Another new controller app arrives today:
Amos is a reactive MIDI instrument. It sends MIDI notes over a wireless network to almost any desktop host app such as Garage Band, Logic, Pro Tools, Live, etc. Think MIDI wind-chimes crossed with a pinball machine.
In Amos’s physics-simulated room, collisions between objects trigger MIDI notes. Up to three duration discs (half note, quarter note, eighth note) can be grabbed and thrown around the room. There are three 6-octave keyboards that can be configured via the Settings menu. When a disc strikes a keyboard key, it takes on that key‘s note value and emits that value for each collision until a new key is struck. Tilting the device controls the gravity in the room.
- A Mac, Linux, or Windows computer on the same WiFi network as your iPad
- A copy of the free DSMI Server running on your Mac, Linux, or Windows computer
- Some kind of MIDI capable desktop app (Garage Band, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Sonar, etc.)
Amos is priced at $2.99
I know that lots of people really liked the Saitara apps last time so I’m guessing that this is going to go down well too. Here’s what to expect from AC-7 Core:
The AC7-Core is a wireless control surface utilizing CoreMIDI for simple setup and reliable operation. There are dedicated modes for controlling:
- Apple’s Logic
- Pro Tools
- MOTU’s Digital Performer
- Cakewalk Sonar
- Ableton Live
- Propellerhead Reason/Record
- Sony Vegas/Acid Pro
- FruityLoops Studio
- Presonus Studio One
- Adobe Audition
- Mackie Tracktion
Other software which supports the Mackie Control protocol will work with the “Generic Mode”
Works without additional server software on OS X “Tiger” and above.
Also works on Windows XP, Vista, And 7 with free rtpMIDI driver.
AC-7 Core is priced at $4.99 but this is a discounted price and will go up soon.
I posted a video of this app a few days ago and here it is. This is what you can expect for your $7.99:
Sample Lab is a full-featured sampler/sequencer made exclusively for iPad. With a professional set of features packed into a simple, multi-touch interface you can skip the learning curve and start making tracks within minutes.
- Pinch-zoom precision sample editor lets you select your audio and drag it right onto a track.
- 8 stereo tracks @ 44.1kHz with per-beat volume control.
- Pitch-shifting preserves time and gives you 2 full octaves from one sample; without chipmunking.
- Record your own samples, or import wav & mp3 files using iTunes.
- Copy/Pasteboard support for sharing audio with other apps.
- Trigger pads for tapping-in patterns or stand-alone performance.
- 4 real-time DSP FX: compressor, bit crusher, resonant cutoff, and phaser.
- Multi-touch sequencer lets you build a composition with ease.
- Shuffle control for natural-sounding syncopation.
- More than 100 samples included to get you started.
Sample Lab was made to fit into your live set. You can:
- Trigger samples or tap un-mute for percussive slam fading
- Slice up a beat
- Load a different composition or sample kit
- Control 8 FX parameters at once with X/Y axis controls
- Record and drop-in layers of beatbox or harmonizing vocals
…all without stopping the music.
If you’ve used it let me know what you think.
A brief but interesting post from Hypebot. In some ways I think you can apply this to mobile music making, but in others I wonder how much game play mechanics you can introduce into a creative application.
I do like the addition of social media sharing in apps, I think it can work well, and for interactivity you only have to look at RJDJ, but in terms of other game mechanics I’m not sure.
Musix gets another update. Here’s what’s new:
Play expressive Musix with the ability to change velocity, vibrato or anything you can thing of (using midi/osc).
Musix now allows you to send midi velocity, aftertouch, instrument pitch bend, or cc command depending on touch location within a note. With OSC, the location within the note can be output so you can use the information to change whatever you want. The limits are endless.
As well, Musix no longer mutes other audio in the background. You can fire up some tunes and play along!