The developers, Jesper Nordin and leading iOS developer Jonatan Liljedahl (Kymatica), are amazing musicians and outstanding developers. So I am holding high hopes for a very useful alternative that will allow for some interesting music making. I am not holding my breath for an instrument that is one of those “pick-it-up and understand it now” sort of instruments.
Here is their description off their website…
Gestrument Pro takes everything we loved about Gestrument and improves on its original functionality while introducing a host of new features such as multi-touch, recordable automations, advanced scale editing and our unique system of highly tweakable modular generators that define the pitches and rhythms.
With Gestrument Pro you can Play, Improvise and Compose music with deeper levels of personal expression than ever before.
To wet your appetite even more, before you go hit the pre-order button, here is a YouTube video…
With all the music apps we have available to us it is all to rare that I just sit down and play with those apps. When I do the process is simple, open them up and start playing with the sounds available – much like taking crayons out of the box and simply starting to draw. Once I find a sound or two that is intriguing to me then I open up Cubasis and start recording a few things.
Tonight I had Christmas songs stuck in my head after driving 30 minutes to shop in the Black Friday craziness. So… I used one of those tunes, Micrologue (the synth inside of Cubasis), Mersenne, Laplapce and Impaktor to record my meandering thoughts. Then I threw in some of the new Waves plug-ins on the tracks, some AudioReverb from VirSyn, and AltiSpace as well.
InterApp Audio is still buggy inside of Cubasis in iOS11. I had to force quite Cubasis a few times to keep connections going. Not sure is the issue is Cubasis, iOS11 or the other apps. Still – it is worth the hassles!
In order to get the drums from Impaktor I actually just used the sequencer inside of that app to record the loop and then exported it out into Cubasis. If you have never used Impaktor you really have to load this app up and get to playing! It listens to you hitting, tapping, moving, talking or what ever noise the mic picks up and then turns that into a trigger for whatever drum sound you have selected! There is a six track sequencer built into the app itself which is how I recorded my little loop.
When I got around to putting on the effects I always like using the AudioUnits. AU are an extremely stable method of using other apps inside of Cubasis. So many benefits to using AU – like the fact that those AU’s and their settings get automatically recalled the next time you load your project! Like the fact that you can use multiple instances of that AU in your project😁! When you use another through InterApp Audio you can only use that other app once 😒.
The next step is to share it… I mean, what good is that music if no one else ever hears it? Well actually, most people are not going to find my creation “their” type of music. Who cares – maybe 10 people will listen maybe none. But at least I created and shared.
So if I have peaked you interest in listening to my crazy creation Here ya go….
Steinberg just released version 2.3 of Cubasis which is on sale for 50% off! This update includes IAP’s for some awesome Waves Plug-ins. These Waves Plug-ins IAP ($19.99) do require iPad 4 or higher, iPad mini 2 or higher models.
• Waves AudioTrack Channel Strip (in-app purchase) — Get a mixing console’s channel strip including compression, EQ and gating in one convenient, intuitive plug-in.
• Waves L1 Ultramaximizer (in-app purchase) — Make your tracks sound professional, with proper loudness levels that will let them stand out.
• Waves Q10 Equalizer (in-app purchase) — Use the pro’s first choice and enjoy surgically precise equalization for mixing your tracks.
There are also some other nifty features like being able to save presets inside of these plug-ins! Awesome news – thank you very much Steinberg! You can also record automation of parameters inside of audio units! This is SO SWEET! (Just not sure how many music educators will make use of that feature though – unless they are getting creative and not simply recording their ensembles performances!)
So I thought I’d put the plug-ins through their paces and edit our choir concert recordings from just the other evening.
At the concert I used our PreSonus StudioLive soundboard to easily record the 6 microphones and the piano we were using for the choir. We had 3 mics right in front of the choir and 3 hanging overhead. Now, the overhead mics were NOT used for the audience and they were a little offset from the choir but I recorded them anyways just to see what they would give me. Ended up adding a bit of a natural reverb effect or maybe a doubling effect to the recording and I kind of liked it.
By using the Waves plug-ins I was able to very quickly go through the recordings and bump up the levels using the maximizer.
Then I added EQ using both AudioTrack Channel Strip plugin as well as the Q10 EQ.
I did make good use of the presets Steinberg already created as well as creating my own to use later after tweaking theirs.
I also added some reverb using the builtin reverb from Cubasis along with the VirSyn AudioReverb audioUnit app. I LOVE LOVE LOVE audioUnits by the way! But that is for another post later.
Of course I did a couple of other quick edits like cutting out some sniffles, trimming the ending and adding fade ins and outs.
All in all it took me under 14 minutes from the point I started importing the audio into my iPad until I was done. By the way…. I LOVE iOS11’s Files app! I use the ability to sync my Desktop on my Laptop to iCloud ALL the time! I used it here to take the audio recordings from the thumb drive, I put the audio into a folder on my iCloud desktop and then simply imported those files using my iPad into Cubasis. At the end I did a mix-down of the final edited track and pushed that from my iPad out to iCloud and my laptops desktop folder again! No WIRES!
I was pretty proud of the job the choir kids did on this piece – we are a small school and as you would expect, the choir is small too. The choir kids also do not tend to do more than just one or two trimesters of choir either. Which is sad but as we have no middle school choir program to build on this situation will not change I’m sure.
Anyways – I recorded the entire process so you could see and hear how easy this is. This will allow you to hear why you should absolutely be doing this yourself – it is EASY! I did find out that Apple at some point took away the sound from the videos when you use screen recording on iOS11 – that meant I had to quick grab a cord and my handheld recorder to hook up to the headphone jack on my iPad. That cord did give me a bit of trouble so please excuse that!
I did have to give you some funky background music for the start and end of my video – I didn’t want you to get bored while watching me load the audio files into Cubasis. I used Novations GrooveBox apps for creating my background music. If you haven’t tried this app yet you really need to download it and start playing with it!
In the process of looking for new music to listen to and to perform I’ve run across and excellent CD created by a new worship band/church I’ve never listened to before. The really interesting thing is that they offer backing tracks. It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve looked for these backing tracks and boy has the process changed.
The app has a free preview track per week inside of it. I’d suggest that if you’ve never experienced this to go download the app and that one free track! It’s something else!
I’m also very interested in knowing who out there is using this service, to what extent and how you like it! Leave me comments below.
Here is the iTunes Description:
Playback is an iOS App created by MultiTracks.com that turns your iPad or iPhone into a simple, yet powerful MultiTrack player for all of your Original Master MultiTracks and CustomMix® content. Playback comes with a library of ClickTracks and we always give you access to a free song each week that we call the “Play of the Week” so you can try out the app right away! Playback has 3 Subscriptions: Intro (Free), as well as Pro and Premium (30 Day Free Trial).
• Playback all the parts within a MultiTrack or load only those you need.
• Access to import all your tracks from MultiTracks.com and MultiTracks Cloud™
• Free ClickTracks in multiple time signatures
• Free “Play of the Week” every week in the app
• Adjust Start Time and End Time of each song
• Visible Waveform Display with Grid Overlay
• Auto-fade your tracks while click continues
• Create a Playlist and “AutoLink” songs together
• Songs subdivided into “Song Sections”
• Solo and Mute functionality on every channel
• AutoPan your ClickTracks left and MultiTracks right
• Press and Hold a Song in “Edit Mode” to reorder within Setlist
Free – All Intro features are completely free.