When it comes to music, it’s one iRing to rule them all


Photo: IK Multimedia

This probably isn’t the “iRing” you’ve been waiting for — assuming you’ve been waiting for the mythical (One) Ring, forged by the skilled elves of Logbar, that wants to control, well, pretty much everything in your life.

No, this particular ring — IK Multmedia’s iRing — won’t control your TV, your phone or your wallet. But it is imbued with the power to create music on your iDevice.

The iRing works with specially designed apps that recognize the device’s dots — the iRing has two sets of three dots, one arranged in a line, the other in a triangle — and translates the movement of those dots into music. Punches, waving, rotation and hiding the dots are all recognized and translated to control an effect.

Right now, only IK Multimedia’s own apps support the iRing, but the company has made the SDK available for other music-app makers who want to incorporate iRing control. IK Multimedia has two free apps that work with the iRing: iRing FX/Controller, and iRing Music Maker, which is based on their $10 GrooveMaker 2 app (which is also compatible with the iRing). The company says the iRing can even be used to control Mac music apps through MIDI messages from the apps (though we’re not sure which apps).

A pair of iRings is $25. Here’s a video of the iRing in action.

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    “Right now, only IK Multimedia’s own apps support the iRing” – Please also note that using on of those apps, iRing FX/Controller, can be used to control other iOS apps like Loopy HD, djay 2, Korg Gadget and more as well as OS X apps like Traktor and Ableton Live as we demo and show setup instructions for in a few of the 13 new videos posted on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ikmultimedia

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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