iOS6 will be released today. While I still do the bulk of my pro-audio work on my iMac or Macbook Pro I am using my iPhone and iPads more and more. Yes the previous sentence shows my fruit company addiction. Nevertheless just recently I was recording some female vocals and to lead the chorus in I grabbed a sound from the iPad app Samplewiz. I did it without thinking much… it’s just part of my workflow now. iOS6 brings some nice new features as far as audio is concerned. Sonicstate has a good write up (here) on what’s coming but here’s three things: Audio and Video Sampling During Playback, Inter-app audio and Multi-route audio. These additions plus the recently approved AudioBus spec along with more powerful iOS devices mean you will soon be working with multiple audio apps at the same time in a big way. It’s going to be great to see what innovative apps are going to take advantage of all this.
“Live, app-to-app audio streaming for iOS. No hardware required.” – audiob.us
triqtraq for iPhone is a really interesting music creation app. There’s been so many of these that I overlooked this one the week it came out. I finally had a chance to play with it and it’s one of the best of this type. It has some nice things like effect automation and you can bring in your own samples. Besides the videos above there is a full page of video tutorials: click here. I’m going to import some samples on a track I’ve been working for and see how that changes things this weekend. If you like Propellerhead’s Figure definitely try this out. $1.99 available now.
“triqtraq is the ultimate jam sequencer for electronic music producers or DJs who want to make music on the go, or improvise live. While it lets you create great sounding musical ideas with ease, triqtraq offers many surprising musical features that will please even experienced beat creators.” – triqtraq.com
Here’s a fun little $2 iOS app called Vinylizeme. Go through a few steps and it will help you create a vintage and if wanted worn 12″ vinyl album cover. There’s enough options that I could see this “maybe” useful for a real project.
“VinylizeMe is a cool new app that puts you and your favorite people, pets and places on the cover of your very own vintage record cover. This user-friendly app puts you in complete control to deeply customize every part of your cover.” – vinylizeme.com
You’re probably going to hate this. However as a superfan of classic hiphop when lyrics were fun and a fan of amazing technology I admit I love this. Autorap is available now for iOS and Android. It’s free so go have some stupid fresh fun (sorry).
“This is AutoRap. It turns speech into rap, and corrects bad rapping.” – smule.com/autorap
I missed Soundbeam when it came out a few months ago. It’s a visual spectrum and waveform analyzer for iOS. I’m not sure about the license attached to recording it’s video output but I think this would be cool to use in a promo music video (update: in a Tweet the developer said it’s ok to use Soundbeam’s visuals in your own videos as long as you send them a link to what you created).
“Soundbeam is an audio analyzer that processes the input of your microphone in real time displaying it like a classic oscilloscope.” – evilwindowdog.com
I love samplers. I especially love sampling my own voice and putting little 80s’esque panned repeating vowels throughout my own tracks. iOS has a good selection of samplers already such as sirSampleton and SampleWiz. I Am Sampler is new and is also quite good! It has 4 sample banks, LFO, bit crusher, delay and a reverse mode. We live in G-g-g-olden times. $1 USD in the App Store (link).
“i have no knobs,no technical terms but just only cute icons waiting for your tap and flick.” – detune.co.jp
Yesterday, Apple showed off iOS 6, Mac OSX Mountain Lion and new Macbook Pro’s with Retina displays. None of the upgrades will mean much specifically for musicians. The new Macbook Pro is of course lust worthy but be carefully you loose the Firewire port. An adapter will keep your audio interface working but it’s worth mentioning. Mountain Lion continues to push the idea of files being stored with their own apps (now also in iCloud). I’m old school and like pushing my files all around between different Apps but Apple knows for beginners it makes more sense to do it the new way. Making the same file and changes to the file instantly available on iOS and Mac OSX also pushes developers to make compatible Apps that work on both platforms. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the great iOS music stuff on Mac OSX. Everything is getting a lot slicker. A native Notes app that syncs across iOS & Mac OS (goodbye Simplenote/Notational Velocity?), a night mode for the Phone that looks excellent, built-in turn by turn GPS with new Maps and Passbook. Passbook stores tickets to concerts, movies, flights and will be another good step in eliminating paper. Later in the year we are sure to see a new iPhone and maybe some TV product. Yes I am still a fanboy.
“iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better.” – Apple
The wonderfully titled abcdefg has been one of those iOS music apps I show friends to blow them away. Konsonant (iTunes link) is Joerg Piringer’s follow up. Don’t be afraid to use your konsonant creations in your own music productions.
“konsonant is an extraordinary exploration of letters, voice and technology by the media artist joerg piringer. Following the award winning success of piringer’s app abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz konsonant is the next iteration of the artist’s ongoing research on the potential entertaining qualities of letters and sound.” – joerg.piringer.net
Propellerhead’s Figure for iOS has been released on the App Store (link). For less than a dollar you get some of the Reason sound engine in a pocket touch interface. When you first load it up you can a modern looking interface with a mini 808/303/Melody combo. Within a minute you can “figure” out the interface easily changing patterns and manipulating the sound. I’ve been playing with the App and yes it’s very fun as advertised.
“World-class synths? Sure. Beast of a drum machine? Totally. But here’s what matters most: Figure is fun.” – propellerheads.se
eDrops is a iOS gravity sequencer very much like another app called SoundDrop. I love these type of futury apps and eDrops has a few differences. Check out the video above to see what it does. $1.99 in the App Store.