iOS Music Weekly (8/12/13 – 8/18/13)

by chip on August 12, 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:
It’s been pretty fun over the past couple of weeks to dig back into the podcast in a big way – as I’ve said many times at this point, I really do enjoy putting these shows together!  If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Episode 13 with Part 2 of our interview with iOS musician Clif Johnston, I would highly recommend that you give it a listen.  I wanted to thank everyone for the great reviews on iTunes – as I mentioned on the show, I was hoping to reach 16 reviews by the end of August, and we’re already there!  These reviews make a big difference in our iTunes rankings, which help people find the show.  If you haven’t left a review yet, I would really appreciate it – you can do that HERE.

Last week, I mentioned the new podcast from guitarist and iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer, iOS Rock & Recording, which promises to deliver a lot of great information.  This past week, Derek delivered episode number 2 of the show, this time focusing on his new release, the remastered version of his album Afterthoughts.  He used a lot of great iOS apps to put this album together, including JamUp Pro XT, Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio, and BeatMaker 2.  He talks about this in the show and you get to hear some tracks from the recording.  It’s some good stuff, definitely worth checking out – I’ve embedded episode two below so that you can give it a listen.  Can’t wait for episode number 3!

I hope that you got to read the interview with Jonatan Liljedahl that I posted earlier in the week; he’s such a great guy, an insightful musician, and a smart developer.  As the man behind Kymatica, Jonatan has given us some amazing iOS tools for music creation, including BitWiz Audio Synth, AudioShare, and AUFX:Space.  He’s not stopping there though – the release of AUFX:Dub is right around the corner, a “highly tweakable stereo delay audio effect.”  I absolutely love the idea of the AUFX series; it’s really just what we need – solid effect apps that are both powerful and lightweight on the processing side.  It feels like Jonatan is bringing a whole new range of abilities to the Audiobus FX slot and I’m excited that the next step in the evolution of the AUFX series is on the way.  If you want to get a feel for the types of things that AUFX:Dub will offer, you can check out the video preview below and then get the full details HERE.

While we’re looking into the future of music creation on iOS, this next video is worth spending some time considering.  The iVCS3 is a new synth that strives to emulate the classic EMS line of synths, and from the look of it, possibly closely related to the EMS Synthi 100.  This one has me filled with high hopes,coming from Density Pulsaret, the makers of some solid iOS music creation apps like Stria, iDensity, and iPulsaret.  While the iOS synth market may be getting increasingly filled with a number of high quality synth apps, this one still catches my attention – I love those vintage sounds and we just may hear some great ones coming through this app.  You can see a demo of the iVCS3 in the video below – what do you think about this one?

This next video shows us an app that we don’t need to be pining over – this one is actually in the App Store right now!  This past week, we got our hands on iFretless Sax, a fantastic new entry from Blue Mangoo, the folks that made iFretless Bass and iFretless Guitar.  This one utilizes a similar interface as the other apps in this series but brings high quality samples of alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet, as well as a sine synth.  It really brings a fantastic woodwind experience into the iOS music world, letting us manipulate those sounds with a very responsive and natural interface.  Check out the jazz influenced lines that the folks at Blue Mangoo pull out in the video – I see a lot of potential in iFretless Sax.  Take a look at the video below and see what you think!

Mee Zanook continued his long stream of instructional videos for iOS apps, with a special emphasis upon the Korg family of apps.  He’s back this week with some sound creation advice around one his favorites, the Korg iPolysix.  He’s making organ chord sounds from scratch using the iPolysix, a useful task indeed.  In today’s app market, it’s possible just to pick up the awesome organ app Galileo, but sometimes just knowing how to do something like this . . . it could lead to more interesting sound design ideas.  Check out this week’s entry from Mee and give it a try!

We’ve featured the fantastic iOS jams and songs from musician Phil Wilson, also known as MyOneManBand, quite a bit here in the news round-up – he’s doing some really smart things with his iPad and additional electronic music hardware.  Phil is on the way to releasing the first MyOneManBand recording, and he’s got some very interesting ideas behind the music and the way that he’s going to debut it.  While spending some time completing the music in Berlin, he was interviewed, which gave him a bit of time to talk about his plans.  There’s not a huge focus on iOS here, but there’s certainly some deeper insight into Phil’s very smart artistic concept; very interesting stuff, definitely worth a view!

I’ve mentioned MIDImorphosis quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, largely due to the huge strides that this app has taken recently, not to mention the extremely interesting idea of turning audio into MIDI.  This past week, Patrick Madden, the developer behind Secret Base Design, delivered two more videos that show us some very cool new features of this app.  The first video shows an extremely practical process of turning audio into a MIDI file, which can then be imported back into a MIDI friendly app like Cubasis for playback.  Patrick turns a finger tap guitar solo from Sapient of the band Abomnium into a MIDI file to demonstrate this process – check this out and just imagine the possibilities! In the second video, Patrick shows us how to transcribe a guitar solo directly into tablature while playing.  He plays a guitar riff into MIDImorphosis, which is running in the background behind the tablature app Progression from Notion Software, creating TAB on the spot!  These are two very useful features that may send you looking for MIDImorphosis right away – you’ve got to check this out!

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a video from the SweetWater Sound iOS Update, but that’s certainly not due to a lack of videos coming through the pipeline.  Mitch Gallagher and the folks at SweetWater Sound have been turning out videos on a regular basis, keeping us apprised of the great music apps that are floating around in the App Store.  Since it has been a while, I’m going to include a couple of episodes of the iOS Update below – in episode 49, Gallagher talks about the Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface, and in episode 48, he digs into Thor as well as Novation Launchpad.  The iOS Update never fails to deliver some good info, so check the two latest episodes out below!

One of the cool things about MIDI Designer is the flexible way that you can create your own iPad controller that is perfectly suited for any music creation environment that you can imagine.  If you’ve got an external MIDI device that you want to control in one certain way, you can design it with MIDI Designer, something that users have been actively doing for a while now.  The folks at MIDI Designer let us know about some of their users that are combining the app with a Peavey AT-200 guitar, which allows you to trigger different samples through the guitar as well as use an auto tune feature.  While all of this can be accomplished through different combinations of strings, frets, and buttons being pressed on the guitar, it’s pretty cumbersome.  MIDI Designer makes the whole process much easier by moving between sounds and tunings using an iPad.  This was outlined in Part 1 & Part 2 of a series on combining the AT-200 and MIDI Designer, as well as some videos, which you can see below.  Pretty cool stuff!

There’s nothing like spending some time at the beginning of the week getting inspired by iOS music tracks – there’s so much great stuff coming out on a daily basis that is ripe to get your creative juices flowing.  Our first track this week comes from Stacy Puckett, a songwriter who delivers a diverse selection of music on a regular basis.  ”Sunrise Immersion” is a beautiful feature for Stacy’s piano skills and production smarts that he put together using Cubasis, SampleTank, AUFX:Space, Thor, and Nave.  This next piece is a beautiful combination of the natural world and iOS electronic sounds from Niclas Tamas, better known as Budapest Dream Orchestra on SoundCloud, called “Modes Of Transportation.”  It was inspired by a recording that Niclas made of a bee that flew into a bus that he recorded with FiRe and then ran through AD 480; he put the rest of the song together with Alchemy Synth Mobile, SampleTank, and NanoStudio. The third song comes from cellist Pierre Balez, who does some extremely interesting things by combining the acoustic world of his cello with the electronic apps in his iPad. On “CelliOs (part 4)”, Pierre lays down a wicked groove on his cello and then mixes it together with sounds from Thesys, Gestrument, Turnado, FL Studio HD, ThumbJam, DrumJam, Nave, Audiobus, Cubasis, and Auria – this is an amazing composition that you have to hear! Our last track comes from iOS musician Maria Calfa-DePaul, who dug this one up from the archives of her iMS-20 work and then spruced it up using some new tools. She used AudioShare to run “Hiccups in the Rain” through Audio Mastering and then Auria, delivering a polished work with a funky dance groove. There’s four fantastic pieces of music here that were put together with iOS, so give them a listen and then make some music on your own!

Recent iOS Music And You Posts:

iOS Music And You Podcast 013: Clif Johnston Interview (Part 2)

Interview With AudioShare, AUFX:Space, BitWiz Audio Synth Developer Jonatan Liljedahl

iPad & iPhone Music App Review: AD 480 pro

Moving Thor Patches Between Your iPad & Reason

Recently Released Music Apps:

iFretless Sax



Pearl Guitar


Tape by Focusrite


Major Music App Updates This Week:

Airmino – A Motion Theremin Synthesizer

CASSINI Synth for iPad

Echo Pad

Meteor Multitrack Recorder



Studio 1111 – 303 + 808

SynthDrum Pads

Voice Synth



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