BeatEvolve arrives!

I have somewhat high expectations of this app due to the ‘evolution’ rules etc. Here’s what it says about itself:

Anyone can make music with BeatEvolve! With 31 instruments to choose from, the intuitive interface lets you combine 3 layers of harmonies to create awesome riffs! Select from one of six preset evolution rules or create your own from scratch then sit back and watch as the music changes all by itself.

Features include:

  • Three layers
  • 31 instruments
  • Six evolution presets including Conway’s famous Game Of Life
  • Experiment by creating your own evolution rules
  • Flip, rotate and shift the patterns you make
  • Tempo adjust
  • Save your musical creations to use later or show off to your friends 

The app is priced at $2.99

BeatEvolve - Team Popo

Eurypharynx synth arrives for iPad

This actually looks like quite interesting synth app for your iPad, and I think I’m going to need to give it a bit more attention. In the meantime, here are the specs …

This is a Virtual Analog Synthesizer duplicating Analog Synthesizer. 4-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer.

Eurypharynx is a 4-Voice Polyphonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer. Basically it models features after Analog Synthesizer. But more importantly, it combines the following five remarkable features.

  • In each OSC, you can select two waveforms and also morph them.
  • Flexible patching operation is available with Matrix Patching.
  • Alter numerous parameters sequentially with Modulation Sequencer.
  • Intuitive performance is available with XY Pad Control.
  • It is possible to save up to 256 patches.

Implemented Features:

  • 4-Voice Polyphony
  • OSC x 2 / NG x 1
  • OSC Modulation
    • Ring Modulation
    • OSC Sync
  • Glide
  • Filter x 1
  • EG x 2
  • LFO x 2
  • Arpeggiator Type x 6
  • Matrix Patching
  • Modulation Sequencer
  • XY Pad Control x 2
  • FX
    • Delay
    • Chorus
    • Over Drive
  • Keyboard (Scale) x 35
  • Real-Time Recording


  • Wireless Sync-Start Technology (WIST) is supported.
  • AudioCopy is supported.
  • CoreMIDI is supported.

The app is priced at $1.99

Eurypharynx - Sobal Corporation

CASSINI Synth – Arpeggiator – Pattern Length

iceWorks, Inc.

Music Studio 2.1 brings sampler and much more

Another great update from Music Studio, which has been around for over 3 years now and this is update 22! Now that’s pretty good value for money in anyone’s book.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Sampler (tap the + button in the instrument list’s user section)
  • Background audio
  • New sharing options: Dropbox, Open with other app
  • New instrument: Harmony Pad
  • Minimum required iOS version is now 4.2
  • Virtual MIDI
  • Bug fixes

Music Studio - Alexander Gross

Soundbeam updates with video recording

Soundbeam can now record up to 15 seconds of audio and render it into a neat, easily shareable video file.

Soundbeam - Evil Window Dog

PPG FREE arrives

If you were wondering about PPG Wavegenerator but didn’t want to commit to the price then now you can try it out using PPG FREE before you hit the buy button.

PPG FREE - Wolfgang Palm

What happened to the iPod Mini, and will it happen again?

And more importantly, will the same thing happen to the iPad Mini?

This thought came to me the other day and I started to wonder about Apple’s product strategy. They’ve made some amazing hardware, but they’ve never been afraid to give up on a design. This has happened on a number of occasions.

  • iPod Mini – Released in 2004 and 2005 but not kept, and replaced by the Nano
  • iPod Nano – 7 different designs with features in all of them removed and changed from one generation to the next

So will this be the fate of the iPad Mini? Will it (and even the touch) be replaced by an iPad Nano, a merged version of the new mini and the existing touch? I’m not saying that Apple shouldn’t experiment with designs and ideas, but I just think it’s worth noting that nothing stays still for long in the Apple hardware ecosystem.

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