Nextsound did an excellent review of Vidibox, the new VJ app. The review is extremely critical of its flaws:
"It took the better part of a minute to save a one-minute Vidibox recording, bothersome since I had some difficulty triggering the pads on the beat and had made a lot of recordings. By correcting the quantization of the triggers, I escaped this problem, but discovered another; unless I held my finger on the pad for a few seconds, the trigger would occasionally stutter and start a beat later than I intended. To top it off, Vidibox does not give users the option to save or discard a recording, which meant I had to delete all my erroneous tracks later."
Ultimately the review ends on on a high-note though, and is worth a read! Editor Dan Zumsteg even includes an example video of Vidibox doing some downtempo.
Uri Nachmias, developer of Sonic Logic, has released a new customizable MIDI control surface for iPhones.
Knob Lab iTunes Description:
Knob Lab is a powerful MIDI controller for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Control Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Protools, Traktor, and other popular DAWs right from your iPad.
Knob Lab can control devices over WiFi, Bluetooth, Virtual MIDI (inter app communication) or with a cable.
Knob Lab uses CoreMIDI to send MIDI signals so you can even hook it up to hardware synths using and iPad to MIDI cable.
- Virtual MIDI - Control other iOS apps from Knob Lab.
- WiFi connection - Connect to a PC or Mac using WiFi.
- Bluetooth connection - Connect to Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Macs using Bluetooth (Bluetooth requires Sonic Logic Central to be running on your mac - download from www.soniclogicapps.com)./li>
- MIDI layering - Control multiple MIDI destinations from a single knob. Perform complex controls with a single knob rotation!
reSonare was released last week with high claims of being suitable for recording classic performances using only an iPhone mic. Which I saw and dismissed as pure bullshit. I was contacted this morning by the developer, and was surprised to learn it comes from the professor of Electroacustic Composition at High Conservatory of Music of Córdoba, Spain.
Alright, I guess that's worth a mention. There are some fair sounding samples on the website, but nothing spectacular.
reSonare iTunes Description:
Discover the power of your iPhone recording system with this app. Leave the technical tasks to the app, and concentrate on your music. Just point and click to record, choose the correct instrument profile, and enjoy the professional sound with the stereo widening, eq and reverb you were looking for. Choose the settings of your recording session, as in common professional recording systems, up to CD quality (44.1 kHz / 16 bit).
Each profile has been developed with the help of professional musicians, so you only have to follow the steps included in the recording guide about the best device position. But you can to obtain a different or creative sound, feel free to experiment with it, interchanging positions or presets!
Export your sound to your preferred format (wav, mp3, mp4-aac) with the quality you need, and share with your friends or contacts by email, wifi-share, iTunes filesharing, Dropbox or Soundcloud.
Enjoy high quality sample-rate in mono with no extra microphones on your iPhone, and master it into stereo with pseudo-stereo and spacialization techniques in just one click.
The instruments are:
- Woodwinds: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Sax
- Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba.
- Percussion: Marimba.
- Guitar: Nylon guitar.
- Keyboards: Upright Piano, Grand Piano.
- Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.
- Generic: Raw, Bass, Mid, High.
Gregor Heinrich's video skills don't quite match his music skills. That said, I think the lo-fi video quality to his I'm Looking Through You cover adds some charm. Check out his YouTube channel for more cover songs by this German, singing in English, while living in Mexico.
AMS Software have released a lite version to their classic analog-style MIDI sequencer. This carries a 10 minute session limit, and other unspecified feature omissions, but it is a chance to check it out before plonking down $12 on the full app.
midiSequencer Lite iTunes Description:
MidiSequencer is a new and exciting way to trigger your favourite IOS coreMidi synths (or midi hardware) to produce more experimental sounds than would normally be possible using existing sequencers and keyboard playing techniques.
With an ability to run at extremely low (1 BPM) and high tempos (255 BPM in this version), midiSequencer will produce sounds from your synths of a more ethereal and psycho-acoustic quality (feathery trills and bass rumbles) alongside the more traditional music sequenced patterns.
Aimed firmly at live & studio performance for both professional & amateur, every effort has been made to make changes whilst playing. For example, a Cycle button is available to delay changes until the sequence resets allowing you to be less accurate with your timing. This includes loading in completely new patterns or changes in key.
- This is a lite version of midiSequencer, so lacks some of the extended functionality of the full version. 10 minute session time only.
- iOS 6 or greater only, so iPad 1 not supported.
- This app makes no sound (although it can send/receive midi to coreMidi apps you have installed on your iPad).
- To communicate with external midi equipment you will need a suitable iPad midi interface unless you use the Midi Network sessions over wifi.