Cat Synth (Powered by Impaktor)

Aaron Apter was one of the winners in my recent Impaktor promo-code give away on Twitter. Aaron also has a camera and a cat.

Video description:

My cat Vincent is actually a synthesizer. A fluffy, orange synthesizer. I'm using Impaktor, which captures Vince's acoustic impulses and uses them to excite various sound modules. With the aid of my iPad, Vinny and I kick out some jams.

Buy Impaktor on iTunes: $4.99

Noisepad Gets Big Update

Man there are a lot of apps out there. I hadn't even heard about this one until I saw the update news for it on Palm Sounds.

I like the minimialist interface of this beat maker. They try to hit you up to buy IAP loops, but I double-checked and you can import your own via iTunes file-sharing.

Update Highlights:

• Organize samples
- Organize samples into Soundbanks, drag 'n drop them onto buttons and swap them around
- Create as many Soundbanks as you like
• Sequencer / Record
- Real-time sequencer: record your beats on the fly
- Record up to 12 patterns, each with own variable length
- Export pattern to WAV file

Buy Noisepad on iTunes: $4.99

Here's a little demo of the new sequencer, from the developer.

djay 75% Off Sale!

The most popular DJ app for iPad is just $5, for a limited time, to celebrate IK Multimedia's DJ Rig for iPad app release!

Buy djay on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

This is the first time in the app's 2 year history that it has ever been this cheap! Here's a short tutorial from Kenny Yong.

Yonac 4th Anniversary Sale!

Yonac's celebrating their 4th Anniversary! All of their apps are just $0.99 until midnight (EST) tonight! They also released a screen of the upcoming Magellan for iPhone. Although the picture is running on an iPhone 5, they note that it will also support the old screen.

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy AirVox on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $2.99)

Buy Organ+ on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $2.99)

Buy miniDrum PRO on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $6.99)

Buy miniSynth PRO on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy miniSynth (iPhone) on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy SHREDDER - Guitar Synth on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy SHREDDER for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy MegaSynth (iPhone) on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

iOS 6 Makes Music Making Hard

If you haven't already upgraded you really want to avoid the iOS 6 update. There are many issues effecting musicians. I'll try to chronicle them here. Please comment with any you've experienced, including your hardware, and we'll get a big list together.

Rheyne tweeted recently about his Ad Hoc WiFi network completely dropping all of his devices right in the middle of this week's jam. I've heard this from several people now, with WiFi just dropping on them. Unfortunately Apple will not let you downgrade iOS firmware versions, so he's stuck with this hanging over his head the next time he gets set up.

Additionally some apps have just stopped working! Mark Mosher posted recently that PPG WaveGenerator and SynthStation just crap out at the loading screen. Wolfgang Palm was contacted and is addressing the issue for WaveGenerator. No one cared enough to contact Akai.

Regular contributor pantsofdeath wrote in with his own woes with Stochastik drum machine. He loves this app, but it just will not load correctly for him now that he's upgraded.

I'm personally disappointed to find Amen Break Generator isn't running on my iPhone 5, but I don't know if that is an iPhone 5 or an iOS 6 issue. If you're a developer trying to figure out if your app is going to run on the new Xcode, on the new iOS and on the new hardware I've got you covered with my professional beta testing services!

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