When I first got hold of Loopseque I think I somewhat underestimated it. When I was playing with it on my iPad last night I started to realise how good it is. Sure, it isn’t a fully featured synth and sequencer that you can tweak with lots of features like audiocopy and the like.
However, where it is really good is that it is very simple and straightforward and I should think that it could be used by just about anyone. The concept is really simple. Every circle is a pattern, there are 4 different channels, drums, bass, percussion and lead.
You switch patterns by simply dragging the pattern into the circular window and that’s it. In fact, I think it is probably quite hard to make something with Loopseque that doesn’t sound reasonable.
The fact that I ended up spending nearly an hour playing with it reminds me think that sometimes it is worth playing with something simple just for the fun of making music.
The app has a reasonable range of sound sets to use although you have to use the sounds in the set you’ve chosen and can’t mix and match. Also, there’s no way to record a performance and that would be nice to see in a future version with SoundCloud export or similar.
Having said that, as it stands, it is a good music making app based on a very simple idea and I should think that anyone could get to making music with it within a minute.
I think that apps like this are important because I’d love to see more people using their iDevices for creative pursuits, and apps like this one make that more of a possibility.
I’m sure that a lot of the developers will have already read this, but it does make for interesting, and occasionally quite amusing reading, especially, “We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.”
Yep, I’d agree with that!
I think I’ve posted on this app before, but it has just had a fairly sizable update. Here’s what’s new:
- Bubble Harp now makes music! press the note button in the toolbar to turn music on and off, and to change the musical scale and tempo.
- Lines and points are smoothly antialiased.
- App works properly with multitasking in iOS 4.
- Massive speedup: to 100x in drawing.
- HIgh-resolution drawing on iPhone 4 retina display (and future displays).
- Saves and loads all parameters.
- Tested on full range of iPhone, iPad, and iPhone devices.
If you couldn’t face watching the whole of Apple’s Media event then try this version in less than 180 second.
If you ever wondered how long it takes to design and ship a synth then take a look at this timeline from Mutable Instruments.
Sonorasaurus Rex gets an update to version 2.1. Here’s what’s new:
- Record your mix real-time in wav format
- Major cue performance improvements for CBR mp3
- Fixed split mode audio issues
- Fixed an issue with cue points not saving properly
- Fixed EQ behavior
- Minor UI tweaks for improved usability
- Adjustable Jog Pad sensitivity
- New Deck Split mode for mixing externally
- Option to turn off beat blob
RecTools08, on of the first multitrack recorders for iOS gets a small update today. Here’s what’s new:
- System improvements
- Interface Enhancements
- Ability to rename the “mix down”
- Many bugs fixed
I don’t think that this even sits on my iPhone anymore so I might need to reinstall it to see what’s new. One thing’s for sure, it isn’t the big update that was promised a long time ago. In fact, their site still says:
“We are from now on also planning to make it network compatible, add synthesizers, a drum machine, effects and much more in the near future.”
What a shame. It would’ve been brilliant if they had done all of those things.
This is a link to a track which has Ethereal Dialpad (app link) for Android used on it. I can’t embed the track just link to it here.
I think that this is the first time I’ve heard an Android app used in a track (apart from uLoops tracks that is).