Sync iPad Apps on one iPad

The future of iOS music. Polychord virtual MIDI (BETA preview) from Shoulda Woulda Coulda on Vimeo.

The iOS music creation environment is devoloping. First we had great single purpose apps. Next there was audio copy/paste between some apps. Then apps like Tabletop showed up multiple devices in a single app. Coming soon we can sync multiple single purpose apps (video above). It’s starting to seem like this is all heading somewhere. All you old time mouse point and clickers (myself included) better sharpen your fingertips!

“Now you’ll be able to have your music apps talk to each other, while they run in the background, and use polychord to control them. In this video we show how polychord can control another app (MoDrum) running in the background — all through virtual MIDI, all without any cables. Polychord sends MIDI clock signals out, keeping everything in sync. Stay tuned — we’ll have even more exciting things to share soon as we test out polychord with some of the iPad synthesizers that are supporting this game-changing new feature.” – Shoulda Woulda Coulda

For more info: polychordapp.com

photo credit: Matrixsynth

Polychord 2

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

CDM, Wire to the Ear Podcast

Music Tech in Review – Episode 1 – Podcast Chat by cdm

I’m obsessed with podcasts. When I moved to Berlin every time I missed english speak or felt alone Leo Laporte and his podcasts were in my ear. After I blogged for a while I knew I had to do a podcast too. I also knew I couldn’t do it alone. Most podcasts with just one host seem really boring to me. After I met Peter Kirn last month at the SAE/Shocklee Panel for IMSTA I knew I had to run the idea past him. Create Digital Music is without doubt an important source for music tech words. I credit that site for killing my subscriptions to Keyboard and Electronic Musician (I still get Sound on Sound). Honestly we don’t know if we have the energy to keep this up but we enjoyed recording the first one. I assume we will keep it going, get a cool name for it, add some audio bumpers and become more comfortable talking. We will get the quality up a bit too. I hope you enjoy our ramblings.

Topics covered: Google Listen, RockBand 3, Korg IMS20, Polychord, iOS Midi, Meeblip, Step Poly Arp, Magic Fiddle, Beat Bop, Pro-Tools 9, Ohm Studio

Links to all the topics covered on one nice Bit.ly bundle: http://bit.ly/musictechtalk1

“This was entirely impromptu, but we do intend to plan ahead and do it right and make it a regular thing. That raises a couple of questions. What would you want in such a program? (High on my list: adding some actual music and music discussion, guests, interactive Q&A…)” – Peter Kirn, CDM

Photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

Polychord

polychord music app for iPad from gregory Wieber on Vimeo.

The new iPad App Polychord is best described as a mix between Audanika’s SoundPrism, Cognitone’s Harmony Navigator and a vintage Hammond Auto-Vari 64. The App pushes you toward only playing parts that sound right together so anyone can pick it up and sound like a real musician. I don’t mean to diminish the App’s usefulness as a real tool because it’s inspiring me left and right. There is a nice selection of drum patterns and you can control the tempo. There is also an arpeggiator which you can nicely fade in and out of it’s own sound (it will make sense when you try it). If they get this App working with Midi/external sounds it’s going to be drop dead essential. In the meantime your results will be thesixtyone indie or like the awesome wedding song in Napoleon Dynamite.

I’m having great fun making pretty music with Polychord. It’s $9.99 and available now (App Store link): click here

“Polychord is drums, bass, chords, and accompaniment all wrapped into one. Simply press one of the chord circles and your on your way to writing a song. Drums and bass follow the chords automatically, but the coolest part is probably the strum keys on the right: simply swipe your finger over the yellow keys to strum a chord.” – polychordapp.com

For more info: polychordapp.com