Well, for today anyway. Don’t know when it started, but for 24 hours the SoundPrism App for iPhone and iPad is free! Thanks to Palm-Sounds for posting about this one. Also, now is a great time to head over to Palm-Sounds, as they have a handful of Promo Codes for Soundtrends Apps, like Looptastic and Studio.HD
Palm-Sounds can be found here:
The links we provided to lists of Apps featuring Audio Copy/Paste are not being updated as frequently as we would like, so were will generate our own list. Suggestions are welcome as always at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure that we will separate Intua from Sonoma, if you can copy or paste there are a couple ways to convert, so we might just focus on whether the apps support copy, paste, or both. Let me know any thoughts on this, hopefully have a dedicated page in a day or two. Thanks!
We have begun compiling a list of Apps supporting various Midi implementations – Synthstation25, Line6 Midi Mobilizer, Apple Core Midi. This list is nowhere near complete, so please email additions and suggestions to email@example.com
The Midi Page can be found here:
New from Neyrinck, V-Control and V-Control Pro, new iPad controllers for Pro-Tools. Haven’t tried them out yet though. If anyone out there has given them a spin, let us know!
Thanks to JRL for this idea, we are trying to generate a list of Apps with Core Midi support…while we are at it, might as well generate a list of Apps with Line6 Midi Mobilizer support. We are in the process of doing the research, but would apppreciate any help in this process, so if you know of any Apps with Core Midi or Midi Mobilizer support, please let us know. Suggestions can be emailed to:
Sorry, one last post for the day on visual information. The photo above is a collage of images taken from the amazing David Rumsey Map Collection. Not strictly maps, but a collection of almost 30,000 images of maps, atlases and more. A serious visual miscellany, available in hi-res downloads, simply awe inspiring. The Rumsey Map Collection:
Not strictly audio related, but following a link from my graphics hero, Edward Tufte, I landed on this:
A few months old, but still relevant, and ios audio apps still require significant thought in their GUI design.
As for Edward Tufte, everyone with a couple hundred bucks and the opportunity should take his one day seminar…Price includes copies of his books, and if you show up early, he will sign them. A serious eye opener, worth every penny. Check out his site here:
Let me get this out of the way: I am not an App developer. I have a very basic working knowledge of the ios SDK, and am aware some of Apple’s unique/arbitrary policies for submission to the App Store. I have a question about App development though, and was wondering if anyone else had the same question, or was thinking along the same lines.
Is there any possibility of creating a Plug-in architecture in the current App Store framework? Most people would say definitely not. But, I can point to one example where a model already exists, the In-App purchase. In any number of Apps, you can use the in-app purchase to buy additional instrument samples, additional functionality (like multitrack recording for Amplitude) or additional effects, seen in any number of amp qnd effects modelling amps.
I realize that there would be innumerable hurdles, from proprietary knowledge to splitting App store revenue multiple ways, but, this should be a doable idea. Numerous Apps are created using Creative Commons frameworks. Sonoma and Intua both make their ACP SDK available to developers. What would be the restrictions from say, Moog licensing some of their App functionality to the developers at Multitrack DAW? I can think of numerous instances where I would spend $10 on a $5 App if it meant I had that functionality from within another App. And don’t say it can’t be done, I would point to the current crop of free Apps making a profit from in-app purchases. Maybe all it would take is the seeding of the idea, some communication, imagination, and most difficult, some cooperation. Put your heads together, great ideas often come from collaboration – see Wikipedia as a prime example.
The Ampkit effects and amp modelling app for guitar has finally grown up. The new update allows for Audio Copy/Paste, a must-have for audio apps. Ampkit joins iShred Live as the only amp and effects modelleers with ACP and iPod Library Access. Combined with it’s re-amping capabilities, which means you can record a guitar track, save the dry input, and test out different effects with the recorded audio, Ampkit might win the crown as best guitar app.
Ampkit is available in free and paid versions, both of which allow for ACP and re-amping. They both offer numerous in-app purchases for new effects, amps and cabinets, although the paid version has a number of these already. I have only tried out the stock free version, so have not tried out the various effects. It sounds decent enough, perhaps a little noisy, but doesn’t have the overly digital feel of Stompbox, Ampkit has Stompbox beat for decent tone. While Ampkit offers more effects and amp combinations than iShred Live, it is noisier than the iShred app. Maybe this is due to the interface; I used the iRig guitar interface, though I imagine Ampkit supports them all. Possibly the App works better with the Ampkit Interface. I would like to see the ability to apply effects to tracks from the library, but haven’t dived in deep enough to see if that is possible. It is stable, offers lots of room for expansion, and runs native on iPad and iPhone. And as a free App with ACP plus iPod library support, it is a bit of a no-brainer to download and give it a shot.
Gorillaz have announced that their new album, recorded on iPad, will be released as a free download Chrismas day. Thanks guys!