VoKey Gets Audiobus - Hundreds of Devs Ask, "WTF?"

Stone Light Pictures, makers of shit apps you've never heard of, somehow got ahold of the Audiobus SDK (still in developer beta) and have included it in their recently released sampler app!

iTunes Description:

Create your own instruments from sounds you record. Make your own Grand Piano, Cat Piano, Dog Piano, Bird Piano or Majestic Bug Piano, or get creative and create something with your own voice. There are no limits.

Record any sound, and play it back on the keyboard as an instrument or using Virtual MIDI and Core MIDI! Record anything and turn it into something musical and creative. For example, record one note from a guitar, and instantly can play any note from that guitar.

Buy VoKey on iTunes: $4.99

iPad Drum Cover (A Cautionary Tale)

Finger drumming, as popularized by performers like Jerry Ellis is very doable on your iPad. However, as you see here in this video from Mohd Ekhwan, it can crack your screen! This is visible in the first few seconds when the screen is off.

As you also see in the video, playing on a mattress provides a nice little bounce in addition to cushioning your percussive force! That bounce is really nice, and one of the few advantages MIDI Fighter has over Maschine and MPC-style controllers. The arcade buttons on the MIDI Fighter bounce right back up to your fingers, allowing you to quickly hammer back down on them. It also makes for a nice bit of natural rhythm in the performance. I like Mohd's solution here of bouncing the whole device!

Radiohead - 15 Step (iPhone Cover)

Ben Spiller was joined by singer Emma Barrett (no relation) for this beautiful cover of Radiohead's 15 Step on iPhone apps!

Buy iFretless Bass on iTunes: $7.99

PixiVisor Now Available on iTunes!

Sunvox developer Alexander Zolotov's PixiVisor is now available on iOS! This app converts video to audio and vice versa! While the video is in the audio domain, you can screw around with it using audio effects/filters, and then convert it back to video.

iTunes Description:

PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. Simple and fun, cross-platform application with unlimited potential for creativity!

It consists of two parts: Transmitter and Receiver.

Transmitter converts the video (static 64x64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices.

Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.

Key features:

  • file formats supported by Transmitter: JPEG, PNG, GIF (static and animated)
  • real-time video export to animated GIF
  • 64 predefined color palettes
  • iTunes File Sharing
  • Wi-Fi Export/Import (in the File menu of the Transmitter)
  • it also available for Android, Windows, Linux and OSX

Buy PixiVisor on iTunes: $1.99

I am really excited about this, and can't wait to see what people do with it! Be sure to contact me with your creations!

Tutorial: BeatMaker 2 VirtualMIDI

YouTuber nekkron99 has put together a nice little tutorial for setting up VirtualMIDI connections with BeatMaker 2. In this example he is connecting to Animoog and Sunrizer. Be sure to check out his channel for more BeatMaker 2 and Maschine tutorials.

This will be on your Final Exam when the BeatMaker 2 Audiobus update hits iTunes!

Buy BeatMaker 2 on iTunes: $19.99

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