Amazing band performance with iOS Devices

Alright the video on this is a little rough and cheesy, but the music... pure joy! German band DigiEnsemble's video here is supposed to be done in the style of the 90s, or at least the style of the 90s in Germany I guess!

DigiEnsemble Berlin is a collective of 10 professional musicians exploring mobile music in serious ways, including live performance on stage. They're doing a hell of a job at that! Deutsche Welle has a video, in English, that takes a deep look into these guys. Very inspirational stuff!

Genome back, better and cheaper than ever!

Genome, one of the best ways to make your apps all play nicely together, has returned to the App Store after a bug took it out of action. Not content to merely fix the bug, this update adds Retina support and Groove Template support!

This last bit is really exciting. For those of you who haven't experienced this in DAWs like Logic or Ableton Live, a Groove Template is a way to make your MIDI tracks dance in new ways. With typical MIDI quantization you're just trying to get all your notes to line up on the 1/16th notes or whatever. With Groove Templates you can radically shift everything to make a specific pattern of quantization, rather than have everything line up to a grid.

This is super handy for any amount of work in MIDI, but it is especially useful with drums. Simply lay in your basic beat, and then throw a groove on top of it instead of the more common haphazard "Swing" variable. The results are lively instead of robotic!

Current owners of Genome should be excited about that, but everyone else should be excited about the sale! You can pick it up today for $6, down from $13! To see how Genome works, and get an introduction to Virtual MIDI, you can check out my tutorial here:

Buy Genome MIDI Sequencer on iTunes: $5.99 (On sale, from $12.99)

Free Acid Samples

Reader Alice, from TianJin FengShengSiHai Chemicals Co.,Ltd., wrote in to tell me about all of the exciting acid samples they have:

"We are pleased to have visited your website. We are specialized chemical factory for Acids many years. Our main products as follows:

•Formic Acid
•Glacial Acetic Acid
•Hexanedioic Acid
•Oxalic Acid
•Stearic Acid etc.

Have specific inquiries or need our sample or products, please don't hesitate to contact us."

Thanks, Alice! I'm glad you were pleased to have visited my website. I'm half-tempted to avail myself of their samples offer, but I suspect having acids in 500L drums shipped to me from China would bring some undesired government scrutiny.


Fortunately Dan Weatherall, over at Voltage-Controlled has his acid samples in audio formats! He's got a massive 1GB collection of royalty free drum and synth samples that is definitely worth checking out. Dan is better known as Dan303, so you know he is an acid factory you can trust!

Mashup DJ App from Waves Audio

Waves Audio, makers of very expensive plugins, has entered the iOS market with a very expensive app. This DJ app comes in at $40, with a $5 In-App Purchase to unlock "MAXX" features. Folks familiar with Waves might not be phased by this, and may even count this as a bargain, but looking at the feature-set I'm not seeing the value here. The lack of Hot Queues and the limited effects make my eyes go weird looking at this price tag. They do make some amazing software though, that is truly sought after by professionals, so perhaps there is something going on here that isn't obvious to me.

I do like their use of iPods/iPhones for Cueing though! That looks really clever, and I like that the app is Universal so you don't have to buy the iPhone version separately. Their filter resonance sounds really nice too.

Buy Mashup on iTunes: $39.99

Sample Lab Returns, updated!

Sample Lab is back on iTunes after a severe bug iPad 3 bug forced its removal. Version 1.6 brings more than just a fix though, as it now sports its own Virtual MIDI port and some new sound design tools for samples. Among these you'll find what it calls "automatic MicroAttack", which sounds like it should make sample playback smoother.

What's new:
• Per-beat attack, queue point & loop control.
• Automatic µAttack makes your existing compositions sound better.
• MIDI CC fix & explicit Sample Lab Virtual MIDI port.
• Fixes for the new (3rd gen) iPad.
• Tells iOS explicitly not to backup samples to iCloud.

This demo video was for the previous version, but it is worth it just to watch BassLine's BPM go berserk.

Buy Sample Lab on iTunes: $5.99

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