iOS Music Weekly (3/11/13 – 3/17/13)

by chip on March 11, 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!

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This was a huge week for apps with Audiobus updates and one of those apps certainly caught my attention – Live Guitar from Secret Base Designs. I’ve been very interested in bringing together acoustic and electronic sounds in my music and I like the idea of playing a virtual instrument in a guitar-like fashion. Live Guitar brings a solid guitar interface to the table and some decent guitar samples. One of the most intriguing things about this app though is the ability to trigger other apps through Virtual MIDI using the guitar interface – that holds some serious potential. Now Live Guitar also has Audiobus support as well, making sure that we can capture all of those great sounds in an iOS DAW. This is all very intriguing and worth checking out – and fortunately, the folks from Secret Base Design want you to do just that. They’ve provided us with a few promo codes for Live Guitar that you can find below – grab them while you can! If you miss the chance to grab a code, check out the video below to get a sense of Live Guitar!

I realized this week that I do tend to look at shiny things a bit too much, and sometimes my old favorites get cast aside a bit much.  In this case, I’ve been quite distracted with the onslaught of regular updates and new apps while I let an awesome app sit lonely.  I really love WerkBench – I think that it holds so much creative potential to mix sounds from your environment into a powerful sequence.  I dig it so much that I put together a whole < href = "">WerkBench tutorial series.  Recently, it has sat in the background though, while I plow through the raging stream of updates and new apps.  It took the announcement of WerkBench 2.0 to bring it back to the front of my attention and I’m glad that it did – this new version looks very cool.  In the picture below, you can see chained sequences, the ability to overdub, Audiobus support, and much more.  This is going to be awesome – you can find more pictures HERE and even a take a look at the original WerkBench prototype on the Bolasol Tumblr!

Last week we directed you towards some free presets for PPG WaveGenerator and Magellan from electronic musician Alba Ecstasy, and this week we’ve discovered something a bit more.  In addition to his free giveaways, Alba Ecstasy has a great online store where he’s selling some serious collections of patches for these same devices.  You can pick up a collection of 99 PPG WaveGenerator patches or an expansion pack full of 75 Magellan patches for 3.59 euros or 2.59 euros respectively.  If you’re still not sure about these patches, you can get a sneak preview in the videos below.  If you’re looking to expand your sonic landscape in either Magellan or PPG WaveGenerator, this may be the way to go for you . . . now’s a good time too, they’re on sale until March 15th!  You can pick up the patches HERE.

I think that I’ve mentioned how much I’m enjoying the podcast about a million times around here, probably enough that everyone’s tired of it at this point, but I do have to say that I’m really enjoying making the podcast!  This past week, two recent podcast guests released some new music that you’ll surely enjoy.  I featured iOS musician Michael Wadlow on episode 3 & episode 4, where he talked a lot about his collaborative group with guitarist Jack Morefield, Refracted Memories.  The duo just released a new song this week, entitled “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” a beautiful new piece that you can check out below.  Guitarist Derek Buddemeyer was interviewed on episode #7, where he talked about his use of JamUp Pro XT and several other iOS apps.  He gave us a new tune this past week called “Nine Inch Nano,” that came together with JamUp Pro XT, BeatMaker 2, and more.  By the way, you should hear episode #8 of the podcast this week, so if you want to catch up on anything you missed, find all the previous episodes HERE.

Would you like $1000 for making some music?  That’s a silly question, of course you do.  The folks at Peter Vogel Instruments have a new “CMI On The Bus” contest that will allow you to do just that.  In celebration of the update for the CMI Pro app which integrates Audiobus functionality, we’ve got this contest which asks you to use the CMI Pro app in combination with Audiobus and any other apps of your choice.  There’s one other catch – since CMI Pro got on the bus, you have to do the same.  In addition to your song, you’ve got to send in some video of you making music with these apps while riding a bus.  It’s a pretty fun way to celebrate this cool new combination of apps, and you could potentially make some money through your music.  Don’t miss this opportunity – you can get the details HERE.

I love the idea of finding a number of different uses for iOS music apps – we always tend to go right to writing and recording songs, but there’s so many more uses.  Who can blame us, right?  There are apps designed to make music and that’s what we do with them.  That’s also the reason that its so interesting when people find different uses for these apps.  Over at his YouTube channel, Mee Zanook has a great series of videos about putting together sound effects using the KORG iMS-20, and there’s some pretty cool sounds that you can make with this app.  The latest video came out this week, and this one shows us how to make aircraft sound effects with the Korg KORG iMS-20.  You can check it out below . . . and then see what interesting sounds you can bring out of your favorite app!

The Audanika Harmony Theory Blog is is full swing these days, and they just keep coming at us with some wonderfully useful information that will improve your music making big time.  This week’s entry discusses Note Names and highlights the ways that understanding the traditional system of notation will help you in your compositions.  I love how this blog not only provides the meat and potatoes of music, but it also connects things back to the world of apps that we know and love.  There’s some great stuff on this blog – check out the entry on note names HERE and then add this site to your RSS feed!

It seems like the folks at Retronyms have been awfully busy recently, pumping a number of incredible features into their home base app Tabletop.  A while ago, we got the iMini app, which appears as a Tabletop-ready instrument inside the app and delivers some awesome vintage sounds.  This week, they  gave us three new Tabletop devices which provide some cool functionality.  The Deadbeat is a surface that uses the accelerometer to stutter and filter the beat; you can buy it for $3.99 within Tabletop.  The BoomRoom is a massive reverb device that will cost you $8.99 within the app.  The Cueboard lets you “resample, chop, and juggle your session” – it costs $2.99 as an in-app purchase.  If you’re using Tabletop and you’ve got some cash to expand your options, these new devices hold some potential – you can see them demonstrated in this video from Retronyms.

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good iOS video news show here on our weekly round-up, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t stopped appearing online.  One of my favorites for a while has been SweetWater Sound’s iOS Update, and this past week, they reached episode # 32. Fortunately, they featured one of the most awesome drum machines on the App Store – DM1.  Host Mitch Gallagher also gives us a quick tip on using Spotlight to find apps.  This is a consistently good show, so check it out below!

We always start the week off with some cool iOS music to keep us inspired while we dive into our own creative pursuits.  The first video is one that many of us have hoped would come around for a long time – the latest live jam from electronic musician Rheyne.  In Live Jam #73, Rheyne delivers a beautiful stream of epic electronic goodness that includes 2 iPads running Lemur, a third iPad running PPG WaveGenerator, and an iPod Touch also running Lemur – it’s great to see Rheyne back in action!  The next track comes from another well known guy around the iOS music world – Jon Rawlinson, better known to most folks as pantsofdeath.  ”S4 Frenzy” is a unique song for pantsofdeath – it’s his first step into Auria as well as an exploration of a number of S4 apps . . . and the results are awesome!  The last track comes from iOS musician Paul Beecham and it makes use of several apps that I just love.  In the building of “OaSys,” Paul uses ThumbJam, AudioShare, and more; and the results rock.  There’s some great stuff here that’s really worth checking out – take some time to hear some cool music and then make some of your own; enjoy!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

Using iTunes File Sharing

iOS Music And You Podcast 007: Derek Buddemeyer Interview

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

iOS Music Tunes: Bunny by Shawn Dumas

Recently Released Music Apps:


Bliss Pad

Protein Der Klang


Turquoise DS

Runxt XY

Major Music App Updates This Week:


Sunrizer Synth

Music Studio

Echo Pad




MIDI Designer Pro

MIDI Pattern Sequencer



Live Guitar


Reactable mobile

Beat Shuffler




TonalEnergy Tuner


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