I keep a lot of music apps on my iPhone, in fact, since I got my iPhone 4 I’ve returned a load of apps. But over the last few days I’ve been going back to some apps that I haven’t used in a while and have been getting re-aquainted. Most recently I used PatternMusic.
PatternMusic was released almost a year ago now, and going back to it reminded me of when it first came out.
It is a very sophisticated step sequencer which has a lot of potential for making some very interesting compositions. The fact that you can get patterns running with different lengths all in the same composition always impressed me. I really like the idea of getting music working where different parts overlap and interact with each other in different ways.
One of the other strengths of the app is the ability to mix patterns using their position. I really like this option, and it is unusual in an app that is so focused on composition.
PatternMusic has a lot of depth to it, and if you’ve never tried it out before you should give it a try. There’s a version for iPhone, and a separate one for the iPad too, and what’s more, both are free.
Bebot gets a little update today. Here’s what’s new:
- Screen flipping enabled on iPad
- Scale editor now lets you set the root note
- Added invert setting to chorus effect
- Additional factory presets
- Improved multitasking support
Really it is great to see that Bebot is still getting updates, and with multitasking support it’ll be great to use this with apps like ThumbJam.
iPads at the Apple Store
More good news coming for NLog according to this tweet:
Have implemented MidiOut for upcoming NLog Midi Synth update. So you can use NLog Midi in both ways: as a controller or as sound module.
I saw this and thought, ‘Isn’t this the Synthstation25, but without the iPhone dock?’ The Akai MPK mini has only just been announced and will apparently will be available by the ‘holidays’ for $199.
It is fairly obvious that the MPK is making use of the basic design of the SynthStation but seems to be getting some priority from Akai.
As a result I thought I’d check on the Akai SynthStation25 Keyboard again to see what was happening.
- Thomann in the UK have the keyboard as available in 2-5 days. I’ve emailed them to see if they’ve actually got it, but haven’t had a reply as yet.
- DolphinMusic in the UK has the availability status of the Akai SynthStation to “Reserve Order Now or Call for ETA“, so no change there. The price quoteed is still £79.99.
- Amazon have the SynthStation listed as ‘temporarily out of stock’, which doesn’t tell me anything really.
- Musician’s Friend in the US still has the Akai SynthStation25 listed as available from the 15th of October, and says “PRE-ORDER”. The price remains at $99.
- And lastly Music123 still says Akai SynthStation25 “Availability: Oct 22nd. Order now to reserve yours!” at $99.
So, no real update at all.
MobileCrunch reports that Windows Phone 7 will be launched on the 11th of October. I’m still highly skeptical about what if anything Windows Phone 7 will bring to mobile music. Having said that, I was completely wrong about the potential in the blackberry tablet, so I think I might have to be more careful this time around.
I haven’t heard of any developers who are thinking about music software for WP7, but if there are I’d love to hear from you.
I was reading the comments in the “How did you get started in mobile music post” and found them brilliant. Such great stories about how you got started and why.
Huge thanks to everyone who has posted their story so far. If you haven’t please do (at the original post), and if nothing else you should read the stories there in the comments, they are great.
Now that Apple have lifted their restrictions on the tools you can use to write iPhone apps will we see an extension of iProcessing to be a real tool for making iPhone apps in the same way that Android app development has come to processing, and will it give us any interesting audio / music apps?
Obviously very inspired by MIT’s Scratch application. Looks like it’ll be fun too. More details here.