Zachary’s top 10 iPhone apps

Time for another top 10, and today’s is from Zachary, and an interesting selection too:

My Top Ten iPhone Music Apps, alphabetically

Lo-fi gameboy rock fun, even if it’s a bit confounding to understand.

Lots of controls in this app to create ambient soundscaping.

Tweakable and infinitely playable, it’s THE live instrument for when your theremin is in the shop.
Bebot - Robot Synth

Even without Brian Eno’s name attached to it, it’s a great little sound machine. Good one to let play itself. The most relaxing thing ever.

Buddha Machine
In contrast to Bloom: why do loops that sound so soothing give me nightmares?
Buddha Machine

Thoroughly weird stuff. My surroundings never sounded like this fascinating. Someone called it “augmented reality for sound” and I couldn’t agree more.
Reality Jockey Ltd.

Hands down the best matrix sequencer on the iPhone, and it just keeps getting better.

I hate it when remix apps say they’re “designed for creativity” then restrict you to their small bank of samples. Not this one. Load your own samples and glitch ’em up good. Accelerometer-based control so you don’t look like you’re just texting when you play live.

Surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet. Amazing 303/808/909 emulation, and the closest you’ll get to ReBirth on the iPhone. The first music app I bought, and I still come back to it for my acid fix.
technoBox (303 808 909 studio)

So in love with analog-style fully moddable drum sounds, I don’t even care that it’s monophonic. Instant microhouse in a free app.

An interesting collection and one without Beatmaker included. This top ten seems more ‘instrument’ focussed. Thanks again Zachary.

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iProMic from Studio Six Digital

Studio Six Digital have announced a new hardware mic for the iPhone. Here’s the details.

iProMic is a calibrated, professional-grade, omni microphone that plugs directly into the dock connector of any model of iPhone or iPod Touch via a 0.5m cable, and avoids the low-frequency roll-off filters that the built-in mic and any mic plugged into the headset connector runs through. It is essentially the microphone from iAudioInterface. When plugged in, the headphone jack on the Touch is not obscured, and is available as an output. iProMic has two ranges when used with our AudioTools app: 30-110dB SPL, and 50-130dB SPL. When used with other iPhone apps, the low range is available: 30-110dB SPL. It will accept a standard nominal 1/2″ calibrator. See our website for more details.

iProMic is expected to ship mid-November, and will be priced at USD $129.99.

Now you have two choices for acoustic and audio analysis iPhone hardware: iProMic, and iAudioInterface, with its microphone, balanced line input, and balanced line output / headphone output.

Both of these products work with our new AudioTools app. AudioTools is priced at USD $19.99 (sorry for the typo in the last email), and includes SPL Meter, RTA, Generator, and our new Audio Scope. Other apps, including FFT, ETC, SPL Pro, SPL Graph, Speaker Polarity and Speaker Distortion, are available for purchase from within AudioTools using Apple’s in-app purchase feature. We do have an upgrade program for users that have already purchased any of the optional apps, see our website for more information.

We have some exciting modules coming soon for AudioTools, including THD and Impedance, (which both require iAudioInterface) and Impulse Response, which will allow recording sweeps, and doing basic analysis including octave and 1/3 octave EDT, T30, Clarity C50 and C80, definition, and S/N. Also, watch for another major app announcement that we will make at the AES show in New York. See us at Booth 775 if you can make it.

We are continuing to make progress on iAudioInterface, and we are hoping to finalize our ship date soon.

We will be accepting pre-orders for both iAudioInterface and iProMic. The pre-orders require a deposit, and ensure that you will receive one of the first units that are made. Send us an email if you would like to receive pre-order information when it is available.

I am tempted to get an external interface for my iPhone, and I do like the sounds of these products. Anyone have any experience of these or others?

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Loads of updates at All Things Korg DS-10

There were about 9 new posts with interviews videos etc over at All Things Korg DS-10 this morning, so if you’re interested in the DS-10 + then head over for a look.

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Forum trouble

I know that a few people have mentioned the forums at the community site and that things take a while to load up. I’m really sorry about this but as I don’t pay for the hosting there isn’t much I can do to improve things myself.

I’m hoping it will improve as grows and gets more stable. It just seems like a really good platform to put the community site.

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Cosmovox gets an update

Whilst this update isn’t really a very interesting one it is good to see that the app is still alive. Cosmovox was one of the earliest apps on the iPhone and very innovative when it came out. I’d be keen to hear from the developer as to whether there are any plans for new features for the app or indeed any other apps.

Cosmovox at the app store:

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Like the new header image?

I thought I’d spice up the title image. I used tiltShift Generator and PhotoForge to do it. What do you think?

TiltShift Generator at the app store:
TiltShift Generator
PhotoForge at the app store:

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A bit of Ellatron in action

Thanks to Ramones for this video.

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