Stompwatch Turns iPhone, iPad + Apple Watch Into MIDI Controllers

stompwatchSecret Base Design has released Stompwatch – a new app for iOS that turns your mobile device into a virtual MIDI pedal board.

You won’t want to step on it – but you can use it to control both apps and MIDI hardware, using the screen, a Bluetooth keyboard, the Audiobus Remote app, or the Apple Watch. It is easy to configure and versatile.

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n-Track Debuts Musical Collaboration App, Songtree

The creators of iOS / Windows DAW, n-Track Studio, today released Songtree, an app for the collaborative creation of musical tracks.

Designed to be easy to use and with a branching “tree” interface, Songtree enables the evolution of a single song along different paths (branches, we suppose, if you’re going to stick with the tree analogy). Whenever another user overdubs or adds to an existing song, a new branch gets added to the “song-tree.”

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Korg Pwns The Pono, Turns Your iPhone Into A High-Resolution Audio Player

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Korg has introduced iAudioGate, a new iOS app that promises to bring high-fidelity digital audio to the iPhone.

The app can handle a high-resolution audio in a variety of formats:

WAV, BWF, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, MP3 *compatible with 44.1kHz – 192kHz DSD (DSDIFF, DSF, WSD) * compatible with 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz

iAudioGate features Korg’s AudioGate player engine, customized to perform as an iPhone app. According to Korg, “The ultimate achievement is the faithful reproduction of sound as it was intended by musicians and engineers—and for the delight of the listeners who savor it.” Continue reading

Apogee Announces MetaRecorder App For Apple Watch and iPhone

Apogee_metarecorder_Apple-watch_iPhoneDigital audio recording company Apogee Electronics has introduced MetaRecorder, a two-channel audio recording App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that, Apogee says, will “revolutionize mobile audio production” for video.

Apogee’s MetaRecorder is the first audio recording app for iPhone to offer intuitive multi-take recording, tagging and file organization for any field recording scenario. Designed as a working companion to Sennheiser’s digital clip-on microphones (powered by Apogee), MetaRecorder features 24 bit/96kHz recording quality, plus software control of input level and recording presets.

Essential features of MetaRecorder on iPhone can also be controlled from the Apple Watch: start and stop recording, “favorite” a take, add markers, or set your microphone input level.
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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.

But is the hype behind the Pono just that – hype? Continue reading

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.

Key features that may be of interest to musicians: Continue reading

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

Here’s a video demo of MiniMapper in action: Continue reading