2020
02/13
Ninja Tune Jamm Pro!
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Ninja Tune announced their highly anticipated follow up to the Jamm app and it’s wicked!

Designed exclusively for iPad, Jamm Pro transforms Ninja Jamm into a comprehensive music-making tool, allowing users to upload their own samples and recordings. It also offers multitrack recording, MIDI Learn, extensive modular synth-like patching and modulation functions, as well as a range of other unique features really unlike any software or instrument currently on the market.

Developed as an instrument for playing live with sound, it also features multi-touch control and a Jamm clip matrix that allows users to instantly switch from one sample to the next, with everything remaining in time.

To mark the release, music-makers are invited to submit their best one-take video creating a track on Jamm Pro. The winner will be awarded £1000.

Jamm Pro is the anticipated evolution of Ninja Jamm, the original touch controlled beat app. Easy to use but deep, Jamm Pro includes Ninja Jamm users most requested feature: the ability to load your own samples. As well as immense performance power, it’s packed with pro features and new ideas e.g. its modular synth-like patching capabilities.

Jamm is a unique instrument. Loaded with free content and killer presets, you’ll be amazing yourself with the music you create from the moment you press Play.

KEY FEATURES

– Record in via Mic, Soundcard, Inter App Audio.

Audiobus/AUM are supported, giving you access to the extensive range of iOS IAA apps like drum machines and synths to work with Jamm.

-Multitrack Stem recording: Transforms Jamm Pro into a production tool: recordings are saved with all channels individually recorded. You can then load these into an editor/DAW such as Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools to work on further.

-Multi-touch tip control: Use small finger movements to simultaneously and expressively control multiple FX at once.

Individual per channel FX: 5 Distortion/Crush units, 5 Filters, 5 Delays, 5 Reverbs, 5 Sidechains. All with full recallable control.

64 Total Recall Patches: instantly Store and Recall the total state of what you’re doing with 64 Patch memories.

-In-app help: Access help overlay screens from wherever you are to explain all the page’s functions… no need to stop to read and dig into the manual!
-Coldcutter module: Buffer shuffle and modulation matrix for sophisticated beat manipulation. Users can trigger automatic call and response between channels, algorithmic evolutions of samples and modular synth-like patchable modulation sequencers.
-Sub-bass module: Automatically generate super heavy bass kicks and basslines from drum samples — a feature dril fans will adore.
-Loopstation/Resampling functions: Use Jamm Pro as a Loopstation — perfect for vocalists to loop and layer vocals as well as beatboxing via instant recording.
-MIDI input: MIDI Learn allows easy connection of MIDI hardware to trigger and control Jamm Pro.
-Slice sequencer: Unique and highly interactive feature allowing users to simply draw on the screen to restructure any sample.
-Smart pitch bends: Change the pitch of any or all of the channels in real-time to inspire musically apt progressions.
-Scratch: Experiment with the iconic hiphop technique by applying the effect to any sample.

*Please note Jamm Pro is a very powerful app and will perform best on newer iPads. The iPad Pro is the ideal device for the best experience with Jamm Pro.

THE STORY

For Ninja Tune co-founders Coldcut, known for their innovations in DJing, Remixing, Production and Live Performance, Jamm Pro has been 25 years in the making. Coldcut have been honing it in their live show and recently creating music with it.

Designed by Coldcut’s Matt Black with the aim of creating their ultimate electronic music instrument. As users experiment and develop ideas, they can save them as their own patches, which can be used to quickly build up stages of a song, structure a live performance, or used as a sketchpad.

The app features exceptional and extensive modulation and patching capabilities, the likes of which have never been seen in a sample app before. Equipped with four main channels, each with nine sequencers — six modulation sequencers, a slice sequencer, a pitch/reverse/drill sequencer and a gate sequencer — and up to 64 patches per set, Jamm Pro allows for a possible 2,304 sequencers per Sound Set in the app.

As well as production, Jamm Pro has been designed as an instrument for playing live sound, drawing on hiphop DJing and timing. With expressive touch control, the app facilitates direct engagement of hand-eye-ear coordination through ‘tip control’. This innovative feature tracks small finger movements that can be used to sensitively control various effects.

And yes Ableton Link is included!

Get Jamm Pro HERE

2016
08/26
IK Multimedia SampleTank 2 Music Workstation
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Sampletank 2

SampleTank 2 for iOS is a professional-quality fully-featured mobile sound and groove workstation that brings the sound, power and features of professional desktop virtual instruments to your iPad and iPhone — without compromise. SampleTank 2 for iOS is designed for live performance and song composition anywhere, any time. It puts over 1,900 available world-class instruments at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more.

SampleTank 2 gives you 8 multitimbral instrument slots that you can layer, create splits and multis with ease, and choose from 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound collection that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Plus, each instrument category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can start composing and playing live immediately.

Its instruments and new sound engine derived from the flagship SampleTank for desktop computers give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance: It is once again a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, thousands of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. Now you can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you — desktop sound and performance in your pocket or on your iPad.

*SampleTank 2 is available only for 64-bit devices (iPhone 5s or newer, iPad Air or newer, iPod Touch 6 or newer, iPad Mini 2 or newer).
If you have an older device, please do not uninstall the latest SampleTank version 1.

** To avoid disabling some free instruments from your previous registration do not uninstall the app, rather update it directly from the previous version in the App Store/iTunes
We kindly suggest to update directly from the version 1

SampleTank 2 comes with 140 instruments and over 1,000 patterns — plenty of fresh sounds to get your creative juices going. But what makes SampleTank 2 the best choice for mobile musicians is the range of over 700 professional sounds you can expand it with:

– “Classic Keys” offers 73 keyboard instruments (piano, electric piano, and organ)
– “Synths” delivers 279 instruments (including synth leads, pads, hits, and FX)
– “Bass” offers 25 electric and 43 synth basses
– “Ethnic & Voices” presents 21 ethnic instruments and 10 vocal instruments
– “Drums and Loops” includes 61 instruments in 5 categories (drums, groove construction kits, acoustic drum loops, Latin percussion loops, and percussion)
– “All Pro-Sounds” bundle includes all of the above selection of 544 Instruments in 15 instrument categories

What’s more, three additional new signature sound packs are also available as in-app purchase:

– “Alan Parsons Grand Piano”, 13 piano sounds produced by legendary Pink Floyd engineer
– “Future Synths”, 150 synth sounds and patterns for a lifetime’s worth of sound design
– “Elektronika – Deep House” an essential mix of 4 loop construction kits and 32 jackin’ beats, big-room bass, shiny synths, classic pianos, huge FX instruments and more

All new sounds are in addition to the previously available sounds — the original factory sound set, the Orchestral Miroslav Philharmonik collection plus the Sonik Synth and SampleMoog synth collections. This brings the total universe of SampleTank 2 for iOS sounds to over 1,900 instruments and over 1,200 MIDI patterns — the largest collection of sounds available for any virtual instrument on the iOS platform.

Features:
• 8-part multitimbral professional-quality sound and groove module
• Expandable sound library with 600+ instruments in 16 categories
• Completely redesigned Sound Browser
• Layers feature lets you easily create zones on your controller for multi-part performances
• Live and Song modes optimized for composition and live performance
• Streamlined interface for faster workflow
• Integrated 8-track MIDI recorder with song export
• MIDI learn feature makes programming external controllers a breeze
• Play interface with piano keyboard, scale keyboard and enhanced drum pads
• Plug-and-play compatibility with iRig interfaces and controllers like iRig Pro Duo, iRig Pro, iRig MIDI, iRig Keys and iRig Pads
• Universal app compatible with iPad and iPhone with iOS 8 and later

SampleTank 2

2016
07/01
UPDATE Korg Gadget iPad Music Workstation
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Korg Gadget Kamata Bandai Namco Synth For iPad

Korg Gadget Kamata Bandai Namco Synth For iPad

KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20* different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets.” These gadgets were designed to assist the user to produce powerful electronic music. The latest version features universal support not only for the iPad, but also for the iPad Pro and the iPhone. The painstaking attention that Korg has given its hardware instruments for more than fifty years has now taken shape as cutting-edge software in the Gadget. It’s the ultimate all-in-one music production studio app.
* The total number of gadgets including in-app purchases etc.

What’s New in Version 2.5.0

● Native Support: Works flawlessly with nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio
● Kamata: Video game sound gadget developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Studios (in-app purchase possible)
● Gladstone: Rich acoustic drum gadget that allows you to control the ambience exactly as you like (In-app purchase possible)
● Madrid: Bass gadget that creates real and dynamic sounds and includes 6 different amps (in-app purchase possible)
● Better Effects: Added 8 new effects. Insert FX increased to 5 (maximum)
● Other enhancements to make Gadget easier to use

** 50% OFF Special Sale until Jul 15! Sale Price US$19.99 (Reg. Price US$39.99). Additional gadgets for in-app purchase are also offered at up to 50% OFF. **

The ultimate mobile instruments collection on your iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone. KORG Gadget – the all-in-one music production studio.

• A collection of more than twenty Gadgets
Each Gadget available contains carefully constructed parameters to bring you the sounds you want. They’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even inexperienced musicians can enjoy the app as each synth offers a Scale function that makes it virtually impossible to play the wrong notes.

• Design tracks in portrait or landscape. Workflow for any music production task
The greatest feature of KORG Gadget is the user interface. It gives you an ideal music production workflow based mainly on the portrait orientation that you’re familiar with. When you want to focus on specifics, you can smoothly switch to landscape orientation. This app perfectly supports either preference on the iPad, iPhone, or iPad Pro. From song production to sound design, effects, and mixing, all the steps are intuitive and seamless. Experience perfect music production on mobile!

• Produce music more freely without location limitations. An ideal choice as a second DAW
If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational. Gadget liberates you from limitations of location, allowing you to create and capture song ideas anywhere. These ideas can be saved as MIDI or as audio to allow a smooth transition to your desktop system. Wherever you go, take Gadget along as the ideal partner for inspiration.

• Share songs to the GadgetCloud to connect with users around the world
Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on “GadgetCloud,” a music exchange for Gadget users worldwide. By uploading and sharing songs, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. On GadgetCloud, you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by Korg, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, to name a few.
* GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that’s supported by creative artists world-wide.

• Make it come alive with new MIDI controllers. Accelerate the pace of your music production
To customize your needs, you can freely choose a MIDI controller that complements the KORG Gadget. With the nanoKEY Studio/nanoKONTROL Studio, you can step-record and mix wirelessly as setup is automatic, making this easy and convenient. You can also opt to choose the microKEY Air, a compact mini-keyboard that can also connect wirelessly and via the Apple Lightning adapter. By partnering with a MIDI controller that inspires you, you can improve the quality of your music production.

*iPhone 6 or later is recommended. 5/5c/4S are not supported due to differences in screen size and CPU speed.

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2015
05/24
Korg M1 For iPad
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Korg-M1-iPad

A complete reproduction – and more – of the legendary Korg M1 that defined an era.

Mobile Digital Synthesizer for the iPad

Since it went on sale in 1988 the legendary M1 music workstation rapidly achieved record-breaking sales, becoming a mainstay of the music scene from the late 1980s and beyond. The common element of electronic instruments that have left their name in history is that they had a unique sound that was difficult if not impossible to replicate. Sounds such as the “M1 Piano” is instantly recognizable and have appeared on countless hit records over many years, and yet these are sounds that could only be produced by the M1. And that’s what you can now have on your iPad!

● A faithful reproduction of the original M1 Sound
The PCM data provides the library of the original M1. For the hardware, we analyzed the circuit diagram of the original design, and completely replicated it in software down to the last detailed parameters. Engineers with an exhaustive knowledge of the M1 made careful adjustments in order to obtain the sound of the original unit, something that cannot be obtained simply by sampling the original sounds.

● A continued evolution of the M1
Not content with simply reproducing the original, iM1 provides further evolutionary developments. Synth parts now have the Filter Resonance that was requested at the time of the original, as well as VDA modulation. The effect parts, originally consisting of only two effects, have been powered-up to 18 effects. The user interface has also been refreshed with additions such as a KAOSS pad. iM1 is the ultimate version of the KORG M1.

● A gigantic library encompassing 3,300 sounds and 34 cards*
In addition to all 19 of the ROM cards originally released for the M1, iM1 also covers the sounds of the M1EX which expanded the internal PCM of the M1, as well as the sounds of the KORG T-series which appeared as an evolution of the M1. There’s also “BEST OF M1”, a selection of 100 great M1 programs. The new “Smart Sound Browser” makes it quick to find the desired sound. You can also view the sounds ranked by how often they are selected by iM1 users around the world.
*with all the Expansion Card installed via In-App Purchase

● KAOSS pad lets anybody perform
iM1 features a KAOSS pad from the popular KAOSSILATOR, allowing you to perform intuitively just by touching the screen. By using the dual KAOSS pads to play phrases or adjust the sound, even people who are not accustomed to keyboard instruments or knowledgeable about synthesizers can enjoy performing the iM1. There’s also a conventional keyboard, as well as the “Smart Keyboard”, which lets you specify a scale setting and play phrases with a single finger.

● Use with KORG Gadget and GarageBand for song production
iM1 can be used together with Gadget, the music production DAW app that won the App Store Best App of 2014 award in Japan. If both apps are installed, you can use iM1 as a sound module within Gadget, taking advantage of the program sounds in iM1 for music production. iM1 also supports Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, so it can also be used for GarageBand etc.

● Connect a MIDI keyboard and use as a sound module
In addition to enjoying iM1 on its own, you can connect a USB MIDI keyboard* via a Lightning adaptor (sold separately) and play the iM1 as an external sound module. You can easily take along an even more powerful workstation sound module as part of your iPad-based compact mobile system.
*microKEY 25Key, nanoKEY2, taktile series

● Interchangeable with the KORG Legacy Collection and the original M1
Sounds that you create in iM1 can be sent from your iPad via iTunes to a Mac/PC. If you have the Legacy Collection M1, you can use those sounds in a DAW. Data compatibility is maintained not only with the plug-in but also with the original M1; this means that you can transfer data in system exclusive format from the original M1.

Korg iM1

2015
05/04
The Best iPad DAW Is BeatMaker 2
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Best iPad DAW BeatMaker-2

BeatMaker 2 could arguably be THE best iPad DAW. Some say it is the most advanced mobile music workstation available. Beatmaker 2 combines music production tools that were behind the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 is a powerful, easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike.

Build your own virtual home-studio, create multiple instruments and connect them to a full-range of audio effects.
Compose, record, arrange and transform your ideas into complete songs, ready to be shared with others.

Import your own sounds or use the sound library provided: more than 170 high-quality instrument and drum presets from synthesizers to realistic orchestral sounds. You can even import songs from your iPod library!

Connect your MIDI accessories for an external control of BeatMaker’s instruments, effects and mixer, ideal for home-studio productions and live performances. Compatible with audio interfaces with the Camera Kit (iPad only).

Works on all iPhone, iPod and iPad models starting with third generation devices (iPhone3GS, iPod3G 32GB, iPhone 4/4S/5, all iPads).

What’s New in Version 2.5.6
– Fixed resolution problem on iPhone 6 and 6+
– Fixed drag’n’drop / quick load issue
– Fixed an issue with Dropbox
– Dropbox updated to version 1.3.13

* STUDIO:
– Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine, Keyboard Sampler, Audio Tracks
– 11 effects: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive, 6-Band Parametric EQ
– 3 effect slots for each instrument
– CoreMIDI support: connect your MIDI accessories to control instruments, effects and mixer.

* DRUM MACHINE:
– 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 banks
– Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
– Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
– Low/high pass filter per pad
– Pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
– ADSR Envelope ADSR control for each pad
– Exclusive groups and polyphony management
– “Live” modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.
– Pad copy & paste

* KEYBOARD SAMPLER
– 128-key keyboard with pitch wheel, double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
– Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
– Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
– Low/high pass filter with key tracking
– 2 LFOs to control volume, pitch and filter parameters
– Polyphony control, up to 32 voices
– Legato play mode with glide
– Velocity layers

* AUDIO TRACKS:
– Add audio tracks for recording and sample playback directly on the sequencer
– Record multiple audio tracks simultaneously
– Gain and noise gate on audio inputs
– Support for disk streaming to load samples without consuming RAM

* MULTI-TRACK SEQUENCER
– Create unlimited instrument, audio and FX tracks
– Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
– Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
– Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters and automations.
– Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.

* WAVE EDITOR
– Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive interface for manipulating samples
– Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with undo/redo
– High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
– Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
– Record new samples from microphone or instruments
– Loop points and tempo/signature editor

* MIXER CONSOLE
– Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
– Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for each track
– Four sends available for each instrument/audio tracks

* LARGE SOUND BANK INCLUDED

* SHARING & GLOBAL OPTIONS
– MIDI files import/export
– MIDI Out, Sync, Thru support
– Virtual MIDI support
– Korg’s WIST support
– Transfer files from/to your computer via iTunes or FTP
– Import songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
– Upload songs to your SoundCloud account
– DropBox support
– Share audio content via iOS pasteboard

BeatMaker 2

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