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It’s not long to wait now …

I’ve posted about it before and you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon enough. The Beautiful Octopus club is coming on the 9th of September. I posted about it here before, and if you’re interested in showing your music technology there, read this then get in touch.

If you’re planning to come along then please say hi!

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Why DJ’ing via a Pizza box might not be such a funny idea after all

A couple of days ago I was sent this video (below) of the a pizza box DJ set up.

Yes, that’s right. You might have seen it before, and you might have thought it was a bit of a gimmick too. That’s fine. I think that for Pizza Hut it probably was, but beneath the gimmick is a serious technology that has almost endless applications that we haven’t really thought through.

Some time ago I’m fairly sure that I shared this video …

I first saw this at Music Tech Fest in 2014 and then Novalia unsuccessfully brought their technology to Kickstarter, which was a real shame. They still have an amazing technology that could do some seriously cool things and I hope that we’ll see more of them in time.

But of course they’re not the only ones. Bare Conductive have their conductive ink and TouchBoard combo that is not only easy to use and very versatile, but entirely affordable too. If that wasn’t enough they’re also about to launch their PiCap too, in fact I think it arrives tomorrow.

Using inks to create your own MIDI interface can be amazing. I used Bare Conductive’s ink and TouchBoard back in November at an event with Heart n Soul in NESTA’s offices in London. I used two ink pads as proximity sensors to control volume and filter on a track in Live. It worked out really well, although it was difficult to calibrate to begin with.

But what it shows is that there are some amazing possibilities to use a conductive ink solution with MIDI. I probably haven’t spent enough time exploring what you can do with it enough. But it is on my to do list.

So I’m saying that whilst the pizza box is a nice gimmick, it shows that this can do a lot, a hell of a lot, and perhaps the gimmick will lead to something much better for controlling music.

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Goodbye SoundCloud Groups

Today is the day that they go, or at least that’s what I thought. I just opened up my account and all my groups are still there right now. Perhaps they’ll all be gone by the end of today. Who knows. Whatever happens I thought it would be good to mark the removal of a feature we all used a lot in the mobile music community.

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SampleTank

IK Multimedia brings us version 2 of SampleTank, and it really is a massive update. Here’s the all new app description covering everything that’s new.

SampleTank 2 for iOS is a professional-quality fully-featured mobile sound and groove workstation that brings the sound, power and features of professional desktop virtual instruments to your iPad and iPhone — without compromise. SampleTank 2 for iOS is designed for live performance and song composition anywhere, any time. It puts over 1,900 available world-class instruments at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more!

SampleTank 2 gives you 8 multitimbral instrument slots that you can layer, create splits and multis with ease, and choose from 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound collection that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Plus, each instrument category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can start composing and playing live immediately.

Its instruments and new sound engine derived from the flagship SampleTank for desktop computers give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance: It is once again a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, thousands of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. Now you can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you — desktop sound and performance in your pocket or on your iPad.

SampleTank 2 comes with 140 instruments and over 1,000 patterns — plenty of fresh sounds to get your creative juices going. But what makes SampleTank 2 the best choice for mobile musicians is the range of over 700 professional sounds you can expand it with:

  • “Classic Keys” offers 73 keyboard instruments (piano, electric piano, and organ)
  • “Synths” delivers 279 instruments (including synth leads, pads, hits, and FX)
  • “Bass” offers 25 electric and 43 synth basses
  • “Ethnic & Voices” presents 21 ethnic instruments and 10 vocal instruments
  • “Drums and Loops” includes 61 instruments in 5 categories (drums, groove construction kits, acoustic drum loops, Latin percussion loops, and percussion)
  • “All Pro-Sounds” bundle includes all of the above selection of 544 Instruments in 15 instrument categories

What’s more, three additional new signature sound packs are also available as in-app purchase:

  • “Alan Parsons Grand Piano”, 13 piano sounds produced by legendary Pink Floyd engineer
  • “Future Synths”, 150 synth sounds and patterns for a lifetime’s worth of sound design
  • “Elektronika – Deep House” an essential mix of 4 loop construction kits and 32 jackin’ beats, big-room bass, shiny synths, classic pianos, huge FX instruments and more
  • All new sounds are in addition to the previously available sounds — the original factory sound set, the Orchestral Miroslav Philharmonik collection plus the Sonik Synth and SampleMoog synth collections. This brings the total universe of SampleTank 2 for iOS sounds to over 1,900 instruments and over 1,200 MIDI patterns — the largest collection of sounds available for any virtual instrument on the iOS platform.

Features:

  • 8-part multitimbral professional-quality sound and groove module
  • Expandable sound library with 600+ instruments in 16 categories
  • Completely redesigned Sound Browser
  • Layers feature lets you easily create zones on your controller for multi-part performances
  • Live and Song modes optimized for composition and live performance
  • Streamlined interface for faster workflow
  • Integrated 8-track MIDI recorder with song export
  • MIDI learn feature makes programming external controllers a breeze
  • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale keyboard and enhanced drum pads
  • Plug-and-play compatibility with iRig interfaces and controllers like iRig Pro Duo, iRig Pro, iRig MIDI, iRig Keys and iRig Pads
  • Universal app compatible with iPad and iPhone with iOS 8 and later

What’s New

  • Best sound quality available for iOS — Sound Engine from SampleTank 3
  • 8-part multitimbral sound and groove module
  • Expandable with over 1,900 available sounds
  • Intuitive and inspiring new Sound Browser
  • SampleTank PRO instrument collections accurately crafted to make your songs, and live performances shine.
  • Dual environments — Song and Live — for composing and performing live
  • Interface major redesign, faster creative workflow
  • Redesigned Pads view makes beat making intuitive and easy
  • MIDI learn feature for programming external controllers with ease

SampleTank on the app store, still half price:

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iPulsaret 2.1 brings link and so much more

iPulsaret moves up to version 2.1 and is a massive update. It’s been a while though. The last update to iPulsaret was back in July last year, so it’s just over a year, and absolutely worth the wait in my view!

So here’s what’s new, it’s a big list:

  • Ableton Link in integration, find out more about Link at http://ableton.com/link
  • New SYNC for LFO and Sequencer
  • New UI iPad/iPhone optimization
  • New Keyboard with note/veloc trace
  • New Dynamics Compressor/Expander
  • New iCloud Drive and Document Picker for Presets and Files
  • MIDI Clock improved
  • Fixed crash for all non usual characters in the preset/file names
  • Improved Toggle Interaction
  • Audiobus latest SDK update
  • Midibus 1.35
  • Bluetooth Audio IO support
  • Bluetooth MIDI LE Support
  • New 88.2 and 96 kHz Sampling Rate support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Open In…’ Support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Sends the audio files used from the Bank’
  • Added File Manager ‘Send E-Mail’ Support
  • AudioShare support
  • Audio Engine Optimisation
  • iPad Pro compatibility fixed
  • iPhone Landscape Left/Right

iPulsaret on the app store:

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RunloopSound arrives, brings Csound to your iPhone

RunloopSound has arrived for iOS, and is universal, and is also free on the app store now. Here are the details …

Let your musical creativity run limitlessly with the power and versatility of Csound, one of the most advanced music production platforms ever created. Access hundreds of audio signal processing algorithms designed by some of the best names in the industry to shape your sounds in ways unimaginable.

Features

  • Connect microphones and record audio
  • Connect MIDI devices and play from your own synthesizers, samplers and SoundFont libraries
  • Run Csound in real time as an instrument or as an effects module
  • Export your creations as audio files
  • Work on Csound with beautiful syntax highlighting and line numbers
  • Preview audio and video files
  • Instant in-app access to the Csound documentation
  • Native Dropbox support allows you to work from the cloud
  • Import your samples and programs from iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and more

RunloopSound is free on the app store now:

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TextMusic 1.2.5 arrived (a little while ago agreed)

I do like apps like this, and, whilst I have to admit that I haven’t got my head around TextMusic it is one of those apps I’d really like to do a lot more with. So updates serve as good reminders for me.

Here’s what’s in 1.2.5 and it’s quite a lot:

  • Able to play start from the cursor position.
  • Able to export instrument tags to *mid files
  • Delete text continually by long pressing the delete button.
  • Able to Change the playing position by tapping text(notes) when playing.
  • Added Jumps: [A] [B] [C] [D] … [Z] [>>ABBA]
  • Added Accent notes. e.g. +1 +3 +5
  • Added Flower notes. e.g. *5 *6 *2
  • Added Grace notes. e.g. *[235] *[656] *[2532]
  • Added time signature 6/8
  • Advanced settings for adjusting Tremolo,Trill,Beat Velocities,GM Instrument mapping table…
  • New Glissando Signs: e.g. 1>5 1>>5 1>>>5 2>6>>>3>>7
    “ > ” = Pentatonic scale glissando
    “ >> ” = Diatonic scale glissando
    “ >>> ” = Chromatic scale glissando
  • Two new demo songs “Unforgettable Past”, “The vast sea laugh”
  • Auto saving

Changes:

  • The “Glissando” tag was changed named to “Glide”: “glid” —> “glide”
  • The “Flower Note” was changed name to “Grace Note”

TextMusic on the app store: