So…. you are a music teacher and you just got a new iPad to help you run class and teach music…. What are the three apps that I think are the most important for you… More
So now the Share Sheet has s’more options for you to access so you can get things quicker so you can eat S’Mores!
Let’s say I want to take a screenshot on my iPad, edit it, then AirDrop it to my MacBook. Well now that is much faster to do!
iOS13 vs iPadOS – These tips will all be highlighting new ways we will be able to use our OS’s to improve our productivity/creativity! iPadOS is an enhanced version of iOS13 which is technically for iPhone and iPod. iPadOS has features that will never be available on the smaller screens.
Remember those nifty Widgets on your iPad? What? You never use them because you forget they are there?
NEWSFLASH – Now you will notice them! Someone at Apple REALLY, REALLY, REALLY believes we should be using these little tools and have found a way to put them in our faces all the time! (or not – you don’t HAVE to do this but I think we ALL want to be more productive right?)
Use Widgets right from your home screen! In fact… pin two of them right there to ALWAYS be visible!
Now we will be able to hold even more apps in our iPad Docks.
Why you ask?
To make us more productive! BUT – when we want to use the new iPadOS features available like SlideOver with multiple apps we NEED more apps in the dock! Because it’s easier to get apps into that SlideOver and SplitScreen mode.
The iPad dock will now hold 15 of your selected apps/folders and 3 recents for a grand total of 18 slots! Notice I did not say 18 apps. Using folders we can put an absurd amount of apps in the dock now!
When I opened the Photos app there were some wonderful amazing things going on in there!
One thing freaked me out though – where did the timeline go while watching a video so I could fast forward/rewind quickly!?!?!?
Well… never fear! It’s still near! Just a Tap away will let you Nap in peace Today!
So I’ve been a seriously stupid person once again – It seems I just can’t resist!
I’ve gone and loaded up the public betas of iOS13 and iPadOS on my iPhone and iPad.
Several things have really struck me and I plan on making a few short tips on YouTube to show you some ideas of how the new features are going to be useful and possibly even boggle your mind!
Tip #1 – The new download manager in Safari
Safari now downloads files into it’s spiffy new download manager. From there you can drag files like PDF’s out into other apps!
Apple says this about the Download Manager “Check the status of a file you’re downloading, access downloaded files quickly, and drag and drop them into a file or email you’re working on. You can even download files in the background while you get work done.”
Watch the YouTube video linked below to see this in action as I download a PDF I need for Sunday morning worship team from SongSelect and into ForScore. ForScore by the way has fantabulous support for Drag and Drop and if you have NOT used Drag and Drop (from iOS 12) then you SHOULD be!
These apps are all fun from this developer.
Ear Cat happens to be free today so go grab it! Use it with your students!
I will say that using my iPad since the day it came out as digital sheet music has been glorious. I don’t ever want to give that up.
My iPad is capable of so much more! With all the music apps available for it, iPad can now be a worthy instrument! I can do live keyboard parts that I only previously could imagine.
There is one HUGE factor that is a serious issue!
How do I keep the iPad charged? I mean the thing has a stellar battery life but once you start using three or four synth apps, a couple of Bluetooth connections, and a couple of mixing apps…. well that stellar battery life starts to act much more like a teenage boy at an all you can eat pizza Buffett!
Using Apples USB3 Camera Connector Kit dongle and the original charger might help SLOW the drain down.
Using an iConnect Audio4+ has been the only way I’ve been able to see a zero battery drain while using the iPad in live performance like I have been.
Now… why is this even an issue you ask? Consider that our Worship team starts rehearsal at 7:30. I get there at 7 to setup and make last minute sound checks if my sounds through the church sound system. Then once all is set and going I seriously don’t want to unhook the iPad or close apps down until after the second service which ends at noonish. So even if my iPad is fully charged it will NOT make it through all of that on its own.
What about if I teach all day and have a concert in the evening. My morning rehearsal starts at 7am. I’m there by 6:40. Teach all day and then after school usually have another shirt rehearsal. So that means my iPad is in use ALL day 6:45-3:30. Then back for soundcheck at 5 and the concert starts at 6:30 and runs until 7:45 usually.
All that to say…. ya know…. I kind of like having my old fashion keyboard that just simply plugs into an outlet and is ALWAYS ready to go as far as power. BUT…. MAN that thing is HEAVY!
It has been a little while since Chris Russell and I have done a podcast- OK, maybe since last June – YIKES!
So we finally figured it was time to talk about the latest in tech in our life’s.
Find the podcast here, on iTunes and even on Spotify now! – Go Chris!
Link to the audio file:
I’ve got a problem – I REALLY like using my iPad as my digital sheet music BUT I also REALLY like using my iPad as an Instrument while performing!
The problem comes in when I want to change sounds on my instrument app but don’t want to be flipping between apps during performance!
The Solution – Use ForScore‘s ability to send program changes. UnRealBook also does this. One other slight hiccup in the solution is that not all instrument apps make it easy to figure out which program changes to send. Actually some apps just don’t respond to program changes. In FACT one app makes it SEEM like you should be able to send program changes but the app does NOT respond accurately! So, in order to save you some time until KV331 gets THAT issue fixed don’t bother messing around with program changes in their SynthMaster Player app. The app will respond to Program Changes but you will have to guess the correct PC to send as the ones listed are NOT correct!
INSTRUMENT APPS THAT RESPOND TO PROGRAM CHANGES:
Also, to save you time I will say that the following apps are pretty easy to figure out: Korg Module, Korg iM1, AudioKit Digital D1 and AudioKit Synth One (Which is free by the way and if you want an app to use as an instrument then go download this one!)
DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC APPS THAT SEND PROGRAM CHANGES:
ForScore and UnRealBook are super easy apps to make this happen in.
1 iPad or 2:
This is just as easy using one iPad if your iPad CPU is capable of handling the load of running ForScore and an instrument app. Which means you are probably going to be able to do this just fine. The instrument apps will be what gives you crackles and pops if your iPad isn’t new enough but seriously…. this trick isn’t that CPU intensive.
Now…. if you have TWO iPads it is fun to see the changes happen real time!
So… I have created a YouTube video to show you the setup as it is easier to see then to read about. I have it at the bottom of this post.unrea
In short though – you have to know which channel your instrument app will be on (I messed this up in the video so you can watch it fail!)
Then you also need to know which program change you need to send. I had to dig around for the Korg iM1 info but found that if I saved my sounds to the Library Card 1 then I can send the following info – MSB 0, LSG 37, and then whatever PC # is where I stored the sound I want to use. So In order to select DreamPad20 as in the screenshot below and on the video you would send MSB 0, LSB, PC 1
In Korg Module you have to put the sounds you want to use in their SetList feature. Then subtract 1 from the number next the sound you want to use and send that as the Program Change. So in the screenshot below If I wanted to select KAPhysical Model like I do in the video then I have to send a PC of 1.
In AudioKit Apps they are super duper nice guys and they list the info right next to the Sound. So in order to select the sound in Digital D1 as in the screen shot below BB For Mandy You would send MSB 3, LSB 0, PC 49
So then with THAT knowledge head over to ForScore, add a Button from the toolbox, choose the MIDI Action, Hit the + Button and select Program Change. In the screenshot below you can see where I have setup four instrument apps to receive Program Changes when I hit this one button.
Tap the Done button and it’s time for the magic! Tap the blue Button and boom…. all four apps are now on the correct sounds! The beauty of all of this is that you can set up as many of these buttons as you would like. So it’s not going to automatically send the PC info until you hit the button.
There is no rule for which app to put on which channel but it sure helps if you make up your own rules. My four main apps I am using currently are More Module Ch2, AudioKit Digital D1 Ch3, AudioKit SynthOne Ch4, Korg iM1 Ch5. If I keep using the same channels for these apps it becomes habit.
ONE LAST THOUGHT:
Now…. If you have only one controller and it is a basic controller that does not allow for layers and splits or even changing of the MIDI channel then you will be using one app on one channel. If you want greater flexibility then check out my previous YouTube video about KeyStage. It is an awesome app for live performance with your keyboard!
If anyone is using Cubasis it just got updated. Now there is one more IAP with an arpeggiator…… and well…. just go read their blog.
But it is on sale for $25. Seriously… why would anyone pay full price for this app? It’s on sale constantly!
But hey…. in this last week of school before we are done for Christmas Break I did buy the IAP and it did remind how very sweet the MicroLogue Synth in Cubasis is.
Got creative trying to use the arps and learn what’s up.
I do have to say that the new arpeggiator is very cool the way it works…. very easy to figure out and tweak things.
Anywho… if you care to listen…