Audiobus was released today. It allows multiple iOS music apps to work together. I have found many music apps to be useful but I usually just record one at a time into Ableton. Audiobus opens things up. I’m still not certain I want to be bouncing in and out of Apps but this functionality is certainly welcome. I’m also glad to see many developers working together on it. $9.99
“A Tasty Pixel in partnership with Audanika today launched Audiobus, a revolutionary new app for iPad and iPhone set to reinvent iOS music making with its ability to connect music apps together, just as cables connect audio equipment. Support for the app is already built into such leading iOS music apps as Rebirth, JamUp, NLog, Sunrizer and more, with over 750 more developers registered to implement Audiobus in their own music apps.” – audiob.us
Last night I had some time to hook up SoundPrism Pro (iTunes link) to Ableton Live via the Camera Connection Kit and a small M-Audio MIDI interface I had lying around. I am very pleased that it worked easily and the results are wonderful. I was able to record all the pretty chord and bass selections SoundPrism spit out. It took less than a few minutes to create verse and chorus melodies that work together. In this quick demo I used some free Roland TR-808 samples and a software Korg Wavestation through D16′s Devastor distortion. Truly inspirational.
“It’s like getting a futuristic keyboard in the present.” – Lee Kaczor (iTunes review)
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
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
A few years ago when desktop computers became fast enough there was a golden era of audio plug-ins being released. Every week there was a new software synthesizer or effect that was beautiful and had functionality or sound quality not yet previously available in software. We are clearly entering the touch golden era. Apps like SoundPrism just have me smiling ear to ear. Wonderfully futuristic. It’s not quite out yet so follow Audanika on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
“What is SoundPrism? An intuitive and fun way to express yourself. An incredibly easy way to compose great music. A tool to create emotions with. A musical landscape for you to explore. What can I do with it? Impress my crush with some lovely handmade tunes. Relax during a stressful day. Build loops graphically. Dream.” – audanika.com