Retronyms, known for bringing pro music and audio production to multitouch platforms have announced a hardware/software product lineup. Hook and Wej combine with your iPhone or iPad to create a Live DJ & Mashup Workstation. Retronyms says these new tools will bring more creativity to mobile devices when they’re released on July 21.
Hook is a new music performance, mashup, and DJ app for iPhone and iPad. Arrange and trigger loops on a grid and create dynamic, expressive transitions with the Flux Fader — a multitouch "smart crossfader" that allows you to expressively make 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.
Real creative power can be found in the integrated sampler — record from mic/line, other apps via inter-app audio, and grab hooks from iTunes and Spotify. Change tempo in real time, and keep all your hooks in sync. Hook is a pro tool 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 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 called for when making and performing music. Wej wirelessly connects to iOS via the 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 professional 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 all while keeping your iOS device charged. Wej is compatible with any iOS music app and Retronyms says it’s designed to be the perfect surface for Hook.
Based in San Francisco, Retronyms has been driving pro music production, performance and expression on multitouch platforms for years. They partner with industry giants like Akai Pro, Arturia, Korg, and Loopmasters on apps like iMPC Pro, iMini, Tabletop and more. Retronyms runs AudioCopy — the largest royalty free music store on iOS which integrates with 100’s of compatible apps on iOS and Beyond.