Playground: Hermutt Lobby – Orval Curry (video)

I can’t wait for this app to make it into general circulation. It’s so much fun to play with!

Video description:

“Join the beta! Go to and subscribe! Playground – Music At Your Fingertips.
Playground is a new way to experience the music of artists from around the globe. Swipe and tap on the unique template objects and discover your path to musical expression. Fun and easy to use for beginners, become a real performer by growing your skills. Record and share your favourite sessions with your friends.”

Sending CV into Patchblocks (video)

Video description:

“In this video I show how to send CV from Eurorack modules into Patchblocks. This can be used to sequence Patchblocks from analogue sequencers.”

Back in 2008: A first round up on iPhone apps

It’s strange to think of a time when you could round up all the apps for a platform (like iOS) in a single post. But back in 2008 this is what I did. You can read the round up of the first batch of iPhone music making apps right here.

Loopy Masterpiece Edition: Recording + Test Driven Development (video)

Video description:

“Building stuff! I’ve been working on track recording and layering lately. This episode I’m talking about the complexities involved in non-destructive layering, and how I’m making sure everything’s rock-solid via unit testing.”

Back in 2008: miniSynth arrived!

Well it didn’t take very long to get here. After a quick look yesterday miniSynth from Yonac arrived the next day (today). You can read the original post here.

Arpeggio has arrived on Kickstarter and it’s even better than I was expecting!

So Arpeggio is on Kickstarter right on schedule and in its first day is doing really well, with nearly a quarter of its funding goal already hit! And that’s in just a few hours. I feel sure that this one is going to go places.

One thing that I’m really impressed with is what they’re trying to do in terms of integrating the hardware with a companion app. That’s clever, a really smart, and, these days, a really important step. Here’s what they plan that you’ll be able to do with the app:

  • Connect to Arpeggio via bluetooth or usb
  • Create backups of Arpeggio data including sequences/songs/sets, advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings, synth patches and parameter values.
  • Edit the sequences stored on Arpeggio
  • Edit synth parameters of the patches stored on Arpeggio, create new synth patches and upload individual synth patches to Arpeggio. 
  • Export sequences, songs, and sets as standard MIDI files or other format useful for DAWs
  • Share sequences, songs, sets, and synth patches over bluetooth from one Arpeggio to another.
  • Adjust the advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings on Arpeggio
  • Update firmware, on Arpeggio, restore to factory defaults.
  • Cross platform application iOS / Android / OSX / Windows

That in itself is a pretty impressive list of features.

And if that wasn’t enough, guess who’s in the media list …

So, please do check it out, take a look at all they’ve got to say about the device and how they’ve got to where they are.

maasijam session #8 – Volca Keys / Bass, Omnisphere 2, PO-12, Beatstep

Video description:

“Jam session number eight. Xynthesizr controls a patch from Omnisphere 2. Ableton Live sends midi clock to xynthesizr and the volcas. The PO-12 is connected with the volca bass. The piano sound comes from the Native Instruments Kontakt instrument “The Gentleman”. All other sounds come from Omnisphere 2.


  • Korg Volca Keys
  • Korg Volca Bass
  • Teenage Engineering PO-12
  • Xynthesizr (iPad App)
  • Korg NanoKontrol2
  • Akai MPK Mini
  • Omnisphere 2
  • ValhallaRoom (I love it)
  • Beatstep
  • Launchpad mini
  • Miditemp 8×8 Midi Merger

Recorded directly on a Tascam DR07 MK2.”

RME Babyface Pro Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater (video)

Video description:

“Mitch Gallagher explores the RME Babyface Pro audio interface with his iPad. An updated version of the acclaimed Babyface, the Babyface Pro reduces the need for bulky breakout cables. The sound quality is top-notch as you’d expect from RME, and the rugged aluminum design means it’s ready for reliable portable use – it even comes with a hardshell case.”

Arturia Beatstep Pro & Elastic Drums & Minibrute & Meeblip Anode session

Video description:

“Elastic Drums is delivering the master clock for Arturia Beatstep Pro which is playing the 2 “melodic” lines of Arturia Minibrute and Meeblip Anode. Meeblip is connected via Beatstep’s midi out, the Minibrute is connected to Beatstep’s analog gate and pitch outputs. Unfortunately the knobs I am tweaking on the Minibrute are out of view, but I am basically playing with the filter settings.”

OMGuitar by zCage, Demo for iPad (video)

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