My 24 apps of Christmas: 18 – Griff (for Windows Mobile)

So it’s time to go a little retro with my 24 apps of Christmas this year. I know that lots of people might think it a little strange, but actually I think it makes perfect sense. When you look at Griff and what it can do you’ll start to wonder how it was ever created for Windows Mobile. It was, and still is an amazing piece of software, complete with it’s own plug in architecture with full automation.

And of course now, Griff, the mobile music studio for Windows mobile, is free, as in beer.

So, if you have an old Windows Mobile device knocking around you should really go and grab Griff as it and all it’s plug ins are now free. Well, to be fair, the ones that the Griff people made are, but the third party ones are pretty much vanished now. It’s a shame, but these things happen.

Of course, if you don’t have an Windows Mobile device then the whole thing is a bit academic really. However, they can be picked up very cheaply these days, and I can recommend a Dell Axim X51 which has always done really well for me. Dell Axim at eBay

If you want to know more about Griff you should check out the other posts I’ve written about it over time. You can find them all here. There’s plenty of stuff there, from reviews to video etc.

So Griff is my number 18. One of those apps I’ll keep coming back to and experimenting with. One of the apps that helped me on this journey into the world of mobile music, and a little bit of history that’s worth knowing about.

MIDI Designer Pro 1.7 arrives

Here’s what’s new in MIDI Designer Pro 1.7:

1.7 is our 29th update. We’ve been in the App Store for over three years with more than 200,000 downloads. You, our users, are smart, passionate and articulate. Thank you for your invaluable feedback, testing and dialog: with your help and support we keep pushing MIDI Designer forward.

Our Community has grown! You’ve shared layouts to control gear and apps from Akai, Casio, Dave Smith Instruments, EnergyXT2, Eventide, IK Multimedia, Jomox, Kawai, Korg, Line6, Moog, Mutable Instruments, Novation, Peavey, Pioneer, Roland, Sequential Circuits, Sugar Bytes, Sonic Charge, Sonic Potions, Strymon, A Tasty Pixel, TC Electronic, ValhallaDSP, Waldorf, WTPA, and Yamaha.

Version 1.7 is a mix of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. These mostly affect advanced users and anyone using other authors’ layouts.

New Features Include:

  • Page Copy and Make Similar
  • New subcontrol option for Send Current Value
  • Bit Changers (for legacy gear like the DX7)
  • New supercontrol option for First Available Sub for buttons

Fixes Include:

  • Issues with Presets for Groups & Channel Changers for saving, loading and appending
  • All duplicate send issues resolved
  • Fixed bugs for iOS 8 and use with other iOS apps

SoundPrism Electro featuring Sound Design by Oliver Imseng (video)

DJ Player 7.6.2 is here …

Here’s what’s new in DJ Player:

New features for this Christmas! Improved track analysis, new waveform display, turntable effects, MIDI app control and more:


  • Better bpm and beatgrid detection, especially for breaks and DnB.
  • Harmonic key detection.
  • Usage:
    • Double-tap the pitch knob for automatic harmonic match.
    • Tap on the harmonic key switch (above the pitch knob) to enable or disable time-stretching/pitch shifting.
    • Change the notation (Camelot, Open Key [Traktor] or musical) in the Settings app.
  • Please note: the new track analysis can not use the old analyis files, the app will re-analyze every track.


  • Shows average and peak levels.
  • 3 zoom levels (hold SHIFT to reveal zoom controls).


  • SHIFT + IN is turntable stop. Works with slip mode too!
  • SHIFT + OUT is turntable motor off.


  • Points button directly accessible.
  • Adjustable auto loop on the points pane.


  • DJ Player is now controllable by other MIDI apps on the same iOS device.
  • Get creative, and create your own control interface with the MIDI Designer app for example!


  • New filter sound and characteristics on mixer.
  • Switchable pre and post fader fx on the mixer settings screen.


  • Delete not just recordings, but every kind of audio file from the Recordings folder.
  • Fixed an audio dropout/stuttering bug for some DJ controllers, including the Pioneer DDJ-SB.
  • Fixed silent output for some USB audio devices.

FLUX:FX Creative FX Processing – Drums Become Bass (video)

Video description:

“Here, a drum pattern is twisted into a fuzzed out bassline, using the effects sequencer. FLUX:FX is not a synth, but the flexibility of the effects modulation lets you do some very interesting things. This video was shot in the “Magic Closet”, built by Daniel Rowland at StudioBelew, Adrian Belew’s studio.

FLUX:FX is a multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio design and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for designing your sound. Featuring more than 30 modular effects blocks, a master Performance view with 1-touch interaction, an advanced Edit view with multi-touch and full assignment possibilities, and an innovative Sequencer view to bring motion to the audio signal, this app allows the user to easily create previously unheard sounds. Fully compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and MIDI, FLUX:FX is made to connect seamlessly with existing live rigs and studio workflows. Designed and built by the collective NOIISE – incorporating the acclaimed US guitarist Adrian Belew, mobile specialists MOBGEN and audio experts Elephantcandy.”

Don’t forget about the VirSyn sale …

There’s lots of good deals to be had at the moment, especially from VirSyn. Their apps are 50% off until the end of the year. Here’s what’s on offer:


Audiobus update coming to Reactable Mobile in the next few days!

Great news, Audiobus is back on Reactable Mobile! In a few days you can update to the new version and discover the possibilities of live app-to-app audio routing by connecting Reactable Mobile to the rest of your music apps.

And if you need more objects on your table, there’s also a new pack available for a limited time. Check the in-app store.

Nice to see Matrixsynth picking up on our MIDI Thing

A big thank you to Matrixsynth for taking a look at my post on MIDI Thing.

Don’t – Ed Sheeran (Doug Bako Voice Jam Studio Cover) (video)

Video description:

“Here’s my latest video using TC Helicon’s latest app for the iPad called Voice Jam Studio! Check them out at and download it now from the App Store!

Thank you for my video producer Cadenza for filming and editing this video!”

Elastic Drums arrives for your iPhone

Elastic Drums has arrived on the app store at last! Here’s everything you need to know …

Elastic Drums is a music app with 6 channels of synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 fx channels, all tweakable in an elastic way. The sound range is from analog “oldschool” beatbox to the weirdest effect drone soundscapes.


  • 6 synth channels with 10 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hit, clap, tom, … fm, grain)
  • 12 parameters for each synth engine
  • automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity
  • 4 send effect channels with 2×11 mono effects and 2 x 9 stereo effects
  • automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad
  • master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
  • 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length
  • record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare
  • email audio recordings and presets
  • iOS 8 supported

Because all sounds get generated in realtime, the app is cpu heavy! iPhones 5 and greater can handle it with no problem, on iPhone 4s and iPad 2 effects 3 and 4 get switched off by the engine automatically to save some cpu power.

Plans for upcoming versions:

  • genuine iPad version (landscape instead of portrait)
  • Audiobus support
  • IAA support
  • midi support
  • new sequencer features (rolls, etc.)
  • new synth engines (tom tom, sampler, etc)

Elastic Drum is out at an introduction price of $3,99 instead of $7,99

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