Guitarism Universal Update

Guitarism has been updated as a fully Universal iOS app.

What's new in 3.0:

  • Beautiful new visual design
  • Smart Strings improvements: perfect for finger-picking
  • iPad support: new iPad & iPad mini layout:
    • Place your iPad on a table or hold it like a guitar!
    • Buttons for secondary chords on iPad (no tilting)

Buy Guitarism on iTunes: $2.99

In addition to the update video from developer Adil Sherwani, embedded below, there is another unique demonstration of the app! Reader hymnotix pointed me to this collaboration with other iOS Developers covering Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower.

This is a cover of All Along The Watchtower, recorded entirely with iOS virtual instruments as performed by their respective creators. Vocals were recorded directly into an iPhone (no external hardware). Mixing was done in GarageBand on Macs to simplify collaboration.

Vocals - Adil Sherwani (guitarism)
Lead guitars - ThumbJam through AmpKit via Audiobus
Rhythm guitars (riffs) - iFretless Guitar through Amplitube via Audiobus
Rhythm guitars (arpeggios and chords) - guitarism clean + through AmpKit via Audiobus
Bass guitar - iFretless Bass
Drums - DrumJam

Here is the update video showing off Guitarism on the iPad, with the new interface designed by Ryan Hemeon.

Audanika Harmony Theory Lesson 7: Complementary Intervals

This week's Audianika Harmony Theory lesson is up, this time exploring Complementary Intervals and Octave Equivilence.

What is octave equivalence?

While comparing different tones one will find that tones an octave apart sound extremely similar. Played together these tones easily fuse into each other. The reason is that the second tone has the double frequency as the first. The waves of both tones fit perfectly into each other. And exactly that can be used to reduce the amount of relevant intervals.

There's a supporting video to demonstrate this, but you can make it through the whole article in about 5 minutes.

Tutorials: Native Instruments Traktor DJ

Native Instruments has released a series of tutorial videos for their Traktor DJ app. This series covers everything from preparation to performing. I've embedded the whole playlist here, but if it doesn't play correctly on your browser you can find it here.

Buy Traktor DJ on iTunes: $19.99


NinjaJamm is a new iPhone app that lets you remix songs from artists on the UK electronic music label Ninja Tune.

iTunes Description:

Ninja Jamm is a free mixing and jamming app that lets anyone instantly remix music from the Ninja Tune label using touch control, state of the art effects and killer music from Ninja artists.

Combining aspects of DJing, remixing and producing, the app lets anyone experience the excitement of playing with electronic music. Ninja artists such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Mr Scruff and Coldcut, provide the tunes for you to jamm with.

As each tune plays, you can switch seamlessly between the original licks and bonus clips, created by highly trained remix Ninjas, whilst glitching and effecting each channel and firing oneshot samples over the top.

The app comes bundled with a free Tunepack, Beats and Pieces3 from Coldcut, the cut'n'paste classic from the DJ duo who helped define both the modern remix with Paid in Full and mashup with Journeys By DJ. You can expand your collection with more Tunepacks from Ninja artists, available for in-app purchase.

Buy NinjaJamm on iTunes: Freemium

They let you share your remixes on SoundCloud, which is not something I expected of an app from a label. This is a great idea since it lets you export something and has the benefit of providing them free marketing for their artists.

Here's the promo video, but you should also check out the Making Of video which shows the prototype in TouchOSC and MAX/MSP.

Audiobus Updates!

With the Audiobus SDK now out in the wild, developers are quickly implementing it into their apps. Three new additions just hit iTunes today, including the long awaited SampleTank update and Remixer!

Buy Remixer2 on iTunes: $2.99

Buy Polychord on iTunes: $9.99

Buy Electrify on iTunes: $14.99

Buy Epic Synth on iTunes: $5.99

Buy Sample Tank on iTunes: $11.99

Buy Sample Tank FREE on iTunes: Freemium

In the increasingly crowded market of DJ apps, Remixer still stands out in my mind. This is in many ways the TC-11 of DJ apps, offering familiar functionality in an original design; suited to touch interfaces. Here's a demo from the developer.

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