An Intervention for iDesignSound

All of us music bloggers are pretty close, and we try to look out for each other. Yesterday I was devastated to learn that Alex over iDesignSound had developed G.A.S., so I've staged an intervention. I also try to provide some advice for other musicians who may suffer from this debilitating disorder.

It can happen to any of us. You don't have to suffer alone.

Buy Little MIDI Machine on iTunes: Free

Synthesia for iPad is finally here!

After nearly a year of teasing, the popular keyboard-practice game Synthesia is now available for iPad!

Synthesia is like Guitar Hero, for Piano, but instead of just a handful of songs you get any songs you can find in MIDI format!

iTunes Description:

Learn to play the piano using falling notes! Get started right away, even if you don't know how to read sheet music.

Enjoy playing songs right on the iPad touchscreen or connect a MIDI keyboard, put your iPad right on the music stand, and play using real keys!

  • Synthesia will wait until you hit the correct note in melody practice.
  • Practice sections repeatedly by creating a loop.
  • Show sheet music along with the falling notes.
  • Keep time using the built-in metronome.
  • Learn each hand individually.
  • Hints for which fingers to use are included in all the built-in songs.
  • You can add your own finger hints to songs you import.
  • Compatible with the lights in most keyboard models with lighted keys.
  • Choose from more than 100 different instrument sounds.
  • More than 20 songs are available immediately.
  • A single unlock lets you play any MIDI song ever, including the rest of the 150+ built-in songs and any that you import using iTunes File Sharing or using the "Open in Synthesia" option in other apps.

Buy Synthesia for iPad on iTunes: Free (Unlock IAP - $7.99)


There aren't any videos out yet for the iPad specific Synthesia, but there are hundreds of videos for the PC/Mac version.

HD Piano does a particularly good job of them, making tutorials out of a slowed down version of popular songs. He gives away the first part of most songs on YouTube, but you need to subscribe for the second half. Here is Virtual Insanity, by Jamiroquai.

TB MIDI Stuff Updated with MIDI In

TB MIDI Stuff development continues with new MIDI In controls, as well as a lot of new MIDI tools and fixes.

 

Buy TB MIDI Stuff on iTunes: $4.99

What's new in 2.0.1:

New Features:

  • iPhone 5 & iPod Touch 5th Gen support
  • MIDI In on Piano Keyboard controls
  • Bi direction on RPN/NRPN messages
  • Signed RPN/NRPN messages
  • XOR checksum method in SysEx messages
  • Bi directional MIDI on all opened pages

Improvements & Bug Fixes:

  • Fix bad MIDI IN/OUT selection in Application Settings
  • Fix SysEx messages editing bug on iOS 6
  • Fix OSC messages random crashes
  • Fix OSC bi direction on drum pad's toggle group
  • Fix bi direction on Pick List controls
  • Fix background color bug on Pick List controls
  • Fix gyroscope simulation on iPad 1st Gen
  • Fix delete pages/canvas crashes
  • Fix default springs bug on X/Y pads
  • Fix user variables renaming crash
  • Speed up pages editor entering/quitting
  • Fix a crash with built-in controllers on iOS 5
  • Fix e-mail crash on iOS 5

GlitchBreaks & Audulus Jam

MATRIXSYNTH found a neat video from Sinapsya using GlitchBreaks and Audulus. He goes a step further and makes use of Audulus' latest update, which added Virtual MIDI, to control Audulus from Lemur!

I hate posting videos that have audio from a cam mic, but I'm making an exception because I seriously dig this laid back beat.

Buy GlitchBreaks on iTunes: $4.99

 

Buy Audulus on iTunes: $19.99

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $49.99

Save 50%-80% on IK Multimedia Apps

IK Multimedia have sales going on for 50-80% off their apps. The good ones this time!

Buy iGrand Piano for iPhone on iTunes: 9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy iGrand Piano for iPad on iTunes: 9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy DJ Rig for iPhone on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy DJ Rig for iPad on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

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