reSonare Recording Studio Goes Free (grab it!)

reSonare Recording Studio – Great Price Currently. (Made for iPhone so if you are searching the App Store on your iPad you will have to look for iPhone apps)

If you are a music teacher that uses you iOS device to record your students then this app could be very helpful! Our iOS devices are always with us and they actually do a pretty decent job of grabbing a recording without any additional equipment. reSonare steps in to help in the processing of that recording in an effort to make those recordings even better! The problem with our iOS device is that the mic is mono and not always EQ'ing the recordings for the specific instrument you may be recording.

When you start recording you must set up your session. Each session allows you to hold multiple takes so that you can later select the best version.

reSonare gives you options to master the recordings after the fact. You record then edit it. Take a look at all the presets already set for you! It's always nice when other people do your work for you, especially when they are better than you are! One of the benefits of this app is that you can quickly adjust the start and end of the recording. Then you select the instrument you are recording and reSonare apples some EQ and effects. The resulting recording should sound better than the original.





Of course what good are your recordings if you can not share them? reSonare gives you several options for file types when you go to share…. Wav, MP3 and M4a. You then can upload to DropBox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy and even a WiFi sharing option!








iOS Music Apps On Sale (and some for free)

Arturia’s apps are 50%

iSEM Small IconiSEM – $4.99

iProphet SmalliProphet – $4.99

iMini SmalliMini – $4.99

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 10.04.55 PMPaper Piano – FREE!

VoiceJam NewVoiceJam Studio – $6.99 (from $9.99)

Synth - BenzonyzerSynth – Benzonyzer – for your iPhone – $0.99

Orphion Large IconOrphion – $1.99 – get this to go with your Patterning! Actually, the really cool thing is that Orphan now has AudioBus triggers!

Next Evolution In Music Creation Coming!

Well that certainly grabs the attention of anyone who is interested in new ways to create music doesn’t it? It’s also very oddly connected to the upcoming Apple Event date as well.

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This is from Roli …. You know…. The people who gave us the Seaboard…

Composition with iPad and a few Apps

Here is my latest exploration of the amazing apps we have available on iPad for creating music!

Patterning Large IconFirst app I used was Pattering – a circle of outstanding fun and entertainment that I just wrote about a few days ago. All the drums came out of this app (well except a few cymbals and hand claps)

SynthMaster Player LargeSecond app was SynthMaster Player – all other sounds are from this app.

GarageBand iOS IconThird app  – I had to of course use an app to record the fun in so I fired up GarageBand and AudioBus RemoteAudioBus

Audio Mastering Small IconFourth app – At the very end I ran it all through AudioMastering to bump levels up and set some overall EQ and stereo imaging.

(I did dump the iPad GarageBand file over to my laptop for some final editing in Logic. There ended being a ton of tracks and a whole wheel barrow full of sounds that I used. Since I have to list all the sounds that I used I just found it a lot quicker to sort it all out on a bigger screen.)

Take a listen and see what you think – turn it up and put it through some good headphones or speakers!

Online Lesson Planning – CloudSchool

I’ve just got to mention this opportunity now as there is a bunch of us all looking for ways in which technology can make our lesson planning and teaching loads easier to handle!

I will be working more with as I get ready for school and will report back as to what I think. I would also love to hear you all thing and what apps/tech you are using to help you prepare, teach and then report back to your administrators. Leave me a comment below! SHARE with me people, SHARE!


Patterning, a New Drum App for iPad – Musicians and Music Teachers Everywhere Take Note!

Patterning Large IconPatterning by Olympia Noise Co. is a new iPad app that has just been released in this past week! I would have written early but I was off to band camp and was a bit preoccupied. This app comes at a time when teachers are all busy getting prepared for upcoming classes that they just started teaching or soon will be. Even in this hectic business you need to do yourself a favor and pay attention to this new app! I don’t care what kind of music class you are teaching I am sure that somehow you will find a way to fit the use of this app into your curriculum!

Patterning is $9.99 – not quite an impulse buy but for any music teacher this app needs to be in your kit of must have apps! The flexibility and fun you will find with this app is going to surprise you!

From the moment I saw the screen shots of Patterning I figured we were going to be in for a treat, in for a special moment with an app that gave us a new approach to creating beats. Boy was I right!

Patterning Screen shotTake a look at the screen shot to the right here and you will see what I am talking about if you are familiar with working with drum machines at all! Usually you get this boring, blank grid of a bunch of squares that you have to start inputting where you want notes. Well in Patterning you get this nifty, colorful, circle that serves as the basis for entering where you want not only notes but a slew of other important info to be played at. On the left you can see the 8 slots you have that are your 8 “instruments” for your drum beat. In this case I have a Kick at the top then Snare, Closed HiHat, Open HHat, a Percussion Instrument, Rim Tap, Tom and another Closed HiHat. The rings around the circle represent each of the instruments. As you tap on any of the individual instruments that ring grows big while the others shrink.

Now comes the really fun stuff! Notice the waveform on the right? Yup, you guessed it! Patterning uses SAMPLES! Under that waveform are the different ways in which you can alter that sample – giving you some nice control and flexibility!

Take a look at the next screen shot- This one show you on the right side of the screen the different options you have for each ring – notice I said for EACH ring. Patterning Steps Screen ShotFor each instrument you can choose the following options –

  • Note value – from whole note to 32nd notes, including dotted notes and tuplets!
  • Steps in the pattern – from 1 to 64 (Most drum machines give you 16 and assume that those 16 steps are all 16th notes.
  • 5 different Playback modes – Forward, Backward, pendulum 1 & 2, Urn
  • An Auto-Rotate option! Oh man… are you seeing the opportunities yet?
  • and of course it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!

This section should be blowing your mind and making little drummer boys run around inside your brain with all sorts of giddy excitement! The poly-rhythms you can get out of this app are gonna be crazy fun! The ability to set different lengths for each instrument alongside the auto-rotate and mode is going to give you a drum pattern that is going to sound fresh but still keep the groove flowing! This is not your Daddy’s drum machine people!

Patterning Pencil ScreenWe still are not done with the crazy fun options in this app either! Take a look at this last screen shot! When you click on the Pencil icon you get access to all the layers that you can program for each layer! Look at all the automation you get going PER INSTRUMENT!

  • Velocity
  • Coarse Tune
  • Fine Tune
  • Pan
  • Attack
  • Hold
  • Decay
  • Filter Cutoff
  • Filter Resonance
  • Delay Send
  • Reverb Send
  • and most awesome of all….. Probability! Now we have just ratcheted up the level of fresh sounding beats pounding out of your speakers at your next concert!

The pure genius built into this app is going to inspire you and your students to really get down and groovy! There are going to be rhythms and beats that you have never imagined coming out of this thing!

Thing of the fun ways to use this in a class room – get some beats going for warmups, use this as back up for your scales, use this to demonstrate all those poly-rhythms in your band and choir pieces, use this as the basis for kids creating improv recordings over. the list goes on and on. The ability for the students to see what you are doing when you mirror your iPad onto the big screen will make them appreciate it even more!

Here are a few more highlights –

  1. There are some real fun drum kits built right into the app – 63 of them to be exact. You will be able to load your own, create your own and buy others.
  2. Song mode allows you to string a bunch of multiple patterns into one long song
  3. The mixer is well designed giving even people like me with big fingers, easy access to control volume, solo, mute, pan, delay and reverb send.
  4. FX are built in – Reverb, Delay, EQ and even Distortion!
  5. MIDI capabilities are there too – the clock can easily be synced to other apps AND each of the 8 instrument slots can control external MIDI devices/apps!

Let me conclude with a full list of what Olympia Noise has on their web page about their app. At the very end of this post is a video so you can see the app in action!


  • Unique circular sequencer with independent settings for each loop in each pattern.
  • Variable loop lengths from 1 to 64 steps.
  • Step durations from a thirty-second note up to a whole note, with dotted notes and triplets along the way.
  • Get wild with loop modes : Forwards, Reverse, Urn (random without repeating), and two Pendulum modes.
  • Auto-Rotate feature spins the loop after each rotation.
  • Euclidean mode allows you to explore exotic polyrhythms like 7 against 11, 35 against 36, or even 3 against 4.
  • 64 bits of sample velocity trigger sensitivity.  (That’s a lot of sensitivity!)
  • Automation layers for animating track parameters : coarse and fine tuning, effects sends, panning, filter frequency and resonance, probability, and envelope settings.
  • Draw and erase tools.
  • Special “Pen Echo” mode for quick entry of repeating patterns.


  • Extensive built-in sample library.
  • Easy import of user samples with Dropbox, Audioshare, iCloud, or iTunes File Sharing.
  • Modify sample start and end times.
  • Sample gain.
  • Attack, hold, decay amplitude envelope for shaping your sounds.
  • Coarse and fine tuning.
  • 2 choke groups.

 Mixer Section

  • Per track multimode filter with variable resonance and cutoff frequency.
  • Per track delay and reverb sends.
  • Panning
  • Mute / Solo
  • Track Volume
  • Amazing visualizer!

 Drum Kits

  • 63 kits and counting!
  • An assortment of classic and modern factory drum kits included.
  • Artists drum kits curated and created by contemporary producers, engineers, and musicians.
  • More drum kits available regularly through free in-app downloads.
  • Create your own kits and export them to share with other Patterning users.

 Song Mode

  • Fill the timeline with patterns to create songs.
  • Seamlessly toggle timeline on and off during playback.
  • Loop mode for endless pattern sequences.
  • Double tap to jump to a block in the timeline.
  • Time signature and snap settings for maximum flexibility.

FX Section

  • Digital Delay with feedback filter.
  • Tempo sync & free delay time modes.
  • 3 band EQ.
  • Unique distortion unit.
  • Reverb.


  • Per track MIDI settings allows maximum flexibility for ports, channels, and pitch.
  • MIDI clock sync courtesy of the Spectacular Sync Engine.

Phase84 Synth App with a great Performance Interface – On Sale!


photoRetronyms has some great iPad music making apps available. Amongst those is one of their first standalone synth apps, Phase84. The app was released in December 2014 so it is not new but the price is :)

Phase84 LogoPhase84 is what’s known as a Phase Distortion synthesizer. This form of waveshaping synthesis has its roots in Casio’s brilliant CZ line of digital synthesizers from the 80s. It is designed to have the warmth of a subtractive (analog) synthesizer, yet be capable of the squelchy tones and sharp attacks of an FM synth. Phase84 in particular can create warm pads, glitchy sounds, dirty basses, filthy sweeps, screaming leads, and anything in-between.

What in the world does all that mean right? Well, here is my take on the app – Phase84 fits into that category of apps that try to give us music makers a new way to interact with our synths, a new way to perform and new ways to manipulate the sounds coming out of our iPads during a performance (or when we are just messing around exploring music!)

There are a ton of iPad apps out there that simply emulate hardware and give us a collection of great sounds but I would never actually perform without the aid of an external controller for those kind of apps.

Phase84 has a performance screen in fact – what does THAT tell you? It is made to perform with…. perform while touching the app and interacting with it! Take a look at all the options you have to control the sounds pumping out of this thing! Two XY pads, a 16 step gate sequencer, knobs, fliers, and the list goes on….

Phase84 Performance Screen

Another reason I like this app is that Retronyms has out a series of 8 videos that gives you an overview of some of the capabilities built into this app…. A Teacher could easily use these YouTube videos as lessons alongside the app for a classroom of Middle or High School students. How much fun would it be to have a classroom of iPads where the kids do an entire concert using apps like Phase84 – creating music that in no way shape or form could ever be created on traditional instruments/hardware?

Anyways – get it, play it, perform with it!


Here are those YouTube videos… and as always, if you do decide to grab this app while on sale…. use the link above because it will help support my blog here while taking nothing from the developers.



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