Jim McLaren's Vitriol

Jim McLaren has managed to out do himself on this one. High production values in this music video show off a crazy amount of hardware and apps all being performed by Jim! I'm not even going to bother trying to list them all.

Just watch the video and hang-in there, through this ProgStep Ballad.

I love how Fishing with Jim (no relation) is always a suggested video in all of Jim McLaren's Videos.

luanna for iPad with Tutorial Video

luanna (that's a lower-case L) from phontwerp_ looks like a cross between Strange Agency's Donut and GlitchBreaks, but sounds like some mad-ethereal dream. This "audio-visual application designed for the iPad that allows you to create and control music through the manipulation of moving images" looks really interesting, but doesn't provide a lot of details on iTunes.

Fortunately developer/musician Manabu Shimada, put out a nice little tutorial video (in English) to explain what it does and how.

Please note that this app is restricted to iPad 2 or later.

Buy luanna for iPad on iTunes: $16.99

CrossDJ for iPad

Mixvibes has just released CrossDJ for iPad. This looks like it comes out of the box with all of the features I felt Mashup was lacking, with 6 cue points and lots of effects! Here's the full list:

FX: Low-Pass, Hi-Pass, Echo, Delay, Phaser, X-Phaser, Flanger, Jet, Chopper, Crush, Brake, Roll, Cut, Bliss

CrossDJ is also a quarter of the price that Mashup came out at. Here's a nice little demo of it in action.

Buy CrossDJ for iPad on iTunes: $9.99

SoundPrism Pro 2.5 is out and 50% Off!

Audankia has released a major update for SoundPrism Pro, which is now on sale for 50% off. The 2.5 update adds:

• Retina Support for the new iPad
• MIDI-In: Control SoundPrism with other MIDI controllers and apps
• Vastly improved MIDI-capabilities
• Improvements in usabilty

These MIDI changes are going to be most welcomed! The new Virtual MIDI port management panel is very clean, so it can fit a lot of apps, all at once. You can do some really tricky shit too, like mute its own MIDI input (not the audio!), then have it send MIDI to StepPolyArp and that sending its MIDI back to SoundPrism for an arpeggiated SoundPrism.

Sebastian has put together a series of tutorials to help users get into the new features. The entire playlist is available here, but check out this embedded video for that crazy StepPolyArp example. Seriously, you want to see this.

Buy SoundPrism Pro on iTunes: $7.99 (On Sale, from $15.99)

Tabletop's New Pricing Details

Yesterday's update to Tabletop brought "Bundles" which were aimed at discounting all of the In-App Purchases, making it a lot more affordable to unlock everything. Reader Telengard commented that he got different bundled offers based on how many previous device purchases he restored. I emailed Dan over at Retroynms for clarification and I'm pretty excited by the news!

First off, Tabletop is going to stay free and will not be returning to $14.99 or even $9.99, as it was previously. That right there removes the biggest criticism of an app that expects so much in In-App Purchases, while double-dipping on an initial purchase price.

For $30 you can unlock everything with their first-tier bundle. If you've ever purchased anything in the past that price will come down for you. The amount of your personal discount is based on how many devices remain for you to purchase, bringing your personal price to one of their 6 bundle tiers: $30, $25, $20, $15, $10, $5.

The way that works exactly is, as Dan put's it:

"We add up the prices of the un-purchased devices for the customer, take 50% off, then round to the nearest bundle."
So make sure you've restored all of your past purchases before trying to do a bundle deal, or it won't know how much to discount!

Honestly, as much as I love to rib these guys, I think this is about as fair as they can do it. iTunes can't tell them how much you bought the app for when it was sold at $14.99 or $9.99, so they can't discount based on your initial purchase. They also don't know if you bought any of the IAPs when they were on sale, so they can't calculate exactly how much you've spent on those either. Doing this based on how much is left to you is really their only option, and since they are taking 50%-off that seems like a reasonable deal.

Tabletop just went from being something like $70+ for everything, to a single-purchase $30 app. I sympathize with people who have spent more than $30 on this in the past, but as is often the case, prices eventually come down.

Buy Tabletop on iTunes: Free

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