Korg updates apps for Audiobus, good at keeping secrets!

I'm stunned and seriously delirious with joy! iMS-20 was verging on abandon-ware in my mind, but now its uses have greatly expanded with both Virtual MIDI and Audiobus added last night! This comes at a great time too, as all Korg apps are still 50% off!

What's new (for all Korg apps):

  • Background Audio support allows to play other music apps
  • iCloud data backup
  • "Audiobus” enables audio streaming between iOS Musical Instrument Apps

The following are the addition individual app update changes.

Buy Korg iMS-20 on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $32.99)

What's new in iMS-20:

  • Retina Display support
  • Virtual MIDI enables MIDI communication between iOS Musical Instrument Apps

Buy Korg iElectribe on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

What's new in iElectribe:

  • Retina Display support
  • Virtual MIDI enables MIDI communication between iOS Musical Instrument Apps
  • A new function “Beat Flutter” has been added to allow you to vary rhythm patterns real timely and randomly for live performance by stroking pad.

Buy Korg iPolysix on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $32.99)

What's new in iPolysix:

  • Parameter Control via MIDI
  • Virtual MIDI enables MIDI communication between iOS Musical Instrument Apps

Buy iKaossilator on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

What's new in iKaossilator:

  • Display size of iPhone 5 is completely supported

This came as a great surprise to everyone, including the Audiobus guys! Korg didn't even notify them that they had this coming, so they weren't added to the Audiobus database. Early updaters had problems with the Korg apps not showing up in Audiobus, but they have been added and you should see them all showing up now! If any of the apps are not showing up, all you need to do is launch them manually while Audiobus is running. That's it!

Although they have all been updated with Virtual MIDI, except for iKaossilator, Korg's implementation is not quite what you might expect. There are no Virtual Ports, like you see in most other apps. In order to send Virtual MIDI to apps you'll need to make sure you're sending to the "Network Session" or "Network MIDI", which is a general catch-all for MIDI happening on the device.

They are also unfortunately inconsistent in what MIDI they actually support. Here are my observations so far.

iMS-20: MIDI Notes are received, MIDI channel 1 is Synth 1, channel 2 is Synth 2, etc... No clock sync in or out. No start/stop in or out. This means you can't actually sync iElectribe to iMS-20 directly and will need a third app to do it for both.

iPolysix: Same as iMS-20.

iElectribe: Receives MIDI Notes (on channel 10, starting at C3). It receives start/stop... most of the time, I can't get it to start/stop from Genome or Nord Beat, but it will from Little MIDI Machine. iElectribe takes MIDI notes just fine from Genome though! It will also listen to Tempo changes, but it does not update the display to reflect the new tempo.

Propellerhead Figure on iPad and iPhone: "Gnosjö"

Palm Sounds found a fun little video from Jonas "Gnosjö" Sveningsson. Here he's jamming with Figure on an iPad, and an iPhone.

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99

Mobile Music Advent Calendar: Day 19 - 10 copies of Thumbjam

On the 19th day of the Mobile Music Advent Calendar, we have 10 copies of Sonosaurus' popular Thumbjam! If you are one of the few people who don't already have this, you seriously want to sign up in this contest! Fill out the form below to be entered for a chance to win. Submissions end around 11pm (GMT) tonight. Ashley Elsdon, from Palm Sounds, will select the winners at random.

Sonic Touch #19: AudioBus & iMPC

The latest Sonic Touch is up! In this episode Nick Batt and Gaz Williams take a deep look at Audiobus and Akai's iMPC.

Unfortunately they get a few things wrong on the Audiobus front. See Sebastian's comment below for clarifications.

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $9.99


Buy Akai iMPC on iTunes: $6.99

Rheyne Jam #69

Rheyne's been working on a new, more compact, setup and this is his first jam with it. I wonder if his Feng Shui is fucked up though, because this one is much more sinister sounding than his usual stuff! I am liking this Dark Rheyne a lot, so I guess it works!

Video Description:

Download or stream the audio at SoundCloud: http://snd.sc/SIaX90

Live looping with Ableton Live and the following:
  • DSI MoPho Keyboard
  • DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter 3D in "MF3D Launcher" mode
  • KMI QuNeo
  • iPad running PPG Wavegenerator
  • iPad running Lemur, wirelessly controlling Ableton's effects
  • iPad running AniMoog, sending and receiving MIDI via an iConnectMIDI
  • iTouch running NodeBeat
  • iPhone running SoundPrism Pro, wirelessly triggering NI's Massive
  • 3x Chauvet Slim Par 56 (lighting)

All audio is passed through a PreSonus 1818VSL connected to a Macbook Pro running Ableton Live. All loops are recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded.

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