Nick Batt and Gaz Williams are back with a new Sonic Touch! After listening to amateur videos all day long I am completely blown away by the quality of their production. We all need to get some of those lav mics. And pretty backdrops!
For this episode, we were aiming to create music to a brief on the iPad, but got bogged down in problems and so decided to discuss those issues instead..
Alexander Randon has released an iPhone version of his popular Arpeggionome app, and to celebrate Arpeggionome Pro is on sale!
Arpeggionome for iPhone iTunes Description:
Arpeggionome for iPhone transforms your iPhone into a new and expressive musical instrument. Design intricate patterns of musical notes, then trigger those patterns at different pitches and speeds with an x-y matrix. Tilt the iPhone for accelerometer-controlled pitchbend and volume, and with the MIDI Upgrade in-app purchase, control other iOS MIDI apps, external MIDI gear, and computer software like never before.
Musical expression at 240 notes-per-second
Move up-and-down the matrix to set the pattern's rate
Move left-and-right to set the pattern's starting-note.
Accelerometer-controlled Pitchbend and Volume, essential for 8-bit solos.
Tilt the iPhone forward-and-back to control volume.
Tilt the iPhone left-and-right to control pitchbend
A rock-solid MIDI implementation
$4.99 In-App purchase required
Control other iOS MIDI Applications (such as GarageBand, Animoog, Magellan Jr., and FunkBox).
Control external MIDI devices (such hardware synthesizers, drum machines, and sound modules).
Control computer software (such as Ableton Live, Logic, and Pro Tools)
Send MIDI through Virtual MIDI, CoreMIDI hardware interfaces, or over WiFi or Bluetooth.
Even more features...
A simple built-in synthesizer.
Beautiful and informative visual feedback.
Integrated documentation for every parameter and setting.
Backup, restore, and transfer patterns between devices via iTunes File Sharing.
Early this morning reader Bianca emailed me with news of MidiBridge's update with, "Support for MidiBus." Speculation began to erupt immediately on Twitter that the Audiobus team might be releasing a new app, but such is not the case!
After some inquiries and digging around I found the Midib.us site. Though similar to the official Audiob.us website, it is not related to them at all. Instead this is an entirely different effort from Audeonic, makers of MidiBridge. Judging by the website, the goal of MidiBus is simply fast-app switching via MIDI messages and not a new unified MIDI method for iOS.
Update: Goddamn it. The Midib.us site website just got pulled. It wasn't much to look at, and all of the same information is available on Audeonic's main site. I'm pretty pissed with the decision to replace all of the content with, "It's all just speculation." Like I'm making this shit up. The bottom of the original page had a contact email @audeonic.com, so I feel pretty confident in saying I'm on the right track with this. Audeonic.com is also referenced in the source code for the new blank page.
Honestly I'm not sure what the big deal is here at all. We had all of this under the name OMAC Fast-switching back in October, but as you can tell by the list of supporting apps it has not gained a lot of traction among developers.
What's new in MidiBridge v1.5:
Scenes; save/recall MidiBridge configurations from app or via MIDI message
Program Changer; send program change messages (and also automatically on scene change)
Stream Byter; user definable transform module; multi zone splits of keyboards, controllers (including overlapping) - essentially map any incoming MIDI message to anything else (except sysex).
Note Mapper; factory preset for MPC Fly to BeatMaker 2 pads
Víctor Sánchez has spent a lot of time with Reactable, as you can tell by his YouTube channel. All that practice has paid off, as he has become extremely proficient at rocking out with the app! Here is another impressive improvisation!
Ryan Hemeon from iOS MARS has put together a detailed tutorial for MIDI Pattern Sequencer, the first app from Audio Mastering developer Igor Vasiliev. Ryan explains all the VirtualMIDI bits necessary to begin composing a song.