iPhone attack: TR-808, TB-303, Sampler, Synthesizer

Ableton Live and iPhone

I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?

Take a listen:

That took about 15 minutes to put together and it was true fun. So what applications did I use to create this?

Audiorealism Technobox

Audiorealism technoBox

The Roland TR-808 and TB-303 appear in my tune courtesy of Audiorealism’s fantastic new iPhone app simply called technoBox. You could compare it to Propellerhead’s now long gone Re-Birth. Here’s a hint: when in TB-303 mode hit Shift-Gate for a random pattern!

Huff Software - Tapestri

My vocal stuttering away saying, “Yeah. Yeah. Make the music baby!” was recorded and played back by a super fun and simple application called Tapestri. You record some vocals and touch the waveform to play at whatever point.

Pure Profit - Android FX

The synth effects in my Acid track come from Pure Profit’s Andriod FX. They also make BtBx but I think they hit a more useful mark with this nice application. You drag on the screen to make pitch and noises. There is a full info screen where you can tweak this little synth’s sound until your pleased.

All three of these apps make me super happy. If your a electronic musician go grab them: Aciiiiid!

8 Comments

  1. Oliver – how long do you think it will be until we’ve got a complete virtual studio on the iphone?

    It can’t be far off – we’ve already got it in parts…..

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  2. hey Oliver, how do you sync and record into Live?
    thanks :)

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  3. The bass on the TB 303 sounds good! I’ve experimented with audio from Bloom and Synth Pond generative applications it worked well, more like using the iPhone as an instrument. However I would like more applications to have an audio file export option like Beatmaker (the DAW app).

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  4. Hi James… I think we are already there with apps like Beatmaker although I don’t think it’s much fun using such a small screen for full on song arrangement.

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  5. Hi Dominic… In the instance above I just kept the tempos all at 120BPM and then slid the first warp maker to the very edge of the first beat.

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  6. Wow, thanks for the head’s up on Tapestri. I’ve been looking for something to do simple waveform start point changes like this on my iPod for a while now. I’m pretty sure Beatmaker does this but I’ve only tried it out on a friend’s iPod. I’ll have to take another look. Cool track, btw :)

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