studio.HD arrived

Well it wasn’t too long to wait! studio.HD from SoundTrends (make of the excellent Looptastic and Looptastic HD) has arrived. Here’s what to expect.


studio.HD is the multitrack music creation app for songwriters, producers and musicians. It offers eight multilayered audio tracks (24 total tracks of playback!) with recording, editing, loops and effects. All under the command of an elegant iPad touch interface. Get your ideas down fast and start working with them anywhere.

From a rapper recording a rhyme on top of a beat; to a songwriter trying to catch the spark of a song before it goes using voice and guitar; to a dance producer wanting to try out remix ideas at the airport – regardless of genre, studio.HD lights your creative spark. It’s also great for musicians who want to work out solo ideas. It’s also a great tool for creating soundtracks and party mixes for iMovie or iTunes.


Find and audition loops arranged into Loop Sets, that logically group instrument parts that work well together. Audition audio at the current Project tempo and with the current arrangement.

Example Loop Sets are included plus download access to all the Loop Sets in Looptastic HD and new Rock, Pop, Metal, Country and Funk loops.

Import your own loops from Mac/PC.

NOTE: A future update will be available SOON to enable access to both the free Loop Set downloads mentioned above plus other purchasable content via the Sound Trends in-app Loop Store.

8 tracks + layer = 24 track playback
studio.HD accommodates multiple layers per track to give you at least 24 tracks! Screen space and workflow are optimized to reduce the endless scrolling found in other apps.

Record your best … then make it better!
Just hit the button, listen to the count-off, and get ready to jam. Use Loop Record to lay down a few takes and choose your best or edit together a hybrid.

Arrange and rearrange your song with your bare hands!
Grab your audio parts and Edit, Delete, Copy, Paste and Loop them to make your composition the way you want it.

Zoom around your composition and fly into your edits.
Effortlessly zoom in and out of your arrangement. studio.HD even “Auto-Zooms” to put your whole composition in view with a quick double-touch.

Edit faster.
Edit Regions can be overlapping and layered on each track. Layered Regions explode and show an overlay screen that lets you choose a layer to edit. All operations intelligently snap to Bar/Beat based on Zoom level. A Loop Indicator/Control lets you move the looped region PLUS select all Regions on all tracks in the Loop start to Cut/Copy/Paste whole sections of your songs.

Multitouch, “2-finger” dragging quickly copies a part, similar to the Option-Drag copy technique on the Mac.

Truncate an audio file’s beginning and end points to “top and tail” a recording.

Grab a handle to Loop (repeat) a part to play longer.

Drag Regions between tracks and anywhere within the Arrangement.

Mix it.
Every track has its own volume control and effects capability. Just drag and drop an effect from the FX list to assign that effect to a track. You get Bitcrusher, Flanger, Hi and Low Pass Filters and Delay effects used in Looptastic. Set effect parameters with an XY controller to (like resonance and frequency for the filters).

Save a Mixdown to an AIFF 16/44 that you can sync on your Mac/PC and then import into iTunes to wow your friends.

Share files with your computer using the new iTunes App File Sharing capabilities.

NOTE: Currently files are shared between studio.HD and Looptastic by import/export of stereo mixdowns to your Mac/PC.

The app is priced at $7.99.

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Sound Made Simple iPA for iPhone

You might be interested in learning about audio and sound equipment, and in general courses won’t be cheap, and neither is this app (in app store terms that is), but it is probably cheaper than taking even an online course.

If anyone does try it out, please let me know what you think.

Sound Made Simple iPA is a training application that takes an ‘academic’ approach to teach the basic fundamentals of audio, acoustics and sound system equipment. Adapted from the highly acclaimed SMS iCD, iPA (portable application) enables iPhone and iPod touch users to enjoy the same learning approach while on the go!

Sound Made Simple iPA uses eye-catching animation paired with easy-to-understand narration that teaches the basic fundamentals of audio and acoustics using a unique, academic approach.

Topics covered include:

  • Sound & Hearing (Explains the physics of sound & how the brain and ears work)
  • Signal Path & Gain Structure (Describes how signal travels through an audio system)
  • Mixing Consoles (Explains control knobs, busses, faders, inputs & outputs)
  • Equalization (Explains filters, equalizers and how to EQ a system)
  • Acoustics (Unveils the mystery of echoes, reflections and noise control)
  • Microphones (Explains how microphones work, differ and placement technique)
  • Signal Processors (Defines the different types of processors and their functions)
  • Power Amplifiers (Clarifies amplifier settings, features and configurations)
  • Loudspeakers (Explains the core components, coverage and types of loudspeakers in an audio system)
  • Cables, Connectors & Impedance (Defines the various types of cables, connectors and interfaces found in an audio system)

There are over 350 comprehensive, academic-based modules (movies) in a well designed application ideal for OTG (on-the-go) learners.

SMS iPA download options include:

  • LITE (Free) a short loaded version of the Professional version
  • CHAPTERS each of the 10 chapters as an independent application
  • PROFESSIONAL all 10 chapters (350+ movies) in one large application

It is recommended the PROFESSIONAL version be downloaded via iTunes and then sync’d with the iPhone or iPod touch device, due to its 433mb file size. Chapter apps are independent and are identical to the lessons found in the PROFESSIONAL app.

The app is priced at $24.99

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CDM taking Android Music in Sweden

Wish I could have got to this event in Sweden but it wasn’t to be so I’m looking forward to hearing a lot about it in the coming days. Clip to Evernote

Rumours of next iPad

More rumours on the specs of the next iPad. MacRumors says that it could be thinner with a camera and mini USB.

Well USB would be great and would surely mean no need for the camera connection kit required for 1st gen iPads. Hopefully it’ll make connecting audio interfaces even easier.

iPads at the Apple Store Clip to Evernote

What does the Blackberry PlayBook mean for mobile music?

Lots of sites have the news about this new tablet from Blackberry. So what does it mean for mobile music creation?

My short answer is probably nothing. I have to admit that I’ve never paid much attention to Blackberry as a platform as it is so heavily targeted towards business use. I don’t know of any music making software for Blackberry at all. So I don’t think this is really going to be a content creation device in the same way as the iPad or Android tablets could be.

If I’m wrong I’d love to know though. Clip to Evernote

Cue Play DJ Promo Code Give Away CLOSED

The Cue Play DJ promo code give away is now closed. Codes will go out in the next few hours. Thanks to everyone who mailed in for a code and thanks very much to Capsulated Software for providing the codes. 

Cue Play DJ is a superb DJ app for the iPhone and is well worth the £5.99 asking price.

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Sad news from Maker Market

I saw this at GetLoFi. I hadn’t heard that Maker Market was shutting down which is a big shame indeed. Clip to Evernote

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