ReBirth for iPad ($10) by Propellerhead Software AB has updated to Version 1.1 and added support for AudioCopy/AudioPaste. “ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music’s three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you’re ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features.” If you don’t have Rebirth now is the time to get it. The usual price is $15, but it will be $10 for the month of May. The iPhone version of ReBirth is also on sale for $4 (usually $7) but doesn’t support AudioCopy/AudioPaste…yet?
Hexler released TouchOSC v1.7 ($5) yesterday, and with the update comes the much anticipated support for CoreMIDI and Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer. TouchOSC is a modular OSC (Open Sound Control) and MIDI control surface for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The interface can be completely customized using the free TouchOSC Editor application so there is almost an unlimited amount of flexibility. The setup and configuration can be a bit daunting but there is a lot of great documentation now on Hexler’s website. There are a number of different types of touch controls available such as faders, rotary controls, push buttons, toggle buttons, XY pads, LEDs, labels, time & battery displays, and more. Hexler says to look forward to a library section for TouchOSC layouts and presets but that is still a little ways off.
IK Multimedia released the iRig Recorder ($5) app today. This app is intended as a quick way to record with the built-in mic and the iRig Mic but should work with other hardware too. iRig Recorder seems like a basic single track recorder however the waveform visual allows for nice control over the editing features and you can export files over WiFi, FTP, SoundCloud, and iTunes File Sharing. There are eight basic effects, a good file management system and the ability to record uncompressed 16bit 44.1kHz audio. The $5 price tag makes this app a bit more expensive than we expected and it doesn’t do multi-track recording but for recording ideas or samples in the field this might make for a very useful app.
The iPad is an amazing platform for audio but the lack of inputs and outputs can make recording difficult at times. Alesis is looking to change the game with the iO Dock. Once you slide the iPad or iPad 2 into the iO Dock you have access to a bunch of different connections. There are two XLR-1/4″ jacks for line/mic inputs with switchable phantom power, input 2 can be switched to a high-impedance direct guitar input, two 1/4″ main outputs, headphone jack, RCA composite video output, Midi in/out, USB midi host port, and a 1/4″ jack for a foot-switch. The design looks great and holds the iPad at a convenient viewing angle. The IO dock is now expected to arrive summer 2011 and you can pre-order over at Sweetwater.
Korg just released a new iElectribe Gorillaz Edition ($10) app. As of now Korg plans to sell only 10,000 units at $10 and decide what to do about future sales later. According to Korg what makes this version special is “a unique design and synthesizer engine including 128 new sounds created by Gorillaz and 64 ready-to-use pre-programmed patterns by the sound team Gorillaz, Stephen Sedgwick, and Korg.” Which brings us to an important disclaimer from Korg, pointed out over on the Palm Sound Blog:
“Commercial use of the works created by using this application is subject to the copyright clearance from right holders.”
This makes this version more of a fun remix app and will certainly limit what can be done with this app if you are planning on selling the music you create. The app itself is still plenty of fun but if you already have the iElectribe it might not be worth it (unless you are a huge fan of Gorillaz). All of the differences between the Gorillaz version and the standard version can be found on Korg’s website.
Our friends that went to Musikmesse 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany saw the new Yamaha iPad, iPhone and iPod touch MIDI interface that takes advantage of coreMIDI and knew we would be interested. They were right. Here is what Yamaha says:
“Yamaha introduces the i-MX1 on the Frankfurter Musicfair – a MIDI interface that‘s connected to the Apple iPad and thus offering vast possibilities to control MIDI equipment. The Apple iPad has proven itself as a very handy tool, combining a very nice touch panel with a reasonable size. It has sold in large quantities. On Winter NAMM 2011 Yamaha introduced a series of Apps that will allow a wireless controlling of the MOTIF XF Music Production Synthesizer. Read the rest of this entry »
On June 6th, 2011 EMI will release an iOS app that will allow users to remix David Bowie’s 1975 single Golden Years. The app will have eight stem files (mixed down from the original 16 tracks) that can be remixed, saved and shared with friends. This comes after the success of last years app Remix David Bowie – Space Oddity ($2) by iKlax, which lets users remix David Bowies single Space Oddity.
At the same time EMI will release a new Golden Years EP that will include four remixes made by DJs Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence and Chris Douridas from Los Angeles based KCRW internet radio station. You can listen to these remixes now on the KCRW website.
Over the years, Fruity Loops (now called FL Studio) has inspired many budding producers and has even found it’s way into popular music. Now Image-Line is upping the anti with a mobile version, compatible with the desktop version, called FL Studio mobile ($ and release TBA). While it won’t offer all the features of the desktop version, we can’t wait to get it on our iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch to quickly get our beats down on the go. We’re hopeful this will inspire other major software manufactures to get mobile versions of their software on iOS.
Here are the specs Image-Line says it will include:
When Gorillaz created their latest album “The Fall,” they did it all while on tour and with the help of an iPad. All 15 of the tracks were recorded on group founder Damon Albarn’s iPad. We love to see people push the boundaries of what the iPad can do and this album is more proof that the iPad is capable of creating high quality, commercially successful music. While his album is not new, as it was released digitally on December 25th, 2010 as an exclusive free download for the Gorillaz Official Fan Club Sub Division (you can listen to it on the Gorillaz Website), it will be out on CD and digital download on Monday, 18th April and also available on a Limited Edition 180gm vinyl on Saturday, 16th April 2011.
Gorillaz conveniently provided a list of the apps they used to make the album so if you hear something you like on the album or just wanna check out some new apps they are linked below. As we try them out ourselves we will post on individual apps in more detail.
Apps used to create Gorillaz “The Fall”:
Harman’s new iOS app Powered by Crown ($4) allows amazing control and monitoring of both Crown and JBL network capable audio systems. Using an iPhone or iPad you can monitor inputs and outputs, change EQ, check thermal conditions, and much more. Since the architecture is based on the HiQnet protocol custom control panels can be made using Harman System Architect and imported through iTunes. The app allows for control over an unlimited number audio systems as long as they are connected to the same wireless network. Harman stated in their press release that Ethernet is part of their long-term strategic plan so expect to see more products this app can control soon.