Muza released!

After a couple of teaser videos, Muza is here!

Muza in a beautiful and easy to use musical instrument and MIDI controller. It works in a selectable musical scale, featuring unique harmonizing tool, user friendly side keyboard and a pitch wheel.

You can use it stand alone, or as a MIDI controller.

Features:

• 2 octave Side keyboard "Stripe" plays notes in scale
• 2 extra pads to load one-shot or looped samples
• Pitch wheel
• 200+ samples
• Each instrument can be set to one of 16 MIDI channels
• 26 musical scales including Pentatonic, and Hexatonic
• Universal iOS

Buy Muza on iTunes: $2.99

This is quite similar to both PolyChord and SoundPrism Pro, but at a fraction of the price.

Here is the most recent preview, with Muza controlling a Nord Rack 3 and an MFB Nanozwerg.

Jordan Rudess Previews DrumJam

Jordan has a new video of him playing with a beta version of DrumJam by ThumbJam developer Sonosaurus, with Tachyon.

Introducing an amazing new percussion app by Sonosaurus and percussionist Pete Lockett, along with my own Tachyon app with a little Steinway thrown in for good measure! It's a great time to be into iOS music because cool stuff continues to come out. DrumJam will be released some time this August.

Nice, it looks like a lot of fun!

Buy Tachyon on iTunes: $1.99

Spectral Eye - Audio Spectrum Analyzer Released

Secret Base Design, makers of Voxkit and Audio MIDI Connect, have a new app out for analyzing incoming audio.

This thing is doing some fancy stuff, and it is free! A similar app, FFT, costs $25.

Spectral Eye analyzes incoming audio signals to extract the underlying frequencies. Most sounds are built up from a variety of sine waves; a simple whistle might be a single wave, while a guitar, piano, or the human voice have many waves added together.

By using a Fast Fourier Transform, sound can be decomposed into each frequency. Normally, this information is displayed on a chart, and there are number of excellent apps that do exactly this. Spectral Eye rearranges the FFT into a spiral, so that frequencies that are an octave apart are lined up as rays from the center of the display. The strength of each frequency is represented by the size of a red circle.

If you're interested in understanding the nature of sound, use Spectral Eye to get a better view. The app was created as a utility used in the development in other Secret Base Design apps; we're making it freely available, because we found it to be useful, and thought others might like it too.

The app will remain free, and will not have ads. If you find it useful, we would very much appreciate a review in the app store, and you can get in touch with us through our support site, our Facebook page, or Twitter.

Buy Spectral Eye on iTunes: Free

Legal Threats & Bribery Have Unintended Consequences

Today former iOS developer, Michael of iControlMIDIDesign, discovered that making legal threats and attempting to bribe a blogger have unintended consequences. Following a post yesterday, which included an email excerpt, iControlMIDIDesign continued to email blogger Tim Webb with apoplectic rage.

Michael made assertions that his conversation with me was private, despite all of the emails including the words "Press Inquiry" in the subject line. The very first line of the very first email also identified myself as a blogger at discchord.com.

Having had a good cry and a lie down, Michael thought better of his tactics. Though not much better it would seem.

This afternoon I received a new email from Michael requesting information on advertising here on the site. He was hoping to get me to yank the earlier article, and included a veiled legal threat.

Despite any delusions he may have harbored about an expectation to privacy in the original email, there is no way in hell he has any kind of expectation for privacy now after the previous post... so I'm pretty sure I can post this in its entirety!

Hi Tim,
We would be interested in the Menu Badge.
There is a post on your website that is impairing our business due to the release of un-authorized content. I have been contacting my lawyer and he is recommending to friendly settle if you accept to remove it. In return we would be happy to purchase that Menu Badge for the next 5-6 months as proof of good partnership.
Let us know.
Best regards,
Michael

For future reference to anyone that wants to buy out content on this site, it is going to cost a bit more than $300. I'll sell you the site for $300,000 and you can pull any article you like. Any other offer to sell out, or threats to my first amendment rights, will be posted here.

By the way, any Lawyers out there? This is the second time someone has made legal threats in the last 3 months. I've been busy!

Tic Tac Beatz Electro added to the Buyer's Guide

Drumatron's release reminded me of another app by developer Beats 'n' Bobs. Tic Tac Beatz Electro was released back in May, but a recent update caught my eye so I've been reviewing it for the Buyer's Guide. It did not review well, but it might be informative for people considering purchasing Drumatron. To be fair, Tic Tac Beatz was their first iOS app so I'm sure they've learned from the experience.

If you've played with Tic Tac Beatz Electro, please add your thoughts here!

iPad Music App Buyer’s Guide Rating: Pass

Recommendation: A flawed app that tried very hard to provide a lot, but only offered a mess.

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