Seeing Kickstarter at The Bakery (a few weeks back now)

A few weeks back I went to an event in Shoreditch hosted by Kickstarter, and as my piece on the UK Crowdfunding Association event seemed to go down quite well I thought I’d share some thoughts from this too.

I’m a fan of kickstarter. I think it’s a good platform for crowdfunding, but all to often we hear only about the great success stories that come out of kickstarter and not the immense hard work that goes into preparing for these campaigns.

Also we don’t often hear the actual statistics behind kickstarter and the number of campaigns that fail too, but in this relatively short session the team at kickstarter shared some interesting numbers, and whilst much of this was already in the public domain, it is still interesting stuff.

The session was basically a panel Q&A with someone from Kano, which raised $1.5m, Sam Labs, which was still running at the time and ended up raising around £125k, and a couple of other campaigns too.

I was most interested in Sam Labs and Kano though. They both talked a lot about the preparation they’d put into their campaigns up front, how much they’d researched press contacts and social media influencers well in advance of starting the campaign. They both also talked about pre-funding campaigns and making sure that people were prep’d to come in from the moment the campaign launches.

Lastly, there was some good stuff about how to structure a campaign. That most campaigns succeed at around 5-7 reward tiers and runs for 30 days. This might sound sort of obvious, but it all makes good sense.

There’s a science to crowdfunding, and probably an art too, but the more information you can get about how to run your campaign, about what works and what doesn’t, the better. As such, these kind of events are excellent and help to provide context and very useful information about what works and what doesn’t.

If crowdfunding is something you’re considering for your product you should consider getting along to some of these soon.

A new app from Tempo Rumbato, Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 (video)

An unusual app to come from the maker of NLog, but it looks amazing and I’m sure it’ll sound amazing too.

Video description:

“Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 is a superbly-sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time!

Flemish instrument-building family Ruckers need little in the way of introduction to those in the know; suffice to say, their highly-valued (and valuable) historic harpsichords are akin to Stradivarius violins built by the Stradivari family.

You could even say that the harpsichord was the ‘synthesizer’ of its time, without which influential early musical stylings such as baroque and renaissance would never have emerged.”

Latest issue of Film and Game Composer is now online

With a write up on Different Drummer plus lots of other good stuff too. Go take a look here.

iPad Music: Spacevibe, Flying Haggis (video)

Friday brings the littleBits sale

Mikme – Wireless Recording Microphone on Kickstarter

Actually this is quite an interesting idea. Their funding goal is pretty steep, but they’ve got some time to get there and they’re doing pretty well already.

Quincy Lite arrives

Quincy Lite is as you might expect, a smaller version of the main app, but it isn’t free though.

Quincy is a musical explorer of Life, a cellular automaton created by J.H.Conway. Conway’s Game Of Life has long been of great interest to musicians specifically as a pattern generator. Quincy is a full implementation of Life, capable of generating all possible variations, the common B3/S23 as well as others like HighLife or Seeds. It is document-based and features adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and more. Quincy comes with a large library of patterns, a color mixer for a document’s color set and many display options. Editing tools beyond pen and pattern stamp also include options like copy, paste and rotate.

Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines meter, key and a base scale as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales.

There are two playback modes, audio and MIDI. In audio mode playback is routed through a devices speakers or headphones. This mode offers 128 instruments and adjustable reverb settings. MIDI playback is WiFi based so you can route Quincy’s output to any DAW like Logic or Ableton.
Quincy is very powerful and a joy to work with. You can create infinite variations on a theme just by coupling playback loops with random inserts or use it in performance mode with one-tap document switching and the ability to draw into the playing document without disturbing the original. Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production.


  • Adjustable grid size
  • Document based
  • MIDI over WiFi
  • Full general MIDI instrument library and adjustable reverb
  • Large pattern library
  • Extensive In-app and online documentation
  • Inter-App Audio support
  • Audiobus compatible

Quincy Lite costs $3.99 on the app store:

haQ attaQ 21 – “Majestic ego” Let’s Play (video)

Video description:

“Sugar Bytes released their new groove-box app “Egoist” yesterday, and I have had a hard time putting my iPad down due to that. I’ve made a track using Egoist, Turnado, a flute sample from a Computer Music Magazine sample pack, and vocals from another sample pack that I purchased from (links can be found further down). Check this video and you’ll understand. ;)”

Egoist on the app store:

haQ attaQ 21 – "Majestic ego" Let’s Play (video)

Video description:

“Sugar Bytes released their new groove-box app “Egoist” yesterday, and I have had a hard time putting my iPad down due to that. I’ve made a track using Egoist, Turnado, a flute sample from a Computer Music Magazine sample pack, and vocals from another sample pack that I purchased from (links can be found further down). Check this video and you’ll understand. ;)”

Egoist on the app store:

SingTrue – Discover your musical voice and learn to sing in tune to become a pitch perfect singer

SingTrue can teach anybody to sing in perfect tune. Even if you think you’re tone deaf!
Worried that you have a bad voice? Always told you’re out of tune or off-key when you sing?

Many people think they can’t sing because they don’t have “natural talent” or weren’t born “musically gifted”. The surprising truth is that anybody can learn to sing well, even those who feel totally unmusical.

SingTrue™ helps you discover your inner musicality and gain control over your voice to become a natural, confident, powerful singer.

Early users say:

“It’s as addictive as any game. I wanted to keep going through all the levels.”

“Really impressed with this app. A step outside the box, a different way of thinking. A portable singing teacher… Awesome!”


SingTrue features over 30 interactive exercises that help you learn to sing easily, confidently and in perfect tune. By using the iPhone microphone and sophisticated signal processing, the app analyses your singing and provides personal feedback on how you can improve.

Spend a few minutes practicing with the app’s exercises every day and you will rapidly become a capable, confident singer.

If you are already a musician, the app will train your voice and your ears to help you become more confident, more creative, and more musical. In fact, the advanced exercises will help you recognise notes by ear – enabling you to play by ear, write your own music, and improvise freely on your instrument.

The exercises have been designed by experts, in consultation with some of the leading vocal teachers in the world. Building on the success of the RelativePitch ear training app (featured by Apple and used by over 200,000 musicians) and the Tone Deaf Test (4.5-star rated app used by 80,000+ people), SingTrue has been developed to help more people discover their inner voice and naturally become sensational musicians.


  • SingTrue develops your Voice, Ears and Mind for singing
  • Uses the iPhone microphone to analyse your singing and gives personal feedback
  • Over 30 different exercises to explore, with more coming soon
  • Listening examples provided by professional singers
  • Track your progress in detail and see your voice improving
  • Share your achievements with friends on Facebook, Twitter or Email
  • Full iOS8 and iPhone 6/6+ compatibility


Q: What if I’m tone deaf?
A: Don’t worry! You probably aren’t. Over 40,000 people have taken our Tone Deaf Test, and just 2% have proved to be genuinely tone deaf. Still worried? Search the App Store for our free “Tone Deaf Test” app.

Q: Is this just for people who like singing?
A: No, SingTrue has been designed for singers and non-singers alike.

Q: Can you really learn to sing in tune?
A: Yes, it’s simply a matter of learning pitch sensitivity (ears) and vocal control (voice).

Q: What if I can already sing?
A: SingTrue can help you become more accurate, more expressive and more confident.

Early users say:

“I found I got more control over my voice. I’m not slurring the note as much as I used to!”

“This app is for singers of all levels – musicians looking to improve their musical ear and definitely beginner singers too.”

“The best thing is the simplicity and the helpful strategies it uses to make you improve quickly.”

Download SingTrue for free today! SingTrue is free on the app store with IAPs:

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