BeatMaker3 is Coming July 15!

I’m just gonna throw this out there that BeatMaker 3 is COMING!

July 15!

It’s looking very amazing for creating music on iOS!

It will only be offered at intro price for the first 7 days so hopefully you get paid in that timespan!

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Here is more info from their website to give you an idea!

BeatMaker 3’s digital audio workstation provides versatility ideal for both on-the-go production and more complex MIDI/audio studio setups. Suited for both amateurs and professional users, BeatMaker 3 emphasises the strengths of its critically acclaimed predecessors while taking the future of music composition to the next level.

BeatMaker 3’s ability to integrate with both MIDI hardware and the music app ecosystem makes it a powerful tool in any musician’s arsenal. In anticipation of launch, a series of screenshots of the soon-to-be-released app’s UI we’ve posted recently on the company website. Additionally, a list of partial features confirmed in the forthcoming app includes:

Main functionalities

  • Compose with high quality instruments & loops, integrated in a powerful and streamlined DAW
  • Design your own instruments using a state of the art sampling engine with unmatched modularity (multi-layer, live slice mode, realtime time-stretching/pitch-shifting, Audio Units V3/IAA, full modulation system, …)
  • Powerful integration of MIDI hardware to control the app and its instruments in a unique way (MIDI actions, parameter macros, …)
  • Arrange songs with instruments & audio tracks
  • Play live, remix or sketch ideas with a powerful scene mode
  • Export, share, and expand your library with soundpacks designed by the best sound design companies

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Video Editing and Connection Speeds

MORAL OF THIS POST

Make sure you KNOW what speed your drives/hubs/card readers are!

Also – buy a REALLY BIG hard drive!

THE BACK STORY

I have been shooting video and editing video for the past three weeks like a mad man! I went to band camp (not my own) as the videographer for two weeks. During that two weeks there was two of us shooting rehearsals, sectionals, performances and daily activities the kids did like high ropes, boating, archery and horse back riding to name a few.

Now that I am back home and editing all that video I have really started to realize how taxing Final Cut Pro is on storage space! It is a sweet app but the storage it requires is insane! Of course If I wasn’t trying to edit two weeks of video from two different video cameras, an iPad, my Nikon and my iPhone along with a GoPro then MAYBE it’d be easier!

Any ways…. this is just an observation.

I have been using my new MacBookPro with the TouchBar on it. I have the first one that came out, a 15 inch. It has really not been that big of a deal having just the USB-C ports on it. Until this video stuff!

Now I have two external 2TB hard drives hooked up – one for each week.

SO WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?

OK – so here is what I have learned….

USB-C really is remarkably faster! Of course when dealing with just normal day stuff it isn’t any big deal but when trying to transfer a 173GB Final Cut Pro library to another drive then you start to notice! When I went to transfer the library the first time the drive was hooked up to a USB hub which I knew was only USB2.0 – my MacBook told me – Ummm…. OK…. I will transfer this library but it’s going to take something like 3 hours. I said YIKES! Then I unplugged the drive from the hub and used one of those Apple adaptors from USB-c to USB normal to try the transfer. This turned out to be a much better situation! This time my MacBook was happy to do the transfer in 28 minutes!

When I dug down into the Apple system reporter and looked up the speeds here is what I found… The USB drives that are running at 2.0 and 3.0 speeds are capable of up to 480 Mb/Sec and then the drive I have that is actually running at USB 3.1 specs is capable of 5 Gb/Sec

AND THAT BOYS AND GIRLS is why I am more than happy I bought a new MacBookPro with the USB-c ports on it!

WHAT ELSE HAVE I LEARNED THESE PAST THREE WEEKS?

It is insanely fun to shoot video for concerts using five cameras and a handheld recorder for the audio and then dump it all into Final Cut Pro to use the multi-cam feature!

The problem is that you had better make sure the audio recorder is recording at 48khz – the same as the video! Not 44khz like it was the first time!

The second problem is you had better have a FAST external drive to do the Multicam editing!

The realization is that what there is no way we normal people could have hoped to have been able to accomplish sitting in our basements five years ago is now possible!

THE LAST THOUGHT FROM WHAT I HAVE LEARNED

Yeah…. when you buy iPhones and iPads with the insanely large storage space available now a days… you end up with a TON of video and pictures on there that you are going to HAVE to back up someplace at some point in time! The internal drive on you laptop probably isn’t going to be the place that you want to do that to!

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July 4th Apps Sale! MORE

Oh my goodness how could I forget these two?

Two of my most used apps – I have written about both of these multiple times before so if you want to know more then simply search on the right hand side of my blog for each.

DayOne is the most beautiful and gorgeous way to keep a Journal of any out there! Right now it is FREE for iOS as well as for the Mac! Use it for your personal life, travel journal, a way to keep track of what you do as a teacher or whatever job you have! Make multiple journals and use it on any of your devices and they will all stay in sync!

Cubasis is currently 1/2 off too! This is one of the most full featured AND easiest to use DAW’s for iOS available. This price point makes it simply a no brainer purchase!

Cubasis Mixer

Are you a guitar player who doesn’t want to lug around all those amps? Well this app can help!
Amplitube for iPhone is only $10

Amplitube for iPad is only $10 also

Happy Independence Day (Well…. if you are American!) – Apps are going on sale this week!

Hi all – I am back from a two week stint at Band Camp. This time around though I was doing all the video and am now deep into the next five days of editing all that video and learning Final Cut Pro BUT…. I wanted to make sure you were aware of several good sales going on currently…

PreSonus
Notion and StudioOne are at 30% off currently – and this includes upgrades!

DrumKick is currently FREE and a heck of a lot of fun! Get BOTH the phone AND the iPad versions for optimal fun as the phone can be stuck into your sock and you now have an instant kick drum!!!!
DrumKick for iPad
DrumKick for iPhone

Olympia Noise Co Apps – 
Patterning $9.99 > $5.99 – THE drum machine app that is the funnest! (Go away English teachers!)
Chordion $4.99 > $2.99
Ribbons $5.99 > $2.99
dot Melody $4.99 > $1.99

Uri Machmias –
Sonic Logic has just had a wonderful update! Use this app is you want to control other music apps – be it on your iPad or even on your desktop AND it works via bluetooth too!

OK – back to editing video!

KRFT – Modular Instrument for Music Production (and Performance)

KRFT is one of the apps that I have just been begging to dive into for the past 6 months but with school still in progress and a ton of other projects already on the front burners I haven’t had time. Now school is out and I get to play some!

img_1818KRFT – Modular Music Production  – (Discounted 33% until June 22nd!)

I really like to try to find alternative ways for my music students to perform. I like to perform using interfaces/instruments that do not fit into the traditional mold as well. We ARE trying to teach music in the 21st century right? In the past I’ve always had some grand ideas of being able to have this pre-recorded music that I could instantly play various sections of and still be able to tweak in various ways as I felt fit in the moment. The traditional DAW has not allowed this flexibility and neither have simple looping apps. Now with KRFT I can have a great deal of flexibility, and spontaneity all in a layout that fits my method of creating/performing.

The idea is simple you have a layout of squares, triangle, and circles combined with buttons and knobs that control the music. (The cool glasses and espresso don’t hurt either!)

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The app runs on iPhone as well, giving you even great flexibility in where and when you create and play.

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When editing your layout you get a blank screen and from there start to build up your musical creation. You add these things called Musical Cells to your blank canvas. Inside of each of these cells you add either you music that you records, audio loops or you use the cells to morph and transform your music.

Recording some loops into some cells are probably the best spot to start – there are bass, drums and lead synths built into the app with quite a hefty list of possible sounds to choose from! From there creating a few fills loops might be next and then moving on to adding in some audio triggers. Then you get to start messing around with the buttons that tweak the sound – allowing you to control things like Volume, Tempo, Swing and Filter on the Master side of things. On each individual channels you get to set up morph triggers that affect individual channels – these are Filter Frequency, Pitch, Attack, Gate, Distortion Level and Mix, Level, Duration of Delay, Chorus Mix, and Channel Volume/Pan/Reverb. So you can see how involved you can get with the control of and morphing of your performance!

 

KRFTpink ipad keyboardWhen entering in your music you have two methods of entering – the first is a grid of pads that allow for some creative input depending on where you tap the cell. The sound can be affected in several different ways – you can set Gain, Filter, Attack, Pitch and LFO to change depending on how high or low you tap on the grid. There are three rows of these pads to play that funky music on. The Master Tuning section decides that scale that gets used out of the 8 choices – Major, Minor, Harmonic, Doria, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian and Lochrian.

OF course for this of you who simply want a piano roll/step time entry there is that possibility as well.

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CONNECTIVITY

KRFT has quite a bit of versatility built into the app and could easily be an app that you use by itself. But, where is the fun in THAT?

As I mentioned, you have three different types of synth sounds built into the app each with a large variety of sounds to choose from. You can add multiple channels of each type too – so if you want several lead sounds simply add a new channel and away you go.

For those of us with other apps we want to tie into KRFT though it is easy to do. Simply add a MIDI channel, select the other app and away you go.

For those of you who want to take connectivity a step further than go ahead… feel free to incorporate your desktop DAW like Ableton Live or Logic as well! Any other app that is MIDI enabled is good to go here! In fact, any hardware that you have connected to your iOS device, that can be controlled via MIDI can be controlled with KRFT! Take a minute and let THAT sink in!

oh…. KRFT does Ableton Link too so everything will stay tightly synced together! AudioBus, CoreMIDI, both are there as is the capability of using the app in AUM!

The developers are two brothers based out of London. I feel like they are onto something exciting here with the flexibility they are giving us in KRFT. It is more than just the flexibility though, it is also the fact that KRFT is pretty simple to figure out. IT doesn’t take long and even us adults can figure it out! Give a few students the task and time in class to figure this app out and they will catch on quickly as well. If they don’t though, there is a nice set of YouTube tutorials they have put together to help guide us through the process of getting going.

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Of course what kind of guy would I be if I didn’t let you see the app in action? Here is a nice jam using the app to give you an idea of what all is possible. I do have to say that when Studio Amplify came out with their app NOIZ, I wanted so bad to be able to set up my very own creations instead of being held back by what someone else had created – Don’t get me wrong NOIZ is a blast to play but being given the ability to set things up as I wish, with my own music is like Christmas Morning!

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ME&T Podcast #8 Featuring The Developer from Sheet Music Scanner is now out!

Chris and I have had a busy first part of 2017nso it has been a little while since we have found the time to put a new podcast out. But we had a great talk with David Zemsky, the developer of Sheet Music Scanner – an iOS app that is pretty disruptive to our workflows as musicians. Using this app and your devices built in camera it is simple to turn a static sheet of music into digital music that you can do many things with. One of the most important things is that you can listen to what the music is supposed to sound like allowing for quicker understanding of that sheet music. I love these chances to sit and find out more about the developers who have a passion to help change the face of music education, the developers who want to change the capabilities musicians have through the use of technology. David is a great person whose desire for developing his app is evident in our discussions.

Chris and I discuss quite a few other current topics current in the world of music, education and technology. Check out the show notes on our METPodcast WordPress page

Here is the podcast from our SoundCloud page which is sponsored by UberChord

Notion is on Sale!

I feel REALLY bad for not sharing this here –

Notion LargeNotion is on sale right now! Save like almost 50% off! It’s $7.99 which is a steal. If you are a music educator you need this! Even if you don’t own Notion for your regular computer it’s a no brainer…

  • Start work on your iPad.
  • Use your iPad to hand-write the music
  • Use your iPad to photo-scan sheet music in using something like Sheet Music Scanner and transfer it to Notion to clean up or add to it and then transfer it to your computer via XML to use in Finale/Sibelius/Dorico/Notion or whatever you use for music notation on the computer.
  • Enter Percussion parts via the nifty percussion features on your iPad (Trust me, this is WAY easier than on a desktop!)

The list goes on and on….

If you are a musician you need this app….

  • Compose your own music
  • Arrange a flute part for you to play on your trombone
  • Find music on the internet and import it into Notion for you to play (and take with you everywhere!)

Yes, there is a bit of learning of new software but if you have used music notation apps then you know what is possible and it will not take you long!

What do you think the name of this app is?

I’m very curious to know if you can tell the name of this app from the icon! I’ve got two sons who are graphic design majors and we have these sort of discussions all the time. 

I’ll say up front that I like the design and I like the app even more but I am VERY interested in knowing your thoughts. So leave your answers/thoughts below. 

BlocksWave – FREE – GET IT!

If you are a musician and like creating music with your iOS device then this is the deal of the day for you!

Blocks WaveBlocs Wave is FREE – Not sure for how long and I’ve got to go rehearse so this is just a copy and paste from the App Store. I will say you may have to spend a few seconds to figure it out AND I will say they want you to buy their IAP’s . The reason I’m saying download it is because YOU can put your OWN content in their! Create loops and perform with loops!

Think Ableton Live but not at that level BUT one of the closest apps you will find on iOS.

Blocs Wave is a powerful and beautifully designed music app for making and recording new music quickly. For songwriters and electronic music makers alike, it is an on-the-move portable music studio.

Start new musical ideas by discovering new sounds across genres. Make your tunes unique by slicing and rearranging your sounds. Play with beautiful touchable waveforms and build up loops in real-time by recording your voice or other sounds, and build bigger ideas using song sections. Blocs Wave is also great for live looping, thanks to its real-time stretch and pitch engine.

Features
• Find ideas quickly – Combine sounds across genres
• Chop up sounds – Use Slice Mode to make every sound unique
• Play with sounds – Beautiful, touchable waveforms
• Record new sounds – Capture your own vocals and instruments
• Explore a huge sound library – Find amazing sounds across genres from electronic to indie, EDM to songwriting, and more
• Expand your collection – Download more sounds from an ever-expanding soundpack library
• Export your music – Create a mixdown or export individual tracks
• Launchpad Soundpack sharing – Get hundreds more genres and styles through our Launchpad for iOS app

Advanced Features
• Real-time stretching – Change tempo while playing
• Real-time recording – Build up live recorded loops in real-time
• Export and Import – Bring in your own sounds from other apps, or export to them
• Key aware – All library sounds stay in-key with each other
• User library – Manage your recorded and imported sounds
• Works well with others – Supports Audiobus, AudioCopy/AudioShare and hardware input
• Jam in sync – Supports Ableton Link

Compatible with iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Pro (12.9 inch and 9.7 inch), iPhone SE, 7/7 Plus, 6/6s Plus, 6/6s, 5/5s/5c, 4s.

Supports iOS 8, 9 and 10.