iOS Music Weekly (10/22/12 – 10/28/12)

by chip on October 22, 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:
There are so many great musicians out there making music with iOS devices; the opportunity to hear even more about them is always a treat.  This week at iOS Musician, Sean Walker posted an interview with Michael Wadlow, a great musician that turn out some amazing stuff using an iPad.  He talks about his background in physical hardware, his electronic music influences, his preference for studio.HD, and much more.  It’s a great read that will leave you inspired – check it out HERE.

Having played with Auria for quite a while now, I do have to admit that this massive iOS DAW is a long term learning process.  There’s so much under the hood; fortunately, WaveMachine Labs is dedicated to helping us master the possibilities.  This week at their blog, the developers posted the second piece of their closer look at the ChannelStrip, putting the focus on the Compressor.  It’s a great read that not only let’s you know how to use pieces of Auria more productively, but also digs into what compression actually does.  You’ll be happy that you checked this out – you can find it HERE.

We got a very cool new synth app this week when Borderlands Granular hit the App Store with a lot of sonic energy and an interesting interface.  This certainly takes a different approach to sound manipulation, which can inspire creativity. . . but it can also be confusing.  Fortunately, developer Christopher Carlson has given us a tutorial video which should get us started on our journey to the Borderlands.  If you’re interested in giving this synth a go (and it looks like it might be worth the journey), then you’ve got to check out the video below.

Last week, Tim Webb did some serious testing on iOS MIDI jitter over at Discchord, bringing to light an issue that has a big effect upon musicians.  He took things a step further this week, with some more testing on Magellan.  He found that overall a wired connection is pretty stable and things start to get messy when you work with a wireless MIDI connection.  There’s some interesting results that may have you second thinking your MDI setup – I’d definitely recommend checking this article out – you can find it HERE.

We got some great new video features this week, giving us more insight into the ever growing world of iOS music.   As we’ve come to expect, Sweetwater Sound gave us another great iOS update this week, full of info about using different apps.  This week gave us a focus on guitar, with a look at the DigiTech iStomp, as well as Forum Runner, MicVault Live, and MicVault Studio.  Point Blank Online also delivered some new instructional videos this week, putting their focus onto the iOS music world. The first video digs into Propellerheads’ Figure, walking you through how to complete a project using the app – this one is actually a bit older, but there’s good stuff in there worth another look.  The second video from Point Blank Online combines a great iOS DAW, BeatMaker 2 with a desktop standard, Ableton Live, showing you how to get some wonderful results.  There’s a wealth of great info in these videos, well worth your time – you can check them out below.

I’ve ramped up my SoundCloud work this past week – I just find it so inspiring to hear so much music made on iOS apps that I can’t get enough of this place.  If you’re inclined, you can check out my iOS music on the iOS Music And You SoundCloud site.  I’ve been finding some great music from other people though, so I wanted to share a couple of cool songs with you.  The first one comes from Frent Fonder, “A Copy Of A Copy Of A Copy,” put together with BeatMaker 2.  On this song, Frent spent some time working with samples that he created in Magellan and Addictive Synth; the results are fantastic.  The second song comes is called “Temporal Shift” and it comes from Faze 3.  This is a great piece of low key Dubstep put together in NanoStudio.  There’s so many examples of people doing great work with iOS on SoundCloud – check out these two below, you’ll be glad that you did!

If you’re looking into the horizon for a new synth on your iPad, you’re in luck, because an old favorite is about to evolve into a new app.  The video below shows developer Rob Fielding – the guy who gave us Cantor – jamming away on his bed through another app that he had a big part in developing, Geo Synthesizer.  There’s some pretty cool playing throughout the video, but the big reveal comes near the end of the video when he shows us the app triggering Geo Synthesizer.  It’s Arctic Pro, the new app coming from One Red Dog Media, that will take the cool piece of Arctic Keys and make them even better.  We’ll be looking forward to this app – Arctic Keys is pretty awesome, can’t wait to see the next evolution – but in the meantime, check out the sounds in this video!

While we don’t usually deal with rumors around here, its worth speculating just what we’ll see this Tuesday at Apple’s special announcement, especially since the thought is that we’ll see a new mobile device.  The long rumored iPad “Mini” is thought to be debuted on Tuesday, with a 7.85 inch screen, specs roughly comparable to the iPad 2, and all the goodness offered by iOS6.  This all sounds nice, but it leaves us with the question – what will this mean for iOS music?  Honestly, I’m not really weighed down by my full sized third generation iPad, and I’m not thinking that a step backwards in processing power will do me any good.  That’s just me though; there may be plenty of folks out there anxiously awaiting the arrival of a smaller iPad.  I’ll be curious to see what this new device can offer us and excited about the possibility of exploring new mobile music territory.  We’ll have our answers this Tuesday . . .

Our weekly tradition of starting the week off with an inspiring piece of iOS music continues today, but our video comes from a slightly different source.  There’s a lot of interest in using iOS apps for live performance, but we haven’t put much emphasis upon it . . . something that I’d like to change.  This video features guitarist Ken Karsh displaying some serious chops over a backing track compliments of Figure.  While Figure provides the rhythm section, Karsh is running his guitar through an Apogee JAM and GarageBand, running in the background.  While the combination of the guitar and Figure is pretty cool in itself, it’s great to see the way that Karsh switches between jamming out on his guitar and altering musical parameters on Figure.  It’s a great example of the possibilities of iOS devices as live performance tools – something that we’ll have to explore more deeply – enjoy!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music Tunes: Slip Away by Craig Anthony Perkins

iPad Music App Tutorial: Adding Detail To Your WerkBench Sequences With Fancy Controls

iPad Music App Tutorial: The Making Of Combo Con Todo With Auria By Angel José

Recently Released Music Apps:

Borderlands Granular

Major Music App Updates This Week:

PPG WaveGenerator

FunkBox Drum Machine

Stochastik Drum Machine


DXi FM Synthesizer




VocaLive for iPad

Hokusai Audio Editor

Epic Synth

Changeling Sequencer



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