Apple Intros Music Memos For iOS, Like ‘Voice Memos For Music’

apple-music-memosApple today introduced Music Memos, a free app for iOS that lets you quickly capture, organize and develop musical ideas on your iPhone or iPad.

Musicians and songwriters around the world have used the Voice Memos app on their iPhone to record ideas. The new Music Memos app is inspired by Voice Memos and takes the functionality even further, by adding musician-friendly features designed specifically for songwriting and developing musical ideas.

With Music Memos, you can record any musical instrument through the iPhone’s built-in microphone in a high-quality, uncompressed format, then name, tag and rate it to start building a library of your ideas. Continue reading

MIDI Link Sync Lets You Sync MIDI Apps & Hardware Via Ableton Link

midi-link-syncCoding Cod has released MIDI Link Sync – a free iOS app that lets you use your MIDI only apps and hardware with Ableton Link.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

In the future we imagine most apps will support Ableton Link natively, but there’ll still be plenty of MIDI hardware that doesn’t.

Bridging MIDI and Link will never take the place of native support, but it in some setups it can work surprisingly well.

Either way we hope MIDI Link Sync provides a fun, interesting and (sometimes?!) useful tool.

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New Polyphonic Modular Synth For iOS, KQ MiniSynth

polyphonic-modular-software-synthDeveloper Ryouta Kira has introduced KQ MiniSynth – a polyphonic modular synthesizer for iOS.

The software modular lets you create patches with up to 100 modules and supports hardware MIDI control and Inter-App Audio.

It requires iOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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LINK to MIDI Delivers ‘Incredibly Stable’ MIDI Clock

Developerlink-to-midi Alexandernaut (Arpeggionome, Fugue Machiune) has released Link to MIDI – a free iOS app that lets you use Ableton Link to sync MIDI Clock on hardware MIDI devices.

Link to MIDI connects Ableton Link to musical devices that support MIDI Clock Sync. Simply join a Link session, connect your MIDI device, and that’s it. Your MIDI device is now Link-enabled.

Link to MIDI makes a connected MIDI device behave like a Link-enabled device.

More specifically, using Link to MIDI’s Play button, you can start and stop the connected device at any time, and the device will start playing, in phase, at the next quantization tick — set by the Launch Quantization parameter on the main interface.

Link to Midi features launch quantization, ‘incredibly stable clock output’, and a fine offset control (±250 ms) to line up the receiving MIDI device’s playback. Continue reading

The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

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Best of 2015
: We asked and you voted on the Best New Mobile Music Apps of 2015.

Synthtopia readers picked Olympia Noise Co’s Patterning Drum Machine as the best new mobile music app of 2015. Patterning could be the poster child using mobile devices for music, pairing polyrhythmic + polymetric power with a great UI and an surprisingly modest price tag (US $7.99).

The granular synth app Borderlands 2.0 took the second spot in our reader’s poll, followed by Ableton Link – which is not a conventional app, per se, but a new technology that makes it easier to jam with multiple mobile and desktop devices.

Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of the best new mobile music making apps of 2015!   Continue reading