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App Sales!

A whole bunch of apps went on sale today, including the recent Final Touch and the lowest price ever on Arpeggionome Pro!

Also on sale today is Erol Singer's Studio, a long running app for aspiring singers. I've embedded the official tutorial below as a demo.

Buy Singer's Studio on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy Final Touch on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Arpeggionome Pro on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy MIDI Designer Pro on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $24.99)

Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $13.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Note that only the iPhone version of the main AmpliTube app is on sale; all 138493 other versions of AmpliTube are full price.

Experimental Performance Rig Test

Chris Stack from ExperimentalSynth.com experimented with a new performance rig based around his guitar, an iPad running Samplr, and the Eventide H9 pedal that you can manage from an iOS device. Here Chris is jamming out some ambient high-sustain on the guitar, while triggering samples from an audiobook of The Middle Doctrine.

Buy Samplr on iTunes: $9.99

Buy H9 Control on iTunes: Free ($20 Per Effect)

Kickstarter: MIDI Sprout - Successful!

With just days to spare, the MIDI Sprout Kickstarter has achieved its funding goal! Now we need to Kickstart something that will help me take care of house plants.

Here's a demo of the MIDI Sprout feeding MIDI to Animoog.

iOS Update Vol. 71: IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange

In this week's Sweetwater iOS Update, Mitch Gallagher checks out IK Multimedia's latest AmpliTube iteration, Orange.

Buy AmpliTube Orange (iPhone) on iTunes: $14.99

Buy AmpliTube Orange for iPad on iTunes: $14.99

hearEQ - Ear Training for EQ

Yesterday Alex, from Ten Kettles Development, sent me a promo code for their new app hearEQ. An unique Universal ear training app for learning EQ! This is quite a novel concept for an app and I immediately sank into it.

hearEQ iTunes Description:

Every frequency range has a colour, a quality, a character. For sound engineers, musicians, and other enthusiasts, knowing how to apply this to an equalizer (EQ) can make a transformational change to your sound—whether you're mixing a live concert, a recording, or even playing music through iTunes.

It's a simple app with a powerful promise: if you learn the qualities of each frequency band—for example, cutting 4kHz puts sound in the background—then you can make equalization work for you, and truly transform your sound into something professional and beautiful.

hearEQ uses your favourite songs to create custom ear training exercises that a) teach you all about frequency bands, and b) help you really hone your EQ skills. A standard 10-band equalizer is used, just like you'd find in iTunes and on many professional sound mixers. Your song will be played back with a simple equalization applied—and you guess what it was!

• Was it really clear, maybe a bit hollow? Could be a 1000 Hz cut.

• Was it muddy? Maybe that's a 500 Hz boost.

• Was it really present, almost too in-your-face? Sounds like a 4kHz boost.

Ten questions, ten frequencies, and then you get a score. Want to focus on just a few frequency bands to start? You can do that too. Keep at it, and you'll be an EQ master in no time.

Buy hearEQ on iTunes: $0.99


EQing is something I seem to struggle with a lot. I'll have all my EQ bands set up one day, and then the next day listening to the same exact source I'll feel like it's too muddy or shrill. I hoped that this app would help with that by giving me a better idea of what to listen for. When I started off I was basically guessing, "Uhh, I guess the low end sounds louder?" After half an hour with the app I had a noticeable improvement to my score, but I was also thinking in much clearer terms too! "Oh, this sounds like the 4k range is being boosted! It isn't as nasally as the 2k and is definitely not has high as the 8k." I just kind of knew it from listening closely for a while. For an app to teach that for a buck seems like a pretty good deal!

This uses songs from your iTunes library, so make sure you have something in there that is harmonically rich!