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The Crater’s top 10 apps

We haven’t had a top 10 for a while, so here’s a good set from The Crater:

Jasuto Pro – the original Jasuto was the first app I ever bought, and this is still the best app out there. Very easy to pick up and go, with seemingly limitless design for custom instruments. Innovative use of microphone and accelerometer input.


JR Hexatone Pro – a novel sampler that’s great for making glitchy patterns. The one-screen focus makes it perfect for improvisation.

technoBox – the second app I ever bought, and still my favorite groovebox. It sounds juicy, has an intuitive look for live performance, and is very fun to tweak.

Bebot – if you like synths, then you’re spoiled with iOS. Bebot isn’t the most powerful or feature-packed, but it sounds great, and the scale grid makes it ideal for noodling. Plus, hey, there’s that robot!

gliss – honestly, I still don’t always get what I’m doing with this one. But I like it, and it really doesn’t sound or behave like anything else out there!

bleep!BOX – virtual analog groovebox with a fun loop player/repeater. Very tweakable. Bleep!Synth is also worth checking out.

nanoloop – clearly the product of a designer who understands making music on tiny mobile devices. the unlimited BPM and harsh synthesized sounds give this one a unique character.

ProLoop – design counts a lot for me, and this one is a good intersection of form and function. The modular routings between loops gives this one a special edge.


IR-909 – There’s something about x0x-style sequencing that never gets old. Combining classic drum machine sounds with a couple new packs, this one is a techno beast.


Dub Siren Pro – I love laying back and listening to some classic dub. That only gets better when I can throw on a delay line, some wobbly synths, and sound effects from legendary toaster U-Roy. This is how you make a radio app stand out.

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chipPad is on sale

With the price down to just $1.99.

chipPad - Earsmack Music

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GarageBand for iPad + NLog Synth + Guitar + Flute

GarageBand - Apple®

iPads at the Apple Store

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MultiTrack DAW 3.0

Huge and awesome update for Multitrack DAW. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Per track EQ (2 bands parametric, 2 bands shelving, 18db boost and cut) (3GS or later).
  • Per track Compressor (3GS or later).
  • Ability to monitor the input signal with effects (3GS or later).
  • Fade in and out per region (editable fade points).
  • Open/copy email attachments (mp3, m4a, AAC, wav, aif, ogg).
  • Restore in-app purchases onto other devices.
  • Delete Unused Bins from within app.
  • Increased control of sliders and handles.
  • Retina display for iPhone 4 and iPod 4th gen.
  • Shared directory now monitors changes from iTunes File Sharing.
  • Improved input selection allows spitting stereo input onto 2 mono tracks.
  • iPod media browser now uses Apple supplied browser.
  • Hotbox ‘Trim’ and ‘Move’ buttons unified to single ‘Edit’ button.
  • new Hotbox ‘Slice’ tool splits a region at hotbox location or playhead location.
  • Fader controls now accurately use decibel scale and allow a real +12db of gain boost.
  • Metronome has volume control
  • Track download on wifi webpage has option to include effects in track rendering.

MultiTrack DAW - Harmonicdog

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SoundCloud app updated

An update to the SoundCloud app has arrived. Here’s what’s new:

  • Share a recording and automatically check in with Foursquare
  • Updated track & user info pages
  • Added followers & followings lists to the user info
  • Many bug fixes

SoundCloud - SoundCloud Ltd.

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NanoStudio view on porting to Windows Phone 7

I thought that this was a really interesting comment from the developer of NanoStudio on the difficulty of porting over to Windows Phone 7. Interested to hear from other developers with similar issues, or indeed if you’ve found a way through?

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Open question for developers

I know there are a lot of developers who’ve implemented audiocopy and pasteboard in their apps making them fit into our workflows and allowing us to move audio around very simply.

But there are plenty of apps that don’t have audiocopy or pasteboard, and I’d really like to understand why as it is probably one of the most asked for features for any app.

I think it would really help me and other users to understand some of the reasons why it is problematic or unworkable, or indeed whatever other reasons developers have for not implementing it.

This isn’t an attempt at pointing a finger at developers who haven’t implemented it or don’t see it as a priority, but it is a way of bringing the issue out so we can have a proper debate about it (without any animosity) in order to understand the issues on both sides, the pros and cons and hopefully get a clear picture at the end of it.

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Rumour: iPhone 5 to have A5 Dual Core

Let’s face it, it is a safe bet that the next iPhone will probably go dual core, and that’ll mean apps that take advantage of that, and that will mean more coolness for music making.

Rumour via Brighthand.

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Pythagoras Sneak Preview

Via Synthtopia.

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SoundPrism on sale

SoundPrism from Audanika is on sale. The price is down to $0.99.

SoundPrism - Audanika GmbH

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