iPad Modular Synth Jam - Not the End

MATRIXSYNTH found a fun iPad/Modular jam from gattobus, whose channel is full of gear porn and a nice Massive Attack cover!

MIDI Tools - Free MIDI Diagnostic App

Walter Schurter has been making music apps since the Windows CE/Windows Mobile days, and has just released his first iPhone app! This one offers free MIDI diagnostics.

iTunes Description:

This App makes only sense, when you connect an external MIDI device to the iPhone (e.g. iRig MIDI). "MIDI tools" is made for monitoring incoming MIDI messages (including "system exclusive" and "real time"). Some MIDI messages are visualized with bars. "MIDI tools" is for example useful to calibrate and monitor the MIDI saxophone "Synthophone" from "Softwind Instruments".

There is also a chord and drum player function available, which allows you to easy play chords (accordion layout) or use your iPhone as drum pad. See also the integrated help function.

Please let me know if you need additional features.

Buy MIDI tools (iPhone) on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $0.99)

Daft Punk - One More Time (iPad Cover)

JoLu MSosa continues to rock out on Protein Der Klang; this time covering Daft Punk, with samples made in other apps!

Video Description:

Apps used: Protein Der Klang, Sunrizer
Loops created with: Modrum, Thumbjam

Buy Protein Der Klang on iTunes: $4.99


Buy Sunrizer on iTunes: $4.99

Buy MoDrum on iTunes: $4.99


Buy ThumbJam on iTunes: $8.99

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)

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