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Cyber Monday 2013

It seems most apps and retailers blew their wad on Black Friday, because there are very few deals on Cyber Monday.

What they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality!

App Sales:

Buy PixiTracker on iTunes: $0.99 (On sale, $1.99)

Buy PixiTracker 1 Bit on iTunes: $0.99 (On sale, $1.99)

Buy Sunvox on iTunes: $3.99 (On sale, $5.99)

Buy Virtual ANS on iTunes: $3.99 (On sale, $5.99)

Buy PixiVisor on iTunes: $0.99 (On sale, $1.99)

Buy Arpeggionome Pro on iTunes: $9.99 (On sale, $14.99)

Buy Auria on iTunes: $24.99 (On sale, $49.99)

Buy Auria LE on iTunes: $12.99 (On sale, $24.99)

Buy Echo Pad on iTunes: $1.99 (On sale, $3.99)

Thanks to readers Adrian, a1 and Hoyas for pointing out the new deals on SunVox, PixiTracker, and Arpeggionome!

Hardware Sales:

Amazon has some great deals on Akai MPK keyboards! I spent a lot of time auditioning keyboards before deciding on the MPK61 and cannot recommend it enough. If you prefer Synth-action style keys, over piano hammer-action, then you'll probably love any one of these keyboards.

Akai SynthStation 49 - $80! Thanks to reader CoopMusic247 for finding this one!

Akai MPK49 - $255. It seems a little silly to see this marked up $100 higher than the iPad SynthStation, but if you really want more knobs and fadders this is discounted about $100 off the usual price.

Akai MPK61 - $380! Usually these beasts are $500-600. If you have the room for 61 keys in your studio, get this now!

Matt Robertson - Reactable Jam

Matt Robertson got to play with a hardware Reactable! He keeps this jam very organic with the aid of Samplr!

Buy Samplr on iTunes: $9.99

How Do Synths Sound Through Swoopster?

Holderness Media's Christopher Rice has some time on his hands while he awaits Apple's approval of Swoopster. He's putting it to good use by producing some demo videos! Here is an example of Swoopster effecting Moog's Animoog and MG-1. There is also a demo of Swoopster on drums. Swoopster should be out this week!

Gestrument Update

Gestrument got a huge update over the weekend, adding lots of tweaks and new features!

What's new in Gestrument v1.4:

New Features:

  • Patterns: Sequence the rhythmic pattern of each instrument.
  • Scale presets. Load one of many bundled scales, or create and save your own.
  • Transpose in real-time between 6 configurable transpositions, either absolute or within scale.
  • Allow individual instruments to ignore transposition.
  • Skip scale mapping if minimum and maximum pitch is equal, suitable for drones and percussion.
  • Pulse density slider scaling and inversion for each instrument.
  • Remember visible slider on iPhone.

Fixes and Tweaks:

  • Major improvement for scheduling notes on internal synth: now sample accurate.
  • MIDI recording: Use a separate track per instrument.
  • Better handling of out-of-range pitches.
  • Improve pitch fluctuation.
  • Fix occasional stuck note with extreme pitch ranges.
  • Updated Audiobus SDK.
  • Minor UI tweaks.

Buy Gestrument on iTunes: $7.99

Rheyne Jam #94

Rheyne has been releasing a lot of new music videos lately! Here's the most recent, check out his channel for more!

Video Description:

Live looping with Ableton Live. Lighting controlled by Max for Live and an Enttec DMXIS. Nothing was pre-recorded.

Download or stream the audio at SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rheyne/rheyne-live-jam-94/s-KWnLW


  • Novation Launchpad S
  • 2x iPads running Lemur (one w/ iConnectMIDI)
  • KMI QuNeo triggering Battery (drums)
  • KMI QuNexus triggering Kontakt (piano)
  • MBP running Ableton Live / M4L

Lemur is also controlling Absynth and 2x Massive through Ableton Live.

  • 2x Chauvet Slim Par 56
  • Enttec DMXIS

Cameras and audio:

  • Zoon Q3HD (audio)
  • Canon T3i
  • iPad 3rd gen (video)

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $49.99