A Closer Look at Yamaha's Mobile Music Sequencer

I was pretty harsh on Yamaha when they released the Mobile Music Sequencer on Thursday, so I wanted to share this user video from Nakano Syun for balance. Some thoughts and crow eating below the video.

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - US on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

As regular readers of the site know, I do not regurgitate press releases. In fact I try to discourage people from sending them at all. That just isn't something I want to do. So everything on the site is written from the 1st person perspective; my perspective. Sometimes I will be wrong, and I am aware of that. I welcome you guys telling me about it when you think I am! All but one of the comments in the original article did an excellent job of doing so respectfully.

My awareness of my inevitable wrongness leads me to write very cautiously. I don't want to be overly enthusiastic and end up costing you guys money, by encouraging you to buy apps you don't need. I've seen that happen way too much in Video Game blogs. I will be wrong, so I'd rather be wrong in the other direction! It is easier that way.

If I discourage you from buying a good app, you can always go and buy that app later when we all realize how wrong I am. It is much harder to undo purchasing a bad app! I even try to discourage you from buying apps that I am personally excited about, if I think that a majority of you will not enjoy it. BitWiz is a great example. I love the app, I think it is amazing, but it isn't for everyone. Even when it was a sponsor I tried to convey a sense of, "Hey wait a minute, you want to take a close look at this before you hit that Buy button!"

I'm still undecided on this app, but from what I've seen it does look like a step up from Yamaha's last goofy camouflaged mess.

iDensity update adds Audiobus & MIDI!

apeSoft has updated iDensity with both Audiobus and MIDI input!

What's new in 1.4:

  • Audiobus support
  • MIDI Input (virtual/network)
  • MIDI Control Change learn
  • WavePad zoom improvements
  • Retina display support
  • iOs 5.1 audio issue fixed
  • Effects Chain after granulator fade IO
  • Freeze scanning improved
  • Connection Control: Midi, Scrub Y, Second Finger and Accelerometer X/Y
  • Set individual gravity for Scrub Y, Second Finger and Accelerometer X/Y
  • Set individual widget rescale range for Scrub Y, Second Finger and Accelerometer X/Y
  • Audio Copy and Paste fixed bug on iPhone 5, now appear in the compatible list

Buy iDensity on iTunes: $8.99

I haven't posted this in a while, so here's my review of the initial release. iDensity has seen a lot of growth since 1.0!

Samplr - Original Samples Jam

Reader JoLu MSosa is back with another nice jam using Samplr. This time he is only using the samples that come with it!

Buy Samplr on iTunes: $4.99

NAMM2013: Apogee iOS/Mac Interfaces

Apogee, makers of the popular Apogee Jam guitar interface, have a series of new audio interfaces that support iOS and Mac only.

Apogee ONE is a slim rectangle that packs a built-in mic, a 1/8" stereo output, and connects to your iOS device via a 30-pin connector. With an additional breakout box you can record 2 inputs from XLR or 1/4" instrument cable. Available now for $349, this is trying to position itself as "entry-level premium" without MIDI. Their marketing makes some seriously silly claims like:

First studio quality audio interface and microphone for iPad

It also claims to supports Lightning connectors...

But that has a little asterisk, which is the corporate equivalent of crossing your fingers when you lie. The truth below there states:

*Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter sold separately

So no, the Apogee ONE does not support Lightning connectors.

The Apogee Duet will be available next month for $595, offering 2 analog inputs, 4 outputs and MIDI I/O.

The Apogee Quarter with iOS support will also be coming in February for $1,295.00, featured 4 analog inputs and 6 outputs, plus 2 digital inputs and a MIDI-USB connection.

Apogee have also announced their upcoming Maestro app, for controlling all 3 of these interfaces from your iOS device.

NAMM2013: Novation Launchkey Keyboard

Last month hardware manufacturer Novation dropped a surprising, and surprisingly free, app called Launchkey.

This week at NAMM, Novation have introduced a range of keyboards that share this name. Available in 25, 49, and 61 note variants, the Novation Launckey keyboards feature the usual knobs and faders, but also include 16 velocity-sensitive clip launch/drum pads.

They look real pretty too! Novation are perhaps best known from their Launchpad, an Ableton Live controller, which features similar multi-colored buttons. Along with the announcement of the keyboard we're now hearing about a Launchpad app that is in the works, and is being demoed at NAMM along with the keyboards.

The hardware keyboards even have a button for doing fast app-switching between the Launchkey and Launchpad apps.

The 49-key Launchkey will be available in February or March, and the others will follow in April.

  • Launchkey 25 - $149.99 Street / £99.99 inc.vat
  • Launchkey 49 - $199.99 Street / £139.99 inc.vat
  • Launchpad 61 - $249.99 Street / £159.99 inc.vat

Sonic State got a good look at both the keyboard and the upcoming Launchpad app!

a1 commented below to let me know about an update to the Launchkey app this morning, which adds a Virtual MIDI port.

What's new in 1.1:

Fully integrated control with the new Novation Launchkey Hardware! Control every aspect of the app from your hardware.

Added Virtual MIDI port for better integration with other music apps.

Removed MIDI Channel 10 from MIDI input channels (now reserved for control).

Fixed "Aperture" patch to remove resonance noise.

Updated graphics.

Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free (On Sale)

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