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One possible hoop could be comments on threads dating back X months. Another is a demo audio track that other readers can thumbs up. X number of thumbs up and the presets go public.

You ask the right question. Considering a solo piano or considering one that is used in a fuller context is important. Lots of times people will dismiss a warm sounding piano because it won't "cut through". But it really depends on the style. For a driving kind of sound, the IK imperial has the most slice.

I wouldn't choose the Colossus, unless I was sure I could get rid of all that compression. If the compression is on the samples, I would not use it for anything!!

I wanted to like that Ravenscroft more than I did. There are "traditions" for mic'ing a piano, and they do sound nice in stereo, but they often suck in mono.

If you have a Mac, consider getting Pianoteq. I have it and it is my go-to for piano. Hands down.
Ok. I was wrong.

I thought the Imperial is decent sounding, and has the advantage of being super bright on high velocities-- which will cut through a mix if in a pop setting. But it is not a very warm piano.

The Ravenscroft had nice "realism" when it comes to releases and "ringing" sounds, but the mic positioning/stereo/mono-compatibility wasn't as good as I would have hoped. Warmer sounding, which is nice for solo.

The Colossus Historic S was super (dynamically) compressed, so you couldn't really compare it very fairly. I don't know if the samples are compressed or if that is happening in the app. The stereo/mono was ok. The mics were too close which makes it sound a little sterile.

Korg iGrand: again, a little too close mic'ed. The releases in the low notes are too short. Sounds fake. Not as rich sounding as the Imperial or Ravenscroft.

CrudeBytes piano had some compression & reverb so it was not easy to compare the basic sound. The mono-compatibility is less-than-perfect.

I'm starting to get tired of listening to pianos. The last Korg iGrand sounded ok. Nothing special. Nice low note there at the end. Doug didn't play very low notes on most of the demos.
My pre-watch prediction: Ravencroft will sound good, the others will sound bad.
"I see a little silhouatte of the sound"

Scaramouch! Scaramouch!!

Looks like it was a nice project for the developer. I'm not inclined to install it without knowing more. Patterning is the obvious comparison, but it's not clear what this thing does rhythmically,
Man, when I want something, it almost hurts. You know what I'm saying?

Here's this week's wish: A goddamn Yamaha VL1 emulator. Get us some powerhouse physical modeling (don't get me wrong, SpringSound is fun, but let's get some winds up in the house, as they used to say 20 years ago).

Serioulsy, just shut the f up and make one-- and here's the kicker, add an option for doing that thing with blowing on the built in mic for breath control. Though I should mention that at one point I connected a Korg MicroKey and a TEControl B.C. to my iPad and it just worked right away. Could have been a fluke.
Just to play devil's advocate here:

Let's just say this is a pinnacle of MIDI controllers (and that is a HUGE assumption)-- then it might warrant a hefty price-tag. Many pianists wouldn't blink at spending 10K on a piano. If it has high resolution attack & release velocity, if it has high-res polyphonic AT, and all the other controls that are polyphonic are also 14-bit, then we'd have a beast on our hands, but forget about using MIDI, as that stream would be too dense.

Jordan Rudess clearly doesn't shlep his own gear. What does he care if it takes an extra vehicle to get it to the gig? The probably could have easily made this into a standard 88 key rig, but he wanted it to look like something from the bridge of the enterprise.

Are they going to put a crumb tray under there, like on your toaster oven? That will catch all the guitar picks, post-its, nail clippings, nostril hairs and other things that fly between all those cracks.

Not to be a nay-sayer. If I had 10K to throw around and a mansion, I'd be all over this.

I'm having the same reaction, generally, that this creates that familiar "evolving" spectral sound.

It is possible that the demo sounds are designed to take the kind of building blocks and show them in an ambient context.

As I mentioned in a previous thread, I'm curious how responsive this is to very fast changes-- envelope sweeps, etc. What kind of scan rate is there with modulation? Seems like with a more robust additive, that's where you could get into some interesting territory.
One correction: Metronomics HD does have a tempo ramp feature (x BMP per measure). I couldn't find it in the documention, but Mitch Gallagher pointed it out.

VirSyn released a cool multi-band dynamics processor, Bark. Phase Linear filters! Cool! No gate/expansion mode, no side-chain, no vocoding. But still, looks like a nice one.
Vatanator Update
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 by favorite_border stub
I don't have a big problem with buying the AU3 functionality as an IAP. Especially, as a person could REALLY get to know an app, before deciding if they wanted to spring the extra do to put it into more streamlined use. It's a bit like a mostly functional demo version.
Missing the anticipation of a feature-packed update
Thursday, August 17, 2017 by person_outline stub
I remember with fondness clicking on my AppStore icon when it had a large red number in my dock.

I'd go in and there'd occasionally be an update that added major new features! Now it seems that most updates are bringing some kind of inter-app enhancement or bug fixes.

And some apps don't even provide updates when they need it, and/or are broken. It seems like the heyday of iOS super-value development is over. That's not to say there aren't great apps, but now that it is cram packed saturated, the renaissance is over.
Reverse Gear Acquisition Syndrome
Friday, August 04, 2017 by person_outline stub
About 8 months ago, I bought a 64 GB iPod Touch (6th Gen). I used it a few times, but mostly felt like it was this intensely expensive little thing that I was worried about losing or breaking.

I wanted to use it as a metronome, tuner and media player in music lessons, but it's single side-firing speaker still isn't very useable.

So, I'm selling my iPod Touch 6 and getting an android phone which which is loud, good-sounding, and has two front-facing speakers.

I'll keep using my iPad 4, and at some point will update that to a 64-bit version.
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.