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Drake Music Scotland: Thumbjam Session

Drake Music Scotland is a non-profit organization that makes music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Here members Rhona Smith and Antony Swift jam on Thumbjam! This sounds really good, even for a camera mic, and I found it quite moving!

Buy ThumbJam on iTunes: $8.99

App Sales!

A whole lot of apps are on sale now, including Drum On which is currently free! Thanks to reader GetOfaMahLawn for this news!

Buy Drum On on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Audulus on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy The Oscillator on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $1.99)

Buy Maestro Touch on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

I hadn't actually heard of Maestro Touch before, so I looked into a bit this morning. After reading their iTunes description I'm still not entirely sure, but I found this excellent sounding demo! There is also a free version.

Interview: Smite Matter

iOS Musician's Sean Walker interviewed David A Israel; one of the first musicians to release an album composed entirely on iOS, and blogger at SmiteMatter.com where he does lots of app reviews.

The interview is primarily David's use of Auria in his workflow.

Auria is powerful and pushes device resources to their limits especially when using its plug ins and FX, making it difficult to use on iPad 2. I don’t know if it can be made any more efficient or not? It’s easy to avoid problems. Limiting the number of simultaneous Audiobus inputs, and taking advantage of track freeze is key to avoiding low memory, low CPU warnings and crashes. The only times I ever run into those issues are when I forget to close a background app, try to run too many inputs, or fail to freeze tracks with plug ins assigned. Wave Machine Labs is really showing (as seen in recent updates) that they’re listening to users and making solid improvements; like the touch/drag duplicate region bypassing the need for a drop down, and touch controlled TimeStretch.

That is all really good advice for anyone who is trying to use Auria. In the desktop world people are used to freezing tracks to preserve CPU. On iOS we tend to just expect anything we try to do, to work! That isn't always a reasonable expectation.

Read the full interview over on iOS Musician.

iOS Update Vol. 43: Novation Launch Apps and Keyboard

In this week's Sweetwater iOS Update, Mitch Gallagher pairs up the Launchkey and Launchpad apps with the Launchkey keyboard.

Buy Novation Launchpad on iTunes: Free


Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free

Buy Metronome+ on iTunes: $1.99

Yamaha TNR-i, Sunrizer, and Novation MiniNova Jam

Marcus Padrini, from MusicApps.com.br, shares this jam with Yamamha's TNR-i along with am empassioned plea to Yamaha for them to quit their weird regional practices and just sell their apps in Brazil and other neglected countries.

Loose translation by Google and me:

There is only one reason I do not talk much about the excellent Yamaha TNR-i application here: the fact that the Japanese company do not seem to like Brazilians who use iPhone and iPad to make music, and they won't release their great apps on the Brazil iOS App Store. I had to buy my copy of TNR-i a long time ago with a U.S. account, just to play with this great sequencer.

Brazil is famously screwed by a lot of software companies. When they do actually get the goodies they come with outrageous markups on everything, including video games. This has lead the government to adopting Linux as their primary OS and their children to a culture of piracy.

I don't think many Brazilian musicians would go through the trouble of trying to set up a US iTunes account, as Marcus has here. If they want it they would simply pirate it from the Chinese. Think about it Yamaha, and while you're at it, cut the shit with the special US versions of your apps. What is that about?

Here Marcus shows off why he loves the app so much!

Buy Yamaha TNR-i on iTunes: $19.99