Alesis have released some exciting new audio equipment for use with backing tracks on the iPod.
I’ve personally used many Alesis products over the years (in particular I had a drum machine and a little microverb digital reverb unit which I gigged to death, yet they just kept working without a single problem for over 20 years) so I know that they make good quality stuff which is built to last.
First on their list is the new Alesis MultiPort.
It’s a standalone recorder for the iPod with built-in level meters, headphone monitoring, integrated iPod controls, balanced inputs, standard 1/4â€ jack stereo outputs, and phantom power.
One of it’s best tricks is ts that it can play a backing track from the iPod while recording!
It works with the iPod classic, fifth-generation iPods, and 2nd and 3rd generation nanos.
Next up is the Alesis TransActive Mobile – a small self contained speaker/mixer/amplifier which will suit practicing at home or at very small gigs.
This could be perfect when you need to perform a gig in really small venues where there’s not enough room for your full PA.
It boasts a rechargeable 12-hour battery, high-efficiency amp, and four inputs for connecting microphones or any other instruments.
And finally, the Alesis iMultiMix 16 USB mixer/recorder is perfect for recording at home or using live onstage.
It boasts 100 digital effects, a builtâ€“in limiter, an iPod dock with control wheel and transport controls for directâ€“toâ€“iPod recording.
It also has iPod playback with mixing capability, 4 mic/line preamps, 2 guitar mic/line inputs, high quality recording to computer, phantom power, auxiliary sends and returns, comprehensive EQ.
It also comes with Steinberg Cubase LE 4 recording software.