Sometimes I make a post on this blog just to mark an event that happened. Surely I can’t add much more text to Steve Jobs resigning. The truth is no one really knows what Apple will look like in five years. I will say it’s been thrilling to watch his run. I hope the rest of his life no matter how long or short is peaceful and he gets to reflect on what he did.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.” – Steve Jobs
For more info: www.apple.com/24Steve-Jobs-Resigns…
I love software that helps me create actual songs. Chord generators, lyric triggers and anything that can get me to a full arrangement quickly has my interest. I’ve been playing with an iOS app called SongSynth. Sitting on my couch I was able to knock out a few simple songs. I really like this app quite a lot and hope to see more apps like it. My only wish is MIDI export so I can bring my sketch into a pro-environment.
“At the heart of a pop song is a lyrical idea sung along to a collection of chords. SongSynth offers a unique, easy-to-use way of experimenting with chords, and a host of other features to help you write, store and record song ideas.” – atticsound.net/songsynth
For more info: atticsound.net/songsynth
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One of my favorite iOS music apps is sir Sampleton. It’s a pretty popular Sampler and drum machine. What I love about it is it’s simple and really fun. I just discovered another app which is very similar with even more quirk built in. Badlion’s Garage Synth gives you some drum loops, very analog synth presets and a weird selections of samples in slots. There’s also a tilt pitch feature. Beware if you’re at my next dinner party because I’m breaking this guy out.
“With Badlion’s Garage Synth anyone can be a musician. Just pick a beat and play some tunes over it, add some effects and you already have a hot track to listen to. Selectable keyboard – flash & rainbow / basic minimal. 48 beats – changeable volume and tempo. 8 samples – 4 octaves. 44 fx – loop or stop (once) functions. Tilt – you can pitch notes by tilting the phone.” – itunes.apple.com/the-badlions…
For more info: itunes.apple.com/the-badlions…
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I’ve been listening to a new podcast which covers mobile pro-audio apps called the Touch Sound Podcast. It’s well produced with news, interviews and plenty of good discussion. The hosts Nick Platers, Greg Pritchard, Sean Walker and Ashley Elsdon all know their stuff and talk for well over two hours. Highly recommended.
“In Episode #05 we talk about iOS and Mac OSX becoming one, TableTop, GrainBender Synth, Karajan, the upcoming Rhythm studio, VirSyn’s Addictive Synth, AirVox, Firestudio, Hokusai and tons more! Plus this week we interview two guests – John-Paul of Retronyms and Ian Bradshaw of Korg.” – soundcloud.com/touchsoundpodcast
For more info: touchsoundpodcast.com
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AirVox is somewhat like a Thermin, Alesis AirSynth or Roland D-beam for iOS. There are 49 presets to play with that take you through the different scales and available hand motions. $2.99 in the App Store (link).
“AirVox is a unique and precise musical instrument controlled without touch — only using hand gestures and motions. Interact with AirVox via the front facing camera. Our real-time computer vision technology “sees” your hands’ movements and turns it into musical notes and tones. YOU are the instrument! No previous musical experience is required to control Airvox. Its ease-of-use and many built-in features make music creation instant, and more importantly, fun! But AirVox is also a precision instrument. You can perform with the expression and phrasing usually heard in traditional instruments.” – yonac.com
For more info: yonac.com
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You can sync a Korg Monotribe with another Monotribe. With the SyncKontrol iPhone app you can sync a Monotribe with an iPad and/or wirelessly with Ableton Live (or any DAW). I still can’t get over the fact you can get a fully analog groovebox for about $230. I hope these sell like crazy so Korg keeps on making analog synths and drum machines.
“SyncKontrol offers owners of Korg’s monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station precise tempo control, plus the ability to sync their monotribe to WIST (Wireless sync) enabled apps! SyncKontrol allows you to control the tempo and start/pause of the monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station via the audio output of your iPhone. The app also offers Tap Tempo, a Swing function, and WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) to sync monotribe to WIST-enabled apps such as Korg’s iMS20, iElectribe and iElectribe Gorillaz(tm) Edition. In addition, this application receives sync from Mac based DAW software by receiving MIDI clock and play/stop commands via Wireless Network MIDI.”
For more info: korg.com/monotribe
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Rhythm Studio from Pulsecode Inc. is going to draw comparisons with Propellerhead’s Re-Birth. However, if you check out the video above I bet you may still be interested. It looks pretty nice to me. What do you think? This app is not available yet.
“Rhythm Studio balances advanced features by using an easy to understand interface resembling real instruments. This means that one button does one thing just like it would with real hardware. Knobs turn, switches slide, and buttons press. You won’t get lost in abstract interfaces or design. Rhythm Studio is the next best thing to having the real hardware. Rhythm Studio includes a full 808 drum machine, 303 synthesizer, sample based synthesizer, XY style control pad, and mixer with FX.” – pulsecodeinc.com/rhythm-studio/
For more info: pulsecodeinc.com/rhythm-studio/
via Palm Sounds
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If this was Air Keytar maybe they would have had my sale.
“Nintendo Wii proved that moving is more fun than pressing buttons, Air Guitar Move proves that moving is more fun than tapping and shaking your iPhone. Here’s how it works: Hold the iPhone in one hand like a guitar neck, strum the Ultimate Guitar Pick in the air with your other hand and, yes, you’re now playing air guitar.” – kickstarter.com/projects/iphoneairguitar
For more info: kickstarter.com/projects/iphoneairguitar
Monnix is a new synthesizer for iOS devices. I created a little video above showing off what it can do. It’s another app I can see having plugged into my audio interface and an Ableton channel. Good for a background sweep or possible an intro. It’s fun to use and I really like the interface. Available now in the App store (link).
“This live performance synthesizer uses three points of touch to control the distribution of up to 16 harmonics, allowing for unique sound effects. Movements can be played back in the Replay page and the pitch altered by tilting the device forward. The Sample & Hold screen freezes the partials according to the selected tempo. FM ratio, jitter and envelope parameters can be set in the remaining pages, allowing for a wide variety of sonic mayhem.” – chrisjeffs.com
For more info: chrisjeffs.com/monnix/
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I was in my car awaiting the day ahead of me. I had some time to kill so I jumped onto the iTunes Apps store to see if there was anything new and interesting. Cambox is basically a video Casio SK1. When I was in high school (1986) I had a SK1. I quickly recorded “Fuck You!” on it and my friends and I drove around the suburbs hanging the SK out the window playing random FUs to anyone who could hear us. A few car chases and close fights and then we were bored with it. I’m happy Cambox is in my life to annoy the hell out of everyone I can. I hope you enjoy my little video test above. I love this App greatly.
“Each sound you make stores a piece of video into a box. You can film yourself singing, whistling or doing crazy faces. You can also capture your friends, your dog, or anything else.” – billaboop.com
For more info: billaboop.com/en/cambox