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Asking fans of Propellerhead’s Reason software what keeps them coming back, you’ll hear a lot of answers about how modular it is, how creatively inspiring…but you’ll also hear about Thor.

The flagship synth has been the heart and soul of Reason since its introduction in version 4 of the desktop software, and now we can harness that power wherever we go with Thor for iPad. But does the mobile music world have room for another synth? We put Thor through its paces to find out!

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Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.

Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.

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Music is often seen as the art-form that most frequently utilizes the cutting edge of modern technology in its performance. Most popular modern-day musicians are as reliant on Logic Studio as they are on a recording studio, and as skilled at operating arpeggiators as they are at playing arpeggios.

But if you are a musician of the more traditional type, the outlook is somewhat different. Instrument design has been adapted only marginally in three hundred years, and most dedicated musicians still go to music shops to buy manuscript in print. Why? Because, as yet, technology simply hasn’t been able to compete with the usability of paper. The opportunity to scribble notes on the music, the ease of page turning, and, of course, the lack of concern over battery life, remain as factors that trump any conveniences technology has to offer.

What if an app could solve some of these issues? That’s what Tonara is aiming to do. Along with a large library of purchasable music, Tonara offers performance recording, automatic page turning and manuscript annotation. But is this enough to outweigh the benefits of the traditional, tried and tested medium?

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The update to iOS 7 is huge. I feel like I’ve read a few thousand articles about each of the new features — from the new multi-tasking to Notification Centre — but very few articles about the new apps in iOS 7. That needs to change. After all, these are the very first stock iOS apps to be designed from the get-go with the big screen in mind. Let’s not forget that the iPad wasn’t around until iOS 4.

Over the years, a lot of us have replaced the stock iOS apps on our iPads with apps that were more aesthetically beautiful or functional. iOS 7 is such a significant change that it’s time to revisit those stock apps and see if they’re worth keeping around. Without further ado, read on for our thoughts on the iPad’s stock apps.

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Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.

With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.

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As excited as we get about apps that raise the bar for professionals, the iPad has always been respected as a tool for educators and their students, and this applies to the musical space as much as any other. Back in July, Nathan Snelgrove took a look at a new app from MiQ Limited designed to help budding musicians wrap their heads around some of the theoretical underpinnings of good songwriting.

I found Jamn to be a superb tool for picking up chord theory and kickstarting your songwriting, and the latest update brings with it a brand new feature that builds on the visual learning methods of the first. Is it enough to make Jamn the de-facto app for iPad songwriters? Let’s find out!

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Professional and at-home DJs have been offering praise for djay throughout its evolution from freeware to an app. But it’s not one to rest on its laurels. Djay 2, its latest evolution, has just been released with enhancements that make it even easier to use on the fly at the club or in the privacy of your own home.

But is easier necessarily better? Are more gimmicks a boon or a bane to what is typically a simple-to-use app? Find out after the jump.
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In our last couple articles in our series on the iPad and Professionals, we’ve been looking at photographers/artists and filmmakers. This week, I’m going to take as in-depth a look as possible on the iPad and musicians.

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Being a music producer, I love to see when some of the music technology giants, such as Novation, bring classic or even new synthesisers and other cool tech into an app form, such as the LaunchPad — a variety of Korg synthesisers — and this, the Novation LaunchKey.

LaunchKey is a fully-featured synthesiser that has been condensed into an app with some really awesome features and functionality. The app includes 80 preset adjustable sounds for you to play around with and modify to your hearts content. Can the app do justice to its hardware counterpart? Let’s take a look.

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I think it’s safe to say that my collection of iPad synthesizers is becoming ridiculous. It can’t be helped though, as more and more inspiring instruments are released for everyone’s favourite tablet.

Most recently, the venerable German audio gurus, Waldorf, have distilled their famous wavetable synthesis technology into a modern, elegant, and incredibly powerful iPad app called Nave. Hugely anticipated in the audio community, we’re excited to dig into Nave’s capabilities and see what we find!

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