Megellan Tutorial #1: Dual Synths

Yonac have begun a series of tutorial videos to help users get the most out of thier massive synth, Magellan for iPad.

This is a well produced tutorial. They have a good angle on the screen for seeing fingers tweaking things, while the labels are mostly legible in 720p HD. Also, a voice over is always preferable to on-screen text; you can pay attention to what's going on instead of trying to speed-read and watch the action. Nicely done, Yonac, I'm looking forward to more!

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

bleep!BOX updated... just for me!

I usually don't post minor updates and fixes, but I'd feel like a dick not posting this one. I found a really obscure MIDI channel bug, when playing with bleep!BOX in Genome. White Noise Audio developer David Wallin, was kind enough to fix that for me. In beta testing the fix it revealed an even more obscure bug with background audio. Now both of those have been fixed, so bleep!BOX is playing very nicely with Genome!

Buy bleep!BOX on iTunes: $9.99

If you haven't checked it out yet, this is one of my favorite apps for quick acid jams. It has a whole bunch of drum and synth parts and everything is synthesized with lots of parameters. I love the note input, and other controls, that make using this step-sequencer on the iPad work well. It is like ReBirth actually designed for the iPad!

I haven't really posted a lot of music from bleep!BOX, I just use it for my own amusement, but here is a video of me goofing around.

VCVCBC song sketch pad is on sale!

Reader pablof79 let me know about another great deal going on today! VCVCBC is only $5!

This is a pretty incredible song sketch pad. I have poked around at it, and really like how many features it provides, but maybe some of the folks who took advantage of the last sale can tell you more in the comments.

Buy VCVCBC on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

TMI Tim: Standards & Double-Standards

For those of you who managed to get Animoog's latest update running, you will have discovered a new In-App Purchase which will add MIDI Out for $4. I love Animoog's ribbon controller, and find it to be a great way to play with Polyphonic Aftertouch. This seems like a great deal, especially for the fortunate people who bought Animoog when it was $0.99, but Synthtopia makes some very good arguments that standards, like the MIDI Standard, need to come standard.

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Synthesists don’t want to have to think about whether a synth supports MIDI... In the long run, making MIDI work consistently on the iPad music platform should be beneficial to Moog and to all companies making serious music apps.

A wise sentiment, and one that Apple agrees with! Or at least they have in the past. Last March Audanika had tried to make MIDI Out an In-App Purchase for Sound Prism. It was rejected then on the grounds that it was charging to "access built-in capabilities provided by iOS", i.e. CoreMIDI. I checked this morning and that is still in the App Store Guidelines:

11.8: Apps that charge users to access built-in capabilities provided by iOS, such as the camera or the gyroscope, will be rejected.

Animoog isn't the first one to pull a fast one on this score. The app, formerly known as Fairlight CMI, did a similar IAP for MIDI functionality. Just a few weeks after SoundPrism was rejected! Instead of calling it a MIDI Tax they nested it in with a bunch of "Pro" features and charged $40 for a Pro upgrade IAP!

Moog has somehow managed to get past a hard prohibition in the documented review guidelines. At best this is just an example of the App Review team being over-worked and sloppy. At worst this demonstrates favoritism in the review process, when big companies like Fairlight and Moog are allowed to break the rules and charge for things smaller companies cannot.

Don't bother writing to Moog in protest, tell Apple to stick to their own guidelines.

Werkbench Sale and Demo!

Werkbench, the sampler-sequencer from Bolasol, has is having a sale! This is a first for the app, and a great opportunity to get in on the fun, at about half the price!

Buy WerkBench on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $6.99)

A couple of weeks ago, we got a preview demo of the upcoming 1.1.0 update. Today the developer uploaded a new video of Werkbench sampling from a Korg Mono/Poly.

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