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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Rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer Auctioned For $20K

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Last month, we shared news about a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer that was up for auction.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds. While it was a synthesizer, it was more a scientific instrument than a musical one.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer above, built around 1905, sold today for US $20,000.  Continue reading

littleBits Brick Adapter Connects System To LEGO World

littleBits has introduced the Brick Adapter, a new accessory that lets you connect the littleBits and LEGO worlds.

Last year, littleBits introduced the Korg Synth Kit, a modular building kit inspired by Korg’s analog synthesizers. More recently, the company announced new modules that let you connect to MIDI and CV music gear. Continue reading

Saitara Software Intros AC-X iPad Remote For Logic Pro X

ac-x-logic-pro-remoteSaitara Software has introduced AC-X, a 16 channel wireless control surface for Apple’s Logic Pro X and other recording/mixing systems.

The app uses the industry standard MCU protocol, so should work with most recording/mixing software out there (but not Pro Tools yet). For the initial release, the control panel button layout is set up for Logic Pro X, but the developer says that the main mixing screen should work with most other systems. Continue reading

PPG WaveMapper 2 For Mac, Windows (Sneak Preview)

Pioneering synth designer Wolfgang Palm has released two video sneak previews of PPG WaveMapper 2 – for Mac and Windows.

PPG WaveMapper 2 was originally released for the iPad, and is one of the most highly-rated synths in the App Store.

Palm calls WaveMapper 2 ‘the best PPG ever’. Continue reading