Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Keyboard with iPad "Dock"

Akai better get that SynthStation49 out soon, as the imitators are beating them to the market. Samson's Carbon 49 is $89 and you can actually buy it now! The dock is more of a tray, or a slit, or just about the laziest possible way to pimp your keyboard for iPad compatibility. It can be directly powered by the iPad though, so they definitely got that part right.

Samson has some promo-videos on their site. They show it on the beaches of LA, and busking at a NYC Subway station, but all of the music in those promos come from the bundled Native Instruments Elements and not the iPad jamming we see in the video.

Instead, here's a more informative video of it at NAMM from UniqueSquared featuring DJ MadFlip, described by YouTube commentor THX11003 as, "This Asian dude is very fuckable." He is cute, but I think he needs to commit to the Mohawk and shave the sides, but at least he is, "Coming correct!"

Tabletop now supports AudioCopy

Retronym's has updated Tabletop with some cool new features.

• CloudSeeder - access the Tabletop Community
• Audio Copy - collaborate with other Apps!
• Module Bundles - great discounts!

I haven't bothered to reinstall this, so I'm not sure how great those discounts are... their iTunes page indicates that basic instruments still run between $6-$10.

SoundCloud CloudSeeder support is nice, and AudioCopy is always a welcomed addition, but all of my previous criticisms remain. It really needs some kind of sequencer/piano-roll for the non-step-sequenced instruments and CoreMIDI. To be fair, a lot of people seem to enjoy this app, You can certainly make some music without buying the In-App Purchases, and it is a very pretty app.

Tabletop is still free, so at least you don't have to pay $15 to find out you need to pay another $45 for most of the functionality... as all of their early customers had to find out the hard-way.

Update: Telengard checked out the bundle deals and posted about it in the comments section here. It seems like you can unlock everything for $25, but it will lower that price if you have already purchased instruments. Make sure you have "restored purchases" on the iPad you're trying to do this from though, in order for the corrected price to display.

Buy Tabletop on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $9.99)

Genome Sequencer MASSIVE MIDI Jam!

The always impressive Jim McLaren has posted a great example of using Genome with multiple devices and even a hardware synth. He does a great job of explaining how he's got it all connected and routed, and then goes on to put it to good use!

For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here is my Genome Tutorial video to help you get started!

PixiTracker Video Demo

VJFranzK posted a nice little demo of PixiTracker, from the developer of SunVox. Unlike SunVox and similar tracker-style apps, this looks fun and friendly! Partly for the bright colors, but the simple pattern arrangement and flipping between patterns looks nice too.

Buy PixiTracker on iTunes: $1.99

Akai SynthStation49 Video Introduction

Akai has put out an set of videos that introduce the SynthStation 49, along with the upgraded iPad version of the SynthStation app. I'm embedding their playlist, which starts with the 40 second teaser they posted in January. Just click the Next button (next to play), because the rest is 17 minutes of new details!

I'm undecided on whether I'm going to go with this now that I have a SynthStation61.

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