The biggest technology news this week, at least in terms of the coverage we’ve seen at sites like TechMeme, has been Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5.
We haven’t posted anything on it yet at Synthtopia, because the new iPhone is an evolutionary refinement of an already capable device, rather than something that brings radically new possibilities to musicians.
A post at Palm Sounds, a blog that focuses on mobile music making, made us take another look at the new device. It suggests that, while Apple has made the new iPhone incrementally better, Android and Windows alternatives seem to be going nowhere as music devices:
There is no way now to easily step off the Apple machine if you’re into mobile music. It’s where all the great apps are, and I can’t see that changing for quite a while now.
So I decided that as I have no real choice but to stick with iOS, I may as well go for a new iPhone 5.
The Standuino fraAngelico is an 8-bit PWM digital synth, built on the Arduino platform.
It does not use any D/A convertor, but the sound is generated by \ one digital output pin using Pulse Width Modulation. Resolution of this technique to achieve different voltage levels is 8-bit, but in the true essence the output form the synth is just 1-bit because the output pin does jus 1 or 0 which makes distinctive digital character to its sound.
Apple has bought Italian audio software company Redmatica, creator of sample management tools, according to reports.
Apple hasn’t released an official announcement on the acquisition and probably won’t.
Redmatica makes several sample management tools, including:
Keymap Pro – a sampled instruments editor for EXS24, Kontakt3 and 4, Structure and Reason NNXT formats.
AudoSampler – an app that lets you automatically created sampled instruments from MIDI synths.
ProManager – a sample library management tool.
GBSamplerManager - a Mac application for managing, creating and editing instruments for the Sampler Instrument in GarageBand for iPad and iPhone.
Apple rarely makes acquisitions, which raises the question: Why are they interested in Redmatica? Will they be bring better sampling tools to Logic Pro and GarageBand? Or will they just kill off Redmatica’s support for competing sampled instrument formats?
The latest episode of Sonic Touch takes a look the new iPad, AudioBus and GarageBand 1.2.
Apple’s iPad announcements were unsurprising, but exactly what they needed to do to maintain their dominant place in the tablet market.
The GarageBand for iOS updates, though, make an already useful tool much more useful. I was most interested in the addition of editing tools, but the Sonic Touch guys make the case for digging into the new wireless collaboration capabilities.
The announcement of AudioBus is also a welcome surprise, and could lead to an explosion of collaborative audio features for iOS, just as Open Music App Collaboration did with MIDI.
GarageBand 1.2 introduces Jam Session, a feature that lets groups of people wirelessly connect their iOS devices to play instruments and record live music together. Jam Session automatically synchronizes the tempo, key and chords of your Touch Instruments. After jamming, everyone’s tracks are automatically collected on your iOS device for you to edit and mix.
GarageBand also introduces Smart Strings, a new Touch Instrument that allows you to ‘play’ a string orchestra with one finger.
The new Note Editor is probably the most welcome addition. It allows you to fine tune a Touch Instrument recording instead of replaying it from scratch.
Integration with iCloud keeps your GarageBand songs up to date across your iOS devices, and you can share your finished songs directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.
Interesting updates – especially the note editor.
GarageBand 1.2 will be released today for $4.99. Updates are available for free to existing customers.