Music IO is about to get UpDated!

Music IO Small IconWow! This update for Music IO is HUGE!

Here is what was in our iPad Musicians FaceBook Group from SuperDan, one of the developers…

“Music IO version 1.20 is queued for review with Apple. If the Gods of Time allow us, the next version will be out tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday. Update text follows, but the bigs news is multitrack audio and VST/AUs on Mac.

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Music IO Version 1.20 brings several advances to the only professional solution for MIDI and audio over USB.

Huge improvements to audio:
• 4 tracks of audio from iOS to Mac
• Route up to 4 instruments and one effect per track
• Crystal-clear, 32-bit uncompressed audio and very low latency over USB
• VST and AU plug-ins on Mac, in both 32- and 64-bit versions: route audio from any track to any track on your DAW
• Various performance enhancements including glitch reduction and even lower audio latency”

Reflector 2 iPad App – Reflector Director

The app for “directing” the use of Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 1.09.12 PMReflector 2 in your classroom is called Reflector Director and it is currently $4.99

Reflector 2 Has Been Released!

Reflector2 Large DemoWell this is a big day for announcements! All sorts of new products jumping up! PreSonus, Roland and Squirrels!

No, no… not THOSE Squirrels! Squirrels as in the company that makes one of two pieces of software that allow us to emulate an Apple TV!

The software is now called Reflector2 LargeReflector 2. It used to be called something else when it was first released and then they changed the name to Reflector. Today they have updated us to Reflector 2! A big update too!

I am just going to give you a quick overview because if you already own the $14.99 app then you can get a limited time savings of 33% which would make the cost to you $9.99! Act fast though because that upgrade price isn’t going to stay there long.

Here are some of the changes…. wait… let me start from the beginning and give a quick overview of what this app even does;

In my class-room, and I think this is pretty standard these days, I have a projector that displays my teacher computer onto a big screen that the class can see. In my class-room though I frequently want to sow the students what is on my iPad or iPhone. That has meant in the past that I had to purchase an Apple TV (which is now $69). Then I could use Apple’s AirPlay tech to wirelessly display my iPad through the Apple TV onto the big screen. Pretty sweet!

Then along came Squirrels with their app, which is now Reflector 2. Another app is out there as well that is similar called AirServer. Both of these solutions were $14.99 pieces of software (AirServer does have educational pricing) compared to the $69 cost of an Apple TV! This software now allows me to take the screen of my iPad/iPhone and wirelessly display it on the big screen which is hooked up to my computer.

Reflector 2 Large Demo2EXCITING NEWS TODAY with Reflector 2 now Squirrels is calling all Android users as well! Android screen mirroring is here. Reflector is the first and only Google Cast™ receiver that receives Cast-enabled Android phones and tablets at the same time as iPhone and iPads. Most Android devices support Google Cast natively, but those that don’t can still mirror. The addition of the free Google Chromecast application enables Android screen mirroring on most phones and tablets.

So now Reflector runs on Macs, Windows and will display from iOS as well as Android devices that do Google Cast! That is a pretty significant list of devices that is supported by this technology!

OTHER NEW FEATURES/UPDATES

UI: There is now an updated UI – Smart Layout, Emphasizing of Devices, Frames, Show or Hide Devices, Full Screen Mode

MIRRORING: Mirror from Android with google Cast and AirPlay from iOS

RECORDING: Record your screen with Voice-Over, Embed Frames, Multiple Device Recording, YouTube Live Streaming and WebCam Video are COMING SOON!

STREAMING: Stream photos and videos plus you can stream audio only.

SECURITY OPTIONS: Quick Connect (connect other computers with these codes, On-Screen AirPlay Codes (You must be able to see the code on the screen in order to connect! No more getting a connection from some random student wandering the hallway!), Connection Prompts (Allow or Deny a device from the control center BEFORE it is connected!)

REFLECTOR DIRECTOR: New companion app for iPad – Reflector Director is an iOS companion application that pairs with Reflector running on any computer. Use the app to wirelessly manage any connected Android or iOS devices. Teachers are going to love this!

CONCLUSION FOR NOW:

So obviously, Squirrels developers have been talking to teachers and educators about the possibilities for this app! Honestly, this is what the Apple TV should be able to do out of the box!

I want to leave you with a quick glance at a couple of the new UI features in the way of a YouTube video. This is just a first glance as this app and its new updates are huge and offer so many new possibilities that I will have to share more as I dive into the new features further. For now though – a quick glimpse….

BeatHawk – Updated and Intro Price Ending on the 19th!

BeatHawk SmallIf you have not purchased BeatHawk yet and you are on the fence, now is the time to act as the introductory price of $4.99 is soon ending. The regular price is $9.99.

BeatHawk MainBeatHawk lets you create beats, sample, layer melodies, mix
and arrange songs with ultimate ease through a sleek and highly-optimized
user interface… and there’s much more to come!

The app has just been updated as well…

VERSION 1.0.4 NOW AVAILABLE!
What’s new?
– Added option to erase only MIDI CC of a track
– Added option to delete a region in Song Mode
– Added support of AIFF, AIFC, CAF audio files
– Added Midi Sync to Host with IAA
– Added Redo button
– Bug fixes and various optimizations
MY TAKE ON THE APP:
This app is a fresh take on how a DAW/Portable Production Studio should work. I really like the workflow but it is different. The main screen is set up like 16 drum pads. On each pad you could have assigned a drum sound but there could also be a synth, bass or other melodic sound assigned to that pad. Once you tap on the pad and select the Pitch button on the left you then get a keyboardist interface that allows you to play different pitch’s.
There is also a volume button that allows you to set the volume by interacting with the 16 pads – pad 1 is super soft and 16 is loud.
The one disappointing part of this app is that there are not as many sounds included as I would like to see. Other synth/DAW type apps like this give me many more options. I feel a bit cheated on that side of things. There are options for IAP’s but come on UVI… give us a bigger base set along with the main purchase!
The sounds are absolutely great though, depending on your style of music – don’t expect band and orchestra types of sounds! This is for sure more focused on synth/urban/dance/pop/hip hop styles. Here is a screenshot of the sound loading screen to give you an idea…. The three on top are my sounds (and I am pretty sure I bought the Urban and Atlanta sound sets. The ones underneath the user library are all IAP’s at the majority of the prices being $4.99 – $7.99.
BeatHawk Sound Selection Screen
CONCLUSION:
For the Intro price of $4.99 this app is very much worth that price so grab it NOW! IT comes from UVI – they have been around for a while now on the desktop developing some awesome sound sets there.

iOS Synths and AudioMux Are Great Fun!

Created because I opened NanoStudio SmallNanoStudio on my iPhone and found that weird scale, then I added in Alchemy – all piped over to Logic on the MacBook through AudioMux

It’s pretty cool to have my iPhone sitting there in front of my laptop which has LogicProXLogicX recording everything. All these sounds came from the phone except I ran the drum tracks through some efx in Logic. I am able to pipe the audio with no sense of latency through my iPhone charging cable into the laptop because of the AudioMuxAudioMux app. This setup rocks! If you have not read about AudioMux then search my archives and read more about it!

Tunable Free – GO GET IT! (Hurry)

The Tunable Small IconTunable App is free for a day – Awesome app for ANYONE!

Great to demonstrate to students the variance in their tones and how much they are fluctuating!

Tunable Screen Shot

Photo Apps for Music Educators

So we all take a ton of photos and videos of our musical ensembles and their performances. Of course of our families and vacations. With todays iPhones and iPads I would suspect many of us simply us that device many times because IT IS WITH US at just THAT moment!

What apps have you found to help you capture and then share those precious moments at times like when the little 5th grader comes up and says “Mr. Shimmons, my clarinet is not working, can you check it out?” and then you see his reed…. well, what HE calls a reed. Those are moments that just have to be captured and shared.

Currently there are some great apps featured by Apple that are on a huge sale – some of them 60% off or more! Here are some that I have found very useful and increase the quality of my photo’s/videos or help me share those moments in interesting and appealing ways…. (If you have great apps leave comments below. If you have performances/pictures you would like to share that you created and thought turned out nicely then share those below as well!)

HydraHydra

SnapSeedSnapSeed

Fly Video EditorFly Video Editor

HyperlapseHyperlapse from Instagram

iMovieiMovie

Pinnacle StudioPinnacle Studio

CollabraCamCollabraCam

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