Alchemy Pro - Accidentally Free

An anonymous source inside of Apple pointed me towards an interesting bit of update news. It seems in the recent update to Camel Audio's Alchemy Synth Mobile, they accidentally submitted an internal version of the app to iTunes! This version has all of the Pro features unlocked by default!

There is a menu item, click the thumbnail to see it in the app, under Extras that flips it between being Pro and Free. Alchemy noticed this as well and tacked on a little message at the end of their update notes:

Ooops! For a limited time try the Pro Upgrade for free! The features are available by default. No additional activation needed. Purchase the Pro Upgrade to keep these features permanently, plus get 100 sounds and 50 loops.

So everyone has the Pro features to enjoy until Apple can get the new, corrected, version approved. Though you could continue to use the Pro features as long as you never updated the app. I think there could be a fascinating ethical debate on my having pointed that out, and welcome that in the (completely unmoderated) comments section. However, you'd never be able to use the "Update All" button in iTunes. I'd rather pay Camel their $15 due than give up that glorious time-saver.

Update: This has patched today, so no more free-ride guys. Fortunately the In-App upgrade to Pro is 50% off!

Buy Alchemy Synth Mobile on iTunes: Free

Arctic Keys gets a new Delay Effect

A few weeks ago I ran a Reverse Dev Interview on the site, asking you guys how you felt about drastic updates and when you feel it is worth paying for a whole new app. Most of you were of the opinion that as long as the new app was bringing enough new stuff to the table, an affordable app like Arctic was okay with making a "Pro" version with new features and effects. Especially if the new app was introduced at a discount.

One Red Dog decided to surprise us all by just including the new delay effect in the current version of Arctic Keys! This is a nice free update considering how oddly the old delay seemed to act!

Buy Arctic Keys on iTunes: $4.99

Memorial Day Music App Sales!

I like to think of myself as a Citizen of the World, and try not to be an American-centric-American. I hope that is reflected here on the site and in my videos. I say "Zed" for Zs, I use the metric system when appropriate, but I will fight you all to the death before I start spelling color and favorite with a superfluous "u"!

It's Memorial Day Weekend in America though and that means deals are going to be popping up all over on iTunes! Memorial Day is when we celebrate our second civil war, and we're passing on the savings to you!

I'll keep updating this post, with all of the deals from this weekend:

Buy GlitchBreaks on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Loop Twister on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $0.99)

Buy Mashup on iTunes: $19.99 (On Sale, from $39.99)

Buy Audio Midi Connect on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Animoog on iTunes: $9.99 (On sale, from $29.99)

Buy Animoog for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy Stochastik Drum Machine on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Compressor for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $2.99)

Buy Reverb for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $2.99)

Buy Alchemy on iTunes: Free (In-App Pro upgrade $6.99 50%-off)

Buy Waviary for iPad on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $1.99)

Interesting M4L Experiments

Reader Guaranath brought my attention to a video showing off some Max 4 Live (Ableton Live) experiments.

ORQUESTRA ELECTRÒNICA DEL VALLÉS, ooeevv if you're nasty, has been working on collaborative networked-music-making. In this example they've got 4 laptops all playing together. They've obviously spent a lot of time thinking about how people would use this, as they've even included chat inside of Ableton! That sort of functionality would make more sense if their aim is to make this possible over the Internet, rather than this example in the same room with an evil coffee maker.

This is barely relevant to the site, but I swear you can see an iPhone twice! It looks to be running a custom "OEV" app, so this could be a hint at things to come.

Exclusive Audiobus Details!

I've been sitting on this for nearly 2 months now, and I can finally talk about it! Audiobus is amazing for its ability to link the audio-streams of different apps and devices, allowing for completely new routing. What really blew my mind though is the fact that it can do all of this with discrete ports from the same app!

Pictured here is a beta version of Loopy that accepts these different port connections. There are a lot of possibilities here with "Studio" apps as well! Mix Animoog on track 1, Arctic on Track 2, and each drum from MoDrum on its own track. Now you can pan and apply effects to the individual tracks/ports, instead of a global reverb on everything!

With discrete ports you can run each individual instrument and then mix them in ways that won't drown each other out; a challenge faced by everyone who loves to use Genome for sequencing multiple apps together. No more cramming everything out of your headphone jack and hoping for the best!

This has been a key factor missing in iOS Music Apps and really elevates the platform into Pro Audio territory.

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