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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SineVibes Intros Molecule Multi-Band Processor For OS X

sinevibe-moleculeSineVibes has introduced Molecule – a multi-band processor, for OS X, that allows you to split the sound into three frequency bands – low, mid, high – and pass them independently through different effects.

Molecule includes a vast array of effects algorithms, such as comb filter, chorus ensemble, frequency shifter as well as barber-pole phaser, circuit-bent filter, digital- and analog-style distortion. Continue reading

Apple Intros Updated OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’

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Apple today introduced the latest version of OS X, Yosemite, at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), being held June 2-6 in San Francisco, CA.

Key new features include:

  • The UI has been streamlined, making it more iOS-like, but not a shocking change;
  • iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and lets you store any type of file and share it across devices;
  • Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; and
  • Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

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AudioThing Intros Valve Filter VF-1 For Mac, Windows

AudioThing-Valve-Filter-VF-1-GUIAudioThing has introduced Valve Filter VF-1 – a multimode resonant filter plug-in with vintage valve emulation.

The filter section is modeled after a classic ladder filter with low pass and high pass modes. The valve section is modeled after the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes. but with added grit and custom gain control.

Specifications:

  • Multimode resonant filter: LP and HP
  • Valve Emulation with drive
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Formats: AU and VST (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

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MIDI Guitar For GarageBand

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Jam Origin has released MIDI Guitar for GarageBand – an OS X app that lets you play any GarageBand instrument using a guitar:

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is based upon Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar software and allows you to use your guitar to play software instruments in GarageBand, essentially converting your guitar into a MIDI controller/MIDI keyboard. It is very easy to use with GarageBand and a one-click setup.

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is a stand alone app that analyzes your guitars output signal and converts into MIDI that is sent to GarageBand or Logic using Apples Virtual MIDI standard in a frictionless setup.

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VotanDSP Intros The Votan Platform, A ‘Telepathic’ Synth Engine For iOS & Mac

votan-telepathyVotanDSP has introduced the Votan Platform – a new solution for bridging the worlds of iOS music applications and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) based music production.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

How many times have you touched a great music app on iOS only to realize it’s limitations begin at the first touch? It sounds great, but capturing and utilizing the sounds for DAW can be tedious and frustrating.

Musicians need flexibility and platform unity, so that the time spent musing around on iOS, actually becomes time invested in your next hit tune. The Votan Platform fills this gap with a series of innovative and future thinking technologies.

The Votan Platform is engineered as a dual-use solution over both platforms (iOS / DAW). Everything you design on iOS will be available in your DAW. The Votan Platform takes care of everything in between. Like magic, everything will be in perfect sync.

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