Tuna Knobs, the suction cup knobs for touch screens, had a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign back in July. Today they reveal the knobs in action with a little jam, featuring the same worrying wobbling I noticed in their initial launch.
In other half-baked crowd-funding news, Wej is sitting at 11% funding. There is no way of knowing how much the goal is, because Retronyms' website isn't saying and I can't be arsed to ask. Historically all crowd-funding projects have received the majority of their funding during the first week. Things are not looking good for the Wej in that regard. This lackluster result is surprising to me, given their great press. The Wej had a mostly positive discussion in this week's Sonic Talk podcast. CDM had a furiously masturbatory piece in which the Wej is heralded hyperbolically as "the most ambitious Bluetooth MIDI-based solution."
Reader efectism has released another Audiobus Jam, titled wIthout eND. This looping jam makes use of SampleTank, Thumbjam, and Samplr, all in Loopy via Audiobus. Loopy is on sale today for $2!
Akai's extremely affordable drum machine and bass synth, Rhythm Wolf, is now shipping on Sweetwater for $200. This presents an even greater value than Korg's Volca range, which would be $300 to get both the drum and bass synths. Akai has released a new video of the device in use by Big Black Delta, via MATRIXSYNTH.
Adam Kumpf, developer of Fiddlewax Blue and Yellow, has released Fiddlewax Pro. This is a multi-instrument and multi-channel looper designed for ease-of-use. There is a short, but informative, demo for this one!
Fiddlewax Pro transforms your iPad into a cutting-edge musical instrument, drum kit, chorded zither, and multi-channel looper; all seamlessly designed for maximum playability. Create music like never before with an instrument that's built to help you turn your song ideas into reality.
Designed from the ground up to help you focus on what you’re creating. Reinvented piano layout extends your expressive potential. Optimized for 10-finger multitouch and seamless use; keep playing even while adjusting parameters.
Play your heart out
Choose from 12 instruments, all optimized for high quality playback on the iPad. Select from four drum modes with both analog and electronic samples. Add filter and reverb effects to shape your sound.
Informed by theory
Choose from all 12 keys, 7 diatonic modes, and 7 secondary scales (Pentatonic, Blues, Whote-tone, etc.) to facilitate stylistic riffs and melodies. Intuitively learn relationships between notes and chords as you play.
Chords with context
Quickly build complex harmonies with a single touch; push-button chords adjust to include triads, 6, 7, 9, sus2, sus4 and modulation chords while also informing the chorded zither / autoharp.
Five auto-expanding, synchronized loopers offer layering, contextual sizing, replay, and simple undo/redo via press-and-hold. Tempo control and beat quantization let you easily align looped sequences on the fly.
Record your session
Record live audio as you play — a stereo M4A file (clean output and vocal/mic input) and multi-channel MIDI file for use in a digital audio workstations (DAW) are both saved — with up to 90 minutes per session.
Share with the world
Easily upload your audio recordings directly with SoundCloud or other installed iOS file apps (such as Google Drive or DropBox), share files via email to friends and family, and backup files directly to your computer when you sync your device.
Connect with other apps
Send realtime audio directly to other iOS apps via Audiobus and Inter-App Audio. Output MIDI to control other iOS synthesizers or to desktop synths and workstations via WiFi / Bluetooth.
Here is the intro video and a 7 minute walkthrough, pointed out to me by reader Sean.