SoundCloud has updated it’s iPhone app to include one very important feature: recording. After you hit the new orange button your track is pushed to the SoundCloud site and you get options to share the track on Facebook and Twitter. Will this replace the very sleek FiRe app for you? If the Berliners are reading this I’m ready for an iPad SoundCloud app too please.
“Record: capture your sounds on-the-go and share them directly to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Browse and search user profiles. Share any public track to Facebook & Twitter Background playback (on iOS4)” – soundcloud.com
By the way, I have been featured on the SoundCloud sign up tour pages: click here
Singing Fingers is yet another reason the iPad is a must have for musicians. How can you not like this? The iPhone version is available now and looks ok on the iPad: click here (App store link). A made for iPad version is on the way. If you still ready to complain keep in mind this App is free. It was created at the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten.
“Singing Fingers Lets You Finger Paint with Sound. Make a sound while moving your finger to record a sound-drawing. Touch the drawing you just made to play the sound back: forward, backward, sideways, or any way. That’s it! Singing Fingers lets you see music, hear colors, and re-see everyday sounds for the beautiful playground that they are. Singing Fingers lowers the floor to let beginners play with sound as if it was finger paint, and raises the roof by letting advanced DJs break out of the grooves of the records into a world where sounds take any shape you give them.” – singingfingers.com
This week Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music posted a great article on the upcoming full MIdi support in iOS 4.2. We are getting “WiFi Midi” which appears to be an Apple proprietary system for Apple devices to communicate wirelessly and official USB Midi support via the iPad Camera Connection Kit (Amazon link). It seems we will enter the next phase of music software and hardware on iOS devices once developers have the new Core MIDI goodness in their hands for a while. Is my Atari ST jealous yet? Read the full article on CDM here: createdigitalmusic.com/on-ipad-midi
“In iOS 4.2, best known for leveling the playing field between Apple’s handhelds and tablet, you’ll get full-blown MIDI support. It was clear in leaked details from earlier releases that Apple’s Core MIDI framework was finding new life on the mobile OS, but not directly what that would mean for hardware. Now, the hardware picture is clear.” – Peter Kirn
Every time I’m with a friend with small children I show the kids SoundPrism. They always react nicely to it. The latest update adds note names. This is a great addition making it easier to perform already known music. It’s also useful when bringing SoundPrism audio into a DAW to choosing what Scales to merge the audio with. They also added a record function and improved sounds. App store link: click here
“An intuitive and fun way to express myself. An incredibly easy way to compose great music. A tool to create emotions with. A musical landscape for me to explore.” – audanika.com
Moog Music is about to release an iPhone/iPad App called Filatron. It’s a Sampler with a Filter, LFO, Feedback Generator, Delay, XY Pad and Moog GUI. You can also use the mic in for live input. Like the recent Minimoog Voyager XL I have mixed feelings on this release. On one hand Moog should be applauded for moving itself somewhat into the future. On the other hand it goes against the analog purity that was Bob Moog design. I guess it’s good we can have both.
I remember the first time I saw a video of The Reactable synth/audio engine. A guy was moving real objects across a touch screen connecting objects that were making sound. He was able to insert effects and by twisting real hardware cubes LFOs would speed up or slow down, etc… it was a wow to watch. Smartly Reactable Systems have ported the engine into the iOS world and instead of hardware blocks and such everything is in the glass. You get 20 virtual objects and there is Accelerometer and mic input. Most importantly you can import your own samples. It’s $9.99 available in the App Store: click here
“Reactable mobile brings the power of the award winning Reactable synthesizer to your mobile device. Based on the Reactable Live! software, the Reactable mobile is a versatile synthesizer that allows you to play and process your own sound samples and audio input. A complete and flexible live performance instrument with professional audio quality.” – reactable.com
Here’s a few recordings I made with 5 iOS music creation apps. Many of these apps I’ve owned on the iPhone but never really used because the screen was too small. On the iPad these are all quite joyful.
Fun, innovative and incredibly annoying to everyone around you. iPhone and iPad native. $1.99. Get it: click here. Looking for a classic song to inspire you? Check out The Human Beatbox from the Fat Boys. By the way, the Fat Boys are not fat anymore!
“The app listens to the sounds you produce and recognizes them, allowing you to make crazy beats and be part of the challenge. Memorize rhythms and repeat them as fast as possible to become an expert. BoomClap also use a brand new adaptation mechanism: it can learn the sounds you want to use to play!” – billaboop.com
Here’s a tasty new iOS vocoder from Germany software house Virsyn called iVoxel. When it comes to vocoders clarity is king. This is why in the past I’ve mostly used non-traditional vocoder type units like a Digitech Talker. It seems the iVoxel has some of that mojo in it performing some resynthesis of your own voice before the vocoder section to make it clearer. I also like that you can record your own voice and use a few samples spread over the keys. How many iPads are we going to want on stage with us?
“Voxel is a combination of a voice optimized synthesizer and a vocoder. The vocoder part is based on the Matrix vocoder from VirSyn used by many famous artists – one of them the well known german group Kraftwerk. The channel filters used by iVoxel are based on the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201 resulting in a rich and fat analogue sound characteristic.” – virsyn.net/mobileapp