Surprise! The software that made Propellerhead famous has returned: ReBirth for the iPhone. Who wasn’t amazed to have Roland TB-303s, 808s and 909s on their 1990’s computers? Now we can have it on our phones. It’s $6.99 and you can download it now: click here
“ReBirth is back…In your iPhone! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been reincarnated. This time around, ReBirth takes the form of a seriously block rocking iPhone music app. Released in 1997 and discontinued in 2005, Propellerhead ReBirth was the first music software to reproduce the sound and behavior of those three classic Roland devices that defined the sound of early Techno and Acid House: the TB-303 Bassline Synth and the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers.” – rebirthapp.com
Studio Six Digital makes iPhone and iPad sound measurement Apps and hardware. Some of the tools include a SPL Meter, FFT Analysis, Impulse Response Recorder, THD+n Measurement and a Speaker Polarity/Distortion tests. There’s also an Impedance Meter and an Impedance Sweep test.
“The Impulse Response module for AudioTools provides an easy way to capture an IR audio file on the iPhone / Touch, and also calculates the most-needed metrics from the data. Impulse Response is an iPhone port of a powerful mathematical model developed on desktop computers by Daniel Valente, Ph.D Architectural Acoustics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In seconds, a complete set of measurements is made that describe the acoustic character of a room.” – studiosixdigital.com
Sometimes I like to sit back on the couch with my iPhone and troll through SoundCloud or Last.fm tracks. Happily now I can add Beatport to the list. The new Beatport iPhone App is free. You can find my own music on Beatport: click here
“The Beatport iPhone App lets you access Beatport’s music catalog on your iPhone. Browse, listen, and add music to your cart all while on the move. Filter through Beatport’s extensive library using: 1. Expertly selected featured releases updated weekly 2. Artist charts from the most relevant DJs and producers in the world 3. Overall and genre-specific Top 100 sales charts 4. Powerful search function. The Beatport iPhone app’s persistent preview player allows you to dive deeper into Beatport’s vast electronic music catalog without missing a beat. Simultaneously browse the app while listening to high quality audio previews.” – Beatport.com
Zach Gage the creator of synthPond and Unify emailed me this morning to let me know about his new project Sonic Wire Sculptor. Basically you draw in 3D and then the app turns your sketch into a musical sequence. The video above shows you in a clearer way than I can describe it. You can see the original hardware box this App is designed from here: sonicwiresculptor.com/sws2003.html
“Sonic Wire Sculptor is based on a musical instrument by Amit Pitaru which has been shown in museums and galleries world wide. The Sonic Wire Sculptor turns your 3D drawing into sound. It introduces a simple yet deep connection between visual and audio composition.” – sonicwiresculptor.com
I love synthPond. What do you think of this new toy?
With the release of the iPad immenent it’s clear a MIDI interface for the pad or iPhone could be put to good use. I’ve been enjoying the lack of MIDI and the simple sound mangling apps such as Bebot, Curtis, TOPLAPapp and sampleToy. However, some Apps such as synthPond scream, “I want to be hooked up to to a DAW in sync and use me with external sounds”.
“MIDI Mobilizer is the only MIDI interface for Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Play, record, and backup MIDI information from any MIDI device, any time, any place.” – line6.com
We may not need a new MIDI standard but how about a new tiny MIDI plug?
Everyday Looper has become my favorite iPhone app period. If your a musician go grab this thing. It’s really fun to play around with and although you can’t tell by my loop it get’s your creative juices flowing. $4.99: click here
Jörg was “born in 1974. currently living in vienna/austria. member of the institute for transacoustic research. member of the vegetable orchestra (das erste wiener gemüseorchester). student at the schule für dichtung in wien (curd duca, sainkho namtchylak, etc). master degree in computer science. sound poet.”
I’ll admit I have Way Out Ware’s iSample (iTunes link) installed and didn’t even realize it updated to this slick new version. Two features are super slick: “Sample trimming with pinch to zoom, two finger scrolling and scrubbing.” and “Graphical Looper screen that allow you to position samples dynamically while looping.”. You can see them in action in the video above. iSample 2.0 is $9.99. Nice dancing Jim!
“iSample 2.0 is a very powerful sample based music production tool. New with the 2.0 update are an array of features that make iSample a leader among the beat making / pocket studio apps. iSample ships with over 50 MBs of samples created by Mutato Muzika (founded and run by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh) that provide a great starting place to create your own jams, and also to get started with iSample.” – Way Out Ware