Samplewiz has been updated to reduce memory use of the 1st gen iPad, which is good news, and more importantly great to see this being addressed so quickly.
Looks cool doesn’t it.
A big update to Akai’s SynthStation app. Here’s what’s new:
Updated based upon user feedback, SynthStation v2.0 contains the most requested enhancements and capabilities from SynthStation enthusiasts everywhere and is now an even more powerful app for creating music on the go. Featuring CoreMIDI support, real-time recording, a customizable metronome, the ability to preview sounds in the sounds page and numerous stability improvements and bug fixes, SynthStation v2.0 is ready to produce whether you’re using it directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, or using it in combination with the powerful SynthStation25 (<–hyperlink to SynthStation25) portable controller. CoreMIDI Support: SynthStation v2.0 works with any CoreMIDI compatible device, meaning you can use it on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as a synth module for your favorite controllers or integrate SynthStation v2.0 with your CoreMIDI compliant hardware and software sequencers. Real-time Recording: Now you can record in real-time as you improvise and create tracks directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, or when using the versatile SynthStation25 portable controller. Customizable Metronome: More than just a time-keeping click track, SynthStation v2.0's all new metronome is now fully customizable, allowing you to set the volume and use any sound you desire. Sound-Preview Ribbon: Find the right sound faster with SynthStation v2.0's new sound-preview ribbon. This simple feature will streamline your portable music production and save you tons of time.
Wavebot is free, but I don’t know for how long. The previous price was $1.99
Voice loop has gone to free from a previous price of $0.99
A new drone app for the iPhone has arrived. Here are the details:
DronePlayer is a fun, interactive practice assistant for improvising musicians. Playing over extended tonalities is a great way to develop your ears as well as your musical ideas.
Long, sustained tones are generally known as drones. Drones have proven themselves quite useful for practicing. Many people use them to assist with intonation. Some enjoy playing scales over them. I personally have found them useful for practicing improvisation and improving my ears.
Muting one of the drone voices is a great way to play with just a fundamental pitch. You can then improvise over this and focus on hearing how what you are playing relates. Adding a second drone voice just adds to the fun.
Rotating DronePlayer to landscape orientation invokes a Drone Sequence mode where you can play evolving tonalities. These are excellent for challenging your improvising skills and having fun while doing so!
The app is priced at $1.99