These are all awesome and they are on sale! Buy them! Not sure for how long either so act quick!
This post will be updating through the next week as I keep track of the apps I use from day to day and through my rehearsals and prep work.
I will clear out all running apps before I go to school and then I will check at lunch to see what is running and create my list. Then I will clear all apps again to see what I use through the afternoon. I will simply repeat this for one week.
I would love to see other Band Directors lists as well – MATT BISHOP – ED FALLS. If you send me your lists I will post them here with your permission for others to share.
MY TOP LIST:
My list of very important apps I don’t use every single day:
I promised I would update you on how well GoodTask works and some of you had questions about the filters and how they worked.
Here’s what I am finding….
In my To-Do List I like to create yearly reminders of things I need to do at specific times. The problem that I have been running into though in several other apps is that I don’t want to see those items on my list of To-Do’s until it is time to actually do them! Here we are in March and I really do not want to think about Band Camp stuff that is coming up in August and July. Let’s finish this year first right?
I use this app because I can schedule things through SIRI. Yes, I love talking to my phone – even though it doesn’t always get it right, most time it is faster than typing it in when I am in the middle of a class or just finishing a rehearsal and need to make a note (which is frequently!) Here is a screen shot of what I see in that app though…. First problem is there are all those things I have to do in August that I don’t want to see. Second problem is that I have to jump to each individual list, unless the ToDo is actually scheduled as they are here. My Inbox says 0 but as you can see from the counts I certainly have stuff to take care of. So, I like creating ToDo’s with SIRI through the Reminders app but really do not like to view things here!
Great app but as I like creating ToDo’s with SIRI this one doesn’t fit my bill totally. I use this app ALL the time though because I can share lists with other people who do not have Apple products! My student helpers, my Band Council, my Band Boosters and fellow teachers – we all use it! (By the way you DO know you can share these lists with other Apple users right? See that list “From Dad”? that’s the list I share with my son’s!)
CALENDARS 5 by Readdle
This is the app I use instead of the Apple Calendar app. Simply put it allows me to work faster, create dates quicker and looks great. It also includes a Tasks section (Apple’s Calendar app does not) AND it syncs with Apple’s Reminders. There are a couple issues here though. In the first pic below is one issue – If I select Today I only see ToDo’s that are dated for today or are overdue. I also have idea what Lists have other Todo’s in them because there is not the nifty counter next to the list name as in Apple’s Reminders app. So it becomes a game of peck and seek. Then, in the second pic, you see the other issue – my pet peeve. By selecting the All option I now see all of my ToDo’s neatly sorted by list (kind of nifty) BUT there are those pesky things I must do in August! I could of course hide that list but then what if I forget I hid the list and miss something? I am very forgetful… ask my wife.
That brings us to this new app, GoodTask. When I look at the main month view I have set a filter to show Undated Tasks, to Hide Completed Tasks and to Show Calendar Events. Here is what I see then. I see ALL of my Tasks, I see upcoming Events/Meetings, I see the list in plain view of which lists I am currently viewing (which is all of them in this screen shot – compare to the next screen shot where I am only showing the Band Camp List) and most importantly I see a calendar with pretty little dots under the dates that have Tasks on them. What I DO NOT see are tasks that are due way the heck over in August or July!
In this next screen shot I have hidden all lists except my band camp list and I have dragged the calendar down to August. If you notice the dots under the 1st and the 15th that is my indication that something iix due on those days. TIP – Pick colors for your lists that are not close to each other – my Band Camp and Band Lists are very close in color and so I was confused about what was going on the 15th until I turned on the Band List and a task appeared (which also hid all the Band Camp tasks)
If I don’t want to see any more than just one day at a time or if I want to see a week at a time it is a simple tap away.
WISH FOR IMPROVEMENT -
This app might help you take a different look at what you have coming up and what things you need to get done! Now… by the looks of MY ToDo list I’d better get busy – If only the ground outside would thaw out so I could take that brick to school and get THAT off my list!
So in the world of making music on iOS devices there are a slew of great apps to play with. Now when I say play, I also mean do serious music making with!
Recently Alex Matheu released a brand new app called Sliver. In short, Sliver is a powerful tool for soundscape and sonic texture creation.
Another way to describe this app is as a tool to create very interesting and ever changing textures that will fascinate you and keep you playing for hours! Here is the list of ideas you could use Sliver for…
Take a look at the pic to the left. You see the heart of this app pretty quick, although it may not be immediately evident what you see. There are four independent slots (slivers) where you can insert audio and then change those audio slivers in many different ways. You can do this live or automate it. You have filters, XY pads, effects, dynamic physics, audio share, audio copy, and audio bus. How’s that for some fun!
The good news is that Sliver is being offered at 33% off currently as an introductory price. That price is quickly coming to an end though! Like this weekend…. If you like creating music and messing around with being creative on your iPad this is a no-brainer purchase at $3.99!
Watch this introductory video to get a better idea of what this is capable of… http://matheusound.net/sliver/media/
SunRizer Synth for iPad is still on sale! It’s awesome!
The pads in this piece are from SunRizer!
As for NanoStudio – I found out how stinking easy it is to sample your own sounds into the sampler and incorporate them into your recordings! I have always wanted to do this on my Roland Fantom X8 but it was way too much effort! With NanoStudio I would love to be able to do this with a class of students – create music all form their own samples!
If you are ever recording audio and sharing it in one form or another you should have an audio mastering app to take that audio file to the next level! For instance, ever record rehearsal then upload it to your groups SoundCloud account for the students to evaluate? What about recording your concerts and creating a CD? Have you ever sat down, written a song, recorded the audio and uploaded it to the web to share with friends? Well there’s an app for taking those files and making them sound even better…. I have been looking for an app that allows me to quickly chop off the start and end times of a recording – easily done with this app. This app allows me to maximize the volume of the recording, change EQ, alter the stereo imaging and even save presets to save time on future recordings.
Plus it’s on sale right now, this weekend – 1-25-2014, because it is about to get bumped up to version2! Which means even more capabilities soon, and if you buy the current version those extra capabilities come along next week for free!
The Audio Mastering app for iPad by Igor Vasiliev is 40% off right now for $6.99.
Here’s is what you can do with the app…
Audio processing features:
● Fully 24-bit audio processing algorithms.
● Linear phase 10-bands graphic Equalizer based on phase shifting.
● Three bands Stereo Imaging with common Stereo Width level.
● Harmonic Saturator with three sets of harmonics.
● Loudness Maximizer with adjustable response speed and ceiling.
● High-quality sample rate converter from 96, 88.2, 48 to 44.1 or 48 kHz.
● Bit depth converter supports 16, 24, 32 bits.
● Dithering with noise shaping.
● Solo mode for all Equalizer bands.
● Function Normalize at conversion of file.
● Support .wav, .aif, .mp3, .m4a, .caf .flac audio file formats.
The app supports AudioBus, SoundCloud, DropBox and AudioCopy / AudioPaste. You can also use the Open In feature to get/send files from other apps.
BELOW IS A SAMPLE of what the app can do…
Well, OK… that was a bit misleading… I’m sure that the fact that I just published my 300th post had nothing to do with Box.net giving away 50GB’s to people who go download and install their iOS app but it sure sounds good!
Seriously…. If you don’t have any cloud storage space currently this is a no brainer! Even if you already have DropBox I would say that getting a Box account as well is a no brainer as well!
We are talking 50GB’s of online storage for free, for life!
Box just updated the app to version 3 and has been rewritten to be faster, better and more amazing then before! Unfortunately, if you already have a Box account I don’t think you can get “upgraded” so you are probably out of luck.
you will have to do is set up an iTunes Store account (which is the same place you will go to get apps, music, movies, podcasts, books and even access iTunesU)- This way you can actually get to the fun stuff and download a few apps!
you should do is set up your free iCloud Account – This way you can actually get productive and at the same time have a backup of some of your important information! This also allows you to use Find My iPhone, as seen on the left here!
The biggest issue with these two items is that people really get confused about which email they should be using! I am a huge proponent for using a non-iCloud account for your iTunes Store account. I set mine up years ago using our local internet providers email they gave us. Since then we have abandoned that email account and I have had to connect several other real emails with my iTunes Store account but my login is still the same as it has been for years. It is important to realize that if you have multiple people in your direct family using the app/music store then it is advantageous for you all to use the same iTunes Store account name. No sense in paying for those apps two or three times – Apple allows 5-10 devices to share apps and music. Thank you Apple!
As for the iCloud account… I don’t understand when people use a gmail account for their iCloud account. That just confuse me! That means to signing to their iCloud Account they are signing in with something like johnnyappleseed@gmail instead of simply setting up their iCloud with a new user name like firstname.lastname@example.org – Apple gives you a free account so use it!
WAIT YOU SAY? WHAT IS THIS iCLOUD YOU SPEAK OF? Email and a whole lot more is the short answer.
iCloud is the service Apple provides for us to help keep our multiple devices in sync with themselves, it is also a way for us to access our information through any web browser on any computer (yes, even a windows machine!) Most importantly it gives you a PhotoStream online that keeps the last 1000 pictures you have taken and it also gives you a way to recover a stolen device through Apples Find My Phone service (which is NOT just for iPhones but it also is for iPads as well)
iCloud puts all your Contacts, Calendars, Notes, and Reminders in the Cloud – accessible and synced on any device! It was so cool when I got my last iPhone and the sales person asked if I wanted help setting it up – I simply said no thanks, signed into iCloud and left the store. By the time I reached my car all my contacts and appointments were already on my phone!
The other spiffy feature of iCloud is that it gives you Pages, Numbers andKeynote all in the cloud! Considering that these apps are all free on new devices, using the iCloud version alongside the iPad apps are a no brainer!
As for PhotoStream…. you will not see PhotoStream on the web page when you sign into your iCloud account online but it is there in the cloud streaming your photos and syncing them across your devices. If you take a bunch of pictures on your iPhone you can then simply open up your iPad (assuming you have been someplace with wi-fi) and view those pictures on your iPad. Of course if your Apple TV is hooked up then you can also view those pics from your phone on the really big screen through the ATV! Of course then you should always import those pics into your iMac/MacBook – simply open up iPhoto and there they are sitting there too! PhotoStream also allows you to use PhotoStreams to share your pics with other people. Simply add a group of pics to a public/shared PhotoStream and send the link out to those you want to share the stream with. Apple is not putting a limit right now on how many of these shared streams we can have. That means you could have a bunch of these “shared streams” and not even have to share them with anyone for real but that gives you a bunch of online storage of your photos for free! BUT the warning is that if you have a smaller sized iPad (like a 16GB or even a 32GB) those shared streams are downloaded into your iPhoto app and take up storage space that you may not want to give up! It’s a double edged sword.
And while you are setting up your iCloud Account and email, in the Settings app, you may as well setup your other email accounts too! That is assuming you already have a Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail or some other kind of mail! Use the Mail app that Apple gives you – it is so much faster than trying to access your email through Safari (the web browser)
You need to install a bunch of apps. This short list of apps here are the generic ones that I think everyone should have and should install right away;
If you are into the Social Scene;
After downloading those apps you also need to familiarize yourself with the Contacts, Calendar, Reminders and Notes apps that Apple provides to you at no charge. Of course there is always SIRI to play around with and ask questions to! (Can’t find SIRI? Hold down the home button until you hear the two short, quick beeps – let go and ask her a question or two (or forty!) Questions like, “what time is it”, “What is the Phone number for “—–” ” (of course you have to put that phone number into you Contacts app first! You can even ask her “What planes are flying overhead right now?” – Want more questions, simply do a Google search using the Google app you downloaded earlier!
Then you need more apps – go have fun!
Did I forget something critical? Remember, this list is for the first day of having the iPad though! Leave me a comment if you think there is something else that should be on here! I will get into more specific apps later, those listed above are just the quick fast and “everyone needs these” list.
Last chance this year to get a couple of great apps on sale – Which means now is the time to pick them up because they will not be on sale much longer!
At the top of my list for great synth apps of 2013 is Thor Polysonic Synthisizer for $6.99. This is the first time Thor has even had a sale!
Second would beRebirth for iPad on sale at $6.00 down from $14.99!
At the top of my list for collaborative music creating is Cotracks on 50% sale for $4.99 down from $9.99 – This is a great app to have 1, 2, 3, or even 4 students on at a time to create music all together! What fun in a classroom setting! Of course it is an amazing app for a single person to use as well!
At the top of my list for apps my elementary school kids loved isOrphinio for iPhone on sale for $0.99 !
IK MULTIMEDIA APPS (Sale only good through the 2nd of January so move fast!)
Their apps are all at 50% off plus - That’s not all… You can get 50% off in-app purchases as well (excluding SampleTanks SampleMoog in-app purchases).
VocaLive for iPad -
VocaLive for iPhone -
iGrand piano -
iLectric piano -
SampleTank for iPad - Which has a phenomenal in app purchase of orchestral sounds the Miroslav Philharmonik Mobile Edition!
The entire line of their Groove Maker apps are also on sale as well (too many to list them all here but you can go search the app store for groove maker and you will find them all!)
There are so many music apps available online that it is sometimes hard to filter through and find the truly inovative apps that will truly change the way we make music. Even when you do stumble on an app that you think might fit into this category it takes me several videos and a ton of reading to fully believe enough to actually pull the trigger and purchase the app.
iFretless Bass is one of those apps. I have been looking at this app for a while now and after seeing a YouTube video this weekend I decided it was time to make a purchase. Here are the two reasons I think this app is going to be a blast to start using;
Of course I would not even bring this app up on my blog here if it did not support AudioBus! One other technique I am going to try out is using this app along with Apollo, an app that allows me to use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly control a software synth inside of Logic Pro on my MacBook. I hope the latency is fast enough to use live!
Go watch a few of their videos, actaully go watch all of their videos! This app is going to be a nice addition to my live performance tools not to mention the apps I use to record my own songs! I love the new interface and possibilities it all opens up!
This is the app featuring iFretless Bass and Voice into iVoxel -