iOS Music Weekly (1/7/13 – 1/13/13)

by chip on January 7, 2013

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:
Hopefully you got a chance to check out the latest episode of the iOS Music And You Podcast, which came out this past week; if you missed it, don’t delay, you can find it HERE.  We featured some music from Jon Rawlinson, better known as Pants Of Death, discussed the Korg iPolysix, and finished our interview with iOS music maker Michael Wadlow.  I want to encourage you to subscribe to the iOS Music And You Podcast – it’s free and each new episode will be delivered automatically as it arrives.  You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes by going HERE or simply use a podcatcher on your iPhone like Instacast or Downcast. I’ve been really encouraged by all of your feedback on the podcast, so it’s gong to become a regular thing around here – subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode!

If you did check out Episode #4 of the podcast, you heard Michael Wadlow discuss his project with guitarist Jack Morefield, Refracted Memory.  They both have a great sense of musicality that is very complementary and things are only going to get better in 2013.  As the year progresses, they’ll be releasing an album and producing more music, so you’re going to want to stay informed.  You can follow Refracted Memory by hitting LIKE on their Facebook page HERE or subscribing to their YouTube channel HERE.  They just released a gorgeous video for their song “Lessons Learned” that really captures the depth and emotion of their music.  You can check it out below and be sure to support these wonderful musicians!

We’ve all got lots of music apps that we absolutely adore, but when it comes down to it, what’s the best app ever?  That’s the question being asking over at the Best App Ever Awards, and they’ve got a great category that we can all appreciate – Best Musician’s App.  There’s quite a few apps on there that we know and love, including Audiobus, Figure, GarageBand, NanoStudio, and more.  Simply go HERE and vote for your favorite.  There’s also categories for Best Musical Instrument App, Best Music Teaching App, and Best DJ App, where you’ll find plenty more favorites like Loopy, iKaossilator, SoundPrism, and more.  There’s no doubt that we’ve all got those apps that are near and dear to our hearts, so get out and show your support now!

If you’re a fan of the MIDI controller app iFretless Bass, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a fairly major update on the way that will bring a variety of new features to this already strong app.  You’re going to get some great new bass samples within the app that will let you grab some strong fretless bass, slap bass, and jazz bass sounds, as well as more.  It’s nice to see that the folks at Blue Mangoo Software really understand the way the bass works and have integrated some smart articulations into the samples.  All of those articulations are going to be available as you trigger other apps with new MIDI in/out capabilities in the update as well.  There’s also a new X/Y pad that links to CC synth parameters so that you can alter things like filter and such while you play on iFretless.  This looks like a very strong update that’s going to make a cool app even better.  You can check out all the new features of the iFretless Bass update in this very complete video – there’s a lot of potential here, so give it a watch!

When a new app hits the market, sometimes its hard to sort out just how useful it will be in the overall scheme of things.  There are a lot of great apps out there and only so much money in our pockets, so its nice to see these apps in action before you buy.  Fortunately, there’s a huge sea of creative people out there that just continue to give us some great examples of new apps in action.  We’ve got a nice SoundCloud clip from SaveAs that features a jam put together on an app we know and love, Animoog, and an app that is new to the scene, Caelestis.  With so many synth apps hitting the App Store on a regular basis, it’s nice to hear the potential in Caelestis.  We’ve also got a video that puts and old favorite together with a newcomer to the app store; this time Jim McLaren gives us his version of “Take A Bow” from Muse using Magellan and Arpeggionome Pro. As we’ve come to expect from Jim, we also adds some nice text that gives us a look at the inner workings of Arpeggionome Pro. These are two great examples of fresh apps in action – so check them out and see what you think of Caelestis and Arpeggionome Pro!

Speaking of new apps, an interesting new MIDI controller hit the App Store this week, Sound Wand MIDI.  It stands apart from a number of MIDI controller due to its ability to control the more expressive parameters of a performance, things like vibrato, pitchbend, and articulations, alongside note changes.  It’s an interesting combination and one that’s bound to inspire some new musical ventures.  It does work a little differently than most MIDI controllers; you have to swing it around in the air, so its something that needs to be seen.  We’ve got a couple of great videos from the developer that show this app in action – the first video has Sound Wand MIDI controlling a distorted guitar sound while the next clip has it triggering a variety of percussion and bass sounds.  It’s an interesting new twist on things, so give it a look!

While we’re talking about Arpeggionome Pro, let’s check out some of the potential uses of this app.  I’ve been using it quite a bit this week and I’ve really enjoyed the capabilities that it delivers for music making.  It’s a bit pricey though, so some of you may be waiting to hear exactly what it can do.  Fortunately, developer Alexandernaut has put together a few SoundCloud clips that let us hear the results of using Arpeggionome Pro.  You can hear the app as a trigger for Ableton Live in most of these clips, which is a nice combination.  Check them out and then see what you think of Arpeggionome Pro – it’s certainly a promising new entry into the iOS music world!

There were a couple of new additions to the Audiobus family this week, bringing an extending list of compatible apps . . . and more musical possibilities.  Some of the more intriguing entries this week included some effect slot compatibility and an output slot with a bit of a different purpose.  While Echo Pad supported both the input and output slots before this week, this week’s update brings the awesome power of this app to the effect slot.  This holds a lot of potential, as you can see in the video below from Holderness Media.  Secret Base Design added output slot Audiobus support to MIDI Control, letting your capture recordings from other iOS synths.  Combine this with Audio Copy & Audio Paste, there’s some potential here, as you can see in the video below.  Remember, if you want to stay up to date on all the apps gaining Audiobus compatibility, make sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated list of Audiobus compatible apps.

It’s always interesting to get some insight into the thoughts and ideas behind the creation of a great music app, especially when its straight from the mouth of the developer.  This week over at iOS Musician, Sean Walker did a great interview with the folks behind Sonic Logic, a new app meant for designing your own MIDI control surfaces.  It’s got some good insight into why the app was created, what the main vision for the app is, and the elements that set it apart.  If you’re looking to get more info about Sonic Logic, then this is a great interview to check out – you can find it HERE.

We started a tradition of kicking off each week with some inspiring music in 2012 and things are going to just keep on rolling in 2013.  First off, we’ve got a great video jam from SammyJams that puts together the killer sounds of the OP-1 with the sampling genius of the iPad app WerkBench.  I love these WerkBench video where a musician starts with a couple of notes and quickly turns things into a pumping groove – Sammy does just that in this video . . . you’ll be impressed with the results.  Our second bit of music is a SoundCloud clip from Patrick Devaney, better known as Citizen-X; you may have heard Patrick’s music on Episode #3 of the podcast. He put together “Perplexed” using the Korg iPolysix, so its a good opportunity to check out what the app can do. Patrick recently created his own Facebook Page to promote his music; if you’re digging what you hear, head on over and LIKE his page. It’s an encouraging start to 2013, and we’re just getting started . . . can’t wait to hear what comes next – enjoy!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music And You Podcast 004: Michael Wadlow Interview (Part 2)

iOS Music Tunes: State Of Grace by Maria Calfa-DePaul

iPad Music App Review: Korg iPolysix

Recently Released Music Apps:

Compasso Synth


Sound Wand MIDI

Major Music App Updates This Week:


Korg iMS-20

Korg iPolysix

Korg iKaossilator

Korg iElectribe

KORG iElectribe Gorillaz Edition

MIDI Control

MoDrum Rhythm Composer


NodeBeat HD

Echo Pad



Cloud DJ

The Wablet


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Nathan Jon Tillett January 8, 2013 at 4:10 am

Hi Chip, just wanted to say I very much enjoyed podcast 004, especially the interview and your showcase track and live patch demos for iPolysix, brilliant, that really is useful to hear. Just thought I’d point out that for some reason, I didnt see any announcement of the podcast on your facebook page, perhaps I just missed it, I’m not sure. Anyway, I subscribe on iTunes so found it that way instead. All the best !


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