Dec 16

AUDIOBUS

It is strange but as soon as someone has an idea about something, it is not long before someone else has implemented it. I don’t know how many times I have been asked whether different Music Apps can work with each other and up to now, I have given the same answer – “Unfortunately no”.

Now there is something very clever called Audiobus which is basically an app audio routing system where you can connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables. Hopefully, in time Audiobus will become an Industry Standard whereby all Music Apps use it.

Have a look at that famous Jordan Rudess who loves playing with his Apps:-


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Nov 30

Take a look at this new App from Korg – the iPolysix based on the Polysix keyboard that was a six-voice analog polyphonic synthesizer made in 1981 – this looks great fun. What I love about this is up to eight instances of the synth can be used in conjunction with new features that include a sequencer, drum machine, multiple effects, Korg’s acclaimed Kaoss touch functionality for intuitive note and controller entry, and a complete automated mixer – wow.

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Oct 10

Here is a great little App for your iPad from IK Multimedia – it is the iGrand Piano. 237 Mb in 17 professional sounding stereo pianos. It’s low-latency response makes you feel like you’re playing a real piano.

With high-definition stereo samples across multiple velocities, iGrand Piano brings you the most playable, expressive and beautiful sounding grand, baby grand, upright and specialty piano instruments available on a mobile device that you can play anytime and everywhere.

In addition it also provides you with a full suite of MIDI-controllable adjustable parameters, to make the sound of a particular piano exactly the way you want it. With a built-in recorder that features an audio/visual metronome, and the fact that you can export your recordings as WAV or M4a files – it is an incredible price of $19.99 which is only £13.99.

Because it’s CoreMIDI compatible, you can play iGrand Piano from a MIDI controller, such as iRig KEYS, or use your own keyboard connected to your iPad via iRig MIDI. Either way, you get a piano rig you can take anywhere and play anytime.

Aug 21

I have just spotted this very smart looking App from those clever people at Nord. The layout and useable interface is fantastic. It is very user-friendly. They have obviously made it to be used with their Nord Drum but it is a 4-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer. Unfortunately, a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI interface is required. It is a shame it does not work as a standalone maschine. However, although it has been designed with the Nord Drum in mind, Nord Beat can be used with any MIDI instrument. All you have to do is simply  choose the  MIDI-channel you want to use and Note Numbers in the Nord Beat Settings menu and you’re ready to go.

The Nord Beat lets you create drum beats in the usual 16 step grid and you can have up to 8 patterns. It also gives you awesome control over velocity. When you play back your patterns, you can do this in two ways. You can be in Sequence Mode, where up to 8 patterns can be cued and chained or Pad Mode  that lets you play the Nord Drum (or other MIDI gear) with your fingers and even gives you greater control over the velocity.

 

Aug 10

Here is another new iPad App from that cool keyboard wizard – Jordan Rudess. It is called SpaceWiz and will allow you to make some great sounds as you shape the universe. Is there no stopping this man. He has brought us some great Apps to bring hours of creative fun to our homes – thanks Rudess. See what you think of this clip, I can’t wait to try it out:-

Aug 10

He is a smart looking App. It is called MUZA and is a Synth and a MIDI Controller for your iPad,iPad2, iPad3 or your iPhone, Great sounds, smart looking GUI. You can get it now from Apple’s App Store at a reduced price for a limited time. Here is a You Tube clip to demonstrate it along with the famous Native Instruments Maschine which is also on offer at present. Have a look at this:-

Jun 16

Here is an App that I think I will get that I came across the other day (mainly because it was App of the week) – It is called Werkbench by Bolasol.

Essentially it is a beatbox that is part loop pedal and part drum machine. I think it certainly looks different from the rest and I am told it is both Poweful and user-friendly. It is powerful for the simple reason it has two live-sampling step sequencers. Each step in the sequence holds its own sample that can be recorded and manipulated in real-time.
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Mar 29

New Synth App for the iPad desined by Waldorf and Rolf Wöhrmann

This has made my day – Waldorf who have made some great hardware synths like the Blofeld and the new Pulse 2 as well as Software Synths like the Largo and Lector have now joined up with Rolf Wöhrmann to make a fantastic App for Apple’s iPad, iPad 2 and now iPad3 that should be available to you this Summer.

The iPad is an ideal  platform for wavetable synthesis and will more than likely take it up a notch  to a new level. This will  make it possible to go deep into wavetables and show the sound in 3-D and offer completely new ways for sound creation and manipulation.

This new approach to wavetable synthesis allows for the transposition of the spectrum and the balance of periodic and sound spectra entirely independent from a wave’s position extending the wavetable technology  we have now by two new dimensions. It also allows for formant shifts as well as numerous other unheard sounds and as well as this the number and length of waves in a wavetable will no longer be restricted – Wow

Musicians are MIDI mad and this application will cater for many MIDI interfaces from IK Multimedia, iConnectMIDI, MIDI Mobilizer II by Line6, Alesis ioDock or the Camera Connection Kit by Apple and the SynthStation by Akai. App collaboration standards like Sonoma‘s Audio Copy/Paste, Intua‘s Audio Pasteboard and Virtual Core MIDI will also be supported like the upcoming AudioBus standard and KORG’s WIST synchronization technology.

I am really looking forward to trying this out as I am the Pulse 2 – keep an eye on http://www.waldorfmusic.de/for further information.

Mar 23

Musikmesse 2012 Roland Wireless Connect

Everything is moving fast with portable devices like Apple’s iPad,iPad 2 and now iPad 3 thinking about the Music Industry and how useful they can be. Musicians love control, controllers and definately sound and light and these devices are now overflowing with Apps and new ideas flooding in on a weekly basis. Each main company of musical instruments like Korg and Yamamaha are joining in to make the musical experience better, more intersting and fun. Roland have now started to look at this by preparing their new products to be able to interact with the iPads and iPhones.

At this year’s big Music event in Frankfurt, Germany – Musikmesse, Roland have anounced the Wireless Connect. This basically works by plugging their USB stick into one of their new electronic instruments. You can then  jam along using your iPad or iPhone as a wireless aid. Have a look at this You Tube clip to give you some idea. I personally think this is just the start of much better things to come:-


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Mar 12

Here is something simple but very clever, and my first thought is why hasn’t someone come up with this before? Stochastik Drum Machine by Xitive Inc is a great Apple iPad App Drum Machine with over 1000 sounds. It is not just any old drum machine because it has such a clever difference. This little gem lets you set a possibility or rather a probaility that a drum sound in your rhythm will trigger. What a great idea, I think it is even better than Roland’s idea when they introduced a ‘Human Feel’ – I thought that was ‘Wow’ at the time, but this one makes so much sense and to some extent behaves just like a drummer would. For example let us say you are a drummer playing your basic four to a beat rock pattern, you know after 30 seconds you are going to bored as hell with it and just to impress the band or ensure that the bass player doesn’t fall asleep, you going to slip in an off-beat bass drum beat, double the snare, syncopate with some extra hi-hat hits. Whatever you going to do, you will not do it all the time and you are going to vary it, keep the spark alive and do the unexpected.

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