iOS Music Weekly (3/4/13 – 3/10/13)

by chip on March 4, 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:
I hope that you got a chance to check out the most recent episode of the iOS Music And You podcast, which featured a great interview with guitarist Derek Buddemeyer, who use iOS apps extensively in his music making. We got a chance to chat about the application of JamUp Pro XT in his studio, as well as the way that he uses some other apps like Alchemy Synth Mobile and BeatMaker 2. I’m really enjoying the opportunity to talk with so many great folks involved in the iOS music world, and I appreciate so many positive thoughts about the show. There’s more on the way – episode #8 will be arriving in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you have a chance, please head over to iTunes and leave a review for the podcast – you can do that HERE. While you’re there, make sure that you subscribe to the podcast so that you don’t miss any future episodes. If you’re already a regular podcast listener using an app like Instacast, Downcast, or the Apple podcast app, you can subscribe there too!

Speaking of Derek, he also released a rough demo this week of a new track that he’s in the process of putting together. It’s a great opportunity to hear some mind blowing chops from Mr. Buddemeyer, as well as the great tones that he pulls out of JamUp Pro XT – this is totally worth a listen, check it out below!

While we’re on the topic of JamUp Pro XT, it might be worth mentioning that this is one of the few guitar simulation apps that really treats bass players to the same good as guitar players. I mentioned this as a strength of the app in my review of the JamUp Pro XT 2.0 update, and I still hold to that assessment to this day. One of the things that keeps on convincing me of this fact is the consistent support that the folks at Positive Grid are showing bass players. They’ve got a nice bass expansion pack on the way that looks very, very cool – it’s certainly got me excited! You can get a sneak peek of the new bass pack in the picture below!

The PPG WaveGenerator got a nice update the other day, bringing Virtual MIDI functionality, but the users of this great synth app also got another reason to rejoice – electronic musician Alba Ecstasy released 13 free sound presets! Based in Romania, Alba Ecstasy has been doing electronic music for over a decade, utilizing the strengths of both physical hardware and more recently iOS synths. He puts together some incredible music, and without a doubt, he has a great handle on doing some amazing sound design. He has put together a nice collection of 13 free patches for the PPG WaveGenerator, and a sample song to go along with it – you can check out the song in the video below and download the patches from this site HERE. In case you missed them, Alba delivered a collection of 15 patches for Magellan a while ago – you can find those HERE.

The folks at Audanika returned this past week with another entry to their Harmony Theory Blog, showing us once again that this is becoming a fantastic resource for iOS music makers. In last week’s post, they introduced the three basic models of western tonality, some great foundation material for any musician. This week, they show us how they created the soundtrack for last week’s video, consequently letting us know how the bits of tonality relate to different iOS apps. You’ve got to check out this post HERE and bookmark the site – it’s going to be a great resource!

There was a very interesting app released this week that lets you create some amazing electronic instrument sounds with your voice, changing the whole playing field of what you can do with an iPhone and a microphone this past week. Vio hit the App Store a few days ago and it really holds a lot of potential, for musicians that have great vocal abilities, and then also . . . well, for the rest of us. It’s a little hard to wrap your head around without actually seeing what this app can do – it’s just a different concept. Fortunately, the folks behind Vio really want us to see how cool it is, so they put together several videos that show a number of very different vocalists putting Vio to the test. The result is some very cool musical snippets – check them out below to see what Vio can do!

Are you intrigued with Vio? After watching the videos above, it’s pretty easy to be taken with this app – there’s just a lot of very cool things that you can do with your voice through it. If you want to learn more, check out the additional video below from the makers of Vio, Square B, who have put together an awesome tutorial for the app. This is a must see if you’re using Vio!

Are there any iOS Music And You readers out there using Instagram? I just started an iOS Music And You Instagram account where I’m posting some great pics of different iOS apps and sharing some news in a visual fashion. I’m also rolling across some great musical pics from iOS Music And You readers that I’m sharing on Twitter and more. It’s a different perspective on what we’re doing musically, so join in on the fun – you can add iOS Music And You to your Instagram feed HERE.

For a while now, we’ve been lucky enough to play with one of the coolest synths out there from Korg – the iPolysix. I know that I’ve been putting it to use in a number of songs and I now that I’m not even close to being the only one. It is a pretty massive synth though, and its easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of possibilities presented within the app. Even for those folks that dive right into the app and start playing with all the sounds, it’s easy to miss some cool stuff – there’s just so much! Fortunately, Mee Zanook has been putting together some great tutorials for Korg apps, including the iPolysix. He recently released two videos that walk us through a number of the main features of the iPolysix; the first video gets into some of the basics of building patterns and putting them into songs while the second video discusses workflow. If you’re using the iPolysix, then these are must-see videos!

When Audiobus first debuted, there was one area of compatible apps that was severally lacking – the number of DAWs that captured audio in the output slot. At first we only had MultiTrack DAW, but since that time, a number of great DAW apps like BeatMaker 2, Cubasis, and more. It looks like another high profile DAW app will be getting on the bus soon, as FL Studio Mobile will be adding Audiobus support soon. Here’s a quote from the folks at Image Line –

We’ve been testing the awesome RØDE iXY mic with FL Studio Mobile 2.1 and it passes with flying colors. Record high quality stereo audio directly into FL Studio Mobile from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. We’re also pleased to report Audiobus is up and running perfectly in 2.1 also. We’ll be posting an update shortly to the App store.

Looks like FL Studio Mobile will be picking up steam soon; you can get a sneak peek in the picture below!

Speaking of cool updates that are on the horizon, it looks like the folks at A Tasty Pixel are putting together a might update of their incredible app Loopy HD. It’s easy to think that this app might not need much work – it’s pretty awesome as it is! There’s some good things on the horizon though that are going to push Loopy HD to the next level – you can get an idea of what the future holds in the picture below!

While we’re talking about updates, there’s a couple of impressively massive new versions of a couple apps on the way. MIDI Designer Pro users will be happy to know that version 1.5 has been submitted to Apple and contains a long list of new features – you can check them out below.
Key Features
* Piano key shapes for designing keyboards in MIDI Designer
* Always-lit LED display option
* Persistent layering (ordering) of controls and Send-to-Back button per user suggestion
* Mail and open individual pages from other apps. Delete pages from within MIDI Designer.
* New control types: Page bank changes, global presets and a panic button.
* Higher performance and snappier visual response on MIDI sending
New Features
* New: Persistent filenames for layouts and pages
* Better performance on outgoing MIDI messages
* Better memory management on layout loading
* Option for design-mode lockout (saved with layout): makes design mode inaccessible
* Roland 3-byte model ID for sysex
* Current values get sent with saved templates
* New supercontrol option for subs: buttons are send on only for button groups
* Option to shut off finger slideup for pedalboards (performance and design mode)
* MIDI Designer comes with the Peavey AT-200 Layout included
* Channel Changers now work with sysex up to 127
* New: Make panels shorter for min height if possible
* New: Smaller knobs per request
* Fixed: Need to long-press to open MIDI Designer layouts from other apps like Dropbox
* Fixed: Bug in which pages with control copies cause pages to fail to load
* Fixed: Change banks together setting not persisting
* Fixed: Virtual MIDI connections were not persisting
* Fixed: Send-on-only momentaries and toggles should not send “off” messages to subs
* Fixed: Layouts brought from iPad to iPhone will now cap max height of controls correctly
* Fixed: Next-control-selected after delete should be nearby
* Fixed: External hardware buttons now trigger “on” for any non-zero input
* Fixed: height of controls especially panels to span entire height
* Fixed: phantom subcontrols on page load; extra protections added
* Fixed: small bug mailing layouts on iPhone
* Fixed: Small adjustments to design pane
* Fixed: Send-On-Only not working correctly for drumpads
* Fixed: Send-On-Only now propagates correctly from super- to sub-.
* Fixed: File-save dialog boxes for iPhone/iPod touch
* Fixed: Channel changers presets not persisting/reapplying correctly (usually on just one channel)
* Fixed: Wide drumpads are now louder to the right
* Fixed: Bugs in make similar
Tiny Fixes
* Fixed: Add panel is popping up after pedalboard reveal/hide (just wrong)
* Fixes for default values and channel-CC editing
* Other smaller fixes

Wait, there’s more – Cubasis also has a massive update on the way that will make users of this app very happy. Check out the full list of new features in version 1.2 below.
* Cubasis now supports up to 24 physical inputs giving you the possibility to record up to 24 audio tracks simultaneously!
* New information overlay for UNDO/REDO operations.
* Effect windows will now open immediately after they have been inserted.
* The overall stability of the app has been improved.
* The Audiobus integration has been improved and many user reported problems have been solved.
* Resolves a problem that occurred when undo and redo could lead to loss of audio data in some cases.
* Loading a project that contains Audiobus tracks no longer renders Cubasis unreliable.
* Recording audio tracks that are assigned to the microphone input of Audiobus work now as expected.
* Virtual MIDI can now be chosen in the MIDI connections panel of the inspector (independent of connected hardware devices or MIDI network connection settings).
* Importing zipped Cubasis project files that contain audio data no longer lead to missing audio files.
* The overall level of an audio mixdown no longer differs from the master output level of a project.
* Audio input settings can now be changed when working with audio interfaces that support more than two input channels.
* A problem that appeared when trying to select an audio input using audio interfaces with more than eight input channels was solved.
* The VU meter of a channel in the mixer now reacts accordingly to the panner position.
* UNDO and REDO operations after a track has been recorded no longer affect the input assignment of a track.
* UNDO and REDO operations after a track has been recorded no longer affect the track naming.
* UNDO changes within the audio editor no longer result in displaying partly invisible waveforms.
* The pitch bend range of MIDI tracks that are routed to external apps will now be played back correctly.
* The MediaBay view now remains at its position after an item has been deleted.
* Importing a Cubasis project file that contains a project name that already exists no longer fails.
* Solved a problem where the input metering displayed an incorrect value after an external audio device had been connected.
* Swipe horizontally over the MIDI channel numbers of the MIDI Connections to change the channel number.
* UNDO and REDO no longer reset user-defined track names to its default name.
* An issue that occurred after copy-pasting events has been solved.
* It is now possible to record pitch bend on top of existing MIDI events.
* The order of tracks no longer gets mixed up when importing MIDI tracks.
* The pitch wheel no longer keeps its position when closing the keyboard/drumpads while being used.
* A problem that occurred moving MIDI events that contained pitch bend data was solved.

The release of Arturia’s iMini app created a lot of buzz this past week, driving minimoog fans into a frenzy over the possibility of having the classic sound on their iPads. There was some debate over the app’s connection to Tabletop, but overall, most folks were quite excited to get the power and high sound quality of the minimoog into their iPad. We saw an onslaught of videos come online as a result, so we’ve gathered a couple of them below. The first video comes from Marcus Padrini of music, showing us the comparison between the new iMini app and the Arturia Mini V for the Mac. The next video is a demo and review from The Soundtest Room, giving us some further insight into the great sound quality of the iMini. The third video comes from Apps4iDevices, and it covers an important part of using the iMini – its necessary integration into Tabletop; you’ll definitely want to check out this video. The last clip brings the iMini to us straight from the source – showing us a perspective on the app from the folks who made it, Arturia. It’s a good collection of videos that will certainly help you become familiar with the iMini . . . and you might just want to add this killer synth to your arsenal!

We do love to start the week with some great examples of iOS music making that are hitting the online world on a regular basis – there’s nothing like a good shot of inspiration to kick the week into high gear. The first piece comes from a regular contributor to the iOS music world – composer, singer, and songwriter Maria Calfa-DePaul who gave us “Aztec Dance Of Peace” this past week. This is a fantastic atmospheric piece that uses a number of iOS apps, including Audiobus, DM1, Magellan, MultiTrack DAW, iFretless Bass, Animoog, Super Manetron, and a bit of hardware support – cool stuff! The next video comes from German band Café 612, featuring their song “Schlaflied,” which was recorded completely using Auria. These guys get a high quality professional sound from Auria, that highlights the beauty of their song in a deep and powerful way! We featured a video of Pierre Balez using Loopy HD to create a fairly amazing piece of looped cello music that blew our mind a couple of weeks ago and he’s back with part 2. This time, we’ve got a SoundCloud clip that puts his cello alongside a number of apps, including Notion, DM1, GlitchBreaks, Animoog, bismark bs-16i, Audiobus, Cubasis, and Auria. There’s lots of great music here that will certainly inspire you to spend some quality musical time with your iOS device – enjoy!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music And You Podcast 007: Derek Buddemeyer Interview

Connecting SoundPrism With Sunrizer Synth, Magellan, & Animoog Through Virtual MIDI

iOS Music Tunes: Journey Into A New World by Chip Boaz

Recently Released Music Apps:


Novation Launchpad



Major Music App Updates This Week:

iFretless Bass

PPG WaveGenerator

DM1 – The Drum Machine

AudioShare – audio document manager



n-Track Studio Multitrack Recorder

Mixtikl 5 – Generative Music Mixer







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