You want to play air guitar? Go on then!


I posted the video earlier, now here are all the details:

Finally, a REAL air guitar!

You can actually play real air guitar without having to hold a phone, touch the screen or shake a device. All you do is:
  • Set your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you-
  • Start pickin' 'n' strummin' in the air--
  • ROCK OUT!
Thanks to the magic of GhostGuitar's Augmented Self Reality, you don't need anything but your hands (or teeth, or air-violin-bow) and a determination to rock the world. You can even pick GhostGuitar's strings individually.

GhostGuitar comes with four venerable guitars built in: choose Acoustic for some nice campfire strumming, Clean for the shimmering rhythms, Crunch for those classic rock power chords, or Sleek for a fatter, sonic lashing. Sculpt your own sound on top by using the virtual stompboxes in the GhostGuitar pedalboard. Evoke the late Invasion-era shimmering distortion via Fuzz Goblin, mellow it out with the analog-modeled chorus/vibrato of Ghoul Vibrations, and repeat it with the tape-delay inspired Echo-Plasm delay/reverb pedal.

GhostGuitar comes with many chord progressions that you can set to any key, and even down- or up-tune. If that's not enough (never is…), you can create and save ANY number of your own progressions --no matter how weird-- thanks to GhostGuitar's extensive chord library. There's no reason for you to not play *that* song.

You say you need a band? You'll love "GhostBand"! Just hit the button for drums and bass to come in and accompany you. GhostBand will automatically recognize your chord changes and follow suit, just like a good band should. Much more timely and better smelling than the real thing. You can set tempo and choose among more than a dozen patterns, and individually adjust mix for bass and drums.

And how about vocals? For those of us who are vocally inclined, GhostBand also gives you a "GhostMic": turn it on and sing along with your guitar pickin'. Beef up your vocals using the dedicated FX: dial in some delay, jack up the gain, warble and marble with some chorus.

And where can this all go? Into a video (or an audio file), you say? We say "yes!". Record yourself playing or singing, or jamming to the GhostBand all together or separately. Save it as a movie or a song…up to you. If satisfied, share it on YouTube for kicks, or email it, download it via wi-fi, put some cheese on it and call it an omelette.
  • 44.1k Pro-quality audio
  • Touch free "air" guitar playing
  • Groundbreaking Realtime Mobile Machine Vision (REMMVi) technology, invented and developed here in Yonac Labs (patent(s) pending)
  • Uses front camera to pick up your fret and strum hands
  • Intelligent backing band via GhostBand
  • Simultaneous vocal recording via mic
  • Record (any combo of guitar, backing band, vocals) to audio or video
  • Four different guitars to choose from
  • GhostGuitar pedalboard with carefully engineered virtual stompboxes
  • Enough chord patterns to play most songs, ENDLESS patterns you can create for yourself
  • extensive chord library
  • Assign any chord in the library to any fret, in any key
  • individually pickable strings
  • Hammer on, auto-mute, alternate pick or down pick guitar control modes
  • Vocal FX rack
  • Probably a lot more you'll have to discover on your own
NOTE: GhostGuitar needs a front-facing camera to work its magic

The app is priced at $1.99

GhostGuitar - Yonac Inc.

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Tablet comparison chart


Makes for some interesting reading.

Via Gizmodo

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Congratulations to Audanika's Gabriel and his wife Judith

You read all about the new organic hardware from Audanika at their blog, and congratulations from Palm Sounds.

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Happy Birthday miniSynth from Yonac

Happy Birthday to Yonac's miniSynth app. 3 years is a ripe old age for an iPhone app, and I can remember when this one came out! In fact I can remember playing with it on the train on the way to work on my 1st iPod Touch.

miniSynth - Yonac Inc.

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bleepbox asks if anyone has used the rtpMIDI (windows NetworkMIDI driver)

If you have then join the thread over at the forum.

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Kindle Fire specs emerge

Thanks to the anon commenter who added these specs for the Fire:
  • TI OMAP 4 dual-core
  • [ CPU Instruction Set: ARMv7 ]
  • 512MB RAM
From that it looks like it could be a really good device, but no sync cable it seems though, and nothing in the UK as yet. Time will tell if this device can be a cheap but useful device for Android music.

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HHH asks if the Kindle Fire is good for Filmmakers


And the short answer is, 'no', not yet, but maybe in time, we'll see.

Read the whole piece at HHH.



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Arduino to iPhone Galvanic Skin Sensor


One of the more esoteric Arduino experiments I've seen, but definitely very intriguing indeed.

Via Arduino blog.

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energyXT price drop

EnergyXT has dropped in price from $9.99 to $6.99.

energyXT - XT Software AS

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PowerFX DJ Samplr iPhone App



DJ Samplr - PowerFX

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Music Studio 2.0 full details of new features

Here's the full details of what's coming in Music Studio 2.0:

Audio tracks
  • Microphone recording
  • AudioCopy & AudioPaste
  • iPod library or wav/mp3/AAC/ogg file import
  • Waveform and audio-region editing
Major new features
  • 35 new instruments: 24 synths, 9 orchestral and 2 drum kits • Drum pads, chord pads and chord programming
  • Pitch wheel, filter wheel
  • File sharing via email and SoundCloud
  • New look & feel
Hardware support
  • iRig, iRig Mic, Ampkit Link, Apogee Jam, Alesis IO Dock, iConnectMIDI and Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer II • Keyboard split point setting
  • MIDI Thru
  • CoreMIDI compatibility improved
Many new small features
  • Volume gradient in the piano roll editor
  • Attack offset time configurable for every instrument
  • Keyboard sustain button
  • Export to compressed format (AAC)
  • Export every track into a separate file
  • Import songs and midi files (iPad only)
  • Performance improvements and small enhancements in all areas
Music Studio - Alexander Gross

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Music Studio 2.0 Screen Shots




Music Studio - Alexander Gross

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GuitarJack 1 and 2 savings

Some big savings on GuitarJack 1 and 2 at Sonoma:

Save 25% on GuitarJack Model 2 Preorder for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch:
http://www.sonomawireworks.com/guitarjack/

Save 75% on GuitarJack Model 1 for iPod touch (2nd and 3rd gen.):
http://www.sonomawireworks.com/guitarjackmodel1/

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New iPhone 5 Concept Features - Speakers



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Korg MicroMetro - Official Product Introduction



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Tabletop Demo: Sarah Nixey "The Homecoming (Microfilm Tabletop Remix)"



Tabletop - Retronyms

iPads at the Apple Store

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Share your iOS Music Making Tips

Yesterday an Anon commenter was asking about iOS music making tips, which made me wonder if this was a good time for a thread in the forum about tips?

What do you think?

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Music Studio Audio Tracks



Music Studio - Alexander Gross

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8-bit Music Generator goes free

Don't know for how long, but it is currently free so grab it while you can.

8-bit Music Generator - Z Enterprises

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Music Studio Wobble Bass Tutorial



Just to be clear, version 2 has been submitted to the app store and isn't out as yet.

Music Studio - Alexander Gross

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Maschine Mikro: Sampling & Slicing



Maschine Mikro is arriving in stores. I'm really tempted to get one, anyone got views on this?

Maschine Mikro on eBay

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GhostGuitar - REAL Air Guitar for iPhone and iPad



GhostGuitar - Yonac Inc.

iPads at the Apple Store

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Music Studio 2.0 adds audio tracks and much more!



Major new features include:
  • Audio tracks
  • Microphone recording
  • AudioCopy & AudioPaste
  • iPod library and wav/mp3/AAC/ogg file import
  • Waveform and audio region editing
A new look & feel
  • 35 new instruments: 24 synths, 9 orchestral and 2 drum kits
  • Drum pads, chord pads and chord programming
  • Virtual pitch wheel and filter wheel
  • File sharing via email and SoundCloud
Extensive hardware support
  • iRig, iRig Mic, Ampkit Link, Apogee Jam, Alesis IO Dock, iConnectMIDI and MIDI Mobilizer II
  • Keyboard split point setting
  • MIDI Thru
  • Muted tracks can now be sent to MIDI OUT
  • Improved CoreMIDI compatibility
Music Studio - Alexander Gross

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Thrive Tablet from Toshiba


The gadgeteer posts on the new tablet coming from Toshiba which looks to have great specs.

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Vote for your fav app of the year

Don't forget that MusicRadar are sponsoring this award at the Music Industry Awards so vote for what you think is the best app of the year.

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New Android apps coming from 'This is my Robot'

Maker of Sythe and Beat Dialer for Android talks about marketplace support for his apps and inspiration to make more, which is of course very good news.

Read the blog here.

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USF And App Inventor (Long V2)

USF And App Inventor (Long V2) from Angelo Taylor on Vimeo.


If you're interested in App Inventor you might find this interesting.

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Molten Drum Machine update

The latest version improves compatibility with Virtual MIDI Ports.

Molten Drum Machine - One Red Dog Media

iPads at the Apple Store

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