I love songwriting helper Apps. ProChords helps you find the next chord. I was using it last night and it definitely helped me make a progression I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. It’s a bit more than your standard App at $8.99 and keep in mind your still doing to have to work hard to create a song.
“ProChords is a hand held road map of chords from 9000 songs. So if you are working on a song Fx. “Am7, Em7, Am7, Em7″ and don’t know how to get out of the loop. Tab it into ProChords and you will instantly know 31 different ways to continue. It makes it fun to explore odd chord progressions and get inspiration for more original songwriting” – prochords.dk
Presets for Animoog. Yes some are Dubstep. $19 USD
“Expand your Animoog! 64 new presets for Animoog covering a broad range of genres from Ambient to Dubstep. Smooth ambient pads, wobbly basses, subtle drones, rhythmic sequences and organic sound effects such as a true budgie tweet, the hypnotic song of whales and the natural purr of a cat. Luftrum 8 is compatible with both the iPhone and iPad version of Animoog. Included is an easy install instruction, describing how to get the sounds onto your device. All presets are nicely sorted with LUF initials to separate them from the factory presets.” – Luftrum
As usual in January I’ve been reading a lot of best of last year lists. One iOS game that was on everyone’s list that I overlooked is called Forget Me Not. I mention it here because its got great retro arcade sounds to it. I’ve been playing it over and over just to hear it. In the app store for $1.99.
“Run around the infinite, ever changing corridors of the NEON DUNJUN, gathering flowers and shooting everything. ZAP! Grab the key to the next floor.. try not to let monsters take it off you. Once you’ve picked all the flowers, the doorway shall appear… Grind the walls for a speed boost and the power of squishing!” – nyarlu.net
The most innovated music software in the past few years has not come from Ableton or Steinberg. It’s come on iOS from Smule and Khush. Although you may not make a full on slick track using these apps the technology and wowness behind LaDiDa, Ocarina, Magic Fiddle and Madpad is great. The video above explaining that the two companies are getting together is very nerdy. That nerd factor is good though because when nerds and art mix I’m happy. I hope they add pro features (midi, audio export) to all of their apps.
“Smule, makers of such fine musically-tuned iOS apps as Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain, have just announced their intentions to acquire Khush, the equally music-minded company behind LaDiDa (you sing, it generates a beat) and Songify (you sing / talk / cough / howl, it bends the tune into a song). Wonder-Twin powers, activate!” – Techcrunch
Here is another interesting sequencer for iOS just released called PixiTracker. This is the new baby of Alexander Zolotov who also brought us SunVox. I love the full screen view that flashes the large sound icons!
“No time to delve into the big and serious music apps? PixiTracker is what you need! It is a simple and fun tool to quickly create musical sketches or chip tunes. Without requiring a lot of musical knowledge!” – Alexander Zolotov
If your into retro noise you may like Zx Plectrum. It’s a one trick pony but then again it’s just a buck. I grabbed it and annoyed everyone around me for a good twenty minutes. That alone was worth the dollar.
“Play the ZX Specturm loading sounds as a musical instrument on your iPhone/iPod/iPad! Relive the crisp sounds of your youth! Change the loading phase and pitch to make some weird but familiar sounds!” – davesapien.com
The new iPhone is upon is. You shouldn’t care if the number five is part of it’s name because it’s a nifty upgrade. The thing that has me the most interested is Siri. If it works accurately and quickly it could be as big as a step as multi-touch was. Talking and touching think about it. The future is creeping up around us. Will we be saying, “Load sequencer. 4 bar loop…” soon?
“Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.” – Apple.com
One of the nice features of the new Traktor Pro 2 (and S4) is that when you create a Loop it automatically saves it in a folder for use to use in your DAW or anywhere else. It also labels the Loop so you know what track it came from so you can give credit where do if you so choose. I’ve been building a nice collection of tidbits and started throwing them into the new meta.dj app with some interesting results.
“Are you half producer and half DJ? Has your style outgrown the abilities of 2 virtual decks, digital wax and a mixer?” – soundtrends.com
This week we see two new apps for iOS that let you “remix your life”!
MadPad from Smule is like Cambox on steroids. It is very similar except it’s iPad native and you can browse other peoples sets. I absolutely love the browsing feature. I can already see people creating some nice modular or synth sets. This is a wicked app that anyone creative will love.
With VidRhythm you record some video clips and auto creates a music video for you. Although it’s more a fun toy than something you are going to create a real music video the concept is great. It’s not too unlike the web service Animoto. EDIT: After playing with the app a little maybe you CAN make something special…
“Remix your life with MadPad! Turn everyday sights and sounds like your car, an empty soda can, or your friends into the ultimate percussive instrument. Oh the possibilities! Woosh, boom, clap…anything can be music. Just aim the camera and shoot the sounds all around you: your local café, car, kitchen, kids, cat, friends… MadPad magic will take care of the rest. Or have fun playing with the hundreds of free premade sets.” – smule.com/madpad
“Remix your world! Introducing VidRhythm, the fun and easy way to make video music from Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band™ and Dance Central™. Video-sample yourself, your friends, your pets, or anything else, and use VidRhythm to instantly mash it up into a crazy video remix!” – vidrhythm.com