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Perplex On - Nightshift 

Perplex On released his first solo EP, Nightshift. Perplex On makes use of a lot of different apps as we've seen over the last year and a half of videos featured here. The album is well titled. The tone is dark, and the tempo is hectic. Each of the tracks feature a combination of calming and chaotic elements. Rakete is a good track to start off with, but I especially liked Creature, which features fully developed vocals in a modern-glitchy take on TripHop.

Buy Nightshift on Bandcamp:  €4

ToeJam - Singer, Synth, Maschine, 2 kaoss pads & iPad

The ToeJam duo did another excellent sounding jam on their gear! There are some nice haunting vocals on this one!

Buy Figure on iTunes: Free

Wotja for Apple Watch

Wotja generative music writer was updated with Apple Watch support. This comes with a video that is allegedly the first generative music piece produced on the watch. I say allegedly because we don't actually see that happening at all in the video.

Since we can't see the action, we can make wild assumptions about how this generative music was generated. The desolation of the piece brings to mind an Apple Watch strapped to a Mars rover; which is presently wrestling some serious existential crisis. The video description offers a different explanation, but mine seems just as likely.

Video Description:

Pete and I obviously made quite a few pieces whilst building/testing the first Wotja Watch App (it comes with Wotja 2.0), but this is somehow the first one I thought to create and then record to video. It's not an example of excellence per se, but more just a bit of fun to mark the start of the next chapter in what we hope is a long and exciting journey for Wotja.

How it was done:

On the Apple Watch I used Siri to enter the text into the WWA and I then changed some of the melodic composition settings, volumes and the tempo. I also tried different included players/backing to find what I felt worked well for this piece. I turned off all the Shuffle toggles and then pressed randomise to get a colour theme.

Once I was happy with my wotja, I hooked up my iPhone 5 and recorded it to video on my Mac. I even started/stopped the wotja and and tweaked the volumes in it with the WWA :).

Finally, using Wotja on my iPhone I emailed myself the file I made (just for posterity), and then emailed myself the Wotja Music URL. If you have Wotja or Wotja FREE you can visit it to play it.

Buy Wotja Free on iTunes: Free

 

Buy Wotja on iTunes: $3.99

Arturia BeatStep Pro Demo

SourceDistribution has the first detailed look at the new BeatStep Pro by Arturia. I've gotten a lot of use out of my original BeatStep, but this Pro version looks like a serious upgrade. At $250 the price also jumped quite a lot in this version.

This demo is an excellent example of the power imbued in the tiny sequencer!

Update: Zymos pointed out in the comments here that there is also a demo from Sonic State!

LoopTree

LoopTree is a new Universal iOS looper, with an emphasis on layering unlimited tracks and a nicely designed interface. This one arrives with MIDI, Audiobus/IAA, AudioCopy, and some helpful introductory videos!

LoopTree iTunes Description:

LoopTree is an exciting new breed of looper that brings more fun than ever to creating live music! Record and group practically unlimited vocal and instrumental loops using a powerful, layered interface that gives you unrivalled control over the music you create.

Get your creative juices flowing and evolve your loops using the built-in filter and multi-touch beat repeat.

Feature Highlights:

  • Unlimited number of loops (practically!)
  • Non-destructive layering
  • Beat repeat - sample, repeat and reverse
  • Filter - add variety with an LPF, BPF and HPF

Recording

  • Normal recording - fixed or multiple length loops
  • Chained recording - select multiple tracks to record loops back-to-back
  • Layered recording - equivalent of non-destructive overdubbing

Easy To Use

  • One-finger volume/pan control on individual or simultaneous loops
  • Group control - group tracks into layers; parent tracks control all layers of child tracks.
  • MIDI Control
  • Quantize options
  • Metronome - create custom accented rhythms

Sharing and Import

  • Support for IAA, AudioBus and AudioCopy/Paste
  • Share sessions and recordings via email, iTunes and SoundCloud

Audio Interfaces

LoopTree works well with headphones, but for truly outstanding quality, we recommend using a USB audio interface. We have tested the following interfaces:

  • Behringer UCA222 and 202
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (includes MIDI)

Buy LoopTree on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $12.99)


Embedded here is the introductory video, and there is also a Recording Tutorial.

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