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Sequencism – FREE Music Sketchbook for iOS

Sequencism – FREE Music Sketchbook for iOS Sequencism is an awesome app out for iOS that gives users an easy to use platform for sketching out musical ideas; Rodrigo Roman recently released the most recent update to the app. AUv3 instrument/effect support and Ableton Link support were the two main features added in the update, as well as support for Solfege notation. Anybody looking for a capable sketchpad tool for their moves on the go then this one is definitely worth checking out. The description from the App store is as follows: “Sequencism is a music sketchbook tool that allows the creation of short and simple pieces of music. It is designed to provide a traditional user interface of track and piano roll editors, while taking advantage of the touch-screen capabilities of the iPad. It also includes other helper tools, such as chord helper tracks. Note that the main goal of this …

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Beat Snap – A Snappy Entry Into Mobile Beatmaking

Beat Snap – A Snappy Entry Into Mobile Beatmaking Mixvibes is the same developer responsible for the highly popular Cross DJ, Cross DJ Pro, and Remixlive and this week we want to tell you about their new beat making app – Beat Snap. Mixvibes describes the app as follows, “An intuitive app for music lovers. Right from the start, the users will feel like they already know about music making since they can visualize every family of instruments they are playing on the 32 pads. More than playing beats live and adding FX, creating a full track ready to be shared has never been so easy thanks to the 4 sequences! The sound packs are inspired by the hottest tracks and genres give access to unlimited creativity and will give music lovers this unique “I’m a beatmaker now!” feeling.” That’s a delightful pitch and looking at the interface we can tell it’s coming from …

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Pioneer DJM-REC iOS app – How to Record DJ Sets Without a Laptop

Pioneer DJM-REC iOS app – How to Record DJ Sets Without a Laptop Pioneer DJ released a new iOS app at NAMM 2018 earlier this year, DJM-REC, and we’re excited to share this one technique along with a few others so that you can record your DJ Sets without a laptop. Obviously, if you are DJ’ing from your laptop your software will have an internal mix recording function so this article is more for those DJs opting for CDJs or standalone devices. 1. DJM-REC – $9.99 If you simply want to record your set, you could opt for an RCA to aux cable and record directly into your iPhone or Android device using any app that records (i.e. iPhone – voice memo, Android – Voice Recorder). The Pioneer DJM-REC app is our #1 recommendation if you have an iPhone or iPad because of its sophisticated recording method which also extracts time …

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GrooveBox by Ampify: A Mobile Studio in the Palm of Your Hand

GrooveBox by Ampify: A Mobile Studio in the Palm of Your Hand   Ampify may be a name you’ve never heard before, but you know the products well. The development team Blocs grew out of Focusrite and Novation and gave us the Launchpad and Blocs Wave music-making apps. Now they have changed their name to Ampify for the release of GrooveBox; an all-in-one mobile studio for the iPad and iPhone. While still maintaining the user-friendly simplicity of Launchpad and Blocs Wave, GrooveBox offers more advanced synth parameters. Ampify’s intention is to create a program that is easy enough for beginners to start, and for the more experienced to master. From everything we’ve seen so far it looks as though GrooveBox does just that – blurs the line between ease of use and detailed control all with the user’s workflow in mind.     The free app is based around two dual-oscillator synthesizers and …

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New Platforms for Ableton Link – Getting in Sync

New Platforms for Ableton Link – Getting in Sync Here at Beat Lab we’ve always encouraged our students to use the computer as an instrument, to be played solo or with others—but sometimes playing with others is easier said than done. Good news: a new age is among us. Forget the MIDI cables and technological trickery, with Live’s Link feature all you need to sync up with friends is *drumroll please* WIFI! Link makes it possible to connect Ableton Live with dozens of iOS applications, and the list is ever expanding. Just this week apeSoft’s Stria, MoMinstruments’ fluXpad and Lumber’s Brazilian Drum Machine got added to the list. All three of these new additions are tight apps, but the one that really stands out (unless you’re making Brazilian trip-hop) is the MoM’s fluXpad. It’s a sample sequencer that has you drawing in the sounds (welcome to art class… it’s gettin’ funky). With …

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Blocs Wave – Novations New iOS App

Blocs Wave – Novations New iOS App Novation just released a brand new IOS App under their sub-company called Blocs Wave. An app designed to create quick musical ideas by combining a collection of sound, in an improvised, on-the-go, in-the-moment-manner. Includes a sleek and intuitive layout that displays waveforms and allows you to adjust, tweak, and time stretch the sound in real time. Blocs Wave includes a wide range of sounds form a number of different genres including chip tune, club classics, trap elements, stellar songwriting, starlight soundtrack, slow jams, rock radio, retro trap, retro techno, retro EDM, house of EDM, house heads, hip hop hustle, and garage grunge. On top of the presets you can import your own sounds to warp and recreate, or you can record directly into your IOS device.   (A look at the time stretching view) Blocs Waves foundation is within the time stretching ability and its visual …

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Touchable 3 Celebrates 5 Years! Still the Best iOS App for Ableton

Touchable 3 Celebrates 5 Years! Still the Best iOS App for Ableton Touchable, already a well established IOS App controller, just put a massive sale on Touchable 3 in celebration of their five year anniversary. Touchable 3 provides an incredibly handy controller system which almost entirely integrates Ableton onto an iPad or iPhone, and allows you to put the program into your hands. Allowing easy switches from a grid controller to a midi clip editor to a mixing screen. The newest feature, and possibly the most noteworthy, is the hardware feature allowing you to directly plug in your iPad or iPhone, opening up the possibilities for live performance. Other notable improvements include custom template design allowing you to create the most user friendly layout for yourself. You are also able to add a Live Device Template rack as an in app purchase to control all of Live’s instruments, at the tip of your fingers (seen above.) Touchable …

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