StudioApp for iPhone


Every now and then I go backwards in the app store to see if there are any apps I've missed, and invariably there are always a few. This one passed me by and at first it sounded interesting. The developer's site says you can record up to 4 vocal tracks over an instrumental track running underneath and that there are lots of instrumental tracks to choose from.

Well it seems that isn't wrong, the app size is 498mb, which has got to be the biggest app I've seen for the iphone / touch. As a result I won't be trying this one out. If you do please let me know,

Studio App available on the iTunes App Store

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Pixitrack music and animation



I was mucking about with Pixilang and Pixitracker yesterday and I thought that I really should get some more Pixilang example files to play with. In searching for that I found this site and the above video.

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Something new from Amidio

Well, the clever people from Amidio have got a new app that they are about to send off to Apple. Of course, they're not going to give away too much at this stage, but I bet it will be excellent.

The other part of their news is that their game is still with Apple (for over a month) for approval, which is bizarre.

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Back to Bhajis


Sometimes you need to go back to where you started (or near there anyway) to remember just how good things can be. I've been going back to Bhajis Loops again and picking up some of my old and largely unfinished work. It amazes me that an app that hasn't been updated for such a long time is still so good and so usable.

I wish that Olivier would port it over to the iPhone platform, but I strongly doubt that he will, but wouldn't it be great?

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True Chip news

A couple of updates from the True Chip blog. Firstly an update on Little GP tracker, and secondly a 'weekend of lessons', which sounds very interesting.

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Musicians Tools on the DP-004, 30 years after the Portastudio


Musician's Tools has a great post on the Tascam DP004, released 30 years after the first portastudio. Was it really that long ago? It seems like only yesterday that my old Fostex X-15 finally gave up.

I am quite tempted by the Tascam DP004 even though I've been making more use of my Boss Micro BR.

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Developer webcast for webOS



I'd be interested in any developer reactions to this.


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Updated title

I thought it might be helpful to update the blog title. Now in the subtitle are links not only to the site and the google group, but also to the main categories / labels on the blog. I hope you find this useful.

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Chordica update

An update on Chordica from Joash Chee:
A significant update to Chordica has just been submitted to the App Store and I would like to share with you the changes made.

The most important update is C-LAUNCH, a new FastLoader for Chordica that works with even less memory and has been optimized for stability. The crashing and freezing that 1.0 users experience is a thing of the past now.

C-LAUNCH also adds the ability to exit from the Play mode back to the new Control Centre.

The Chordica Professional Rack Control Centre is a new way to interface with the growing number of options and features found in Chordica. It has been completely redesigned from ground-up to be functional and slick at the same time.

New to the rack is MET1K (pronounced Meh-Tick as in auto'matic'). This rack adds a built-in metronome function to the Play mode and can even be set to a mono channel (left or right) so that the Chordica instrument can be recorded cleanly from the other channel even while MET1K is active.

For more details on the new racks, do go to http://www.chordica.com/Manual.html

A video has been recorded to show the highlights of Chordica 1.1, including the live metronome. You can view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpFxs2tAU0

So as not to waste the promo codes issued with Chordica 1.0, I'm pasting some codes here for grabs. I hope people have a fun time with Chordica and do be sure to check out the Chordica Revolution YouTube Channel for more tips on how to play with this musical instrument.

YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/ChordicaRevolution
Main website : http://www.chordica.com

Chordica for iPhone available at the iTunes App Store

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iLounge on 8 new iphone photography apps


iLounge has a post on 8 new iPhone photography apps. I've used one or two photography apps but I haven't seen any of the newer apps, so I found this quite useful.

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CYBERSONICA SOCIAL @ KINETICA ART FAIR - Sunday, 1st March, P3

Sorry about the late notification on this event. It sounds interesting:
Cybersonica Social at Kinetica Art Fair
Sunday 1st March, 8-10pm
P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
VIP OPENING PERFORMANCE EVENT: £15 (Limited tickets available)
FULL TICKET: One day Art Fair entrance plus all events and performances: £12/£10 conc
ONE DAY: Art Fair entrance only: £5
WEEKEND PASS: Includes Art Fair entrance for Sat, Sun, Mon and all Art Fair events and performances on these days: £20
Please note that Full and Weekend Pass ticket holders must sign-up to events on the day.
For bookings please go to Ticketweb: Kinetica Art Fair @ ticketweb.co.uk
Nearest tube: Baker Street
Nearest overground: Marylebone
www.kinetica-artfair.com
social.cybersonica.org
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Threep & Vent Media
VC Kristi & Oddscene
Steve Nosurname & Barry Gene Murphy

Cybersonica Social creates a little slice of Cybersonica - London's annual celebration of music, sound, art and technology - for a brief but enjoyable two hours this Sunday evening at the Kinetica Art Fair.

The seventh in a now somewhat irregular night, it features a select line-up of new and previously featured talent including the idiosyncratic granular textures and analogue rhythms of Threep accompanied by the minimalist visual waveforms of Vent Media; the edgy electronic grooves and live, gutsy vocal FX of VC Kristi with the evolving and surrealist imagery of Oddscene; and the old-skool electro to 8-bit freakouts to drum n' bass mentalism of Steve Nosurname with the kinetic and potent visuals of moving image artist Barry Gene Murphy.

Kinetica Art Fair, the UK's first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art opens in London on Friday 27 February - and carnivorous art, man-animal-machine hybrids, mechanical drawing machines, subliminal installations, pole dancing robots, light sculptures and cybernetics are just some of the exhibits to be found there - providing unparalleled opportunities for the public and collectors alike to view and buy work from this thriving international movement and to participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.

Longtime Kinetica Museum collaborators, Cybersonica's contribution to the Art Fair showcases established names and emerging talent who make their own music or audiovisual work using inventive technologies and then perform it live (as opposed to just pressing play in Ableton Live). We strongly recommend progressive electronic music makers, audiovisualisers, digital artists and fans looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, share ideas and enjoy fresh, vibrant music and performance to come along and check it all out.

Biogs, photos, links and downloads at the Cybersonica Social website social.cybersonica.org.



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BassLine updated


BassLine has been updated as follows:

- Addition of a random pattern generator
- Pattern clipboard
- MIDI clock sync improvements
- Double pattern tool
- Bug fixes

Bassline for iPhone at the App Store

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SoundCloud in the iPhone (via Synthtopia)


SoundCloud are looking for iPhone developers to use their API to incorporate it into iPhone apps. Sounds interesting to me, although I can't think of how you'd use it.

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How many other 'trippy-h' apps are there out there

Thanks to Concretedog pointing me at the trippy h blog/site, it made me wonder what other apps like trippy there are out there? Strange one off music making applications on platforms not normally associated with audio or music in any way.

If you know of any, please get in touch or comment in to this post.

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Reware 'how to' video



I've mentioned the Reware project before. I found this excellent video on how to install and it includes some examples of pd patches on a variety of PDAs.

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DigiDrummer 2.4 available


DigiDrummer 2.4 is now available. The update includes 5 new kits.

DigiDrummer available at the iTunes App Store

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Trippy H blog


Thanks to Concretedog for this pointing me at this excellent blog about a little app that sits inside a game boy camera. The app is called trippy h, but I don't know much more about it at this point.

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Arduino drum sequencer (via Matrixsynth)



Nice video via Matrixsynth.

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Mixtikl and MIDI files

I spent some time using Mixtikl with MIDI files today. Bringing them in and layering them together. Quite good fun and good quality results on the whole.

Mostly I was using MIDI drum files to make layered beats, but so far I haven't altered any of the sounds using Partikl. I might give that a go tomorrow.

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Concretedog release coming soon


Concretedog's new release is coming soon, I've heard it and it is really worth listening to.

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DSi coming to the UK 3/4/09


The third iteration of Nintendo's all-conquering DS console arrives on 3rd April, featuring...
  • Two touch screens
  • Two cameras
  • Built-in DSi web browser
  • Play download games
  • SD Memory Card


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Palm Sounds Mobile

For a while now I've been thinking that you really should be able to access Palm Sounds on a mobile. So, I've finally got around to setting up a mobile version of the blog. You can find it here:

http://palmsounds.mofuse.mobi/

I'd really appreciate it if a few people could take a look via a mobile device and tell me if it works ok or not.

Thanks in advance.

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TechnoBox first impressions


I've only had a brief amount of time to play with this app (no change there then), but so far I've enjoyed it a great deal. In many ways this app competes with the likes of Randgrid, DB303 and BassLine, but I'm not going to compare the three of them in this post.

I like the interface for technbox. It is clean and simple and easy to get to grips with quickly. The multitouch reminds me of BassLine (trying not to compare) it makes it very easy to change synth settings rapidly using multiple controls. I think that this app will be lots of fun to use when I get a bit more time to use it. The sound quality was fine too.

More about this one later.

techoBox available on the iTunes AppStore

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Circuit bent VL-1 on eBay


This circuit bent VL-Tone has T E N V E R Y N A S T Y M O D I F I C A T I O N S according to the vendor / maker. Here's what it can do:

1. RHYTHM FILTER CUTOFF

2-3. SWITCHABLE ROTARY RHYTHM SQUANKER USE THE CENTRE TOGGLE SWITCH FOR HIGH OR LOW FEEDBACK

4. VOICE FILTER I CUT OFF

5. NOTE HOLD WILL REPEAT WHEN HOLDING DOWN A NOTE ON THE KEYBOARD

6. VOICE FILTER II TONE

7. VOICE DRIVE DISTORTED OVERDRIVE

8-9. RHYTHM DRIVE I / II ADD A TOUCH OF BOOST OR BANG IT UP!

10. EXTREME PITCH MODULATOR TAKE IT DOWN LOW FOR SUPERB BASS

+ BONUS FEATURE USE THE MAIN VOLUME SLIDER TO CREATE MORE VARIATION TO THE MODIFIED SOUND


The V-L Tone is available at this auction.

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Pianist update

Moo Cow Music has released a big update to their Pianist application. The update includes:

- A complete redesign of the support screens
- Graphical overhaul
- Metronome lets you tap in a tempo

Pianist available on the iTunes AppStore

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Full version of Surface DJ arrives

The full version of Surface DJ has now become available on the app store. According to the entry here's what's new:
  • Create your own songs
  • 2 more songs than the lite version
  • 20 more loops than the lite version
  • Improved design
  • Custom backgrounds
What's coming next:
  • Recording capability

Not bad really considering it is only £0.59

Surface DJ available at the iTunes App Store

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Mixtikl and complex FX networks


Yesterday I was meant to meet someone in the pub but I was early. Guess what I did? Correct, I made some more time to play with Mixtikl, and create some interesting effects networks.

I am amazed by what you can do with just Mtxtikl and the Partikl FX editor. It is really cool.

I've been messing around with using chorus reverb and delay together. The great thing about the FX editor is that you can choose what order the FX are processed in and you can go down into a very low level of detail.

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iShred update


iShred has been updated. The latest version has a new feature called 'Air Play' which allows users to share and rate each others songs from anywhere in the world.

In addition, you can now use up to 4 stomp boxes + the amp simulator at the same time.

iShred available at the iTunes App Store

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