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 29

INTRODUCING THE ROLAND JUPITER 50

Yes I have one in my mitts to seriously take a good look at and discover what it is that everyone is talking about in the new Roland Jupiter 50. I know it is very lightweight 76 note keyboard and costs about a £1000 less than its bigger much heavier brother the Jupiter 80 but just how good does it sound and practically how good is it to take on the road with its cost cutting reductions? These and many other burning questions I have as I delve deeper into its charms and hopefully not too many disappointments.

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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.

Oct 8

If you haven’t seen this You Tube Clip before it is certainly worth a look. A very tallented guy, Mike Tompkins demonstrates exactly what is possible, with a decent voice and shit loads of technology, if you know how to use it. Armed with Ableton Software on a laptop and what looks like 3 Novation Launchpads and two AKAI APC20 controllers and an iPad, that leaves a great song Cinema by Skrillex and the many voices of Mike Tompkins. What a brilliant idea, sound and performance as well as some clever film behind him- excellent.

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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