MIDI Over Bluetooth With Yosemite, iOS 8 & Ableton Live

When major system upgrades are released – like the recent OS X and iOS updates – many musicians like to wait a few months before upgrading, to avoid compatibility issues.

And then there’s guys like Colin Swinney of The Sound Test Room, who’s exploring the new MIDI over Bluetooth available with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

In the video above, he demonstrates using Ableton Live to wirelessly (over Bluetooth LE) sequence Caramel running on his iPad.

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MiMiX Audiobus Mixer Now Available

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MiMiX – a new mixing app for Audiobus – is now available.

Here’s what the developer has to say about MiMiX:

With MiMiX You can take total control of mixing of Your favorite Audiobus enabled apps’ outputs in the most convenient way. Just insert MiMiX into the Output Slot of Audiobus, even into multiple chains to mix the sound of the connected input or effect apps. You can even insert MiMIX into the input slot to send the mix to an other app, like a DAV to record the mix.

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Crystalline ‘Eno Effect’ Updated With Ducking, BPM Sync Delays & New MIDI Options

crystallineHolderness Media has released a major update to its Crystalline Shimmer Effects Processor, adding Ducking, BPM sync delays, MIDI clock sync, Bluetooth MIDI and more.

Crystalline creates ‘shimmer’ effects, similar to those used on classic Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois productions.

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Free App Unleashes Moog Theremini Synthesis Capabilities

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At the 2014 NAMM Show, Moog Music introduced the Theremini – a new take on the theremin that offers traditional analog control, combined with an advanced synthesis engine.

The Theremini comes with 32 patch presets – but when we talked with Moog at NAMM, they told us that they were working on a patch editor that would let you create custom patches for it.

Today, Moog released Theremini Advanced Software Editor, a free iPad app that unlocks the sound design potential of the new theremin. (Windows and OS X versions are also planned). Here are the details….. Continue reading

iPad Air 2 Now As Fast As A Laptop – So Where Are The ‘Desktop-Class’ Music Apps?

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Apple recently introduced the iPad Air 2. While initial reviews call it ‘the best iPad ever’, many also note that the improvements are ones that most people won’t notice.

“The problem was this.” writes Walt Mossberg, “The new model didn’t seem faster or smoother while running all my apps, perhaps because — like most people — I don’t use my iPad for the most demanding video-editing apps or high-end games.”

For people that do run demanding apps, though – like mobile musicians – the latest iPad offers impressive performance gains. It blows away earlier iPads and other tablets.

Initial benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 to be 16 times faster than the original iPad, which was released about 4 years ago:

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Saitara Software Intros AC-X iPad Remote For Logic Pro X

ac-x-logic-pro-remoteSaitara Software has introduced AC-X, a 16 channel wireless control surface for Apple’s Logic Pro X and other recording/mixing systems.

The app uses the industry standard MCU protocol, so should work with most recording/mixing software out there (but not Pro Tools yet). For the initial release, the control panel button layout is set up for Logic Pro X, but the developer says that the main mixing screen should work with most other systems. Continue reading