iOS Music Weekly (3/19/12 – 3/25/12)

by chip on March 19, 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:
The biggest news of the week in the iOS world was the release of the third generation iPad, which hit stores and arrived through the mail this past Friday March 16, 2012. The new device offers a beautiful Retina display, a stronger processor, dictation, and more. The benefits of the third generation iPad to music making aren’t totally clear at this point, we’ll have to wait and see what developers do with the new format. Apple released a new version of GarageBand which has been optimized for the new iPad with some great new features, but it’s an update that can also be fully accessed on the iPad 2. I’ve been playing around with the third generation iPad since Friday, so I’ll be giving you an update soon . . .

Retronyms was on fire this past week at SXSW, giving us a heads-up on all the latest advancements we can expect from their very cool music production app TableTop. They’ll be integrating another new app that’s on the horizon from Retronyms in 2012, the Akai MPC. The legendary Akai MPC will be presented as a separate app by Retronyms, but if you buy that app, it will automatically appear in TableTop! Vocal processing will also be coming to TableTop in 2012, through a partnership with isotope. This will allow you to integrate live vocals into your tracks as well as great effects like pitch shifting and more. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also get cable auto-routing, improved gestures, and retina display support. Looks like a great year for TableTop, you can check out the last three features below:

We know that the iPad has evolved into a fantastic tool for musical creation, but it looks like it’s also becoming an inspiration for others to create similar tools. We’re not talking about those other tablet makers, we’re thinking about the RSON8 DJ Controller from Yanko Design. Synthtopia gave us a fascinating look at the very iPad influenced device inspiring some through provoking opinions in the comments section. Check this out and make sure that you look into the comments!

Things just continue to get more and more exciting with Audiobus, the app and API that will let you move audio from app to app. We’ve seen quite a few different posts at the Audiobus blog this week, giving us information on changes to the app that have occurred during the development process, some initial code, and some very cool animations of the app. If you’re ready to jump right into this, believe me, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the folks at Audanika and A Tasty Pixel are taking great care to make sure that everything is working right before going public with the whole thing. If you’re curious about the how, when, and where of the app release, Sebastian from Audanika has recorded an audio post that explains everything – you can listen below:

iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music Tunes: Bright Eyes By Tom Limbaugh

iPad Music App Review And Tutorial: GarageBand Smart Strings

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

iPad Music App Review: Sketch Synth 3D

New Music App Releases This Week:


Major Music App Updates This Week:

Epic Synth

TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer



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