United Way for Greater Austin Debuts Music Video to Promote Accessible Quality Pre-K Initiative for All Local Children

Local Musicians “Get Together” to Create Music Video to Support Early Childhood Education in Austin

United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX) is pleased to share its original music video, “Get Together Austin.” The video features 16 of Austin’s most well-known musicians, including Shakey Graves, Dale Watson, Grupo Fantasma and more, to raise awareness about the importance of providing high-quality preschool for Austin’s youngest residents and to invite the community to come together to support early childhood education.

The video features the aforementioned musicians, as well as A. Sinclair, Abram Shook, Calliope Musicals, Colin Gilmore, Dana Falconberry, Gina Chavez, Golden Dawn Arkestra, LaTasha Lee & the Black Ties, Magna Carda, Quiet Company, Royal Forest, Sara Hickman, and Wild Child singing their own take of the song “Get Together” by The Youngbloods.

To keep with the theme of uniting Austinites, the video was shot in iconic Austin locations, such as Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool, as well as various murals, including UWATX’s  “You’re My Butter Half” mural. UWATX worked to shoot artists from a variety of genres, demographics and backgrounds to showcase the diversity of Austin itself.

“We created ‘Get Together Austin’ to draw attention to the need for high-quality, accessible preschool for Austin’s most low-income children,” Christa Berry, director of brand and marketing, United Way for Greater Austin, said. “To succeed in school and in life, toddlers need to learn not only their ABC’s, but also cognitive skills, social-emotional skills, and good physical and mental health, which children living in low-income households are less likely to gain compared to children living in average or high-income households that can afford quality preschool.”

Early childhood education is a pillar of UWATX’s work. Studies show only 13 percent of Austin’s low-income children are deemed “kindergarten ready.” However, 90 percent of children who are enrolled in UWATX’s early childhood education programs are “kindergarten ready.”

UWATX’s early childhood programs work with other community organizations to provide a variety of services tailored for each family and child, including parent education classes, affordable quality childcare and preschool programs, such as the one featured in the “Behind the Scenes of Get Together Austin” video, Mainspring Schools.

“A lot of the children enrolled in our pre-k3 program come from families of single mothers with multiple children in the house,” Brendan Wells, education director, Mainspring Schools, said. “We feel there is a need for our low-income children to have a leg up and more of an intensive curriculum that gets them to the level of their higher-income peers by the time they start kindergarten.”

Viewers—in Austin and around the world—can take part in the “Get Together Austin” movement in a variety of ways. UWATX is asking people to share the “Get Together Austin” video using the hashtag, #GetTogetherATX. Additionally, viewers can sign up to learn more about the initiative by filling out the form on the “Get Together Austin” page. Anyone who signs up or shares the video using the hashtag will be entered to win an autographed poster signed by the participating artists.

The video was featured during the Austin City Limits Festival at the ACL Cares tent.

The campaign will continue at Fun Fun Fun Fest, where attendees will have the opportunity to lend their voice to the project by making their own version. Participants will be filmed by an onsite video crew singing the chorus of the song, and then edited into their own version of the video, singing a duet with the artist of their choice to spread the word about UWATX’s mission and preschool initiative.

To learn more about the “Get Together Austin” initiative, including how you can take part now and at Fun Fun Fun Fest, please visit: http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/get-together-austin/#about.

IK Multimedia Announces iRig UA, The First Universal Guitar Effects Processor and Interface for all Android Devices

Now Android musicians can finally enjoy AmpliTube real time guitar amp and effects thanks to IK Multimedia’s new digital effects processor and interface

iRig UA

IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to announce iRig® UA, the first digital effects processor and interface to allow universal near-zero latency guitar processing with AmpliTube® UA on all devices with Android 4.0 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG. iRig UA represents a paradigm shift for Android users, that for the first time, will now be able to experience high-quality real time effects processing on any Android device.

IK has solved the issue of Android platform fragmentation and OS latency by moving the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to iRig UA. The solution lies both in the iRig UA and its companion app, AmpliTube UA. An advanced built-in digital signal processing chip directly inside iRig UA provides for the latest generation of mobile modeling technology, while the AmpliTube UA control app provides an easy to use graphic interface that lets users edit their guitar rig and save or recall presets instantaneously.

iRig UA is a universal Android solution that is able to produce rock solid performances, high-quality sound and near-zero latency on virtually any Android device running Android 4.0 OS or later and supporting USB host mode/USB OTG, including models from Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG, HTC, Xiaomi and many more.

Plug-and-play on Android
iRig UA features a built-in high performance 32-bit DSP, a 24-bit A/D converter, 44.1/48KHz sample rate, a crystal clear low-noise instrument preamp and an ultra-compact enclosure. With its premium specifications, it’s able to provide great sound, better playability, extreme portability and an unprecedented cross-platform compatibility.

iRig UA’s on-board digital signal processor works in conjunction with AmpliTube UA, a special version of IK’s powerful guitar and bass multi-effects processor designed specifically for use with iRig UA. And because all of the processing is handled on iRig UA, and not on the Android device, it’s able to provide consistent near-zero latency performance (down to 2 ms round-trip total latency) that’s independent of the make and model of the connected smartphone or tablet. Or, in other words, it offers the plug-and-play performance that mobile musicians with Android devices crave.

For added versatility, iRig UA can also be used as a digital recording interface when connected to a Samsung Professional Audio compatible device or smartphone or tablet with Android 5.0. With iRig UA, the most popular mobile digital guitar interface and virtual guitar multi-effects processor app have finally landed on Android.

AmpliTube UA has landed
iRig UA comes with AmpliTube UA, a full-featured version of the guitar and bass multi-effects processing app that revolutionized the way musicians make music while on the go. AmpliTube UA provides a generous and expandable library of highly versatile models of some of the most coveted gear in music history. It lets users create and process their tone with a guitar or bass rig with 3 stompbox effects, an amplifier and cabinet with IK’s accurate volumetric response modeling, a microphone and a tuner. AmpliTube UA also lets musicians get even more creative by letting them place their stompbox effects either before or after their amplifier.

Superior sound
In order to provide the best possible playing experience, iRig UA offers everything needed for audiophile-quality sound. Like IK’s other high-end interfaces, it features a 24-bit A/D converter with a 44.1/48kHz sampling rate and a crystal clear low-noise instrument preamp. These features allow it to deliver excellent sound and incredibly satisfying playability, no matter whether it’s used as a processor or digital recording interface.

Comprehensively connectible
The pairing of iRig UA and AmpliTube UA is perfect for on-the-go practice. iRig UA features a 1/4” input for a guitar, bass or other line-level instrument, a micro-USB to OTG cable and an 1/8” headphone output with volume control. It also sports a 1/8” AUX input that lets musicians connect any sound source so they can jam along to their favorite tunes with the power of AmpliTube.

Pricing and availability
iRig UA will be available Q2, 2015 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $99.99/€79.99 (excluding taxes). The AmpliTube UA app will be available at iRig UA release for free from the Google Play store.

For more information, please visit: www.irigua.comTo see the official video of iRig UA in action, go to: www.irigua.com/video.    Third parties interested in developing for the iRig UA platform can contact us at: sdk@ikmultimedia.com