iOS Full Midi Support

This week Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music posted a great article on the upcoming full MIdi support in iOS 4.2. We are getting “WiFi Midi” which appears to be an Apple proprietary system for Apple devices to communicate wirelessly and official USB Midi support via the iPad Camera Connection Kit (Amazon link). It seems we will enter the next phase of music software and hardware on iOS devices once developers have the new Core MIDI goodness in their hands for a while. Is my Atari ST jealous yet? Read the full article on CDM here: createdigitalmusic.com/on-ipad-midi

“In iOS 4.2, best known for leveling the playing field between Apple’s handhelds and tablet, you’ll get full-blown MIDI support. It was clear in leaked details from earlier releases that Apple’s Core MIDI framework was finding new life on the mobile OS, but not directly what that would mean for hardware. Now, the hardware picture is clear.” – Peter Kirn

photo credit: ConfortModerne

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 5, 2010 at 6:15 am, filed under apple, iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Apple OSX Lion

So as usual Apple has released a bunch of new items and previewed some tasty things. I like the new Macbook Air in theory but until they get a bit more quick they are useless as live show machines. Facetime in OSX is a no brainer if you have an iPhone 4 and a spouse at home. iLife 11 seems to be just a minor feature bump. It’s still killer software that makes all Macs even nicer especially considering the price. With regards to this blog any music instruction is good so if you get a copy please watch a few piano lessons in Garage Band ok? Lion is what has me happy. The new Mac App store is going to be great and bringing much of the iOS stuff into OSX is a win. Don’t kid yourself and believe what Steve said today about touch screen Macs. He’s lying through his teeth… they are coming 100%.

“We took our best thinking from Mac OS X and brought it to the iPhone. Then we took our best thinking from the iPhone and brought it to iPad. And now we’re bringing it all back to the Mac with our eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Mac OS X Lion arrives in summer 2011.” – apple.com

For more info: apple.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm, filed under apple and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Horrorist artist profile on Ping

A few days ago Tunecore sent me an email containing an Excel spreadsheet to fill out in order to procure my Apple Ping profile. Last night I received an email from Apple with set up instructions. The process only took a few minutes. I picked my preferred genres, uploaded my photo, typed a two line bio (they can be longer if you like) and picked ten songs I wanted to feature. That last part is interesting because I checked out a few other artist profiles and the hip-hop guys all chose some of their own music while most others picked a selection of music they were listening to. I went the later route to give fans a taste of my influences. All the songs have to be in iTunes and happily even the obscure music I searched for was there. To kick things off I uploaded a few photos from my recent live show and a video from my last show in Malta. The only real downer is when I went to find artists and people to follow I discovered most of the bands I like don’t have profiles yet. If you are on Ping please friend me there and let me know if there is anyone interesting you are following.

“True fans know it all: What their favorite artists are playing — and when and where they’re playing it. Set your inner groupie free by following your favorite artists on Ping.” – Apple.com

The Horrorist at Ping: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 14, 2010 at 3:20 am, filed under apple and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Apple Ping

As a musician the word to describe how I feel about the new Apple Ping social network is: exhausted. Musicians have become the tech industries guinea pigs. Why not? We try anything and work cheap right? After creating and curating profiles on MySpace, Last.fm, Imeem, Facebook and then Facebook Fan Pages and on and on now it’s time for Ping. Of course most musicians I know won’t be able to create and artist page yet will they? At this point in time indie artists will have to create normal user profiles and watch the Lady Gaga’s get all the love. As an Apple fanboy I’ll download iTunes 10, create my profile, share it with the world and friend a bunch of people I don’t know. Let’s hope the new network really does help music discovery.

“Follow your favorite artists with a click and become part of their inner circle. Get in on the action with artist photos and status updates. Even add comments to join the conversation. Find out what music an artist likes and pick up a few recommendations. Ping is built into the iTunes app on iPhone and iPod touch. So you can see artist updates from anywhere.” – apple.com/itunes/ping/

Download iTunes 10 with Ping: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 2, 2010 at 5:32 am, filed under apple and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



My current iPad music creation apps

Here are screenshots of the two pages of music creation Apps I currently have installed on my iPad. The apps are: Aeolian Harp, audio palette, bleep!BOX, Beat Counter, Bebot, DopplerPad, Dropophone, Everyday Looper, FunkBox, iElectribe, ImproVox, iSample, iStylophone, iVoxel, Loopseque, Jasuto, Magic Piano, Melodica, MorphWiz, nanoloop, NanoStudio, NESynth, NNN MONO, Radarhead, sampletoy, SongMaker, SoundPrism, Soundrop, SoundyThingy, synthPond, Tiction AV, technoBox, TOPLAPapp, TweakyBeat and VoiceKeyboard.

Some of the Apps are iPhone Apps but because of screen size are much more fun on the iPad. There are a few music creation iPhone apps I have that I didn’t put on my iPad because they work fine on the smaller screen. Interesting the combined total price for all the Apps above if you bought them today is $137.74. I think that’s pretty good for all the touch screen sounds and creativity you get.

“The iPad has two internal speakers that push mono sound through two small sealed channels to the three audio ports carved into the bottom-right of the unit. A volume switch is on the right side of the unit. A 3.5-mm TRS connector audio-out jack on the top-left corner of the device provides stereo sound for headphones with or without microphones and/or volume controls. The iPad also contains a microphone that can be used for voice recording.” – Wikipedia

If you have any questions about any of these or want my own review just let me know.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 1, 2010 at 3:03 am, filed under apple, iPad and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



iPhone 4

My favorite device just got better. Videochat? Beam me up!

FaceTime. Retina Display. Multitasking. HD Video recording. – Apple.com

The WWDC Keynote is now online: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 8, 2010 at 3:53 am, filed under apple, iPhone and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Me and my rhythm box

I know just another iPad synth demo. But this one is uber Liquid Skyesque therefore it gets a post. Every Wednesday in the middle of hardcore Left Brain thinking it’s good to get a shot of the weird. There’s no reason to be all spreadsheet for five days!

“Left Brain… Logical, Sequential. Right Brain… Random, Synthesizing” – funderstanding.com

For more info: retronyms.com/synth

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 2, 2010 at 5:21 am, filed under apple, hardware, iPad and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Make music videos with iMovie in 5 minutes

There’s really no excuse for not having a bunch of music videos for your own music. Most cell phones have video cameras good enough to record content. Every Mac comes with iMovie and you may be surprised how fast you can make a killer music video with it. Macworld has laid it out in an article called, “We’ve got the beat (markers)“. I highly recommend loading up iMovie and follow this article step by step. It’s actually just three quick steps but once you do it you will smile. Collect some short video clips, stills and spread yourself on YouTube and why not play the video behind you when you perform live?

“iMovie ’09 is ideally suited for creating short movies, but Apple included a feature that appeals specifically to people who want to make music videos: beat markers” – macworld.com

Read the full article: macworld.com/article/imoviebeat.html

photo credit: svet

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 30, 2010 at 7:24 am, filed under apple, video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Scoble interviews Rana June aka worlds first iPad DJ

Heh funny.

“This is probably the reason that YouTube doesn’t allow every account to upload videos over 10 minutes long.” – appleiphoneschool.com

For more info: http://www.destroythesilence.com/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 24, 2010 at 5:05 am, filed under apple, iPad and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



midipad for iPad

midiPad in action from kai on Vimeo.

What musician didn’t want a Jazzmutant Lemur? What musician could actually afford one? Luckily technology marches forward and brings goodness to the masses and the midipad for iPad is a good example. There will be different views to start you off such as studioView, djView, launchView, fxView and keysView. The concept is futuristic fun but will I really want to use it in my studio? I like to move as fast as possible between brain and sound. How about live then? I can manage to use my iPhone while on my elliptical trainer so sweaty fingers won’t be a problem. I do know I’m definitely going to try it out!

“The striking feature of midipad is its ability to directly communicate via network-MIDI-protocol. So there is no need to install any communication-peer-software on the Mac! Simply plug-and-play via Apple Bonjour – wireless. This multitouch-capable midi-controller-application communicates with your Apple Mac your Windows-based PC and even standalone hardware-synths via Wifi.” – midipad.de

For more info: midipad.de and on Twitter: twitter.com/midipad

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 22, 2010 at 3:50 am, filed under Ableton Live, apple, hardware, iPad and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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