The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

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Best of 2015
: We asked and you voted on the Best New Mobile Music Apps of 2015.

Synthtopia readers picked Olympia Noise Co’s Patterning Drum Machine as the best new mobile music app of 2015. Patterning could be the poster child using mobile devices for music, pairing polyrhythmic + polymetric power with a great UI and an surprisingly modest price tag (US $7.99).

The granular synth app Borderlands 2.0 took the second spot in our reader’s poll, followed by Ableton Link – which is not a conventional app, per se, but a new technology that makes it easier to jam with multiple mobile and desktop devices.

Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of the best new mobile music making apps of 2015!   Continue reading

Avid Pro Tools Updated With Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce

Avid_ProTools_12-4_Track_FreezeThis week, Avid announced an update to their Pro Tools digital audio software. The update is available to Pro Tools 12 customers with Avid All Access plans.

The Pro Tools 12.4 update focuses on the Track Freeze feature “to manage, simplify and speed up processor-intensive sessions, and better facilitate collaborative workflows.” The company explains that these improvements build on the Commit and Track Bounce workflows from Pro Tools version 12.3, enabling more efficient workflows and easier preparation of projects for mixing, collaborating with others or final delivery.

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Cream Mobile Turns Your iPad Into “World’s Best Software Arpeggiator”

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Arto Vaarala has released Cream – an app they describe as “the world’s best software arpeggiator” – as an iPad application.

Kirnu Cream Mobile is a powerful MIDI arpeggiator and performance app for iPad.
The iPad version is almost identical to the plugin version, except the mobile version includes an internal synthesizer and drum track.

The mobile version also has only one arpeggiator track by default. If needed, the rest three tracks can be purchased separately with in-app-purchase option. Continue reading

Modstep A ‘Full-Blown’ MIDI Sequencer For iPad

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AppBC, creators of touchAble & Studiomux, has introduced Modstep – a new iPad app that’s describe as a “Modulation Monster and the first full-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad”.

Modstep is designed to let you to create and perform music with your iPad, controlling MIDI hardware, compatible iPad music apps, and Mac and PC software. In addition, Modstep features an internal drum sampler and synth.

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Ableton Link Now Available To Sync Up iOS Devices Wirelessly

Ableton recently introduced Ableton Link – a new way to streamline syncing of multiple devices – both computers running Live and iOS devices running music apps.

It’s now starting to appear in iOS apps. Here’s a video, via developer Oliver Greschke (Triqtraq and Elastic Drums), that demos syncing and performing with 7 iOS devices, wirelessly, using Ableton Link. Continue reading