Chris Catalano - Wishing for Winter

Chris Catalano has been very active in the comments here, but this is the first time his music has been featured on the site. What a great introduction! The mixing on this is amazing! Check out his SoundCloud page for more dark/moody music made on apps.

Video Description:

Had a snow day in Vancouver a few days ago. Created, recorded, mixed and (sort of lol) mastered the song, shot and edited the Video all yesterday on an iPad using Samplr, Harmonic Dogs Multitrack Daw, vocals recorded on Apogee Mic into Auria (where I also went a little bonkers with the "warming" plugins), Animoog, and Samplr (Gyrosynth is the creepy Cat Meow solo at the beginning), Sleigh Bells, my iPhone with Kit Camera, Nikon D7000 footage from Monday, and edited in iMovie for iOS, which does amazing AV time stretching. Audioshare allows exporting straight to iMovie, such a must have app...

A weird Christmas song, more of a song fragment, really, but to keep it in sync with Samplr...also wrote lyrics yesterday to try to fit the moody Xmas vibe...

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth for Mac Released!

After a lot of buzz from the iOS release of Apollo last month, the Mac version arrives! This version is free so you don't have to pay twice to use it with your iOS device!

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth Mac Store Description:

This Mac application is designed to work with the iOS app Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth.

With Apollo, you can send MIDI between iOS devices, or between an iOS device and a Mac. Between iOS devices, MIDI messages can be sent in either direction at any time. With a Mac and an iOS device, you can toggle the MIDI direction any time you like.

You can use the apps to use one iOS device to control synthesizers and sequencers on another, sequence an iOS device using Logic, or use an iOS device as a controller for Garageband. Apollo opens up new ways for you to use MIDI in your music setup.

Because the MIDI messages are carried over a Bluetooth connection, they are very low latency, and the bandwidth is also high. Bluetooth is commonly used in game controllers because of the responsive nature. With Apollo, you get low latency and easy set-up, without a tangle of MIDI adapters and cables. Visit the support link to see a demo of the app, and to get more information.

The Mac version is free -- but can only connect to the iOS version, which is available in the iTunes app store.

Both the Mac and iOS versions require Bluetooth LE. This is a standard feature of recent Mac desktop and laptop computers; older Macs can use a compatable USB Bluetooth LE adapter.

Bluetooth LE is available in the iPad3, 4, Air, and Mini, and in iPhones starting with the iPhone4S and newer. Please note that older iPads and iPhones do not have Bluetooth LE, and are not compatible.

Buy Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth on Mac App Store: Free

Buy Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, $5.99)

Here's a tutorial for configuring the Mac app to work with an iOS device.

Guitar to MIDI with Thumbjam

Reader Tim Behrens did a video in response to Derek Buddemeyer's recent MIDI Guitar video. Here he shows off how he uses ThumbJam, an app he already has, instead of popping for the more expensive MIDI Guitar to do Guitar to MIDI for other apps.

Video Description:

A quick demo of how I use the audio to midi conversion in Thumbjam to play samples in Sampletank (works for other programs, too). I am not discouraging anyone from buying any apps here. Just showing how I use Thumbjam to achieve sounds close to what the dedicated midi conversion apps do. For anyone who is serious about this kind of feature, I would recommend checking out the Midi Guitar app, as it is certainly tracks well and is polyphonic. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.

One last thing I'd say is that you have to practice with these apps. You can not just play your guitar like you normally do. Notes have to be muted more, there is a bit more latency, sustain will confuse it, vibrato jumps around. It takes time, but hopefully I demonstrated that you can get some very playable results.

Buy ThumbJam on iTunes: $8.99

Buy Sample Tank on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)


Uri Nieto has released an app that combines the creative musical elements from Kinect and other camera-based systems, with unique synthesis and sampling elements. Gestures control what sort of waveform the synth is producing, for instance. This has none of the features you've come to expect from modern music apps, but it does have a pretty amusing demo video!

AirJam iTunes Description:

AirJam requires a front camera in order to work properly (iPad 2 and higher only!).

AirJam is an iPad app that uses the camera in order to recognize different hand gestures and map them to various synthesis parameters. Simply by moving your hands in the air on top of your front iPad camera, you will be able to generate audio!

Additionally, you can launch your favorite samples by importing the wav files into AirJam using iTunes.

Buy AirJam on iTunes: $0.99

Heavy Metal Borat shows off the app, with a lot of enthusiasm.

Scam Warning

Yesterday Wooji Juice developer Canis alerted me to an email he received from someone asking for promo codes in exchange for a review on discchord, among other sites. For those of you who do not already know, discchord is a one man operation, so any requests would be coming from me: Tim@discchord.

After reviewing the email I was worried that he might be sending this out to other developers, so I put out a call on Twitter. Immediately afterwards I was contacted by another dev who had received the same email.

Scammer Email


I review iOS apps for numerous websites online (Discchord, iOSmusic, TUAW, Mac Rumors, 9to5 Mac, Apple Insider, and Touch Arcade) and would really like to review your apps "[He asks for your whole catalog of apps here]" for the iPad. I was hoping that you might be able to provide a me with a copy or Promo Code so I can do a detailed review and write up, as well as a, quick YouTube video. My goal has always been to try and get apps into the hands of people that might not normally know about these fantastic products. To shine a spotlight on them if you will and give them their just dues.

Please let me know as I am very interested in trying out your great looking app... and of course giving you full credit for all the help and support.

Happy Holidays,

To any devs taken in by this I would like to sincerely apologize, but a discchord review will not be forthcoming. Steven Fields, aka OmgAgeeK, got a lot of free apps yesterday. I'm pleased to see my name gets top billing among so many great sites, but I'm afraid Steve is just scamming.

I spoke to him a bit yesterday, initially approaching him as if he were one of the many YouTubers that are featured here regularly. It quickly became apparent that he has no intention of reviewing any of the apps that he received promo codes for. This is really unfortunate because none of this would have been necessary if he had just been honest or put in the effort to actually do a review.

How To Legitimately Get Promo Codes

When I started out I just did a video review for the most recent app I had, and then I went around to developers asking for promo codes to do one for them. It is really that simple. I didn't need to say I worked for 9 to 5 Mac or any other nonsense. I just pointed to the video I had done to show I was sincere. It was a fucking terrible video too, but I was only ever rejected by 1 company.

That's how all of this got started, with just a dream and a terrible webcam. From this video an empire was born.

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