BeatMaker 2 Virtual MIDI Tutorial

iOS Musician has an excellent tutorial for setting up BeatMaker 2 to control other apps via Virtual MIDI.

Walk through: BeatMaker 2 controlling other synth apps with Virtual MIDI

Virtual MIDI in BeatMaker 2 is a little bit more confusing than in other apps, so I thought I’d make a walk through to clear up any confusion. Virtual MIDI has opened up iOS music making to several interesting and useful possibilities. You can record synths that don’t have MIDI sequencers, experiment with new synths for your track using a sequencing app like BM2, or make an entire song using sounds from several different apps at once by controlling them all with Genome MIDI Sequencer. This tutorial should contain everything you need to know to get BeatMaker 2 controlling other Virtual MIDI apps.


The article has solid tips, helpful pictures, and even goes into configuring Sunrizer and Cassini for receiving MIDI.

GamesCom 2012: Korobeiniki (Tetris Theme)

GamesCom is the largest video game trade show in Europe, and a big source of excitement for gamers all over the world. I found this video from the convention a couple of days ago, with 3 unidentified musicians playing a rocking version of Korobeiniki on iPads.

You'll likely recognize this as the theme for the classic game Tetris.

Reader Music Matinee

The weekends are always slow for news, but a great time for working stiffs to make music! I have combined these two facts to bring you a collection of music made by readers of the site.

To start us off, pantsofdeath has an excellent dark-electro track that he made in NanoStudio.



Next we have a Geo Synth + Sample Tank + Sample Tank jam from efectism. Love this Modern-Eastern vibe.



Jeff McLeod has been busy with a bunch of new Tachyon and TC-11 videos. I really like how he shares his patch details in the YouTube descriptions. Check out of his channel for the other new videos.

Molten Drum Machine Returns!

One Red Dog announced last month, that it would be discontinuing development of Molten Drum Machine.

The community, myself included, begged One Red Dog to reconsider. No other drum machine app offers the same level of functionality; with Audio Paste for sample importing and full Virtual MIDI. It would have been sorely missed if it permanently removed from iTunes.

Developer Peter Johnson listened! Molten it back on iTunes today, with a new update for improving compatibility with other apps in the background.

Buy Molten on iTunes: $4.99



If you are unfamiliar with Molten, Helder Music has put together a series of tutorial videos. I've embedded the whole playlist here.

Yamaha NoteStar Overview

Yamaha posted an overview video for their NoteStar app, which combines sheet music with audio tracks for practicing popular songs. This is mainly focused on the changes introduced in the 2.0 update a couple of weeks ago, but it is a good overview of the app in general... even if it is super-cheesy and done in the style of a NAMM presentation.

NoteStar is free, but songs range from $0.99, and up to $3.99 for complete band and vocal track.

Buy NoteStar on iTunes: Free

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