Retronyms Stryke

Retronyms has release Stryke, a strummed instrument app. Tabletop has been updated with a built in version of the app.

Stryke iTunes Description:

Unleash your spirit animal — fame awaits!

Stryke turns your iPad into a real musical instrument. Pluck, strum, shred with expertly crafted tones. Grab the app and a camera and join the community of #StrykeShred users. Cover the classics or compose your own masterpiece!

Stryke is Tabletop-Ready!

Tabletop is a free musical environment for iPad where you can mix and match different instruments and effects. Think of it like the rest of the band.

Select your spirit animal and let the magic unfold. Your ultimate legacy begins today.

Buy Stryke on iTunes: $2.99

That description doesn't do much to describe anything, but this retro video gives a good sense of the vibe!

Analog Birds - Anti-Presence

Reader Asa's band Analog Birds has released their first album since 2007, with lots of iOS apps all over it!

Buy Analog Birds - Anti-Presence on Bandcamp: $2.00

I spoke with Asa about some of the apps used on the album. Embedded below is a lyric video for Exit Visa, and below that I've included a description of all the apps used on the track.

Description of Apps Used:

EXIT VISA iOS app examples off the top of my head...

- Intro section is based on two loops I created in GarageBand (left channel) and Thumbjam (right channel) which are then fed into Samvada for the atonal bits

- Intro vocal delay is AUFX:DUB (via iCM+); AUFX:SPACE is used for the alternating expansive delay on the snare in the Waterfall section. These apps, as well as EchoPad, are used on the record just as much Space Designer and my other Logic plugins.

- Mountain climb section was written using Thumbjam Dulcimer; Mtn climb and Mtn top both feature loads of iOS instruments (Drumjam, MiniMapper, Etc)

- Samplr was used for the arpeggiated vocals in Mtn top section, along with Werkbench... Also was used in a bunch of other spots; for instance, I sampled my the water from my running shower and used it as a percussive effect at the beginning and end of the song.

- Cave interlude (string bridge with no vocals) is comprised almost entirely of Thumbjam and GarageBand strings. Ali on iPhone and myself on iPad.

- Final section (bunker) uses EchoPad for its stereo distorted guitar sound


iMIDIPatchbay developer Johannes Dörr has released a new Universal MIDI management app called Midiflow.

In addition to MIDI management this also offers some debugging information about what is actually sending MIDI data.

Midiflow iTunes Description:

Midiflow allows you to send MIDI from app to app in a similar way to what you already do with audio. That way, you can sync apps with each other or send MIDI parts from a sequencer app to different synth apps. You can also route the MIDI from your keyboard to apps and assign different key zones to them. Furthermore, all MIDI transfer can be monitored in order to find problems or just to learn what MIDI is doing (normally) behind the scenes.

Buy Midiflow on iTunes: $4.99

Figure Improv

Matt Clarke's first YouTube video is an excellent demonstration of an improvised set on Figure. He's got some fast fingers here and a good technique. I noticed how instead of dragging his fingers on the screen he taps to input notes, almost exclusively. Yet he still has Figure set to quantized note lenghts on all parts, so that his taps are also quantized.

The music is good too!

Buy Figure on iTunes: Free

App Sales: Summer Solstice!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and on Solar Calendars, Summer Solstice is this weekend! Kymatica celebrates with sales on all of their apps. I celebrate with margaritas and pizza, but to each their own.

Buy SECTOR on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $8.99)

Buy AUFX:PeakQ on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

Buy AUFX: Dub on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

Buy AUFX: Space on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

Buy BitWiz on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $1.99)

Buy AudioShare on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

Buy iGrand Piano for iPhone on iTunes: $11.99 (On Sale, $19.99)

Buy iGrand Piano for iPad on iTunes: $11.99 (On Sale, $19.99)

Buy iLectric on iTunes: $11.99 (On Sale, $19.99)

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