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Summer NAMM 2013: Artiphon Instrument 1

Summer NAMM is the worst of all possible NAMMs, with very little new stuff being shown off. This does offer a good opportunity to see the latest developments on upcoming gear though, and Artiphon was there to do just that. Keyboard Mag was also there to get this demo of the $800 iPhone MIDI instrument that looks like it belongs in the 21st century. No release date announced yet.

Wizdom Music's EarWizard 

Jordan Rudess teamed up with Felipe Peña to make an ear training game for iPhone, called EarWizard. It is available to try for free but has a $3 IAP which unlocks all of the content. There are a lot of ear trainers out on iOS, but most of them are pretty lazy and none of them have tried very hard to gamify the experience.

EarWizard iTunes Description:

Wizdom Music announces EarWizard, created by Jordan Rudess and Felipe Peña. EarWizard trains your ear while improving your memory skills. Repeat back a sequence of chords which gets longer with each round of play. As you improve your skills, the visuals disappear and you will have to depend on your EAR! Start off in EASY mode with only a few chords on screen and with practice, you will ultimately reach the hardest level where you will have seven chords on screen and be playing against the clock!

Whether you are a novice or a trained musician, EarWizard will surely keep you entertained and challenged.

Features:

  • Three levels - Easy, Normal and Hard
  • Start with three chords in a key and go up to seven!
  • Features fun Jordan videos playing each chord
  • Five different diatonic modes-presented in three keys
  • Endless Mode for continuos play in any level
  • Speed control-Slow to Lightspeed
  • Chart that allows you to hear and see the note spelling of all chords in the selected key
  • Wizardly video rewards

Buy EarWizard (iPhone) on iTunes: Free ($3 Unlock IAP)


Psychotic Hawaiian Lap Steel Jam

YouTuber Institute of Sound severely sprained his shoulder, which may go part of the way towards explaining this massive What The Fuck of a video. Here in the States, for those lucky few with health insurance, the doctors will lavish you with opioids for even minor injuries. Seriously, my husband got a Vicodin prescription for hemorrhoids. For people unfamiliar with opioids; they cause severe constipation and are the last thing you'd want to take with hemorrhoids. After watching this I'm sure you'll agree that Insititute of Sound is equally overmedicated.

Heroin and other related drugs have had a major part to play in the ever changing musical landscape over the last 50 years.
Witness now the next evolution of music: Hawaiian-tuned Lap Steel Guitars through iRig.

Buy AmpliTube For iPad: $19.99

 

Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $19.99

Review: iVoxel

Ryan from iOS MARS takes a look at iVoxel, the vocoder from Addictive Synth developer VirSyn, recently updated with Audiobus.

Buy iVoxel on iTunes: $9.99

Rheyne Jam #83

Rheyne takes us in close for a more intimate video by candlelight, but this jam hits a little harder than his his usual mellow.

Video Description:

Live looping with KMI controllers, two wireless iPads running Lemur, and Ableton Live. All loops are recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded.

The KMI 12-step is mapped to four separate loopers for each instrument (drums, piano, two synths). In this video, only the looper for the drums is being triggered, and the remaining loops are recorded into clip slots and toggled via Lemur running Live Control 2.0. Both instances of Lemur on the iPads are wirelessly controlling Ableton Live via an ad-hoc network. The Lemur keyboards are controlling two separate instances of NI's Massive. The audio-out from the Macbook was split to headphones and a Zoom Q3HD. The video was recorded with a Canon T3i.

...and my apologies on that last chord... missed one of the notes! But if I edited it, it wouldn't be live anymore

Download or stream the audio at SoundCloud: http://snd.sc/15zOP44

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Equipment:
  • KMI QuNeo controlling Kontakt / drums
  • KMI QuNexus controlling Kontakt / piano
  • KMI 12-step controlling Ableton's looper plugins
  • 2x iPads running Lemur and LiveControl 2.0
  • Macbook Pro running Ableton Live
  • Zoom Q3HD for recording audio
  • Canon T3i
  • 3x Yankee Candle "Orange Dreamsicle"

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $49.99