SoundGrid on sale

SoundGrid 3 is currently on sale with the price down to $2.99.

SoundGrid at the app store:

Aurora Sound Studio for iPad available tomorrow

Having used Aurora on 2 platforms so far (Windows Mobile and the iPhone) I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the iPad, and from a tweet earlier today 4Pockets have said it is due out tomorrow!

Is the bar too high?

I started to think about this after seeing the video for NanoStudio. It is amazing to think that you can now have a 24 track DAW on your mobile phone together with a huge range of synths and drum machines and countless other amazing apps. But does this raise the bar too high for developers?

Sure we all want the next amazing app for creating music on any given device, but it wasn’t that long ago that getting a simple drum sequencer on your PDA was a miracle in itself.

I can remember being amazed when I first saw Microbe for the Palm OS and when Bhajis Loops appeared I struggled to accept it was true at all.

I wonder now how many developers there are out there who have ideas and projects that we’ll never see because they think there’s no market left for them.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating going back to when the majority of mobile music apps were toys, but I do think that there’s room for all kinds of mobile music apps, not just the most powerful and complex tools, but also apps that take a more experimental tangent into music creation. Apps that appeal to non-musicians and encourage creativity without any musical knowledge and training.

Pixelh8’s software for his marching samba band is a good example of this. An application running on a DS that encourages kids to make music under the context of gaming. That kind of thing helps children to explore music through a device their already familiar with and that has to be a positive thing.

So where am I going with this? I’m not entirely sure. I guess I want to encourage diversity in mobile music as much as possible because I think that diversity in the range of applications will continue to bring people into more creative activities wherever they are.

As always, I’m really interested to know what you all think. I’m sure there’ll be lots of views!

Impressions of StudioTrack for the iPad

One of the first things that went onto my iPad 2 weeks ago was StudioTrack from Sonoma and Retronyms. I’ve been a fan of their FourTrack app since it came out and was really pleased to hear about StudioTrack when it was announced.
If I think back to when I started Palm Sounds the thought of having a fully functioning 8 track on a mobile device was almost completely unthinkable. Now it is a reality and StudioTrack is a great app.
For me one of the great things about using StudioTrack is the effects send per channel and the fact that it includes their audio copy/paste functionality too. Getting audio in and out and working with other music apps is really simple now.
I’m planning to use StudioTrack to finish up a set of songs that I’ve been working on for a long time now, and when it is all done I’ll be making them available to see what you all think of them.
StudioTrack isn’t a cheap application, but as far as I’m concerned it is more than worth the money.
Knowing both Sonoma and Retronyms I’m sure that their already working on the next updates for this app and I’m sure we’re going to see great things coming to this app and their others.
StudioTrack from Sonoma at the app store:
Sonoma Wire Works

Toro Mini Promo Code Give Away CLOSED

The Toro Mini promo code give away is now closed. Please do not email any further entries.

Toro Mini at the app store:
TORO mini: Digital Synthesizer

7 Free DS-10 Tracks

A free EP of music made with the DS-10. Via Matrixsynth.

Sound Particles for the iPhone

A new iPhone app for making simple patterns. Not sure how good it is, but it is free.

Sound Particles at the app store:
Sound Particles

Toro Mini Site update

The Toro Mini site has been updated and looks rather nice. Don’t forget the Toro Mini Promo code competition is still on until 5pm GMT today.

Toro Mini at the app store:
TORO mini: Digital Synthesizer

Make talk to Sonodrome about their start up

This is an interesting piece from Make on Sonodrome, a UK start up. Make talks to them briefly about how they got started and why.

Sonorasaurus on Apple’s iPod Library Restrictions

There’s a post a few days old now at Sonorasaurus about the restrictions that Apple maintains on apps accessing the iPod music library.

It does seem strange that they maintain these restrictions as their own new iMovie app for iPhone 4 will be able to access the music library so why not extend that to DJ apps and more?

If you feel strongly about this then check out the post at the Sonorasaurus blog.

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