GarageBand For iOS Adds Background Recording

Apple has released an update to GarageBand for iOS.

Here’s what’s new in GarageBand 1.3:

  • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch*
  • Import songs from the Music library on your iOS device
  • Play or record with GarageBand in the background while using other apps**
  • Addresses a number of minor issues related to overall performance and stability

* Requires iOS 6 or later
** Requires iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

If you’ve tried out the new background recording feature – let us know how it works for you!

GarageBand is $4.99 in the App Store.

Is The iPhone 5 Now The Only Real Option For Handheld Music Making?

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.

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The Standuino fraAngelico Arduino Synthesizer

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.

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Apple Buys Redmatica – Are Better Sampling Tools Coming To Logic & GarageBand?

apple buys redmatica softwareApple 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.
  • AutoSampler – 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?

Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Akai Pro SynthStation49 Overview

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This video, via AkaiProVideo, offers an introduction and overview of the Akai Pro SynthStation49.

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How to Make Music With iPad Apps & Ableton Live

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Can you make music with iPad apps?

In this video, Ableton Live instructor Danny J Lewis demonstrates one approach, recording a variety of iOS apps with Ableton Live.

iOS apps used include:

  • iMaschine
  • Korg MS-20
  • Animoog
  • GarageBand
  • BeatShuffler

Check it out and let us know what you think of Lewis’s approach…..and his results.

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Garageband + Audiobus On Sonic Touch

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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.

via SonicState