Apple Intros iPad Pro With Performance Faster Than 80% Of Mobile PCs


Apple today introduced the iPad Pro – a new iOS tablet, designed for power users. The iPad Pro offers CPU and graphic performance comparable to mobile PCs and a 12.9″ screen – which will allow for more powerful mobile music apps.

“The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device we have ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day,” notes Apple senior vice president Philip Schiller.  Continue reading

Camel Audio Alchemy Lives On In Free Updates To Logic Pro, MainStage


Camel Audio’s Alchemy synthesizer used to cost $249, on the high end for software synthesizers. But fans thought Alchemy was worth it, and were disappointed when Camel Audio closed shop earlier this year.

As of today, though, Alchemy is back – at least for Mac users. Apple has introduced a massive free update to Logic Pro X, incorporating Alchemy and more:

  • An updated Alchemy;
  • Updated Logic Remote for iPad;
  • New drummers;
  • Drum Machine Designer;
  • Drum sequencing updates;
  • An enhanced Piano Roll Editor;
  • Automation updates;
  • Apple Music support and more.

Alchemy is also now available as part of the $30 MainStage live performance app.

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Line 6 Puts Your Amp Settings On Your Wrist

The introduction of the Apple Watch has created both an opportunity and a challenge for music software developers.

There’s an opportunity, because so many musicians are already using Apple’s iOS for for music making, and the Apple Watch extends that platform. And there’s a challenge, because the idea of a wearable music platform, based on a mass-market smartwatch, is largely uncharted territory. Is there really a place for music apps on your wrist?

Line 6 isn’t waiting around to see – the’ve announced that their AMPLIFi Remote amp controller app is now compatible with Apple Watch. Continue reading

Camel Audio Reportedly Acquired By Apple

camel-audio-alchemyAccording to Apple-focused news site MacRumors, Camel Audio has been acquired by Apple.

They report:

Apple appears to have acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, based on information found on corporate registry site Companies House [PDF].

Camel Audio’s address has been updated to 100 New Bridge Street, which is Apple’s London address, and the company’s sole director is now listed as Apple lawyer Heather Joy Morrison, suggesting the company is in the possession of Apple.

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Redmatica AutoSampler Returns As Part Of Apple’s $30 MainStage


In 2012, Apple bought Italian sample management software Redmatica, maker of sample management tools, leaving fans of the tools wondering if they would return.

Now, CDM reports that Redmatica’s AutoSampler has returned – as a MainStage plug-in, Auto Sampler. I

It’s part of Apple’s MainStage 3.1, which is tool designed to let you use Mac virtual instruments in live performance. The app has been used by Nine Inch Nails to power their live show.  Continue reading