In-App Purchases Are Here To Stay


You know all those in-app purchases developers have been adding to their iOS apps lately that unlock features (Animoog), new sound libraries (iMaschine) and new instruments (Tabletop)?

Looks like they are here to stay. App analytics firm Distimo reports that three-quarters of developers revenue comes from in-app purchases:

In-app purchases (IAP) now generate the majority of the revenue in the app stores. This has been the case for some time now, and it continues to rise.

In-app purchases generated only 53% of revenue in the Apple App Store for iPhone in January 2012 in the U.S., but  generated a record 76% in February 2013 clearly demonstrating the success of this monetization method.

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Native Helios Ray Brings ‘Eclectic Leftfield Beats’ To Maschine, iMaschine

HELIOS_RAY_00_introNative Instruments has released Helios Ray - a new expansion pack, for Maschine, Maschine Mikro and iMaschine.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Helios Ray contains three styles of drum kits.

  • The Vinyl Kits represent “a crate digger’s paradise” – hip-hop sampled from dusty grooves, with vinyl kicks, finger snaps, shakers, vocal samples, claps, snares, crackle and record stops.
  • The Digital Kits feature Brazilian and Latin percussion such as shakers, bongos and congas, as well as basses.
  • The Analog Kits represent the “switched-on” side, drums and percussion with ‘the gritty bite of hardware’.

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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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iMaschine Review – ‘The Future Of Music Is Now’

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This video, via colesbrandon, is a review of the new iMaschine, by Native Instruments.

This isn’t a Nick from Sonic State style review, though. It’s more of a ‘I made my first video review at 2:30 in the morning in a wifebeater t-shirt because iMaschine is the future’ style review.

Get beyond the chopped-off head and camera sound, though, and this video gets to the core of what iMaschine is all about. With $200 for an iPod touch and $5 for iMaschine, you’ve got a mobile music production workstation. And that’s going to open things up to a lot of people.

See our posts tagged iMaschine for more demos and tutorials.

iMaschine In-Depth

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This series of official tutorial videos demonstrate how to use Native Instruments iMaschine, a new $3.99 beatmaking sketchpad for iOS.

The first video, above, takes a look at sketching out a beat on iMaschine.

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Native Instruments Wants To Change What You Do In The Bedroom

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Native Instruments has released a performance demo for their new iMaschine ‘groove sketch pad’ that highlights their vision for the app – that it lets you make music anywhere, even in bed.

Jamie Lidell performs an iMaschine version of A Little Bit More from the album Multiply (2005, Warp) while relaxing in bed. The performance was done live in one take, with nothing pre-recorded, and no post-production edits made to the song.

iMaschine ‘Groove Sketch Pad’ Now Available

Native Instruments today released iMaschine, described as ‘an intuitive and powerful beat sketch pad for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad’.


  • 16 pads for playing the included drum and one-shot samples
  • Library includes 10 projects, 26 kits and 466 individual samples (170MB of WAV sounds)
  • Pad sampling mode: record your own one-shot sample through the built-in iPhone microphone
  • Keyboard mode with two manuals for playing chords, bass and melodies
  • Note repeat function with 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets, 32th for keyboard and drum pad mode
  • Audio recorder mode lets you record vocal ideas through the built-in iPhone microphone
  • Assign any of the 4 groups to pad, keyboard or audio recorder mode (i.e. have a pocket 4-track recorder)
  • Mixer page includes two send effects with Delay, Flanger, Chorus, LoFi, HP, BP and LP filters
  • The live-mode sequencer automatically detects the recorded loop length
  • Finished song idea can be exported with one touch as an audio file or uploaded to SoundCloud
  • Project (including samples) can be exported to MASCHINE for finalizing in your studio environment
  • Additional drum kits and instrument sounds can be easily purchased through the in-app store

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Native Instruments iMaschine Brings Maschine Beat Making To The iPhone

iMaschine iPhone Beat Workstation

Native Instruments has announced that it is bringing its Maschine platform to the iPhone.

Native Instruments iMaschine is an iOS software that NI’s Maschine groove creation to the iPhone and iPod touch platform.

Here’s what they have to say about iMaschine:

The first ever Native Instruments iPhoneand iPod touch App is an intuitive and powerful beat sketchpad based on MASCHINE’s groove production studio concept. iMASCHINE is perfect for developing song ideas anytime, anywhere – Play and record drums on the 16 pads, jam a melody on the keyboard, sing on top of your loops via the built-in audio recorder or create your own unique sample banks from any source – With iMASCHINE the focus is always on the music. And when you’re done, you can finalize your track in the full version of MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO or directly upload it to SoundCloud and share with your friends.

MASCHINE is a professional instrument designed for beat producers of all levels – you don’t need to have experience with MASCHINE to create spontaneous beats. With its intuitive threshold-based pad sampling, note repeat, auto-loop length feature, professional on-board mixer with six studio effects and the unique audio recording function, iMASCHINE makes it easy to instantly create grooves whenever the mood hits.

Use the included drum kits and melodic sounds, all in professional WAV-format, or expand your library with the iMASCHINE EXPANSIONS – available directly from your device via the in-app store.

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