Novation LaunchKey for iPad

Novation, manufacturer of the Launchpad and Ultranova hardware synthesizer, have released a synthesizer for iPad!

iTunes Description:

Novation Launchkey is a powerful and unique analogue modelling synthesiser for iPad 2 and above.

Launchkey gives you 60 exciting patches (synth sounds) which you can use straight away to perform or produce music. You can change the sound of each patch with 8 virtual control knobs which each alter a particular element of the patch. This means that you can instantly tweak the sound to get the tone you want.

Launchkey also has a performance area which is an alternative way to bend and warp the sound coming from the synth engine. This consists of a number of 'nodes' and a 'control point'. Grab the control point and move it between the nodes to influence the sound. This results in a fast and super-intuitive way to morph your sound in real time.

Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free (On Sale, Intro Price)

I've been playing with it a bunch this morning. It is a fun take on "performance" synths, and uses the iPad interface well. Dragging around all the on screen circle-things can make for some very nice morphs. Documentation on Novation's site is limited, and there are no videos for it yet. I can't figure out how to assign what the circle-things are controlling, and it seems like the presets are hiding that from you. This can be annoying because some of the presets have way too much resonance, but none of the knobs will let you change it when resonance is not assigned to a circle-thing... which you also can't assign!

It is fun, sounds quite good for the most part, and is also free for a limited time!

How to Setup WiFi MIDI in Ableton with iPad

Popular YouTuber AfroDJMac, has posted a tutorial video for properly setting up a WiFi MIDI connection between your iPad and Ableton Live. AfroDJMac is perhaps best known for his free Ableton Live packs, which he has released every week for the last 68!

He has also commented here a couple of times, which is awesome!

GlitchBreaks updated with Audiobus!

Alex has done a great job of integrating GlitchBreaks within Audiobus. This is especially true on the performance side of things, where you can actually play with GlitchBreaks' pads from inside other apps!

In the picture here I'm playing with Sunrizer's knobs and mod-wheel, while also triggering different GlitchBreaks pads using the connection panel on the right! This is so much fun!

What's new in 1.11

Introducing Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio from Glitchbreaks directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps!

  • Load presets now does not stop audio.
  • Made effects toggles smoother.

Buy GlitchBreaks on iTunes: $4.99

Akai iMPC

Akai and Retroynms have released iMPC! Perhaps this means we are getting close to the release of the Akai MPC Fly!

iTunes Description:

Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad. iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.


  • More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
  • Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
  • Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
  • Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
  • In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
  • 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
  • Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
  • Simple drag and drop program creation
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
  • Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
  • AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
  • Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners
  • Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices
  • Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
  • Use with Tabletop's Timeline Editor

Buy Akai iMPC on iTunes: $6.99

This could be big! Native Instruments really dropped the ball with iMaschine, so this is a good chance to Akai to regain some ground.

As noted at the bottom there, if you purchase this it unlocks something inside of Tabletop 2.0, which allows you to use a copy of iMPC from right inside of Tabletop! Here's a demo from Retronym's John Paul, showing off the iMPC.

Tabletop 2.0 Update

Tabletop just received a major update, including a timeline editor and MIDI input! Thanks to Duke for the heads-up!

What's new in 2.0:

  • Timeline Editor. Edit, arrange, create notes on a pianoroll style timeline!
  • Midi Controller Support. Control Tabletop devices via Core Midi with hardware!
  • Tabletop Ready Apps. Standalone apps that work in Tabletop! iMPC is the first!
  • Share Sessions. Post and download sessions for remixing, backup and more.
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • Brand new UI look and feel.
  • Panhander. Autopanning effect device.

Buy Tabletop on iTunes: Free

This is a pretty extensive update! The timeline editor alone address my biggest gripe with sequencing in Tabletop. The iMPC bit in there about it being an internal app is pretty interesting too. You have to buy the seperate iMPC app ($7), also just released, and then you can use it either standalone or from inside Tabletop.

Here is a demo video Retronyms released a couple of months ago showing off the new MIDI control options.

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