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.

Different Drummer Demo Video

Different Drummer has had a short but dramatic life on iOS. First it was released at $300, simply to hold onto the name and discourage purchases until it was finished. Two weeks later it was re-released at $150 when the developer thought it was truly ready. I had contacted him to ask for a promo-code for review, but he said that he didn't think it was quite that ready.

Apps4iDevices bought it out-of-pocket and posted a little demo along with a write up about what it actually does!

From the article on Apps4iDevices:

It does have a big price tag for the app market, but after using it for a while I can tell you that it simply goes further than any other drum machine and gives results that I've never achieved before. I've used it for both drum patterns and synth parts, creating patterns that were beyond my expectations and imagination. This may seem too good to be true, but it's easier to appreciate when you understand the concept behind it. The real power of this machine is based on wave shaping using additive synthesis, combining the fundamental frequency with other partials to create a more complex wave shape. This wave shape is further manipulated by an additional set of rest, tie and dynamic waves.

Check out the full article for more details. This gives a much better idea of what this app is than the iTunes description about some "patent pending Cyclophone Technology" nonsense. I'm very interested in this after reading Apps4iDevices additive synth analogy.

Buy Different Drummer on iTunes: $149.99

Tutorial: Using Funkbox with Audiobus - Part 1

Funkbox developer Synthetic Bits has started a Funkbox with Audiobus tutorial series! This first video starts off with the basics, sending Funkbox into MultiTrack DAW for recording, and then throwing JamUp in the middle for some effects.

Look forward to the second part, which will be on MIDI Syncing tracks with Loopy. This will be very handy for making sure your Loopy loops are recorded as tight as possible!

Buy FunkBox on iTunes: $5.99

Orphion Updated for Audiobus

Bastus Trump's unique Orphion instrument has been updated with Audiobus support. It is also on sale!

What's new in 1.3.1:

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

New Christmas scale layout to play your favorite Christmas songs easily.

Buy Orphion on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

DM1 is free!

Both the iPad and iPhone versions of Fingerlab's DM1 Drum Machine are free for a very limited time! This news gets even better, as FinglerLab's just announced today plans to implement Audiobus.

Thanks to Cheezdog for the news!

Buy DM1 on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $7.99)

Buy DM1 for iPhone on iTunes: Free (On Sale, $2.99)

Mostly unrelated to that, Fingerlab's app Rockmate was used yesterday in a cool cover for Coldplay's The Scientist, by F00071.

Buy Rockmate on iTunes: $2.99

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