Putting together Sound Lab for The Beautiful Octopus Club

You may remember me talking about the Sound Lab project I’ve been involved with for a few weeks now. The project was part of a larger event called the Beautiful Octopus Club which is run every year by a charity called Heart n Soul.

The idea behind the Sound Lab was to use readily available devices for immediate, accessible, and collaborative music making. That was the idea anyway.

So on Friday (13th) we set up at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. There wasn’t a huge amount of equipment, but enough to need a few of us to get it all sort and working.

We used 3 zones in the lab. One for three iPads which were working together using Bebot, iKaossilator and Loopseque. The idea behind this was for three people to be able to make music together in some sort of collaborative manner.

The first / front zone was where we had a more ambient set up using Bloom, Thumbjam, and also Aeolian Harp. These apps worked really well together and whilst the original intention was that you’d have a couple of people making ambient music together in this zone, often people would use multiple devices simultaneously and that seemed to work really well too.

The last of our three zones was our singing zone. For this we used a max4live patch controlled using Mira. The idea was to be able to control singing or rather introduce some fairly extreme effects to a live vocal. This was really popular and there was barely any time when the zone wasn’t in use.

I’m planning on writing another post on what I think I learnt from the Sound Lab as there are some important lessons that I’d like to share.


Cubasis 1.6, what wasn’t there …

I couldn’t help but notice that lots of people were somewhat disappointed by the Cubasis 1.6 release as it didn’t include automation.

However, the music app blog has a bit more information on this. It looks like automation will be coming in on the next version according to their forum.


KORG volca and BOSS DR55 – lotek / BakaOscillator


RØDE Rec app now iPAD friendly

Here’s what’s New in Version 2.8.0

  • Dedicated iPad interface – view the waveform, editing and a suite of controls on the one screen
  • Batch export of files
  • MP3 export
  • Improved interface
  • Improved stability and performance


Can’t Hold Us | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis | Saturday Night Superstars Cover (iPad & Phone Cover)

Live iPad and iPhone cover of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Saturday Night Superstars is Toronto’s premiere live event band. We bring a perfect blend of musicianship, performance and professionalism to your wedding, corporate or private function, charity gala or sporting event. Our playlist features some of the greatest songs ever written and will keep your guests dancing (and singing!) all night long.

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  • MooCowMusic’s Pianist Pro for iPad
  • Beepstreet’s Sunrizer for iPad
  • Mellotronics’ M3000 HD for iPad
  • MooCowMusic’s Bassist for iPhone
  • TC Helicon Voicelive Touch

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Cotracks Demo

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it …


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