Why apps like Blocs Wave are so important for every part of the mobile music ecosystem

It was only last week that Blocs Wave arrived, it was a real surprise that Novation had created a new sub brand for mobile apps. It’s great to see this kind of focus come from an already well established brand. It’s an interesting strategy too and sends a message that mobile is really important.

If you remember their initial video about Blocs, Wave is just the start.

Their intent is to get more people making music, and that in itself has to be a good thing, a very good thing.

Blocs Wave is a great start, and I think it’s important to applaud any company that specifically launches a brand to get people into making music. That’s not to say that this is the first time it’s happened of course. Figure was (and of course still is) a brilliant app for getting started with music making without having an musical experience or expertise.

Why is this so important though? Simply because the more people we get making music the better. I’m not going to go into all the benefits of music in so many areas of life, you can find out all that stuff for yourself, but just suffice it to say that it’s a good thing, and I guess I’m preaching to the converted for the most part here.

Blocs Wave is one of those apps that I can see going down very well in schools and kickstarting music education with kids who have no interest in traditional instruments, but for whom digital music making is going to be big. The more apps like this that we have the better. The more tools we have like this the better.

So I’m glad to see Blocs Wave arrive and I’m keen to see what they do next.

If you don’t know it, then go take a look at Blocs Wave on the app store:

Video: c3n loops Swedish forest jam

Video description:

“Performance using the c3n loops iOS music app. The app runs on an iPad pro and the performance was recorded in the forest by the Bråviken bay on the Swedish east coast. In this video we have loaded c3n loops with content from Samplephonics.”

Video published by c3n performance.

c3n loops on the app store:

So the IceGear sale is on until the 31st now

IceGear have announced that their sale will now continue to the 31st of March. So grab any of these three at sale prices until then.

  • Mersenne (Melodic Percussion Synth) at launch price of $3.99 (will go back up to $5.99)
  • Laplace (Synth from Ice Gear), down from $5.99 to $3.99
  • Lorentz (Synth from Ice Gear), down from $5.99 to $3.99

Video: Glitched ambient (FieldScaper app in the Looper mode)

FieldScaper on the app store:

Video: Sending pattern notes from VividTracker to Korg Volca Sample

Video description:

“This is a preview video showing a new feature coming in v1.7 of VividTracker, which allows you to send pattern data with notes from VividTracker to the Korg Volca Sample.”

Video published by VividTracker.

VividTracker on the app store:

FieldScaper 1.4 arrives

FieldScaper 1.4 brings lots of new stuff to this awesome experimental app. Here’s what’s new:

  • New user interface of the Looper mode specially designed for real-time controls.
  • Four different modes of processing audio from external sources (include IAA and AB).
  • Assignable buttons for quick select presets in the Looper mode.
  • Assignable buttons for quick select samples for oscillators.
  • New square waveform added for LFOs.
  • Option for random modulation of all waveforms in LFO.
  • The main effect value can be inverted for different parameters.
  • New controls for High and Low cutoff filters on the input.
  • Stop recording time when input signal below threshold.
  • Several new sound mangling presets.
  • Updated description of the application.
  • Description in single PDF available on application site.
  • Fixed bug in editing MP3 files.
  • Several minor bugs have been fixed.

Video: A Patterning kit in 7 minutes

Patterning on the app store:

TweakyBeat adds Link

One of my all time fav drum machine / synth apps now also has Link! It’s been added in version 1.7.3.

TweakyBeat is also still free, so if you don’t have it then you need to sort that out and get it now.

Video: FingerBeat – Performance drum machine [ Live ]

Video description:

“Live Performance using FingerBeat for iPad, iPhone, iPod.”

Video published by FingerStudio.

FingerBeat on the app store:

Back in 2007: Swivel Systems are gone

A sad day indeed. Their innovative SG20 module is beyond rare now. I was sad to know that they’d gone back then, and still sad that they couldn’t develop into something else.

2007: Swivel Systems are no more.

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