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Developer Tom Harunatsu let me know about his latest iPhone app, BAR1. This iPhone app is designed to be a step-up from a metronome, but not as complicated as a full-on drum machine. It's a drum machine with just a 1 bar sequencer.

BAR1 iTunes Description:

The BAR1 is an only one-bar programmable rhythm machine.

The BAR1 has been developed for checking the rhythm pattern as easily as with a metronome. It is an easier tool for everyday practice than an overqualified creative tool such as a sequencer. The programmable number of bars is only one (triple or quadruple measure). However, the machine enables the user to check complex rhythms such as simultaneous clave and triplet as well as simple clicking in place of a metronome.

The BAR1 is an ideal tool for all musicians who are not quite happy with a metronome but hesitate to use a regular rhythm machine or a sequencer, and its use is highly recommended.

A whole rhythm pattern programmed can be viewed on the score, which visually helps understand beat timing.

Input to the drum machine by switching grids enables the user to play straight and triplet simultaneously.

Also equipped are the tap tempo function for setting tempo by standard tap interval and the jam pad function for playing sounds of any instruments by tapping with rhythm pattern.

The rhythm patterns can be sent to other BAR1 users with an e-mail, not to mention saved in the library.

All the functions including widely placed tempo dials and notepad have been designed for a single-hand use as much as possible.

Buy BAR1 (iPhone) on iTunes: $4.99

Tutorial: MIDI Guitar & Caustic

YouTuber joefry22 did tutorial on using MIDI Guitar with Caustic on iOS. I've embedded the playlist here.

Video Description:

I've been a huge fan of Caustic for a long time, and the MIDI Guitar app has gotten only better and more accurate since its release. Caustic and MIDI Guitar make an excellent combination, allowing you to use your guitar (or pretty much any musical instrument) as a MIDI controller - without needing special hardware or complicated setup.

Just an iOS device and two iOS apps (the full version of MIDI Guitar costs $19.99 and Caustic is $9.99). Yes, they cost more than some apps, but once you realize how much you can do with them you'll see that $30 is an absolute bargain!

I use an iPad 2 and have been getting great results. Low latency and amazingly accurate note tracking.

Buy MIDI Guitar on iTunes: Free ($20 IAP to Unlock MIDI)

Buy Caustic on iTunes: $9.99

Virtual Pipe Organe Prototype - Projekt M

Markus Sigg, aka Polaron.de, makes apps of various organs and his next one sounds great in this prototype demo!

Video Description:

While the previous video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHlGn... demonstrated the manual reeds and the (ahem) astonishingly large dynamic range of "Projekt M" (which still has no final name), this recording is showcasing the Skalmeje 4' pedal stop. If you need a pedal sound that just sings nicely along, not too strong, but cleary noticeable, this stop is an excellent choice. Really nice.

The MIDI pedal is an old one from Dr. Böhm. Unfortunately, the ESI Midi Mate II that I used in the previous two videos refused to cooperate with this pedal. Nothing but rubbish was transmitted. Very annoying. Luckily, another vintage Dr. Böhm device shouted "I can help" and did the job to marry the pedal, the keyboard and the iPad. Hence, the equipment was:

  • Dr. Böhm 30 key MIDI pedal (1988)
  • Dr. Böhm Midi Mixer (1987)
  • Fatar Studio 49 keyboard (2000?)
  • iPad 2 (2011), connected to the mixer by CCK and Midi Mate II

This recording is proof that "Project M" will be usable on devices back to iPad 2/3, albeit the polyphony will be low.

Google Translate vs. “La Bamba”

While not the typical music app video you've come to expect from me here, this is an app video that is both musical and seriously fucking cool! The new demo for Google's Translate app is pure sci-fi in our lifetime. This arrives with a video explaining how the app does what it does. I love going to my local Asian food mart, so this is going to be a big help.

Buy Google Translate on iTunes: Free

Buy Google Translate on Google Play: Free

Kickstarter: Livid Minim

Following their pre-announcement announcement on Monday, Livid has official announced the pre-orders for their latest hardware. Minim is an expressive micro MIDI controller. The key selling point on this one is velocity sensitive pads. Since the controller pairs well with mobile devices, the intention is to have one of these for adding velocity articulation to your playing. The alleged release date for the Minim is set for February 2016.

At $80 for the first 376 orders, and $100 there after, this is the most affordable Livid controller ever.


  • Eight ultra expressive pads, 15 buttons, one touch fader
  • RGB LED’s for colorful feedback
  • 3D motion control to make music with movement
  • Connect wirelessly to iOS and OSX devices
  • Long lasting lithium ion battery
  • No-slip rubberized bottom surface
  • Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 3.25 x 0.5 inches
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