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Different Drummer Update

Development on Different Drummer remains at a high pace, with their second substantial update this month!

What's new in Different Drummer v3.1:

  • New Musical Interval Visualizer
  • Better UI action in Automation Panel
  • Added Voice Legend to visualizer
  • Fixed bug in longer waves
  • Fixed bug in loading legacy files and some non-legacy issues
  • Fixed ABA sequencing
  • Fixed play from queue
  • New Play-once and stop feature
  • Editing in Grid Mode acts different for Notes, Rests, Ties and Dynamics, letting you edit individual values
  • Changing measure view in Grid Mode wraps instead of stops
  • Master Volume is now 0-127
  • Editing ABA now autosaves
  • Various UI improvements

Buy Different Drummer on iTunes: $14.99

IK Multimedia iRig Pads

IK has announced the release of iRig Pads, a highly portable drum pad controller, available now for $149.99.

Bendghazi: iPhone 6 Plus Bends, Crushes Your Dreams

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus roll out into the wild, there are already alarming reports of the new Plus model bending! This is particularly worrying for those still waiting for their pre-ordered units to arrive.

Get Bent!

While I'll gleefully jump at any opportunity to troll Apple, I'm not convinced that this particular fault is worthy.

As you can see in the picture to the right, the same exact complaints have cropped up around the release of both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S. Somehow we managed, as a species, to struggle on.

There are some elements to the iPhone 6 Plus bend stories that are worrying though. For a start, all of the reports so far are from people claiming the iPhone 6 Plus was in their front pocket. The iPhone 5/5S claimaints had put the devices in their back pocket in order to achieve the ass-shaped curve.

In fact the first reported iPhone 6 Plus bend came from a man who was wearing dress slacks.

Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted.

Apple Defense Force: Activate!

Apple apologists are out in force today decrying everyone who has the audacity to put their phone in their pocket. Others insist that this is only happening to hipsters in skinny jeans. They clearly didn't even read the first article on the subject, in which he is wearing slacks, and just jumped to defend Apple. With repairs on the new devices costing a hell of a lot, this flippant attitude toward fellow customers is disappointing.

Before you cancel your pre-order, or fork over $100 for AppleCare+, I have a bit of advice. Park your phone upside down! All of the bending reportedly occurs around the holes for the volume buttons; where the aluminum unibody case is weakest. It you put your phone in your pocket with the home button on the top, the weak point will not be subjected to the pressure against your hip. I got mine yesterday and can see how the larger phone could start to peak out of your pocket. If the pocket ridge is pushing down, and your hip is pushing up, these two forces could bend the weaker top part of the phone. Or at least that's my strategy, and I hope putting it in my pocket upside-down prevents this bending!

Here is a video documenting the force required to bend an iPhone 6 Plus. Sadly, it doesn't take much.

Update: Thanks to Slaphead for pointing out in the comments here that there is a follow-up video exploring abuse on a Samsung Note 3. The video shows that the iPhone 6 Plus screen cracked when he tried to bend it back.

Sonic Touch 35: iTrack Dock, Loopy, Softstep 2

Nick and Gaz return with an excellent new Sonic Touch! The primary focus in this episode is an in-depth review of the Focusrite iTrack Dock. They also spend some time with the new KMI Softstep 2 foot-controller, and invent a new Sonic Touch Classic Gold Award just for Loopy!

Buy Loopy HD on iTunes: $3.99


Buy Loopy on iTunes: $2.99 (iPhone)

TF7 Update

TF7, Tenacious Frog's FM synth, got a big update adding a whole bunch of new algorithms and waveforms!

What's new in TF7 v1.5:

iOS8 Ready

9 new waveforms for modulator and carrier modules (Pro Pack - $4):
- 1+2, 1+3, 1+4, 1+5, 1+6, 1+7, 1+8, 1+2+3, 1+3+5 waveforms to give you an even greater variety of sounds!

Midi Learn. Assign your midi CC controller commands easily. (Pro Pack - $4)

New Auto-Vibrato effect - inject greater expressivity to your sounds - guaranteed fun! (Expanded Algorithms - $4)

Supports Audiobus 2 now (iOS7 and above required) (All)

Also: Presets Pack using the new waveforms and vibrato effect coming soon - wait for it

Buy TF7 on iTunes: Freemium