I have written extensively here and in Electronic Musician about my search for a way to combine the power of Ableton Live with the different but similar power of the many sonic mangling apps available to iOS users. Lewitt’s Connect 6 ($299) might just be the end point of that search.
When I started employing a laptop with my guitar, it was restricted to just those two items: guitar into the laptop into a PA. Not long after, I struggled with using the advantages of the laptop—plug-ins, looping—in conjunction with my pedalboard and a guitar amp. The results were spotty, and required bringing and setting up bulky interfaces and multiple cables. The new OMEC Teleport from Orange Amplification promises a more elegant solution.
Apps are becoming a major part of music’s future. It started with iPhone and iPad app developers creating abbreviated versions of the same software musicians used on computers. Now developers find themselves converting some of the more creative,original apps into software for laptops and towers. Accessing the best of both worlds—powerful computer software and cutting edge apps—requires combining laptop and tablet into a seamless music production/performance rig. The iConnectAUDIO4+ has arrived just in time to facilitate this ambition