Korg AudioPocket Now Available

korg-audiopocketKorg today released AudioPocket – an audio sampler for iOS that’s designed for capturing samples for use with the recently announced Volca Sample.

The Volca Sample – the latest member of the Volca line – is a sample mangler, playback device & sequencer. To keep costs down, though, it doesn’t not have built-in sampling capabilities. Instead, samples are managed using the AudioPocket app.

It’s a free download.

There’s no word yet from Korg on whether AudioPocket will be available for other platforms, or whether it will be possible for third-party applications to load samples to the Volca Sample.

Here’s a video demo of AudioPocket: Continue reading

iPad Air 2 Now As Fast As A Laptop – So Where Are The ‘Desktop-Class’ Music Apps?

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Apple recently introduced the iPad Air 2. While initial reviews call it ‘the best iPad ever’, many also note that the improvements are ones that most people won’t notice.

“The problem was this.” writes Walt Mossberg, “The new model didn’t seem faster or smoother while running all my apps, perhaps because — like most people — I don’t use my iPad for the most demanding video-editing apps or high-end games.”

For people that do run demanding apps, though – like mobile musicians – the latest iPad offers impressive performance gains. It blows away earlier iPads and other tablets.

Initial benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 to be 16 times faster than the original iPad, which was released about 4 years ago:

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Novation Intros ‘Super Loud’ Audiohub 2×4 Electronic Music Production Hub

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Novation has introduced Audiohub 2×4, an audio interface & USB ‘electronic music production hub’.

The Novation Audiohub 2×4 is a combined audio interface and USB hub that lets you connect and power all your USB gear at once, while getting low latency audio and ‘super loud’ output. Continue reading

iOS 8 Intros New Option For Audio Applications

Wooji Juice, creator of Mitosynth & Grain Science synthesizers and Hokusai audio editor for iOS, has shared the results of some initial experimentation with a new option under iOS 8 – Extensions

Extensions are designed to allow applications to share features, which are made available in other applications. Apple’s examples include sending alerts to notification center, adding new system-level social media sharing, providing access to file repositories and adding custom keyboards.

Wooji Juice is exploring how Extensions can be used for audio. In their example, an Extension is used to add the option to reverse audio Mitosynth.  Continue reading

App Music Workshop Set For Aug 4-7 In Berlin

App-Music-Seminar-2014Matthias Krebs, the founder of mobile music making ensemble DigiEnsemble Berlin, let us know an upcoming App Music Workshop in Berlin. 

App Music: Mobile Music Making for Professionals is scheduled for August 4th – August 7th at the Berlin University of the Arts. The event will be held in English.

The event is a 4-day workshop on music making with mobile apps, including experimentation, composition, production and performance. The event will culminate in a final concert.

Here’s what Krebs has to say about the event: Continue reading