2017
08/20
Roli Noise Hip Hop Jam
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NOISE is a free app that makes music mobile, so you can play and learn music anywhere you take your connected device. Using simple, easy-to-learn gestures, you can create beats, melodies, and songs with a huge library of sounds. Play NOISE on your phone or tablet, and extend its musical powers by pairing NOISE with ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio. NOISE was developed by music technology pioneer ROLI.

What’s New in Version 2.5.1
Introducing Mixing!
– Control the level of your tracks on screen or turn your Lightpad into a bank of faders
– Access the mixer by tapping on the Volume icon whilst in the song view or configure your Lightpad in My Studio

Bug Fixes:
– Synth presets could be pitched up if iDevice changes sample rate
– Occasionally synth presets would be silent when running other apps in the background
– Clips could get deleted when using the undo button

A NEW APPROACH TO MAKING MUSIC
Your touch screen becomes a real musical instrument with NOISE, which lets you shape sounds by drumming the screen, gliding your fingers along it, pressing into it, and lifting off. You make music through intuitive gestures on a grid of colorful pads. Each pad is a particular instrument or a note in a scale.

AN INSTRUMENT AND A STUDIO IN ONE
NOISE makes you both a performer and a producer. Start by choosing from custom-made sounds that range from bongo drums to string sections to zithers. Shape those sounds into beats and melodies, and record them as loops. Then mix and match these loops and build amazingly multi-layered songs.

DESIGNED FOR LEARNERS
If you love listening to music but don’t think you can play an instrument, NOISE may change your mind. It’s a fun, interactive learning tool. In Learn Mode, just trace illuminated Light Trails to learn how to shape beats and melodies. Choose from one of 15 scales, and the notes of that scale light up on the grid. Turn on Hide Mode to always stay in tune — it hides notes that not in the key. Use Snap Mode to stay in time — it snaps your performance to the tempo.

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ROLI BLOCKS TAKES YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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The power of NOISE expands when you connect to ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio. Pairing wirelessly, NOISE becomes the sound engine for Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block. Learn more about BLOCKS on ROLI.com. On the pressure-sensitive surfaces of these Blocks, you can shape sounds and play songs in a way that is similar to the experience of playing NOISE on an iPhone or an iPad. But you can be even more expressive.

2017
07/17
Korg nanoKontrol Elastic Drums Jam
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Servando Barreiro is showcasing how he is using Elastic Drums together with a Korg NanoKontrol 2 Midi Controller. You can do this with the current version of Elastic Drums already, but the upcoming update will improve Midi Learning to do such setups also a lot. In his setup Servando basically connected the midi controller to some instrument parameters and to some master effects of the Jam page.

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ED Update 2.1 should be out this week or next week latest.

Korg nanoKONTROL 2

Convenient, compact control surface, with easy setup for immediate use

In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The nanoKONTROL2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles – including major DAW programs – are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings.

Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There’s also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production.

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2017
06/29
Korg PlugKey Mobile Midi Audio Interface
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Korg plugKEY A mobile MIDI + audio interface

Now you can enjoy using your own keyboard to easily play a stupendous array of musical instrument apps that deliver serious sounds and convenient functions. You can use your iPhone/iPad while charging it.

Audio interface functionality with stereo output is also provided, so the plugKEY is an ideal choice for those who want to use musical instruments apps in the studio or on stage.

Your iOS device becomes a musical instrument.
With the plugKEY, a rich selection of iPhone/iPad musical instrument apps such as KORG Module and Apple GarageBand can be played seriously and easily from your keyboard.

Certified as ‘Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad’
Take advantage of your iPhone for piano practice. Do you have an old, unused digital piano at home? Use plugKEY to connect your digital piano to an iPhone that has KORG Module installed, and your old digital piano will be reborn with the latest high-quality piano sounds.

Use while charging your iOS device
Since the plugKEY is equipped with a DC5V microUSB port, you can charge your iOS device via the plugKEY. This allows you to use your musical instrument app without worrying about remaining battery life, an important consideration for extended music production sessions, studio rehearsals, or live performances.

Compact design can be taken anywhere
With carefully selected minimum functionality such as MIDI input, audio output, and charging, the plugKEY features a compact design that’s similar in size to the iPhone.

BUY Korg PLUGKEYBK -Channel Audio Plug-In on Amazon for $99

2017
06/18
Best Powered USB Hub For Mobile Musicians
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iPad and iPhone musicians often ask for a decent reliable powered UBS hub for all their devices and controllers. We recommend the Anker 7 port UBS hub.

Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub with 36W Power Adapter and BC 1.2 Charging Port for iPhone 7 / 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S Series, Note Series, Mac, PC, USB Flash Drives and More.

Light and Compact: Palm-sized and lightweight (2.9oz) for greater convenience.
Huge Expansion: Enjoy super-fast transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for up to 7 devices—simultaneously!
High-Speed Charging: 7th port provides a 2 amp high-speed charge and combines with the other 6 ports to deliver a total 6 amp charge.
Broad Compatibility: High-grade chipset and adapter guarantee stable operation, including plug-and-play and hot-swapping functionality. Works flawlessly on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Mac (OS X [10.2 and above]).What You Get: Anker USB 3.0 7-Port Hub, 12V / 3A power adapter, 2.7-foot USB 3.0 cable, welcome guide, 18 month hassle-free warranty.

BUY Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub with 36W Power Adapter and BC 1.2 Charging Port for iPhone 7 / 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S Series, Note Series, Mac, PC, USB Flash Drives and More

2017
06/16
iPad Pro 10 Inch Screen The Verge
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The Verge, a popular technology news site, has done a review of the new iPad Pro 10.5 inch screen size. It’s a great review but what makes it really cool is they used my song “God Knows” in the video.

My song comes in here at the 1:30 mark https://youtu.be/-Hf5prRZIeg?t=95 and it plays through out. FUN FACT: this song also appears in Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Ep “Beirut”

Get the new iPad Pro direct from APPLE here https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The iPad Pro 10.5 isn’t available on Amazon yet but you can get a 12″ Pro or a 9.7″ Pro from Amazon right now.

BUY Apple iPad Pro (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) 12.9″ Tablet (Certified Refurbished)

  • iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle). You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.
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