Sample Squad iOS Mega Pack

Reader Bianca wrote in to tell me about a new sample pack for both BeatMaker 2 and NanoStudio.

The Sample Squad iOS Mega Pack includes includes 8 packs (128 unique samples in total) with presets for both apps, for $3.49.

The packs are derived from exotic hand drums, metallic objects, and a bit of studio trickery on a few of them:

• Bodhran
• Frame Drum
• Dumbek
• Brass Vase
• Aluminium Bowl
• Metal Grate Plus
• Metal Strikes
• Resonant Metal Tube

Here's a nice sounding demo that includes some of the samples from all 8 packs.

I've had a pretty strict rule about not posting Sample Packs here, unless they include quotes from Throbbing Gristle members in the press release. I'm letting this one slide just to bring up the conversation and get your feedback. From my perspective Samples are totally generic sounds, they can be used or gotten from anywhere. There is little that makes them iOS specific. Hell you can make them yourself for NanoStudio with Will's free web app. I'd like to know what you guys think. Do you want to see iOS specific sample pack news? Let me know in the comments!

Guitar with Figure Jam

Ken Karsh is a guitarist who likes his iPad. His YouTube Channel has several interesting combinations of the two.

Here is a very active jam that appeals to my ADHD; he's all over both Figure and the guitar in this Improvisational Duet!

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99 (iPhone)

FL Studio for Android Development Update

Image-Line released a video update on the development of FL Studio for Android. They hint at this being available in 3-4 months.

Auria Update Updated

WaveMachine Labs was able to get the latest Auria update rushed through Apple's approval process, which should fix any problems people experienced with the last update. I didn't encounter the crashes, so I can't say for sure if this has fixed it. Although when I launched the updated version it informed me that the last time Auria ran it did crash, and asked if I wanted to submit a report!

This whole situation highlights some serious issues with Apple's reviews process. It took them over 2 weeks to review the crashing version, and yet after all that time the crash still effected customers. What exactly is Apple's walled-garden protecting us from if not major show stopping bugs?

Apple will occasionally deign to review apps quickly for "extenuating circumstances" with Expedited Reviews, as was the case with this latest update. This seems a little disingenuous though. If after 2 weeks you fail to catch a crashing bug, how do you manage a thorough test in 2 days? Events like this make a mockery of the whole process. Nothing is gained by Apple's strict control.

Buy Auria on iTunes: $49.99

Littlefoot - Octopus

YouTuber Littlefoot (not to be confused with Little Boots or little-scale) posted a song using an Electribe EMX, with NanoStudio providing samples to add some extra life to this easy-listening take on Dubstep.

Crank it up! No seriously, you'll need to crank it up. It is really quiet, but worth it!

Buy NanoStudio on iTunes: $14.99

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