Nick from SonicState reviews the Alesis IODock. Basically you put your iPad into the dock and you get Microphone input (with Phantom Power), Balanced Outputs and Midi. I could use one of these.
“The iO Dock provides microphone and instrument users with two combination XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, each with its own gain control and switchable phantom power for condenser microphones. Producers can use the iO Dock’s MIDI jacks to sequence external keyboards, samplers, drum machines and synthesizers, or perform using the iO Dock as the sound module and their favorite MIDI-compliant keyboard, drum pad or other controller. An assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input enables remote control of any app-defined function such as stop/start or record. – alesis.com/iodock
For more info: alesis.com/iodock
I think the iPad makes a very good drum machine. The iElectribe, Funkbox and Tweakybeat have become essential tools in my arsenal. I have a new favorite called the DM-1 from Fingerlab. It has the two most important elements in music creation down pat. It sounds great and it’s very fun to use. I’ve been loving it so much I reached out to Fingerlab for the following interview…
1. Tell us a little about Fingerlab. Is it a one man show or a team? What city/country are you located in?
Based in Paris, France, co-founded by Aurélien Potier and Antoine Lepoutre during 2010, Fingerlab is a small group of independent workers, developers, designers and musicians. Fingerlab is born after the success of MultiPong our first App. For DM1,we have asked Jonas Eriksson (A designer from sweden) to do the graphics design, we discover him by his works on another projects as such as “76 Syntheseizer”
2. How long did it take you to create the DM1?
First Pascal Douillard work alone for half a year to create the prototype. After that, he contacted us in january 2011 in order to find some help to finish the App, the project was so exciting we couldn’t refuse !!. So it’s take approximatively 1 year to do the job.
3. Do you have a room full of vintage drum machines at the Fingerlab’s office? If yes please show us some photos!
4. I would love to see a Random pattern generator (per drum sound). Any chance you will be adding that to the DM-1?
We have so many stuff to add in DM1, i can’t make any promises. But it’is a good idea ;)
5. I would love to see Panning (per drum channel) added to the DM1. What do you think? Can you add that for me?
Yes, we are working on it.
6. Are you working on more pro-audio music apps? If yes, can you give us a hint as to what to expect next?
Yes we do, i cant tell you more today, but stay tuned ;)
7. What are a few other iOS apps you use (from other developers)?
Game we love
8. Where can Wire to the Ear readers connect with you on the net? Hit us with all the places to follow, spy and send you endless feature requests!
We are waiting for your request by email.
Thank you Antoine!
For more info on the DM1: fingerlab.net
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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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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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The Fingerlab DM1 is a very good iPad drum machine. I think it ranks up there with the iElectribe and Funkbox. It’s quite fun and easy to make patterns and the initial sert of drum machines sound great. After laying in a basic beat on the step grid you can jump onto the pad page and lay sounds in live. There’s a song mode, effects and a mixer page where you can control sound length and more. Highly recommended for anyone who likes drum machines.
“DM1 is an advanced vintage Drum Machine. It turns your iPad into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 24 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.” – fingerlab.net
For more info: fingerlab.net
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iPad apps like Artikulator make me happy crazy! This is really “next level” stuff. Besides the fun factor it’s detuney madness is very synthpunk. If you like this App also check out MIT’s Singing Fingers.
“Artikulator is a multitouch finger-painting synthesizer and musical toy for the iPad.” – artikulatorapp.com
For more info: artikulatorapp.com
djay hits 1.2 with some nice features. We need a 12″ screened iPad ok Apple? By the way there’s no reason you shouldn’t load two copies of one of your own tracks in this thing and make a quick remix!
“Key Lock: Utilizing zplane.development’s advanced time-stretching technology, élastique efficient, Key Lock offers the ability to stretch the audio of each turntable individually in real-time, enabling users to change the speed of the song without affecting its pitch. Enhanced Audio Analysis: Features high precision beat-grid and onset extraction with a visual representation on the wave form; users can now beat-match songs with even greater precision. Loop / Cue Snapping: djay aligns loops and cue points to the song’s beat grid based on the enhanced accuracy of the audio analysis.” – synthtopia.com
For more info: algoriddim.com/djay-ipad
I try almost any audio creation app for iOS. I definitely have a group of favorites and Polychord is one of them. If you make verse chorus type of music connect Polychord to your DAW and recording. The MIDI generated is a nice secret weapon. Polychord 2 was recently released so if you passed by the original I suggest taking a look at 2.0.
“Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Inc. is readying a major update to their iPad music composition tool, Polychord. The version 2 update brings a vast quantity of new exciting features to this highly-rated app including the ability to record your song data, a new graphical user interface, and Palettes.” – Future Music
For more info: polychordapp.com
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Pulse is a new music iPad game from Cipher Prime Studios. I really like the music selection and design on this one. This is for the hipster tech geek who wants to play a rhythm game. Cipher Prime also makes the game Auditorium which I also recommend.
“Enter an absorbing world where players become part conductor, part note-captor, part multi-touch master. Tap speeding notes as they cross the radiant pulse to conduct gorgeous original melodies.” – cipherprime.com
The VoiceJam app for iPad was the centerpiece of my performance at TekServe a few months ago. They recently updated the app. The main new feature is a plug-in architecture and the first available plug-in the C1.
“The version adds In-App purchase of a VoiceTone C1 plug-in for adding the HardTune effects along with a long list of other features, improvements and fixes.” – tc-helicon.com
Download the App: itunes.apple.com/us/app/voicejam