iOS Music Weekly (11/19/12 – 11/25/12)

by chip on November 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. 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:
I wanted to thank everyone for the positive and enthusiastic reception to the first episode of the iOS Music And You podcast – it’s been extremely encouraging and inspiring.  I’m hard at work on episode 2, which should arrive within the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I did want to let you know that you can now subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  When you hit the (Free) “Subscribe” button in iTunes, your computer will update your iOS device every time a new episode arrives.  This also means that you can subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcatcher like Instacast or Downcast.  So don’t wait – subscribe now!  You can find the iOS Music And You Podcast iTunes subscribe link HERE.

Can an iPad be used as a home studio?  I think that many of us would have answered a resounding “yes” to that question long ago, but it was the arrival of the pro-level 48 track recorder Auria to change a lot of minds.  Now that Auria has been around for a while, we’re starting to see some very pro level stuff emerging from it.  This video from the band Continuum features a very cool song “Respect Me,” which was recorded completely using Auria.  There’s no gimmicky shots of the iPad to pull attention to the novelty of Auria, just some solid, great sounding music.  It’s just another testament to the power that our iOS devices hold and the vast potential in an app like Auria.

YouTube has been ablaze for quite a while with Gangham Style remixes – love it or hate it, this song is a serious hit.  The folks at Blue Mangoo have realized this and are ready to throw down some of those addictive licks on their iPad using their app iFretless Bass.  In this tutorial video, the folks at Blue Mangoo share their secrets and teach us how to play some Gangham Style music using iFretless Bass.  It’s a fun tutorial that connects us to a popular song and gives us another reminder about just how cool a MIDI controller iFretless Bass can be – definitely worth checking out!

We’re still waiting for Audiobus, but it hasn’t stopped us from drooling over the possible app combinations that we might be seeing in the future.  One discussion that has been happening over at the iOS Music And You Facebook Page has been the possibilities when you connect JamUp Pro XT directly into a DAW like Auria or MultiTrack DAW.  The folks at Positive Grid must have been reading our minds, because they published this picture a couple of days ago that promises a big announcement on Monday November 19th . . . alongside the Audiobus logo.  By the time you read this, they’ve probably already made their announcement, so take a look at the Positive Grid Facebook Page for details.  This is just type of thing that we were anticipating from Audiobus, so it’s exciting to see things moving forward!

An app debuted this week that garnered a lot of attention, rightfully so – Samplr holds a lot of potential for working with samples in new and exciting ways.  It has a couple of things that it still needs in an update – Audio Copy & Paste for example – but overall, it’s a pretty powerful apps.  We’ve gotten some nice tutorial videos to get us going from developer Marcos Alonso that are good starting points for the app – you can check out a walkthrough of the app’s different play modes below.  Samplr also caught the eye of mobile music innovator Jordan Rudess, who published his own video that shows us some things that the app can do, as well as contains his thoughts.  You can check out both of these videos below, giving you a heads up on just what Samplr can do!

If you’re looking to expand your sonic palette on the best iOS synth apps, the people behind Sunsine Audio have got you covered.  These guys deliver a steady stream of fantastic expansion packs, which have provided great collections of patches for Animoog, Sunrizer Synth, BitWiz Audio Synth, Addictive Synth, Cassini Synth, and more.  Their latest expansion pack, Explorer 2, bring us 64 new presets for the amazing Magellan Synth.  Price at $2.49, this expansion pack is a pretty incredible deal that will add some inspiring juice to your Magellan work.  You can pick up the Explorer 2 expansion pack HERE or get a sense of the new sounds in the video preview below – some very nice stuff.

Speaking of additional patches to rock your sonic world, Airplane Shadow offered some additional iOS goodness this week.  Over at the Airplane Shadow blog, you can download 33 custom patches for Animoog, giving you some really nice electronic sounds to help your musical creation.  There’s some really nice sounds in there, and if you want to check them out before you download, you can hear them in the video below.  Why wait though . . . they’re free!  You can download the 33 original Animoog patches HERE.

The world of iOS music external hardware seems to be expanding at a head spinning rate, but we saw something new this week that deserves some extra attention.  Fender Guitars has released a new version of their Squire guitar that has direct iOS compatibility.  This guitar outputs directly to a 30-pin connector, letting you plug directly into your iPad or iPhone (fear not folks with a lightning connector device – you can use the Apple adapter to make it work!).  The guitar is available exclusively through the Apple Store and it runs $199.99.  I haven’t actually used this guitar, but it seems like you might get a pretty strong, clean connection; I’m not sure if this would have any advantage over running your own guitar through an Apogee JAM for half the price.  It’s an interesting step in the evolution of external hardware though – you can check it out in the video below!

As we all know, SoundCloud is a great place to find some amazing iOS music; we’ve got our ears in that space, so it’s always great to highlight some of that music here.  The first track that we’ve got this week comes from producer Alba Ecstasy, “Cosmic Waves.” It’s a spacey soundscape put together completely in PPG WaveGenerator, showing us the inspiring potential within this awesome synth app.  The second track comes from iOS Music And You reader Jesper Jones, “Transcension Hypothesis.”  This very smart composition, put together in NanoStudio, combines some hard hitting synth sound with movie quotes and a sic-if edge.  ”Transcension Hypothesis” is one song in a three song suite that’s really worth a full listen – you can check out the whole “Transcension Hypothesis EP” HERE. There’s so much great iOS music floating SoundCloud – remember you can check out my iOS music on the iOS Music And You SoundCloud Page – so enjoy these two fantastic tracks as a starting point!

If you’re looking for a good app to supplement your knowledge of chord theory and put some solid harmony into your music, Chordion is a good option.  It’s got an easy to understand interface that will allow you to put together smart chord progressions quickly.  It recently got a hefty update that added Virtual MIDI as well several other features into the mix.  The tutorial video below gives us a walkthrough the chord layout option, which can be a useful tool in this context.  This video is worth checking out, giving you an idea of what Chordion has to offer and teaching you about the layout feature!

It wouldn’t be a complete week in iOS music without a new video feature from SweetWater Sound.  In episode #20, host Mitch Gallagher takes a look at the very cool app Geo Synthesizer from Wizdom Music as well as the Blue Mikey Digital microphone.  Once again, this is a great video show that keeps us up to date on good apps and hardware – check it out!

We always like to start off the week with some inspiring iOS music around here, and this week, we’ve got some good stuff.  The first video comes from Aryan Sani and features some very cool jamming based upon live looping.  He combines quite a bit of physical hardware with iPad apps, including some wide use of Alchemy Synth Mobile.  The next video is from our regular contributor, the amazing electronic musician, Rheyne, who gives us Live Jam #62.  This jam uses two apps that Rheyne uses on a regular basis – Sunrizer Synth and Lemur, as well as a lot of physical hardware. By the way, for those of you who enjoy Rheyne’s weekly YouTube contributions, you might want to check out a recent interview that he did with Controllerism which has some great insight into his work – you can check it out HERE.  Have a great week and enjoy the music!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music And You Podcast 001: Smite Matter Interview

iPad Music App Tutorial: Adding Echo, Mixing, And Exporting With WerkBench

iPad Music App Tutorial: NanoStudio Mixer And Effect Quick Tips

Recently Released Music Apps:


Advanced Mobile Drummer




vjay for iPhone

Major Music App Updates This Week:

Sunrizer Synth

BeatMaker 2



sir Sampleton




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