Beat the heat people – stay inside and make music with some amazing new apps! These apps offer such an opportunity for our performing arts groups at school! Not to mention professional (or amateur) performers… More
Well this is a no-brainer! Call me old fashioned but I really, really, really, seriously dis-like this whole subscription based baloney that some companies have moved to – cough, cough Sibelius!
I used Sibelius for YEARS as soon as it became available basically and now I don’t use it. Long story but that is NOT why we are here is it!
I did make the jump to using Notion this past two years or so for several reasons. Price and the fact that Notion for iPad exists! Notion lacks some finesse that Sibelius and Finale have but it gets the job done. Plus I know exactly what I am paying and I don’t have this looming fear of “loosing” access once my yearly subscription is up.
The normal price for Notion is one reason I jumped on board but now it is 50% off. The price that I see for this month is $74.95. Head over to this link to read more and to purchase the desktop version of Notion.
(Wait… I thought Notion used to be $99? When did the normal price go up?)
(Whatever… $75 is still a great deal!)
Cubasis is one of the main DAW’s available on iPad! It is without doubt one of the most useful tools for music educators who would like to record music on their iPad. I’m talking about simple recording tasks like your rehearsals, performances using the built in microphone. I’m also talking about creating music using other apps along with outside sources like an audio interface that brings in microphones, guitars or keyboards.
Cubasis is now 50% off for a little while at $24.99. I know that some of you may have just did a double take if you are not familiar with the professional level apps available to us on iPad these days. Now consider that what you are getting is a full fledged DAW allowing you to for-go the use of your computer to create professional quality CD’s! Now the price actually sounds cheap to you I would hope!
This is one of several DAW’s I own for iPad and it is usually the first one I open. Cubasis is one of the first DAW’s to support both Audio as well as MIDI. Cubasis has a list of features a mile long but here are a few top ones…
The ability to easily edit Audio AND MIDI is outstanding. There is a built in Mixer, Studio Grade Effects are standard, over 180 virtual instruments, and even some loops are all included. You have the Micrologue Synthesizer, MiniSampler and MicroSonic to work with and build your creative masterpiece without even opening another app. In the case you do want to pull in other apps then Cubasis supports almost every possible way to do so – AudioBus, Inter-App-Audio, AudioUnits along with support for external MIDI interfaces, Audio Interfaces and even MIDI over BlueTooth LE. The one thing Cubasis doesn’t support is Ableton Link (COME ONE STEINBERG – What IS the hold up with that by the way?)
You do need iOS8 and an iPad 2 or later. If you want to use AudioUnits then an iPadMini2 or iPad 4 or later is required.
I’ve written about using Cubasis before…
If you want to hear some of my creative meanderings using Cubasis alongside a ton of other apps than visit my SoundCloud Page. Almost every piece there is using Cubasis and almost every song there is created entirely on my iPad – I did use my Roland FantomX8 on the tracks where it is obvious that I would need an external keyboard to play on but Cubasis and my iPad recorded it all.
Screens VNC by Edovia Inc. is one of those apps that will just simply make your jaw drop in wonderment upon seeing it for the first time. Then you will immediately wonder how you ever lived without the app!
Screens is currently 50% off at $9.99 (on a limited time sale) AND you will receive the upcoming update for free! So purchase now and reap even more benefits later!
Screens VNC allows you to remotely access your Mac or PC from your iPad! This means that you can be sitting upstairs watching TV while still monitoring iMovie as it writes movie files from two weeks of you being at band camp! It means that you can start and stop recording at a concert when the app you are recording with does not have an iPad app to control it (Come one PreSonus! What gives with THAT anyways!)
What about controlling your Desktop that is hooked up to the screen in the front of the classroom AND that is also hooked up to your sound system. Start up a FREE recording app like StudioOne Prime or Audacity, start rehearsal, hit the record button, and without leaving the podium you can instantly replay the recording for your students!
Screens has a complete and total set of methods to control your desktop with too. I love using the mouse mode – this allow me to move my finger around on my iPad just like a mouse BUT the pointer does NOT have to be right under my finger where I can never see the darn thing!
FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT
SampleTank is currently FREE for about 4 more days – this is the regular full version too!
SampleTank is a professional-quality sound and groove workstation that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more! SampleTank comes with 136 instruments and over 1,000 patterns. You can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs.
SECOND AND MOST VITAL
Igor Vasaliev has a set of apps that are just tremendous to use and some of these should be in any music educators tool box (assuming you are making recordings of you concerts, rehearsals and of course your musical creative genius during you time off from teaching school for the summer!)
Audio Mastering is $6.99 – get this! Run every recording you create through it for a marked improvement in sound quality!
AltiSpace – Convolution Reverb is $3.99 – another great app. Use to add high quality reverb to you recordings.
Master FX is $5.99 – Includes 3 band Parametric EQ, Chorus, Flanger, Pitch Modulation Delay, Reverb, Compressor and Limiter.
Don’t forget to check on the bundle pricing – if you have already purchased on or two of these apps then you may be able to purchase the bundle at a cheaper price than the current sale prices even!
Thirdly – Let’s Make Music with some amazing instrument apps!
Korg Module is half price at $19.99 until July 15! The expansion sound libraries are also offered at a 50% discount right now! Mellow Tape Keyboard is actually free. The other news on this one is that the app is now a universal app running on both iPad and iPhone.
Ideal for performance and music production, KORG Module is a high-quality sound module app for iOS that contains a professional sound library. With just your iPad/iPhone and a MIDI keyboard such as the new microKEYAir, you can play studio-quality keyboard and grand piano sounds anywhere. You can also use the sounds of KORG Module for the KORG Gadget music production app. Which brings us to the next sale…
Korg Gadget is also half price at $19.99 until July 15! Additional gadgets for IAP are also up to 50% off!
By their own words, Gadget is one of ultimate mobile instruments collection on your iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone. KORG Gadget – the all-in-one music production studio. KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20* different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets.” These gadgets were designed to assist the user to produce powerful electronic music. The latest version features universal support not only for the iPad, but also for the iPad Pro and the iPhone.
I really haven’t fallen off into a deep dark abyss…. It’s just that with the end of school I was a bit busy lately! Then these past two weeks I was working a Band Camp in the middle of the woods here in Michigan where the internet was pretty much non-existent not to mention cell signal. Of course I wouldn’t have had time to do any blogging while at the camp anyways because I was the one hired on to create the DVD’s from the camp, which meant I was at 90% of all the activities the campers were doing, then back to my cabin to upload, edit and create!
I’ve got a few things I want to write about soon. One of those is the experience of being the “camera guy” at band camp for two weeks. Another is about working with the 12.5″ iPadPro these past three months of school and how that has changed things for me. Of course I am hoping you have been paying attention to the music apps on sale currently but in case you haven’t there are a few that you really should take advantage of currently so that will be first.
I look forward to sharing with you these experiences….
Auxy for iPhone is a great app that is very similar to Abelton Live – create and trigger a bunch of loops.
Now…. For those of you iPad users who don’t usually download iPhone apps…. This app is one of the rare ones that look great on an iPad! So go get it!
Lots of built in sounds that are really sweet to listen to, some great EFX, an even sweeter method of adding transitions to the EFX for each loop and ease of use puts this app righ up there into the category of go to apps to create music with. For students and teachers alike this is going to be a ton of fun!
I forget how cool these music apps are sometimes. That is until I show them to my students!
I showed them the awesome Fugue Machine in class the other day and was instantly bombarded with “What app is that?” ” How much is it?”
Well currently it is on a 50% sale until tomorrow! At $4.99 this is a amazing time to grab this app.
The concept is simple – let’s create a Fugue! Firstly you create a basic pattern. That could be as simple as as a one measure melody or it could be up to 8 measures of chords. The next part is where it gets fun! There are four Independant play heads that then play back the basic pattern in about any different way you could imagine. Play it Backwards, forwards, inverted, or change the speed of the phrase! You can transpose each of the four playheads by octaves or semitones. You can even decide how offset each playhead is when it starts. You can choose things like which key and which scale you are in and with the latest updates it gets even more fun because you can take each playhead and boot the part out to external synths!
All I can say is that it an app where with four simple notes you can quickly loose an hour coming up with some musical and interesting music.
It’s been a little while since there have been several apps on sale (or gone for free) that I felt music teachers/students should be thinking about. This week is turning out to be a great weekend for that! It HAS to be because of the fact that National Doughnut Day is June 5th here in the good ol USA!
Anyways…. here are some apps that ALL musicians can have great fun with at an amazing price! In my eyes, if you are a music educator then every single one of these apps should be on your iPad and you should be enjoying the opportunity of music making on your iOS device every single week. I WISH I could say every single day but I know I constantly run out of time.
Patterning – $4.99 (Normally $9.99) – Not only one of the top drum apps of all time but this app just received an amazing update giving it even more abilities! I don’t care if you are a percussionist or not, you will love this app!
AudioBus – FREE – If you want to use multiple apps on your iOS device to create music then AudioBus is one of those ways to connect signals. For instance AudioBus let’s you use Orphion/SoundPrism/DrumKick to play the music and then use MultiTrackDaw to record multiple tracks along with audio recordings like someone singing or playing an acoustic instrument.
LoopyHD – FREE – Looper. Anything else need to be said? Well, maybe that this is one of the long time favorites of many people and even Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel used it!
Orphion – FREE – one of the instruments on iPad that I think embodies the possibilities of the multitouch interface. It is a great deal of fun to play!
DrumKick – FREE – Drummer? Wanna be drummer? Exactly like it seems – a drum set on your iPad/iPhone with one interesting twist – Play along on a drum set from your iPad and stick your iPhone in your sock to get an actual kick drum from your foot movements!
MultiTrack DAW – $3.99 (Normally $9.99 – This is a no brainer purchase if you do not currently have a DAW. Even if you have GarageBand and enjoy using that, this app is well worth having as well. It is one of the most solid DAW’s available. It is straightforward to use and easy to edit/record.
SoundPrism Link Edition – $0.99 (Normally $4.99) – I have written about this app before here. Sound great too – I used it on this track I recorded on my iPad. SoundPrism is a great app for students who may not be ready to play melodies/chords on a traditional keyboard layout! Plus it has LINK! (one of the best music tech advancements lately!)
Steinberg Media has been madly at work at creating the “next gold standard of music notation”. This project has not been a secret but just today the name of the app along with a few more details have been announced.
Information From their website –
- Next-generation 64-bit scoring software for OS X and Windows, designed by musicians for musicians
- Beautiful engraved output with unrivaled attention to detail
- Flexible note input and powerful editing, including ability to insert and change duration of existing notes
- Streamlined, single window interface puts every tool at your fingertips
- Powerful score management features to handle multiple independent pieces of music within the same project
- Unlimited number of staves and movements, sections, or pieces within the same project
- Easily create layouts for full scores, conductor scores and instrumental parts with independent page size, staff size and system layout
- Use your computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard to input music quickly and efficiently
- Superior note spacing with optical kerning of adjacent elements, with tighter default spacing and no rhythmic distortion
- Import and export in MusicXML, MIDI and graphics formats
- Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz and flexible routing for virtual instrument and effect playback
- Compatible with VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors
- Outstanding virtual instruments with more than 1,500 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation and complete HALion Symphonic Orchestra library
- Suite of high-end VST effect processors, including channel strip modules (compressor, EQ, limiter) and convolution reverb
Pricing and Availability Information –
€329* – Educational pricing for qualifying teachers and students
€299* – Special time-limited crossgrade pricing for qualifying Sibelius and Finale users
Dorico will be available in Q4 2016.
If you have had ANY contact with the synth world you know immediately about the Moog keyboards. You also have an inclining of the legacy of Bob Moog – His legacy goes back to the starts of the synth world. He got his start in 1954 by building and selling Therimins with his father. In 1963 Bob built his first modular synth. Bob Moog is a legend, his synths are legend and now those of us using iPad for creating music can enjoy THREE Moog apps on our iPad! Animoog was the first professional synth released for iPad and is still one of those apps we go back to constantly! Filtatron came next and just this past week they released Model 15!
Model 15 is the first modular synth created for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Not only is it meant as a performance app but for the educational world it is also meant as a tool with which to educate students about modular synthesis.
“Each facet of the Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer has been meticulously recreated in this application to ensure the power and transcendent sound quality of each module remains intact. The character, harmonic complexity and mystique of the Moog Model 15s modules, from the legendary Moog 921–series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank have been painstakingly preserved.”
Even better is the fact that we get MORE than what was originally offered because we are using this on a touch screen interface running modern processors – “Also included are extended features which expand the capabilities of the app beyond the traditional offerings of the hardware Moog Model 15. These include total MIDI integration, assignment for external control, use as a MIDI controller, dedicated Audio Bridge and MIDI Bridge modules, looping recorder module with overdubbing, a master ping-pong delay module and a new extension cabinet that includes additional amplifiers and voltage-controlled reversible attenuators that can be used for effects like ring-modulation.”
What this means in normal words is that this app is a very sweet way to introduce today’s students to the amazing world of modular synthesis without having to spend $10,000 for the hardware synth! I mean, what music department has THAT much money? (And if there is a job opening please let me know because I am interested!)
It also means that the latest music tech is all included giving us all sorts of connectivity. Plus the app is developed using Apple’s latest Metal Technology which gives us an immersive interface that previously was unable to be developed! Of course since this uses Metal that does eliminate older devices that are not 64 bit.
Look at this list of supported music tech – Inter App Audio, Audio Bus, Audio and MIDI Bridge, Ableton Link and MIDI over BlueTooth LE! 3D Touch and the Apple Pencil are even integrated giving us after touch! AudioCopy, AudioPaste and AudioShare are integrated as well!
These sort of technologies all coming together into an already impressive array of available music apps is because of the outstanding developers Moog has working for them. These developers have been on the cutting edge of music technology for years. People like Geert Bevin work there – Geert has also recently been working with Roger Linn (yup, the inventor of the drum machine) on the innovative LinnStrument (go google it!) Geert and the rest of the team are users of iPad music apps. They perform with it, play with it, create with it and enjoy the new possibilities it brings us!
Model 15 comes in at the high end of app pricing at $29.99 but considering that to actually buy the hardware we would have to cough up 10 grand $30 seems like more than a bargain. Once you listen to the sounds coming out of the app you will not be sorry you spent the money either. In fact you will probably find yourself spending more money on the IAP’s of additional sound banks. Even though Model 15 comes with 160 presets you will be wanting more because it’s kind of like a well made Apple pie except non-fattening!
Here is a video introducing you to the app…