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Pro Midi

Pro Midi is a new sequencer that looks like an excellent take on the Ableton Live's Session View. The official website is down, but Colin from The Sound Test Room did a demo video and the design looks great for touch screens!

Pro Midi iTunes Description:

Looking for compact and genuine midi sequencer for iPad? You've already found it!

ProMidi It is great for musicians that trying to alternate studio setup, searching for a convenient and quality sequencer to play with synths and record midi data.


  • Wireless MIDI
  • Virtual Midi
  • Looping
  • 16 Channels
  • Midi Editing
  • Midi Playback
  • Midi Record
  • Synchronous playback/record CC's and Notes (so song stays in sync)
  • Routing options
  • Sends and Receives MIDI Clock, Start, Stop and Continue events
  • External Sync
  • Internal Clock
  • Scales (built in and custom)
  • Notes Quantization
  • Undo / redo for most actions
  • On screen keyboard interface
  • Sending/Receiving any Envelopes, Note On, Note Off, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Program change, Channel Pressure and CC's
  • Export and Import of midi, kar, wmf files
  • And very, very comfortable midi editor!

Important: ProMidi does does not produce any sounds by itself and does not include a sound engine or synth. Some external MIDI gear or other music apps that support virtual midi connections are required to use this app.

Buy Pro Midi on iTunes: $9.99

Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628

Tempo Rubato, best known for synths NLog and Nave, takes us in an entirely new direction with a detailed sampling of a Harpsichord from 1628! This comes with the level of features you'd expect from developer Rolf Wöhrmann.

Ruckers 1628 iTunes Description:

Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 is a superbly-sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time! Universal app for iOS supporting iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus or later.

Flemish instrument-building family Ruckers need little in the way of introduction to those in the know; suffice to say, their highly-valued (and valuable) historic harpsichords are akin to Stradivarius violins built by the Stradivari family. You could even say that the harpsichord was the ‘synthesizer’ of its time, without which influential early musical stylings such as baroque and renaissance would never have emerged.

Needless to say, 1628 must have been an especially excellent year for the Ruckers family, for the Ruckers 1628 is now one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time. Those thinking that they will never get to experience the sheer musical joy of playing this two-manual harpsichord built by master craftsman Andreas Ruckers (The Elder) in Antwerp way back in 1628 should surely think again.

Thanks to the definitive development work of TempoRubato in collaboration with sample content provider par excellence realsamples, now you can conveniently enjoy playing an authentic recreation of the Ruckers 1628 from the comfort of their favourite iOS device whenever and wherever you like!

Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 has been tested and tuned with hardened harpsichord instrumentalists and features full recreation of all stops and combinations. Creative users can play both manuals individually using separate MIDI channels with faithful recreation of manual coupling using key velocity for controlling onset delays.

It includes historic tuning systems such as Werckmeister, Vallotti, Krinberger, Meantone, and more. Main a4 pitch is tuneable by +/- one semitone specifically for historically-correct performances. That said, performances need not necessarily be restricted to faithful recreations of those notable early musical stylings, but are applicable to current genres, too.

Technologically speaking, Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 is truly a state-of-the-art app, supporting all iOS standards such as AudioBus, Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI, and InterApp-Audio. Indeed, it can be played using Apple’s InterApp-Audio or from other iOS apps via virtual Core MIDI. When using it as a sound module for MIDI controller keyboards it is fully playable using Core MIDI-compliant interfaces or Apple’s Camera Connection Kit and class-compliant USB MIDI devices.

Of course, superb sample content is also a given with Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 making mind-blowing use of 800MB of sampled data, including key release sounds, while high-quality floating point audio processing is used throughout. Today any appropriate iOS device owner can dive right in to the rich sampled sound of the original Ruckers 1628 harpsichord and start exploring the app’s capabilities using the onscreen keyboards.

Buy Ruckers 1628 on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $24.99)

The sale lasts until December 2nd, and the app comes with this demo from the developer.

Kickstarter: Mikme - Wireless Microphone

Yet another dubious Kickstarter has surfaced over the weekend!

Mikme makes some wild claims about doing wireless 96kHz/24bit audio recording over Bluetooth. To anyone who has ever used a Bluetooth headset this might seem like it's obviously bullshit, but they have a "special protocol" so its cool. They don't make any attempt to explain how this "special protocol" breaks the laws of "physics" but after watching the video it seems like the way they're pulling this off is with non-realtime recording. I believe the way it works is you sing or play into the mic, and it buffers until all of the 96kHz bits make their way to your iDevice. That right there makes the wireless portion of this wireless microphone pretty useless for most applications, and will only work with theirs.

Update: I heard back quickly from CEO and Founder, Philipp Sonnleitner. I was mostly correct.

You are true. We can’t break physics.

First we are not using any bluetooth audio profile. so nothing which is used in headphones or bluetooth speaker. we are using bluetooth only as a transport layer. On top of bluetooth our lost and found protocol takes care of sending files back and forth between the app and the microphone, and that not a single piece is lost (and that can’t be done by standard bluetooth protocols like A2DP or HPF).

The microphone has a built in memory and saves audio as 24bit @96kHz on it’s internal memory as raw wav files. then at the same time the microphone is making an mp4 file version of that file in realtime and is sending that file version over to the app via bluetooth. our lost and found protocol sits on top of the bluetooth protocol and makes sure if some pieces of the file are lost via bluetooth that they are retransmitted via bluetooth.

Regarding the delay. We are buffering and not realtime recording and sending over to the app within 5ms. But that is not needed. You can monitor your microphone signal with the microphones headphone output. also you can listen and sing along your playback from the app.

So the app will send the playback from the Mikme app to the microphone. Let you sing along and send you recording back. The lost and found protocol also makes sure that the app can sync your playback and recorded signal in time.

We are not trying to target every recording use case. That’s obvious. But for quick recordings we think our solution fit’s well.

You could probably still make use of the wired portions of the mic, but at $179 that seems a lot less compelling.

Sugar Bytes Egoist Demos

Both The Sound Test Room and Jakob Haq released videos for Egoist over the weekend! Jakob's video is a shorter demo, but he has some great advice: Check out these tutorials for the PC version! Before you do that though, you can see Jakob's haQ attaQ here.

Embedded below is a 35 minute guide from The Sound Test Room. Doug has also started a new radio show called the iOS Community Music Special, to feature music made by you on your iDevices!

Buy Sugar Bytes Egoist on iTunes: $19.99 (On Sale, from $29.99)

Disco Fingers

Disco Fingers is a fun looking freemium sequencer with some sampling elements. Although it looks like it may be targeted at kids, it seems quite capable. As with all things aimed at kids on iOS though, this thing has some seriously fucking questionable IAPs. I was half-tempted to ignore this one altogether when I saw those, but the demo is quite good.

Disco Fingers iTunes Description:

Disco Fingers is an easier and more fun way of making music. You don’t need musical experience—only fingers!

 Share your compositions with your friends or publish them to Disco Fingers FM radio, where you’ll interact with listeners from all over the world. Give it a try! There’s always room for more radio stars on Disco Fingers FM.

Voice filters:

  • Auto Awesome
 - Daft Hunk

  • Robotizer

  • Chipmunk

  • Rich Pitch
 - Plain Jane

  • Instruments

    • Synthesizer
 - Vocals

    • Saxophone
 - Jazz piano
 - Guitar

    • Banjo

    • Flute

    • Drums

    • Percussion

    • Double bass

    • Bass guitar

    • Electric bass

    • And many more!

    Become a radio star

    1. Make a beat.

    2. Publish it to Disco Fingers FM.

    3. Get listeners and fans.

    4. Reach the Global Top List!

    The more listeners around the world like your beat, the more it will spread. Using Disco Fingers, you can see a full overview of how many fans and listeners you’ve gained and how you’re performing in the global ranks. 

    In-app purchases:

    Disco Fingers offers three in-app purchases:

    Pro upgrade—access all instruments and all voice filters, the ringtone export feature, and the ability to remix radio hits.
    Publish beat—extra credit for publishing to the radio channel.

    Boost beat—queue your beat in front of all radio listeners.

    Buy Disco Fingers on iTunes: Freemium (IAPs will steal your lunch money!)

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