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(づ  ̄ ³ ̄)づ Gumdrops Update 

Gumdrops was updated with Audiobus Remote triggers and new import options. The last Gumdrops update was the first to be featured here with a goofy ascii character drawing in the update text. This one has a hugging/kissing little guy that I liked so much, I decided to see how he looked in my headline font. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

づ  ̄ ³ ̄)づ New in Gumdrops v1.5:

  • Audiobus 2.2 w/ remote triggers for playback, A/B/C/D quick patterns and first 3 groups of pads
  • AudioShare
  • Auto sets beat mark upon loading sample (Applying sample to all pads in group also applies the same beat mark)
  • Now supports "Open In" so you can easily import audio from your favorite apps directly to a pad in Gumdrops
  • Now supports the standard Document Picker so you can easily import audio from your iCloud Drive and 3rd party storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • Long press in MIDI learn to un-learn a mapping
  • Fix IAP (In-App Purchase) download progress
  • Fix bugs in MIDI Learn
  • EZAudio updated

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

Wej Update: Circuitboard In Action

For those of you that pre-ordered Retronyms' don't-call-it-a-dock Wej, Dan Walton has an update here with a demonstration of their final prototype for the circuit board. Here it is transmitting MIDI while charging an iPhone!


Developer Tom Harunatsu let me know about his latest iPhone app, BAR1. This iPhone app is designed to be a step-up from a metronome, but not as complicated as a full-on drum machine. It's a drum machine with just a 1 bar sequencer.

BAR1 iTunes Description:

The BAR1 is an only one-bar programmable rhythm machine.

The BAR1 has been developed for checking the rhythm pattern as easily as with a metronome. It is an easier tool for everyday practice than an overqualified creative tool such as a sequencer. The programmable number of bars is only one (triple or quadruple measure). However, the machine enables the user to check complex rhythms such as simultaneous clave and triplet as well as simple clicking in place of a metronome.

The BAR1 is an ideal tool for all musicians who are not quite happy with a metronome but hesitate to use a regular rhythm machine or a sequencer, and its use is highly recommended.

A whole rhythm pattern programmed can be viewed on the score, which visually helps understand beat timing.

Input to the drum machine by switching grids enables the user to play straight and triplet simultaneously.

Also equipped are the tap tempo function for setting tempo by standard tap interval and the jam pad function for playing sounds of any instruments by tapping with rhythm pattern.

The rhythm patterns can be sent to other BAR1 users with an e-mail, not to mention saved in the library.

All the functions including widely placed tempo dials and notepad have been designed for a single-hand use as much as possible.

Buy BAR1 (iPhone) on iTunes: $4.99

Tutorial: MIDI Guitar & Caustic

YouTuber joefry22 did tutorial on using MIDI Guitar with Caustic on iOS. I've embedded the playlist here.

Video Description:

I've been a huge fan of Caustic for a long time, and the MIDI Guitar app has gotten only better and more accurate since its release. Caustic and MIDI Guitar make an excellent combination, allowing you to use your guitar (or pretty much any musical instrument) as a MIDI controller - without needing special hardware or complicated setup.

Just an iOS device and two iOS apps (the full version of MIDI Guitar costs $19.99 and Caustic is $9.99). Yes, they cost more than some apps, but once you realize how much you can do with them you'll see that $30 is an absolute bargain!

I use an iPad 2 and have been getting great results. Low latency and amazingly accurate note tracking.

Buy MIDI Guitar on iTunes: Free ($20 IAP to Unlock MIDI)

Buy Caustic on iTunes: $9.99

Virtual Pipe Organe Prototype - Projekt M

Markus Sigg, aka Polaron.de, makes apps of various organs and his next one sounds great in this prototype demo!

Video Description:

While the previous video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHlGn... demonstrated the manual reeds and the (ahem) astonishingly large dynamic range of "Projekt M" (which still has no final name), this recording is showcasing the Skalmeje 4' pedal stop. If you need a pedal sound that just sings nicely along, not too strong, but cleary noticeable, this stop is an excellent choice. Really nice.

The MIDI pedal is an old one from Dr. Böhm. Unfortunately, the ESI Midi Mate II that I used in the previous two videos refused to cooperate with this pedal. Nothing but rubbish was transmitted. Very annoying. Luckily, another vintage Dr. Böhm device shouted "I can help" and did the job to marry the pedal, the keyboard and the iPad. Hence, the equipment was:

  • Dr. Böhm 30 key MIDI pedal (1988)
  • Dr. Böhm Midi Mixer (1987)
  • Fatar Studio 49 keyboard (2000?)
  • iPad 2 (2011), connected to the mixer by CCK and Midi Mate II

This recording is proof that "Project M" will be usable on devices back to iPad 2/3, albeit the polyphony will be low.