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.
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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
Thursday, Arturia announced an update of its iMini app, to version 1.2, an iOS 7-supporting update to its recreation of the 1971-vintage Minimoog monosynth for the iPad.
The advances to the iMini app take advantage of iOS 7’s built-in Inter-App Audio, allowing users to send MIDI commands and stream audio between apps on the same device. Using its new iOS 7-supporting INTERAPP AUDIO TRANSPORT feature, iMini v1.2 can easily connect and control other similarly-supportive apps.
The iMini v 1.2 update is free for current iMini users. And for every new customer buying the iMini app, Arturia will continue their tradition of making a donation to The Bob Moog Foundation. In turn, this supports the dream of building the Moogseum (Bob Moog Museum), the convergence of The Bob Moog Foundation’s goals of inspiring and educating people through electronic music.
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Steinberg has updated Cubasis – its mobile DAW for iPad – to version 1.6, introducing an improved audio engine and more.
Here’s what’s new in Cubasis 1.6:
- New pristine audio engine with extended sample rates (44.1/48/96kHz) and bit rates (16/24-bit)*
- Real-time playback of arbitrary audio file formats (44.1/48/96kHz and 16/24/32 bit) independently of the project’s sample rate and bit depth.
- Up to 24 assignable physical audio outputs
- Assignable metronome output and pan
- MIDI Clock latency compensation slider
- Audio input gain adjustment option for audio interfaces and external microphones
Focusrite Tape is an iPad recording solution with 2-track recording, instant mastering, customizable tape artwork and social media connectivity. Synthtopia talked about this iOS app earlier this summer as a tool to use with Focusrite’s iTrack Studio; the Tape for iPad app has now been released and is available for free in the App Store.
Users are able to record from the built-in iPad microphone, iTrack Solo, or even any Core Audio-compliant audio interface (including interfaces from the Focusrite Scarlett product series) and add “polish” with one button compression. Users can add titles and album artwork and share online via SoundCloud.
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Kraftpad is a virtual analog drum synthesizer for iPad that lets you create your own electronic drum sounds, using 10 different kinds of dedicated synthesizers.
- Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer (no samples used)
- 10 Different kinds of dedicated synthesizers to easily create each drum sound
- Kick, Snare, Rimshot, Clap, Hi-hat, Tom, Conga, Claves, Cowbell, Cymbal
- 6 Pads (6 Voices)
- 99 User editable & storable programs
- Master Reverb FX
- Real-time Looper for Live Performance
- Wave file export for iTunes File Sharing
- Exported files can be re-loaded to Looper for overdubbing
It’s available in the App Store.
If you’ve used Kraftpad, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!
iMusicAlbum has released Master Record – a new recording application for the iPad.
Master Record can use any external audio source for record or can used as Effect or Output in Audiobus. You can also upload audio files for final processing or before mixing.
After recording you can cut any part of track, make fade-in and fade-out and dubbing track with applying all built-in effects. Then you can send the track to another audio application thru “Open in” option or use AudioCopy/AudioPaste. Built-in web access service gives you easy way to share files in your wifi network. Continue reading
Keith McMillen Instruments, just announced the release of QuNeo v.1.2.3, which includes a new “iPad mode” for “truly mobile music making” with its QuNeo MIDI controller.
QuNeo’s visual feedback system has been tweaked so that it can now be powered via the iPad through its Camera Connection Kit or Lightning connector. With the same design dimensions (9.5″ x 7.3″ x 0.3″), QuNeo can use the same stands, cases and other accessories made for iPad.
QuNeo v.1.2.3 also has optimized firmware with a faster scan rate that increases pad performance. Users executing drum rolls or rapid percussive techniques will notice improved responsiveness.
Pricing and Availability. QuNeo is currently available at retailers worldwide, and retails for $199.00 USD. More information is available at the Keith McMillen Instruments website.