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.

TC-11 Jam - Coldberg

Reader Jeff McLeod has posted some short and aggressive TC-11 jams to his YouTube channel.

While crazy, it is at least tonal and not just a bunch of noise like most "experimental" music! I also enjoyed TwitParse, which sounds like an Extended Dance Remix of the THX jingle, as done by Throbbing Gristle. If you like your Electronica on the wrong side of Hell, you should check out his Bandcamp channel for an album full of sinister tracks made with iOS Apps.

Buy TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer on iTunes: $29.99

Sunrizer Animoog MPC1000 Jam

YouTuber yazawatamio has posted an excellent jam using an MPC to sample Animoog and feed MIDI to Sunrizer.

YouTube Description:

Acid synth Sunrizer synth (realtime core midi)
Bass KORG iMS-20(sampled on MPC1000)
Syn1 Animoog (sampled)
Syn2 Animoog (sampled)
Drum TR-808 (sampled)

Buy Sunrizer on iTunes: $9.99


Buy Animoog on iTunes: $19.99 (On Sale)

Everyone Can Play Music #20: Quasi-Arpeggiator Thing

A new ECPM and a Korg sale in the same day! The stars align!

This lesson gets into one of the coolest things you can do with the patch bay, to create an arpeggiator in iMS-20!

Buy Korg iMS-20 on iTunes: $15.99 (On Sale, from $32.99)

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