It’s that time of the year! Christmas!
There are some amazing sales on music performance apps. I will try to divide them up so it’s easier to figure out what might interest you.
First of all – If you do not own AudioBus for some reason you NEED to get this app. It is one way to start using multiple apps at the same time on iOS – for instance running an instrument app like SynthMaster Player into an effects app like Swoopster and then into a DAW app like Cubasis! Outstanding! Plus the new trick that AudioBus has learned is that it is now a controller for the new technology called Ableton Link which is outstanding. Read about it here.
KORG – Korg apps are on a 50% sale until the 28th! Many of the IAP purchases are also on sale! I think these apps stand out for three reasons 1) Some of the Korg apps are supporting the new Abelton Link technology! (Read here) 2)The brand new iDS-10 for iPhone has an amazing vocoder built in that will sing your words! Outstanding synth besides that and 3)Wow, just wow on most of these apps – to buy the actual hardware that these apps emulate would cost a fortune but these apps, especially on sale price, are more than worth it!
Here they are listed in order of most useful to a music educator…
- Korg iDS-10
- Korg Module – Hook up a MIDI keyboard and this is amazing!
- Korg iM1 – – Hook up a MIDI keyboard and this is amazing!
- Korg Gadget – Entire production app right here!
- iMS-20 –
Another wonderful app with a ton of great sounds is the SynthMaster Player App. This app gives you a bunch of sounds that are absolutly free. Then if you purchase the Pro upgrade you get something like 800 total amazing sounds to play with! There are a bunch of IAP sound banks for sale in here too – most of which are all 50% off right now!
Then there are the IK MultiMedia Apps… most of which are on a 50% sale alogn with many of the In-App-Purchases which are all outstanding! In fact if you are looking for strings then get SmapleTank and then MiroSlav Philharmonik Mobile Edition!
SampleTank – – Hook up a MIDI keyboard and this is amazing!
iGrand Piano – – Hook up a MIDI keyboard and this is amazing!
iLectric Piano for iPad – – Hook up a MIDI keyboard and this is amazing!
Then the Drum apps….
- Drum Kick for iPad – If you want to PLAY the drums with your fingers this is it baby! Get the iPhone app and put it in your sock to instantly have a kick drum!
- Patterning (If you don’t have this drum app – GET IT! So much fun and it also supports Abelton Link!)
- Elastic Drums (If you like synthesized drum apps this is the best AND it also support Abelton Link)
- Diode-108 Drum Machine – Check the free version first
- Rytmik Ultimate
Other amazing instrument apps…
- item -$4.99 – Sonic wow factor right here! Hook it up to a sound system!
- Addictive Synth – $4.99- Warning – see the name…..? Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you! Good news is you won’t get arrested for this addiciton but your spouse may not like it!
- iMini – $4.99
- iProphet – $4.99
- Heavy Brass – Intro price until the 31st of $9.99 – amazing brass sounds in this app!
- Tera Synth – $9.99 (50% off)
- Poseidon Synth – $9.99 Introductory price
- micro TERA – $4.99
- Cube Synth – $5.99
- Fugue Machine – $7.99 – this is a nifty app, one of the only apps to have multiple playheads (allows you to play several parts at different speeds and directions! Wicked awesome!)
- Lorentz – $3.99
- Laplace – $3.99
- bismark bs-16i – $3.99
Then there are some sweet apps for the adventureous people that really like to manipulate and twist their music…
- Sector – $5.99
- Glitch breaks – $2.99
- Sliver – $2.99
- Wretched – $1.99
- Gestrument for $4.99- Gestrument LE is free
What about apps that are just plain fun to generate music from that have a different interface and are easy to figure out. Great apps for ANYONE (like even elementary kids or non-music students)
- Patterning $7.99 (yes it is a repeat but it is so awesome for EVERYONE!)
- Ondes – $1.99
- dot Melody – $7.99
- Arpeggionome for iPad – $7.99
Vocalists can’t be left out either…
- Voice Jam Studio $3.99- one of the best for singers
- Harmony Voice $4.99- put some headphones on and you will loose an hour real fast!
- VocaLive for iPad or for iPhone (50%)
Effects Apps – These are so easy to use in the Effects slots of other apps, using either AudioBus or Inter-App-Audio. (The top six here are for iPad at $3.99 but the iPhone version is available for $1.99)
- Stereo Designer – $3.99
- Swoopster – $3.99
- Crystalline – $3.99
- Caramel – $3.99
- Echo Pad – $3.99
- Johnny – Multiwave Tremelo – $3.99
- Mic Room
- Tap Delay
- Final Touch – This is usually a $20 app and it is currently $3! If you ever record your performance or students or rehearsals you NEED this app!