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Posted by Mikers On April - 15 - 2013 2 COMMENTS

If you’ve amassed a large arsenal of hardware keyboards, samplers, drum machines, even soft synths, and other MIDI controllable devices, you’ve no doubt at some point wanted to mix, merge and combine sounds from these various sound sources all from one master keyboard controller. Without any type of MIDI patchbay, it’s usually a pain. Until now that is. This slick looking new app is perfect for anyone needing to control a range of MIDI compatible sound sources, and define certain zones or splits of notes on a keyboard, and also the layering of sounds.  Read on for a full rundown on this apps features.

screenshot1_000001iMIDIPatchbay lets you organize your whole MIDI setup from one central point. Do you often divide your keyboard into zones to assign different sounds which might come from external sound expanders? You want to integrate your music making apps into your live gear? Well, then iMIDIPatchbay is definitely the right tool for you!

- Create split and layer configurations very easily
- Send volume and other control changes (reverb, chorus, pan) to your sound devices
- Send program changes to your sound devices
- Transpose sounds in octave steps
- Filter controller data (sustain, pitch-bend, modulation, expression, aftertouch)
- Store configurations as programs for later recall
- Switch programs of iMIDIPatchbay from another app or MIDI device via program changes
- Switch programs while holding down keys or holding e.g. the sustain pedal without getting stuck notes
- UI which is optimized for live usage

As a keyboard player, you most probably know about splitting and layering sounds. While this can be done relatively easy on professional keyboards, it becomes more complex if your gear consists of multiple keyboards and sound expanders. iMIDIPatchbay makes building such configurations a lot easier than it has ever been before.

After connecting your keyboard and other MIDI devices to the iPad, you can easily create split zones and assign sounds of your MIDI devices to them. It’s also possible to route the MIDI data to other apps if they have a virtual MIDI port. Furthermore, you can filter out controllers which is great if you want e.g. pitch bend or sustain to affect only a subset of the active sounds.

You need a CoreMIDI interface to connect your keyboards and sound expanders to the iPad.

Go to iMIDIPatchbay’s website in order to find a more detailed description of the app. If you encounter problems, please let me help you (you find the mail address on the website and on the info screen within the app). Please note that there is no way to respond to you if you post a review on the App Store instead. Always email me first!

If you like the app, let others know by submitting a good review on the App Store. And feel free to send me suggestions for further releases.

For further details and updates, check the official site - http://www.imidipatchbay.com/

iMIDIPatchbay (AppStore Link) iMIDIPatchbay
Developer: Johannes Doerr
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

Roland M-300 Remote

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

One day there won’t be a single product that can’t be controlled via an iPad, and I’m sure Roland are leading the charge!

mzl.xrbdcmgi.480x480-75M-300 Remote is an application for remotely controlling the Roland M-300 V-Mixer live mixing console.

●This applications makes it possible to adjust mixing parameters from a variety of listening points on stage or around the room, away from the M-300 positioned at a fixed location.

●Combined with the easy operation afforded by the iPad’s large screen and Multi-Touch interface, this application makes it easy to remotely view and adjust settings.

It is also equally useful as a sub-display and controller when placed beside the M-300 V-Mixer.

Controllable parameters:

- Preamp Gain
- Pan
- Solo
- Mute
- Fader
- Sends on Fader
- 4-Band Parametric EQ and HPF
- EQ Copy/Paste/Undo

- Pan
- Solo
- Mute
- Fader
- 8-Band Parametric EQ
- EQ Copy/Paste/Undo

- 31 Band Graphic EQ
- GEQ Copy/Paste/Undo
- Solo Clear
- Scene Recall/Store/Clear

Viewable-only parameters:

- Phantom Power Status
- Pad Status
- Gain Reduction on Gate
- Gain Reduction on Compressor
- Name and Color
- Meter

- Gain Reduction on Gate
- Gain Reduction on Compressor
- Name and Color
- Meter

- Scene Lock/Filter/Fade Status
- Meter Overview

Important notes:
*Use with the most recent firmware version of the M-300.
*A wireless USB adapter (Roland WNA1100-RL) is required.

*A Wi-Fi router (wireless LAN router, etc.) is recommended but if not available, connection can be made directly to the wireless USB adapter in ad-hoc mode.

*Because the wireless USB adapter occupies the M-300′s USB port, functions that use a USB flash key (such as recording, playback, and backing up settings) are not possible while the wireless USB adapter is connected.
*A single iPad can be connected at one time. This application cannot be used concurrently with the M-300 RCS PC/Mac remote application software.

For more details and updates - http://www.roland.com/apps/m300remote/

M-300 Remote (AppStore Link) M-300 Remote
Developer: Roland Corporation
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

inTone Pro

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.hdmozrmo.480x480-75inTone Pro – The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch music companion for beginners as well as professional musicians with features such as real-time tone/note identification usable for instrument tuning, intonation accuracy, Circle of fifths and more. inTone Pro can also be used to identify vocal accuracy and is an excellent companion for vocal training.

inTone Pro presents the identified tones/notes on a companion dashboard (up to four simultaneous companions on the iPad and up to two on iPhone/iPod touch). You can easily arrange your dashboard as you wish.

You can select any of the 15 instruments (Guitar, Bass guitar (4, 5 and 6-stringed), Violin, Viola, Cello, Contra bass/Double bass, Balalaika, Banjo (4, 5 and 6-stringed), Mandolin, Ukulele and Piano) with a total of 55 different tunings/types.

inTone Pro companions:
✚ Tuning wizard that helps you to tune your selected instrument without knowledge of tuning
✚ Detailed frequency and accuracy presenter (as text)
✚ Tuning meter
✚ Three Fingerboard/fretboard companions (a fingerboard presenter, a fingerboard scale trainer showing any of the 12 major and 12 minor keys plus the harmonic and melodic minor scale variants and a fingerboard interval trainer)
✚ Three Note sheet companions (a note accuracy presentation of identified note on the note sheet, a presentation of a flowing note sheet of the notes played during the last 10 seconds as well as a note sheet scale trainer)
✚ Circle of fifths and intervals where the last two identified notes are presented in the circle of fifths as well as in the note sheet (with interval size in cents)
✚ Frequency graph
✚ Vocal/singing range finder

More information about inTone Pro and the companions can be found on http://intoneapp.se/pro/

We also have a free version of inTone where the companions need to be unlocked via the in-app shop.
The free version allows you to get the parts of inTone you really want/need at a lower cost.

inTone Pro is currently available in three languages (English, German and Swedish).

We hope that you will enjoy inTone Pro.

inTone Pro - tuner and music practice companion (AppStore Link) inTone Pro - tuner and music practice companion
Developer: ILLOM Development AB
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

evolution SOUNDROOM

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Interesting marketing concept, or just damn handy app? you decide….. It’s free, so who’s complaining?

mzl.egzsdfoy.480x480-75The evolutionSOUNDROOM is your rehearsal room for better sound. Which microphone is optimally suited to my instrument, my music, my voice? Here you will feel and hear how much the choice of microphone changes the presence, sound and depth.
The evolution 600/800 series is the clear choice for anyone who has to pay attention to their budget but still wants to sound better than the standard. The evolution 900 series is uncompromisingly tailored to the needs of pros and proves itself with its perfectly coordinated overall sound.
evolutionSOUNDROOM lets you compare the best fitting mics of our series evolution 600/800, evolution 900 and the MK4 in their respective group of instruments/vocals.


evolution SOUNDROOM (AppStore Link) evolution SOUNDROOM
Developer: Sennheiser electronic
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

JamUp now records!

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Our friends at Positive Grid have been busy at work, and have just released v.2.3.0, to be exact, and apart from some Audiobus compatability, you now get a new optional 8-track recorder available as an in-app purchase  on top of the already impressive feature set. If you haven’t purchased the app, don’t forget there’s a free LE version available to try out as well.

mzl.qnhitzuc.480x480-75JamUp turns your iPad/iPhone into a powerhouse Multi-Effects Processor, 8-Track Recorder, Loop Station, iTunes Jam Player, Tuner and Metronome for guitar and bass.

★ New 8-Track Recorder Launch Special – $4.99

★ JamUp is the No.1 amp-and-effect app with the highest user ratings.
★ Featured worldwide by Macworld, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar & Guitarist.
★ Works with Audiobus as input, effect and output unit.

JamUp Pro XT is designed with the JamUp Plug ($19.99, available on Amazon.com), and it works any USB and headset iOS guitar adaptors, StompBox and AirTurn pedal.

JamUp Pro XT offers the largest collection of amp and effects models on iOS platform, it features ”Metal Pack”, “Classic Pack”, ”Effect Pack”, ”Bass Pack” and ”Boutique Pack”. Each amp model is carefully measured and analyzed based on the actual unit, and it’s developed with Positive Grid’s MESH MultiStage modeling technology, it offers superior articulation and tube-like touch response, see our user reviews.

JamUp offers a complete 8-Track Recorder System via in-app purchase, you can quickly capture your ideas, record your band or produce complete multi-tracks songs directly in JamUp. You have the ability to import audio from your iTunes music library, copy or paste audio material to/from individual tracks, or other apps like Apple GarageBand. You can export your songs via email, iTunes or SoundCloud.

- Realtime Amp and Multi-Effects processor
- Up to 7 simultaneous stomp + amp + cabinet + rack
- JamUp Pro XT includes 6 amp, 16 stomps & rack models
- In total 36 amp channels and 30 stompboxes and rack models available via in-app purchase
- Complete 8-Track Recorder System (via in-app purchase, not support 3GS)
- ToneSharing, download FREE artist & user created presets, or share your own
- Drag and drop signal path for easy tone creation
- Realistic 3D interface for intuitive controls
- Loop Station with undo feature, start mode selection, synchronized metronome, file sharing
- iTunes Jam player to access your iTunes library with time stretching (pitch/speed) engine
- 64 slot preset manager
- Built-in tuner/metronome
- MIDI learning and assignment
- Audio Copy/Paste
- Support Audiobus in 3 slots

- Designed with JamUp Plug (available on Amazon.com for $19.99)
- iRig, Ampkit
- Apogee JAM, Mobile In, iRiffPort, Alesis IO Dock and any iOS USB interface
- Griffin StompBox, StudioConnect
- AirTurn Wireless Footswtich

For more details - www.positivegrid.com

JamUp Pro XT - Multi Effects Processor (AppStore Link) JamUp Pro XT - Multi Effects Processor
Developer: Positive Grid Inc
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

bismark LeftHanded

Posted by Mikers On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Is there really any advantage to reversing the notes on  a keyboard? Haven’t all left-handed pianists all grown up learning to play the ‘standard’ layout on a piano? Well just in case you lefties feel like you’ve been hard done by, here is an app especially for you :)

mzl.jmvfrrmu.480x480-75There are various music apps for iOS.
But this app has an unique feature which they do not have.

Please see this app’s keyboard in screen shots. Left and right are reversed !
It may be better suited to left-handed. Also, it might be a new discovery for right-handed people.

It includes same synthesizer engine as bs-16i (single part only). It supports all standard MIDI messages, using pre-installed GeneralUser GS SoftSynth v1.44.sf2 (S. Christian Collins), you can play various instruments.

Moreover, this application supports Core MIDI output, so your play can be sent to other apps, and external MIDI hardware using Core MIDI compatible Interface like as IK Multimedia iRig MIDI, iRig KEYS, YAMAHA iMX-1, LINE6 MIDI Mobilizer 2, Apple Camera Connection Kit with USB MIDI Interface.

bismark LeftHanded (AppStore Link) bismark LeftHanded
Developer: Shun Murabayashi
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

eJay turns to Kickstarter

Posted by Mikers On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

There’s been a growing number of success stories through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com. I’ve donated to several in the past, and this is another one I plan to support. Looking forward to the free samples, as well as seeing the finished project!

photo-mainWatford, UK: April 2nd, 2013  –  Wired Productions has today announced that it will be giving away 1,500 free eJay samples during the course of the eJay Pure Kickstarter campaign  – 100 samples for every £10,000 it receives towards its goal.

These samples can be downloaded from the Kickstarter page by anyone, whether they are a backer or not – but with rewards starting from as little as £1, there’s no excuse not to join the adventure.

eJay Pure is a complete reinvention of the pioneering eJay series, which has been a huge success on PCs since 1996. For the first time, the series will move to tablets, offering the same flexibility and quality – but on the move.

The tablet edition will mark the first time the series has offered multiple genres of music within one package – so users can quickly and easily create original tracks no matter what their taste. Whether it’s pop, rock, dubstep, rave, dance, or virtually any other type of music, eJay Pure will allow users to compose and share their creations wherever they are.

“Stretch goals promise jam tomorrow – we want enable our users to create musical jams today,”says Leo Zullo, managing director, Wired Productions. “We’re eager to offer free samples that users can play with now as the support for eJay Pure grows – not as a carrot to bust us beyond our target. eJay Pure will be all about community – sharing music and samples around the world. We’re delighted to have found a way to do this from the start.”

Fans can pledge their support for eJay Pure at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wiredproductions/ejay-pure from as little as £1, which see supporters of eJay Pure rewarded with 1,000 Exclusive samples with a retail value of £20.

Other rewards include eJay Pure merchandise – and even the opportunity to record your own song for inclusion within the final version.

Tunable – Instrument Tuner

Posted by Mikers On April - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

I’ve only just had a quick play with this new instrument tuner, ear training, and more, and it’s a refreshing spin on one of the oldest tools in any musician’s belt. Check it out!

4_tone_generatorFrom the creators of NodeBeat comes Tunable, the most intuitive visual toolkit for musicians.

Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator and metronome that helps you learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat. Featuring a unique “tuning history” display for visualizing pitch over time, Tunable is the perfect toolkit for professional and beginning musicians.

★ Learn to play in tune with sustained pitch history ★
Visualize how steadily you play or sing. As notes are held out, a white line draws how steady the pitch is. The straighter the line, the more consistent the pitch.

★ Improve your ear with tone and chord generator ★
Need a reference tone or chord? Use the tone and chord generator to play and sustain chords with various tone options. Choose from different temperaments to hear how they compare.

★ Keep tempo with an accurate and simple metronome ★
See the pulse with a visual metronome. View subdivision and current beat, with a large display and visual flash.

★ Overview ★

• Large, colorful tuning indicator clearly shows when in tune (green fills the screen)
• Clear, visual tuner with note, octave, cents (+\-), and frequency (hz) display
• Tuning history to see how well you’re sustaining notes over time
• Especially suited for wind instruments and strings with note detection from Tuba to Piccolo (24hz to 15khz+)
• Horizontal and vertical tuning displays
• Adjustable A=440 reference tone
• Change between equal, just, pythagorean, and 18 other tuning temperaments

Tone and Chord Generator
• Chromatic Tone Generator with multiple tone options and sustain
• Play and sustain chords
• Auto Octave rounding for easy note access

• Large number display with visual flash to see the downbeat, subdivision, and pulse
• Adjust tempo, beats per measure, and subdivision
• See tempo markings to quickly jump between standard tempos
• Tempo Tap (tap metronome center to set a tempo)
• Continues to play when screen is locked or in the background

• Highly accurate (1/100 of a cent) and responsive
• Transpose notes to any instrument
• AppleTV/AirPlay mirroring to an HDMI projector or TV on iPad2, iPhone4S, iPhone5
• Background Audio enables the metronome to continue playing when the screen is locked or closed.
• Dark and light themes

Check it out running -

For the latest on this app - http://tunable.affinityblue.com/

Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder (AppStore Link) Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder
Developer: Seth Sandler
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here


Midi Loop Station

Posted by Mikers On March - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.ivgwxchf.320x480-75The Midi Loop Station is an app for the performing musician. Easily specify loop boundaries in a midi file and supplement each loop with 16 tracks of your own. All of which can be remote controlled by a midi controller via coremidi. Starting from scratch, gradually build up the sound by playing and adding instruments to amaze your audience.

Features Include:
* Up to 10 loops per midi file
* 16 Audio Tracks per loop (44.1K wav)
* Change tempo, key, mix
* All changes are saved
* Dynamic control of tracks
* Access to 100′s of midi files
* Universal App (iPhone, iPad, iTouch)
* Simple interface
* Playlist support

More information - http://www.midiloopstation.com/

Midi Loop Station (AppStore Link) Midi Loop Station
Developer: Theodore Ellis
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here


Decibel ScorePlayer

Posted by Mikers On March - 29 - 2013 1 COMMENT

mzl.zucgctsf.480x480-75ScorePlayer allows for network-synchronised scrolling of proportional colour music scores on multiple iPads. This is designed to facilitate the reading of scores featuring predominantly graphic notation in rehearsal and performance.

Key Features:

Comes with four built in scores, created by composers in Decibel new music ensemble, Cat Hope and Lindsay Vickery.

Ability to change scroll speed of the piece.

Easy to use slider to navigate to different sections of the piece for rehearsal purposes.

View full score or individual parts.

Works across any wi-fi connection.

Easy network check to verify which devices are on the network.

Modular structure enables easy updates, with more scores to come. Upload facilities, audio output and OSC communication are planned in future releases.

Decibel ScorePlayer (AppStore Link) Decibel ScorePlayer
Developer: Edith Cowan University
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here
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