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Overdub = delightfully retro

Posted by Mikers On September - 4 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Overdub is a sampler sequencer. Use the microphone on your iPod/iPhone/iPad to record and layer drums, base, vocals etc. Perfect for musical “sketching”, beatboxing, rapping, or remixing/experimentation.

Features:
- Record and play at the same time.
- Tracks have separate Volume/Pan/Mute controls.
- Audio clips (dubs) can be Cut/Reversed/PitchShifted/Stretched.
- Song (tape) resizes automatically to fit all dubs.
- Multiple selection/operations.
- Metronome/countdow
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- Undo/Redo.
- Flexible zoom.
- Export to .m4a, email out.

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RecTools Unlimited…(well almost)

Posted by Mikers On August - 29 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Yudo inc. has just sent word that their the latest instalment of the RecTools professional audio recording app has arrived. What started out as a single track recorder, went to a stereo track recorder, and then up to an 8-track recorder, is now capable of ……wait for it…. 500 tracks of audio, with around 100 playable tracks simultaneously! At least that’s the claim of the developer, so who am I to argue. If you don’t mind an exceedingly red coloured interface, along with a few unique UI quirks, this is one very serious DAW app aimed at pro users. Let’s hope they consider universal iOS support in the future, if only for the added screen real estate on the iPad!

A multitrack recorder with support for an unlimited number of tracks is now here! Finally exceeding the functionality of portable MTRs.
Each track has it’s own 3 band Equalizer and the possibility to record and edit up to 3 hours of uncompressed high quality audio in mono or stereo.

The most powerful version of rectools, Rectools Unlimited is now available!
Plays around 100 channels at the same time with the iPhone 3GS and even more with the iPhone 4 and devices with higher performance.
Rectools Unlimited supports 500+ tracks so feel free to push your iPhone or iPod touch to the limit!

* Import audio files easily using iTunes
* Adjustable metronome delay (fast, slow and normal)
* Loop and repeat function
* Import audio files through WIFI
* Improvements to the engine has made it possible to record up to 3 hours of audio per track.
And more…

Rectools Unlimited is the perfect tool for music creation and also the first multitrack recorder for the iPhone / iPod Touch! It is perfectly suited for band recordings or chorus recordings. It is also tested and compatible with the iPhone microphone and several external 3rd party iPhone/iPod microphones. and records in 44.1kHz / 16bit top quality. Thanks to the wave edit feature it is also possible to edit and process your recorded data afterwards.

More features:
* Unlimited multitrack recording (500+ number of tracks).

* Wave edit function
Edit & process your recorded data.

* Equalizer
Each track has it’s own 3 band equalizer with frequency ranges from 20hz to 20kHz, ±12dB.

* Mixer
Like a real mixing console all channels have a volume fader, pan knob, equalizer and can be muted or soloed. The overall output volume can also be adjusted.

* Audio Pool
Manage all the audio clips in your project, import and delete.
See how many times an audio clip have been used in the project.
Import files with iTunes (supports 44.1khz, mono or stereo wav-files)

* Metronome
Helps you to keep the beat when recording.

* PC-SYNC:
Send your recordings to a computer in the same local network as your iPhone / iPod Touch via WI-FI.

Specs:
Recording format: Linear PCM (WAV) 44.1kHz / 16bit in stereo or mono.

For further details check out - http://www.yudo.jp/en/music/rectools

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BeatMaker 2.1 now hearts iPad

Posted by Mikers On August - 16 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

It’s been a few months since Intua’s Beatmaker 2 launched, and the latest update brings some big new features, including an improved workspace environment for iPad owners of the app. Intua has stated that iPad 3G owners should hold off for the next update patch which is due soon.

Here is a list of new features and changes for this update:

- New native iPad interface, specifically designed to take the best off the iPad’s screen size.
- Support for MIDI controllers through CoreMIDI, with MIDI learning and templates
- Instruments parameters automations (LFOs, envelopes, pads settings, etc.)
- New Master track with volume, pan, and 3 FX slots
- Audio input monitoring while recording
- New “Note Repeat” mode
- Pad Copy & Paste on the Drum Machine
- Improved memory management, reduced application memory footprint for loading more samples
- Info window for monitoring CPU and memory usage
- Supports A2DP bluetooth speakers & headphones (output only)
- Many improvements in every aspect of the application

Checkout the product page to learn more about BeatMaker 2.1!

 

Fostex release AR-4i

Posted by Mikers On August - 12 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

I saw this teased at a trade show earlier this year, but not much was know about the full features. Now the AR-4i is available, it looks like it would have a range of applications for musicians and field recorders. Here’s a basic run down on the specs, but the quirky promo video Fostex has produced is also worth checking out, for a giggle.

New from Fostex is the AR-4i – a device which turns the iPhone4 into a handheld video camera with professional stereo sound recording. A perfect easy seller to target iPhone users, and something which will appeal to a very broad range of customers. Everyhing’s included in the box, like 2 x plug in condenser microphones, a hand-grip for easy shooting, and even 2 x AAA batteries, which will power you for roughly 8 hours of use.

The AR-4i has 3 mic inputs, facilitating vertical or horizontal use, which feed the high quality A/D. Monitor your work using the high spec D/A through the inbuilt headphone out. An extensive amount of control is available using the dedicated iPhone APP. The AR-4i even features standard threaded mounting points and a cold shoe to integrate with your existing video equipment.

FEATURES -

  • Exceptional audio quality – record/playback via Dock connector with built-in AD/DA converter
  • Equipped with 3 x stereo inputs (Line/Mic) for using 2 of the 3 simultaneously for vertical or horizontal use
  • 2 x plug-in powered condenser cardioid type microphones with pop-shields supplied.  Third-party microphones can also be used.
  • 4-dot LED level meter for input monitoring
  • Thumb wheel input gain control
  • Setup App supplied free from App Store for setting Pan (L/C/R), Low Cut Filter, Limiter, etc.
  • Headphone output for recording & playback monitoring
  • Long operation time with 2 x AAA alkaline batteries for 8 to 10 hours
  • Supplied with a sturdy hand grip
  • 2 x threaded tripod mounts on the bottom and side for use with tripod, camera rigs, etc.
  • Cold shoe for use of third-party camera options

Hokusai Audio Editor (Free)

Posted by Mikers On August - 2 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Hokusai is a multitrack audio editor for iPhone or iPad. Record or import a track, and make it sound the way you want it to: not just trimming the ends, but full cut, copy, paste and delete, and a suite of filters and special effects available.

Edit many tracks side-by-side, mix them together, and export to wave or mp4 format — then transfer them to your computer via USB or Dropbox, or send them to another app on your device.

Hokusai is streamlined to give you a clean, clear view of your tracks. Use the familiar pinch and swipe gestures to zoom right in and fiddle with fine detail, or step back to see the big picture. And just like selecting text in other apps, you can select pieces of audio. Live “scrubbing” means you can hear the sound under your fingertip as you make your adjustments. And you needn’t fear a bad edit with our full undo/redo support: as many levels as space allows.

Hokusai comes free with a set of useful tools such as fade in/out, normalise volume levels, reverse time, and basic synthesis. If you need more power, you can upgrade from inside the app to add new tools and effects, including: AudioCopy/AudioPaste, grain synthesis, noise gating, time-stretching, pitch-bending, echo, reverb, modulation (AM & FM), resonance, distortion, grunge, vocal levelling, monster voice, high/low/band-pass/notch-cut filter and more

More details - http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/hokusai/


 

 

 

FiRe Studio touches down

Posted by Mikers On July - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The All New FiRe Studio is based on our industry leading FiRe 2 – Field Recorder, widely recognized by audio professionals as “best in class.” With FiRe Studio, we decided to take things to the next level and create an 8-track recorder geared for musicians and recording enthusiasts.

FiRe Studio was created for audio professionals by audio professionals. It’s powerful enough for the most experienced musicians and recording engineers, and its efficient workflow and intuitive interface makes it a breeze for business and casual use.

FiRe Studio is built exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch and is brought to you by the minds at Audiofile Engineering. Combining powerful, elegant and uncluttered audio utilities with unparalleled technical support, Audiofile Engineering is one of the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS.

Other features include:

- Record in mono and stereo, 16-bit, 48 kHz
- Live waveform view including rectified view
- Live overview for easy navigation
- Scroll waveform with touch
- Navigate waveform via double-tap with configurable behavior
- Moveable Playback Head
- Tap Playback Head handle to add markers
- Editable Markers and Regions
- Detailed Mixer (rotate to landscape view in a mix)
- Click track
- Beautiful and accurate VU Input Meters
- Unlimited number of mixes
- Global notes and track notes
- Configurable track colors
- Pause gracefully when interrupted by phone call
- Countdown with gorgeous graphics
- Screen rotates 180 degrees for better control of the iPhone’s internal mic
- Broadcast WAVE metadata
- Searchable Projects list
- Sorting options for the Projects List
- Ability to lock tracks
- Snapping
- File export via iTunes File Sharing & FTP
- SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com)
- DropBox (http://dropbox.com) integration
- Choice of export file formats: WAVE, AIFF, CAF, AAC, Apple Lossless, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC

For more details - http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/firestudio/

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GrainBender

Posted by Mikers On July - 26 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

GrainBender will be on sale at 50% off for a limited time!

GrainBender is a new iPad synthesizer that makes designing new sounds easier than ever before. Just tap the bend button and sculpt your new sound directly in realtime. GrainBender is capable of making a wide range of sounds, from traditional analog favorites to exotic digital effects.

Key features:
- unique, intuitive sound design interface
- versatile oscillators with analog & digital waveforms
- audio clip recording and export to other apps via AudioCopy
- extensive but easy-to-use modulation
- effects ranging from chorus and delay to digital grunge

Grab further details here - http://www.burgerkone.com/grainbender/

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FiRe 2 has arrived

Posted by Mikers On May - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

In what has been a long time coming, Audiofile Engineering, has finally updated it’s superior 2-track audio recording iPhone app, FiRe Field Recorder.

While there is certainly a lot more competition around since the first version launched just over 2 years ago, there are some tidy updates in this new version.

The All New FiRe 2 – Field Recorder

Our industry leading professional field recorder for iOS just got completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. Although widely recognized by audio professionals as “best in class” we decided to skip the tweaks and create a next generation product incorporating many of the features our users have requested since FiRe’s initial release.

FiRe 2 will again revolutionize what you expect from a portable recording application. FiRe was the first iPhone recorder to display an accurate audio waveform in real time, the first to support markers, Broadcast WAVE metadata, and the instant downloading of files in multiple file formats. FiRe was the first application on any platform to offer native SoundCloud integration. Now FiRe 2 incorporates into its original elegant design a stunning list of powerful new features including:

- Advanced editing suite with SmartEdits, Bezier fades, change gain, normalize, looping playback, regions and more
- Improved Transport screen with faster and smoother drawing and larger waveform view
- EQ and Dynamics effects by Audiofile Engineering
- iTunes file transfer
- Enhanced input processing powered by iZotope™
- Record in background
- DropBox integration
- Regions

FiRe 2 was created for audio professionals by audio professionals. It’s powerful enough for the most experienced musicians and recording engineers, and its efficient workflow and intuitive interface makes it a breeze for business and casual use.

FiRe is built exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch and is brought to you by the minds at Audiofile Engineering. Combining powerful, elegant and uncluttered audio utilities with unparalleled technical support, Audiofile Engineering is one of the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS.

Other features include:

- Record in mono and stereo, 16-bit, 48 kHz
- Live waveform view including rectified view
- Live overview for easy navigation
- Scroll waveform with touch
- Navigate waveform via double-tap with configurable behavior
- Moveable Playback Head
- Tap Playback Head handle to add markers
- Editable Markers and Regions
- Preference to add markers at time intervals
- Overdub mode with playthrough
- Beautiful and accurate VU Input Meters
- VU meters change to output in playback
- Configurable time units display
- Tag Recordings, Markers and Regions with location data
- Pause gracefully when interrupted by phone call
- Countdown with gorgeous graphics
- Record for/until/over threshold… settings
- Preference to automatically move to end and/or add marker when recording starts
- Preference to limit recordings to 2GB
- Screen rotates 180 degrees for better control of the iPhone’s internal mic
- Broadcast WAVE metadata
- Searchable recordings list
- Sorting options for the Recordings List
- Ability to lock recordings
- File export via iTunes File Sharing, FTP and browser access
- SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com) and DropBox (http://dropbox.com) integration
- Choice of export file formats: WAVE, AIFF, CAF, AAC, Apple Lossless, AAC, Podcast, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC

Hardware Requirements:
iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4
3rd & 4th generation iPod touch

More info at - http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/fire/

 

Learn from MusicTech Focus

Posted by Mikers On May - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

While dedicated eBook readers still haven’t yet reached the lofty heights in popularity as the multipurpose iPad and its extended family of apps, the iPad is a highly capable eBook reader in itself, with thousands of best sellers, education, and entertainment titles available to download.

Helping serve the needs of electronic musicians, Anthem Publishing, who handle MusicTech magazine, have been busy producing iOS friendly versions of their special Music Tech Focus issues.

With more than a dozen releases already, each issue is a perfectly digitised version of the 132 page magazine. The aim of each issue to is focus on one particular software package such as Reason and Ableton Live, or an area of music recording, such as Mixing and Mastering.

Like the magazine, the iOS app features workshops, tutorials, software and hardware reviews, and expert tricks and tips, ALL specific to the music software or recording technique.

Of course, one of the immediate benefits of these apps, is being able to carry around any number of issue of Music Tech Focus either on your iPad /iPhone/iPod Touch, and fire them up in a flash.

We’ve been using an iPad to check out the Ableton Live 8, Logic Pro 9, and Mixing editions over the last few weeks, and it’s a real convenience having them right there, rather than having to dig around for the magazines.

The apps work in portrait or landscape view. The difference being, in landscape view you see two pages at a time, and with the iPad upright, you see one page in a larger scale.

Like a real magazine, flipping the pages, via the iPad, offers an animation of the page turning, which could probably be a little faster for my liking, but it’s a cool effect anyway.

Double tapping the display zooms into the area of the page you tap, and can then be dragged around, or double tapped to return to full page view. Pinching the page in and out also does the same thing.

Where these digital versions come into their own, is being able to quickly and easily bring up thumb nails of the pages, as well as a main index offering main features, and then to go to a specific page instantly. And naturally it’s possible to ‘add’ and view saved bookmarks of pages you want to visit regularly. This is really the killer feature of any eBook.

I haven’t tried any issues on a smaller screen, but I dare say it’s not nearly the pleasant experience of the iPad screen, which the issues look super crisp and sharp, even when zooming into the pages.

At US$9.99 per issue, these apps are certainly cheaper than the real magazine (and so they should be), although I know some of us find great value in the BONUS DVD of Software/Audio goodies that also come stuck to the front of the magazine. Maybe in the future, they can even look at a way of offering a discount on the app for those that buy the magazine, mainly for the DVD.

While the type of content on offer here isn’t nearly as interactive or fully featured as say The Daily, or even Wired magazine iPad apps, they  still serve a purpose for those that warm to the idea of carrying around digital versions of magazines they are likely to use on a regular basis.

Check out the growing collection of Music Tech Focus apps in the App Store.

 

Wavepad HD is FREE!

Posted by Mikers On May - 5 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

A free sound editor for recording, editing, adding effects, and sending audio, Pocket WavePad allows you to record voice or music, then edit the recording and add effects to achieve high quality audio recordings. Work within audio waveforms to make selections for quick editing, such as inserting recordings from other files, or apply effects like the high pass filter to clarify audio quality. For journalists and other professionals making recordings on the go, Pocket WavePad makes it easy to store or send recordings so they are readily available wherever they are needed.

• Formatted for iPad
• Supports a number of file formats including wave and aiff
• Editing capabilities include cut, copy, paste, insert, trim and more
• Effects include amplify, normalize, echo and more
• Work with multiple files
• Supports autotrim and voice activated recording
• Select sample rates from 8000-44100hz, 8-32 bits

For further details, drop by here - http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html

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