Two Great Apps On Sale (One for today only!)

ModStepModStep is 50% off ($9.99) for a one day special sale (and then they have a special announcement too!)

ModStep is a very powerful MIDI Sequencer for the iPad. The things this app can do are pretty sweet, especially in terms of modulation! It is a bit of a bugger to figure out though so be warned but if you want to sequence other apps, hardware or even out to computers then this is an app to look at!

ModStep Screens

The second app is on a 30% sale and this is probably the app you should be using for notes!

notability-iconNotability ($6.99) is just a rock solid, versatile, and packed full of features app that I use constantly to take notes with. I use it in front of the class as my whiteboard. I use it in meetings. I have all of our music theory notes for every single class in it. The list goes on and on.


Free Recording App and Ukulele App (Today only)

You may just want to grab these two apps – they are free just for today (I know, I know – It’s a bit late to let you know this but it was a SNOW DAY here so my family took advantage of the extra day together!)

Awesome Voice Recorder Pro Icon.pngAwesome Voice Recorder Pro – MP3 Recorder

Awesome Voice Recorder Pro Screen.pngThis is as straight forward as they come here people. Record audio. Record it in several formats, m4a, wav or mp3. Then share it via –
– iCloud Drive , Dropbox , Box , GoogleDrive , OneDrive , SoundCloud
– Email
– AirDrop
– Wi-Fi file management (upload,download,edit…)
– File sharing / send files in another app “Open in”

Use this sort of app to record students auditions for All Star Band, Playing Tests or whatever else you can think of. Use this sort of app to record rehearsals!

Plus this has an Apple Watch App too! How cool is THAT!?


Gismart Ukulele Icon.pngGismart Ukulele – Real Ukulele is one of the most realistic hawaiian guitar (4-string mini guitar) simulator apps featuring a user-friendly interface and an awesome sound quality. All the notes have been recorded from the live ukulele.

GiSmart Ukulele Screen.png

ME&T Episode #6 with Raphaël Schumann, CEO of Newzik

Music Education & Technology Podcast Episode #6 with Raphaël Schumann, CEO of Newzik

Chris and I had a marvelous time talking with Raphaël from Newzik this time around!

If you are NOT familiar with the Newzik app then this is the perfect chance for you to download the app and get familiar with what it has to offer! The app has quickly grown in what it offers and has an extremely bright future ahead (we even get a few hints out of Raphaël about what might be down the road!)

Of course Chris and I talk about what is current in Music technology as it pertains to music education. We both are at the end of our first semester/tri-mester of the school year so we discuss apps we are using to help assess and grade our music students. Here’s a glimpse – Dorico’s new 30 day trial, Google Classroom, Showbie, SeeSaw, and the latest update to Uberchord.

I know I am excited to listen to the final product (thanks to Chris how is doing a tremendous job of editing these together!)

Full show notes can be found at the along with a bonus video of Newzik being used in a large ensemble to perform with!

Winter Eve

Making the students compose means I have to as well – only fair right?

Take a listen if y9u wish… Used Cubasis as well as Model 15. The goal was to try to make sense of how to use Model 15 sounds in a song. The drums are from Patterning and I used AudioBus to connect the apps into Cubasis. AudioBus Remote is just a tremendous asset as well in this process as it greatly speeds up jumping around between apps. Remote also allows for control of Cubasis record and stop or the same in Patterning. 

Biggest two complaints are that InterApp Audio for me is just certain to not work with one of my apps every time I try to use it!

Second complaint is why Cubasis do y9u not yet support Link?

If you are real keen, you will notice that I had to throw in Alchemy as well – love that thing!

 Here is the SoundCloud link- 

OTO – Touch the shape of Sound!

OTO is a geometric musical controller from Sonic Geometry  that lets you touch the shape of sound. Play synths, control a DAW, generate visuals, and more…

For those of us who like to find new ways to control and create music this is a KICK! (Sorry – couldn’t resist!) This is currently in the last few days of their KickStarter campaign so get in on these early prices!

Little orbs’ that have LED’s but more importantly are controllers sending messages over BLE bluetooth! They have haptic feedback as well as the LED. Looks like a ton of fun to get some interesting effects! These will be sure to make people wonder what is going on – would be fun to get audience participation too!

The OTO will be charged without wires too! They are hoping to get a few days of use in before needing a charge.

They are also planing on making a few different apps available on both desktop as well as iPad to make use of the capabilities here. The apps will be available in April when the production units ship. They have some great ideas here for apps!


“Sonic Geometry makes geometrically intuitive audiovisual controllers. Our aim is to make products that tactilize the relationship between tonal and geometric structures in a way that is both intuitive and profound.

OTO began as a masters’ thesis project at Berklee College of Music. Unsatisfied with any of the two-dimensional control interfaces already available on the market, we sought to create a new, three-dimensional paradigm that physicalized the relationship between form and sound in a novel and exciting way: we wanted to give a shape to the sounds we produced.

With OTO you can play synths, DJ, perform live electronic music, and even control your favorite Digital Audio Workstations such as Ableton and Traktor. Each set of OTO controllers will ship with a suite of both standalone and DAW controller software, meaning both novice and experienced artists, musicians, DJs alike can use OTO exactly how they want.”

Here is the link to the KickStarter so you can get a chance to read some more info on each of these.

It sure would be fun to get a set of these to include in any electronic music ensembles like we have here at our school. Electronic music labs should for sure have some of these for kids to explore the possibilities!



Update on the App Sales – Cyber Monday too!

IF you haven’t checked back on the Black Friday App Sales then you need to as some other significant apps have gone on sale!

Black Friday App Sales 2016

Also – Cyber Monday will bring at least one additional app for sale! IF you haven’t seen this and bought it then you NEED to!

Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater fame has long been a supporter of iPad music and has even created his own company to develop several apps. The latest of these is…

geoshred-iconGeoShred – $9.99 (50% off for one day only!)



Sale on Essential Apps for Teachers

Readdle Apps (50% off!)

Scanner Pro 6 IconScanner Pro $2.99 – With the better quality of the iPhone camera I don’t even bother finding a real scanner any more. I just use this app. Using this app allows me to get things into my iPad FAST!

calendars-5-iconCalendars 5 – $2.99 – Please tell me you are NOT using Apples Calendar app any more right?

PDF ExpertPDF Expert – $4.99 – This is the app for all my day to day communications at school. This is the app I use for all registrations and getting signatures on documents. This app combined with Documents (see below for link) and DropBox or Box is what keeps me organized!

Documents App LOGODocuments – FREE – Helps me stay organized!

PDF Converter Icon.pngPDF Converter – $2.99 – This converts any file on your iOS device into a PDF. IF you are NOT using PDF’s when corresponding with others please START!

Music Apps Black Friday Sales! Hope you saved some $! – UPDATED SATURDAY PM

This is the time of the year when you get to sit back and buy some music creation apps at an outstanding price! Especially since we ALL need to create NOW, while we have a few minutes of downtime from classes, teaching, students and all the stuff that keeps us from doing the very thing that inspired us to teach in the first place!

A few apps to point out to you –

  • if you don’t have a DAW then get Cubasis NOW
    • If you are doing ANY recording of your music then get Audio Mastering! Even if you have NO idea how to use it you WILL notice a huge improvement in the final recordings!
  • if you need “normal” sounds to create things like accompaniment tracks then get SampleTank NOW
  • if you want to explore modular synthesis then the Moog apps are a no-brainer!
  • if you just want to play some music then any of of these synth apps are a no brainer
  • if you need a beat then decide if you want synth drums (Elastic Drums or DM2) or more traditional (iSpark)
  • if you want an alternative playing surface then get Clawtar!
  • if you want some real alternative music creation then check out FluxPad!

ADDED Saturday – 

Auria LogoAuria Pro – $24.99 – This is THE app that when first advertised blew our minds and had many saying it wasn’t possible to do such things on an iPad! They were proven wrong.  Now our only question these days is which to get – Auria or Cubasis!

Auria LogoAuria LE – $19.99 – If for some odd reason you want the “lite” version then go this route.

Borderlands Granular Icon.pngBorderlands Granular – $4.99 – This app highlights the benefits of an alternative playing surface and innovative ideas!

TC-11TC-11 – THE multi-Touch synth. Will blow your mind with the possibilities!

TC-Orbitor.pngTC-Orbitor – If you get TC-11 for your iPad then you will want TC-Orbitor for your phone as this has 53 different ways to control TC-11 through motion/accelerometer/compass/gyrometer

SynthMaster PlayerSynth master Player – FREE – The pro upgrade inside this app is 50% off until Nov 30 ad Expansion banks are about 40% off!

KORG Apps – (added on Friday. These are all sale through Jan 5th at 50% off!)

Korg Module SmallKorg Module – $19.99

Korg iM1 LargeKorg iM1 – $19.99 – amazing and great sounds, as was the original Korg M1

Korg Arp Odyessi.pngArp OYSSEi – $19.99 (Brand new Korg app – again, a great recreation in app form of a beloved piece of hardware)

Korg Gadget Small IconGadget – $19.99 – an excellent all in one production suite!

iDS-10iDS-10 – $9.99

iMS20iMS-20 – $14.99

iPolySixiPolysix – $14.99

iElectribeiElectribe – $9.99

iKaossilator Small IconiKaossilator – $9.99


PhaseMaker Icon.pngPhasemaker – $4.99 – This app is Audio Unit capable. Load it into a host app like Cubasis as many times as you’d like (well, as many times as your device can handle!)

Sunrizer Synth Icon New.pngSunrizer $4.99 – Great synth and straight forward

AUM MixerAUM Audio Mixer – $16.99 – This app is a new concept for iPad users. Call it a mixer, call it a recorder, call it a host, call it the kitchen sink!

SectorSector – $6.99 -Want experimental? Here ya go!



Recording/DAW/Sequencer – 

Cubasis LogoCubasis – $24.99 (50%) – one of the best DAW’s for iOS! Record audio and MIDI

midi-sequencer-iconMIDI Sequencer – $3.99 – got MDI you want to step sequence? Here’s the app

quantiloop-iconQuantiloop – $4.99 (50%) – one of the newer looping apps AND it quantizes!

xynthesizr-iconXynthesizr – $3.99 (from$6.99) – 32 step sequencer/synth with generative features!

SilQ EQSilQ Equalizer – $0.99 (from $4.99) – yes I know this isn’t a DAW but what DAW is complete without an outstanding 32 band EQ? Plus, it’s $.99 cents!

Tap Delay Icon.pngTAP Delay $4.99- Add some delay to your recordings

AudioReverb small iconAudioReverb $4.99 – Awesome reverb to add into the effects slots!

Audio Mastering Small IconAudio Mastering – When you are done creating your musical genius run it through this app for the final touch!

AltiSpace Small IconAltiSpace -Convolution Reverb – Add reverb to your recordings



Synth Apps – 

Model 15 Icon200pxModel 15 – $14.99 (50%) – The app of a $10,000 hardware synth. This is modular synthesis at its best!

AnimoogAnimoog for iPad – $14.99 (50%)

AnimoogAnimoog for iPhone – $2.99 (50%)

Fugue MachineFugue Machine – $4.99 (50%)

Arpeggionome SmallArpeggionome Pro – $4.99 (50%)

Arpeggionome SmallArpeggionomoe for iPhone – $0.99 (down from $4.99)

Clawtar IconClawtar – $1.99 (50%) – IF you have NOT seen this alternative playing surface yet go read more about it from when you SHOULD have grabbed it in July and I wrote about it!

SampleTankSampleTank – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!

iLectric icon smalliLectric for iPad – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!

iGrand icon smalliGrand for iPad – $9.99 (50%) – Select IAPS are also 50%!

ivcs3-iconiVCS3 – $7.99  (50%)

iSEMiSEM Synthesizer – $4.99  (50%)

iProphet LargeiProhpet Synthesizer – $4.99  (50%)

iMiniiMini Synthesizer – $4.99  (50%)

addictive-pro-iconAddictive Pro – $11.99 (from $19.99) – OK, the original Addictive Synth was outstanding and now that they have updated this to the “Pro” version it is even more addictive.

CubeSynth SmallCube Synth – $7.99 ($11.99)

microtera smallmicroTERA $4.99  (50%)

Tera Synth SmallTera Synth $1.99 (from $19.99)

Poseidon SynthPoseidon Synth $11.99 (from $19.99)

shoom-synth-iconShoom Synthesizer $5.99 (from $9.99)

ENKL Synth.pngENKL Synthesizer – $1.99 (67% off!)


Voice Apps – Apps to mess with your voice!

Jussi Vocal Synth Icon.pngJussi Vocal Synthesizer – $2.99 (63% off!) – This app is just outstanding for creating synth vocals! One of the newer apps on this list!

VoxSynVoxSyn – $6.99 (from $9.99)

HarmonyVoice SmallHarmony Voice – $4.99 (from $6.99)

iVoxel SmalliVoxel – $4.99 (from $6.99)


Drum Apps – 

Arturia iSpak.pngArturia iSpark – All inclusive beat making machine! Awesomeness wrapped up in drums!

Elastic Drums LargeElastic Drums – $7.99 (down from $9.99)

dm2-iconDM2 – Version 2 of one of the original synthesis drum machine apps for iPad

synthdrum-padsSynthDrum Pads – $3.99 (from $5.99)


Music Creation Apps – 

FluxPad Icon.pngFluxPad $5.99 (from $7.99) – if you haven’t seen this you need to – you DRAW music! It’s awesome! Small Groovebox Synth – $5.99 (from $9.99)


Experimental and Electronic Music Apps – 

SoundScaper.pngFieldScaper – Sound warp field recorder – $4.99

SoundScape Icon.pngSoundscaper – $4.99 – An experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.

Space Vibe.pngSpaceVibe – $2.99 (from $1.99) – Another generative app that creates soundscapes


Control Apps – 

midi-designer-pro-iconMIDI Designer Pro – $12.99 (down from $24.99) – THE app if you want to create your own layouts to control other apps/hardware


Tunable: Tuner, Metronome and Recorder will be FREE Nov 16, 2016!

tunable-new-iconTunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder

Well now, this is pleasant news – Tunable is going to be free for a day! Tell your friends, tell your students, hey – tell your enemies!

Tunable is first a tuner with the capability to show a history of how in/out of tune you have played. Perfect to help us realize what our ears are telling us! A real eye opener for students who think they are “all that”!

It is also s tone generator! Teach different temperaments. Practice playing with a pedal tone, practice playing different parts of a chord in tune in different temperaments!

Tunable is also a metronome too!

Lastly and most importantly for ALL of us Tunable is a recorder! Record your rehearsal and practice sessions then even add a bit of reverb!