June 29, 2011

Shit Just Got Real...

by Chris Randall

TNR-i, the Tenori-On clone for iOS created by Yamaha (so it would stand to reason it's pretty close) is now available in the US app store finally, a week after it appeared in Japan and the UK. You can grab it here. Note that I haven't purchased this yet, and am in no way endorsing it. We get iTunes gift cards as a reward from one of our credit cards, and I'm waiting for this month's to arrive so I don't have to, like, pay real money for it. If you've purchased the app, please let us know the good, bad, and ugly. Does it work with CoreMidi, or is the only way to sync it with that stupid Game Center method they came up with? And does it work in Landscape mode? Those are my two main questions.

Slightly related, the Alesis IO Dock is now available for ordering, $199 at Amazon. I played with this a bit at NAMM, and assuming the shipping version is the same as the one I fucked with, it's a solid little piece of kit, and turns the iPad from a cute but slightly annoying device to an actually useful musician's tool in one fell blow.

Now, it is worth mentioning at this juncture that I have it on good authority that, unless you're in any particular hurry, it might be a good idea to wait a couple months to make a purchasing decision vis-a-vis the IO Dock. I can't say any more than that, but I think you can figure out what I'm getting at, without me beating you over the head with it.


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Jun.29.2011 @ 9:59 AM
IO Dock: Finally be a good reason to pick up an iPad (maybe). For me, with this kind of widget, waiting is a no brainer. Biding my time in 3... 2... 1...

Jun.29.2011 @ 12:01 PM
In conclusion, get an Alesis IO Dock, but DON'T get an Alesis IO Dock, if you know what I'm saying'.

Jun.29.2011 @ 12:07 PM
Chris Randall
That is almost entirely, but not completely, exactly what I didn't say.


Jun.29.2011 @ 1:08 PM
I don't care about iPads. I don't want to argue about it. It's a thing that's as expensive as a laptop, but can't do as much as a laptop. And every single iPad forces you into Steve Jobs' walled garden.

The Alesis Dock looks all right, but a) it's Alesis, who I put barely above M-Audio and Behringer on the Scale Of Suck. b) It's a $200 breakout box. c) it connects to an iPad and I don't want or need an iPad.

If an iPad fell out of the sky in my lap, I might consider building a breakout according to Reed Ghazala's schematic. But last time I looked no iPad showers were forecast.

Jun.29.2011 @ 2:25 PM
Forced into Steve Jobs walled garden is the plot of the book my wife is reading, that might even be the title. It looked kinda sexy. There's a slightly menacing, euro looking dude on the cover (possibly a pirate), and lots of moonlight.


Jun.29.2011 @ 2:26 PM
Looks like there are already some issues with this fine Alesis product.

link [touchproducer.co...]

Jun.29.2011 @ 3:34 PM
As far as to what you can not say , would you lean more toward ....
A The no insert included debacle
B Monetary reduction
C competition

Personally was waiting for the EIE from Akai as it has 3 usb ins , midi i/o 4in 4 out 4 inserts same price etc .... Just have to wait and make sure it is class compliant ( though the current spec sheet states as so ) Though I will lose the video out ( I don't care ) I gain a lot more + I can hook up my MS20 usb and my MPK49 as well as send midi out to my tetra etc. !!!!
I can't quite see why they didn't include a usb input on the iPad ...seams like a no brainer as 90% of modern midi controllers are "mobile" and are usb only :? File that one on a a missed opportunity .

Jun.29.2011 @ 3:34 PM
D' MacKinnon
Walled garden, waaaa. At least it's pretty in here. Have you played with a Xoom? It's shit.

Jun.29.2011 @ 3:46 PM
that should have been " I can't quite see why they didn't include a usb input on the iO Dock " not " on the iPad "
That's a whole other argument that I don't want to get in to .Though I can realistically see that change post iOS 5 hardware builds .

Jun.29.2011 @ 3:50 PM
A product that works awesomely, but is restricted is better than an open product that doesn't work worth a damn. Hence, my iPad 2 sees two hours of use per day, while I watch my Android and WinPho7 friends complain endlessly about how big a piece of shit their devices are.

Additional: "I don't want to argue, but here is a list of why I think this thing sucks" is a terrible method to not start an argument. An iPad costs as much as a laptop, but does less? Absolutely! But it also does exactly what I want it to in a far more convenient and efficient manner than my neglected laptop does. ;)

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