CMP Grand Piano

New Universal app, CMP Grand Piano, packs in a whopping 1GB of uncompressed grand piano samples!

iTunes Description:

The best sounding piano app in the App Store! CMP Grand Piano is a high quality virtual piano for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It is designed for professional usage on stage by connecting an external MIDI keyboard to the iPad / iPhone by using the Apple USB camera adapter or another adapter supported by Apple.

CMP Grand Piano provides a very realistic sound by using a very large collection of audio samples of more than 1 GB (uncompressed) in size. Various articulations of each key of a real piano were sampled in full length and high quality to assemble this realistic sound. Real-time disk streaming is utilized to playback the respective audio samples with zero latency.

Buy CMP Grand Piano on iTunes: $12.99

Scary Sounds contest Winners and Download!

Thank you very much to everyone for participating in the first Preset Design Contest, both in submitting presets and voting. I seriously mean that. I was waving my hand out in the air looking for a high-five when I set this up, and you guys did not leave me hanging! It would have been really embarrassing if only 3 people participated.

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Trueyorky's Scary As Hell
  • Angel Alvarado's Kreepy Drillz
  • cXeGG's Dead Man's Keys

Each of you will be receiving the Sunsine Audio preset pack of your choice.

Really though, everyone wins because we now have a nice big pile of great presets for everyone to enjoy! This pack has all of the submissions plus 2 more from Will Moore and a couple of my own, including the Echoes of Lament used in my review.

Click below to download.

Scary Sounds Preset Bank for Magellan

  • Dead Man's Keys - cXeGG
  • Dead of the Living night - Harry Pendergrass
  • drake - Jannik Naumann
  • Hall O Deep - Will Moore
  • Junior - Richard Brackin Jr.
  • Kreepy Drillz - Angel Alvarado
  • Ong Creep - Michael Fraunberger
  • Paranormal Activity - Zupaton
  • Scary As Hell - Trueyorky
  • Scary Pad - Brian Kupferschmid
  • My Empty Ship - cXeGG
  • Graveyard Fight - cXeGG
  • Echoes of Lament - Tim Webb
  • Теслин Гхост - Tim Webb

Installation Instructions:

Plug in your iPad, launch iTunes, wait for it to connect.

  • Select your iPad in iTunes
  • Select Apps from the top menu
  • Select Magellan from the bottom-left list of installed apps
  • Drag the Scary Sounds - Preset Contest.yban file into the little window in the right.
    You can drop it anywhere, just not on the folders.

Once you're in Magellan it is really easy. Magellan has some great preset bank management.

  • Open the Preset Browser
  • Hit the Share button
  • Select iTunes: Import Files

Audulus Modular Synth for iPad

Audulus for iPad is here! The Mac modular synthesizer now has touch screen brother, but don't call him little!

iTunes Description:

With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio. All with low latency real-time processing suitable for live performance. Audulus's user interface is clean, simple, and easy to learn, allowing you to focus on sound.


  • Fluid Vector Interface - smooth animated interaction
  • MIDI control - use your control surface or MIDI keyboard
  • Polyphony - process multiple voices
  • Diverse Nodes - from ADSR to ZeroCross
  • Patch Browser - quickly flip through your patches
  • 32-bit floating-point signal processing

Buy Audulus on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

Unfortunately it is limited to iOS 6 only!

I want to review it, but if I upgrade I can't record video! Agh, what a dilema! Here is a demo from the developer.

DM1 3.0

DM1 for iPad has now reached version 3.0. For such a lofty number, you may be expecting the long anticipated MIDI update.


What's new:

  • Samples import:
    iPod, microphone, AudioPaste, DropBox & iTunes
  • Time signature
  • FX per track
  • FX automation
  • Pads Ribbon Automation
  • Export new features:
    separated tracks, AAC encoding & DropBox
  • Master volume track
  • 22 new drum kits

MIDI implementation is coming soon in the next update!

Buy DM1 on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $7.99)

Those actually are some pretty nice features. Here's a demo of 3.0 from the developer.

Figure & Ableton Live - Making Music with Apps 5

In the final chapter of Point Blank Online's Making Music with Apps series, Figure is used to add some new musical punches to the track developed in the previous lessons.

Video Description:

In this tutorial Danny J Lewis continues to show you how you can put together professional sounding tracks on the move. He develops the beat he started in parts 3 and 4 this time using Reason's Figure to add some musical elements.

This approach is all about making the most of the unique qualities of each app and recording the results into Ableton as audio clips. The advantage is that you are committing the sound that you have made to audio so there is no temptation to endlessly fiddle with the synth parameters or the intricacies of the midi patterns and you can get on with the task of arranging the parts to make that banging tune that your 8 bar loop had promised!

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99 (iPhone)

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