Tapestry Audio Time Traveler Review

Time Traveler
Function: Tap Tempo Pedal
Price: $199
What’s New: The Time Traveler is a boutique tap tempo pedal by Tapestry Audio. The first of its kind, the Time Traveler allows you to store and scroll through up to 10 presets via footswitch and has multiple outputs to sync more than one pedal at a time. This feature is incredibly useful when using more than one delay at a time, or when using say, two separate pedals for tremelo and delay. My personal favorite feature is the BPM display with adjustable brightness (especially useful for people with sensitive eyes like me). The tempo can be controlled by tapping a momentary footswitch (much like a BOSS FS-5U) or by twisting a knob. This is a huge help for syncing up analog delays, or delays that don’t have a specific BPM readout to be exactly in time. Hand-wired and constructed, the Time Traveler currently comes in either a two or three-output model. While $199 might sound a bit excessive to spend on a tap tempo, the satisfaction of knowing your effects will be perfectly in time makes it essential for performance and the studio alike. For more information about the Time Traveler visit tapestryaudio.com

Cubasis for iPad Review

Function: Audio production software for iPad
Price: $49.99
What’s New: Have you ever wished you had “proper” music production for your Apple iPad?  Now you can with the new Steinberg Cubasis for iPad and iPad mini.  Based on the popular Cubase music production software, Cubasis is designed to be a streamlined, yet full-fledged audio production app for recording, editing, mixing, and sequencing.  Cubasis offers an unprecedented unlimited amount of audio and MIDI tracks (although the capabilities of the iPad hardware will indeed have its limits), over 70 virtual instruments, a mix console with effects processors, a sample editor, over 300 audio and MIDI loops, and basic interface and MIDI recording with other CoreMIDI apps while Cubasis runs in the background.  To top it off, Cubasis projects can be exported and opened in the PC/Mac versions of Cubasis for later editing and full audio mixdown and MIDI export is supported as well.  Sounding familiar so far?  It kind of sounds like a souped-up version of the “LE” versions of apple’s Logic or Avid’s Protools…for Windows or OS X….except the features offered in Cubasis rival most “LE” versions of popular audio production software at half the price, plus it’s on an iPad, making it the most flexible mobile platform of its kind.  While the high cost might make this app unappealing for some, the unprecedented power and traditional music production appearance makes this app a very useful tool in the hands of an expert or beginner alike. 
 
-Andy Toy