My 24 apps of Christmas: 10 – AudioShare

Well, AudioShare has been a big part of my music making tool kit since it arrived on the app store, and the next version, 2.7, looks like it will be amazing, but if you don’t know AudioShare then you’re really missing out on a lot.

So, why is this app so special? Well it’s one of those apps that grows on you to the point where you just can’t work out how you did things without it. AudioShare is a great way to move samples and MIDI files around from all of your apps. It’s great for doing simple things with samples and for visualising MIDI files too.

If that wasn’t enough it works very well as a recorder to and is Audiobus compatible.

And in 2.7 it’s getting even better too …

So I expect that it’ll make it into pretty much any list of apps I’d make. It really is an incredibly useful app, and if you don’t know it you should have a look at it.


So before the day is over I couldn’t let it go … Happy Birthday Audiobus! 2 today!

It is amazing isn’t it, that we take Audiobus for granted so much of the time and it is something that so many of us rely on very heavily. Can you think of what it was like before Audiobus arrived and started connecting together apps for us? iOS music was very different back then, very different indeed.

So congratulations Audiobus on hitting 2 years on the app store today. I’m looking forward to lots more birthdays in due course and perhaps an update to Audiobus in the not too distant future.


And also the full version of Auria is also 50% off

So the full version of Auria itself is also still half price at $24.99. Again, I’m not sure if this is just a permanent move or not.


It’s nearly over … The Korg app sale that is …

Just a penultimate reminder so you don’t miss out on the Korg app sale. As you’re probably aware, all of their apps are currently on sale for up to 50% off until the 11th of December.

Here’s what’s on offer:

And don’t forget that Korg’s latest app has launched. Module arrived and is at its launch price of $29.99, which is 25% off the normal price of $39.99 which it will go back up to on the 11th.


midiSequencerLite gets an update too

Here’s what’s new with midiSequencerLite:

  • brought up to date with midiSequencer v1.10
  • midi echo fx – limited version of FX IAP
  • chords – limited version of Chords IAP
  • Enabled SLAVE mode midi clock on MidiSequencer endpoints
  • Time limited extended (20mins)


RedSound, a new free app for making music simply

I do like that there are more and more apps that come out that aim to get people making music. RedSound is the latest to fit that bill. Here’s the app’s description:

Have you ever wished you could harness the musical realm with the simple touch of a finger? Some said it was impossible; some said it couldn’t be done; some said it was pointless, but we said, “nah… we got this.” With RedSound, touch anywhere on the board and synthesize sounds with a variety of instruments. Shake your device to bring up the settings menu, and swipe over the setting to select it. A plethora of settings allows you to customize the sound and style of the app to your choosing. This app may possibly be the most fun you’ve had, hitherto.

The app is free in the app store:


Photophore | Flock Synthesizer for iPad (video)

Video description:

“Photophore is a unique instrument for iPad that uses flocks of up to 100 sound generators to create rich, organic synthesizer sounds. By controlling the behavior of the flocks you can make Photophore sound like a choir of synthesizers or, at more extreme settings, a swarm of angry insects.”

Now available on the App Store at special introductory price of only $4.99!


Photophore Synth arrives

A new idea in synthesis for your iPad. Photophore Synth has arrived. Here’s what you need to know …

Photophore is a unique instrument that uses flocks of up to 100 sound generators to create rich, organic synthesizer sounds. By controlling the behavior of the flocks you can make Photophore sound like a choir of synthesizers or, at more extreme settings, a swarm of angry insects.

Unlike other digital synthesizers, Photophore creates warmth and character in a completely new way. Instead of modeling analog circuits, it models animal behavior. Photophore’s sound engine is made up of flocks of oscillators that move through a virtual three-dimensional environment. Their motion is controlled by a special behavioral algorithm and physics simulation that keeps the oscillators in tune with each other, but allows for a certain amount of natural drifting and detuning. This creates rich timbres that are perfect for crafting massive bass sounds, complex pads and searing leads.

You can interact with the oscillator flocks by controlling their behavior – how much they try to flock together, how much they avoid each other, their speed, and how much turbulence is in their environment. Oscillators will flee from your touch, so you can create extreme pitch modulation and more chaotic effects by simply swiping across the screen.

Key Features:

  • Unique flock synthesis engine
  • Up to 100 oscillators per patch
  • Monophonic or polyphonic operation (up to 6 voices)
  • 6 oscillator waveforms (saw, square, pulse and more)
  • Low pass/High pass filter with resonance
  • Dedicated amplitude and filter envelopes
  • Stereo echo effect
  • Arpeggiator


  • Use any iPad-compatible MIDI keyboard to play notes and perform pitch bends
  • AudioBus and Inter-App Audio support for streaming audio to other apps
  • Control Photophore from other apps via CoreMIDI

Tech Requirements:

  • iOS7 or later required

Until January 10, Photophore will be just $4.99 (€4.49, £2.99), a 25% discount off of the normal price!


Glitch Machine update on the way


Convert your iOS app to Native Android? Could be …

So I saw this mentioned on twitter this morning and thought that there might be a few developers who might be interested in it. Of course I’ve no idea if this works fine for music apps, but if any developers do try it out then I’d like to know.

Here’s the link …