live with Hook. Hook includes a full editor complete with auto transient slicing and waveform editing. Tight integration with AudioCopy makes it easy to drop in your own loops and sounds from other apps.
There is also an integrated sampler as part of the app allowing users to record directly from a mic/line input, or from other apps via inter-app audio, you can even grab hooks from iTunes and Spotify. Change tempo in real time, and keep all your hooks in sync. Hook is aimed at the pro user with a full mixer, tons of tracks, integrated FX bus, per-cell fx, transpose, time stretching, tuning, timing and trigger settings, and more. Imagine the clip launching capabilities of Ableton Live in a futuristic multitouch environment.
Hook features support for Ableton Link, MIDI Learn, and Inter-App Audio. AudioCopy compatibility allows users to paste sound from 100’s of compatible Apps and take advantage of the massive Content Store which includes 100’s of Sound Packs from Loopmasters, Retronyms, and more.
Wej (the other part of the package) is an iOS music hub that combines a non-skid performance base with integrated lightshow and wireless MIDI for up to two controllers — all while keeping your iOS device charged.
Wej’s non-skid base is made of soft-touch silicone. It holds any iPad or iPhone at an angle optimized for the multitouch gestures when making and performing music. Wej wirelessly connects to iOS via Apple’s Bluetooth MIDI Protocol. It features two USB MIDI ports, a high speed charging port, and 48 ultra bright RGB LEDS. By improving MIDI controller connectivity and power management, Wej turns your iOS device into a highend studio tool. Wej makes it possible to connect USB keyboards, drum pads and other class compliant USB MIDI controllers and create tempo synced light shows. Wej is compatible with any iOS music app and is the perfect partner for Hook.
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