iOS Music Weekly (4/16/12 – 4/22/12)

by chip on April 23, 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. If you want to get your iOS music news fix on a daily basis, LIKE the iOS Music And You Facebook Page!

iOS Music News Around The Internet:
Animoog was updated this past week with a fantastic new expansion pack available for $1.99, the Richard Devine pack. The in-app purchase includes 32 original presets and 43 new timbres, opening the sonic possibilities of Animoog to an even broader state. These amazing new sounds are fueled by a guy that knows what he’s doing, sound producer and electronic music composer Richard Devine. He’s done quite a bit lately to push electronic music, both through albums like Lipswitch and Aleamapper. If you’re not familiar with Devine’s work, I would highly recommend checking him out – a good place to start is the Richard Devine web site.

Moog needs some real praise with the release of the Richard Devine expansion pack. Instead of simply through the in-app purchase into the Animoog store and waiting for us all to but it, we were treated with some previews of the pack withe music from real composers. Particularly interesting where pieces from Devine himself and Sascha Dikiciyan It’s nice to know that these musicians are not only getting involved in app development, but they’re using the apps to make music – that’s what we like to hear.

Here’s “Alien Languages” from Richard Devine

Here’s “Momentum” from Sascha Dikiciyan

Once the Richard Devine expansion pack was out in the wild, the rest of us started making music too. Always a source of inspiring music, Jim McLaren quickly put out a great video that featured his late night Animoog jam, exclusively using sounds from the Richard Devine expansion pack. It’s another great music video from McLaren; you’ve got to check this out!

Tabletop also received an update this past week, with some improved functionality as well as Retina support. The big news though was that Retronyms dropped the price significantly to . . . well, free. They had made another Retronyms app, Synth, free recently and experienced some major success due to that price drop, so they followed suit with Tabletop. We’re not sure how long Tabletop will be free, so I’d head to the App Store right now and pick it up. This is a fantastic deal supporting a pretty heavy music making app, so don’t delay!

Another guy that has made major waves in the world of iOS music has been Jordan Rudess, best know for his work as Dream Theater’s keyboardist. His app company Wizdom Music has put together some innovative ways to approach music production on both the iPad and iPhone with apps like SampleWiz, Geo Synthesizer, and MorphWiz. He’s a guy that you’re definitely going to want to know more about, and iOS Musician has provided a great opportunity to do that with a guest post from Pierre Fontaine. It’s a great article that combines some historical facts and interview quotes – it’s a great read.

I absolutely love the fact that sites like YouTube allow us to get video previews of apps as they get closer to release. It’s a nice way to keep users in the loops during the app development process and let’s us know what to expect on the music app horizon. We got a couple of previews of very exciting apps that should be hitting the App Store in the near future – GlitchBreaks from Alex Matheu and Borderlands from Chris Carlson. These apps both stand to be strong tools for making music on iOS devices, so they’re worth a look.

Here’s a preview of “GlitchBreaks”

Here’s a preview of “Borderlands”

iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music Tunes: iPhone Song By Stationery

iPhone Music App Tutorial: Making Drum Beats With Figure

iPad Music App Review: Loop Twister

New Music App Releases This Week:

The Droner

WaveSynth Pro

Major Music App Updates This Week:



Meteor Multitrack Recorder

Symphony Pro

NodeBeat HD

Digital Collisions HD



TB MIDI Tiny Stuff


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