Thanks to everyone who’s emailed in about news of the SynthStation 25. I’m hearing that Musician’s Friend in the US has the Akai SynthStation25 available for pre-order and states that it should be shipping by the 15th, and Akai have tweeted about it too, so maybe things are moving along after all?
I picked up this app this morning and starting playing around with it. The first thing that I liked about it was that it gives you a little display of all the controls when you open the app so you know what each one does.
Putting nodes onto the screen is easy and connecting them is straightforward. This is a fun app for generating interesting designs and soundscapes. I’ve found it quite easy to just lose myself in the app for a while and build up simple yet quite appealing (to me anyway) structures.
I think I’ll post about it again when I’ve spent more time on it, but for now, it is a lot of fun to use and worth a try in my book.
The last two years have seen mobile music creation get better and better, largely due to the iPhone and now the iPad. I’ve seen more and more mainstream music making sites start featuring mobile applications on an increasingly frequent basis. Sites like Matrixsynth, MacMusic, CDM (although CDM was always interested in mobile), and many others.
Only in the last few weeks we saw the publication of 101 Amazing Apps. A few years ago that would have been largely unthinkable, but now, mobile is really gaining ground.
So is it becoming mainstream? Jordan Rudess recently said that the iPhone and iPad were part of the future of electronic music. I’ve thought that for a long time, but it seems that more and more people are switching on to the same way of thinking.
So what does it mean? I’d like to hope that more of the large manufacturers will start bringing in mobile apps and hardware integration too.
There haven’t been too many mainstream artists take a look into the mobile world, but perhaps that will take off soon as well.
Is it a good thing? How will it change applications and hardware? Time will tell, and hopefully it will be a good thing for developers and users.
What do you think?
A new app from Audiofile Engineering. Backline DDP Mobile arrives at the app store and is free although to enable playback you need to make an in-app purchase. Here’s the detail:
Need to listen to DDP files on your iPhone? There’s an app for that! Created exclusively for iOS by Audiofile Engineering, Backline DDP Mobile allows you to load, examine and playback DDP (Disc Description Protocol) files. It also features a useful database of audio mastering studios around the globe. The free version of Backline DDP Mobile includes full access to the mastering studio database and the ability to load and examine DDP filesets. To enable playback in the DDP Player, complete a onetime in-app purchase using your App Store account. There is no time limit on Demo Mode, and in-app purchase upgrades can be made at any time.
A free app for a Friday. Not music, but photography related. This is an app from the Tate which has an exhibition on by the same name at the moment. Here’s the details:
The Muybridgizer allows iPhone photographers to take pictures inspired by the iconic works of early photographer Eadweard Muybridge. The release of the app celebrates the opening of a major exhibition of Muybridge’s work at Tate Britain (8 September 2010 – 16 January 2011).
The Muybridgizer freeze-frames the moving world, just as Muybridge did with subjects ranging from running horses to leapfrogging boys. In homage to the analogue Victorian beauty of the originals, users can Muybridge-ize their frames with grids and sepia tones, transforming their moving images into striking vintage-style pictures.
The application is offered free for a limited period.