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Welcome to Episode #34 of the iOS Music And You Podcast, the place where we talk about making music on the iPad and iPhone! We start the show off with a mix of good and bad news, balancing some loss with something gained. It’s sad to hear that we’ve lost the incredible online iOS resource iOS Mars – a huge thanks to Ryan Hereon & Sean Garland for all the work over the years. At the same time, we’ve recently had a huge show of support for iOS music creation from Apple in the form of a massive GarageBand update as well as the release of Music Memos.

We’ve got some great support from the iOS music community this week in the show’s theme and artwork. Our theme this week comes from Dennis Hill, a wonderful musician who has shared some great iOS tracks with an old school vibe. We’ll be using Dennis’ song “mix n’ mash” to open the show and his track “Short Burst” to close out today’s episode. He used several apps for these songs, including GarageBand, Final Touch, DM1, iMini, iGrand, Galileo Organ, Sunrizer Synth, and bismark bs-16i. 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.

Our listener poll this week was based on the question: If you had to delete all of your music apps except for three, what would be left? A HUGE thanks to Dave Trombetti for his help inspiring a large number of people to respond to this week’s poll, giving us a really interesting round of results. We’ve got some apps that sit at the top of a majority of the lists and then we’ve got a lot of others that are suited towards individual preferences.

This week’s Listener Poll is more of a challenge than a poll, hopefully giving you some inspiration to look at your music making in a different way.

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

This should make for an interesting run of music and a show featuring a number of original tracks. Embrace limits and make something new – send me a link to your tracks by February 19th and I’ll play them on the show!

Our Featured Song this week comes from the longtime duo of Verity Brown and Alan Goodman, who work together as the iOS fueled group EmilyNeeds. Verity & Alan just released a new album The Haunting Of Emily Needs, which features a number of high quality new tracks as well as some remastered older ones. We’re giving a listen to one of the older tracks entitled, “When I Fall Down.” This song features some top notch production from Alan and a captivating vocal fro Verity, put together using NanoStudio and BeatMaker 2. Once you hear this, you’re going to be hooked – EmilyNeeds is an inspired group developing some intoxicating music – you can pick up their albums on their BandCamp site, get more information about the group on their website, or like them on their FaceBook 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 online.

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In the second part of the show, we take a look at my app pick, a incredible new drum machine app that captures some unbelievably human feel – DrumPerfect Pro. Developed by Marinus J.G. van de Molengraft, this takes the excellent sound of his last app and integrates some new features to really sound less like a machine and more like a live drummer. Much of this human feel lies in the preset patterns and songs that are delivered as a part of DrumPerfect Pro. I take some time to demo both patterns and songs, showing one of the core strengths of the app – the ability to string together pre-conceived material into incredibly human sounding drum beats. That’s not all you can do with DrumPerfect Pro though, so I take some time to dig deeper into the app and create my own drum beat, aiming for a human feel. This is a process which involves implementing several different features that are part of DrumPerfect Pro; capturing the human feel is easier said than done, as this is a complex app. I look at the the potential behind the Ableton Link functionality in DrumPerfect Pro and explore an expansion pack. Although there’s a steep learning curve, DrumPerfect Pro contains a lot of potential. I imagine that a lot of folks are using DrumPerfect Pro, and I’m really curious about your experience – send me a message and let me know what you think of it!

This week’s tip explores the massive new update to Apple’s own flagship music creation app, GarageBand. This has always been a good app, bringing a number of iOS users into the music ecosystem, but this app brings things to a completely new level. I dig into five new features, including some quick demos on volume automation, audio units, live loops, DJ effects, and the live drummer feature. The nice thing about this update is that these five features only scratch of surface of the things that the new GarageBand can do. Personally, I’ve moved onto some other DAW apps, but this new update has made me fall in love with GarageBand again; I think that I’ll be giving it another chance. I know that many of you use GarageBand quite a bit – I’m curious to hear your opinions about this new update. Send me a message and let me know what you think of the new GarageBand update!

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 Chris Niven, the developer behind Never Be Normal. Chris is responsible for two important synth apps – the classic analog monophonic synth 76 Synthesizer and the cleverly designed synthQ. Chris has been producing iOS apps for quite a while – 76 Synthesizer debuted on the App Store in 2011, just a year after the release of the iPad. His unique perspective on the touch screen as a musical device played a big part in the distinctively different “queing” approach on synthQ. In this episode, we take a look at Chris’ background, talk about the evolution of 76 Synthesizer, and his perspective on the development of iOS music. He’s got some interesting things to say about the early days of the App Store, as well as the road that we’ve traveled to move towards today – it’s a fascinating conversation.

On top of Chris’ skills as a developer, he’s a smart electronic musician, creating some really engaging music – so we’re starting out the interview with some of his music. This track, “The Spinal Pops,” is a great example of Chris’ work with the incredible Elastic Drums, one of his favorite apps. It really draws upon his background in electronic music, classical ideas, technology, and more, leaving us with some serious inspiration. Chris has plans to bring out even more music this year; we’ll be looking forward to hearing his future tracks, but in the meantime, catch up on all his music at HERE.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Chris Niven, check out:
The synth-Q site
The 76 Synthesizer site
The synth-Q Twitter Account
The 76 Synthesizer Twitter Account

Make sure that you check out the Never Be Normal apps:

76 Synthesizer


synthQ

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I hope that you enjoy episode #34 of the podcast. I’ll be back soon with episode #35, with part two of my interview with Never Be Normal developer Chris Niven.

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 023: Oliver Greschke Interview (Part 2), Cream Mobile, AudioShare
iOS Music And You Podcast 032: Oliver Greschke Interview (Part 1), GeoShred, SECTOR
iOS Music And You Podcast 031: Olympia Noise Co Interview (Part 2), SilQ Equalizer, Cyclop
iOS Music And You Podcast 030: Olympia Noise Co Interview (Part 1), Auxy, Cyclop

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