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Welcome to Episode #36 of the iOS Music And You Podcast, the place where we talk about making music on the iPad and iPhone!  This show is debuting right at the end of February , which means that your FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and RPM (Record Production Month) project are completed!  Make sure that you send me a link to your album I’d love to dedicate to a March episode to iOS produced February albums!  

A HUGE thank you to developer Jonantan Liljedahl, who has donated five download codes for his essential app AudioShare.  If you’re not using AudioShare, you need to start giving it a try – it’s an important part of any iOS music tool kit.  Just send me an e-mail with AudioShare in the subject line – the first five people to send me a message get a copy of the app!  

By the way, if you’d like to know why AudioShare is so useful, check out Episode #33, where I talk about 5 Real World Uses Of AudioShare!

We’ve got some great support from the iOS music community this week in the show.  Our theme this week actually comes from me!   It’s a quick minute of music that I put together to kick off today’s episode; you even get to hear them original theme at the end of the show.  I put this one together using one of my current favorite apps which has been the hub of almost everything I’ve done lately – Korg Gadget.  Our artwork comes from iOS musician and Highland Bagpipe player Jeff McCarthy, who runs the iOS based group Supersonic Tartan Death Machine.  The artwork is a fantastic smattering of popular iOS apps.  You can check out Jeff’s latest Supersonic Tartan Death Machine album Pshycotronic Bagpipe-Spiked Tartan Phalanx Of Utter Devastation HERE.

In our listener poll this week, I’m following up on a challenge that I issued way back in Episode #34

CREATE A TRACK USING ONLY THE THREE APPS THAT YOU CHOSE IN THE LAST POLL

We’re listening to an exclusive track from Skip Wild this time around entitled “A Hero Emerges”.  He used two very solid apps for the challenge – NanoStudio and Alchemy Mobile, with a little help from Audiobus.  I learned a lot from the responses to the challenge, both about my own process and the general iOS music world.  

For the next listener poll, I’m going to continue asking a question that I threw out last episode.  I didn’t have time to cover responses this time around, so that gives you a chance to let me know –

WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR WRITING A SONG QUICKLY?

FAWM probably required you to put together quite a bit of music very quickly, so this is a good time to share your tips -  send me your ideas and I’ll talk about it on the next show!  

Our Featured Song this week comes from an iOS musician who has honestly just blown my mind with his long term project, Grant Horsnell.  In a major act of dedication to music making, Grant has committed himself to writing one song a day for a whole year.  This is a huge undertaking that requires some powerful and convenient tools – a perfect place to integrate iOS apps.  We’re going to be listening to a song from day 110, a deeply intense track called “Hunter And Hunted.”  Grant put this song together using a variety of apps, including FM4, Beatscape, DM1, PhaseRings, TwistedWave, Auria, AltiSpace, and AudioShare.  This is an impressive project with even more inspiring results, so make sure that you join Grant for the ride through 365 days of daily songs, which are largely iOS fueled, both at his track a day site and his SoundCloud site,/a>.

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 online.

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In the second part of the show, we take a look at my app pick, which is an important new release from Kymatica developer Jonatan Liljedahl, the new audio mixer AUM.  This app has the potential to change the way that we make music on iOS, making the process more convenient and more powerful with multiple routing options that includes different apps, external software, and in-app possibilities.  I start things out with a basic overview, talking about some general set-up that lets me run the audio from a track I created in Gadget and Patterning into AudioShare.  From there, I look at the possibilities of adding effects into the signal chain on each track and then start running things into Auria Pro.  For me, this is where AUM really shines, with the potential to run apps onto unique individual tracks with precision and unique sounds.  In addition, I discuss running external hardware into AUM and take a brief look at using the Mixing Bus.  In combination with Audiobus and Ableton Link, AUM is a major step forward for iOS music creation, and one makes me both excited and inspired.  AUM has been out for a few days at this point – send me a message and let me know how you’re using it!

This week’s tip gets into The Dictator, one of the more powerful features of the awesome multi-effects app from Sugar Bytes, Turnado.  Honestly, I’ve spent quite a bit of time using Turnado, but only put it in my Audiobus signal chain for the purpose of adding a specific combination of effects to my sound.  After discovering The Dictator, I’ve found completely new ways to shade my sound with changing combinations of effects. I take some time to demonstrate ways to quickly move between effect combinations, as well as make evolving combinations over time.  Then I discuss programming The Dictator and the process of saving your own original Dictator patches.  My demo ends with a roll of the dice and a look at how embracing the random nature of the dice can end in some interesting results.  I know that there are lots of you in the community using Turnado and I’d be curious to know how many of your take advantage of The Dictator – send me a message and let me know how you’re using it!

There’s so many great apps out there and so many little tricks to producing great music. If you’ve got an app suggestion or a tip about any app, send them my way – Submit your ideas by sending me a message .

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Our feature segment this week is part one of my interview with Clif Johnston and Martin Nuehold, the leaders of the Apptronica record label.  Apptronica offers an interesting proposition, supporting the work of musicians that rely strongly upon the use of iOS devices in the creation of their music.  With over 25 artists on the label, Clif and Martin have done a lot to establish and validate the use of iOS devices through Apptronica.  This time around, we’re talking a little bit about the history of the label, it’s evolution through a growing roster, and some of the philosophy and response to it’s iOS focus.

Of course, in addition to their work with Apptronica, Clif and Martin are also well known iOS musicians around the community, so it makes sense that we hear some of their music to open up the interview.  This time around, we’re listening to an intense and edgy piece from Clif, who produces music under the name Mood481.  ”Dark Matter” is a fantastic piece of music; we’re listening to a few minutes of this extended work – you can hear the whole song on the album of the same name.  Currently, the only way to hear Clif’s new music is through his BandCamp subscription service, that gives you access to over 70 of his previous releases, as well as his steady stream of new material – you can find that HERE.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Apptronica, check out:
The Apptronica site
The Apptronica Twitter Account
The Apptronica FaceBook Page

Make sure that you check out music from both Clif Johnston & Martin Nuehold:
The Mood481 BandCamp site
Martin Neuhold’s BandCamp site

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I hope that you enjoy episode #36 of the podcast. I’ll be back soon with episode #37, including part two of my interview with Apptronica leaders Clif Johnston and Martin Nuehold, as well as looks at more great ideas and tools for iOS music creation.

I’d like to thank my Patreon subscriber at the $20 level, Clif Johnston from Apptronica.  Clif has done such important work in the iOS music community – he’s a prolific musician who turns out more music than anyone I know and a smart, hard working businessman.  He’s put together the amazing Apptronica label which supports iOS musicians and distributes their music around the world.  You can check out and support the work that Clif is doing musically as Mood481 HERE and his work with the Apptronica label HERE.

If you’ve got a minute, please consider contributing to the podcast’s Patreon page – it will make a huge difference!

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 035: Never Be Normal Interview (Part 2), Loopersonic, Patterning
iOS Music And You Podcast 034: Never Be Normal Interview (Part 1), DrumPerfect Pro, GarageBand
iOS Music And You Podcast 033: Oliver Greschke Interview (Part 2), Cream Mobile, AudioShare
iOS Music And You Podcast 032: Oliver Greschke Interview (Part 1), GeoShred, SECTOR

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