Great Music Apps Keep Coming!

Earhoof is one more amazing musical instrument that is innovative and opens up new possibilities!

Not only does this app support AudioBus and InterApp Audio, allows you to work with their presets you get when purchasing the app but it also allows you to get creative and create your own new instruments!

Here is a YouTube video of the instrument at work….

http://youtu.be/FdCiAAHFHFk

 

New iPad app for that final step in your recordings!

FinalTouch_MaximizerEver record your Band or Choir rehearsals? Want to take it one more step and really put a bit of a final touch on that recording? What about actually recording your ensembles and selling a CD? Then you or someone else absolutely needs to use an app like this, or you could spend a lot more money on other tools and do the same thing!

Final Touch Small IconFinal Touch, by Positive Grid, is a complete mastering system for iPad. It includes Maximizer, EQ, Dynamics, Stereo Imager, Reverb and Dithering all into one integrated app! What does that mean in layman’s terms? Your recording is going to have a huge, balanced, polished and professional sound! Now this is NOT going to make an amazing group out of a group that is not playing or singing well! (Don’t we wish!) BUT it will give your recording that last polish, push, and EQ that will help make it sound even better.

 

Here… take a listen to the difference – and I have no hardly any idea of what I’m doing but this sounds better to me! The first couple of recordings are from my HS Band getting ready for State Festival and the next couple are from a friend on SoundCloud who used the iPad Notion App to record some strings…

Loopy HD On Sale – Thanks to Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon

If you have not sent the latest news of iPads and music in the big time news lately you must have not been paying attention!

Billy Joel was recently on the Jimmy Fallon show and they had a little do-wop, jam session using an iPad and a nifty app called Loopy HDLoopy HD. Loopy allows you to record loops – over and over until you have built up a song! The app is currently on a %50 off sale to celebrate it’s spotlight in the news. Get it now and enjoy some fun music making!

iPads in the Refurb Store

The iPad Airs have hit the refurb store! Since this is my blog of using iPads and incorporating them into my teaching AND because the first post to this web site was about the first iPad I purchased….. I must tell you this tale as well.

I have been using the iPad 2 since the day it was released. In the mean time it have bought a few for my children but I have skipped the iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and the iPad Mini with retina. Why…. Well I knew I would get the Air but I haut wanted to wait until I had money AND till they hit the refurb store.

When the news came through a week or so ago that Airs were on the refurb store I got excited. That excitement died when I discovered that those were the 16GB and 32 GB. No way was I going to get one of those again! Not enough space! If you are a teacher you should not get one either! So I hoped for the best…. That my tax refund would come in and then the 64 AT LEAST would hit the store. Well, Thursday night, after checking every day for a week and a half, the iPad Air 128 GB hit the store! That represented a savings of $130! That’s like buying the 64GB but getting twice the space! I went to bed chomping at the bit because I did not have my refund yet! The next morning, without knowing the 128′s had hit the store, the first thing my wife said to me was, “They deposited our refund!” I ordered it before I left for school! Fastest shower I ever took!

I paid the $10 extra for 2-3 day shipping. When I received the first notice that my iPad was coming from China I did NOT expect 2-3 to actually happen. Well, FedEx did it!

Here I sit…. Such fun!

Music Notation Apps for iPad

So music notation apps have really had some major changes in the past year or two and even the past weeks!

Here is a file I scanned in using PhotoScore on my laptop, edited for musical markings and then I did a few experiments with it so you can see some of your choices… or rather see AND hear.

EXAMPLES:

Top iPad Apps (for the teacher) In The Band Room

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:

  1. ForScore Small IconForScore/ UnRealBook Small IconUnRealBook
  2. iTunes
  3. PlanBook Small IconPlanBook
  4. SkyWard Small IconSkyWard
  5. MobileMouse Small IconMobileMouse
  6. Fingering Small IconFingering for iPad (Thanks Joe Guarr @jguarr)
  7. ClassDojo small iconClassDojo
  8. DropBox Small IconDropBox/ BoxBox
  9. Mail
  10. Calendars 5Calendars5 by Readdle/ GoodTask Small IconGoodTask/ Wunderlist Small IconWunderList/ Remindrs
  11. Feedly Small IconFeedly Reeder / MrReader Small IconMr. Reader
  12. Pocket Small IconPocket
  13. EverNote Small IconEvernote
  14. OneSafe Small IconOneSafe

 

My list of very important apps I don’t use every single day:

  1. DayBook ProDayBook Pro
  2. FileMakerGo 13 Small IconFileMaker
  3. SmartSeat Small IconSmartSeat

Testing in the Classroom – Made easier with Technology!

I’ve got two apps for anyone that has to give tests in the classroom – of course I’m talking about written tests not musical ones the students have to play/sing.

FIRST APP

The first one is called Test Producer Small IconTest Producer. This is a great app that takes a lot of the work out of creating those printed tests. Trying to format tests and get everything to line up, draw in blanks, add pictures and all that stuff can be frustrating and time consuming! With this app it is quick and easy to create tests that have Multiple Choice, True/False, Essay, Fill in the Blank and Matching type of questions on it.

Using this app it is very easy and quick to edit the test after you are done too…. things like moving questions around, deleting questions, editing the question or answers, and even shuffling all the questions! How’s that for maing sure 1st hour doesn’t pass on the answers to 2nd hour? Plus when it comes time to print you can create an answer sheet as easy as printing a second copy of the test with the Correct Answers option turned on!

The cool part of this app is that it is now free for you to try out! If you find that you like it and want to actually use it to print a test then you use the in-app-purchase to buy that ability and start printing!

Test Producer-1

SECOND APP
I saw the promos for this next app awhile ago and never realized it was out yet!

It is called Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 11.04.39 PMQuickKey Mobile.

This app is the next part of taking tests – the grading part! You create a test, set up your classes and students, print out a bubble sheet and hand it out to the students along with the test you just created in TestProducer. At the end of class you use your iPhone to “scan” the bubble sheets. In about 2 seconds you can have 30 questions graded per student!

The app works in conjunction with their website - https://www.quickkeyapp.com go there and check out the video – it’s great!

As far as I can see this is currently free.

 

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