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?