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iTude No. 3: Ev'ry Bird

Dan Hosken created an interesting combination with BitWiz and Samplr. This video starts off way too fucking loud, but it calms down. It starts to take on ethereal elements which are juxtaposed violently with BitWiz bit rot. The contrast is unique!

Video Description:

iTudes is a series of pieces that explores the iPad as a performance instrument. iTudes No. 3 utilizes the Samplr app with samples created in the BitWiz app along with a text excerpt. The short text phrase ("How do you know but ev'ry bird that cuts the airy way is An immense World of Delight closed by your senses five") is drawn from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and represents my continuing creative entanglement with that work.

Buy Samplr on iTunes: $9.99


Buy BitWiz on iTunes: $2.99

Ostinator - Looper Sampler

Living Memory has released their first iOS app in fine fashion! Ostinator is a phrase looper designed like a pedal, with support for IAA, AudioShare, Audiobus, and MIDI! It's nice to see new developers nail the important stuff!

Ostinator iTunes Description:

Designed in the style of a familiar pedal box for effortless, uncomplicated, no fuss operation, Ostinator is a single track stereo phrase looper focused on hands free control during live performance. Use it to create anything from long loops to short decaying echoes. Crossfading options enable creation of seamless drones and overdubbing offers undoable "sound on sound" layering. All performance controls are available on a single screen but Ostinator’s main strength is painless remote control while it runs in the background.


  • AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatible.
  • Supports:
    • AudioCopy
    • AudioShare
    • “Open In…”
  • Audio file import & export via iTunes.
  • Hands free operation using a MIDI controller.
  • MIDI assignable to every performance parameter.
  • Optional, adjustable crossfading for seamless loops.
  • Adjustable fade out time when playback stops.
  • Adjustable loop feedback for infinite looping or echoes.
  • Re-trigger mode, loops can be restarted.
  • Prerecorded loops can be loaded with MIDI program change.
  • Up to 12 minutes of stereo recording time.
  • Get up and running quickly with onscreen help.
  • Built-in PDF Manual.

A Note for Prospective Purchasers

Loops can be loaded, triggered and recorded remotely using MIDI controls (i.e. from footpedals or a sequencer). Tempo based looping is possible by sending the appropriate trigger messages but Ostinator is focused on simple manual control for live performers and as such does not provide any slicing, timestretch or pitch changing functions.

Buy Ostinator for iPad on iTunes: $2.99

iSEM Supports Audio Unit Extensions

Arturia's iSEM is the first instrument app to support Audio Unit Extensions(AUX) on iOS 9, thanks to developer Rolf Wöhrmann from Tempo Rubato! Reader Trueyorky posted this screenshot of iSEM inside MultitrackStudio, which funnily enough has AUX support before Apple's own Garageband!

Buy Arturia iSEM on iTunes: $9.99

Rheyne Jam #140

NI Komplete Kontrol Keyboards (wow, that is an unfortunate acronym...) light-up keys sure look nice in Rheyne's setup.

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $24.99

Buy Lemur on Google Play: $24.99

Samer Kanaan - Oriental Fusion

Reader Samer Kanaan shared this fun bit of Oud fusion; with Cubasis, Oriental Strings, and bs-16i.

Buy Cubasis on iTunes: $49.99


Buy Oriental Strings on iTunes: $9.99

Buy bs-16i on iTunes: $7.99