iOS Music Weekly (3/12/12 – 3/18/12)

by chip on March 12, 2012

Did you miss the latest happenings in the iOS world throughout the last week? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered here at iOS Music And You. Every Monday we’ll be filling you in on the most recent news, new app releases, and the on-site happenings. You can get a taste of everything that’s fueling iOS music making and catch yourself up to date.

iOS Music News Around The Internet:
Apple held their big press conference this past week and now we now the details – the third generation iPad will be available this Friday March 16, 2012. We’ve got a pretty impressive retina display, an A5X processor, a quad-core graphics processor, a much better camera, dictation, and more. From the outside, the latest iPad looks the same as the iPad 2 (with the exception of a – let me say it again – very impressive looking retina display), but the insides are pumped up with some nice upgrades. It’s not totally clear how these changes will benefit the art of making music on an iPad, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as things become apparent. Those of you with new iPads on the way, be sure to send your impressions about music making on the new iPad to us.

Alongside the debut of the latest iPad, Apple delivered significant updates to their complete iOS suites of iLife and iWork apps – including GarageBand. It’s significant to note that Apple continues to make GarageBand For iOS a much better music creation experience, showing their support for the iPad as a music making device. With the upgrades to the latest iPad, the tablet is becoming much more than just a content consumption device, but also a serious content creation device. It’s pretty apparent that Apple is pushing the iPad in this direction and they see music as a big part of that evolution. Good to know that we’ll not only have a continued stream of better GarageBand iterations in the future, but a big support for general music creation on the iPad.

The news keeps rolling out about one of the most exciting evolutions in iOS music making – app to app audio recording through the upcoming app and developer API Audiobus. This week, we got a screen shot of the Audiobus connection panel that will give us the ability to record between two apps – it looks simple, clean, and very workable. Audiobus wrote a blog post this past week providing a picture and information about how the Audiobus interface will work – check it out HERE. Keep up to date with these exciting steps forward by signing up for the Audiobus mailing list.

If you’re a guitar player, you’re definitely going to be interested in this – Positive Grid is giving away a Griffin StudioConnect Audio & MIDI interface along with their JamUp Pro amplifier simulation app. I haven’t personally used this interface, so I can’t give an honest endorsement; I have heard good things though. How can you go wrong with a free piece of hardware though? Enter the contest by signing up for their mailing list.

One of the most inspiring things about using an iPad or iPhone to create music is the evolution of new and challenging interfaces that push music making in new directions. Thicket is a fascinating app that brings together the ideas of a visual piece of art, a pre-recorded album, and an intriguing user interface all into one place that is well worth exploring. On it’s own, it’s a bit of a mystery if you’re discovering it for the first time though. Fortunately, Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music has published thoughts from the app creators and some great information about the app. It’s a great overview of Thicket that will make you want to check it out!

With all this talk about the third generation iPad, we have overlooked another tablet innovation that occurred recently – the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market. Well, this is an iOS music site, so you probably won’t be seeing too much about Windows 8, but it is something to keep an eye one – it stands to be a potential competitor to the iPad that actually has some teeth. Synthtopia pointed this out in a great post this past week entitled “Can Windows 8 Tablets Compete With The iPad For Mobile Music Making?” There some good info in the article, but the real action happens in the comments – definitely worth giving them a read. It’s food for thought . . .

If you haven’t checked the the iOS music production YouTube show Sonic Touch, then it’s time to give it a try. Lots of good stuff happening on this show – you’ll enjoy the visual demos and the discussion of new ideas in the iOS music world. The ninth episode just came out this past week, bringing thoughts on the third generation iPad, the new GarageBand, and information on Audiobus. Check out the latest episode below!

iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music Tunes: Youth by Joachim Sällström

iPad Music App Review: Sketch Synth 3D

Sequencing Arctic Keys On Your iPad: Altering Synth Parameters In Your Sequence

New Music App Releases This Week:

Changeling Sequencer


Wavebot HD

Major Music App Updates This Week:


NodeBeat HD

Little MIDI Machine

Symphonix Evolution


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