What I’d like to see in … Argon

Argon is a fantastic monosynth with a huge range of features already built into it, so what on earth could I want to get added to it? Well, there are a few things:

  1. Polyphony. It might sound obvious but some polyphony in the step sequencer would be brilliant.
  2. I’d also like to be able to change or automate parameters in the step sequencer. Maybe an X-Y pad or similar.

Aside from those two, I don’t think I can come up with anything else for Argon. How about you.

Argon at the app store:
ARGON - The Monophonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer -

Morphwiz Sneak Peak

Via Matrixsynth.

Countdown to iOS4: i-12

As iOS4 (and iPhone 4) are due to be with us in only 12 days time I thought I’d run a little countdown to the new OS and hardware to take a look at what’s coming and how it might be useful for mobile musicians.

Apple have told us that there are over 100 new features in iOS4, but there site only lists a handful so I’ll have to content myself with those.

Today I’ll start off with one of the really big new features. Multitasking.

So what does multitasking bring to mobile music? It is a good question, and when I really think about it I don’t have any very good answers to be honest.

My guess is that iOS4 won’t let you record with one app while you play a synth in another. So what will it offer for mobile music? Will I be able to leave an app rendering to WAV while I check my mail? No big deal really.
I’d really like to hear from developers as to what they think multitasking will bring for mobile music, and from users as to what you’d like to be able to do with it.

ArtStudio update

ArtStudio gets an update. Here’s what’s new:

  • Preserve transparency layer mode (so you can draw only on the visible contents of a layer)
  • Three new brush settings:
  • speed based line thickness (with possibility to set sensitivity and mininum line thickness)
  • hard edges switch (so it is possible to draw single pixels)
  • eraser mode (any brush can be an eraser)
  • Two types of bottom layer: white/transparent
  • Two modes of eyedropper: sample current layer/sample all layers
  • More design improvements:
  • new brush icons
  • few other small changes

ArtStudio for the iPhone

Crash Test Dummies On The Optigan & “Toy” Instruments

Not really mobile music but fun anyway. They used some quite interesting stuff in this video. Via Synthtopia.

Impressions of Looptastic HD

I’ve had Looptastic Producer on my iPhone since the day it came out and loved it when it got audio paste. With Looptastic HD for iPad SoundTrends have taken this to the next level.

SoundTrends have done a great job of laying out the UI for the HD version of the app. They’ve made really good use of the screen real estate and I can now get to all the controls instantly.

I especially like the way you can access loops from other sets whilst you’re working, which really expands the usefulness of Looptastic HD.

The additional effects in Looptastic HD you even more ways to cut up your sound although I still find myself using my favourites after a while.

The most recent addition to Looptastic HD is the ability to upload to SoundCloud which rounds off the app really nicely.

Looptastic HD is a great app for mixing your loops whether you’ve made them in another app or on the desktop. I really enjoy playing with this app and always seem to spend more time using it than I intend to.

If you haven’t tried it on your iPad or iPhone then you should really give it a try.

Looptastic HD at the app store (iTunes Link)

Looptastic Producer for the iPhone
Looptastic Producer

The Daily eBay

On a QY10 at eBay today and very little else that I thought would be of use to anyone.

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