JamUp Pro XT is 50% off!

Guitar effects-and-amp modeler JamUp Pro is down to $10. This is as good as it gets. They've had a lot of sales in the past, but they never drop below $10. Although I haven't used any of the guitar apps, I know this one is iOS Musician's favorite.

Keith Merrow was joined by Nevermore's Jeff Looomis for an epic bit of metal in this JamUp promo!

Buy JamUp Lite on iTunes: Free

Buy JamUp Pro on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

BeatMaker 2 Tutorial: Parameter Automation

MATRIXSYNTH pointed out a helpful BeatMaker 2 tutorial, from professional sample and preset designer App-Sound.
Bringing new life to your drums! By automating parameters, you can drastically change the character of your drum kit.

Video Description:

Tip for BeatMaker 2: Use Parameter Control of Drum Machine for Beat Programming. A short tutorial with some examples. All samples are taken from "Electronic Beat". http://www.app-sound.com/BeatMaker2

Buy BeatMaker 2 on iTunes: $19.99

Jordan Rudess' Amazing Windows 8 Demo

In a move which will seem treacherous to some, Jordan Rudess has done an amazing Windows 8 demo on the 27" Lenovo.

For approximately 3 times the price of the iPad, you get nearly 3 times the screen! The new Lenovo A720 has 10-point multitouch and plays so well with Jordan's MorphWiz. This is not running the stripped down Windows RT either, as the processor in here is one of the beefiest from Intel's i7 line. With 8 Gigs of RAM and over a Terabyte of storage, it could easily run a full-fledged DAW.

I'm not sold on this All-In-One PC idea, I like to be able to upgrade, and would personally rather have an independent multitouch monitor. That said, I really like the idea of this thing as a grown up tablet. The future is now!

Thanks to Sean, over at iOS Musician, for pointing out the video. I hope he'll be able to find a new domain name!

Björk's Biophilia as MIDI Controller

Björk's Biophilia is a unique concept album in app form. At the very bottom of the iTunes description is the surprising feature:
• MIDI out to drive instruments

This seems to have been entirely overlooked by the community.

Fortunately Patrick Nellestiein at the Australian Institute of Music noticed it and put it to good use in Pro Tools!

Buy Björk: Biophilia on iTunes: $12.99

Beat-Machine

Beat-Machine is a new MPC-inspired Universal drum machine, with MIDI and a surprisingly low price!

iTunes Description:

Beat-Machine is a powerful retro themed drum computer for iOS. It combines a simple X0X style sequencer with a robust and flexible sampler to give you maximum control over your beats.

Features:

  • Import any 16/24 bit WAV via iTunes file sharing
  • Create custom kits and save them
  • 16 step muti touch pattern sequencer
  • Create and save custom patterns
  • Supports 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/8 or 7/8 time signatures
  • Up to 99 measures per pattern
  • Beat quantize adjustment slider
  • Adjustable latency and sample rate
  • Background audio
  • MIDI IN, MIDI OUT supported through CoreMIDI accessories and WiFi
  • Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
  • Sound sampler with reverse, sample trim, interpolation, ADSR and filter
  • 16 Levels mode for pitching samples to create melodies
  • Full mixer with volume, pan and 2 FX sends per pad (Delay, Reverb)
  • Mute grid for programming samples to mute other samples

Buy Beat-Machine on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $1.99)

Sample importing (via iTunes), MIDI, and background audio! I've contacted the developer about export options, and will report back here if I hear anything. For a buck, this is quite a nice deal!

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