In a first for Yamaha, they've released an app that looks pretty damn cool! Visual Performer is a MIDI-aware visualization app.
Yamaha's Visual Performer is a App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch which you can express your playing in graphical animation.
Features:• Graphic animation appears synchronized with the playing by the MIDI instrument (WiFi or a cable is required)
• 10 types of graphic animations and the projected image by iOS device's camera
• Customize your original animation by combining with two patterns
• Change the animation pattern during your play by using chain function
• Record your sound and the animation on your iPhone/iPad. *Video format: mov.
• Play with your iPhone/iPad (XY Pad or Virtual keyboard)
• Synchronize with musical playing application on the other iOS device (WiFi is required)
The app is free, but there is a $3 IAP called Special Package. It looks like this could be handy for livening up some of the boring videos I see on YouTube of people just pressing Play in Garageband. Thanks to reader Rafael for pointing this out!
Yamaha has an annoying habit of breaking up their apps by region and language. The one on iTunes Spain is also in English, and it isn't even available in Yamaha's home country of Japan! If you can't use this first link, the second one seems to be a generic European version, but it is also only localized in English. Amusingly iTunes Canada also points to this European version.
New app Singing Teacher provides real-time analysis of your singing. This is Universal on iOS, and even available on Android!
Singing Teacher is a powerful application that lets you analyze your voice in deep resolution anywhere you go. Contains several impressive features together in REAL TIME like:• singing note analyzer text and on keyboard
• voice chart
• level meter in dB
• stop/start button
• noise treshold control
• mic boost
Application exports .csv table file to iTunes and can make screenshot directly to your gallery.
Hobbyist or singers, this application can give you exact image about your singing skills. Recommended for singing teachers to test and help teach their students.
Live looping with a DSI MoPho keyboard, an Akai MPD26 controlling NI's Kontakt, three iPads running Sunrizer, Lemur, and Magellan, an iTouch running SoundPrism Pro which is sending MIDI notes to Sunrizer via the iConnectMIDI, and a DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter 3D using the "MF3D Launcher" script created by Tomash Ghzegovsky.
All audio is passed through a PreSonus 1818VSL connected to a Macbook Pro running Ableton Live. All loops are recorded live. Feel free to ask questions below, or through Facebook and Twitter (links at the top).
Download or stream the audio at SoundCloud: http://snd.sc/WTHNS8
A new tonal harmony teaching tool has been released, complete with a nice tutorial series to help you get started.
Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro has been envisioned as auxiliary material in the study of Tonal Harmony. The main objective of this app is to provide the student, teachers, composers and/or songwriters with a tool that will aid them in hearing, analyzing, foreseeing and composing harmonic progressions without struggle, in all keys alike.
The map has seven levels of complexity, from the basic diatonic neighborhood advanced secondary functions in major and minor modes and is viewable in all 12 keys and enharmonic spellings, plus a functional view (relative to the tonic). Each level is also accompanied by its respective workbook available at mDecks.com for further study and research.