PPG WaveGenerator Now Available For Mac & Windows


Synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm has announced that PPG Wavegenerator, the desktop version of his popular software synth for iOS, is now available.

“Now the same great synth takes advantage of the additional power found on desktop and laptop computers to allow users to use this as a in their favorite Mac and PC DAW as a 64 or 32 bit VSTi,” notes Palm. “AU is to planned to follow shortly.”

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VotanDSP Intros The Votan Platform, A ‘Telepathic’ Synth Engine For iOS & Mac

votan-telepathyVotanDSP has introduced the Votan Platform – a new solution for bridging the worlds of iOS music applications and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) based music production.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

How many times have you touched a great music app on iOS only to realize it’s limitations begin at the first touch? It sounds great, but capturing and utilizing the sounds for DAW can be tedious and frustrating.

Musicians need flexibility and platform unity, so that the time spent musing around on iOS, actually becomes time invested in your next hit tune. The Votan Platform fills this gap with a series of innovative and future thinking technologies.

The Votan Platform is engineered as a dual-use solution over both platforms (iOS / DAW). Everything you design on iOS will be available in your DAW. The Votan Platform takes care of everything in between. Like magic, everything will be in perfect sync.

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Apple Updates GarageBand & Offers It For Free On Mac & iOS


Apple today released updates to its iWorks productivity apps and iLife creativity apps. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and offer hundreds of new features. Apple also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.

“This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’’ find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices.”

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n-Track Studio Multitrack Recorder Update Adds iOS 7 Compatibility & More

n-track-studio-ipadn-Track Studio – an audio and MIDI multitrack recorder for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch – has been updated with iOS 7 compatibility, programmable tempo changes and more.

Here’s what’s new in n-Track Studio 3.0.0:

Standard Features

  • Built-in metronome with programmable tempo changes
  • EQ now appears as a popup window
  • 2D frequency spectrum sonogram
  • iOS 7 compatibility

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XME Studio 2 Offers 96 Tracks, AudioBus Support

studio-2-ipadXME has released Studio 2 – the latest version of the iPad DAW.

Key features of version 2 include support for up to 96 tracks and AudioBus.

Studio 2 also supports importing audio from a wide variety of sources, including: your music library, iTunes-synced document folder, email, online radio stations and YouTube videos

Studio 2 is available now in the App Store.

Apple’s App Store Now Lets You Download ‘Last Compatible Version’ Of Apps For Older Devices

last-compatible-versionApple has quietly updated the App Store so that owners of out of production devices can download older, compatible versions of applications.

Reddit user Justinbeiberispoop notes “People with old iOS devices: You can now install the last compatible version of an app that works on your device!”

An example of the prompt that the App Store provides is shown at right.

The new option addresses a common complaint among mobile musicians: owners of older devices have not previously been able to buy software once it has been updated for new versions of the OS.

iPhone 5s Packs ‘Desktop-Class’ Power Into A Mobile Device


Apple today announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

The announcements were largely what people expected Apple to introduce – a more powerful top-of-the-line iPhone and a more competitively priced iPhone.

The real news, though – and what makes today’s announcements relevant to musicians – is the state of performance on the iOS platform. The flagship iPhone 5s promises significant performance improvements – 2x the CPU performance of the previous model and an impressive 40x the original iPhone.

Apple characterizes the performance of the iPhone 5s as ‘desktop class’. There’s clearly some hyperbole there – but there’s also some truth to it, too. The new iPhone is built on a 64-bit architecture, even as popular desktop DAWs are being updated to 64-bit designs.

Here’s what Apple has to say about performance on the 5s: Continue reading