MixVibes has released an update for Cross DJ, its mobile DJ app for iPhone and iPad, that now allows you to record and share your mixes directly to Soundcloud. This gives it a leg up on Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ, which has recording but shares only to Dropbox. And at half the price, Cross DJ is worth giving a spin!
Cross DJ is the first app to record and share mixes on Soundcloud
Record, edit and share your mix on Soundcloud straight from your iPhone or iPad. No computer needed, it’s all built in the app.
Edit your mixes
Browse and play your recordings from the app. Edit titles and descriptions. You can even make it more personal by uploading an artwork.
Direct share to SoundCloud
Log in to your Soundcloud account from within the app and upload your mix. Share the Soundcloud link on Facebook / Twitter, or make it private. If you don’t have a SoundCloud account, a Facebook connect module pops up, enabling you to create one in seconds.
What else is new in this update?
Retrieve your mixes from a computer : plug your iDevice to your computer, open iTunes and go to the “Apps” tab. Hit “CrossDJ” to access your mix list.
(Record only works on iPad 2/3/4 and iPhone 4S/5)
iPad : Cross DJ for iPad is $9.99 / 8.99 € / £6.99 – This update is freeiPhone : Cross DJ for iPhone is a fully-featured free app.Sharing and recording (under 5 minutes) is available in the free iPhone app.To unlock the recording time, you have to buy an in-app upgrade.In-app price for unlimited recording time is $0.99 / 0.89 € / £0.69
Are you perhaps interested in mobile music making, like these cool kids?
The Berlin Summer University of the Arts is hosting an upcoming workshop that will explore ‘app music’ on a variety of mobile devices and platforms. Whether you’re already local or just dying to visit Berlin, this seminar offers a great chance to get tapping with your fellow touchscreen aficionado.
App Music: Mobile Music Making
With Matthias Krebs July 29th – August 2nd, 2013
For quite a while now, making music with apps on smartphones and tablets has been more than simply a novelty. Some excellent music apps offer innovative digital musical instruments to the users. The production of digital music has also started to change: These apps already allow the creation of remarkable musical results, as demonstrated by the first serious album productions (e.g. “The Fall” by Gorillaz) and professional stage performances (e.g. by Jordan Rudess or the DigiEnsemble Berlin).
The ’App Music’ seminar will be a composition and sound workshop in the form of an experimental laboratory; a creative space to explore music and make new discoveries. Participants will investigate perspectives and potential of “app music” through a collective ‘learning by doing’ approach. Enthusiasts, experts and interested parties from all backgrounds are therefore invited to participate in the collaborative investigation of and experimentation with new music, sound and performance. A range of different sounds and musical compositions will be developed in groups and discussed within the context of the workshop. Results of the interactive creative activities will be presented in a public performance at the c-base.
The workshop will begin with an overview of the different music apps, platforms, devices and interfaces. Project groups will organically develop performances, productions and/or composition pieces over the course of the following days. Additionally, a joint rehearsal with the musicians of the DigiEnsemble Berlin is planed. The (partial) results will be presented in the workshop by the end of the last day. The last two days will be used to prepare the final performance.
Possible open questions to be explored in the course of the workshop:
• Which musical forms, fields of application and performing practices can be shaped by music apps?
• What possibilities are offered by mobile sensor controlled devices (such as smartphones and tablets) for music production and for future use as musical instruments?
• Can you express emotion and meaning with mobile music apps?
The workshop is aimed at enthusiasts, musicians, sound artists and music technologists, but is fundamentally open to all who are attracted by making music with digital sensor controlled devices. This is a workshop for those who are seeking an interactive exchange with others with regard to new musical forms, new technology and innovative expressive methods of sound making, performance and collaboration. Interested parties of all disciplines are encouraged to participate; diverse and varied backgrounds often bring valuable eclectic elements into the collaborative mix.
The workshop is also relevant for composers and creative individuals (for instance from the field of marketing/media production), who are keen on creating film material and background music for media productions.
Participants may certainly play their own devices during the workshop, however a large and varied supply of additional devices, peripheral equipment and amplifiers will also be provided. All participants (veteran app-musicians included!) are encouraged to mix, match, integrate, collaborate and experiment with a multitude of devices during the course. One of the goals of the workshop is to make new discoveries and explore interesting new combinations of devices and apps.
Matthias Krebs is a professional app musician, physicist, opera singer and music educator. For many years now, he has also been active in theater production as a sound artist and composer. He founded the DigiEnsemble Berlin at the Berlin Career College in 2010. Today it is the first professional music ensemble that regularly performs mobile music on physical stages. Krebs also delves into the field of mobile music making in his blog as well as in several music article publications and his current dissertation. Additionally he has recently published a browsable online slideshow on “android as a music creation platform.” (http://de.slideshare.net/MatzeRak/androidmusicmakingapps-2013)
date: July 29th-August 2nd 2013
place: UdK Berlin, Bundesallee 1-12
fee: 400 € (from June 10th 2013: 420 €)
No. of participants: 12 to 15
application deadline: July 1st 2013
Online registration: www.udk-berlin.de/summer-courses
CrossDJ for iPad, brought to you by MixVibes, is a great solution for the iOS DJ on a budget.
Although iOS DJing is a fairly new phenomenon, MixVibes has been in the software mixing game for a decade now. In addition to CrossDJ for Mac/PC, the French company also offers a video plug-in, an audio interface, and a full line of hardware controllers. So it was a natural move to bring their DJ tools to iOS.
CrossDJ has a very straightforward interface, with the familiar dual decks and mixer section. This comes complete with 3-band EQ, crossfader, volume faders, and pitch sliders. Yes, of course, you can scratch your mp3’s with the spinning vinyl record, or use it to cue up a specific point in a song. You can also just touch the waveform to skip through the track. Set up to 6 cue-points or create loops from 1/8th to 16 beats.
MixVibes boasts the “best audio engine of the market.” Their elastic beatgrid algorithm allows artifact free pitch/speed-shifting, without changing the key of a track. BPM analysis happens automatically when loading music onto one of the decks, so you can easily sync tempo to the track currently playing. The beatgrid detects transients so you can visually beat match tracks.
Switch the vinyl record interface over to FX view and you get an XY pad. This allows you to apply effects on the fly, or hold at a certain setting. Aside from the usual low-pass filter, echo and phaser effects, CrossDJ has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve. ‘Bliss’ white-noise, ‘Crush’ bit reduction, ‘Chopper’, ‘Brake’, and ‘Roll’ are a few of the unique sound manipulations available.
To celebrate its 1st birthday, CrossDJ for iPad is on sale for just $0.99 (regularly $9.99) THIS WEEKEND ONLY.
Download CrossDJ for iPad
There is also a free iPhone version
JACK, created by Crudebyte, is a modular environment where you draw connections that can carry audio and MIDI between compatible apps. This is one benefit over Audiobus, which only delivers audio within a set framework. Another bonus is record/playback synchronization between DAWs and sequencer apps. Audio and MIDI data can also be routed from apps to compatible external devices.
JACK is open source (like Audiobus is now), so developers can easily implement the SDK into their app. This is great news, since JACK lacks the 100+ community of apps Audiobus boasts. At this point, only 2 apps support JACK (CMP Grand Piano & MIDI Wrench, both also free and made by Crudebyte). Hopefully that will change soon. With any luck, the competition will drive iOS music to new heights at an even faster rate.
I’ve been meaning to post about Squarepusher for ages.
Tom Jenkinson dropped his latest album Ufabulum last year, along with a wild new live show. Consisting of an LED helmet and fantastic visuals that respond to sound, the experience created by the venerable Squarepusher really takes his music over the top. As if it weren’t explosive enough already!
Nowadays there are plug-ins and apps (such as iZotope’s Stutter or Glitchbreaks for iPhone & iPad) that can produce similar effects to the inimitable Squarepusher’s sound. And of course there are generative video programs as well. What makes Squarepusher special is not just his technical wizardry, but that he is a truly innovative Artist. He doesn’t use the fanciest new equipment to create his work. He painstakingly programs things from scratch, and culls otherworldly sounds from his bass rig that are utterly futuristic. Jenkinson is a sculptor of sound – a visionary, mad genius.
Squarepusher has a new EP entitled Enstrobia available.
Originally released exclusively with the vinyl or double CD versions of his 2012 album Ufabulum, this is the first time the tracks have been available as a standalone EP.
Squarepusher says – “The Ufabulum live show has been constantly developing over the last year of touring – including using parts of Enstrobia at specific events. Although not originally part of the project, these pieces seem very integrated with it now and have triggered a lot of interest from fans who hadn’t heard them before.”
He also has a remix contest
Download stems here: https://bleep.com/release/42392-squarepusher-squarepusher-remix-stems#description
Here are some great interviews and live clips:
Catch Squarepusher at one of his very limited live shows this month:
- 3/28 Bristol, Thekla Tickets/Info
- 3/29 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms Tickets/Info
- 3/30 London, The Roundhouse Tickets/Info
We’d better all start buying nano-machines like yesterday – this nano-guitar is already old news!
Eventide’s pedals have always been beasts – maybe a little TOO feature full and just a tad too big to fit comfortably on your pedal board.
The H9 solves the size problem, while only adding to the sonic mayhem. You see, Eventide has decided to go truly digital, pioneering the iOS-to-guitar pedal phenomenon and offering a true marriage of hardware and software. With its single knob, streamlined, HAL-esque interface, the H9 can run ALL of Eventide’s famous stompbox effects. All of the sound editing controls are still there – just tucked away into software. Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth with an iPod, iPhone or iPad, and you’re not only able to fully control the H9, you’re ready to download MOAR SOUNDZ (available through in-app purchase) to add to the already impressive collection included right out of the box:
THE H9 COMES LOADED WITH A SET OF OUR MOST POPULAR ALGORITHMS TAKEN FROM EVENTIDE’S AWARD-WINNING STOMPBOXES:
Phase XO Chorus
Plus a new H9 exclusive:
While the H9 is fully controllable via its front panel, a free iOS app, H9 Control, can be downloaded to your iPhone or iPad for live editing, creating and managing presets and changing system settings wirelessly via Bluetooth. H9 Control will also be available for your PC or Mac via USB.
The H9 features stereo audio I/O, MIDI I/O, Expression Pedal, and Auxiliary Switch inputs. All of Eventide’s stompbox algorithms and their associated presets are available for in-app purchase.
Eventide H9 Harmonizer will be available in March of 2013 through authorized Eventide stompbox dealers.
So the world hasn’t ended…yet 🙂
If only the end of an age, and a new beginning, today also marks another important milestone – the launch of Moog’s Animoog V2 for iPad!
This massive update features accelerometer control, so you can literally wobble and modulate sound by physically tilting your device. They’ve also added note hold and scale lock, Load/Save MIDI CC maps, Audiocopy/Audiopaste and…wait for it…Audiobus support!
Another major and very cool addition is an integrated 4-track recorder, so you can record from within Animoog itself. You can also import audio from your iTunes library, split, loop, copy, paste, and share individual clips, or mix down your tracks and upload directly to SoundCloud. As a holiday gift from Moog:
“This 4 Track Recorder will be free to existing users until Dec. 31, 2012 at which time it will revert to it’s regular price of $4.99 in the Animoog Store.
Furthermore, between Dec 20th and Dec 31st Animoog for iPad will be available at the promotional price of $14.99 (reg. price $29.99), Animoog for iPhone will be available at the promotional price of $4.99 (reg. price $9.99), and Moog’s first iOS app, Filtatron will be available at the promotional price of $4.99 (reg. price $7.99).”
Check out this video for a glimpse of new features:
Animoog V2: Expanded, Upgraded, Integrated
These are truly exciting times for iOS music, as more and more capabilities have recently appeared allowing totally autonomous mobile music making. Who knows what’s coming down the pipe next hmmm??? Onward towards the future, sailors!
Buy Animoog for iPad
Buy Animoog for iPhone
Buy Filtatron for iPad
Buy Filtatron for iPhone
Korg updated it’s iOS apps – iMS20, iElectribe, iElectribe Gorillaz Edition, iKaossilator, and the recently released iPolysix – and is now part of the fast-growing Audiobus family!
This is great news for iPad musicians, as Korg apps have been heralded as THE reason to get into iOS music. That is, until Audiobus came along. Now, together at last, these apps can all be combined in an orgy of touchscreen musical bliss.
Although Korg pioneered WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology), which allows two iOS devices within close proximity to sync compatible apps via bluetooth, (already mindbending), the addition of Audiobus capability will truly enable musicians to take their iKorg music to the next level.
Other exciting stuff included in the update:
• Retina (& iPhone 5 for iKaossilator) Display support
• Background Audio support allows to play other music apps
• iCloud data backup
• “Audiobus” enables audio streaming between iOS Musical Instrument Apps
• Virtual MIDI enables MIDI communication between iOS Musical Instrument Apps
• A few bugs have also been addressed, improving operational operational stability
There is one slight hitch Audiobus would like everyone to be aware of. First go update (or buy) Korg apps, then delete and re-install the Audiobus app. Says Audiobus:
“This is a temporary workaround until they add their apps to the Audiobus web database (which they probably omitted to keep things a bit more secret)… This workaround will (most likely) become unnecessary in the next few days as we work together with KORG to add them to our database.”
AAAANNNDDD finally, you should probably know that Korg apps are 50% off until Dec.31st to celebrate the release of iPolysix!!! Go Korg!
Buy Korg iMS-20 for iPad
Buy Korg iPolysix for iPad
Buy Korg iElectribe for iPad
Buy Korg iElectribe Gorillaz Edition for iPad
Buy Korg iKaosillator for iPad
Buy Korg iKaosillator for iPhone
Buy Audiobus for iPad
Buy Audiobus for iPhone
Mouse on Mars is on fire with three bits of exciting news.
First of all, congrats to them on achieving the crowd-funding goal on their iPhone app Wretchup. Created in collaboration with createdigitalmusic.com‘s Peter Kirn, Wretchup lets you instantaneously warp live audio input with the flick of your finger. Watch this video to get a better idea of what Wretchup can do:
While MoM has already used this custom app extensively in their work, both in the studio and onstage, Wretchup “relies on a now-defunct player app called RjDj, and lacks some features that make it something anyone can use.” The purpose of the campaign is “to build a standalone app with a richer set of functionality, and make it easy-to-use for novice and advanced users alike.”
In addition, since “Wretchup is built with libpd, a powerful open source library based on Pure Data,” they plan on making the source code available for programmers to learn from and incorporate into their own creations.
Although they’ve reached $5,000, if they manage to double that figure, they have promised to make an Android version as well. There are still 9 days left to support the project at http://www.indiegogo.com/appwow
Second news bite is that if you decide to contribute, Mouse on Mars has made a special “Wretchup-remixed’ album exclusively for backers called “Wretch Dubbed.” Here is a taste:
Physical handmade copies are already sold out, but downloads are available for $15, which includes the app.
Lastly, Mouse on Mars very recently released a new LP entitled WOW, which has Wretchup all over it. Stream here:
Scape, designed by Eno and Peter Chilvers, is an ambient generative music app for iPad. In contrast to his albums, which are static, in that they will always sound the same every time you play them, this app lets the user create an endless series of self evolving sonic and visual “scapes” based on aleatoric or chance processes. One builds a scape by combining different backgrounds, moods, and shape elements, which then interact with each other following a set of (unstated) rules. Rules could be “wait for 2 seconds before playing,” or “play only when there is silence,” for example.
To keep us drawn in, Scape unlocks new elements the more you play with it, so your compositions can become more varied the further along you go. Playlists can be created so that your saved scapes will play back seamlessly as you drift off to blissful sleep. You can also listen to an entire album worth of scapes created by Eno and Chilvers. The duo has previously worked together on other apps Bloom & Trope for iPhone & iPod Touch.
Here are some demos I made for your listening and viewing pleasure:
In other news, Eno has announced “Day of Light,” an online, audiovisual, interactive experience with the new album LUX, on Saturday 17th November, 2012. Check http://brian-eno.net/lux/day-of-light/ for details.
Buy Scape for iPad
Buy Bloom HD for iPad
Buy Bloom for iPhone
Buy Trope for iPhone
Buy Brian Eno: LUX