iPad Air 3: 2GB of RAM, Underclocked CPU

When the iPad Air 3/iPad Pro mini was announced on Monday my only grievance was with the price. I was strongly considering an upgrade from my iPad Air 1, especially if it had the beefy RAM and processor found in the iPad Pro 12.9" model. Apple has decided to save me a lot of money though, because they gimped this shit.

You wouldn't know it from looking at Apple's own "specs" page comparing the iPad Proses, but the littler of the two is only equipped with 2GB of RAM according to ArsTechnica.

This is bad news for musicians when multiple apps open in AB/IAA/AUX will quickly gobble up memory. I remember being astounded the first time I ran 3 apps simultaneously on an iPad 2, but now we're regularly loading up a hell of a lot more apps and we need more memory to support that. Otherwise iOS will start to panic when it detects low memory, where it will helpfully terminate background apps.

Another factor for musicians is raw clock speed. When you're setting an audio rate of 48kHz, with a low input latency you need a fast CPU. For Apple reasons the iPad Air 3 has been underclocked by a small amount according to TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino; who benchmarked the new iPad Pro at 2.16GHz, versus 2.24GHz in full-sized iPad Pro. That's a minuscule amount, but it's extra annoying to think of the new tablet as being any slower.

ArsTechnica points out that memory deficiency could bite a lot of people in the ass a couple of years from now:

Apple has occasionally stopped supporting certain devices because of RAM limitations rather than raw performance limitations—the original iPad had 256MB of RAM and didn't get either iOS 6 or iOS 7, while the 512MB iPhone 4 with the same A4 chip got both updates. It's going to be fine for now (many actively supported iPads still have 1GB or even 512MB of RAM), but it could one day be a problem nevertheless.

discchord - Man Against God, God Against Nature

After working on it all month, I'm proud to present my February Album Writing Month album... that practically wrote itself.

Alright so the idea behind FAWM is that you're supposed to write 14 songs, or 1 song every 2 days. I think this at least observes the spirit of the tradition in that it is an album that I spent all of my free time on in February! Here's a little video of it playing, while I add notes and tidy things up. I even went on to add some more goodies while it was playing.

This is ambient, so you're probably better off just letting this play in a background tab while you do something else.

This is the culmination of the massive Audulus 3 patch I've been working on in February!

You can download the final patch here.

Inspiration for this album:

Music has always had a tradition of blending storytelling with applied philosophy. Or at least, at its greatest, it aspires to do so. We can never hear the first songs of mankind, but we can guess what they were about. The earliest stories undoubtedly revolved around the struggle of man against nature. Then Gods against man. As we cast about today we find a narrative in which Gods and Man are mutually forsaken, and Nature is I'm totally fucking with you. This is ambient. I just tried to make some pretty bleeps and bloops.

Buy Audulus 3 on iTunes: $29.99

Buy Audulus 3 on Mac App Store: $29.99

Let's Play with Audulus 3 - Part 3

I think this might be a new record for me as I proudly present my third video in as many weeks. This concludes my Audulus 3 series with some bells added to the mix of drones (Part 1) and strings (Part 2) in the ambient patch that will generate a whole album for FAWM. I'm going to continue to work on this over the weekend and I'll post the final project file on Monday or Tuesday of next week. This has been a fun series to do, so I hope you enjoy it too!

Video Description:

In this final episode of Audulus 3 we build a bell sound using FM and Additive synthesis, with a probability-based trigger and tame math to give us note pitches. Find Part 1 here: http://discchord.com/blog/2016/2/12/lets-play-with-audulus-3.html and Part 2 here: http://discchord.com/blog/2016/2/19/lets-play-with-audulus-3-part-2.html . If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord

Buy Audulus 3 on iTunes: $29.99

Buy Audulus 3 on Mac App Store: $29.99

Let's Play with Audulus 3 - Part 2

Patrons unanimously asked for more Audulus and I'm happy to provide it! I'm digging this process of developing a patch that will auto-generate a whole ambient album for FAWM! In this video I add a string section, using my take on Karplus-Strong.

Video Description:

This is a continuation of the patch made in my last video, available here: http://discchord.com/blog/2016/2/12/lets-play-with-audulus-3.html

I continue to develop this ambient patch with the addition of some strings using a Karplus-Strong style of synthesis. If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord

Buy Audulus 3 on iTunes: $29.99

Buy Audulus 3 on Mac App Store: $29.99

Let's Play with Audulus 3

Doing videos for modular apps is tricky. There are just so many damn parts to it, it's hard to know where to start. For this Audulus 3 video I try to keep things simple by focusing on a specific task. Since this is February Album Writing Month (FAWM) I'm making a patch that will write a whole album on its own!

Okay... that might not seem simple, but honestly the building blocks to do it are!

Note to Patrons: Do you want to see more of this? I have some ideas for how to further develop this patch, but if you'd rather see me do something else let me know either way in the comments on the Patreon page.

Video Description:

Audulus 3 is a monstrous modular synth, but it can also be a lot of fun! In this video I attempt to show you how to make a complex patch using simple building blocks. If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord

Buy Audulus 3 on iTunes: $29.99

Buy Audulus 3 on Mac App Store: $29.99

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