Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Jackie Greene tour update, iRig Mic Room from IK Multimedia Now Available

Here is a roundup of some very exciting news for fans of singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, and the groundbreaking music making-related products from IK Multimedia...

“...a man whose sound seems at once achingly intimate, surprisingly energetic and unburdened by adherence to genre.” –World Cafe
Singer-songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene has confirmed additional dates for his “Back To Birth” tour in support of his seventh studio album out August 21, on Yep Roc Records. The 32-date run includes stops in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia, among others. A full list of dates is below.
Back To Birth is now available for pre-order with an instant download of “A Face Among The Crowd” which premiered today at PopMatters. “This is a song I wrote for my dad as a Father’s Day gift some years back before he passed away,” Greene says. “It’s a pretty emotional song for me. I hope other fathers out there will enjoy it as much as my dad did.”
Produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, the album was recorded at Portland’s Supernatural Sound. The 11-song set features Paul Rigby (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar); Damian Erskine (bass); Reinhardt Melz (drums); Jason Crosby (violin, string arrangements) with Greene stretching out on a number of instruments including guitar, piano, organ and drums.
“A lot of these songs are looking at the notion of a cyclical existence, and the sense that life goes in a circle,” Greene observes. “I want the songs to come from a place that’s meaningful to me, but I also want to keep them as simple and direct as I can. I look at old blues songs, or Hank Williams songs, and they’re so simple and direct but they convey some pretty deep ideas.”
Greene has released six albums including Rusty Nails (2000), Gone Wanderin’ (2002), Sweet Somewhere Bound (2005), American Myth (2006), Giving Up The Ghost (2008) and Till the Light Comes (2010).
June 15-18 - Terrapin Crossroads - San Rafael, CA
July 3-4 - SPACE - Evanston, IL
July 11- The Ride Festival - Telluride, CO*
July 18 - Grand Targhee Festival - Alma, WY
July 22 - Penn’s Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA*
July 24 - FloydFest - Floyd, VA*
August 1 - Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT
August 2 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
August 6 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
August 7 - O.P. Rockwell - Park City, UT
August 8-9 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
August 11 - GRAMMY Museum - Los Angeles, CA
August 12 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
August 22 - Full Tilt Boogie Festival - Pownal, VT*
September 5 - Wente Vineyards - Livermore, CA
September 8 - Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, WA
September 9 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
September 10 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
September 11 - Rogue Theater - Grants Pass, OR
September 13 - Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival - Guerneville, CA
September 18 - Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN
September 20 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
September 22 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
September 24 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
September 25 - World Café Live - Philadelphia, PA
September 26 - Levon Helm’s Studio - Woodstock, NY
September 27 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME

IK Multimedia introduces Mic Room, the powerful new microphone-modeling app for iPhone and iPad
Mic Room lets musicians use their favorite digital and analog IK Multimedia microphones to get the sound and tone of up to 20 of the world’s most coveted recording studio microphones

June 18, 2015 - IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to introduce its new Mic Room microphone-modeling app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Designed to complement IK’s full range of analog and digital hardware microphones, Mic Room gives musicians, audio engineers, recording hobbyists and everybody in between the ability to “re-mic” their IK Multimedia microphone to sound and perform like the most coveted microphone models of all time. With classic dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphone models to choose from (plus other unconventional and highly creative models), it offers a treasure chest full of inspiring tone-sculpting tools.

A treasure chest of classic and modern mic tones
At its core, Mic Room is all about enhancing the sonic flexibility and versatility of IK’s range of digital and analog microphones. It lets people change the tone of their favorite IK microphones via a comprehensive and expandable collection of virtual mic models that can be applied to impart the style and character of a number of A-list production studio favorites. The full version of Mic Room comes with 8 virtual mic models that cover the complete spectrum of sounds from the classic to the contemporary. This initial library can be expanded via in-app purchase — extra content can be bought a-la-carte or as a bundle. Simply put, this means that IK’s range of microphones now have even more sonic range and flexibility than ever before.

Plug and play
Using Mic Room couldn’t be easier. It’s been designed to work seamlessly with IK’s full range of digital and analog microphones for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (it also works with the built-in mic and Apple headset microphones). That means it fully supports the new iRig Mic Studio as well as iRig Mic HD, iRig Mic Field, iRig Mic, iRig Voice, iRig Mic Cast and the rest of IK’s highly regarded iRig microphone range.

Musicians just need to select their microphone of choice, plug in and then select the virtual mic model they’d like to use. Mic Room will automatically detect the input microphone. Each microphone model can be tweaked to deliver the best sound possible thanks to an intuitive graphic interface that provides an easy-to-read level meter and a touch-and-drag gain knob.

Mic Room is also Audiobus and Inter-App Audio compatible, so it can be effortlessly used with other powerful music creation apps. This unleashes a whole new level of creative possibilities on top of the sonic flexibility imparted by Mic Room itself. 

Pricing and availability
Mic Room is available now for just $/€7.99. An expandable free version is also available. A native iPad version will be available soon.

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