midiSequencer For iPad Updated With New Options, Performance Improvements

analog-midi-sequencermidiSequencer for iPad – a software step sequencer – has been updated to version 1.5.

Here’s what’s new:

Major Enhancements:

  • Completely rewritten to use MidiBus library to get rock solid midi clock, messages and OMAC & enable future features (e.g. sysex & MTC).
  • Now have 4 optional & independant midi controllers per step.
  • Improved graphic performance on most controls & app switching (50% less CPU).
  • Device panel allowing individual device(network, virtual, midi interface or app) setting of active(on/off), midi clock(active) & latency.
  • Latency per interface from 0 to 1000ms for manual synchronisation control on external equipment and slow apps
  • File save/load/rename/delete of working bank = named file of 20 snapshots + user entered description
  • Skip buttons brings up moveable panel for easy changes during play
  • Introduced note conform to scales (chromatic, major & harmonic minor ascending) with enharmonic note names.
  • Increased gate% to 400 to allow extended note on (and therefore overlapping note play, longer/shorter ornaments etc)
  • Clock multipler – now shows all 4 options at once for multiples.
  • Ability to draw controls using swipe and instant place using double tap (both optional via settings).
  • Banks can be shared via email and managed externally via iTunes file sharing.

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FunkBox Drum Machine Updated With Inter-App Audio, AudioBus 2

funkbox-drum-machine-iosSynthetic Bits has released FunkBox version 3.4, an update that adds iOS 7.1 support, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus 2 compatibility.

FunkBox is an iOS app that simulates the sound and look of vintage drum machines.

Here’s what’s new in FunkBox 3.4: Continue reading

‘Apps On Stage’ Documentary Looks At DigiEnsemble Berlin & The Challenges Of Music Performance With Mobile Devices

Reader Matthias Krebs, a composer and sound artist, let us know about a new documentary, Apps On Stage, that looks at the DigiEnsemble Berlin & the challenges of music performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble Berlin, founded by Krebs), is made up of classically trained musicians that work to explore to challenges and to push the limits of live performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble’s performances are provocative and raise many questions. Why perform classical music on mobile devices? What apps are they using? Why not use real instruments? Is this more than just a gimmick?  Continue reading