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Waviary

Posted by Mikers On May - 27 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Expect to get in touch with your ‘Zen’ side with this interesting new musical app from Holderness Media. I’ve been playing with it for the past week or so, and it really invites you to experiment with different combinations of sounds and loops, all along the theme of ambient soundscapes. It’s not complicated, and the interface invites you to experiment with layering sounds by dragging them around in the stereo field as well as adding them on top of each other. You many not crack a top 40 hit with Waviary, but you’ll definitely feel way more chilled out after a good session on it….

Waviary is a new, interactive musical artwork that is part instrument, part generative ambient music machine, and part virtual wind chimes.

 

Simple multi-touch control allows anyone to effortlessly create lush ambient soundscapes and environments, or simply listen as Waviary generates it’s own “forest-like” sonic environments.
The generative player can run while you play as well, allowing for a randomized ambient jam session.

A sleep timer is included…put on headphones and let Waviary’s weird, wonderful sounds lull you to sleep.
Features:

– Rich ambient tones and textures
– Multi-touch controls allow expressive creation of rich ambient soundscapes
– Generative mode creates endlessly evolving sonic environments
– Varied Tone sets (more tonesets added FREE with updates)
– pitch slider
– pitch ramp up/down buttons (new!)
– octave up/down buttons
– wow and flutter effect (new!)
– choppy/tremolo effect (new!)
– pitch glitch effect (new!)
– save settings as user snapshots
– lock button to lock orbs in place, or unlock to move freely
– Sleep Timer

Waviary is available for iPad, iPhone, and OSX.

For more details check the site – http://www.holdernessmedia.com/home/ios-applications/music/waviary

Quick demo of the features -

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TicTac Beatz Electro

Posted by Mikers On May - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

An inspiring fun music sequencer. There are no menus, just buttons waiting to be pressed.
Designed for electronic style music like 80s electro, disco, dub-step, house, drum & bass and techno.
“STEP” button to offset the pad/hit sounds to the beat
Featuring 8 tracks including 4 drum tracks, a baseline track, a synthesiser track, a chord/pad track and an effects track.
6 patterns can be recalled at any time.
Two of the tracks step at different speeds for less repetition.
High quality sounds taken from well known and respected synthesisers and drum machines like Access, Waldorf, Novation and Korg.
Other functions such as tempo, a write-protect button to avoid accidental pattern saving, volume control, mute tracks, and an auto-un-mute function for jumping into a pattern after a build-up.
Save all your patterns for later.
Sounds great on headphones or Hi-Fi.

For more details – http://beatsnbobs.com/tictacbeatselectrodescription.html

Demo video of the features

Tic Tac Beatz Electro (AppStore Link) Tic Tac Beatz Electro
Developer: Rob Wilmot
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

inHarmony

Posted by Mikers On May - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

inHarmony simplifies composing and playing music by enabling notes limited to the selected diatonic scale, which are always in harmony with the presented chords.
You don’t need to know much about chords because the app provides a “One Touch Chord” functionality for all seven main chords of the chosen scale.
Just connect your favorite Digital Audio Workstation via MIDI to play harmonic chords in conjunction with perfectly matching notes.
Because this is a MIDI-Master-Keyboard the built-in synthesizer is very basic!

FEATURES
– MIDI Master Keyboard:
First of all inHarmony is a new kind of a MIDI-Keyboard to be connected via WLAN or Bluetooth to your favorite Digital Audio Workstation either on Mac OSX or Windows (Bonjour for Windows & rtpMIDI must be installed). The single notes and chords can be sent to different MIDI-Channels.
– Music Theorie:
Learn more about the theory behind music by getting insights into the different scales (e.g. C-Major, g-Minor) and their related notes as well as chords.
– Very Simple Built-In Synthesizer:
The App provides a plain synthesizer with different wave shapes (Rectangular, Saw and Sinus) to play around without having a Digital Audio Workstation connected.

For more details on how this app works, check here – http://www.hotto.de/mobileapps/ipadinharmony.html

inHarmony (AppStore Link) inHarmony
Developer: Stephan Hotto
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here

New GarageBand grooves

Posted by Mikers On May - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Having already released a collection of patches and presets for NLogSynth PRO and NLogPoly Synth, and more recently for NanoStudio as well, Matthias at App Sounds has just released another new product called GB Inspirator, which is essentially 30 short patterns of fully arranged music in a handful of different styles, that are designed to be loaded into GarageBand for iOS, and used as ‘inspiration’ for your own original music.

App Description – 

GB INSPIRATOR is like a journey between popular music styles in past and present times. You will be impressed by funky drumgrooves, house patterns, chill out motions, rock and jazz tunes or rnb and hiphop elements. Some of the designed layouts are really unique. You will see how much fun it is to start with GB for iPad for composing new tracks.

CONTENT
30 songs for Apple GarageBand iOS, each song contains a basic arrangement of mostly four tracks (drums, bass, keyboards, synths or guitar) with the length of 8 bars. You don’t find any audio track. All drum grooves, riffs and phrases are midi sequences for a high flexibility.

The entire collection will only set you back a few dollars/pounds/euros.

Here’s a demo of some of the patterns

For further details, and how to order, check the official site – http://www.app-sound.com/Apple.html

Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller makes musical performance and production accessible to everyone. For seasoned musicians and young creators alike, the Carbon 49 offers versatile, easy-to-use features in a compact, lightweight controller that’s well-suited for the stage and studio.

Features –

  • 49-key velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard
  • Assignable Data encoder and Volume slider
  • Edit key for adjusting up to 14 control parameters
  • 3-digit, 7-segment LED display provides real-time feedback
  • Includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections
  • Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications
  • Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
  • Integrated iPad slot
  • iPad and USB bus powered
  • Bundled with Native Instrument’s Komplete Elements software

For more details, check out – http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/usb-midi/keyboard-controllers/carbon49/

CrossDJ

Posted by Mikers On May - 21 - 2012 1 COMMENT

MixVibes delivers a unique iPad DJing experience with a user friendly yet professional and feature rich layout. This application allows all DJs to enjoy the pleasure of performing quality sounding mixes on an iPad.
CrossDJ for iPad was developed by the same professional software team who developed CrossDJ. No other iPad application has ever received such professional expertise and attention to ergonomics and user feedback.
Not only complete DJing software, CrossDJ for iPad is also a fully equipped DJing controller. A full 2-channel mixer with 3 bank EQs and kills, preset Loops, 6 Locators, High precision audio FX with X/Y control pad, smart seek and much more are what makes this application a reference in the DJing Market.
In addition, CrossDJ for iPad takes advantage of the iPad/iPhone media management paradigm with a fluid, rapid and intuitive browsing and loading. You can access easily all iTunes playlists and filter the media collection using a smart Dynamic Triple Criteria Filter.
With CrossDJ for iPad music monitoring is possible thanks to the ‘split Mono’ routing mode.
Clean mixes and clear sound is what you are getting with CrossDJ for iPad!

★ Improved graphics for the new iPad and Retina Technology

APPLICATION FEATURES
✔ 2 vinyl decks
✔ Realistic scratch
✔ Ultra-accurate synchronization and ultra-fast beat matching
✔ Direct access to iPad library and iTunes playlists
✔ Smart collection browsing with multi-criteria sorting
✔ Professional Audio FX: Low-Pass, Hi-Pass, Echo, Delay, Phaser, X-Phaser, Flanger, Jet, Chopper, Crush, Brake, Roll, Cut, Bliss
✔ X/Y control pad for FX
✔ Live Beat grid edit
✔ Auto-Loop (1/8 to 16 beat) with Slip mode
✔ 6 Cue points per deck
✔ Monitoring with headphones (using optional split Cable such as MixVibes’ DJ Cable)
✔ Pitch-Bend with pitch variation from 4% to 100%
✔ 3 band EQ
✔ Support all major audio formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, …

Cross DJ HD - Mix your music (AppStore Link) Cross DJ HD - Mix your music
Developer: MIXVIBES
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here

BitWiz Audio Synth

Posted by Mikers On May - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Get your nerd on with new app, that generates sounds and patterns based on raw programming code. Looks intriguing, if a little hardcore.

BitWiz Audio Synth translates C-like code expressions into lo-fi 8-bit generative audio in real-time.

Explore the algorithmic music of simple bitwise arithmetic operations!

BitWiz comes bundled with lots of examples, and you can easily add your own codes to the built-in library.
You can also share your codes by e-mail.

The entered code expression is used to calculate each audio frame, and can optionally include the microphone input as a variable, for crazy distortion effects!

Demo of app making music via code -

 

BitWiz Audio Synth (AppStore Link) BitWiz Audio Synth
Developer: jonatan liljedahl
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

vKiP for Kyma update

Posted by Mikers On May - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Control Symbolic Sound’s Kyma X Paca, Pacarana or Capybara sound design system using your iPad!. Now with both MIDI and OSC connection options!

Mac and PC users can enjoy the benefits of the Delora vKiP control surface app on the iPad. vKiP 2.0 offers users the choice of 3 methods to connect with Kyma:
* Wi-Fi OSC to Paca(rana)s or Delora Software’s KymaConnect and CapyLink MAC applications;
* USB MIDI through a compatible MIDI interface connected to the iPad; or
* network MIDI to any Mac running OSX 10.5 or later, or a Windows PC with rtMIDI installed.

vKiP FEATURES

* Manipulate and set Kyma sound parameters through faders and rotaries optimized for touch-screen control
* Control eight faders and eight rotaries at a time
* Full VCS bank support
* Swap fader and rotary controls
* Control parameters with normal or fine adjustment mode
* Browse or load-in Kyma sound snapshots
* Adjust Kyma’s master volume or mute all sound
* View current parameter values using Selector buttons
* Three DSP shortcut buttons to control start/stop and pause/play (only available when used in conjunction with Delora KymaConnect on your Mac)
* Two theme styles
* Retina™ display graphics support
* OSC or MIDI connection options
* Preference settings to disable sleep mode, faders “jump on touch” and liner rotary operation
* Supports multiple Kyma systems on the same network

vKiP 2.0 comes with 2 theme styles – the original ‘Classic’, or new ‘Modern’, to alter the look of the app. Change theme styles and other preferences using the iOS Settings app. vKiP 2 also adds 3 “shortcut” buttons that control Kyma’s DSP when you use our KymaConnect OSX application. These buttons remotely stop/start DSP processing, or play/pause the current sound.

What’s New in Version 2.0.0
* Network MIDI connectivity
* USB MIDI connectivity
* Optional DSP remote control when connected to Delora KymaConnect host
* User selectable themes, including new ‘Modern’ theme
* Retina™ display graphics support for new (March 2012) iPad
* Performance enhancements

vKiP for Kyma (AppStore Link) vKiP for Kyma
Developer: Harmony Systems, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here

First update for Rockmate

Posted by Mikers On May - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Still one of my fav music apps on iPad, Rockmate is so refreshing and fun to play, especially with a bunch of….mates! Apart from an expected Retina visual update, there’s some new sounds, plus singers can now join the jam!

What’s new

Fingerlab is very proud to announce the new version of Rockmate V1.1 with the addition of new super cool features: microphone, Retina graphics, new sharing options, new drum kits and new keyboard kits, for an even better music experience with your iPad.

V1.1 spec:
-Microphone
-Retina graphics
-New exports: FaceBook, SoundCloud, AudioCopy
-6 new drums kit
-8 new keyboard kit
-3 octave keyboard
-Minor bug fixes

Rockmate (AppStore Link) Rockmate
Developer: Fingerlab SARL
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

GarageBand notches another update

Posted by Mikers On May - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Apple’s drops another update for its popular GarageBand on iOS today…. Here’s a list of the latest and more recent improvements and new features –

What’s new today in Version 1.2.1

• Fixes an issue that could lead to crashing or missing songs when sharing to iCloud
• Resolves an error when logging into SoundCloud using a Facebook account
• Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability

What’s New in Version 1.2
• Start a Jam Session to play or record live with up to three of your friends using iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch*
• Conduct an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
• Combine recordings to free up additional tracks using Track Merge
• Keep your GarageBand songs up to date across all your iOS devices with iCloud*
• Share your songs directly to Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud
• Perform retro and modern synth bass lines and grooves with new Smart Bass instruments
• Play synth melodies and arpeggios with new Smart Keyboard instruments

*Jam Session and iCloud are available on iPhone 4 or later, 4th generation iPod touch, and all iPad models.

GarageBand (AppStore Link) GarageBand
Developer: Apple Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here
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