The Vain - Alt Rock band replaces Keyboardist with iPad

Marcus over at Music Apps (Portuguese) has an article up about the Brazilian Alt Rock band, The Vain.

For reasons unbeknownst to us all, The Vain lost their Keyboardist. This came at a bad time; all of their recent music is heavily laden with synths! To replace him they decided to buy an iPad, and they all lived happily ever after... possibly with the exception of the Keyboardist.

Here's an excellent music video, which includes one of their live acts, where you can see the iPad fitting neatly into the mix.
Their song is called Yellow Cake and, although the vocals are a bit quiet, it sounds like English!

Marcus notes that their favorite apps are Animoog , GarageBand and Soundprism.

Big update for MIDI Designer

The 1.3.5 update for MIDI Designer is out, with a lot of tweaks for scaling. It is a very pretty app, and now it should stay pretty no matter how much you resize and retweak the controls.

• Sliders, crossfaders and buttons are now aspect ratio independent.
• XY pads are lighter than ever. (WTF?!)
• Our signature knobs are sharper and more sizable.

The update notes also mention improved compatiblity with two-way MIDI hardware, when using the Pedal Board feature.

Here's a short demo of the new control scaling from the developer.

Suction Cup keyboard mount for iPad

It seems I'm not the only one that has been considering keyboard mounts for iPads. TheGigEasy makes a whole bunch of different mounts for iPads, but this suction cup model looks like it should fit on anything with a little bit of clean surface area to work on.

It is a little pricey at $80, but that's not a whole lot more than other iPad stands. You might also check out their other models.

Funky Blade Runner cover on Sunrizer

Thomas Kress has put together a great live performance of Vangelis' Blade Runner theme. He's got an Octatrack, DSi Tetra, Sunrizer and a whole mountain of funk going on here.

via Synthtopia

Buy Sunrizer on iTunes: $4.99

Genome Remix Pads Demo

David Wallin, from White Noise Audio, uploaded a video to demonstrate one of the neatest new features coming soon to Genome MIDI Sequencer... The Remix Pad! This allows you to tweak note pitches as Genome is sending them, through an on-screen pitch wheel, and also play around with MIDI loops. These loops are dynamic, created by pressing two fingers on the pad to set the start and end position. All MIDI information between the start and end points will be looped, not just notes but also CC messages!

I've had a chance to play with this in the beta, and it is a lot of fun for instantly adding variety to a song! Astute readers may have noticed the Remix Pad icons in my recent tutorial, Setup to Song - A complete Guide to Genome.

Buy Genome on iTunes: $12.99

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