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Hey bedroom musicians out there, do you ever feel limited whilst you’re writing songs because you don’t have anybody to work out ideas with? I know I do, and I recently took an interest in creating a bigger sound through looping. But every piece of gear that I found out there for doing so was out of my hobby budget.

That’s how I found Loopy – an iOS app for recording and looping multiple tracks in real time. It’s a pretty cool tool for any musician out there interested in easily creating a number of layers to play around with. Want to check it out? Then read on after the break.
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The iPad continues to flex its musical muscles, with many developers and composers coming to terms with the fact that it can be a legitimate and powerful studio tool. But as exciting as it is to have a fully featured audio workstation in your bag wherever you go, sometimes it’s nice to scale things back to the basics.

Propellerhead is well known for its famously integrated music software, Reason, which is designed to be as streamlined as possible. It’s no surprise then that their latest iOS venture is an app designed to be fun, accessible, and mobile. Figure is a delightful musical sketchpad, and we’re eager to take it for a spin…

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Sometimes, an app comes along that fits a small niche in a really interesting but kind of absurd way. How many people really need an app that combines ambient music with police radio? And out of those who think they need that app, how many are willing to actually pay for it? Any development time is a gambling risk as wasted time spent developing an app that doesn’t work out is potentially wasted money, or so the saying goes (don’t ask me — I’m still trying to earn pennies by saving them so I fall for these scams all the time). Regardless of this, somebody did put this app together and it’s called La Vue. It’s a universal app and it’s available on the App Store for the low price of just 99 cents.

There’s no denying that the concept is pretty cool however cool concepts with weak implementations are never any good. The real question that I had going into this review isn’t why anybody would bother putting this together — rather it’s such an original and cool idea that the real question is why somebody wouldn’t. But I did wonder if the design was any good, if the app matched or exceeded its value and who could really use an app like this. My answers actually surprised me.

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In this day and age, there are many different ways to discover new music. However, finding your new favorite band is a task of its own. Often, music services find bands and artists that record labels want you to hear but not what actually what suits your music tastes, and this can make finding quality new music a pain.

That is where Discovr Music comes into the picture. While it’s definitely not a new app on the market, Discovr Music is one that every music lover truly appreciates. Essentially, it offers a means to find new music you would like in a matter of seconds. Read more about it after the break.

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To the music making world, few companies are as recognized and revered as Native Instruments. The German group have been at the heart of the electronic music production and DJ scene for years, and while their contributions to the iOS world have been few, they are always an event worth waiting for.

Their latest unveiling is Traktor DJ, a powerful performance-focused companion to their industry-leading Traktor line of products and a remarkably intuitive tool for new and experienced DJs alike. Is it worthy of the Native Instruments brand? Find the answer with me after the jump.

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Let’s be honest: When it comes to finding new music in iTunes, Apple could be doing a better job. Their curators for the iTunes store are good, but unless you live indie rock or pop music, you’re not likely to find more than a couple new artists every year. And for some people, that average isn’t high enough. Beyond that, Apple doesn’t promote too many small independent artists. (When I was in a rock band, I didn’t have a hope of Apple promoting me.)

That being said, the great thing about the App Store is that there’s definitely an app for that (or, in this case, several apps). One of my favourites is Band of the Day — a great free universal app that helps you find upcoming independent artists and a few who are starting to break into the scene, with a new group or individual appearing every day. These guys are great curators, but an app is about more than an iTunes link — it’s also about content and presentation. (more…)

There are several problems with traditional radio. One is that there is a limited number of frequencies available, and this limits the number of stations that you are able to pick up. It is something that has been addressed to some extent by digital radio, but it has not solved things completely.

Then, of course, there is Internet radio. This opened up a whole new world of listening opportunities and if you want to avoid having to navigate from one station’s web site to another, you’re going to need a dedicated app. This is exactly what TuneIn Radio is. (more…)

Music streaming services have grown in popularity, with Rdio being one of the most popular options in the United States until Spotify jumped across the pond in July 2011. Since that date, Rdio and Spotify have been two of the biggest contenders for monthly subscriptions.

The reason I keep coming back to Rdio is that it seems to be a better fit for how I want to manage my music. I want a true iTunes-in-the-cloud solution and Rdio provides that. Even though Spotify is planning to add a collection feature and to help in music discovery, I am really liking Rdio’s innovations. With version 2.0, though, it is not just about a new coat of paint; Rdio 2.0 features new and innovative features, which positions itself in a good spot for competition of monthly subscription revenue. (more…)

There’s no question that the iPad has become a superb tool for artists of all kinds, including professional musicians, who have been spoiled by the presence of robust apps for audio development.

As the iPad becomes increasingly powerful, developers are becoming more ambitious with their designs, as evidenced by the realtime sample manipulation app, Samplr. But does their reach exceed their grasp? (more…)

Of the built-in apps offered up by Apple in iOS, the default Music app offers one of the better experiences. The minimal design and easy-to-use interface provides iPad users everything they need to listen to their music. However, one of great things about the App Store is that if you that don’t care for the app that’s been offered up by Apple, there are plenty of third-party alternatives available.

If you’re into Microsoft’s Modern UI, then Track 8 is a great option. If you like a lot of bells and whistles in your music player, perhaps Groove 2 is more to your liking. If you’re a fan of bare bones minimal design and gestures, then CarTunes is may just be the music player app you’ve been waiting for. Join us after the jump to learn much more. (more…)

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