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?
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.
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:
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.
Here’s what Apple has to say about performance on the 5s:
Wolfgang 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.
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
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:
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.
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Sonuus 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:
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.
Gregorio Zanon has announced that uPhase+ – a pattern phase sequencer & synthesizer for iOS – is now available.
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: