‘Apps On Stage’ Documentary Looks At DigiEnsemble Berlin & The Challenges Of Music Performance With Mobile Devices

Reader Matthias Krebs, a composer and sound artist, let us know about a new documentary, Apps On Stage, that looks at the DigiEnsemble Berlin & the challenges of music performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble Berlin, founded by Krebs), is made up of classically trained musicians that work to explore to challenges and to push the limits of live performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble’s performances are provocative and raise many questions. Why perform classical music on mobile devices? What apps are they using? Why not use real instruments? Is this more than just a gimmick?  Continue reading

Patch Morpher Updated With Enhanced Patch Generator, More Synths

Jazzman Ltd is back with an update to its Patch Morpher app, which works as a patch generator, editor, librarian and an interactive performance tool for synthesizers.

Patch Morpher 2 introduces some major new features. In addition to the four new synths supported, it includes some powerful enhancements to the patch generator, which give the user a lot more control.

Richard Meyer, developer of Patch Morpher, says, “Users can also now ‘morph’ each section independently: pitch, tone, filter, envelopes, effects, etc. Combined with the ‘Nearest’ option in the Patch Generator, it now possible to copy entire parameter sections form your favorite patches to mix and match how you please.” Continue reading

Free iOS App, Patch Morpher, Now Available

PatchMorpher_King_KorgUK developer Richard Meyer and Jazzman Ltd has announced the release of Patch Morpher - a free iOS app which is a  patch generator, editor, librarian and an interactive performance tool for synthesizers

Patch Morpher allows the user to automatically create new patches for the Prophet 12, Prophet 8, Moog Voyager and King Korg synths, along with Mutable Instruments’ Shruthi-1, with developer plans for additional synth compatibility to come.

Here is a walk-through video of the app’s capabilities and operation from Richard Meyer, the app developer: Continue reading

Apple iPad Air, iPad Mini Offer Twice The Performance

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Apple today announced iPad Air, the latest generation of its iPad line. The iPad Air is significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessors, while offering faster performance, faster networking and more free apps.

In addition to the iPad Air, Apple introduced a new iPad mini with Retina display and the same performance improvements.

The iPad updates are, arguably, incremental. But for mobile musicians, the series of incremental updates to the iPad over the last few years are starting to deliver a paradigm shift. GarageBand, for example, is free with the new devices and can handle up to 32 tracks.

Is that desktop power? No – but it’s still pretty impressive for a device that weighs a pound and can run wirelessly for 10 hours.

Here are the details: Continue reading

iPad Mini, iPad 4 ‘Best Bet’ For Mobile Music Apps

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Mobile app firm Agawi has released the results of its TouchMarks II research, which compares the touchscreen latency of flagship tablets running Android, Windows RT, and iOS.

Touchscreen latency measures the length of time it takes for devices to react to touches. Faster is better, especially for musicians that do realtime music-making on mobile devices.

Agawi benchmarked the touchscreen latencies of leading tablets, including iPads, Microsoft’s Surface and several Android tablets, including Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD. They also tested the Nvidia Shield – an Android-based gaming device. Continue reading