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Why Color Chime is one of my apps of the week this week, and quite possibly for longer than that

If you don’t know Color Chime then can I suggest that you give it a try? It is a very simple app, but actually it’s an app that really embodies what is great about mobile music making, or at the very least, one aspect of it, and that is ‘play’. Color Chime is a great app to just play with, and that’s what I’ve been doing with it since it came out.

So why am I so excited about a simple app like this?

Well, I think it’s simply because there’s no clutter. Color Chime is just about making some music quickly without any interface noise to get in the way. You don’t have to dig deep to find out what to do or how to operate it and it just works. There is a great deal to be said for that level of simplicity. It is really quite elegant.

I think that the other reason that I like it is that it does in some ways remind me of other similarly simple apps like NodeBeat, and also SynthPond too. Interfaces that were fun to use, engaging and caught your imagination.

As apps get bigger, more complex and sophisticated it is all too easy to forget that playing is really important. Playing for the sake of it, for fun and for relaxation is a very important part of how we use music, and it’s apps like Color Chime that really tick that box for me.

If I were you I’d click the button below and download it, as Color Chime is free on the app store and describes itself rather charmingly like this …

“Shapes, colors, sound! Make music in seconds with Color Chime.

Tap to create a melodic sound collage. Includes simple controls for timbre, scale, tempo, delay, filter cutoff and filter resonance.

Color Chime is an amusement park for your fingers and a bubble bath for your ears.”

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Don’t forget that Cubasis is 30% off to celebrate Steinberg’s 30 years

In case you missed it, Cubasis is 30% off at the moment and will be on sale until the 6th of September.

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Just another reminder about that SXSW panel, please help if you can

I know that I’ve mentioned this before, but we’ve just entered the last few days of voting for SXSW panels, and if there’s you can do anything to help, i.e. by voting for it (predominantly) but also spreading the word about the panel etc, then that would be very much appreciated.

To take a look at the panel (and hopefully vote for it) click here. it would be just great to get some more visibility for the world of mobile music at SXSW.

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Messing With Different Drummer Waves (Part 2) (video)

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Different Drummer Waves (Part 1) (video)

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Samplr recorded with X Mirage (video)

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iRig Mic HD – The first handheld digital mic for iPhone, iPad, Mac/PC (video)

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Bastl Instruments Trinity Poly Synth 3 Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer Module on ebay

Well after noticing one I found another as is always the way! This time a poly synth. Not a bad price at all either. Click on the link below to take a look.

Bastl Instruments Trinity Poly Synth 3 Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer Module

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Techno live jam with Caustic (Android) (video)

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Techno live jam with Caustic (Android) from Stuart Mitchell on Vimeo.

Video description:

“A bit of live jamming with “Caustic” on Android. Track is called “Bauchnicker”.

Lots of fun with a 100EUR tablet and a 6 EUR software.

Drums are mostly based on my own samples from the Elektron Machinedrum and drumloops cut up within Caustic. Synth sound all from Caustic’s own machines.”

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Don’t forget …

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