eJay for Touch Devices on Kickstarter

Sonic State has some news which I find deeply conflicting. eJay is running a Kickstarter to gather funding for an iOS/Android version of the popular entry-level music making app. This is the first, and possibly only time, I've ever posted a Kickstarter to this site.

The whole concept of Kickstarter is bullshit. This isn't investing, you're not getting any share of the company. This is speculative bargain-hunting at best, and gambling at worst. You pump tons of cash into someone, they get a company out of the deal and you might get some trinket for $5 less than you would ordinarily pay. This is asinine. If you gamble on a company you should see a return on your investment. Kickstarter is for corporate charity drives, and there are a lot more worthy charities out there than this.

Having said that, this is a somewhat worthy charity. eJay is a simple little app where you drag and drop samples in an arranger. It is not something I imagine anyone who reads this site will benefit from, but it will inspire aspiring musicians who are intimidated by even things like GarageBand. I speak from experience, because eJay was one of the first desktop music apps I used.

I was given a techno mix-tape in '94 and liked the sounds I was hearing. My attention span couldn't cope with the drawn out repetitive nature of techno at the time; the same fucking pattern repeating for over 100 bars! So I dragged and dropped some loops in eJay for a week and tried to make Techno for people with ADHD. This isn't a good song, though it is somewhat amusing, but the important factor here is that I completed a song. That simple act of completing a song is all it really takes to hook someone. Thanks, eJay!

AudioShare Updated, Still on Sale!

AudioShare was updated with a new trim tool, and new recording and conversion options.

What's new in 2.4.2:

  • New Record settings for file format: WAV/AIFF/CAF/M4A
  • New Convert tool: Convert any file to WAV/AIFF/CAF/M4A, mix or extract channels in stereo to mono conversion, downsample, etc.
  • New Beat-snapping grid in Trim tool: snap region start/end to beats according to given BPM.
  • Bugfixes and improvements

Buy AudioShare on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

iOS Looping with Loopy HD

Otem Rellik put together an excellent little loop jam with Beatmaker 2, Animoog, and of course Loopy HD which is still on sale!

Video Description:

My latest live loop using Beatmaker 2, Animoog, and Loopy. The mpk's sustain button is controlling when loopy starts/stops recording and I have various other knobs controlling effects in Beatmaker. Beatmaker is also sending midi data to Animoog for the lead. Extra fun noise from the homemade sequencer triggering the Monotron.

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

Buy BeatMaker 2 on iTunes: $19.99

 

Buy Animoog on iTunes: $29.99

iPad Musical Tesla Coil Control

YouTuber Eric Goodchild has a channel full of musical Tesla Coil experiments. In his latest video he is using an iPad running
FL Studio Mobile to feed MIDI to the Tesla Coils. He gets some wild sounds, but the visuals are lacking since it is a lit room.

Buy FL Studio Mobile HD on iTunes: $19.99

Portable Dandy Update

Portable Dandy was updated today with some minor improvements, and is still free at this time. Note the special instructions at the bottom to get the new samples.

What's new in 1.1:

Thank you for using Dandy, we are overwhelmed by the number of downloads and the huge feedback on this so, here is the first update to the "strange beast":

  • Audio: less crashes more loudness
  • UI: visualizer now tighter linked to what you really hear
  • General performance improvements

Minor changes: initial Samples are a little better balanced (Erase all samples via iTunes to get the new ones!)

Buy Portable Dandy (iPhone) on iTunes: $3.99


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