SampleTank, iGrand, iLectric, VocaLive – All go on sale!

SampleTank SmallSampleTank for iPad – $9.99 (50% off!)

SampleTank SmallSampleTank for iPhone – $9.99 (50% off!)

VocaLiveVocaLive – $9.99 (50% off!)

iGrand icon smalliGrand Piano – $9.99(50% off!)

iLectric icon smalliLectric Piano – $9.99 (50% off!)

Bias - Amps Small IconBIAS – Guitar Amp Designer, Modeler and Processor – $9.99 (50% off!)

Apple App of The Week is “Things”! Goes Free For The First Time Ever!

Well here is a special deal of the day, wait… make that WEEK! Currently – Nov 20-28, 2014

Things iPhoneThings for iPad is a wonderful task manager app that is usually $19.99 but has been selected by Apple as their app of the week. So, until the 28th you can save yourself $19.99 and download it for free!

BONUS….

Things iPhoneThings for iPhone is also free currently – at that price you really need to download both versions of the app and see if this fits the bill for keeping you organized!

EXTRA BONUS….

Things MacThings for Mac is 30% off currently! Of course that makes it still a hefty $34.99! Which is exactly why I do not use this app on my Mac! When you added up the cost of getting the iPad, iPhone AND Mac versions of this app you had a pretty big sum of money! Especially when Apple’s Reminders was free…. now don’t get me wrong…. Things is heads and tales above and beyond Reminders in functionality so keep that in mind!

EVEN BETTER….

If you do not have the NotesPlusNotesPlus app for iPad it is currently on sale for only $1.99!

Useful App to Get Information About Your Photos

PhotoInfoWell this looks useful! PhotoInfo – Only $0.99 too!

I am forever wondering about the details of my photos. Things like size, quality, places they were taken – you know the nitty gritty!

Here is PhotoInfo by Enrico Bonaldo…. I really like the fact this works as an extension on iOS8! Very, very, handy!

With PhotInfo you can:
• view all Exif tags from the image, in human readable or in native format
• copy the key data or the content of individual tags
• (with a very simple interface) create a copy of the image eliminating or modifying tags for:
- the place (you can take it from another picture)
- the date and time when the photo was taken (you can take it from another picture)
- the orientation
- the author (the artist)
- the copyright
- the image description
• create a copy of the image with the minimum content of the tags (related to image data structure, such as the image size and resolution)
• see where the photo was taken, in different ways:
- locate in a map
- show the coordinates
- show the address (internet connection required)
- visualize the city name (internet connection required)
• share pictures on facebook, twitter or by email
• display some information from video (videos have not exif data):
- file name
- file size
- date and time
- location (when available)
- length
• quickly scroll through the albums of your iOS device

Using and iPad to Record and Broadcast Meetings at School

We are discussing the idea of using an iPad to record and broadcast Board of Education meetings at our school. I’m wondering if anyone out there is currently doing this sort of thing already. I’m very interested in how you are making this happen. It seems easy enough to broadcast using a service like High School Cube or uStream. It’d even be possible maybe to use YouTube Capture. I’m also wondering about the microphone situation. The mic on just the iPad doesn’t seem to me like it would provide enough coverage of the entire room. Does anyone know about using audio interfaces with any of the mentioned broadcasting services. Audio interfaces that would allow us to use several microphones providing greater coverage… Or maybe just one of these from Line6 would work….

SonicPortVX

Leave me a comment below if you have helpful suggestions! Thanks for your help.

Recording Your Ensembles and Sample Rate – Important Stuff, Pay Attention To It!

If you are like me you have probably wondered what the heck those sample rates are and what difference they make. I’ve never really given them much thought though because they have never tripped me up until this weekend. So I write this post in hopes you don’t make the same mistake I did!

We had a concert with our Brass Ensemble here on Saturday. Of course I offered to help get a good recording. I called my friend, I can call him that now because he hasn’t been my student now for 17 years, and we made plans. He grabbed microphones and I brought my MacBook and PreSonus StudioLive sound board.

PreSonus’s software and board helped everything go quickly with setup. He EQ’d the 5 microphones, put some dynamic settings on them and then he fired up Capture2 on my MacBook to record some of the dress rehearsal.

During the concert I had one of my students run the recording as it was as simple as hitting the record button right before the piece started and stopping it at the end of each piece.

All went well UNTIL I got home that night and started editing the pieces…. actually the editing wasn’t where I discovered the problem. I discovered the issue when I bounced everything down to iTunes and shared it with the director. He emailed me back asking why everything was a step lower than what it was supposed to be! Well, I jumped on FaceBook to the StudioLive group and asked what was going on. Within a few moments I had my answer….. I had recorded the concert at one sample rate and mixed them down at another!

The concert was recorded at 44 kHz and I was mixing them down at 48 kHz. Or something like that – not sure I REALLY know which is which yet because I don’t have the StudioLive board here at home to check things on. All I know is that I went in and changed the field settings back to 48kHz and boom… back in the correct key and it isn’t too slow any more!

Check out the screenshot below (by the way I never did figure out how to do this in StudioOne 2 – I know it is in there some place but I just couldn’t find it. So, I pulled the files over into LogicProX and had it fixed in moments.

ORIGINAL

Sample Rate Original

FIXED

Sample Rate Fixed

Listen here…. (by the way… those two wrong notes in the trumpet? yeah… never have I heard him miss notes in rehearsal OR performances! It happens to the best of us and he is awesome!)

Synth Apps for iPad

Did you know that many of these synth apps have In-App-Purchases to buy even more sounds!

Like Alchemy Synth small iconAlchemy – they have a whole bunch of different sound banks. These sound banks are a sampling of the best of the sounds that you can buy for the desktop version but at a much better price! You won’t get as many sounds on the iPad but then again what we want with us on the iPad is the best choices out of the whole lot.

Musical Composition on iPads – Let’s Teach Those Standards!

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 7.53.19 PMMusical composition can be so much fun! Especially when you can actually manipulate sound in ways that are interesting to you! What if our students had iPads and a few music apps? What could they come up with?

I think we would be pleasantly surprised at what can be done in the palm of our kids hands! Music that would have taken a studio full of very expensive gear can now be created while on the bus ride home from school, in the cafeteria after eating a sandwich, sitting in the hallway waiting for basketball practice (although I must say that if I had this technology when I was in school, I would NEVER have made it to Basketball practice at all! I would have gotten so engrossed in the possibilities that I would have forgotten what time it was!)

This is a piece I came up with a year ago and as I was listening to it again tonight I was blown away with the endless possibilities of ways to be expressive, ways to change/mold/manipulate the sound! It’s so much fun to just sit and explore!

Created all on my iPad2. This track was a big exploration of 6 different synth apps. I simply went into an app and started messing around, picked a bunch of different sounds, tried them and when I had found something was interesting I started laying out a track into Cubasis. It was an evolution of exploration.

Any of these synth apps on their own could be the basis for creating our own musical masterpiece. The Novation Launch key app is a free app and would keep any middle or high school student busy for hours (or any of us old people too). The other apps are not free but should all be considered as exceptional apps to look at for students to purchase on their own or for the school to purchase as a part of the annual budgets allocated to music apps/classes.

I used the DAW, Cubasis small iconCubasis to record all the tracks through AudioBus.

Drum tracks were done with Alchemy Synth small iconAlchemy, bass part Distorted Guitar and pads were all from Sunrizer iconSunRizer.  Bass2 and the wobble bass sound from Thor Small iconThor PolySonic Synthesizer.  The bending synth sound from Launchkey SmallLaunchkey and then NaveNave and Animoog Small IconAnimoog were also used. 10 tracks of digital bliss!

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