Jason Fellin has released an iPhone app for playing back classical Indian ragas, called NagmaLive. This could be a nice way to add some ethnic flavor to your music thanks to the inclusion of Audiobus! The app is free, but requires $15 to unlock.
NagmaLive iTunes Description:
Enliven your Indian Classical music or dance practice and performance with the live instrumental recordings of Nagma Live. Whether you’re a tabla player, kathak dancer, instrumentalist, vocalist, or an electronic musician, Nagma Live will personalize and track your practice sessions, inspiring your progress.
- 14 raags to choose from
- Choose your instrument: sarangi, harmonium, and sitar
- Real instrumental recordings by Ustad Roshan Ali Khan (Sarangi), Jayanta Banerjee (Sitar and Harmonium), Hiranmay Mitra (Harmonium), Chaz Hastings (Tabla).
- Several taal options: Tintal, Rupaktal, Jhaptal, Ektal, Dhamar
- 15-600 bpm for Tintal; 15-300 bpm for all other taals
- Play a tanpura along with your nagma
- Adjust volume, reverb, and panning for each instrument
- Use presets to personalize your session
- Set time intervals with nagma, pitch, and beats per minute
- Play live tabla recordings with Kathak Mode
- Play a theka with matching taal and pitch for each Nagma
- Add an alap to enhance the live feel of your session
- Practice tabla accompaniment with gat recordings
- Inspire your drut tintal practice with real jhala tracks
- Save your practice or performance details and keep track of your progress
- Share you progress on Facebook or Twitter
Using an iPad, Lemur app and Antonio Blanca's Abreakpoint 2 template to control the modular via an iConnectmidi2 and Expert Sleepers FH-1 module
Zoom took Weirdest of Show at NAMM 2016 with their, seemingly UFO inspired, ARQ controller/instrument. The ARQ is approaching its release date of July 5th and is available now for pre-order. At $600 it is a bit pricey, but it sure does look fun! Zoom has posted a series of short videos ahead of the release.
I've embedded their playlist here, the first 4 videos are the new ARQ ones.
Music is a voyage of discovery. One that now goes much further with the creation of the ZOOM ARQ Aero RhythmTrak. ARQ is a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd. https://zoom-na.com/ARQ