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Ah. Thanks.

I guess without being able to make my own, I feel like I'm just hitting "play" on someone else's track-- which is ok, but not what I'm into right now.

It's funny how this app gives you a feeling like you are "the cause" of the sound" -- and KIND OF you are. I prefer this particular rubbing to triggering loos on/off on a grid thing. Feels like you are making choices and effecting the outcomes a little more.

But this seems to fall into that cool area of end-listener-participation mixing. Todd Rundgren did an interactive release back in 93, which involved little more than being able to choose alternative mixes (IIRC). But later we'd see bands release stems so that fans could make their own remixes. And recently, artists like Imogen Heap release instrumental versions of their album tracks.

With PlayGround, we get some drum sounds, some bass sounds, some chords and some scales. And their position on the screen suggests certain rhythms/loops.
Does PlayGround load projects made in BeatSurfing?
Hmmmm. There's a lot to like about this app. It's like taking an artist's track and getting a kind of slice palette and being able to tinker around with it. The rubbing starts to get intuitive. And if you kind of fuck up, deliberately or otherwise, it can seem more like odd meters.

It's too bad it's a play-back-only system. So you buy these IAP gadgets made by others and that's that. If it was more of a build-your-own thing, I think I'd like it more.

For what it is, it's quite a kick. I do like that it will make a person hear 16ths grouped in unusual ways.
It's weird. For some reason, watching someone "rubbing on the glass" makes me feel a mild irritation (probably related to my mild hatred of touch screens). This irritation came coupled with a bit of curiosity as to whether the app is quantizing the input and if so, is it also predicting your arrival at a field (in case you are running behind in your various rubbings)?

Does it let you set up triplets or swing 8ths/16ths?

I guess for free, I should suspend all my pissing and moaning, but clearly I can't.
Cool, I just went on a voting spree!
Great ad slogan:

"No need to know WTF you're doing."

Gotta say, those sounds are pretty dang entertaining.
Yea, that is good news for these apps.
I don't know how much extra development time that would take, but if they would release their sampler as a standalone & AU3, that would sell hard. I mean, there really isn't one. Think of it. Well over 2 million apps on the app store and no sampler. Think of all the dumb apps you've bought.
They start out with the threshold basically off, so they are tweedling lots of values that have no affect until the sensitivity (threshold) is put into the active range.

The name "RoughRider" made me think this would be a compressor with some elements to make it gritty (like tube distortion or bit crushing, or just a very fast attack/release). I'm pleased to see that it is just s tweakable basic compressor. No knee settings, but it seems to work ok.
The sampler developments look intriguing. I wish they'd release a sampler instrument as a separate app/AU.

Hopefully, I'll like the sequencer. I like MTS's sequencer well enough, but mostly use my laptop.

The whole thing looks pretty ambitious. But if the sequencer is milk-toast, I will pass, and wait for someone else to come up with a reasonable sampler. Hard to believe no one has-- apart from the one built into BM2 or ThumbJam (which I tried using, but it is too limited).
iOS 10 Is it ok to install ..question-mark
Monday, January 30, 2017 by person_outline stub
I'm still on OS 9, and have hesitated to update to iOS 10. I've become OS-update-averse since I've lost functionality of apps and Apple has in asshole fashion prevented reverting to a previous OS version.

Tim: not being able to use a question mark in the subject line really imposes a limit on the meanings.
iOS MUSIC APP WISH LIST apps that don't exist but should
Saturday, January 28, 2017 by person_outline stub
Please feel free to list all the apps you've wanted but that don't yet exist (or exist only in a half-assed way). Since I'm starting this thread, I'll list the ones that are obvious to me. But please add your wish list here. If you don't mind, let's preserve the numbering (advance the numbers from post to post)-- so others can comment on particular numbers from previous posts.

Here we go!

#1 A goddamn sampler. We need a standalone/AU sampler that let's you map user & 3rd party samples to key-ranges AND velocity ranges-- have some redundant parameter adjustments per sample, per zone, per instrument (channel), and per multi-timbral (all-chans, i.e., global).

BeatMaker requires you to use the whole DAW to get a sampler and doesn't have velocity. Thumbjam is too tedious to edit, and is feature-limited, soundfonts don't have zero attack-times, so don't work for percussion samples.

#2 A goddamn vocoder with modulator AND carrier inputs, and 20+ bands.

#3 A multiband dynamics processor (standalone & AU). Though I list it separately, if this was done with enough bands, and a "side-chain" input, it would work for a vocoder (#2)

I'll stop there.
Flextuplets and Luiz Matinez Apps (Funk, Brazilian, Afro-Latin, Soft)
Friday, January 06, 2017 by person_outline stub
I had been carrying a bit of a grudge about this developer when one of their apps broke on my Android device and there was literally no way to get support (except through social media). And I grumbled about this every opportunity that I got.

I've also been on something of an OCD crusade about drum machines providing different beat divisions. And was singing the praises of Molten and DrumPerfect for that functionality.

But I just realized that their drum machine apps (not the Super Metronome) if you tap and hold, it will highlight that beat on that part and you can drag up and down to increase or decrease the beat divisions.

That's awesome.

Best Music Apps for iPod Touch (iPhone)
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by person_outline stub
After years of using an iPad 4, I've got a pretty nice selection of tools there.

After years with my iPad 4, I just bought my first smaller device, an iPod Touch 6. I got the 64GB version so I have decent room for apps. And I was pleased to see that some of my favorites are already available either as Universal, or as separate versions.

My favorite kinds of apps are effects, synths, drum machines, sequencers, and metronomes. I also enjoy those hard to categorize ones.

So far, I have Different Drummer, which is pretty wild. Metronomics works well. I also got DM1 for iPhone, which works pretty well. Would love to see Patterning in some form for iPhone.

Are there any other great ones for iPhone or universal that work well on that tiny screen? I'd appreciate any suggestions.