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FL Studio Mobile Updated with MiniSynth

The latest FL Studio Mobile update, adding MiniSynth, is on iTunes now. Finally bringing some synthesis to the app!

Buy FL Studio Mobile HD on iTunes: $19.99

Buy FL Studio Mobile on iTunes: $14.99 (iPhone)

AmpKit Updated with AirTurn Support

Peavey's AmpKit was updated with MIDI and AirTurn control added to the amp simulator.

What's new in AmpKit v2.0:



  • Setlists deliver masterful control over your setups for playing live shows, practicing, or simply organizing groups of setups just the way you want them.
  • You have total control of the order of setups within the Setlist.
  • Each Setlist can include a mix of your personal setups and AmpKit presets.
  • Extra-large navigation buttons enable fast switching between setups, even when playing live.

MIDI & AirTurn Controller Support

  • Use MIDI and AirTurn-style devices to control AmpKit amps and pedals, as well as navigate setups and Setlists—perfect for live gigs but also great for jamming and practicing.
  • Easily map an external control, such as a stomp switch or expression pedal, to any of over 350 AmpKit functions.
  • Works with most iOS-compatible external controllers, including local, network, and Bluetooth MIDI devices, as well as Bluetooth foot controllers like the AirTurn.

Buy AmpKit on iTunes: Freemium


Buy AmpKit+ on iTunes: $8.99 (On Sale)

Apptronica Magazine Launches

Clif Johnston from iOSMusic.org has launched a new magazine dedicated to music apps! Apptronica is now available on iTunes! Subscription is totally free, and includes contributions from Chip Boaz, Fletcher Kaufman, Jon Rawlinson (PantsofDeath), and me!

The magazine looks great, Clif did a great job with the design, and is a lot of fun to flip through on the iPad. In this first issue we had an inadvertent theme, exploring how music apps are the future of music making. This was entirely spontaneous, as there was no communication at all about the subject for articles between writers. I'd like to thank reader Vasily Bochkov for inspiring my own article, when he emailed me asking why iPads can't run ProTools given that ProTools used to run on tiny processors back in the early '90s. I get very nerdy and long-form in my article addressing that, while looking at some of the interesting accomplishments unique to iOS music making.

On an entirely personal note, Clif has been a long-standing member of the community for years, but has hit a very rough patch in his life. His wife required heart surgery, and Clif recently lost his job. Since he doesn't know how to make methamphetamines he is fucked, because America. He's looking for assistance with covering medical expenses, rent, utilities, and food. If you'd like to help he has a FundRazr campaign.

Buy Apptronica Magazine on iTunes: Free

If you're wondering how we got an iTunes rating of 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor" it was surprisingly not my language that caused it!
This picture might have something to do with it though...

Nanoloop Update

Last week Nanoloop was updated but was crashing on iPads! Fortunately the fix came out today, so here are the goodies added.
As reader Martin Roberts notes, this update adds: "So many new features that it's practically a completely new version."

What's new in Nanoloop v3.2.1:

This is major update with many new functions and new design:

  • Per-step control for all parameters
  • Transpose all parameters via menu icon
  • Variable pattern length
  • 8 channels
  • 6 seconds sample length (mono)
  • Trim samples
  • Fine-tune samples
  • Filter resonance
  • More "gain" range
  • Soft clipping
  • MIDI sync to external devices (tested with Mac over WiFi only)
  • Universal binary for iPad
  • Black color scheme
  • Adjustable font/icon size
  • New layout

New help function: A long press on an icon reveals info and/or a menu.

Triple-taps are not used anymore, double-taps may be used for shortcuts optionally.

Buy Nanoloop on iTunes: $3.99

That is an excellent round of new features, especially now that it is Universal! I couldn't find any videos of this new version, and was really hoping to see the per-step parameter control in action, but while I was looking I found this: The most amazing thing I've ever heard anyone do with Gameboys. Here Henry Homesweet rocks out on Nanoloop 2.3 cartridges with two Gameboy Advances.

Yamaha Mobile Music Sequencer 3.0

Yamaha updated their Mobile Music Sequencer to 3.0. Along with the new features comes some sales on their popular apps. Unfortunately TNR-i got a sale, but TNR-e did not. TNR-e is the one that they've been giving new features to, so TNR-i may be abandoned. Thanks to readers Hoyas79 and Matt Newby for the news on the sales!

What's new in Mobile Music Sequencer v3.0:

Yamaha's Mobile Music Sequencer enables composers to combine a range of phrase patterns and create musical compositions intuitively, following the flow of composition, from phrases to sections and from sections to songs. Wherever you are, you can now sketch the outline of a composition. In addition, you can use the ingredients to delicately craft songs on a Yamaha synthesizer, or in Steinberg Cubase.

First, try loading the demo song (a number of demo songs are provided). Tap on the settings icon in the top right of the screen, select [Digital Sympathy] from the Presets under the File tab, and press the Load button to read in the song.

Create a song right away as follows:

Step 1-Create phrases

You can choose from a rich selection of 382 preset phrases (the phrase is the smallest unit in the structure of a composition). Under Phrase in the View screen, tap on a cell in which no setting has been made, then tap on the Select button on the left. To listen to a preset phrase, tap on its name. It is also possible to use real-time recordings made using the keyboard within an application, or user phrases which have been created using piano roll input. Using the powerful Loop Remix function, it is possible to divide selected phrases at specified intervals and then order them randomly, automatically insert rolls or breaks, and thus rework them into new phrases.

Step 2-Create sections

Combine multiple phrases together to create a section. Phrases are arranged in a vertical block and playback is turned on and off using the Section button at the bottom of the screen. The phrases can be managed as a single unit.

By specifying codes for individual sections, you can easily create variations. Using the Create command you can also create a succession of new sections based on the phrase that is currently being played back, which allows production to proceed smoothly.

Step 3-Create Songs

Put together complete songs by pasting together sections. This is easily accomplished by touching the Section area and then just dragging and dropping sections into the data area. Naturally, you can also input sections by recording in real time or by using the piano roll screen.

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - US on iTunes: $7.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - International on iTunes: £5.49/€6.99 (On Sale, from £13.99/€17.99)

Buy TNR-i US on iTunes: $9.99


Buy TNR-i on iTunes: €8.99

Buy Keyboard Arp & Drum Pad US on iTunes: $1.99


Buy Keyboard Arp & Drum Pad on iTunes: €1.79

Buy Synth Arp & Drum Pad US on iTunes: $3.99


Buy Synth Arp & Drum Pad on iTunes: €3.59