Reminder – Don’t get crazy and try iOS9 public beta UNLESS….

if you are like most humans you want that new shiny operating system…. Yu  know the one that Apple put out a PUBLIC BETA for. Come on…. It can’t be THAT bad can it? Why would Apple let ANYONE download it then?

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again right now! Don’t do it if your one iPad you have available to you is the lifeblood of your current gig! Like me, I’m getting ready for band camp and school. You might have an upcoming concert that you are going to use your iPad for PDF sheet music with an app like ForScore. Or what about using an app like Cubasis as backing tracks for your solo gig next Friday. These things are our lifeblood.

D O     N O T    U P D A T E to the beta! Not everything is working yet!

Just wanted to be nice and remind you…. Let us other crazy people work out the kinks. For now watch the pretty movies and read the shiny Apple website to fulfill your wanton desire for the shiny new stuff!

Readdle Turns 8!

Today marks the 8 year anniversary of Readdle being one of the first 100 companies in the App Store!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY READDLE!!!

They are celebrating with a 50% sale on their apps. Of course I am sure you already own all of these right?! If not then this is the perfect time to grab them! In fact, if you only own one or two of these this might be an excellent time to check out their bundle prices! The savings are pretty good in those bundle deals!

You can not go wrong on these first five apps. They will be some of your most used apps this school year as a teacher!

Scanner Pro $2.99 – Turns your device into a portable Scanner – Life Saver!

PDF Expert 5 $4.99 – The app you should be using to read, annotate, sign your documents and even fill out PDF forms!

Calendars 5 $2.99 – THE calendar app to use and I’ve tried a TON of them!

Printer Pro $2.99 – Print your document

of course these are free

Documents

Spark (This is iPhone only) (This is an interesting alternative to the Apple Mail app)

PDF Converter

PFD Office (Not for me – maybe for you)

PreSonus Studio One 3 Prime for FREE! Don’t Think – GO!

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PreSonus has unleashed Studio One 3 Prime for a very nice price – FREE!!!

This is simply a paired down version of their full fledged recently released Studio One 3!

If you still are not sure what this is – StudioOne 3 is a digital audio workstation for your computer that just a few years ago would have cost upwards of $500 easy!

This is a DAW with which you could record multiple tracks of audio, record and edit your band or choir concerts with, or for that matter have each of your students download and use at home!

You get the ability to record multiple audio tracks, add FX, and even 1 virtual software instrument. You can edit your audio doing things like normalizing it, real-time audio-stretching, cut, copy and mangle it! You even get the ability to do multi-track comping! That means you can record multiple takes of a section  – say someone singing the lead vocal part 8 times – and then you pick the best spots form all 8 tracks to make one final track! You can record MIDI! There is even a basic guitar amp modeler in the Prime version!

Effects included in the Prime version are things like delay, chorus, flanger, compressor, expander, EQ, reverb and even distortion!

When mixing everything you even get mix automation!

One itsy bits thing you don’t get is the capability to use the new StudioOne iPad remote control app…. :(

But hey – its free and it sure beats what we used to get for free!

I did have issues with the activation of the program – they want you to go online and create an account to even download the app. Then when you open the app, which downloaded in no time flat, you will have to activate it with the code they gave you upon downloading. I think the only reason I had issues was because I had the previous version installed under a different user name (I have one for school and one for personal) Once I fixed that issue I was set to go. In fact they give you two ways to activate the software.

Take a look at this screen capture from a project I have recorded here – This is a serious piece of FREEEEEEE software!

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Want to find out the difference between the three versions of StudioOne 3? Read This

or watch the YouTube video at the end of this post BUT first I do have to say that there are a ton of short and quick videos on the StudioOne page demonstrating some of the features. PreSonus also has a very active YouTube channel where you can find even more videos! These guys are great user supporters! Here is the video explaining the differences between version….

 

 

 

MoneyWiz 2 On Sale! Perfect App for Teachers To Track Finances (Personal or School)

MoneyWiz 2MoneyWiz 2 is one of those apps that is very important to have in your arsenal of tools to help make your life easier.

MoneyWiz 2 is on sale today only for $0.99!

 

I still remember the speech my first principal gave me about my budget – “Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t ask for more!”

MoneyWiz 2 helps me keep track of the money I spend in my band budget. It has everything available to you that you would need! I set up my Budget, create transactions, assign categories, run reports and keep it all in sync between my iPad, iPhone and Mac. If I had an Apple Watch I’d have it all on there as well!

MoneyWiz 2 is available at normal price for $4.99 on iOS and Android

MoneyWiz 2 is available on Mac OS X for $19.99

MoneyWiz 2 is available on Windows Desktop as well for $19.99

MoneyWiz will soon be released for the Apple Watch

 

MoneyWiz2 Screen

Notion for iPad Updated! Nice Improvements!

Notion LargeIf you are a music educator then you are going to need a music notation app, unless you for some reason like doing things the hard way.

If you are a music educator with an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch then you really should have either Notion or SymphonyPro on that device!

Today Notion got some very nice updates! Of course they would wait until RIGHT after I bought the saxophone In App Purchases to do what they SHOULD have done all along – Saxophones are now part of the initial purchase! Yea!

Things like being able to hide the keyboard/fretboard/mixer easier, being able to upload scores to iCloud, better DropBox integration, better design layout leading to easier sharing of my score through a variety of methods and a better layout of tools and menus. these are all going to be much appreciated!

Thanks to the Notion Team for listening to us users! If you do NOT own Notion this is going to blow your mind as to what can be accomplished on an iOS device! Go get it… in fact get the desktop version too as it’s only $99!

Notion Small IconNotion

 

What’s New in Version 2.0.129

New features
– Universal app – for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch BIG MOVE HERE!
– iCloud support – NICE! NO MORE MESSAGING SCORES, OR EMAILING THEM!
– Redesigned interface – I THINK THE NEW DESIGN IS GOING TO HELP!
– Quick Access Palette for iPad
– Sounds menu, to manage which sounds are on device, and which are kept in the cloud. The initial app download contains piano – go to Sounds menu to then choose which sounds you want on the device.
– Sort scores by date or name
– Templates tab on launch screen
– Choose new standard staves from Score Setup
– Transposing chords
– Select Special>Chords, for cut/copy and paste
– New language – Sim. Chinese
– Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and glockenspiel now available as part of the initial bundle – THANK GOD! IT’S ABOUT TME! ALTHOUGH IF IT’S GONNA BE FREE DON’T MAKE ME HAVE TO ENTER AN EMAIL AND WAIT FOR A CODE!
– 14 new in-app purchase sounds available including ukulele and various brass and woodwind instruments
– New in-app purchase sound bundles available: Jazz Sounds Bundle, Guitar Bundle
– 64-bit support

Enhancements
– Write for all instruments, even if you haven’t purchased the sound – GOOD
– Instrument names show automatically on parts – WHY WOULDN’T THEY!?
– Enhanced font selection and page text editing
– New workflow for setting up a new score – ALWAYS LOOKING FOR BETTER WAYS TO DO THINGS!
– New page layout controls
– Onscreen keyboard jumps to relative range of selected instrument
– Can start downloads/in-app purchases from part details view in score setup
– Press and hold to rename/duplicate scores on home screen.
– Better initial zoom when loading a score.
– New SATB template file
– Press and hold to rename/duplicate scores on home screen.
– Add chord summary score option.
– When sounds have finished downloading in the background, they will automatically become available in the score you are working on
– Default file name added during setup

Fixes
– Enharmonic tool moved into Accidentals Palette – NICE
– Scores shared with Notion desktop now retain jazz font
– Playback marker now continues during playback in Continuous View
– If Scroll with Entry is off, don’t scroll the score when pressing the next and previous arrows (previously called ‘Auto-Scroll’)
– Add Long Drum and Whistling to the percussion bundle.
– Add some missing or incorrect instrument images.
– Correct some errors in the demo files
– Add in vocal ranges when writing for voice
– Fix not scrolling properly in continuous view during playback when zoomed out

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth App Free for a Couple of Days!

Now this is a great time to experience the capability of MIDI over bluetooth! Secret Base Design is going to be making their wonderful Apollo MIDIApollo MIDI Bluetooth app free for a few days!

From the App Page:

“With Apollo, MIDI can be sent over Bluetooth LE wireless connections, eliminating hardware adapters, and providing much lower latency than is possible with WiFi. Apollo uses Bluetooth LE: this is supported by the iPad3 and newer, the iPad Mini, the iPhone 4s and newer, and recent Mac desktop and laptop computers.

Does Bluetooth LE make a difference? Just take a look at the comments from iOS news sites and users from around the world —
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“You’ll be amazed at how much more responsive everything feels” — Tim Webb/Discchord.com

“Straightforward and remarkably trouble free” — John Walden/MusicAppBlog.com”

Playground – Now THIS is an Exciting Musical Instrument! (New iPad App)

PlayGround ScreenPlayground is a new app that actually is still in beta. You really must go watch the YouTube video’s (Yes, there are four, watch them all!)

This is the type of app that I’ve been talking about. An app that totally changes how we create. An app that uses touch technology to re-invent music creation, exploration and playgrounds! This does not try to emulate real life. It does not try to emulate a real wind instrument or even a keyboard. It is new, it is exciting and it opens new doors! IT opens new doors to ALL levels of musicians, beginners, amateurs, professionals and even those who just want to play around in a musical playground!

You can sign up to beta test the app if you so wish, if you are into that sort of thing. Here is the website – http://getplayground.com

Just beware that beta testing means you are playing with an app that is NOT finished and will probably have problems – now, the problems usually are not the kind where your iPad is going to all of a sudden go up in a ball of flames BUT it is not a finished app. Developers don’t release betas though unless their app is pretty solid.

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