iPhone Pwns The Pono For Listening To Music

The Pono music player – the high-resolution digital audio player promoted by Neil Young – has massive buzz.

It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. The Pono developers sought $800,000 in funding from the public, but ended up raising a staggering $6.2 million from people that bought into the idea that an audio player that played high-resolution uncompressed audio would deliver music the way it is supposed to sound.

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Apple Intros iOS 8

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Apple today introduced iOS 8, at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), being held June 2-6 in San Francisco, CA.

While iOS 7 was a dramatic makeover, IOS 8 focuses on refining and polishing the mobile OS.

Key Features:

  • Faster and more intuitive user experience;
  • iCloud Photo Library lets you use your photos and videos more easily across your devices;
  • New Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe;
  • New Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all
  • Predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard;
  • Extended Spotlight capabilities that integrates results from the Web, including articles from Wikipedia, findings from the news and results from places nearby;
  • Family Sharing, which lets you share music, purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and
  • iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

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

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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.

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Wolfgang Palm’s MiniMapper Now Available For iPhone

minimapperWolfgang Palm has released PPG MiniMapper for iPhone and iPod touch.

PPG MiniMapper is a performance synthesizer with a wide range of sounds for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Key Features:

  • New Sound map concept – create new sounds playful and experimental
  • Map Recorder generates new programs on the fly
  • Features the same audio engine that powers the highly popular PPG WaveMapper
  • Arptor – a flexible Step Sequencer / Arpeggiator combination
  • Schematic touch keyboard – zoom and scrollable
  • Build your own keyboard, with the keys you prefer for your music.
  • Powerful sound browser – sorting by category, bank management
  • Virtual and Hard-MIDI in/out – sending/receiving keys and polypressure
  • Sending/receiving the Icon positions and X/Y performers
  • Audiobus support
  • 10 min Audio recorder and Audio Copy
  • Context specific help for all pages
  • Easy data exchange between MiniMapper and WaveMapper

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Free App, Yellofier, Lets You ‘Yello-Fi Your Life’

Boris Blank has released Yellofier – an iPhone/iPad app that ‘makes anything into music’.

Yellofier lets you record your voice, a musical instrument or everyday noises and then create music with your samples. Continue reading

Universal Guitar To MIDI Converter For iOS, Sonuus G2M

sonus-guitar-to-midiSonuus has introduced G2M – a Universal Guitar-to-MIDI Converter app for iOS.

According to the developer, Sonuus G2M delivers high-performance, low-latency, MIDI conversion for guitar and other musical instruments.

The G2M app gives you access to the same technology of the Sonuus hardware G2M:

  • Any electric guitar can be used as a solo MIDI guitar: i.e., it’s universal.
  • No guitar modifications or special pickups required.
  • Robust note detection — minimises wrong notes.
  • Velocity detection of notes, so your playing dynamics are translated into MIDI messages.
  • Fast, accurate pitch-bend determination, or alternative chromatic mode.
  • Very low latency & very fast tracking.
  • Built-in, precise tuner.

Here’s a demo of Sonuus G2M in action: Continue reading

Rode Intros iXY Stereo Microphone For iPhone, iPad

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RØDE has announced the iXY, a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad with 30-pin connector. It’s designed to allow high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The mic is intended for recording live music, meetings, lectures, reporting, dictation and sound design, and also is ideal for use on-camera as a dual-system recorder for DSLR.

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uPhase+ Pattern Phase Sequencer Now Available

Developer Gregorio Zanon has announced that uPhase+ – a pattern phase sequencer & synthesizer for iOS – is now available.

Zonon describes uPhase+ as ‘a door to Interactive Minimalism’. Here’s a demo of the app in action, being used for a cover of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase:

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