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Amidio release AmidioSync2 beta 3


I haven't tried Amidio's wifi sync app as yet, but beta 3 is now available for their Touch DJ app.

Touch DJ at the app store:
Touch DJ ?

LSDJ Envelope



Via Matrixsynth.

Designer for iPhone


Creative Applications featured this app yesterday. I have to say it looks amazing and I would have expected the price to be higher.

Designer at the app store:
BDD ? Büro Destruct Designer

Michael Nervous 1st DS-10+ Music



Remember this?



Useless picture I know, that's iPhone cameras for you! This is an old iPod game called Phase, which is still really fun to play.

Meet up poll

Please vote in the poll if you are UK based, even if you don't intend or want to come along to a meet up, it would still be useful to hear from you.

Song 1 Week 1 Year-Week 09



Via Matrixsynth.

iHolophone Beta Test from Amidio

iHolophone beta test by AmidioInc

Sounds interesting.

A word about comments

A very quick note on comments. I've been really pleased to see so many lively debates going on in comments. However, I want to establish a few very basic ground rules on commenting. For most of you these rules will make no difference to your commenting at all.

What's not ok to post as a comment:
  • Spam
  • Personal insults (aimed at me or anyone else)
What is ok to post as a comment:
  • Anything else

Interesting sounds from a circuit bent MU5



Via Matrixsynth.

Choose Shruti-1's Presets

Cast your votes for what the presets for Shruti-1 should be. All the details are here.

Concretedog and the GB Camera



A good post from Concretedog on how to get a GB Camera's image in on XP. I really like the results.

Korg DS-10 Track 39

Pixelh8's Obsolete Movie now online

Obsolete? from Pixelh8 on Vimeo.

Nanoloop WAVE export tool now available


You can now get a WAVE export tool for Nanoloop that runs on OSX. Available here.

Nanoloop at the app store:
nanoloop

DS-10 Dominator Compilation available end of March


DS-10 Dominator compilation will be available at the end of March. The track listing and more at All Things DS-10.

TouchOSC controlling Alpha Juno



Nice video showing TouchOSC controlling an Alpha Juno via a Pd patch. The Pd patch code and the TouchOSC template are all available via Matrixsynth.

Goaarp

Goaarp by mutable.instruments

More sounds from Shruti-1.

Sonoma Wire Works: Apps that work with AudioCopy / AudioPaste

Sonoma publishes a list of all of the apps that cureently work with their copy/paste solution. I think all of these are in my post on Audio Sharing, and I know that there are developers looking to add their apps to the list, so it is an evolving picture.

All Things DS-10: DS-10+ Mini Review

All Things DS-10 publishes what is likely to be the first part in a number of reviews and opinions of the DS-10+.

Nanoloop update


Nanoloop gets another update. This time it gets loop functionality in the sampler, plus a few other bug fixes.

Nanoloop at the app store:
nanoloop

Arduino synth xxx vs Shruti-1

The square wave match: Arduino synth xxx vs Shruti-1 by mutable.instruments

I think you can tell which one is which.

Meet up poll

Please vote in the poll if you are UK based, even if you don't intend or want to come along to a meet up, it would still be useful to hear from you.

Hopes for Tweakybeat


Following an exchange of tweets it looks like we might be getting an update to TweakyBeat! Here's my wishlist for it:

- AudioCopy
- Export as wav
- Save sound settings

I could go on, but I thought I'd keep my wishlist short for once. I know that tweakybeat is free, but I'd be happy to pay for an update with those things in it.

TweakyBeat at the app store:
TweakyBeat

Dell to release more Android Tablets

Brighthand reports that Dell have plans to release further tablet devices after their Mini 5 comes out in order to compete with the iPad.

I'm hoping that the Dell Mini 5 will be significantly cheaper than the iPad, and the specs for it look really good.

Band in a hand update


Band in a Hand has had an update. Here's what's new:
  1. Support for iPod touch. Band In A Hand now works on both 1st and 2nd Generation iPod touch, as well as all iPhone generations. As there is no support for microphone on the 1st Generation iPod touch, you will not be able to record vocals on it, but all instrumental capabilities are fully functional. On the 2nd Generation iPod touch Band In A Hand is full featured.
  2. Reduced latency on audio recordings
Also, thanks for the anonymous commenter who pointed out that this is a lot like band in a box.

Band in a hand
Band In A Hand

Little Scale events

If I was in Adelaide I'd go, but sadly I'm not. Details here.

VL-1 LFO & Filter Mods



Really liked the sounds from this bent VL-1. Via Matrixsynth.

Nintendo DSi XL


Brighthand reports on the DSi XL, which is an interesting device. I have to admit that I am a bit tempted by it. I like the DS as a platform, and I love my DS-10. I'd like to get the DS-10+ but there's no point on an existing DS, so maybe a DSi XL could be the answer especially as in the UK Amazon have it listed for £149!

Palm admits webOS isn't taking off

Brighthand reports on Palm admitting that webOS hasn't had the take up they expected.

Ableton Live on an iPhone?

Ableton Live on iPhone from Nima Jneb on Vimeo.



Has to be via a desktop remote connection. Via Matrixsynth.

UK iPad to start at £389?


According to this we can expect pricing to start at £389 for the wifi only version. Then £439 for 32gb and £489 for 64gb.

Thumbjam 1.1 to get submitted very soon


Thanks to Sigmund for pointing this out. Looks like we can expect the update next week.

ThumbJam at the app store:
ThumbJam

Playing with Touch DJ 2


As ever I found time on the train to play with this app and get into it after not using it for quite a while. I only used the bundled content, but I thought that the beat syncing was very good, so I'm looking forward to putting some of my own tracks in there soon and see how it deals with that. Maybe I'll get some time over the weekend.

Touch DJ at the app store:
Touch DJ ?

An update from Sonoma?

I got this comment on the Audio Sharing post:
Hayden from Sonoma here. Just wanted to add that Recorder from Retronyms now supports AudioCopy as well. Also, we are currently working on an update for our AudioCopy/Paste SDK. I won't say what it does, but it should make things a lot easier for everybody;-)

I've no idea what this means, but hopefully something good for all of us.

New post at Mobile Music Marketing

For those who are interested I've just posted a new article to my Mobile Music Marketing blog titled 10 Things to do with twitter. Hope you find it useful.

Circuit Synth update getting closer


The developer of Circuit Synth tweets:

I've been spending some quality time with the next version of CS, and here's a screenshot.

Circuit Synth at the app store:
Circuit Synth

Synthesizer Express for the iPhone


A new analogue synth for the iPhone. Here's the description:

"Synthesizer express" is a virtual analog synthesizer, includes arpeggiator,portamento and more!

88-key keyboard.

1 oscillator + 1 sub oscillator with 5 waveforms.

1 LFO(Low-frequency oscillation) with 5 waveforms modulates VCA(amplitude) or VCF(filter frequency).

ADSR envelopes modulate VCA and VCF. Attack time is the time taken for initial run-up of level from nil to peak. Decay time is the time taken for the subsequent run down from the attack level to the designated sustain level. Sustain level is the amplitude of the sound during the main sequence of its duration. Release time is the time taken for the sound to decay from the sustain level to zero after the key is released.

Control Pitch,Cut off frequency,LFO depth and LFO frequency with Accelerometer.

Synthesizer Express at the app store:
Synthesizer express

uLoops Track



More great sounding tracks from uLoops. I so wish this was on the iPhone!

Track including iShred, Bebot, and Wivi Band

Mother's Worry by Unflattered

Not wholly made with iPhone apps, but interesting nonetheless.

PocketPiano shield for the arduino and NastyBass sketch



Nice sounds!

Questions on meeting up

I've posted a couple of times to explore the possibility of getting a Palm Sound meet up organised, and so far I have some interest but not loads, so what I'm going to do is put up a poll on rough areas to meet up in the UK, and also what kind of content people might want.

The poll will allow you tick multiple boxes for location, but please only tick more than one location box if you are prepared to travel to that location.

I'm also keen to know if weekends or weekdays are better, and again, only tick both if you are happy to do either.

For the content options these are performance, talks, other. If you tick other, please let me know what 'other' you have in mind.

Open Music Media


I went along to Open Music Media last night to hear Michael Breidenbruecker from RJDJ talk about how they started, where they're going and the whole concept behind what they're up to.

It provoked a very interesting debate around what stimulates people to like music and interact with it and people had very different views about how reactive music could be used and get consumers more interested in it. What was really interesting from my point of view was the discussion around how reactive music can work in the context of the current music business, and what space it can carve out.

It was also a great chance for me to talk to the RJDJ team about what they're up to.

I've posted stuff about their RJC1000 software before and it seems like the team are making some really interesting improvements to it in coming releases. There's a lot to look forward to with RJC1000 which is great as I'm hoping to get at least 1 scene out from Palm Sounds in the next month.

I think we can expect to see more and more innovation coming from RJDJ in 2010, and whilst this is no surprise as they've been innovative from day 1, it is going to be good news for artists and composers looking for a more interactive platform to engage with listeners

Why no updates for Tweakybeat?


Tweakybeat is a great little drum app that has great sounds. Sadly it hasn't been updated at all. It is one of those apps that has so much potential. It is fun in it's current state, but to make it really good I'd love to see it get support for audiocopy so I could use it in FourTrack and Looptastic. I'd be happy to pay for it.

TweakyBeat at the app store:
TweakyBeat

Track made with Groovemaker



Just shows what you can do with Groovemaker. Not sure which version of the app it is though.

Groovemaker apps at the app store:
IK Multimedia

Track with Bebot and Vox3000

a revolving lantern [memories of my childhood] by toworks

Interesting. Haven't used Bebot in a while although I've been using Vox3000 quite a bit in tracks recently.

Kaossilator Pro Review from Sonic Lab



Via Matrixsynth.

Drawdio video

AudioView 1.1 is in the app store


Audioview 1.1 is now in the app store! Confirmation of what's new:

Added AudioCopy and Paste support
added Intua’s pasteboard. This makes AudioView the perfect bridge between the two systems


AudioView at the app store:
AudioView

Sharing post updated

I've made a number of corrections to the post about audio sharing. Hopefully that sorts it all out now.

RJDJ Love Contest


A new contest from RJDJ:
We really wanted to see what you can do with the new scene Love by AIR, so we’ve decided to run a little contest for the best Love recording. Get the Love by AIR application, use it to communicate to the world who you love, and submit it to the contest by sharing it and following the instructions after the upload. There are some sweet AIR related prices each week, and the overall winner takes home an iPod Touch. (that you can get engraved with something wonderful and give to someone you appreciate, or keep it yourself of course.)

Click here to get all the details, and share your best Love recordings with the world!

RJDJ apps at the app store:
Reality Jockey Ltd.

DopplerPad - Skamp

Skamp by retronyms

Nice track made in DopplerPad, but then it is a great app. One thing I would like to see would be some kind of community sharing of instruments inside the app itself. That'd be brilliant. Also, maybe the ability to make kits in the same way as you can make synths and effects?

DopplerPad at the app store:
DopplerPad

RJDJ update

RJDJ gets a small update to add support for scenes with pages which is great for RJC1000!

RJDJ apps at the app store:
Reality Jockey Ltd.

Vintage Video Maker for all


Vintage Video maker has added support for older iPhones and Touches to be able to upload video via ftp and use their app, which is great for those with pre-3GS devices (like me).

I hope that the devs at ReelDirector are going to do the same.

Vintage Video Maker at the app store:
Vintage Video Maker

More ThumbJam goodies


I just checked out the ThumbJam site and noticed this in the news sectsion:

The next version of ThumbJam will feature two signature instruments from Dream Theater's keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess!

It will also have several new features including audio copy and paste between applications using both Sonoma's AudioCopy/Paste and Intua's copy/paste conventions.

A new performance sidebar allows quick octave/key changes as well a locking sustain button.

You'll be able to build your own instruments in the app using both recorded and imported samples (via WiFi or audio paste from another app).


I don't think I'd realised that the next version would allow you to make instruments from audio pasted into this app. That's going to be really interesting to play with!

ThumbJam at the app store:
ThumbJam

Thing of beauty


I know it is not mobile music related, but I just love these.

Audio Sharing on the iPhone

I've been meaning to write this for a while now, but everyday the situation gets more complex / interesting. So, here's my attempt at getting the whole picture on audio sharing on the iPhone OS.

ioLibrary

So, sadly we have said goodbye to ioLibrary from Amidio, and I think most of the apps that supported it have now been updated to remove it. The only one I can think of that hasn't been updated is iSequence which is a great app. Also, Equalizer still supports ioLibrary. Hopefully Apple have enough on their plate with getting rid of lots of other apps to worry about these two.

Of course, it isn't clear what Amidio will do next. Amidio haven't said which standard they might support for their own apps in the future, or if they might bring something completely new to the party!

Sonoma Wire Works AudioCopy / Paste

Sonoma Wire Works have had a lot of developers take up their audiocopy / paste standard. The apps that have this functionality are:

DopplerPad
FourTrack
Reverb
ThumbJam

I think there was also talk of Bleep!Box going down this route, but no further news has come out. I'm not sure of any others planning the Sonoma way, although Argon developer IceGearMusic has said they are thinking of it. Amidio have now said that they may go down the Sonoma route too with Noise IO Pro, which is excellent news.

Intua's Pasteboard

Next we have Intua's new pasteboard standard which only got introduced as a direct result of ioLibrary being removed at Apple's request. Apps that are supporting Intua's standard:

Beatmaker
BassLine
Drum Track8

Apps that are planning to support Intua:

NLog, MultiTrack, Noise IO Pro, and possibly InstantBeat

There could be more. If you know of them, or if you're working on an app that implements either of these standards please get in touch.

It would of course be nice to have a single standard for audio sharing, but I doubt that we will get anything like that for a while. There was talk of some form of common directory being in iPhone OS 3.2 when the iPad comes out, but the noise around that has died down.

Another possible solution would be for a single paste app (like PasteBot for example) to have the ability to hold audio from an app and then paste it out. That would be great too.

There are also a lot of apps out there which haven't declared any intentions. Apps like RecTools08, Sunvox, Xewton, iShred, Jasuto, PatternMusic, and a host more I'm sure.

So this post is really just the start of where we are with audio sharing. I'm sure that over the next few weeks things will change a lot and more apps will adopt either or both of the standards.

An OS change could alter the situation completely, and who knows how the iPad will change things. It just gets more interesting every day!

UPDATE 24/2/10-2:17pm - Correction MultiTrack will support Intua not Sonoma.
UPDATE 24/2/10-11:48pm - Correction to apps supporting Intua.
UPDATE 10/3/10: Added Noise IO Pro from Amidio.

Audioview is the bridge


Audioview 1.1 will be the bridge between audio copy and intua's pasteboard. Very useful indeed. Version 1.1 is in review with Apple now.

AudioView at the app store:
AudioView

Fun with RJDJ

Messing with RJDJ sitting in a coffee shop and remembered how much fun it is to make recordings with this in noisy places. I should do it more often, and I should really get on with making some scenes in Pd.

In fact, I'm going to get my head into RJC1000 later on. I'll tell you how it goes.

RJDJ apps at the app store:
Reality Jockey Ltd.

BassLine 2.1


BassLine 2.1 adds support for Intua's pasteboard. Now this is getting interesting!

BassLine at the app store
BassLine

Touch DJ 2.1 arrived


Touch DJ 2.1 has finally arrived in the app store this morning. I'm going to check out the features later on and let you know what I think.

Touch DJ at the app store:
Touch DJ ?