Playing in the SandBox – Using Technology to Create Music

This video is what happens when you eat an Angry Who-Roast Beast Omelette and then have the next day off from school. You play in your sandbox and create using technology.

Ok, Ok…. maybe this is just what happens to ME!

What if our kids could do this on a daily basis though – use technology to create? Oh how I wish………



AudioKit Digital D1 Synth

Special price thru Nov. 1!!!!! Act now because this synth is amazing sounding! We have some pretty special synth apps already on iOS but this one…. wow!

AudioKit Digital D1 Synth – Current intro price is $4.99. Will be going up to $14.99 and it will fully worth THAT price too but get it NOW! make sure you know the requirements though. It will not run on some of the older iPads. Download their free synth to check your iPads capability AND to get an amazing synth for free!

The free AudioKit SynthOne – Free!

There are several demos online to take a listen to. Here are a couple links.

From the developer – Matthew Fletcher

From one of the Sound developers – Red Sky Lullaby

Recording on iOS – Top Five Ways To Get the job done

Being a music teacher we should always be looking for ways to record our musical ensembles. With todays technology we carry with us in our pockets this is a much easier task than it was 8-10 years ago.

Here are some apps to get you going….

Voice MemosApple’s Voice Memos – Free

Ok – lets start with the obvious. Well it might not be so obvious. Voice memos has been long neglected on iPhone and not even available on iPad until iOS12. Now the app has a much fresher look and lives on both devices. It’s free, it is there and it works for those quick and easy jobs. Things like recording one person auditions. It allows you to record the audio, and the then trim it. Then you can share it in the expected variety of place via the share button built into iOS. Another bonus is that the recordings can be synced between your two devices if you so wish.

VoiceRecordProVoice Record Pro –  Free with In App Purchases To remove ads.

The second app that is quick easy and cheap is Voice Record Pro. Again, for simple recordings that you simply want to record, trim up and share. The share methods are plentiful and not hidden away in the share button menu. They are right in front of you. The interface is getting a bit aged but is functional.

MultiTrack DAWMulti-Track DAW – $10.99

Want to do multi track recordings but still keep it simple? Here is one of the long standing apps that works on iPad and iPhone alike. Super solid and super easy.

This is the first of what we would call an app actually designed to record music. Obviously you can record music with the first two apps but now we have moved into the actual music apps…. now we add multi-track recording (up to 24 tracks), metronome, tempo settings, ability to punch in and out, EQ, Compressor and the ability to tie in other music apps for more effects and to record instrument apps like Ravenscroft Piano.

Ferrite RecordingStudio

Ferrite Recording Studio – Free with In App Purchases

If you are doing podcasting then this is the app for you! On the podcast iPad Pro’s the Ferrite developer, Cannis, talks with host Tim about his app.

Ferrite takes all the work out of PodCasting…. well OK, maybe not. But it does make many things much easier! Things like ducking, striping silence and all that fun stuff. Ferrite makes those things even easier than if I was to do it on my laptop in LogicProX!

Even though it is made with PodCasting in mind Ferrite is a multitrack reacording studio that works super well for the musician.

Cubasis LogoCubasis – $20-$25 if on sale $50 Normal – WELL WORTH THE PRICE

If you really want to get serious about making music on an iPad though then these last two apps are where it’s at.

I fondly remember drooling over the latest hardware multitrack recorders in the late 80’s and during the 90’s. Knowing full well I could not convince my wife to sell our children and our extra kidneys in order to afford one of those fancy things. (wait… is it kidneys or livers we have an extra of? – good thing I’m not a doctor)

Fast forward to iPads and now the cost is really not that much of a stretch to call an impulse purchase.

Auria and Cubasis have it all. (well as close as we are going to get – I think the only thing I am waiting for is the ability to have multiple time signatures in Cubasis)

Multitrack, Audio Units, InterAppAudio, Plug-ins galore and sound rivaling that of a professional sound studio. Wait… are those still around? Why?

Auria LogoAuria Pro – Music Production Studio –  $20-$25 if on sale $50 Normal – WELL WORTH THE PRICE

Taking Photos of Photos (or posters)

Have a poster hanging on the wall inside of a reflective glass enclosure that you would like a photo of?

Have old family photos that have been sitting in a box in your grandmas basement that you would like to digitize?

There’s an app for that….

PhotoScanThe one I REALLY like is Google’s PhotoScan because it actually takes four pictures and mergers them into one to help get rid of things you don’t want in the final – things like reflections and imperfections like a curled edges. Plus it straightens the edges so you don’t have to get so perfect with trying to make it square (or rectangular)


UnFadeAnother one I am trying is the sister app to ScanBot – It’s called PhotoScanner Pro:Scan Albums but on your phone it sows up as Unfade.




Of course you COULD try just simply snapping a photo with your phone camera.

Compare the three results below…..

Google PhotoScan
Unfade Pro 2018-09-26
UnFade Pro

Some Good Movie Sales on iTunes for Music Ed

So The Music Man is only $4.99 right now!

The Greatest Showman is only $9.99!

The Sound of Music is Only $9.99 as well!

There is a Rodgers and Hammerstein 6 film collection with The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel and The State Fair in it for $10 a film – comes out to $59.99

AirPlay from iOS to MacBook

Well that was an interesting thing that happened my first day back to school!

I normally have an Apple TV hooked up so I can mirror my iPad to the screen in my room. It wasn’t there today…. bummer.

My iMac from 2008 that I’ve used for 9 year in the band room as my main computer hooked up to the screen stopped working… bummer. Just shut off and won’t turn on.

So I grabbed my MacBook. On my MacBook I’ve used AirServer and Reflector in the past to mirror my iPad/iPhone to the computer and then have that show up on the screen in the classroom. I’ve purchased both apps because I think they are just wonderful. Our school network is wonky though and sometimes one works and other times the other one works. Which again led me to purchasing both apps. The cost vs the cost of an Apple TV is a tad less.

But today for some reason I hit the AirPlay icon on my iPad to see what showed up before eI had either of those two apps running and I saw my MacBook. So I selected that option and boom – my iPad showed up on my MackBook but in a totally unexpected app!

5KPlayer was the app that took my AirPlay request and hosted it! I can not even remember why in the world I downloaded 5K Player and honestly I find it extremely obnoxious because it hijacked all my movie files and has become the default app to open all movies in. I would rather use Quicktime.

But wow… if 5K Player will allow for me to AirPlay for FREE – well that’s pretty cool! oh… bonus – it will do a screen recording of your iOS device that is AirPlaying to your Mac!

I will say that actually getting the download is a trip down frustration lane as it bumps you over to cnet’s website – and the stupid MacKeeper download button is right there so be careful. Please make sure you know what you are actually downloading!