MoovFX Echo

The iTunes app review processes has been very slow lately, and now that it is moving again there seems to be a weird streak of similar apps. 3 Remote Mixers and now 2 motion based music apps! MoovFX Echo hit the App Store in the same hour as MIDI In Motion. Obviously the reviewers are trying to pit them against each other. 2 Apps enter, 1 app leaves!

MoovFX Echo is a motion based Echo effect for guitars, as you may have guessed by the name. Just plug your guitar in, strap your iPhone to the guitar and commence the jiggling. There are 4 different echo types available, with controls to match BPM and limit the range of motion.

There are paid and free versions, but they make no mention of exactly what is different other than the "Lite" being feature crippled.

Buy MoovFX Echo Lite on iTunes: Free (iPhone)

Buy MoovFX Echo on iTunes: $6.99 (iPhone)

We get a nice little demo video with this one!

MIDI In Motion

MIDI In Motion is a new app designed to use all of the sensors all over the iPhone to generate very specific MIDI Control Change(CC) messages. We've seen a lot of this sort of thing in the past, but this looks like it gives a lot of control over exactly what CC you're sending as you flail about wildly.

• MIDI data can be sent over Wi-Fi network or hardware devices like iRig MIDI
• Freely adjustable sphere of action
• Two different performance types, more coming
• Connections to MIDI services can be restored automatically
• Perform while the app is in background or even when the screen is locked
• Stable attitude tracking over long time intervals

Slightly more information is available on their website, but this is one app that really needs a demo video! It works in the background, so presumably you could set this up with something else in the foreground and make a cheap MIDI Fighter 3D!

MIDI In Motion makes your iPhone a motion controller for any MIDI instrument or effect. Two different performance types let you controll up to four parameters simultaneously by changing the attitude of your device.

You can easily customize your performance – even while perfoming. Adjust the angles, assign MIDI channels and controllers and more.

Buy MIDI In Motion on iTunes: $4.99 (iPhone)

Even more Digital Mixer controller apps

Not to be outdone by Mackie, both Yamaha and Behringer have their own apps to control mixers semi-remotely. Although both of these mixers are outside of the price range for home studios, it is good to see other manufactures exploring this. Eventually the technology will trickle-down into their consumer models!

Behringer's X32 Digital Mixer now has XiControl as a companion app, offering WiFi control. The app is free, but the mixer itself makes Mackie's seem affordable! The X32 will set you back $2,900.

XiControl facilitates control or setting of channel, mix bus, main or matrix levels remote from the X32 console. Realtime level meters are shown for all audio channels, along with user-defined icons and names. The 'Sends on Faders' function comes in handy for setting up monitoring mixes; this allows the engineer to adjust monitor mixes whilst being on the stage with the performers.

Buy XiControl on iTunes: Free

Yamaha's CL Series of consoles are so expensive they won't even tell you how much they cost! It took some digging to find out that they range from $15,000-$28,000! At least the WiFi controller app is free...

StageMix CL has been specifically designed to allow engineers to adjust monitor mixes from the performers’ positions on stage, directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad rather than having to rely on verbal directions to a second engineer.

Buy CL StageMix on iTunes: Free

Music Box reinvented for iPad

So this happened...

If you're sitting there at home biting your tongue off with anticipation to buy this new way of interacting with your iPad, you're in for a disappointment. This is just an experiment from the minds of students at ECAL/University of Art and Design, in Switzerland.

Little Boxes is a music box concept for iPad. It consists of a tangible part composed of three separate music boxes that interact with an iPad and an application. When placing one of the boxes on the iPad, it recognizes it and activates. The idea is that each box contains its own universe revealed by the action of the crank with an animation and melody proper to each. The aim is to give a new dimension to the music box, and transcribe visual sensations that don't exist in a standard music box. This work reflects my desire to play with the physical and digital elements by making them interact. It allowed me to embrace different areas, and confront myself with creative and technical challenges. The result is the creation of a world through the music box, where everyone can enter and interact with it.

I'd guess it is using magnets for note (and visual) information. They don't give any details. Thanks to Palm Sounds for bringing this to my attention, after he picked it up from iOS Music & You.... the circle of a life!

Jinx Padlock Interview

NanoStudio contest winner and all around interesting character, Jinx Padlock, has done an interview with Sean over at iOS Musician. They discuss how mobile apps got him back into making music; judging by his results, I think we should all be glad for that!

I managed to bag enough time to develop a techno rock act that got quite a bit of attention from the record industry. After a lot of hard work, sweat, blood, tears etc the buzz fizzled and being an all or nothing kind of person I walked away and changed direction toward 3D graphics. I now work in the film industry, not known for its light hours and free time, music became something I used to do – until I picked up an iPhone…

It's a good read! Here is one of his latest tracks, I'm really digging his techno-rock style!

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