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It is that time of the year again for one last chance to grab some amazing apps at an amazing price! I try to focus on apps that I have found useful as a musician and as a music educator. There are so many apps on sale for Christmas that this is not a complete list but hopefully a more focused list! I list the sale price then the normal price in ( ) so you can get a feel for how “good” of a sale these are. Traditionally the next sale is a LONG ways off so act now!
SampleTank is $11.00 ($19.99) and select IAP’s are up to 40% off
UPDATE #2 –
GeoShred will be on sale Christmas Day – $19.99 – This app is just sonically amazing, allowing for expression in playing like never before! Jordan Rudess is one of the driving forces behind this app and has done many videos of himself playing it. It is just magnificent with the headphones on especially! PLUS it is now at version two and here is the NEW logo, see if you can guess what they have added…. – yup, you read that right MIDI!
UPDATE #1 –
IK Multimedia apps –
iLectric – $11.99 ($19.99)
iGrand – $11.99 ($19.99)
VocaLive – $11.99 ($19.99)
iSem Synthesizer – $4.99 ($9.99)
Arturia iSpark – $9.99 ($19.99)
iProphet Synthesizer – $4.99 ($9.99)
KORG SALES ARE STILL ON! (How could I forget THAT!) Here are the best of the Korg Apps… All the Korg apps are up to 50% off until Jan 5 as are the IAP purchases! This means you can pick up the best apps available along with loading the up with some the best IAP sound banks possible for a TON cheaper than normal. For instance – the iM1 IAP’s are something like $3!
Korg Module – $19.99 ($39.99) – Want some gorgeous piano and electric piano sounds?
Korg Gadget – $19.99 ($39.99) – All in one music producing machine. It takes a bit to catch on to the interface of this one but this is the only app some people are using!
Korg iM1 – $14.99 ($29.99) – This app is an amazing app that will give you a TON of playable sounds RIGHT NOW to control with your keyboard controller or a DAW!
ORIGINAL POST FROM 9AM Christmas Eve Day STARTED HERE
Cubasis 2 – $24.99 ($49.99) – I’m going to keep saying it folks – If you don’t have this app yet and you are a music teacher than get it NOW! This is one of three app choices if you want to get serious about recording anything on your iPad. STOP using the audio memos app!
Symphony Pro – $7.99 ($9.99) – this app has come so far! It is one of several choices you have for music notation on iPad/iPhone/iPod and it is a great choice these days!
Notetracks – $4.99 ($9.99) – not music notation but this app is so crazy useful! It allows you to take notes for audio on your iPad. Marching Band Directors, Choir Teachers, Color Guard and DrumLine Instructor, composers, vocalists, and well…. just go check it out and see what it can do!
djay Pro – $9.99 ($19.99) – Do your own school dances! Make money. Train kids to do it and let THEM make the money instead of paying out to an outside source!
djay 2 – $0.99 ($4.99)
djay 2 for iPhone – $0.99 ($2.99)
Model 15 – $14.99 ($29.99) – This is one of those apps that came out this year and is on everybody’s short list to make app of the year!
Animoog – $14.99 ($29.99) – this is one of the apps that really started a revolution of wonderful music apps on the iPad – amazing sounds and the ability to play music with something besides a key on a piano. So many sweet ways to manipulate the sounds, so responsive.
Animoog for iPhone – $2.99 ($5.99)
Addictive Pro – $11.99 ($19.99)
Tera Synth – $11.99 ($19.99)
76 Synthesizer – $0.99 ($1.99)
Galileo Organ – $4.99 ($9.99)
Organ+ – $0.99 ($2.99)
iCathederal Organ $13.99 ($19.99)
Oriental Strings $6.99 ($9.99)
Magellan – $6.99 ($14.99)
Magellan JR – $1.99 ($4.99)
Laplace Resonator $3.99 ($5.99)
Lorentz Synthesizer $3.99 ($5.99)
Mersenne Melodic Percussion Synthesizer $3.99 ($5.99)
microTERA – $4.99 ($9.99)
Poseidon Synth $11.99 ($19.99)
VoxSyn – $6.99 ($9.99)
iVoxel – $4.99 ($6.99)
HarmonyVoice – $4.99 ($6.99)
Cube Synth $7.99 ($11.99)
Addictive Pro – $11.99 ($19.99)
Tera Synth – $11.99 ($19.99)
GuitarCapo+ – $2.99 ($4.99) – Most amazing acoustic guitar app!
Steel Guitar – FREE
Elastic Drums – $4.99 ($9.99) – amazing synth drum machine now with a BRAND NEW SAMPLER built-in!
GlitchBreaks – $1.99 ($4.99)
Alternative Interface Music Making Apps
Sector – $6.99 ($8.99)
Sliver – $1.99 ($5.99)
NOIZ:Make Epic Music $0.99 ($1.99) – Now THIS is straight out fun!
Cubasis 2 – $24.99 ($49.99) – Yup, I’m gonna mention it again down here!
musicIO: Audio and MIDI – $5.99 ($8.99) – Audio and MIDI over USB between your iPad and computer. Still blows my mind when I do this – I can use my iPad as an extension to my laptop DAW and it is all over one USB cable!
fluXpad $3.99 ($7.99) – Newer app that uses an innovative approach to making music (elementary teachers – this would be a blast with your kids!)
Music Studio – $9.99 ($14.99) – An app that has been around for a long time and is a great DAW
midiSequencer $3.99 ($6.99)
Genome MIDI Sequencer $7.99 ($9.99)
EFX APPS (Stick these into the effects slot and add some great flavor to your music!)
silQ Equalizer – $2.99 ($4.99) – a 32 band EQ for your iPad! Yes, I’m serious.
Stereo Designer – $2.99 ($4.99) This really helps open up those mono recordings from your iPad mic
Echo Pad– $2.99 ($4.99)
Johnny – $2.99 ($4.99) Play guitar, want some tremolo?
Loops and Pad Type Apps (SO MUCH fun!)
Fugue Machine – $4.99 ($9.99) – Yeah, if you haven’t seen this you need to!)
iMaschine 2 – $4.99 ($9.99)
Infinite Looper $14.99 ($19.99) – There are some SWEET updates coming soon for this app – like the ability to take audio input and turn it into MIDI data!
Quantiloop – $5.99 ($9.99)
LoopTunesHD – $2.99 ($6.99)
Apps to Control your apps and DAW’s
Sonic Logic – $4.99 ($9.99)
MIDI Designer Pro 2 – $14.99 ($24.99) – This app controls everything! You create your personal layout that you need to control your apps/hardware and make it do what you want!
As always – all links on my blog are affiliate links. This means that I get a small portion of Apple’s profit when you purchase an app using my links! This takes nothing from the developers but gives a little bit back to encourage me to keep writing my blog.
Thanks for your support, thanks for you comments, and most of all – Have a great Christmas!
ModStep is 50% off ($9.99) for a one day special sale (and then they have a special announcement too!)
ModStep is a very powerful MIDI Sequencer for the iPad. The things this app can do are pretty sweet, especially in terms of modulation! It is a bit of a bugger to figure out though so be warned but if you want to sequence other apps, hardware or even out to computers then this is an app to look at!
The second app is on a 30% sale and this is probably the app you should be using for notes!
Notability ($6.99) is just a rock solid, versatile, and packed full of features app that I use constantly to take notes with. I use it in front of the class as my whiteboard. I use it in meetings. I have all of our music theory notes for every single class in it. The list goes on and on.
You may just want to grab these two apps – they are free just for today (I know, I know – It’s a bit late to let you know this but it was a SNOW DAY here so my family took advantage of the extra day together!)
This is as straight forward as they come here people. Record audio. Record it in several formats, m4a, wav or mp3. Then share it via –
– iCloud Drive , Dropbox , Box , GoogleDrive , OneDrive , SoundCloud
– Wi-Fi file management (upload,download,edit…)
– File sharing / send files in another app “Open in”
Use this sort of app to record students auditions for All Star Band, Playing Tests or whatever else you can think of. Use this sort of app to record rehearsals!
Plus this has an Apple Watch App too! How cool is THAT!?
Gismart Ukulele – Real Ukulele is one of the most realistic hawaiian guitar (4-string mini guitar) simulator apps featuring a user-friendly interface and an awesome sound quality. All the notes have been recorded from the live ukulele.
This is an amazing opportunity to grab a great metronome!
Music Education & Technology Podcast Episode #6 with Raphaël Schumann, CEO of Newzik
Chris and I had a marvelous time talking with Raphaël from Newzik this time around!
If you are NOT familiar with the Newzik app then this is the perfect chance for you to download the app and get familiar with what it has to offer! The app has quickly grown in what it offers and has an extremely bright future ahead (we even get a few hints out of Raphaël about what might be down the road!)
Of course Chris and I talk about what is current in Music technology as it pertains to music education. We both are at the end of our first semester/tri-mester of the school year so we discuss apps we are using to help assess and grade our music students. Here’s a glimpse – Dorico’s new 30 day trial, Google Classroom, Showbie, SeeSaw, and the latest update to Uberchord.
I know I am excited to listen to the final product (thanks to Chris how is doing a tremendous job of editing these together!)
Full show notes can be found at the METpodcast.wordpress.com along with a bonus video of Newzik being used in a large ensemble to perform with!
Take a listen if y9u wish… Used Cubasis as well as Model 15. The goal was to try to make sense of how to use Model 15 sounds in a song. The drums are from Patterning and I used AudioBus to connect the apps into Cubasis. AudioBus Remote is just a tremendous asset as well in this process as it greatly speeds up jumping around between apps. Remote also allows for control of Cubasis record and stop or the same in Patterning.
Biggest two complaints are that InterApp Audio for me is just certain to not work with one of my apps every time I try to use it!
Second complaint is why Cubasis do y9u not yet support Link?
If you are real keen, you will notice that I had to throw in Alchemy as well – love that thing!
Here is the SoundCloud link-
OTO is a geometric musical controller from Sonic Geometry that lets you touch the shape of sound. Play synths, control a DAW, generate visuals, and more…
For those of us who like to find new ways to control and create music this is a KICK! (Sorry – couldn’t resist!) This is currently in the last few days of their KickStarter campaign so get in on these early prices!
Little orbs’ that have LED’s but more importantly are controllers sending messages over BLE bluetooth! They have haptic feedback as well as the LED. Looks like a ton of fun to get some interesting effects! These will be sure to make people wonder what is going on – would be fun to get audience participation too!
The OTO will be charged without wires too! They are hoping to get a few days of use in before needing a charge.
They are also planing on making a few different apps available on both desktop as well as iPad to make use of the capabilities here. The apps will be available in April when the production units ship. They have some great ideas here for apps!
FROM THE KICK STARTER WEBSITE –
“Sonic Geometry makes geometrically intuitive audiovisual controllers. Our aim is to make products that tactilize the relationship between tonal and geometric structures in a way that is both intuitive and profound.
OTO began as a masters’ thesis project at Berklee College of Music. Unsatisfied with any of the two-dimensional control interfaces already available on the market, we sought to create a new, three-dimensional paradigm that physicalized the relationship between form and sound in a novel and exciting way: we wanted to give a shape to the sounds we produced.
With OTO you can play synths, DJ, perform live electronic music, and even control your favorite Digital Audio Workstations such as Ableton and Traktor. Each set of OTO controllers will ship with a suite of both standalone and DAW controller software, meaning both novice and experienced artists, musicians, DJs alike can use OTO exactly how they want.”
Here is the link to the KickStarter so you can get a chance to read some more info on each of these.
It sure would be fun to get a set of these to include in any electronic music ensembles like we have here at our school. Electronic music labs should for sure have some of these for kids to explore the possibilities!
IF you haven’t checked back on the Black Friday App Sales then you need to as some other significant apps have gone on sale!
Also – Cyber Monday will bring at least one additional app for sale! IF you haven’t seen this and bought it then you NEED to!
Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater fame has long been a supporter of iPad music and has even created his own company to develop several apps. The latest of these is…
GeoShred – $9.99 (50% off for one day only!)
Readdle Apps (50% off!)
Scanner Pro $2.99 – With the better quality of the iPhone camera I don’t even bother finding a real scanner any more. I just use this app. Using this app allows me to get things into my iPad FAST!
Calendars 5 – $2.99 – Please tell me you are NOT using Apples Calendar app any more right?
PDF Expert – $4.99 – This is the app for all my day to day communications at school. This is the app I use for all registrations and getting signatures on documents. This app combined with Documents (see below for link) and DropBox or Box is what keeps me organized!
Documents – FREE – Helps me stay organized!
PDF Converter – $2.99 – This converts any file on your iOS device into a PDF. IF you are NOT using PDF’s when corresponding with others please START!
This is the time of the year when you get to sit back and buy some music creation apps at an outstanding price! Especially since we ALL need to create NOW, while we have a few minutes of downtime from classes, teaching, students and all the stuff that keeps us from doing the very thing that inspired us to teach in the first place!
A few apps to point out to you –
- if you don’t have a DAW then get Cubasis NOW
- If you are doing ANY recording of your music then get Audio Mastering! Even if you have NO idea how to use it you WILL notice a huge improvement in the final recordings!
- if you need “normal” sounds to create things like accompaniment tracks then get SampleTank NOW
- if you want to explore modular synthesis then the Moog apps are a no-brainer!
- if you just want to play some music then any of of these synth apps are a no brainer
- if you need a beat then decide if you want synth drums (Elastic Drums or DM2) or more traditional (iSpark)
- if you want an alternative playing surface then get Clawtar!
- if you want some real alternative music creation then check out FluxPad!
ADDED Saturday –
Auria Pro – $24.99 – This is THE app that when first advertised blew our minds and had many saying it wasn’t possible to do such things on an iPad! They were proven wrong. Now our only question these days is which to get – Auria or Cubasis!
Auria LE – $19.99 – If for some odd reason you want the “lite” version then go this route.
Borderlands Granular – $4.99 – This app highlights the benefits of an alternative playing surface and innovative ideas!
TC-11 – THE multi-Touch synth. Will blow your mind with the possibilities!
TC-Orbitor – If you get TC-11 for your iPad then you will want TC-Orbitor for your phone as this has 53 different ways to control TC-11 through motion/accelerometer/compass/gyrometer
Synth master Player – FREE – The pro upgrade inside this app is 50% off until Nov 30 ad Expansion banks are about 40% off!
KORG Apps – (added on Friday. These are all sale through Jan 5th at 50% off!)
Korg Module – $19.99
Korg iM1 – $19.99 – amazing and great sounds, as was the original Korg M1
Arp OYSSEi – $19.99 (Brand new Korg app – again, a great recreation in app form of a beloved piece of hardware)
Gadget – $19.99 – an excellent all in one production suite!
iDS-10 – $9.99
iMS-20 – $14.99
iPolysix – $14.99
iElectribe – $9.99
iKaossilator – $9.99
Phasemaker – $4.99 – This app is Audio Unit capable. Load it into a host app like Cubasis as many times as you’d like (well, as many times as your device can handle!)
Sunrizer $4.99 – Great synth and straight forward
AUM Audio Mixer – $16.99 – This app is a new concept for iPad users. Call it a mixer, call it a recorder, call it a host, call it the kitchen sink!
Sector – $6.99 -Want experimental? Here ya go!
Cubasis – $24.99 (50%) – one of the best DAW’s for iOS! Record audio and MIDI
MIDI Sequencer – $3.99 – got MDI you want to step sequence? Here’s the app
Quantiloop – $4.99 (50%) – one of the newer looping apps AND it quantizes!
Xynthesizr – $3.99 (from$6.99) – 32 step sequencer/synth with generative features!
SilQ Equalizer – $0.99 (from $4.99) – yes I know this isn’t a DAW but what DAW is complete without an outstanding 32 band EQ? Plus, it’s $.99 cents!
TAP Delay $4.99- Add some delay to your recordings
AudioReverb $4.99 – Awesome reverb to add into the effects slots!
Audio Mastering – When you are done creating your musical genius run it through this app for the final touch!
AltiSpace -Convolution Reverb – Add reverb to your recordings
Synth Apps –
Model 15 – $14.99 (50%) – The app of a $10,000 hardware synth. This is modular synthesis at its best!
Animoog for iPad – $14.99 (50%)
Animoog for iPhone – $2.99 (50%)
Fugue Machine – $4.99 (50%)
Arpeggionome Pro – $4.99 (50%)
Arpeggionomoe for iPhone – $0.99 (down from $4.99)
SampleTank – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!
iLectric for iPad – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!
iGrand for iPad – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!
iVCS3 – $7.99 (50%)
iSEM Synthesizer – $4.99 (50%)
iProhpet Synthesizer – $4.99 (50%)
iMini Synthesizer – $4.99 (50%)
Addictive Pro – $11.99 (from $19.99) – OK, the original Addictive Synth was outstanding and now that they have updated this to the “Pro” version it is even more addictive.
Cube Synth – $7.99 ($11.99)
microTERA $4.99 (50%)
Tera Synth $1.99 (from $19.99)
Poseidon Synth $11.99 (from $19.99)
Shoom Synthesizer $5.99 (from $9.99)
ENKL Synthesizer – $1.99 (67% off!)
Voice Apps – Apps to mess with your voice!
Jussi Vocal Synthesizer – $2.99 (63% off!) – This app is just outstanding for creating synth vocals! One of the newer apps on this list!
VoxSyn – $6.99 (from $9.99)
Harmony Voice – $4.99 (from $6.99)
iVoxel – $4.99 (from $6.99)
Drum Apps –
Arturia iSpark – All inclusive beat making machine! Awesomeness wrapped up in drums!
Elastic Drums – $7.99 (down from $9.99)
DM2 – Version 2 of one of the original synthesis drum machine apps for iPad
SynthDrum Pads – $3.99 (from $5.99)
Music Creation Apps –
FluxPad $5.99 (from $7.99) – if you haven’t seen this you need to – you DRAW music! It’s awesome!
MINT.io Groovebox Synth – $5.99 (from $9.99)
Experimental and Electronic Music Apps –
Soundscaper – $4.99 – An experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.
SpaceVibe – $2.99 (from $1.99) – Another generative app that creates soundscapes
Control Apps –
MIDI Designer Pro – $12.99 (down from $24.99) – THE app if you want to create your own layouts to control other apps/hardware