BeatHawk is FREE – go NOW and download it!

Well this is a very nice surprise for Labor Day! (well if y9u are an American it is Labor Day)

Go NOW and download BeatHawk (normally $10!) – they just lowered the price to a price hard to squabble with! It is FREE!

BeatHawk is a mobile music production studio that was one of the first to change the concept of what those pads mean in a music app like this. Each pad can be a different drum sound but they can also be an ididvidual instrument as well!

 The app is well connected – it has all those wonderful technologies built in that have come to be almost standard in today’s iOS music world. Inter-App audio, Ableton Link, AudioBus, AudioUnit, and Audio Copy. It also is well connected to the cloud with iCloud, DropBox and a few others too.

 Now if all those terms makes your head spin and you have no idea what they mean – no worries! Y9u can just dive right in and use this app lal by itself too. All by itself this app gives you so much fun and so much music making you wil loose track of time!

I have written about this app before – search my blog posts to find more info. Here are some screen shots and at the bottom you will find a short demo I did on this lazy Labor Day while waiting for my New York Strip to cook. 

New MET Podcast

Paul is at band camp, and Chris is leading workshops for the Wisconsin Center for Music Education.  Paul called in and visited with us for a half hour–and this is the recording of that visit.  As always, thank you to UberChord for providing our hosting at SoundCloud for these podcasts.   Show notes will eventually be online at

Ton: Drum Machine (New and free app!)

This post is a short demo of the newly released drum machine app called Ton: Drum Machine. It is also a chance for me to play with the Screen Recording feature in iOS11 from my iPad, which works brilliantly I might add!

Ton Drum Machine IconTon: Drum Machine – (Currently Free!)

Ton is part drum machine and part sequencer all with a new flair to it. It is also free so go play!

Ton Screen Shot1.pngIn short there are a bunch of pre-loaded drum samples. You then use the drum samples and the circular interface to start creating some beats. Those beats can then be altered in various methods using the nicely done circular interface and in basic, twirling that wheel after selecting a parameter you’d like to adjust.

I particularly enjoy the ability to adjust things like the pitch, reverb and delay. Playing with the filter, attack and decay are fun too!

Jérémy Pinat has a great idea started here. I look forward to a few improvements like being able to change the volume of each individual hit in a pattern – I really don’t want to hear an ENTIRE measure of 16th notes with no change in how hard each 16th is being played!

I played with the app and I also took the chance to hit record on my iPad in iOS11’s beta. In iOS11, if you are not aware, there is the ability to do screen recording! I then transferred that movie to Final Cut for a few edits and uploaded it to YouTube. I hope you can figure out everything I am adjusting – It’s be REALLY nice if the Screen Recording feature would highlight where we are touching the iPad at but I don’t foresee that coming anytime soon as a feature!

Anyways – here is the demo of Ton: Drum Machine

NoteFlight and Google Classroom

I am still amazed that I find MUSIC teachers who don’t know what NoteFlight is!

What I am also amazed at is that NoteFlight has integrated its services into Google Classroom! 

This means those of us who wanted to be able to integrate music notation assignments into our online classroom environment (Google Classroom) will now be able to do so! Read below for the statement from NoteFlights Notes found online at…..

“Noteflight Learn offers direct Google Classroom integration! All student and teacher logins, classes, and assignments are seamlessly integrated, offering several advantages:

Google login is automatically synced; simply login to Noteflight Learn using Google.

Individual classes, schools, or entire districts can integrate with a single Noteflight Learn site.

Google Classroom classes are mirrored as Noteflight Learn Groups, so sharing scores and assignments with classes is easy.

Noteflight can create assignments in Google Classroom and students can turn in or mark as done from their Noteflight score.

Using Noteflight Learn with Google Classroom allows teachers and students to easily collaborate on creating, recording, and sharing music on any device. For information on setting up a Google Classroom integration, please read our Google Classroom Integration Setup instructions.

For any questions regarding using Noteflight Learn with Google Classroom, please email”

Kaspar Released (No, not Casper the ghost so relax! and make music!)

Kaspar IconKaspar – $9.99 (for now)

Kaspar is an outstanding new synth from Yonac that will get you inspired to start making some music and start fanning that creative spark inside of you that you’ve let die out a bit through the last six months!

This app, like many new releases is on a limited time intro price. I’m not sure for how long but I do know the app was released July 20, 2017 so…

What is really cool about this app is embodied right in the description on Yonacs website – “Multi-Engine AutoMorphing Supersynthesizer”

8 fully featured polyphonic synths with the ability to layer, modulate and morph between each! See the XY pad below – yeah… that’s the morphing, modulation goodness of the app at work just to warm your heart with delightful sounds!

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Do you REALLY need to know more?

This IS one of those apps that comes fully equipped with built in presets for your extensive musical explorations. It is ALSO one of those apps that you could spend a TON of time in just messing around building and designing your own sounds!

I WILL say that if you don’t like the color yellow then don’t buy the app because they USED ALL the yellow paint the paint store had in stock when building the app!

Here is a video to get you even more interested!


New and Exciting Apps Just Released for Music Makers!

Beat Maker 3 IconBeat Maker 3 – Intro Price of $19.99 only good until June 22

Intua released BeatMaker 3 this past weekend and if you want the intro pricing you will have to hurry! I’ve been enjoying my summer with my family and have not had the time to write anything here since the app came out!

If you are unsure what Beat Maker 3 is join the club. In short it is the long waited for upgrade to an app that has been a standard iOS app for a long time!

Here is the official intro on the App Store –
“BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation.
Look no further, the power of traditional desktop software and real hardware is now united into one single production studio”

Here is the header from Intua’s website –

Beat Maker 3 Splash Header

From what I’ve seen and read and watched here is my take on what Beat Maker 3 is – It is a disruptive entry into the world of what a workstation/DAW has traditionally been called. Beat Maker 3 is an app, currently only for iPad but an iPhone version is on its way, that allows you to sample sounds/instruments/music and then manipulate those samples in remarkable new ways. Beat Maker is also a center to you hardware and will control outboard gear as well.

Beat Maker 3 is for sure one of the most beautifully designed apps to come out in awhile! The design is just gorgeous! Look at this mixer view….


The traditional grid of pads like you see on a drum machine for instance is getting smashed to smithereens with this app. You know have 8 banks of up to 8 pads each. Each pad can be assigned its own individual sample. The ability within BM3 gives you the ability to “Record and chop live, assemble, mangle and resample: our state of the art sampling engine will sculpt your ideas, giving life to your instruments with a full modulation and layering system. With ZPlane’s Elastique live stretch and pitch shift, adjust your loops and instruments to match the tempo or go experimental. You can even integrate your favorite synth & effect apps with full AUv3 and IAA support.”


There is a Sequencer that has the classic timeline recording features as one would expect in a DAW but there is also a very flexible Scene Mode which is a nod to those who have used and enjoy Ableton Live sort of workflows.

The mixer gives you an insane amount of control over every detail of the mix – right down to each individual pad in each and every bank!

Beat Maker 3 has been designed to be used to record, create and produce full projects from. The app is also meant and built to be used in live performances easily giving you the ability to record, chop, mangle and alter to your hearts content even in a live setting!

I will say that Beat Maker 3 is NOT chock full of built in samples waiting for you to start messing around with. There is a basic set and it is up to you to import further material. There is a healthy selection of IAP purchases from their content store already available. There are plenty of free sources online. The fun of course is when you start sampling other apps and your self playing your own instruments. Then you get the ability to start arranging those samples into something amazing using tools not so easily available before now.

(That paragraph is the long winded version of – this app is awesome but be ready to invest some time into it!)

Here is the intro trailer to get your intrigue even further….


MET Podcast 09 Now Available with UberChord CEO

Chris and I finally found time in our busy summers to get another Podcast put together!  In the first half, we discuss the latest – both as far as what we have been up to and then also in the music education and technology world.  In the second half, we have the privilege to interview Eckart Burgwedel, CEO of UberChord.

UberChord kindly offered to pay for our first year’s hosting fees on SoundCloud, but we would have interviewed UberChord anyway.  It is always so fun to talk to developers and companies to find out their stories and the ideas behind their apps. Hearing what an app is all about and capable of is even better when talking to those responsible for bringing that app to life!

If you are a developer or a company, and you would like to talk with Paul and I about your product and its potential for music education, please contact us!  We are also open to talking to other influential teachers in the field.

We are learning a lot in this podcast endeavor–and we are hoping that you are, too.  We enjoy hearing the back stories behind the apps and the products.

ShowNotes are here –

Here is the link to the our Podcast Playlist. # 009 is the latest!

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


Video Editing and Connection Speeds


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

Also – buy a REALLY BIG hard drive!


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.


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!


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!


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