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.”
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/
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
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
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
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
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.
There are a few Loopers for iOS but the newly released VoiceJam from TC-Helicon is my favorite. WIthin the first hour I recorded some really cool stuff with it. The demo video above will give you a good idea of what’s possible with one exception. They don’t mention that if you use an iRig or similar device you can record drum machines or whatever “line in”. I used my iPhone into the iPad and FunkBox to lay down a beat, Beatbot for some synths and recorded some vocals. It was very fun almost to the point I will say this is a musicians iOS killer app.
“Traditional audio loopers constrain you to a single loop. While they often make it easy to build up a great phrase with each new layer and track, they never make it easy to go anywhere with the original idea. VoiceJam encourages you to expand outwards, giving you the tools to create a complete musical performance with all the dramatic structure of a fully mixed composition.” – tc-helicon.com/voicejam