Serato Remote

Native Instruments Traktor and Serato Scratch fans have been making their own iOS MIDI interfaces since TouchOSC was first released back in 2008. While Native Instruments were the first with a respectable port of Traktor for iOS, Serato are the first to release their own iOS controller for their DJ platform: Serato Remote for iPad.

It looks great, with a lot of features in tow, though I can't help but wonder if a controller app like this is 5 years too late to the party.

Serato Remote iTunes Description:

Serato’s first official app for iPad is designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live or Serato DJ setup. Serato Remote will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live and Serato DJ hardware. Control Cue Points, Loops and Samples and manipulate FX in ways that weren’t previously possible.

Perform all of your favorite Scratch Live and Serato DJ functions without needing to touch your laptop. See Serato’s famous Virtual Decks and Track Overviews so you can focus on the crowd and free yourself from your laptop. Connect over USB for ultra low latency or wirelessly, freeing you to move around the stage.


  • Plug & Play with easy set up
  • Big easy to hit buttons that are quick to locate on the fly
  • Control Cue Points, Samples and FX
  • Toggle between Auto Loop, Loop Rolls and Manual Loops
  • Perform super fast Instant Doubles
  • New Roll Mode combines Loop Rolls with FX
  • Set favorite FX for instant access
  • Cue Point and Overview colours inherited from the Serato laptop software
  • Virtual Decks and Track Overviews mirror key information from your laptop
  • Scroll your library, load to decks and Sample slots
  • Control of your Scratch Live or Serato DJ Sample Player.
  • Quickly manipulate FX with QFX

Buy Serato Remote on iTunes: $19.99

Here's an excellent demo by Serato's Rui, aka DJ KATANA, at what looks like the DJ Tech Tools office.

Jazz Transposer

Jazz Transposer for iPad is a new melody transposer which allows you to import your own favorite song melodies for transposition. It does this from within the app, providing links to sound libraries that gleefully ignore the stupider parts of copyright law; rather than forcing you to hunt them down yourself, or charge you exorbitant IAPs.

Jazz Transposer iTunes Description:

Jazz Transposer’s functionality is targeted at performing musicians and is uniquely positioned for that all-too-common scenario of the “guest singer” and his/her awkward key choice!! “I’d like to do ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ in Db”. While plenty of Apps will quickly provide the appropriate chord sequence, only Jazz Transposer will instantly display the melody AND the chords in the new key.

Because most (useful) melodies are protected by copyright, Jazz Transposer cannot provide such files in the purchase, however the internet if full of usable files and Jazz Transposer is able to import these and store them directly into your song list. Indeed Jazz Transposer will read any MusicXML file including your own compositions as long as they are in XML format.

To start filling your song list within a minute or two of your purchase of Jazz Transposer, click on the shopping cart icon, select a download from the list (we have provided links to some popular song libraries for you, many of which are free of charge) and click “Download”.

To start using Jazz Transposer, click on “Songs”, select a title, choose the instrument you are playing, C, Bb, Eb etc and the key which your band is playing it in. The score will display in your key and now you can play it comfortably with your band!

You can build, edit and copy set lists which will remember your selected keys.

If your transposition takes the melody out of range for your instrument, just touch the “octave” button and bring it back into your comfort zone.

Buy Jazz Transposer on iTunes: $9.99

Summer NAMM 2013: Casio XW-P1 with MIDI Designer App

Keyboard Mag interviewed Casio about their PX-5S and XW-P1 keyboards, which included a brief glimpse of an iPad controller app for the XW-P1 synth. This app is being developed on MIDI Designer, by Casio with some help from the MIDI Designer team.

Buy MIDI Designer Lite on iTunes: Free


Buy MIDI Designer Pro on iTunes: $24.99

Summer NAMM 2013: Artiphon Instrument 1

Summer NAMM is the worst of all possible NAMMs, with very little new stuff being shown off. This does offer a good opportunity to see the latest developments on upcoming gear though, and Artiphon was there to do just that. Keyboard Mag was also there to get this demo of the $800 iPhone MIDI instrument that looks like it belongs in the 21st century. No release date announced yet.

Wizdom Music's EarWizard

Jordan Rudess teamed up with Felipe Peña to make an ear training game for iPhone, called EarWizard. It is available to try for free but has a $3 IAP which unlocks all of the content. There are a lot of ear trainers out on iOS, but most of them are pretty lazy and none of them have tried very hard to gamify the experience.

EarWizard iTunes Description:

Wizdom Music announces EarWizard, created by Jordan Rudess and Felipe Peña. EarWizard trains your ear while improving your memory skills. Repeat back a sequence of chords which gets longer with each round of play. As you improve your skills, the visuals disappear and you will have to depend on your EAR! Start off in EASY mode with only a few chords on screen and with practice, you will ultimately reach the hardest level where you will have seven chords on screen and be playing against the clock!

Whether you are a novice or a trained musician, EarWizard will surely keep you entertained and challenged.


  • Three levels - Easy, Normal and Hard
  • Start with three chords in a key and go up to seven!
  • Features fun Jordan videos playing each chord
  • Five different diatonic modes-presented in three keys
  • Endless Mode for continuos play in any level
  • Speed control-Slow to Lightspeed
  • Chart that allows you to hear and see the note spelling of all chords in the selected key
  • Wizardly video rewards

Buy EarWizard (iPhone) on iTunes: Free ($3 Unlock IAP)

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