Yamaha Mobile Music Sequencer

Yamaha keep trying to make iPad apps, and I keep wanting them to get it right. I really do. This does not look promising.

iTunes Description:

Introductory Offer Price! (until the end of February 2013)

Yamaha's new Mobile Music Sequencer enables composers to combine a range of phrase patterns and create musical compositions intuitively, following the flow of composition, from phrases to sections and from sections to songs.

Wherever you are, you can now sketch the outline of a composition. In addition, you can use the ingredients to delicately craft songs on a Yamaha synthesizer, or in Steinberg Cubase.

First, try loading the demo song (a number of demo songs are provided). Tap on the settings icon in the top right of the screen, select [Digital Sympathy] from the Presets under the File tab, and press the Load button to read in the song.


  • Built-in software synth with 92 high-quality sounds (including 9 types of drumkit) enables faithful rendering of sequence patterns.
  • Sound editing using filters, EG, and other effects
  • Mixer function for each part
  • Effects including reverb, chorus, and variations
  • Additional phrases and sounds
    Four additional voice and phrase datapacks can be purchased directly using the application. (Dance Pop, Electronic, Hip Hop, R&B)
  • • File export
    As well as a function for outputting standard general-purpose MIDI files, the application also includes a function for exporting files in an even easier-to-use format designed for Yamaha synths, in which characteristic sounds are specified in advance. (MOTIF XF, S90XS/S70XS, MOX6/MOX8, and MOTIF XS)
  • • Mix-down
    Audio mix-down of a song or a phrase and conversion of the song or the phrase to an audio file can be performed in real time.
  • • Compatibility with SoundCloud
    Audio files can be made compatible with SoundCloud and uploaded.

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - US on iTunes: $15.99

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - International on iTunes: £10.99/€14.99

I'm a Yamaha fanboy. My first keyboard was a Casio, but my first keyboard that I loved was a Yamaha. Perhaps I have a higher expectation of them, but they have been seriously half-assing this for a while now. The more they release the less and less I expect them to ever get it right.

What in the fuck was with the Synth Arp & Drum Pad app? There was no amount of "synth" there, it was all samples! Then there was their Yamaha Song Beats, which was an entirely missed opportunity for an app that could have taught finger drumming. TNR-i is alright, but it just seems like they're entirely out of ideas. They released this one without even bothering to do a demo video. After Synth Arp & Drum Pad I wouldn't bet on any of this "Built-in Synth Software" being anything other than samples.

What is going on over there, Yamaha? Is this a cry for help?

Update: Reader a1 found a demo on the Japanese Yamaha YouTube page. I was, perhaps foolishly, checking the English one. Everything is in Japanese, so good luck with it!

Update 2: iDesignSound found the English version. This is on YouTube as Unlisted! The hell?

NAMM2013: 30 Years of MIDI Booth

Nick Batt, from Sonic State, has a surprisingly funny video for 30 Years of MIDI booth at NAMM.

Featured in here is Animoog hooked up to a Commodore 64! Separated by 30 years themselves, this is an interesting display.

NAMM2013: Eventide H9

Eventide will be a name familiar to guitarists. They make some very lust worthy effects pedals, which are prohibitively expensive.

Today at NAMM Eventide announced their new Eventide H9 pedal. The H9 offers the entire Eventide line in a single pedal, but to access and manage them you'll use an iDevice and In-App Purchases.

This is similar to DigiTech's iStomp, but instead of making a wired connection between your devices, the H9 uses Bluetooth to send new effects and presets to the pedal.

Like the iStomp you get stereo in and out, which is an important inclusion for spacial effects. H9 distinguishes itself though with MIDI I/O, along with support for expression pedals and switches.

The H9 Control app is not yet available, so we can't take a peak at just how much the In-App Effects will run you. Eventide says the H9 will ship with their most popularalgorithms from their effects. The H9 should be available in March, but there is no price yet.

Sound Service has a unintentionally amusing promo video for the H9, with a flabbergasted Vernon Reid from Living Colour.

DJ Cheeba - Gear Check with Serato & TouchOSC

DJ Cheeba has done a run down on the gear he uses for his live shows. Featured prominently in his setup is TouchOSC.

This is kind of unique, since we usually only ever see Traktor represented in these videos, but DJ Cheeba is a Serato man.
You'll find lots of details, including free template downloads on his blog at DJCheeba.com

Buy TouchOSC on iTunes: $4.99

NAMM2013: Roland Cube Lite and Cube Jam App

This morning I saw Roland released a new app on iTunes called Cube Jam, the functionality of which is limited and baffling.
I had dismissed it, wondering what in the hell Roland was up to with their iOS integration.

Now the app makes slightly more sense with the announcement of the Cube Lite Monitor and the Cube Lite Guitar Amp.

This must be the year for iPad speakers, now that we have Roland competing directly with IK Multimedia's iLoud.

The functional differences between the two models is slight.

The Guitar Amp model offers a single 1/4" input jack along with 3 COSM™ tones, stereo chorus, and stereo reverb.

The Cube Lite Monitor does not offer any amount of tones or effects, but you get 2 1/4" inputs for stereo.

Before you go shelling out for a bit of quality Roland gear you'll want to take a look at the back panel, where you'll find the:

Roland i-CUBE LINK™

Which is more often referred to as a 1/8" stereo jack, with a mic connection! What in the hell, Roland? There is already a way to connect iDevices to things, and we would certainly perfer that for the digital I/O than running out of the headphone jack!

They make some really nice promo videos though.

Buy Cube Jam on iTunes: Free (iPhone)

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