As a student, I am always on the go jumping from class to class, or hopping the bus to get across campus. My schedule does not work in tandem with my compositional desires. I used to revert to my voice recorder to try to grab any kind of melody that would pop into my head, until I met Symphony Pro for the iPad.
Symphony Pro is a fully-fledged music notation app designed exclusively for the iPad. With the portability of Apple’s tablet device, and the ease of use of iOS, let’s see how anyone can sit down and notate professional-looking sheet music on the go.
It’s rare to see a breathtaking game on iOS devices. While many support cute graphics, and others are going for the high definition aspect of the displays on the iPad and iPhone, few have actually been true experiments in visual representation. Sword & Sworcery changes that, with a game that is not only fun to play, but also to see, hear and experience.
I have the pleasure of reviewing this game for you below. This may be giving too much away, but this is a genuine work of art and storytelling, something to be remembered.
For many of our parents, being able to carry around a dozen or so songs in a front pocket was amazing. When the iPod arrived, that number was increased to a thousand songs. Now, you can have more memory devoted to music than anything else on your computer. Still, sometimes it feels like it isn’t enough.
Let’s face it: we want every song. Not only do we want every song, but we want them now, delivered straight into our eardrums. Rdio is as close as we can get to that dream, and we’ve got a review of their iPad app.
If you are like me, you thrive on music to get you through the day. However, when you need new tunes most of us turn to word of mouth, and get our friends involved! But what if there was a better solution? What if your iPad could help you out! With these awesome apps we can discover, listen, and share these new tunes! In this roundup we have apps to help you discover and listen to new music!
So, if you are ready to rock out with new music, read this roundup and get inspired!
There are plenty of ways to discover new music nowadays: pretty much any music-related app will try to recommend you new artists based on your taste, and that isn’t even counting the media and most importantly, your friend’s recommendations. There are also plenty of ways to find information and videos from your favorite artists on your iPad.
However, is there any way to do all of those with one simple app? If you’d like to have an all-round music app that can help you find information, videos, and much more stuff from your favorite artists while navigating a simple and pretty iPad app, then you might be interested in Groovebug. Let’s take a look!
Music and tech geeks alike have long discussed the usability of the iPad as a music production device. There has been debate over the viability of recording accessories like Apogee Jam or the iRig. Many musicians, however, cast that confusion aside in favor of self-contained electronic music production. And sometimes, all you need is the right suite of apps to turn the iPad into an electronic music studio.
Today I’m going to take a look at Looptastic HD, a loop recording app that is part of the production suite from Sound Trends that includes studio.HD, meta.DJ, and Gruvtron. Looptastic is suitable for both recording or performing, with many powerful and intuitive features that facilitate both.
It is a well known fact that music and various sounds have a positive effect on us. I myself rarely work without some sort of music playing, and around 30% of the time I opt for some soothing ambience sounds; Ambiance is my perfect companion.
Available for the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop (on most systems via Adobe Air), if you also like ambient music and sounds, this app will be right up your alley! Let’s dive in.
One of my favorite genres of iPad apps and one that gets very little love, all things considered, is music creation apps. The large touch screen has the potential to be very useful in the studio, as well as a platform for unique instruments and creation interfaces that can’t necessarily be recreated elsewhere.
If you’re interested in electronic music, you’ve no doubt heard the name Moog, one of the most prolific names in synthesizers. Today I’m going to talk about the new synthesizer app that they designed specifically for iPad: Animoog. Animoog is built on the company’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine, which is designed (in contrast to ‘isotropic’) to allow you to construct fluidly dynamic soundscapes in a highly customizable X/Y environment. I could go on, but unless you’ve studied synthesizers in detail, this is probably a bunch of gobbledegook. Hit the jump to check out more of the good stuff!
There are no two ways about it, the music industry has struggled to cope with the digital revolution. Record labels are still trying to come to terms with lacking CD sales and are only just coming to terms with technological progressions that have changed the way the world views and consumes music forever. However, there are some artists who have managed to overcome the rest of the industries inept attempts to keep up with the world around them. Welcome to centre stage, Björk.
Regardless of whether you like the music she produces, there’s no denying that Björk is one of the most innovative musicians of her generation. Previous projects have included creating albums based entirely on vocal material and collaborations with some of the worlds greatest songwriters and electronic producers, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when she announced that her latest offering, Biophilia, was to be created primarily using iPad apps.
“When you go out and about with just an iPad, you’re sending a message that you’re not going to contribute. You’re just there to consume.” – Paul Thurrott (October 6, 2010)
“That’s what we keep hearing about the iPad as the justification for all its purposeful limitations: it’s meant for consumption, we’re told, not creation….all of us comment on content, whether through email or across a Denny’s table. At one level or another, we all spread, react, remix, or create. Just not on the iPad.” – Jeff Jarvis (April 4, 2010)
“Today’s iPad, the one that I just bought, is just a demo of something that could be very nice and useful at some point in the future. Today it’s something to play with, not something to use. That’s the kind way to say it. The direct way: It’s a toy.” – Dave Winer (April 3, 2010)
Those are three big names in the world of tech pundits. You’ve probably heard of all of them. And that’s what they thought of the iPad when it was first introduced. You’ve probably heard similar things from colleagues and friends, on Twitter and in chat rooms. People seem polarized over this idea of “content creation”, and whether the iPad is capable of it. Is this an active piece of technology, or just a passive one?
I contend that it’s an active one, in fact I would say it’s revolutionary in the way content can be created on it. I think the issue is with the definition of content. Let me explain.