iPhone attack: TR-808, TB-303, Sampler, Synthesizer

Ableton Live and iPhone

I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?

Take a listen:

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That took about 15 minutes to put together and it was true fun. So what applications did I use to create this?

Audiorealism Technobox

Audiorealism technoBox

The Roland TR-808 and TB-303 appear in my tune courtesy of Audiorealism’s fantastic new iPhone app simply called technoBox. You could compare it to Propellerhead’s now long gone Re-Birth. Here’s a hint: when in TB-303 mode hit Shift-Gate for a random pattern!

Huff Software - Tapestri

My vocal stuttering away saying, “Yeah. Yeah. Make the music baby!” was recorded and played back by a super fun and simple application called Tapestri. You record some vocals and touch the waveform to play at whatever point.

Pure Profit - Android FX

The synth effects in my Acid track come from Pure Profit’s Andriod FX. They also make BtBx but I think they hit a more useful mark with this nice application. You drag on the screen to make pitch and noises. There is a full info screen where you can tweak this little synth’s sound until your pleased.

All three of these apps make me super happy. If your a electronic musician go grab them: Aciiiiid!

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm, filed under apple, iPhone and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Tapestri for the iPhone touches your sounds.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ocSBBvw714

Well here you have a great example of how touch screens are going to transform musician’s tools. Tapestri allows you to sample a sound and when you touch the waveform it plays it from the location you touched it.

“Tapestri version 1.0 is a sound sample-based synthesizer that uses the iPhone / iPod Touch touch screen interface to crisply control the playback of recorded sample material. With this innovative tool, recorded sounds can be quickly transformed into rap or electronic beats, synthy “clouds” of sound textures, or syncopated, improvised drum beats. Sounds are recorded by pushing the red record button to start and stop the recording process. When a sound is recorded, its waveform displays on the screen, and wherever you touch on the wave, the playback will rapidly jump to that location, allowing you to loop and cut up the sounds instantly!” – huffsound.com


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alm1k2ycLrA

I bought Tapestri and I think it will be a fun way to throw in some quick sounds into my own songs. I like the idea of a few minutes away from the mouse and screen creating a weird unexpected tidbit. Is this the new Casio SK-1?

Available for .99 at: iTunes

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.