My 24 Apps of Christmas: 5 – Synergy Studio

4Pockets Audio release Synergy Studio just over 2 years ago, and I’ve been a big fan of it ever since. It works for me because its workflow matches mine in many ways, and although I realise that these kinds of sequencers don’t work for everyone, this one really does work for me.

I’m also a fan of the sounds in the app too, but it’s one of those apps that I think is too often overlooked and not given enough credit for just how useful it is. I remember when I first got hold of the app and started to play with it and work out how it might suit me. It was something of a revelation. I found myself getting to grips with making a track with it very quickly and it was very easy to use and understand. Yet it doesn’t seem to have been taken up by very many in the two years it’s been around. I’m not so sure why that is.

So perhaps take a look at this app again if you got it and never got to grips with it. I really like it, and hopefully, in the not too distant future, I’ll be posting something I’ve made with it, however rough it is, just to show you what it can do.

Yay! A new version of AirVox is coming

Fixes for now, but who knows, maybe more later?

Midiflow 2 is coming

A new real time solution for mobile music creation – Using the Soundcamp and Professional Audio SDK (video)

Via Musical Android.

Music Hack Day returns to London

I mentioned this only the other day, but it seems that tickets are running out fast. I plan to be there for the presentations on the Sunday only, but I’m always keen to know who else is going. If you are going to be there then please do let me know.

Details of the event are here, although I’m not sure that there are tickets left now

Latest issue of Film and Game Composer is now online

In case you missed this it had a write up on Different Drummer plus lots of other good stuff too. Go take a look here.

Arp Tweaking 7: Korg Volca Keys (video)

Korg Volcas on eBay

Disco Fingers for iPad and a brief thought about apps that help people to start to make music

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. Seeing Disco Fingers makes me think about the apps we’re starting to see which aim to help people who’ve never made music to start. I do believe that apps like this are heading in the right direction, and I hope we see more like Disco Fingers and Auxy and others. But I think that there’s a bigger topic that needs discussing around the subject.

Anyway, for now here’s the app store description for Disco Fingers …

Disco Fingers is an easier and more fun way of making music. You don’t need musical experience—only fingers!

 Share your compositions with your friends or publish them to Disco Fingers FM radio, where you’ll interact with listeners from all over the world. Give it a try! There’s always room for more radio stars on Disco Fingers FM.


Each “Disco Finger” represents an instrument or a voice filter. Simply add these Disco Fingers to the grid to compose music, creating beats in a broad range of musical genres.

The higher you place the Disco Fingers on the screen, the higher pitch of the note. The lower you place them, the lower the pitch. Your composition will always be in tune, so you don’t have to worry about disharmony.

You can also record your own voice and add lots of cool filters to it. Sound like a robot, a superstar, or even a chipmunk! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to sing. We’ll tune your voice so it fits the beat.

Voice filters

  • Auto Awesome
 – Daft Hunk

  • Robotizer

  • Chipmunk

  • Rich Pitch
 – Plain Jane


  • Synthesizer
 – Vocals

  • Saxophone
 – Jazz piano
 – Guitar

  • Banjo

  • Flute

  • Drums

  • Percussion

  • Double bass

  • Bass guitar

  • Electric bass

  • And many more!

Become a radio star

  1. Make a beat.

  2. Publish it to Disco Fingers FM.

  3. Get listeners and fans.

  4. Reach the Global Top List!

The more listeners around the world like your beat, the more it will spread. Using Disco Fingers, you can see a full overview of how many fans and listeners you’ve gained and how you’re performing in the global ranks. 

You can also export your beat as a ringtone, send it to a friend, or share it on social media!

Lack inspiration? Simply tune in to Disco Fingers FM and listen to other people’s beats. There are lots of funny, beautiful, crazy beats playing on the radio right now!

Use Disco Fingers to…

  • Make a custom birthday song for a friend

  • Make a Christmas song

  • Ask someone on a date with an original beat

  • Send a funny beat to a friend 

  • Export your beat as a ringtone

  • Share a beat on Facebook or Twitter

  • Make a custom jingle for your blog, website, etc.

  • And just have fun with music!

In-app purchases

Disco Fingers offers three in-app purchases:

Pro upgrade—access all instruments and all voice filters, the ringtone export feature, and the ability to remix radio hits.

Publish beat—extra credit for publishing to the radio channel.

Boost beat—queue your beat in front of all radio listeners. 

However, the app itself is free on the app store:

The Oscillator by Kymatica, Demo and Tutorial for iPad

[Gear demo] First couple of minutes with the Korg Volca Sample (video)

Video description:

“Playing around a bit with the Korg Volca Sample. I’m sure this is a keeper. So much fun for so little money.”

Korg Volcas on eBay

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