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Yamaha TNR-e

Yamaha has released a new Tenori-on app for iOS, but the differences in this version seem slight. For $20, it looks like you get a different sample set and new master effects. This has greatly upset some TNR-i owners, who feel this should have been an update to TNR-i; with the samples added as an In-App Purchase.

As with all Yamaha apps: Brazil is fucked, along with most of the rest of the world outside of the US and Europe.
It's a sad to post this right after the previous story reminded me that Yamaha used to be awesome.

Yamaha TNR-e iTunes Description:

The TENORI-ON enables people to create music intuitively and without any specialized knowledge about music using a 16 x 16 matrix button pad, and now there is the new TNR-e app that has new tones that capture the essence of dub step, progressive house/EDM, electro and other types of music not previously available.

Now you can access DubstKit and other new drum-pad tones, get fat bass tones like BriteBas and Helium, and dazzling tones of DubBAXX, Voxdance, VoodooWh, which were not previously available on the TENORI-ON, which makes this app a perfect place to start with your next multi-track project.

And only the TNR-e comes with several new attractive features and 2 master effect systems. Use the XY pad interface to apply the FILTER and six other types of effects to make your music come alive!


  • Newly designed tones suitable to dance music
  • 253 different tone types perfect for electronic music
  • 2 master effect systems (seven types: FILTER, DICIMATOR, DELAY, FLANGER, NOISE, LOOPER, ISOLATOR, LOOPER)
  • New interface that even beginners can understand easily
  • Inter-App Audio compatible
  • AudioBus compatible
  • Guide feature that explains button operations
  • Multi-session feature for multiple players
  • Audio recording
  • User Voice function
  • Yamaha Server for file sharing
  • SoundCloud upload feature
  • AudioCopy compatible

Buy TNR-e - US on iTunes: $19.99

Buy TNR-e - International on iTunes: £13.99/€17.99

DXi for iPad Demo

thesoundtestroom explored DXi, the DX7 for iPad. It's an older app, but still one of the best ways to play with FM synthesis on iOS!

Buy DXi FM Synthesizer on iTunes: $1.99

Theremin I/O

Mercifully there haven't been a lot of half-assed Theremin apps lately. Theremin I/O continues this trend, with a well designed Theremin for iPhone that includes MIDI output as an IAP.

Theremin I/O iTunes Description:

Introductory price during the first week!

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Theremin I/O turns your iPhone into a touchless music instrument. It uses your camera and flash to measure the distance to your hand, this signal is then processed by a synthesizer to generate a tone.


  • Old-school synthesizer
  • Constrain input to scales (harmony quantization)
  • 8 sound presets with effect controls
  • 50+ scale presets
  • Use as a MIDI controller (requires in-app purchase)
  • Learn fast with the tutorial overlay

Buy Theremin I/O on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale)

Embedded below is a little demo of how it is played, and there is also a demo of the app MIDI controlling Traktor.

Student Radio Station Run from an iPad

Peelerville talks us through his setup for running a University radio station from his iPad! Using Bossjock Studio, connected via Audiobus to KoalaSan, streaming to a Mac, and then out to the airwaves!

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $4.99

Buy KoalaSan on iTunes: $5.99


Buy Bossjock Studio on iTunes: $9.99

Phawuo Synth "Massive Filth and Dirt" Demo

thesoundtestroom got some "massive filth and dirt" out of the recently released Phawuo, while having a lot of fun exploring the app.

Buy Phawuo on iTunes: $1.99