Alternative Musical Interfaces

 One of the reasons I really enjoy iOS for making music is the fact that it is so easy to make music with an alternative interface/design. I ran across a new one today that I thought I would share with you.

Temperament provides you with a nifty three circle design giving you the chromatic scale on thirteen circles with each ring going one octave higher. Simple and yet effective. Even better is the fact that it is not a piano keyboard.  Not many options for built in sounds and no option for MIDI control to a different app currently. Maybe the developer will keep adding more options in the future.

There are options though for adjusting what happens when you move your finger on the X or Y axis.

Just fun to play with. Free too.

Holderness Media Effects Apps for iPhone Released! (Sale price right now too!)

crystalline_perform_view_iPad_Air_854wOne of the great iOS Music Developers, Holderness Media, has had a suite of effects apps out for iPad for awhile now. The news of the week though is that on Jan 8, 2015, he released four of the apps for iPhone! Now our little iOS friends can take part in the fun alongside the iPad!

This is going to be loads of fun especially since an iPhone6+ has the extra screen space but is still small enough to stick in your pocket! These effects can easily replace a guitarists effects pedals or work alongside of them! (Of course those pedals aren’t going to fit in your pocket very well though!)

stereodesigner_screen_sliders_2048x1536Just look at all the tweak-able controls you get in these apps! X-Y Pads to make fast easy adjustments, then there are the sliders on the next screen that allow even more tweaking, morphing, echoes, swooping and all sorts of fun on the fly! You do not even have to have any idea what you are doing to have fun with controls like these available at your fingertips!

These apps allow you to apply the effects a live input, like a guitar/drum module/keyboard etc… or any app that is AudioBus/InterAppAudio compatible! I’ve included a video at the bottom of this post that will give you a little idea of what is possible with these apps.

It bears mentioning that I fully support Christopher Rice’s (the developer) decision to charge for iPhone versions of these apps. Many people may not like having to pay twice but when you have great developers who love the iOS community and work hard to give us amazing apps, they deserve our financial support! Plus, the are offering amazing deals on the app bundles! Buy the bundle and save a bundle!

Here are the four iPhone apps – Each is $1.99

Echo Pad - HoldernessEcho Pad (This is the only one of the Holderness apps that is actually an universal app. Which means you only have to buy one app that will work on iPad and iPhone)

Crystalline - HoldernessCrystalline mini

Stereo Designer Mini - Holderness MediaStereo Designer Mini

Swoopster Holderness MediaSwoopster Mini

Caramel - Holderness MediaCaramel Mini

Here are the links for the iPad Versions –

Echo Pad - HoldernessEcho Pad  (This is the only one of the Holderness apps that is actually an universal app. Which means you only have to buy one app that will work on iPad and iPhone)

Crystalline - HoldernessCrystalline

Stereo Designer Mini - Holderness MediaStereo Designer

Swoopster Holderness MediaSwoopster

Caramel - Holderness MediaCaramel

Here are links to the bundles –

Holderness Media Bundle – iPhone Bundle ($8.99) – 50% off currently

Holderness Media Bundle – iPad Bundle ($11.99)

 

Caramel YouTube Video – The other apps are kind of self explanatory but Caramel is a much deeper app with some amazing possibilities! Take a Look –

Black Friday Sales Open With More Great Music App Sales!

 

NaveNave $9.99 (50% off) – Do not hesitate in buying this app if you want a great synth app to work with on the iPad! In fact if you don’t have a synth app yet for iPad this or Animoog should be your first!

AudioShare SmallAudioShare is $2.99 – This app allows you to record within the app, trim, normalize, convert, store, file, zip, unzip, and organize all your sound and MIDI files on your iPad.

VoiceJam Studio Small IconVoice Jam Studio $6.99 (65% off!) – Powerful vocal effects processor and looper. I bought this the day it came out because the looping capabilities are so much better and easier to use than anything that was already on the market! Now, it is on sale cheaper then when it was introduced – lucky you.

AUFX:PeakQAUFX:PeakQ is $1.99 (from $3,99)

AUFX DubAUFX:Dub is $1.99 (from $3,99)

AUFX: Space Small iconAUFX:Space is $1.99 (from $3,99)

MIDI Designer Pro Small IconMDI Designer Pro is $4.99 (from $24.99) – Most powerful and easy-to-use MIDI controller

GestrumentGestrument LE is now free – gives you a great idea of what the full version can do.

Sequential SmallSequential is $1.99 (60% off) – load any audio and then loop it so you can apply effects in all sorts of rhythmic order to create new variations of the original. Quite a large variety of effects like High and Low pass filters, resonators, bit-crusher, wave transformer, circuit bender and more.

SectorSector is $5.99 (from $9.99) – This app also allows for slicing and sequencing of your audio – fun and entertaining!

Black Friday Sales Galore!

Dig out those gift cards and use them! Some awesome deals on apps this weekend…

MOST HAVE APPS –  especially with this price savings…

Animoog Small IconAnimoog for iPad $5.99 (from $29.99!) [This app is so awesome! Takes full advantage of iPad touch interface!]

Animoog Small IconAnimoog for iPhone $1.99 (from $4.99)

Cotracks Small iconCoTracks $6.99 (from $9.99) [Such an awesome app for 2-4 students to use on a single iPad. Great for those classrooms that have to share iPads between students]

Final Touch Small IconFinalTouch $4.99 (from $12.99) [Use this to put some amazing final touches on your concert ad rehearsal recordings!]

 

NEW APPS SALE

Egoist SmallEgoist from SugarBytes is at a 33% introductory price sale. Get it now for $19.99 before it goes up to normal price on December 1st

iMPC Pro Small IconIMPC Pro is still on its introductory pricing of $12.99. At some point it will be going up to $19.99

 

Alex Matheu’s – if you like experimental electronic music these are for you!

glitch Breaks SmallGlitchBreaks $2.99 (40% off)

Sliver Small IconSliver $2.99 (50% off)

 

VIRSYN APP SALE (Until the 30th)

Addictive Synth SmallAddictive Synth $4.99 (from $5.99)

Tera Synth SmallTera Synth -$9.99 (from $19.99)

microtera smallMicroTERA – $4.99 (from $9.99)

CubeSynth SmallCube Synth $5.99 (from $11.99)

HarmonyVoice SmallHarmony Voice  – $4.99 (from $9.99)

iVoxel SmalliVoxel –  $4.99 (from $9.99)

AudioReverb small iconAudioReverb $3.99 (from $7.99)

iSyn Poly SmalliSynPoly $1.99 (from $4.99)

 

IK MultiMedia Apps (50% off sale!) all are $9.99 (from $19.99)

iGrand icon smalliGrand

iLectric icon smalliLectric

SampleTank icon smallSampleTank

VocaLive for iPhone smallVocaLive

 

Other Apps

MNT.io SmallMINT.io $4.99 (from $9.99)

Futulele SmallFutulele $.99 (from $1.99)

 

 

Pixelmator – A real photo editor for your iPad

I suppose it's because I am finishing marching season and I have to go through all the photos I've taken this year, that I am thinking so much about photo apps. Or maybe it's just because Pixelmator is such a game changer of an app.

Pixelmator is a brand new app that we first saw in a demo the day that the iPhone6 was introduced.

If you have ever wanted to edit those pics you have taken but the edit options in Apple Photos just are not enough for you then it's time to move up! Of course maybe if you had an app like Pixelmator, you would find new and exciting ways to manipulate your photos to bring your teaching materials to life?

Filters, effects, adding text, shadows, being able to adjust color, light balance, or drastically improve less then perfect pics with a few taps…. All of this is what Pixelmator is about.

I love the heal tool…. You really have to experience this to believe it. Have an extra person in your pic that you don't want? Brush over them and wa-la, they are gone, replaced by a magic background of what would have been there if they weren't.

This is one more of those apps that has a desktop version to match. The best part is that the iPad version was developed specifically for iPad, not simply adapted to it. This means that everything is optimized for touch. It also means that through iCloud, your pics and their edits can be found both on your iPad as well as your Mac!

Of course since you are going to want to share those amazing pics you have edited with parent of your students, sharing has to be easy. Pixelmator has Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook all covered.

Pixelmator is $4.99

 

Save Time In Front Of Class With LaunchCenter Pro for iPad

Teachers all understand the importance of saving even a few keystrokes, a few seconds, in front of a class of middle students! The more that technology takes a back seat in a lesson plan the better off we all are. If the tech isn't bringing attention to itself but the students learning is front and center then the tech is in the right place.

That means that we must become very comfortable with the tech we are using, we can not be stumbling and fumbling to make things happen. It also means that any shortcut we can use to get technology working faster and smoother is a good idea.

Launch Center Pro for iPad and iPhone has a simple mission statement that fits the above criteria…. “Launch actions, not just apps!” Think about it…. Why do we launch an app in the first place? We launch apps to do things. That means that once the app launches we then start tapping more buttons to do that “thing”.

I message parents frequently but I usually wait until after class…. What if I could speed that task up and send a message faster? Would I communicate even more?

I like to tweet about exciting learning taking place in class but opening the camera, then taking a picture, then opening Twitter to send the tweet is quite a few steps. What if I could do all of that in one step? Would I spread more news about the learning going on in class?

What about taking attendance…. Open Safari, open bookmarks then finally tap the website for school attendance. How about jumping right there?

Well if those sort of thoughts entice you to rethink your use of tech then you need to take a look at Launch Center Pro… There is the iPad version and then the iPhone version.

Here is the first line from their website…., “It’s like speed dial for everyday tasks. Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.”

 

 

Music Apps on Sale That Musicians Should Own.

Currently there are several apps on sale that are essential apps for any musician who wants to make music with their iOS device.

AudioBus small iconFirst – This one is just a no brainer, if you do NOT have this app then get it now. AudioBus2 is THE app that has opened the doors to amazing new possibilities with music making on iPads/iPhones/iPodTouch. AudioBus2 allows one app to pass audio off to another app and even lets us throw in a 3rd app for effects in the middle! This allows you for instance to use a DAW, such as Cubasis/MultiTrack DAW/GarageBand, to record the audio from a synth app like Thor PolySonic Synthesizer.

AudioBus2 is on an 80% sale currently for 0.99 cents!

 

Cubasis small iconSpeaking of Cubasis…. IF you really want to get serious about recording audio AND MIDI on your iPad then this is the app for you! Even if all you ever do is record audio from outside sources and other apps then this is probably the app for you! It runs much better on an iPadAir than it does on an iPad2 though. If you are still on iPad2 then maybe you should look at MultiTrackDaw.

Cubasis is on a 30% sale – down from the normal price tag of $49.99 to costing you only $33.99 currently. When an app that costs that much is on ANY kind of sale like this you should grab it! Cubasis is a serious step up from GarageBand, the options this app will open up for you are pretty serious! Which explains the price tag. I would NOT suggest spending this much money if I myself did not use the app (for which I spent my own hard earned money too by the way)

 

Thor Small iconThe last app right now that I want to mention is Thor PolySonic Synthesizer. This app is only on sale until tomorrow, the 31st of August. It is one of the most amazing synth apps for iPad currently. The price is only $4.99 currently which is 66% off.

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