MeloAudio - Tone Shifter Mega IOS Audio/MIDI Foot controller

Started by GovernorSilver, February 02, 2016, 04:12:48 PM

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GovernorSilver

Kickstarter project for a pedal that serves as both  audio interface and MIDI controller for iPad, Mac,PC

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/947616293/tone-shifter-smart-sound-interface



Elantric



Only 16 bit @ 44.1kHz Audio support makes this new ToneShifter product useless for IOS amp sims in 2016

Using less than 24 bits for IOS amp Sims really compromises the audio performance.

If 16 bits works for you on iPad ,  Might as well save money and buy Griffin Studio Connect for $18




Would make more sense to buy a Sonoma Wireworks Guitar Jack Stage

Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Stage
24-bit/48kHz, 2-in/2-out Audio Audio Interface and Guitar-pedal-style MIDI Controller for OS X, Windows, and iOS

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GtrJackStage?

GovernorSilver

Sounds like the Tone Shifter guy did not proper homework.

Thanks for the observations.

SLICK

Only the Tone shifter isn't wireless, unless I missed it?

Still waiting for the first properly implemented all in one solution really.
The Sonoma kit looks closest so far, but availability in the UK is nil at the moment and the fact you have to add in your own exp pedal (only one port available?) makes it sub optimal for me.

I'm surprised that with the popularity of iOS guitar modelling SW there are so few options available.

How hard can it be to make a unit that with a 24bit audio interface integrated with 5 or 6 footswitches and at least 1 expression pedal?
Preferably with a toe switch on the exp pedal and the ability to set MIDI CC or PC messages per switch.
I'd even buy it if it didn't charge the iDevice as it's unlikely I'll be playing any 5 hour gigs in the near future...

By the looks of the state of the current offerings its pretty hard but I just can't see why.
Given the amount of trouble BlueBoard and Positive Grid have had with their wireless controllers I can't see a Bluetooth solution suiting me as in the end you still want to physically connect your guitar for best audio quality and latency. May as well have a hard midi connection as well at that point and skip all the wireless worries.

Maybe everyone still views the iPad as a practice tool rather than 'stage ready' but I think the quality of apps like Tonestack and the selection from Bias are more than good enough to satisfy the average audience.

I'd like to say rant over but I'm holding on to my soap box until someone out there makes my perfect iOS audio/MIDI interface/ controller ;P
Parker fly deluxe,
Roland GR-55,
Laney LC30II

GovernorSilver

I think it was originally meant to be wireless.  That is how I first heard about it. 

Elantric

#5
http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/23645-tone-shifter-unveils-worlds-first-smart-sounds-interface


https://youtu.be/r6KuxjFuk-A
Old version above:  ^
http://www.tone-shifter.com/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKjU5PnUHuM

Tone Shifter 3 is the world's first sound interface combines MIDI controller. By simply connected to iDevice, MAC or Windows PC, guitarist can use all the top-level guitar effects software. Guitarist can switch tones by the foot switches with zero latency.  In addition, it is very compact and portable, the guitarist can easily put it in to the guitar bag.
Now we have launched the product in crowd funding website. Support us and enjoy the early bird special.



https://youtu.be/4iWEFK5zzb0
Tone Shifter 3 can work just as MIDI controller with AXE FX. It is very compact and portable.

https://youtu.be/yvOZQwSZroI


https://youtu.be/d7QJWTy9X6c


https://youtu.be/6rj4r-G_Rok

https://youtu.be/I95SjMG8upM

Elantric


At NAMM I saw a press release for "TONE SHIFTER MEGA" USB CLASS COMPLIANT Audio /MIDI foot controller/audio interface that appeared to be a good solution for iPad/iPhone BIAS /YONAC TONESTACK USERS

http://www.kikutani.co.jp/news/12178



https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kikutani.co.jp%2Fnews%2F12178&edit-text=

A demo version of the new product TONE SHIFTER MEGA was exhibited .

It is equipped with phantom power, expression pedal, MIDI IN / OUT , send return with 24 bit / 192 kHz specification, and can be combined with iOS with almost any switching system.


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http://tweez.net/the_soulblaster/
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BigDon

Has anybody actually ordered one of these? Their website appears to be taking orders at $229 each.

If the product actually does what it promises, could be very nice.

admin

#8
Quote from: BigDon on March 27, 2017, 02:12:36 AM
Has anybody actually ordered one of these? Their website appears to be taking orders at $229 each.

If the product actually does what it promises, could be very nice.

Link? URL ?




I do see they are selling the older 16 bit "ToneShifter 3"model



I'm awaiting the 24bit "ToneShifter Mega"







Elantric

http://www.meloaudio.com/

Melo Audio, the pioneer of the digital audio interface and microphone, is going to join in 2018 NAMM Show (Booth# 1828 Hall E) and will bring six new products for the show.

Tone Shifter Mega- is two accessories in one: a guitar-pedal-style MIDI controller and a studio quality audio interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. With the Tone Shifter Mega audio interface, guitar player can transform their iPhone/iPad, computer into a powerful guitar amp and effects rig, and control their favorite guitar APP or software on stage and in the studio with the foot switches.

Main Feature:
•   192kHz / 24bit audio interface and guitar-pedal-style controller
•   112 dB Dynamic Range; Lowest -100 dB THD + N
•   USB MIDI controller / Stand alone MIDI controller
•   8 foot switches with easy-to-use Host configuration
•   Integrated 200mW Hi-Fi earphone amplifier
•   Low noise phantom power for condenser microphone Input
•   Two Expression pedal jacks to control wah, volume, or other effects
•   Integrated analog guitar input booster module
•   Fully balanced L and R outputs and one XLR Output
•   Device powered; To charge your iPhone, iPad, or reduce power consumption while you play, add a standard mobile phone adapter for power supply
http://www.meloaudio.com/tone-shifter-mega/





Tone Shifter Mini-is a compact digital audio interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. Tone Shifter Mini (TS Mini) can connect with guitar, bass, keyboard, microphone for playing, performing and recording at a studio quality while on the go or in your studio.
Main Feature:
•   192kHz / 24bit audio interface
•   Dynamic Range: 110 dB; THD + N: -98 dB
•   MIDI-IN interface for keyboard or MIDI controller
•   On-board HiFi earphone amplifier
•   Low noise phantom power for condenser microphone input
•   Up to +42dB on-board microphone pre-amp
•   Direct loopback monitor from input to output
•   Pure differential signal path internally with ultra low noise
http://www.meloaudio.com/tone-shifter-mini/



MIDI Commander-is a full-featured MIDI foot controller that gives guitarists amazing flexibility and control. It's compatible with all MIDI controlled devices such as audio interface, guitar amp or racks that has MIDI-IN port. 10 foot switches and two expression pedal input meets the needs of the most demanding guitarists.

Main Feature:
•   USB MIDI controller / Stand alone MIDI controller
•   10 foot switches with easy-to-use Host Matching configuration
•   2 Expression pedal jacks for Volume and Wah control together
•   8 Host presets including JamUp, Bias FX, AXE FX, KPA etc.
•   2 deep level customizable presets for Program Change and CC#
•   Supporting up to 40 hours playing by using two AAA batteries,
•   On-board charging function for rechargeable batteries
http://www.meloaudio.com/midi-commander/



Reuleaux-is a portable stereo recording device that lets you create immersive, full fidelity audio experiences with your iPhone, iPad. This compact microphone has stereo recording function, digital reverb effects, and gain control button so you can record great sound anytime, anywhere.

Main Feature:
•   A high quality condenser microphone that connects straight to iOS device
•   Both stereo recording and mono recording mode
•   Adjustable digital reverb effects let your vocal clean but warmer and sweeter
•   No extra APPs needed for the configurations and compatible with all kinds of video or audio recording APPs such as Garageband, voice memo and so on
•   Lightning connection transmits clear 48kHz digital audio right to your device
•   Apple's MFi Certification


Lolly-is a portable stereo recording device that lets you create immersive, full fidelity audio experiences with your iOS device. This compact microphone is equipped with an integrated 3D recording system, digital reverb effects, and gain control so you can record great sound anytime, anywhere.

Main Feature:
•   A high quality condenser microphone that connects straight to iOS device
•   Multiple microphone capsule arrangements provide both 3D stereo recording and mono recording mode
•   Adjustable digital reverb effects let your vocal clean but warmer and sweeter
•   No extra APPs needed for the configurations and compatible with all kinds of video or audio recording APPs such as Garageband, voice memo and so on
•   Lightning connection transmits clear 48kHz digital audio right to your device
•   Apple's MFi Certification
http://www.meloaudio.com/lolly/



MA58-is a high quality digital dynamic microphone that you can connect directly with iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. Besides MA58 has integrated XLR port so it can also work as analog microphone. MA58 has natural and wide frequency response that's great for a wide range of sources. It can provide exceptional recording experience at home or in the studio.

Main Feature:
•   Natural frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
•   Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
•   Integrated USB port that connects iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC directly and easily
•   Extremely durable under the heaviest use



Melo Audio is looking the distributors/dealers all over the world. By the way Melo Audio will invite guitarists Neil Zaza to perform with its new devices during 2018 NAMM Show(Booth# 1828 Hall E). Want to have a try with the new gears? Visit their booth and learn more.


http://www.meloaudio.com/

mchad


I think Melo Audio can expect a visit by Elantric to their NAMM booth for a relentless grilling about their products!  :)

Elantric

Actually I look forward to visiting the Melo Audio booth and checking out all their new products.

They seem like a very smart intelligent company with good mix of new products for mobile musicians.




Elantric


Elantric

I will soon have a Tone Shifter Mega I will review next month.
http://www.meloaudio.com/tone-shifter-mega/












admin

Quote from: Smash on June 28, 2018, 08:42:17 AM
Ftp usb input?

i will test this

It requires a USB Host port that supports external Class Compliant devices  , and few audio interfaces provide that

( iConnectMIDI Audio 4+ does
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/iConnAudio4p--iconnectivity-iconnectaudio4



But you could use a powered USB hub to connect both FTP Receiver and  Tone Shifter Mega to an iPad

details on doing this with other USB audio interfaces here
https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9581.0



But I will test all features of  Tone Shifter Mega next month.
http://www.meloaudio.com/tone-shifter-mega/


https://www.facebook.com/groups/ToneShifter/

Elantric

https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2018/exhibitor-news/tone-shifter-mega-audio-interface





Initial review of the Melo Audio  - Tone Shifter Mega


pretty impressive unit

Fully USB 2.0 Audio Class Compliant supports 16/24bit @ 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz

and works as a  USB  Class Compliant 5 pin MIDI I/O interface and MIDI Foot controller 




I tested this with a 2017 12.9" iPad Pro running IOS 10.3

used the USB type B connection to the included right angle USB Type A to Type B "Printer" type cable to an Apple Lighting USB Camera Adapter to the iPad

the iPad was fully charged and powers the  Tone Shifter Mega

I used the 24 bit @ 44.1kHz setting, which was fully compatible with Jamup Pro, Amplitube, Yonac ToneStack , AmpKit

It supports 2 channel Stereo Audio Input ,
Right channel can accommodate 1/4" TRS Balanced Mic or XLR Mic input with phantom power option
Left channel is High -Z unbalanced Instrument input
and there is a switchable Left channel gain booster for low output instruments


There are 1/4 TRS balanced outputs, and Right channel also has an XLR Output.

There is a TRS Stereo Headphone output   

Separate level knobs for each of the 2 inputs and 2 outputs, and separate Headphone gain level 


The lower row  of 4 footswitches are for Patch change

Upper right 2 foot switches are for bank up / bank down ( many IOS Guitar amp sims support 8 banks of 4 patches ( 32 patches)

the upper left 2 foot switches are for CTL1 (MIDI CC# 22 on/off) )  & CTL2 (MIDI CC# 25 on/off)  - which in most IOS guitar amp sims apps these CTL foot  switches  toggle distortion on / off and delay on/off   

It also supports two Expression pedals which can be assigned their own MIDI CC#

There is also compatibility to use the  Melo Audio  - Tone Shifter Mega as a stand alone MIDI foot controller for Kemper and AXE-FX

Its an impressive box and a nice clear legible OLED display 

will test with my other gear soon


Here is the user manual









http://www.meloaudio.com/tone-shifter-mega/

https://ask.audio/articles/melo-audio-tone-shifter-mega-is-a-midi-pedal-controller-audio-interface-in-one

Elantric

Quote from: Elric, post: 26731816, member: 4587[USER=63374]@Elantric[/USER] Nice! Interested to hear in latency performance with AU/VST plugs and DAW performance. Let us know!

latency was low on my iPad with IOS 10.3  - could run with buffer at "32" for lowest latency  / pop free. - as low latency as my RME UCX on iPad.

it was a joy to plug TS Mega into my 12.9" iPad Pro and have it work right away

- no dreaded "This device uses too much power  / unsupported " warning pop-up message on IOS.


TS Mega works with modern Android devices, will test with LG V20 and Samsung TAB S3 Tablet  both running Android 7.0

I expect TS Mega Audio latency to be low with Mac Core audio as its USB 2.0 Audio Class Compliant and 100% compatible with the Apple Core Audio driver.

Melo Audio states:
"We are releasing a dedicate ASIO driver for WINDOWs"



beatpete

Can one footswitch send more than one CC (or other midi event)?

admin

Quote from: beatpete on July 26, 2018, 08:49:06 AM
Can one footswitch send more than one CC (or other midi event)?

No - bit it does support "MIDI Toggle"

1st Press = send MIDI CC#112 , value 127 ( - effect "ON")
2nd Press = send MIDI CC#112 , value 0 ( - effect "OFF")
 

https://meloaudio.com/products/meloaudio-tone-shifter-ts-mega-audio-interface-w-midi-foot-controller