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Welcome to Episode #16 of the iOS Music And You Podcast, the place where we discuss making music on the iPad and iPhone! I’m really excited that the podcast is up and rolling again, and I’m feeling good about getting another episode out right away. I wanted to send some special recognition out to a few folks who have been extra encouraging over the past week – a HUGE thank you to Jeff McCarthy of Supersonic Tartan Death Machine, Tim Webb of Discchord, and Sean Garland. These guys were spreading the word about the show last week, which really got me motivated – this is an awesome community of musicians! I’m also really enthusiastic about my new process of recording the show, which is mostly happening on my iPad these days. When I upgraded to an iPad Air 2 recently, I also purchased a Blue Yeti microphone, which connects to my iPad through the Lightening to USB converter. I’m running directly into a fantastic podcasting app called bossjock studio, which has really streamlined my production process. I’m enjoying this new process quite a bit and I hope that it’s turning out well for you – if you’ve got any thoughts on the sound or content of the show, send them my way!

In the first part of this episode, we’ve got a track from Portland based producer Matt Dorsey, better known as Blooms online, which is called “Moon.” Matt has been spending a good deal of time focused exclusively on iOS and you can hear his refined skills shine on this track. He uses a variety of powerful apps to put together a relaxed groove and quality sound, including – SeekBeats, Final Touch, FunkBox Drum Machine, Cubasis, Laplace, KORG Gadget, SquashIt, ThumbJam, BeatMaker 2. There’s a solid combination of taste and technique put into play here as Matt weaves together all these apps into something that’s worth a listen. He’s doing some great stuff, so take a listen to more of his music on the Blooms SoundCloud Site and the Blooms BandCamp Page.

There’s so many of you putting out great music from your iPads and iPhones and I want to feature your music on the podcast! Do you have a song that you’d like to be played on the next podcast? Submit your music by sending me a link to your song on SoundCloud.

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In next piece of the show, I take a look at an app that was recommended to me by a listener, the music production station Fiddlewax Pro. While I had spent some time with other apps in the Fiddlewax series – Fiddlewax Blue & Fiddlewax Yellow – I hadn’t given the pro version a try. After giving it a full run, I’m glad that I put the time into Fiddlewax Pro; there’s some nice potential to use the app as a musical sketch pad. On a more practical level, I really like the idea of using the the fluid interface of as a controller, triggering higher quality synth patches through Virtual MIDI. I walks through the basics of Fiddlewax Pro during this segment and gives examples of the different way to use this app. There’s a lot of good stuff in , and it’s certainly worth checking out. I’m just getting started with Fiddlewax Pro, and I’ll most likely be applying it in the future – if you’re using and you’ve got some thoughts on the app, drop me a line to let me know.

The quick tip in this episode came right out of my work with Fiddlewax Pro, teaching me something new about one of my absolute favorite production apps, the incredible NanoStudio. Although I use NanoStudio on an almost daily basis, I’ve never really integrated MIDI files into my workflow. Fiddlewax Pro inspired me to import MIDI files into NanoStudio, which I learned can be quite practical. It’s not a perfect process – which I think is common for the import and export of MIDI files on iOS – but it’s certainly something that I can use in the future. I also looked at exporting MIDI files from NanoStudio, another feature that I had previously overlooked. This opened up a new world of possibilities for my NanoStudio work, and I hope that it brings some new inspiration to you!

I absolutely LOVE the fact that I got to this week’s app pick and quick tip through a listener suggestion – it would be great to get even more input from the community. If you’ve got an app suggestion or a quick tip, send them my way – Submit your ideas by sending me a message .

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Our feature segment this week contains the second part of my interview with Holderness Media developer Chris Rice, the man behind a number of great effect apps, including essential tools like Echo Pad and Crystalline. Last week, we heard some of Chris’ backstory, including his early musical development as a guitarist and eventually an electronic musician; all of these musical activities set the foundation for his move into iOS programming. We heard about the development of Echo Pad and Swoopster last week – this week we get the story behind Stereo Designer, Crystalline, and Caramel. In addition, we hear a little bit about life as a developer, the importance of the iOS music community, future Holderness Media plans, and more. We’re lucky to have Chris delivering such amazing tools on the iOS platform – it was great to hear more detail about his work; I think that you’ll enjoy this second part of the interview.

The Holderness Media apps new worlds of sonic variety to your music making; once you hear about them here, learn more at:
The Holderness Media Website
The Holderness Media YouTube Page
The Holderness Media Twitter Page
The Holderness Media Facebook Page
The Landwhale SoundCloud Page

Here’s a list of the Holderness Media effect apps:

Echo Pad


Stereo Designer


Swoopster


Crystalline


Caramel

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I hope that you enjoy this episode of the podcast. I’m excited to share episode #17 with you next week, which will feature a new monthly feature that I think you’ll really enjoy! If you’ve got a minute, please leave a review on iTunes to help the show find more listeners!

As always, the most important thing to me is that I create something useful that’s going to help the iOS music community. So, if you’ve got ideas, suggestions, or even compliments, send them my way! Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the show!

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Check Out More iOS Music And You Podcasts:
iOS Music And You Podcast 015: Holderness Media Interview (Part 1), Sector, DrumJam
iOS Music And You Podcast 014: iFretless Interview
iOS Music And You Podcast 013: Cliff Johnston Interview (Part 2)
iOS Music And You Podcast 012: Cliff Johnston Interview (Part 1)

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