TC-Helicon Releases New iPad App for Looping/Recording – VoiceJam Studio

VoiceJam ScreenYou really must be excited that today is like Christmas! TC-Helicon has released their VoiceJam Studio Small IconVoiceJam Studio and it's a pretty amazing app! I've got a few looping apps, more then a few DAW apps and several effects apps on my iPad but VoiceJam Studio is a very well designed app that takes the interface of the iPad and puts it to great use in new ways.

In short this app is for Singing, Creating, and Sharing. You sing and record yourself. Then you start adding loops on top of that and pretty soon you have an entire song, or maybe a new idea for your next song. There is a powerful looping environment from which everything is recorded alongside pro-quality effects to spruce up your vocals. The way the looper is designed is the best implementation that I've seen yet in an iPad app – very easy to understand and work.

Then after you have created your masterpiece you have the ability to upload and share that creation. In fact, there is a surprise here…. VoiceJam Studio obviously allows the sharing of the audio track as one would expect BUT the app also allows you to record a video of you putting the entire thing together and then upload THAT to YouTube! I love watching videos like this that sow me how people put their loops together into one final masterpiece and now that capability is built right into my looping app. No longer will you have to set up a separate device to record the video and then try to splice in the audio in a movie editor!

VoiceJam Studio Small IconVoiceJam Studio is currently at a 50% intro price – $9.99. Eventually it will be a $20 app and worth every penny of that price!

Here is a YouTube video to show you some of what the app can do. TC-Helicon has four or five nicely done YouTube videos that steps you through the app….


Tuba and Jazz and iPads?

cover170x170I really, really, really wish I would have had access to technology like we do today back when I was in collage and High School! Of course maybe I should have just listened better to my band director from collage!

I played euphonium in the jazz band for one semester and then “felt weird” so I switched over to trombone because I didn’t think it was “acceptable” to play euphonium in the jazz band. If only I would have had access to the internet to find sweet recordings like this one to show me how limited my view of the world actually was. Or maybe it would have shown me that I should have just played music in a manner that was of utmost quality and made my own trail!

Anyways… enjoyed this album very much tonight – Ferry Tales by Øystein Baadsvik

Of course I found it through the use of following different people on Twitter tonight. Then I listened to previews on the iTunes Store then I actually listened to the entire album for free on Spotify.

What if our students could use an iPad to record themselves using a MultitrackDAW like Cubasis, effects apps like AltiSpace, and then mixing in other tracks from apps like Animoog and Sector and Auxy? What could they come up with?

What about using Notion to give them access to an entire symphony?

Music Apps on sale for this weekend! What a bunch of ways to make some spooky music!

You gotta love Halloween sales….

Sequential SmallSequential $0.99 (from $4.99)

Sliver Small IconSliver $2.99 (from $5.99)

GlitchBreaks Small IconGlitchBreaks $2.99 (from $4.99)

Auria Small LogoAuria $24.99 (from $49.99)

Auria Small LogoAuriaLE $11.99 (from $24.99)

Electric Piano Synth SmallElectric Piano Synth $1.99

Arpeggionome SmallArpeqqionome for iPhone $0.99

Arpeggionome SmallArpeggionome for iPad $9.99 (50% off)

Gestrument SmallGestrument $$5.99 (from $7.99)

ScaleGen SmallScaleGen $7.99 ($9.99)

SectorSector has dropped the price a bit to $6.99 which is the lowest I’ve seen this app drop down to ever.

AudioShare SmallAudioShare – audio document manager is now $1.99

Pocket Studio SmallPocket Studio is currently free

BeatPad Small IconBeatPad is on sale for $4.99

Master Record Small IconMaster Record $2.99 (down from $5.99)

AltiSpace Small IconAltiSpace $3.99 (down from $6.99)

Audio Mastering Small IconAudio Mastering $6.99 (down from $12.99)

Master FX Small IconMasterFX $5.99 (down from $11.99)

ThesysThesys $7.99 (down from $14.99)

Wow FilterboxWOW Filterbox $7.99 (down from $14.99)

Effectrix Small IconEffectrix $8.99 (down from $17.99)

TurnadoTurnado $9.99 (down from $19.99)

Beat-Machine Small IconBeat-Machine for $0.99 (down from $1.99)

AudioShare Also on Sale – If you are making music on your iPad you should own this!

AudioShare LargeAudioShare – audio document manager is now $1.99

A sound file manager with powerful import and export abilities. If you are using music-making apps, then this tool is a must-have!

Organize all your soundfiles and midifiles on your device. Record, trim, convert, normalize, upload, download, export, import, zip, unzip. Create folders, rename and move files and folders around, put everything where you can find it.

Use it to transfer files between apps and between your device and computer. For example, import a soundfile from your dropbox or music library, and share it on SoundCloud. Or audiocopy sounds from your favorite music-making app and import into the AudioShare library for later sharing or copying into other apps. Or record your live-jam from other Audiobus-apps.

This is the app I use to transfer my recordings back and forth between my computer and iPad – not to mention that this is a great way to record my band in rehearsal (or performance) and then edit the starts and stop points before uploading it to SoundCloud.

Sector is on Sale! Sweet Treats for All!

SectorSector has dropped the price a bit to $6.99 which is the lowest I’ve seen this app drop down to ever.

Sector is an app that offers you an innovative way to manipulate samples in ways that will inspire you to explore for hours!

Slice and sequence your loops with a matrix of markov-chain connections. Introduce order with the probability based coin-flipping pattern sequencer. Bend time with warp functions for glitches and modulations. Tweak and trigger in real time performance. Get anything between rigid control and random chaos.

Pocket Studio is FREE! Go… hurry… click!

Pocket StudPocket Studio Largeio is currently free – must be Halloween or something because we are getting a bunch of treats! It even runs on your iPhone!

Their companion app, BeatPad Small IconBeatPad is on sale for $4.99

MultiTrack recording and beat making at a price you can’t beat…. ummmm…. sorry about that.

Here is a list of features – (take good note of the ability to import audio from YouTube videos! Now THAT’s interesting)

96 Tracks! YES, NINETY SIX TRACKS! Create as many tracks up to 96 as your iOS device will let you.

• Audiobus

– (Use Audiobus Mic Input when AB app is open)

– (Switch AB’s frames to 512 if stuttering occurs)

– (Tap play to hear Audiobus audio on a record-enabled track)

• Record audio and midi tracks in each session

• Available reverb and delay effect sends for each track

• Unlimited Songs

• Beautiful Design

• Import Audio from YouTube Videos

– Tap Documents Button/New/YouTube and paste the link

• Import Audio from Your Music Library

– Documents/iPod Library

• Import audio from your iTunes-Synced Documents Folder

• Import audio from email

– Tap/hold audio attachment and select open-in Pocket Studio

• Record audio from thousands of online radio stations

– Documents/New/NewTrack/Stereo

– Set Online Radio as input and select a station

• Quantize midi tracks to keep notes in sync

–Tap Settings/Quantization

• Tap and hold metronome button to reveal metronome UI

• Tap and hold Input button to quickly reveal input plugin (BeatPad or Online Radio for example)

• 118 BeatPad Kits available for download

• Quick Punch Recording

• Tap Docs button/NewTrack/Midi then set BeatPad as the input to create BeatPad midi tracks

Timegg Pro App All Teachers Should Download TODAY (Plus it’s free today too!)

Timegg Pro – Free for today

Reminders, Upcoming Events, Alarms, Timers – these are all a part of every teachers job!

I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have an alarm set for the end of every class period! (well, OK, I’ll be realistic, I’d have to pay attention to the clock more closely!)

What about those concerts – “How many more days until the concert Mr. Shimmons?” Boy…. if I only had a shiny nickel for every time I’ve heard THAT one!

What about setting timers so your kids know how long they have to get ready after that tardy bell rings? This is always one of those things I have to stay on my kids about – come in my classroom door and G E T  T O   W O R K!!!!! You know what happens…. they all like each other, those crazy music students…. so they get to talking all too often and then, well…. you get the idea.

Anyways, saw this app – Looks like it could be very useful.

If this works then setting my alarms inside of this app could be WAY easier than using Apple’s alarm clock. It has a nifty design – looks like an old rotary phone dial allowing you to set 8 timers, 8 reminders, 8 D-Days Countdown, and 8 repeating alarms.

It’s free so go try it out!

One downside is that it is not designed for iPad. PAY ATTENTION DEVELOPERS! Is it really THAT much harder to put a few more hours of work in to make an app that looks good on an iPad?

UPDATE: Second downside – this may be just an app to keep an eye on because it actually is not giving me any notifications UNLESS I am in the app and have it running. bummer…. BUT it’s free today and if they could fix this issue then this would be a killer app!


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