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:
Positive Grid has launched BIAS Desktop – a new amp modeling plug-in (AAX/RTAS/AU/VST) for Mac and PC.
“Instead of providing a fixed number of amp models, BIAS Desktop represents an entire new concept on guitar sound: guitar players can now virtually design their own amps, using Amp Matching Technology to capture their golden tube amplifiers,” says BIAS Product Manager Calvin Abel, “and finally they can share or download thousands of amp models on ToneCloud, also we are currently working with worldwide artists and studios to expand this platform.”
Here’s the official intro to BIAS Desktop: Continue reading
Pioneering synth designer Wolfgang Palm is teasing a new software synthesizer, for Mac & Windows. Continue reading
MusicTech magazine recently published a guide to tuning your computer for audio. It covers topics like the performance benefits of hard drives, CPUs, additional RAM, SSDs and decluttering your hard drive.
One thing that’s striking about the article, though, is that it’s mostly stuff that OS X users never think about. As the article notes:
Mac will provide a better all-round solution for many users, thanks to the excellent build quality and the stability of Mac OS X.
If on the other hand you prefer much wider customization options or perhaps use a Windows-only DAW, a PC can offer more bang for your buck.
When it comes to Synthtopia readers, Windows is the most common platform used by people visiting the site, followed closely by Mac and iOS…… Continue reading
Monoplugs has announced that B-Step 2, an update to its MIDI sequencer for iPad, Linux, Mac & Windows, will be available Oct 24.
Here’s a sneak preview: Continue reading
Saltline has released Drzewo Cedr – a free 2 oscillator subtractive synthesizer for Windows. with a 16-step pitch sequencer.
According to the developer, Cedr was created with chip tunes in mind.
Here’s an audio demo: Continue reading
MorphTune is a new standalone app for Windows that’s designed to let you creatively experiment with the pitch of recorded audio.
It offers automatic note detection and lets you ‘move’ around the audio to adjust its pitch and timing. Continue reading
Manx has released SJ-2, a new version of their Roland-inspired Super Jay software synth (VSTi) for Windows. Continue reading