The Craft of iPad Music-making [Video]

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Wondering what all the fuss is about with Apple announcing the iPad version of Garage Band? This video will help demonstrate.

From The Future of Music V: The Craft of iPad Music-making” event, February 3rd, 2011.

At this special evening event, attendees heard and saw the musical and visual results as leading electronic artists performed live. Harry Allen returned to moderate discussion between four cutting-edge artists: Peter Kirn, Oliver Chesler, Steve Horelick, and Joshue Ott.

Did Apple just kill a small part of the music industry?

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Ever since the iPhone and iPod Touch caught the attention of developers of developers with an interest in music, there have been music apps in the iTunes App store.

With yesterday’s announcement of Garage Band for iPad these smaller niche developers could be challenged by the vast development resources Apple can bring to bear.

Garage Band iPad
Digging into the details, iPad Garage Band really looks like a great all-in-one package with a good selection of instruments, instrument enhancements (Smart Instruments), Plug-ins, Synthisizers, and Digital Audio Workstation components (Amps & Effects), as well as multi-track editing and recording.

Wow, there’s a lot there for $4.99. Seriously. I’ll be getting it.

What’s out there now
Taking a quick look at some of the leading music creation and instrumentation apps in the store, you’d exceed that level by just buying one app, in many cases.

Recording

Sequencers

Instruments / Synths

 

You see the challenge?
For consumers and software developers, once again, Apple has redefined an industry, but perhaps not in a good way. Or did they just make a statement that the existing apps are way too overpriced? Time will tell.

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SoundCloud – Flickr for musicians?

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Recently I’ve started poking around synthesizer and music technology on my iPad and desktop computer. I’ve not made anything noteworthy to share yet, but when I do, I’ll be using SoundCloud as one of my mediums to share.

Like Flickr you say?
SoundCloud is very much like Flickr — an online destination where members upload and share content.

In SoundCloud’s case, the content shared is sound – be it music or sound effects or whatever! If it’s audio and is uploadable, then you’ll find it on SoundCloud. And embeddable and shareable — here’s an example:

Smooth ipod (NanoStudio) by NiceThings

Community
Yep, now this is one of the important parts of both SoundCloud and Flickr — the communities that can develop around a particular member, or activity, or group.

Friends and Groups work as you’d expect them to. For example, there’s an online mobile music site called Palm Sounds — and they’ve got a Group on SoundCloud that I’ve joined.

In that group, I can listen to content that other members of that group have uploaded to SoundCloud and shared with the Palm Sounds group.

This is exactly the same way that Flickr handles groups and image sharing.

There are other similarities, but I leave that for you to explore for yourself if you’re interested.

I am, and you can find me on SoundCloud here — I’ve shared a couple of sound items, mostly things I’ve featured in past blog posts.

And if you’re on SoundCloud, give me a ping and let me know what you’re into!

Boppin’ with the BeBot!

bebot.jpgiPad music and synth apps all seem to be trying to exactly replicate the
experience of using a real synthesizer or instrument, like Virtuoso Piano 3 .

Recently I discovered BeBot, an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad music app that breaks that stereotype.

According to the developer, BeBot is:

…Part synthesizer, part animated robot.

Touching the screen causes the robot to move and make sounds controlled by your movements. Play it like a musical instrument, or just have fun watching the robot and making sounds with your fingers.

Features 4-finger multitouch polyphony, multiple synthesis modes, user-definable presets and scales, tweakable synth settings and effects, and more!

And for me, this reads as pure fun! Robots! Synths! What more could you want.

Well, how ’bout a Theremin? Yep, the developers have built in a preset that emulates a Theremin pretty darn well.

Some will see this as a musical time-waster or toy, yet it can have serious musical applications. Check out the video  below of Jordan Rudess working the BeBot on an iPhone.

So, for $1.99, I’m thinking this is a pretty versitile piece of musical tech. How ’bout you? Got a favourite musical iOS  app? Let me know about it in the comments.

And, as an aside, check out this awesome video of a Theremin being used to play the Star Trek theme!


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