Huge thanks to Anthony who emailed me his thoughts on the new iPad 2, especially for mobile music makers. Here’s what he has to say:
I stood out in line yesterday and got an iPad 2. I thought I’d share my impressions (specific to mobile music) of the iPad 2.
I’m sure many mobile musicians share my frustration with the way the first iPad would rock when played on a flat surface.
+Much wider dynamic range speaker.
Sound quality is still low, but now you can actually hear bass notes.
+Smart cover stand positions.
Might interest mobile music folks.
+Most importantly, speed.
Everything is much faster. To me, the most noticeable improvement is in switching between apps (although the difference is noticeable pretty much everywhere). Now it feels like
the iPad actually multitasks. This makes negotiating the pasteboard a lot less tedious.
My only reservation is that the new jacks (headphone and dock) are probably less robust. Less of the connector is inside each jack (because the jacks follow the iPad’s new contoured edge), resulting in
what is probably a mechanically inferior connection. Considering there were already numerous complaints from the mobile music crowd even when the dock cable fit firmly and completely into the jack of the iPad 1, I suspect this could present a problem for those who use CCK+USB (or maybe even those who use iRig style devices with the headphone jack).
Great upgrade. I strongly recommend it.
iPads at the Apple Store
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I’ve been trying out ‘older’ apps on my old (for old think only a few years) 1st gen iPod Touch and was amazed to find the MiniVLTone works on it. I suppose it should come as no real surprise as the app is from 2009, but what was a surprise was that the app is still in the store!
I’ve seen this stat around the place quite a lot since the iPad 2 launch and it got me thinking about what it means. My view is that this can only be a good thing for developers as lots of new users get their iPads and start to think about what creative things they can do with their new toys.
Good news for developers, good news for everyone.
Meant to post this a few days ago! Thanks to all the people who’ve tweeted me about it. Looks and sounds like a great app. Here are the details.
Beat Twirl is a “beat slicer” app. The app lets you analyze existing sounds and detect their rhythm with its note onset algorithms. With Beat Twirl you can work with drum loops and rhythm patterns, easily enhancing them with additional percussion sound, or create new patterns.
With Beat Twirl you can:
- Change the tempo (time) of drum loops without changing the pitch.
- Analyze percussion patterns and find the underlying timing.
- Mix-in additional percussion sounds, or replace the original sounds
- Export single beats from a sound file.
How to use Beat Twirl?
- You can record yourself singing or clapping a rhythm, than add percussion instruments to the rhythm you created.
- You can extract a rhythmic/percussive section from a song and convert it to a loop you can play along with at different tempos.
- Mix-in percussion instruments to a song to enhance its’ rhythm.
- Extract beat samples from a song for use with a beat sequencer.
- Import audio from your ipod library, using iTunes file sharing or using audio copy/paste from supporting applications.
- Record using an external mic or the built in mic.
- Universal app. UI designed iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Supports retina displays.
- Two spectrum based note onset detection algorithms.
- Manual slicing capabilities on top of the automated algorithm.
- Mix in percussion beats from a library of 300 samples.
- Export audio as wav, caf or aac. Export using audio copy, iTunes files sharing or email.
The app is priced at $9.99
According to the developer’s tweet:
NLogSynth PRO 3.3 & NLog MIDI Synth 2.6 submitted to Apple same time. Let’s see which is first in AppStore.