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
OscilloScoop is another music creation App for iOS that shows off a unique and interesting interface. I really like it when he changes the view by switching to landscape mode.
“The interface consists of a single pane and three rotating (or oscillating) “crowns.” To interact with these, simply touch them as they spin to carve (or scoop) out the surfaces, modifying the generated sound. The top crown controls the pitch of the melody, while the middle and bottom units control filter-application and volume, respectively.” – appadvice.com
Slewpi is similar to MIT’s Singer Fingers but instead of samples it uses an synth engine. You draw with sound. Different colors, thicknesses and locations on the iPhone screen represent different sounds. This is a fun music App for kids and adults alike. There’s no reason you couldn’t find use for this in your music productions.
“Slewpi is a new type of app that lets you create music and synthesized sound and animation by painting on the screen with your fingers. Slewpi is super easy to use, just paint with your fingers and choose different colors and brushes to change the strokes and sounds. Slewpi records what you do and plays it back in a loop. Choose different brushes to change the visual style as well as the sound of your strokes in real-time. The different brushes correspond to different synthesizer waveform and vibrato settings allowing you to create new and diverse audio/visual compositions.” – slewpi.com
Here’s a little piece of sunshine in the form of an iPhone App. Launch Barcodas and scan a barcode into it using the iPhone’s camera. It will turn the barcode into a musical sequence. You can change the tempo of your new audio sequence and share it on Facebook. Now I finally have something to do other than filling my cart while shopping in the supermarket.
“The barcodas app scans any ean (8 or 13) or upc (e or a) barcode and turns it into a musical pattern in a user-selectable harmonic scale. Imagine walking into a supermarket filled with thousands of tunes to discover, supermarket symphony! Share the barcodes you love listening to on Facebook, so all your barcodas friends can scan them too.” – nr74.org/barcodas.html
Mini-Composer is an iPhone App from Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk) and Masayuki Akamatsu. It’s a simple App with a few drum machine loops each matched with a moving graphic such as a man walking or a flickering television set. You also have a Tenori style sequencer. It’s free future like fun.
“The app include four different drumbeats to which you can compose your own melody: ”Apeman”: 128 bpm / sine wave, ”Clock”: 92 bpm / triangle, ”Interview”: 116 bpm / sawtooth – ”TV”: 100 bpm / square. You can work easily with the following functions: 16 steps sequencer, Start/stop sequence, Multi-touch note input/erease, 4 waves (saw, triangular, square, sine), 4 drumbeat loops, Drums on/off, Random notes, Clear notes” – karlbartos.com
80’s awesome wonderful! In England in the summertime…
“Introducing the Fairlight App for iPhone & iPad, available from the Apple App Store in March 2011. Over 30 years since the original Fairlight CMI first changed the way we make music, we are proud to present the iPhone & iPad Apps, giving you the experience of a CMI Series IIx in the palm of your hand, complete with the full Series IIx factory library and expandable to include the best of the Series III library and even your own samples. Marvel at the then revolutionary Page R step sequencer, gasp at the three dimensional waveforms in Page D and bask in the wonder of some of the most famous sounds of the Eighties! The sound track of this video is also one of the app’s built-in demos. ‘Octagonalle’ was created using original Series II library sounds on the Fairlight iPad app by producer/composer Justin Shave. Shave confronted his first CMI in 2006 when he co-produced Darren Hayes’ album “This Delicate Thing We’ve Made.” Darren had decided that the Fairlight was the only instrument which could deliver the ’80s sensibility he was seeking, bought one on eBay, and handed it to Shave to tame. The rest is history.” – FairlightInstruments
Here’s a trio for Tuesday. Three new interesting pro-audio related products. Number one we have Steinberg LoopMash. LoopMash mangles four loops. It’s an iPhone App. I grabbed it and it has a pretty cool faux 3D swipe to different screen effect worth checking out. Years after abandoning Cubase I’m using a Steinberg product again. Number two is Mike. It’s a microphone from Apogee that goes directing into your iOS device. It’s from Apogee so it deserves mention. Convenience and AD/DA conversion wise it should be a winner however I’m all about high end mic pres and Mike can’t use one. Number three we have SuperAnalog808 a Roland TR-808 sample pack from Goldbaby designed for Loopmasters. If you don’t own a real 808 or Acidlab Miami then samples are your friend. Goldbaby does them right and there’s a million suble differences between 808s and ways to record them so another sample set is always welcome.
Kazuyuki Okamoto (OKAHON) is the developer of NNN MONO (which I used in my demo at Tekserve) and Powon. He has a new iOS visual synthesizer app called _www_ which looks great. You can download the operation manual: here. Kazuyuki has also posted 12 tutorial videos on his website: okahon.com/works/www.html. It’s available in the App store now for $1.99: App Store Link
“www is a musical instrument of new type. Lets you create new sounds.” – Kazuyuki Okamoto