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iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Apps for Music

Audio: new iOS 10 – danger for musicians? Bringt iOS 10.01 Gefahren für Musiker?

  • iOS can be downloaded now! for everything from iPad 4 to current devices.  should musicians go to iOS 10.01?
  • I am one of those, who installed iOS on iPad and iPhone very early. After a long install time since I needed to re-update via iTunes took me 2.5 + 1.1GB  – for iOS 10.01 – but after that – everything worked – and in all cases to the better – easier to read, faster and more fluently. (newer iOS devices, don’t know about older ones, yet)
  • I tried to work and open with my Samplers and Synths – all of them worked, especially those I use on stage for performance.
  • 1 small thing – the music app wasn’t well designed at all, it isn’t perfect now – but it is a lot simpler and nicer for car users. a bid sad, that the colour of the background is no longer adapting to the cover colour, but well – I did a sort of “DJ set” today (working as a tech guy for a comedy show – it worked fine – I was able to find and set the song to be played next via artist and search – a LOT better then before!
  • Mac OS Sierra will be there next week (wed). hope it will be as cool as iOs 10.01!
    UPDATE: how about updating to macOS 10.21 sierra for musicians?
  • iOS 10.01 gibt es seit gestern für iPad 4 und höher sowie iPhones. Sollte man als Musiker nun upgraden, nachdem Apple bei den Vorgängern hakeliges Benehmen und teilweise Probleme hatte? Ich hab es gewagt, es ist seit 10.01 erstaunlich –
  • JEDE Synthesizer-App, die ich live benutze funktionierte auf Anhieb. Dumm waren nur jene, die direkt gestern den Download gemacht haben, denn es gab kleine Schwierigkeiten, die Apple nach 30 Minuten bemerkt habe und durch iOS 10.01 ersetzt haben.
  • Ich habe heute eine Art kleine DJ-Set für eine Comedy-Show improvisiert mit der neuen Music-App. Das war ohne Probleme möglich, man kann etwas erkenne, es ist logisch sortiert und nervt nicht.
  • Es ist etwas schade, dass die Coverfarben nicht mehr an den Hintergrund angepasst werden, aaaber Autouser werden es besser finden und es ist einfach logischer. Flüssiger und schneller als iOS 9 erscheint es auch auf beiden Geräten (iPhone und iPad – beide eher neu) .
  • Nun, abgesehen vom audiobuchsenlosen iPhone 7 ist das aber mal ein guter “großer “Wurf. iTunes 10.51 ist “okay” aber sicher nicht perfekt – mp3 wandeln ist nun nur noch in der Ablage, nicht mehr im Kontextmenü, für Musiker nicht super aber Apple will vielleicht andeuten – bald nur noch extern? Ich hoffe nicht. Sonst ist aber zu sagen – iOS 10.01 ist auf ganzer Linie gelungen und nervt nicht und bringt keine Nachteile für Leute, die auf ihre Apps angewiesen sind. SO soll es sein. Danke. Nach meiner weniger begeisterten Keynote-Aussage iOs 10.01 ist empfehlenswert. Für Musiker!
  • Hinweis: Mac OS Sierra kommt nächste Woche (Mittwoch)! Hoffe es wird so gut laufen wie iOS 10.01!
  • UPDATE: kann man auf 10.21 Sierra updaten als Musiker? Klare Antworten.

Diskussion?  Etwas hinzufügen? hier..

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7.9. frustrating Apple Keynote – iPhone 7 (no audio – free adapter) / Watch 2, No Macs.

  • frustrating event for musicians.
    and for those waiting for new Macs – they may have another event for them..
    Watch Series 2 swim proof (water resistant). Series 2
    with 2Core Processor. 60fps video. brighter display. GPS, $370
    old one $260 still buy the old shi’at.

watch 2

guess what? you may take your iPhone to swimming the pool but not listening to music, then? anyway it’s just a show.

  • iPhone 7 / iOS 10
    Musicians: don’t buy or think more than twice especially when mobile!! below is why:
    how do they sell us the audiojack is missing?
    – better cam, multi LED light/flash, processor for images,
    – front cam 7Mpixel, both cams: with optical stabilization
    – water resistant.
    – home button – taptic engine replaces classic mech switch/buttonphone 7 design iphone 7 xiphone7 home tap
  • 7plus: dual cams -12MPixel tele and normal
    1x – 10x with soft zoom
    calculates between both lenses and makes it better via processing. – “the depth effect”
    – better display – more colours – 3D Touch, brighter
    iphone 7plus 2cams
  • talk about audio:
    speakers – 2x louder, better sound
    stereo iphone
    – lightning for audio – no more audio out
    – sorry – it’s bullshit!digital audio. with or without latency? well it’s via lightning so assume it is ok –
    no matter.. they sell special earphones for lightning- but others won’t work sorry. worst idea ever seen!the stereo (new) speakers are ok to have. but no audio out without charging? –
    they put that adapter in (“free”) without POWER supply of the iphone with it – so listening or charging?? you need to decide when listening to something – in cars or on the way.. all wireless (again bullshit) – I had no apple headphones that last longer than some weeks or month. baaaad idea. well – car stereo or PA via audio out adapter won’t allow charging with this adaptor and you may keep an eye on it and with you everywhere you are.
    UPDATE: there is a 3rd party product to charge and listen – but it’s $40 – 2 versions: 2x lightning or lightning and audio.
    adapter
    well – this adapter can be ordered for 9€ – so it’s cheap for an Apple-cable and is free for those iPhone 7 users – but – it needs to have the DAC in it,  –
    UPDATE: Audio-Adapter Info (german/deutsch)
    it has microphone in, it has a DAC and ADC inside and it’s quality is below the one in the iPhone 6/6s – seems to make more noise – but it works for those who do not need high quality. so it is Consumer – the Pro user won’t gonna love it. 

    I don’t know if it’s “good”..they want to sell their  headphones called airpods.airpods wireless

  • these $159 pods (!!) have an accelerometer – tap it to say something to Siri, starts playing the music when insert correctly – plus J.Ive blah .. well. that’s for the listener, it’s NOT for the musicians – 5h lasting battery – but trust me – they may be gone within month ;)  – it’s sensors detect speech/voice – how they call it.- it’s case is a battery as well – so it will charge when kept in that case – not bad – but maybe ok for consumers. Not ok for musicians.
  • I leave out that Beats Phones, with same tech – since they sound really really awful till now (no trebble in it, just bass, worst I ever listened to).
  • the good one is:
    A10 Processor Fusion, 4core, 64bit, 40 faster than A9 (iphone 6/iPad Pro, Graphics 50% fasterA10 fusion processor
    -> 2
    56GB max, 32GB minimum good decision.
    order iPhone: 16.9.
    iOs 10 – coming on Sept.13th.
    MacOS Sierra: Sept.20th.
    prices – in the EU – more expensive!!  – but they’re keeping the old line for a bit less. not convinced, apple. sorry.
  • iPads – older iPads (Air 2) can be ordered with 256GB as well- now. – so old’ish technology is ok – most of the iPads got cheaper or more RAM for the same price, now – secretly. iPad Mini 4 – also more RAM, now.  No changes on iPad Pro.
  • No Macs – will be another event..

*relevant things will be highlighted.

the rest of it..

tim cook

this will update as soon as it was said at the event.. ;)

now and here – the stream is here.
Diskussion auf Deutsch – hier: 7.9. Apple Keynote

  • intro:
    some talk, funny stuff & singing, supermario-inventor comes and tells things about games and other stuff not relevant for us outside the us & iWork – Collaboration (multi user features), Apple Watch OS 3 – Pokemon go @
  • ending: Sia performs, sounds nice. but more commercial..

 

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PPG Phonem – Vocals @ iPad

auf dem iPad jetzt – now on the iPad.

has been on OS X / Windows – so here’s the mobile one.

6 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations
4 LFOs plus Vibrato, Flutter and Growl generators..

“morphing” matrix – control multiple parameters via one knob (like Clavia)..

Pitch Tracking
sort of sequencer for sing/pronounciation

time stretch extreme

aaand the “excitation generator/oscillator”

(46 english/american plus 5 german plus 4 french phonemes)

-> PPG Phonem für iPad

more to look at.

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FM Synth App (Yamaha) – free 4 OP

Yamaha released a freeware for everyone – an easy to edit 4 OP FM Synth which is quite like theTX81z /DX11 – it offers 16 scenes that can be used as a sequencer of settings that can be morphed and the main use of this iPhone/iPad app is a great sounding 4OP FM synth with classic ADDSR envelopes and feedback for each OP! – I really enjoy the FX quality. what I don’t like – you can not save your patch unless you connect one of those keyboards of the MX series from Yamaha – they are not capable of FM but are meant to be used as “master keyboard” which looks a bit “strange” – why not in-app-buying the save functionality for 2 or 4€? .. would be ok.

  • Yamaha once in 2015 had this free available at the appstore  AN-Synth – which is still cool (called synth book).

Yamaha DX11 synthesizer
Yamaha bringt 4OP FM Synthesizer – ähnlich des DX11 mit scenes, überblendungen von 16 Einstellungen wie in einem Sequencer und einem vollständigen TX81Z/DX11-ähnlichen FM Synth mit Feedback pro OP, also sogar etwas erweitert und auch deren Hüllkurven..

-> etwas in der Art gab es bereits – ein kostenloser AN-Synth

HISTORY / FM PROGRAMMERS
..plenty of things up on Yamahas site..
..I enjoyed the programmers they created for editing the first FM prototype – why there is none of those for sale or made it into the synths ? –  the GS1 .. so in fact they did programmers first that look like very useful:

my info about Yamahas Synths – and a detailed view on all the FM synth generations.
The GS1 is shown here (I did not add the GS series to the SynthDB yet, but will do!)

A users render about Yamahas future – do you think they do this kind of effort without bringing new synths somewhere sooner/later?

the DT programmer looks like this (DX7 reissue)
dtronics dt7 dx7 programmer

Lust auf eine kleine Diskussion über -> Real Digitale Synthesizer Dateianhang? im Forum..?

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TB MIDI Stuff – Edit Roland Boutique JP08 / JU06

Die Boutique Synthesizer von Roland senden SysEx-Daten, und diese kann man auch editieren und speichern – deshalb gibt es für TB MIDI Stuff, einer Oberfläche für das iPad 2 Anpassungen für die 2 der bekannten Roland Mini-Synthesizer.

Auch geeignet, um Sounds zu sichern. –>  Hier sind die Anpassungen: Roland Boutique Jupiter/JX/Juno-Nachfolger JX03, JP08, JU06..

With TB MIDI Stuff, an iOS app (iPad) helps to edit and save patches for JP06 and JP08 (so far). To date most of us did not even know that they send MIDI SysEx Data. they do!

tb midi stuff editor JP08

ju6

 1. Roland Boutique, JU06

 


Roland Boutique JU06 synthesizer1x Multi Timbral, 4 Voice, (2015)
Roland Boutique , JU06 Digital Synthesizer
+ step sequencer
1 OSC, 1 Sub, 2 Filter, 1 LFO, 1 EG
subtractive digital synthesis,
0 Keys, velocity usb MIDI Ctrl, Sequencer,~299€ (in 2015) continue / weiter..?
 
 2. Roland Boutique, JP08

 


Roland Boutique JP08 synthesizer1x Multi Timbral, 4 Voice, (2015)
Roland Boutique , JP08 Digital Synthesizer
+ step sequencer
2 OSC, 2 Filter, 1 LFO, 2 EG
subtractive digital synthesis,
0 Keys, velocity no CV/MIDI Ctrl, Sequencer,~399€ (in 2015) continue / weiter..?
 

 

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No News News 3: Depeche Mode Gear, Pocket Calculator Synth Zont, Max-style FX, Modular Music Channel …

  1. Just picked up this image for Depeche Mode producing their new album (it says) in Santa Barbara Studios (USA) –
    dm-album

    but seems so. Since it IS from them and it is said they already have recorded it. So expect the album to come.
    there is modular stuff: KOMA Komplex Sequencer, the one in the front seems Make Noise and many more – no non modulars für DM? Since Martin brought us “MG” as an album maybe it gets non-sampling like the last album of DM and Martin Gore.. right? – I enjoyed both …DM

  2. Modular Music – I think it deserves it’s own channel not just images…
    Modular-Musik braucht einen eigenen: Modularmusik-Kanal
    http://vimeo.com/85289099
    more/dular…
  3. I mentioned this Pocket Calculator Synthesizer at the Forum: Taschenrechner Zont & Gearnews
    it reminds of the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, but it’s ONE device for all tasks – and there are 4 cartridges (coloured) that add sounds and edits. Will be there in 2017 – not too much said about it on their site (so far) but looks cool.
  4. -> Moebius Lab is a Max/MSP App with 2×6 “slots” rangin including spectral FX for iOS.
    screen480x480-1 screen480x480

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J-ppDBoLXU
  5. (Frustrations about: Behringer Synthesizer 2016 and Google Requests to fusion your accounts for “being a better target” for ads: Google verbindet Konten..)
  6. Workshop: Platten auflegen und die Sounds nachbauen in Köln beim Sound Hackspace am 30.7. – jetzt anmelden. mit BobHumid und Moogulator
    Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-15 um 19.36.59

  7. SynMag nicht vergessen.. ;)

    SynMag 57 - Das Synthesizer-Magazin kommt: 29.7.2016
    SynMag 57 – Das Synthesizer-Magazin kommt: 29.7.2016
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Reactable Rotor @iPad & PolyAnalog News Dreadbox

Reactable hat ein kryptisches Video namens Rotor veröffentlicht. Offenbar ist die Idee des Reactable-Lichttisches hier erweitert worden, jedoch in Form einer neuen App und noch mehr anhand eines durchsichtigen “etwas” welches man in etwa in Daumengröße auf dem iPad hin und her schieben kann, was mit Abletons Link-Temposync zusammenarbeitet und für die DAW-Verbindung sorgt. Gemeint ist dieses Prinzip, nach wie vor, für die Performance auf einem iPad anstatt auf einem Tisch -> Reactable Rotor

 

Rotor ist offensichtlich “haptischer” als der bisher bekannte Original-Tisch.
Die Idee ist, Sequencing und Synthese zusammen zu führen und begreifbar zu machen und grafisch bzw haptisch darzustellen, wie eine Einheit.
Es richtet sich lt. deren Info primär an die, die eher EDM und nicht auf einer Tastatur spielen möchten, so die Info und kommt im Sommer “raus”. Könnte lustig werden – oder auch etwas gadgetös™
  • Reactable will show us an iPad Version with glassy/glossy/translucent little “things” to move and interact with sequences and samples and syncs with DAWs / Ableton Live – to me these images tell us all – the video is more “nice” but well – they say it’s made for controlling sequences and samples without a classic keyboard and since reactable is quite well known this looks like the next step – moving these glass pins instead of touching the iPad directly will feel more like the original reactable..

Sieht gut aus, sagt aber nicht so viel aus wie die Bilder..

 

  • Und dann kommt noch ein polyphoner Synthesizer von Dreadbox, bisher gibt es nur dieses Bild hier:
    Abyss heißt er, hat ein paar Chips im Layout und sonst ist noch nicht all zu viel bekannt, auch kein Datum, aber – Was kann man dazu sagen: Dreadbox Abyss – Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer ..
    Abyss Polysynth
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Apple Keynote WWDC 2016 (Developer Conference)

19 – 20:30 – Keynote – after / while it’s running  – I will update this post!
music

Was bedeutet das für Musiker – nun bisher noch nichts bekannt dazu für uns – es sind einfach mehr Funktionen in macOS & iOS..

the Meaning for musicians – here as soon as possible. and they let the girls talk for demos a lot – but Craig “Hairforce One” did his part as well ;)

Expectation true:
Update of- OS X 10.12 renamed to “macOS Sierra”  &  iOS 10
all ready in autumn.

Sierra runs on macs from late 2009 or newer.
iOS 10 starts with iPhone 5, iPad 2. etc. – so it still supports the slow iPad 2, still which is atm not really fun to use. may not support most of the newer features like continuity (needs BT 4) or split screen – surprising to me! 

tim cook os

what people expect: new Pro series (Mac / Macbook) … flat, with USB-C ports (1-4) and flat design with OLED button strip (replaces F keys) and possibly other things – but thunderbolt 3 built in – 2x as fast as TB 2. 
what I expect:
just the OS – it’s a developers conference! no hardware!

maybe it gets “boring” but.. / wenn es langweilig wird, dann nur weil es eben für Programmier-Nerds ist – Music & iTunes should be updated as well. But itunes will keep complex.

UPDATES:

• Updates watchOs (not relevant for music – is faster and a bit more useful – but won’t buy one since … / comes autumn), and AppleTV (not relevant)

–> iOS (relevant), Mac OS (relevant)

• OS X is now macOSmacos sierra

it’s called… macOS SierramacOS sierra 2

more continuity – copy&paste iOS / OS X ..  continuity paste

and deleting caches and stuff and of course iCloud stuff from OS Xsave

here’s the names of the new stuff
and siri of course is on the macOS now.


beta: july – final macOS comes autumn 2017
_

iOS 10
with wake up by just raising the iPhone/Pad
raise to wakeup ios ios 10
and Siri update.. maybe just US as always.. but open to dev’s
n
ew push-up menu has player for music and is redesigned.
pushup menu

Siri can now switch automatically between languages as well as typing and grab info form the text while typing ..

Pics can be analysed and grouped – and groups events and important images together and makes a videos from images (!). to me the search of synth pics is nice, hope it works – they say it can find horses – but..

photo analysis siri act on

clever maps to find things and look ahead as well as traffic etc. – well – request a car – but maybe that won’t work in germany as most of the stuff.

Music: they wanna sell things.. they redesigned the music app:

lyrics in it – but doesn’t look easier to nav in a car..
music play music lib lyrics

w

ell – it has more lists, things recently listened to and stuff – but seems not to be easy enough. well.

but what about music? still nothing in here … we might hear about that later – since MIDI and stuff isn’t what is on top – but will update as soon as …

there is Home – for automation…
nice but US based stuff as they say.  maybe reserved for the rich non-europeans ..

Voice mails get transcripted! cool! detects if it’s spam spoken to you as well.

iMessage has a lot of new stuff, links and hand write and emoji replacement stuff..
and you can play music in iMessage to anyone! ..
surprise

and it’s open for dev’s .. just below

imessage dev


and split screen in safari – and some more stuff.. here’s the words and tags..

ios dev features split view safari

“one more thing” – they did an iPad app for learning to code in swift – more focussed on children – will be there in autumn as well – and it’s free.

swift iPad kids

Apple WWDC 2016

Diskussion (deutsch) hier: 13.6. Stream,WWDC Keynote, iOS 9.3.2 für iPad sicher / Neues

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Moog Model 15 App (iOs)

Moog bringt „Model 15“ Synthesizer-App

Diese App ist für das iPad Pro gemacht, deshalb kann man es auch wirklich groß darstellen, es benötigt aber 64 Bit, also ein iPad Air, iPhone 6/s oder höher. Hohe Qualität aber auch Prozessoranforderungen neuerer Art. iPhone SE sollte auch funktioneren. Model 15 ist dem System 15 nachempfunden, welches in fast gleicher Zusammenstellung plus Delay und einigen MIDI-Möglichkeiten nachgestellt wird:
4 Stimmen, 3 OSCs, 2x ADSR, CC Steuerung

this App is very high quality audio, and for 64bit only, means you need an iPad Air / iPhone 6/s or higher – simulating the System 15 with 4 voices. – 30€.

how it sounds like – we es klingt – (these patches are not part of the purchase!)

model 15

moog model 15

model 15 moog

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