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PalmSounds Resource

Spanning 12 years, PalmSounds is a resource for the Mobile Music World

Whilst PalmSounds is no longer being run as an active blog (if you didn’t know then check this out), it still has a lot of very useful resources and information available on it if you know where to look. But finding it isn’t too easy, that is until now anyway.

This update brings a much improved way of getting to useful historic information that you might actually find useful. You’ll find a menu option called resources that will take you to categories of information about retro systems and much more.

 

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If you’re a CDM reader you’ll have seen this, and if you’re a PalmSounds reader you’ll need to

If you’ve seen this post at CDM today, you may be wondering what’s happening. So I think I should explain really. As you might remember, this year saw PalmSounds hit the ripe old age of 11 years, which is a long time in anyone’s book. Right from almost the very beginning of that journey Peter Kirn was really supportive, and from there we’ve stayed in touch and on occasion I’ve written for CDM.

As of now PalmSounds is moving over to CDM, bringing mobile music and app news to an already great site. You’ll be able to find everything you’d normally expect at PalmSounds at CDM, right here, and of course, if you’re not a CDM reader already you’ll find a whole lot more to read there.

Of course you might be wondering what will happen over here. That would be a good question. To answer that you have to remember that PalmSounds started as my personal discussion on mobile music. It wasn’t really a news site at all, but that’s what it became. Now that I’m moving that part of PalmSounds to CDM, this site will really go back to its roots. It’ll be more about what I’m doing personally with my own mobile music rather than acting as a news site.

So please join me over at CDM from today for everything you’ve seen at PalmSounds and a bright new chapter for CDM too.

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Amp Rack may (or may not) be what you’re looking for

I sort of wanted to title this post “These are not the FX apps you’re looking for”, but that probably isn’t very fair. However, I have to say that this isn’t something that I can see myself using as I’m quite happy with AUM or Audiobus. Having said that I can imagine that there would be other users out there who could find this helpful and integrate it into their own workflows. So I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s of use to you or not. Here’s the app’s description:

Like everyone, you have a number of amp and effect Apps. Amp Rack lets you line them up in one large display and switch between them with a single tap! Large buttons make it fast and easy! Spend less time tapping and more time playing!

WATCH THE VIDEO to see it in action with popular amp and effect apps!

In Amp Rack, you can:

  • instantly hear the difference between apps
  • select passthrough – no amp or effect, hear your instrument un-effected
  • set relative volume level for each App
  • mute the output with one tap, no matter which App is selected
  • open the amp or effect App and set parameters. Most effect apps have a single-tap return to Amp Rack
  • mute the input (which removes the red banner across the top of the device)
  • send Amp Rack’s output to Audiobus where further filtering and routing is possible

The display also shows your audio waveform live as you play so you can always see that audio is flowing!

Amp Rack works will all effect apps the support the Apple inter-app audio, including the Amplitude family, JamUp, AmpKit, and many many others!

NOTE: adding many apps can be very resource intensive and performance can suffer on older devices. Amp Rack includes an optional mode that limits resources, though with longer switching between amps – still a single tap though!

Amp Rack costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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Pulse Code Inc release their latest app Pulse – Beat Making Music Studio / Audio Sequencer

Pulse Code Inc brings their latest app to the store after updating a few of their existing stock. With this app they want you to make beats wherever you are.

Here are the app details:

Make your next big beat wherever inspiration hits!

Pulse is a must have app for electronic music producers. Pulse refines the standard audio sequencer workflow into a fluid mobile experience. On the surface is a minimal interface, thoughtfully laid out to keep your creative inspiration flowing. Explore and find a complex audio engine capable of deep manipulation.

Not light on features, Pulse has everything you need in a modern mobile music app. Play the built-in keypad or connect a MIDI device. Step edit. Undo. Erase. Record parameter automation. Manually edit parameter automation. Change key and scale at any time.Top it off with master reverb and compression.

Take control of your sound. Then take it to the next level with Pulse.

Highlights:

  • Three ways to make your beat: Play notes – Draw notes – Use MIDI
  • Tweak sound parameters and record the changes
  • Manually edit everything to make it perfect
  • Export loops or bounce them back into your song
  • Create complex timing with the dynamic quantizer
  • Stay in tune with key and scales
  • Connect to other MIDI apps and devices
  • Share your music and collaborate

General Specifications:

  • 32 bit Audio Engine
  • Full Stereo Signal Path (All FX and Channels)
  • Sound Channels: 16
  • Polyphony: Unlimited
  • Background Audio Support
  • MIDI: In / Out
  • Dynamic Key and Scale (31 Scales)
  • Quantizer Engine (60-240 ppm, 2-32 steps, and 50-75% swing)
  • Master Reverb
  • Undo

Sound Channel Specifications:

  • 3 Octave Range
  • Waveform
  • Amplifier
  • Filter(LPF, HPF, or BPF)
  • Wave Shaping FX (Distortion, Lo-Fi, or Foldback)
  • Time FX (Delay Flanger, or Chorus)
  • Dynamics (Pump or Choke)
  • Reverb Send
  • Mixer (Pan, Volume, Mute, and Solo)
  • Full automation on any sound channel parameter!

I/O Specifications:

  • Import sound files via AudioShare
  • Export audio song file via AudioShare
  • Export loops via AudioShare
  • Bounce loop back into Pulse
  • Record and transmit MIDI data
  • Import / Export audio files via email
  • Import / Export song files via email

Compatibility:

  • Audiobus 2
  • AudioShare
  • AUM
  • CoreMIDI
  • Inter-App Audio

Pulse is ON SALE NOW 50% OFF! $4.99 (normal price $9.99):

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jgBassEffects is a multi-FX app just for all you bass players

From the maker of jgEffects and many more apps besides comes jgBassEffects, a multi FX app just for bass players. The app itself is free, but has a bunch of in app purchases to it which also appear to be free at the moment as well, but I’d check before you go buying anything it.

Here’s the app’s description:

Hi, Everyone in the bass players!
A multi-effects processor for electric bass guitar was born. Simply connect the electric base guitar to iPhone / iPad, you can enjoy unique sound effect like no other!

Compatible audio interfaces are Apogee JAM, iRig, iRigHD, TASCAM iXZ.
the app supports “Inter-App Audio” which works together with applications such as GarageBand.

“When it gets stuck with recording”, “When getting tired of the usual sound”, please try using fantastic jgBassEffects. It realizes low latency and real time output, and it corresponds to any electric bass guitar!

++ Effector Details ++

Up to three effectors can be used simultaneously.
We are planning to add a new effect.

+ Noize Gate +

Reduce noise.
Control: Sens, Press

+ B Fuzz +

Sweet tone but intense fuzz.
Control: Blend, Gain, Hunny, Color

+Bass Delay +

A standard delay is also available.
Control: Blend, Time, Feedback

+ Bass Reverb +

Simple reverb is also available.
Control: Strength

+ Ring Mix +

Overdrive, characterized by ring modulation.
Control: Blend, Gain, Tone

+ Auto Revolving Wah B +

Auto Rotation Filter Wah.
Control: Color, Speed, Q

+ Mod x Flanger +

Strong flanger by modulation.
Control: Blend, Depth, Range

+ Tremolrato B +

Tremolo + Vibrato + Panning effect.
Control: Time, Depth, Rate, Tremol

++ Compatible device ++

It is recommended to use newer models than iPhone 5s and iPad mini 4.

Official Web: http://jg-ravity.com/?p=758
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGravityApps

jgBassEffects is on the app store now and is free with IAPs:

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Plectrum is a new universal iOS app that emulates classic plucked string instruments

From the developer who brought us RunloopSound, Csound for iOS, comes Plectrum, a classic emulation of plucked string instruments. It is impossible not to fall in love with its deep and complex sonority. Plectrum supports USB and Bluetooth MIDI devices and works both as a standalone application, and as an Audio Unit plugin for GarageBand and many other hosts.

Plectrum is free on the app store now:

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Ferrite Recording Studio 1.6 brings new stuff for everyone, and for more for paying customers too

Ferrite Recording Studio is a solid audio recorder that’s been around for almost two years now. It’s a great tool and not just for music, but for any kind of audio. It can, and has been used for podcasting, radio journalism, or other professional voice production like lectures, speeches, and voiceovers. So it’s a pretty versatile app.

But whatever you use Ferrite Recording Studio and whether or not you’re a paying customer there’s something good in version 1.6.

New for all customers:

  • Shortcut key browser, built-in & searchable.
  • Import multiple audio files at once into existing projects, either on separate tracks or one after another on the same track.
  • Zoom tracks vertically.
  • Crop/zoom imported images when adding them to cover artwork or chapters.
  • Reliability and user-experience fixes.

New for paying customers:

  • Export to .MP3 files.
  • Add chapters to .MP3 projects.
  • Select alternative keyboard shortcut schemes or customise the keybinds to your liking.

Ferrite Recording Studio on the app store: