2013
04/26
Aurora Sound Studio HD
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Aurora Sound Studio HD

Aurora allows a mixture of pattern based recording and live performance. You can piece together complete compositions or simply improvise a performance. All of which can be captured to a file, for use as a ringtones, or to share with others.

An integrated mixer, combined with the ability to add audio effects and layer automation means that you achieve a sophisticated sound in a fun and user friendly way.

The online Aurora Song Library allows Aurora users to share their tracks with the rest of the Aurora Community. Browse the library to download the latest tracks, or search the library to see what your favorite Aurora Artist has published.

What’s New in Version 1.52
Added new MIDI library to Aurora.

Added the ability to select output port and MIDI channels per track.

Features Include

14 Instrument tracks
12 Notes polyphony per track
4 Independent Engines – Drum Machine, Analog Synth, Pad Synth and Sampler
32 Patterns per song
Chain up to 199 Patterns in Song mode
3 Effect sends per track.
9 Effects including – Delay, Reverb, Chorus etc
Allows creation of custom instrument patches.
Layer Automation
XY Mode
Splice and Dice Audio with Atomizer Mode
Inbuilt Sample Recording
Export Songs as WAV and AAC

Aurora for the iPad expands on the iPhone version making use of the extra screen size to offer additional functionality such:

Full Screen Mixer
New Effects Rack View
Ability to Solo and Mute Individual Layers
New Layer Mix Palette
Synth Engine Features Combined into Single Screen
File Sharing via FTP
Use Accelerometer to Control XY Mode
Upload and Share Songs on the Online Song Library
MIDI Export

A PDF version of the user manual is available at www.4pockets.com/support/manuals.php

Aurora is on sale for $18.99

2011
12/25
Yamaha TNR-i Tenori On For iPad
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Yamaha TNR-1 Tenori-On For iPad

The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface. Even if you don’t know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed.

What’s new:

File Share Function: Share your TNR-i saved files with other TNR-i users. You can now make a new song with other TNR-i users by exchanging your “Block” data or your “Layer” data. You can also add comments to your files. View the data on the server by either uploaded order or popularity order (Note: a Twitter account is required to login the server).
Additional Multi Player Session Functions: View the location of the session members on a map.
Chatting history list is now available.
16×16 Buttons Brightness Control Function: You now have the ability to control the brightness of the 16×16 buttons.
External Display Function: Using the Apple VGA adaptor you can view the 16×16 buttons on an external display.

On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch.By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.

New Features:

* Record TNR-i 2-mix output and share it on SoundCloud.
* Copy & Paste audio files between iOS apps (AudioCopy)
* Assign your own waves to user voice 1,2,3. Each wave max is 5seconds.
* Record waves using iPhone/iPad built in mic.
* Easy wave editing function (trimming, normalizing)
* TENORI-ON User Voice Manager file (.tnw) is compatible.
* Available 3 sample files. Loading the file: From the menu (touch the display), touch Preference menu, touch User Voice Settings, touch User1, touch File mark (right, bottom), and then select 01_Voice, 02_Synth, or 03_SE.
* Twitter posting is available at the beginning of the session.
* Message exchange, like a chatting, is available during the session.
* Can select to start or stop the session from the menu.
* WIST (Wireless Sync Start Technology) is available. You can easily make sync start with the other iOS apps that have WIST function.

TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time (16 layers), and it can remember up to 16 song patterns produced using those sounds (16 blocks). By switching between song patterns in real time, you can produce a rich variety of musical expressions.
There are six different types of performance modes that you can select for each layer. You can make elaborate music by combining different modes. In score mode, the most fundamental of the modes, you can arrange sounds horizontally (temporally) and vertically (by pitch). In the exciting random mode, the sounds that you arrange are not just played in order—the melody and rhythm constantly change as twists are added. In draw mode, you can perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if drawing a picture. In bounce mode, the glowing lights are like bouncing balls that produce sound when they fall. In push mode, you can continuously change the sound as you perform. In solo mode, which is fun for solo performances, you can easily adjust the speed of repetition and the pitch.

First, please try the demo. You can experience the joy of performance just by switching layers.
– Loading the Demo: From the menu (touch the display), touch All Blocks, iD-Xtra_uncTK, and then Load.
– Switching layers: Press R5 and the area that the 16 × 16 buttons are in at the same time. (You can double-tap R5 to hold it and make it easier to switch layers.)

The appeal of TNR-i isn’t just limited to its faithful duplication of the TENORI-ON concept and its design and interface, which were developed under the supervision of Toshio Iwai.
If you are connected to a network, you can participate in TNR-i sessions with distant friends and others. Up to four people can connect to each other over a network and enjoy performing together at the same time. First, tap Clear and the display at the same time to activate the Game Center feature. Then, invite your friends, or use the auto-match feature to automatically select a partner, and start your session.
For more details, see page 23 of the internal manual.
Manual: From the menu (touch the display), touch System Menu and then Manual.

If you update the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o) to version 2.1 and use it with TNR-i, you can participate in sessions using the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o).
For details, see the TENORI-ON webpage at http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/.

The preset sounds of TNR-i are the same as those of the TENORI-ON, and the performance files are also compatible. You can use iTunes to transfer performance files saved on your TENORI-ON SD card to TNR-i. Of course, the reverse is also possible.

Please enjoy the world of TENORI-ON.

TNR-i is available for $9.99 in the US for a limited time.

2011
09/19
SoundGrid Matrix Sequencer iPad
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SoundGrid Matrix Sequencer

SoundGrid is powerful yet easy to use matrix sequencer for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, allowing to create melodies in a moment and wherever you are. It was inspired by famous Tenori-on by Yamaha and popular ToneMatrix web app. Folks that have bought this app seem to be pleased with it. The price is good for what you get.

Video shows app for iPhone. It is also available for iPad.

Even if you have never composed music, you will find SoundGrid simple and exciting to play with and will start creating unique compositions in minutes with just the tips of your fingers. Then easily share them with other users and in turn browse, download and rate their creations. You can also record tracks and live performances to audio file, upload it directly to SoundCloud or export to a computer. For more experienced users SoundGrid offers advanced features and has everything you need to create longer and rich compositions and live performances.

** Please also check our application SoundGrid Live! – it’s similar to SoundGrid but focused on live performances and has more performance modes.

Check out these songs made with SoundGrid



= FEATURES =
✔ Up to eight 16×16 matrix layers with up to 8 patterns per layer with different melodies
– Song Mode to automatically play one pattern after another
– Live Play Mode made specially for live performances
– Draw mode to play sounds as you multi-touch or draw over the screen

✔ Various instruments
– More than 20 instruments available with high-quality stereo samples
– Download and install additional instruments right from the app for FREE (no additional in-app purchases)
– Web Console to create instruments with your own samples

✔ High quality fast audio engine
– Real-time sound effects: Amp Envelope, Delay and Lowpass/Highpass/Bandpass/Notch resonant filter
– True 128 note polyphony with all effects turned on (on iPhone 4, older devices have lower limits)

✔ Share your compositions with other users, browse, download and rate their creations

✔ Recording to audio file
– Directly upload to SoundCloud, send via email or download using Web Console
– Export in WAV, AAC and ringtone formats

✔ Adjustable project tempo, adjustable looping range for each pattern, pattern randomization, switchable musical scales, patterns copy/paste

✔ Easily load projects with graphical previews

SoundGrid is available for $2.99

2011
06/21
Tenori-On For iOS Round Up
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Tenori On For iOS

So you’re looking for a Tenori-On for your iPad? Well we’ve decided to list the top three apps that fit the bill.

Yamaha TNR-i

First off, this is the latest Tenori-On app and it took Yamaha long enough to come out with this because there were quite a few apps to come out way before this one. All Tenori-On inspired.

The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface. Even if you don’t know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed.

On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch.By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.

TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time (16 layers), and it can remember up to 16 song patterns produced using those sounds (16 blocks). By switching between song patterns in real time, you can produce a rich variety of musical expressions.

There are six different types of performance modes that you can select for each layer. You can make elaborate music by combining different modes. In score mode, the most fundamental of the modes, you can arrange sounds horizontally (temporally) and vertically (by pitch). In the exciting random mode, the sounds that you arrange are not just played in order—the melody and rhythm constantly change as twists are added. In draw mode, you can perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if drawing a picture. In bounce mode, the glowing lights are like bouncing balls that produce sound when they fall. In push mode, you can continuously change the sound as you perform. In solo mode, which is fun for solo performances, you can easily adjust the speed of repetition and the pitch.

Price $19.99 – Buy Yamaha TNR-i on iTunes here

Beatwave by Collect3

Features Include:

Wave Beat Visualizer 10 years of piano lessons? No way man. Lay down your music the touch way. FEEL the music flow from your fingers and see the patterns performing before your eyes.
Instruments An assortment of High-Quality samples of garage, hiphop and funk keyboard & synth sounds to get you started.
Tone control Variable pitch control lets you adjust your sounds on the fly.
Tempo control Adjustable speed settings to let you move your tunes from the dancefloor to setting a more intimate mood.
Unique “Layers” Feature Lay down up to 4 seperate tracks allowing you to have multiple instruments playing at once.
Tune Sharing Created the next No.1 smash hit? Don’t keep it to yourself! Invite others to get onboard and enjoy your masterpiece or create their own for FREE.
Enhanced iPad visuals Built-in support for the iPads large higher resolution display.

Extra Features (requires purchase)

Additional Instrument Packs Choose from an ever increasing library of super hi-quality digital samples available individually or as packs via in-app purchase, giving you virtually unlimited ability to create custom sounds.

Audio export Have your wicked beats prepped for their debut in the real world. Beatwave exporter creates .WAV , .MP4 and even Ringtones (M4R) for your iphone!

Price FREE – Get Beatwave on iTunes here

Aurora Tenori-On iPad

Aurora By 4pockets – Highly Recommended by iPad Loops!

Whether you are an experienced musician or don’t have a musical bone in your body, you can make great music on your iPad

Aurora is our pattern based musical sequencing software. By simply choosing a musical scale every note you play is in perfect tune, leaving you to make your own great sounding music.

If you are a more accomplished musician you simply switch Aurora to advanced mode and you get full control over the built in instruments and effects, as well as many advanced modes such as the Atomizer and XY Mode which allows you to manipulate sound in real-time. You can create your own instrument from recordings made using the built in microphone. Just think, a full drum kit of you beatboxing into the microphone!

Aurora allows a mixture of pattern based recording and live performance. You can piece together complete compositions or simply improvise a performance. All of which can be captured to a file, for use as a ringtones, or to share with others.

An integrated mixer, combined with the ability to add audio effects and layer automation means that you achieve a sophisticated sound in a fun and user friendly way.

The online Aurora Song Library allows Aurora users to share their tracks with the rest of the Aurora Community. Browse the library to download the latest tracks, or search the library to see what your favorite Aurora Artist has published. The Aurora Song Library can be found at http://aurora.4pockets.com/

The program includes a comprehensive help facility and video tutorials are available on YouTube.

Features Include:

14 Instrument tracks
12 Notes polyphony per track
4 Independent Engines – Drum Machine, Analog Synth, Pad Synth and Sampler
32 Patterns per song
Chain up to 199 Patterns in Song mode
3 Effect sends per track.
9 Effects including – Delay, Reverb, Chorus etc
Allows creation of custom instrument patches.
Layer Automation
XY Mode
Splice and Dice Audio with Atomizer Mode
Inbuilt Sample Recording
Export Songs as WAV and AAC

Aurora for the iPad expands on the iPhone version making use of the extra screen size to offer additional functionality such:

Full Screen Mixer
New Effects Rack View
Ability to Solo and Mute Individual Layers
New Layer Mix Palette
Synth Engine Features Combined into Single Screen
File Sharing via FTP
Use Accelerometer to Control XY Mode
Upload and Share Songs on the Online Song Library
MIDI Export

Price $13.99 – Buy Aurora on iTunes here

2011
03/24
Koushion iPad Midi Controller
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Koushion iPad Sequencer

Time to ditch my Tenori-On =)

New iPad MIDI Controller called Koushion. Giving the Tenori-On a run for it’s money.

Koushion (literally “grid sound” in Japanese) is a new kind of MIDI controller for your iPad. While it looks deceptively similar to a simple Tone Matrix, this is no toy. This video demonstration was completely improvised.

Compatible MIDI Connections:

– Automatic integration with other apps via Core MIDI virtual ports

– Control of external MIDI devices via Core MIDI-compatible devices such as the iRig MIDI and Alesis I/O dock

– MIDI over Wi-Fi via Core MIDI network sessions (we DO NOT suggest this method due to latency issues)

Core Features:

– 16 steps per scene – up to 128 steps in chain mode

– 8 scenes with independent MIDI channel per scene, independent key, quantization, and playback mode

– MIDI clock send/receive

– 4 playback modes – single, simultaneous, chain, rebound

– Scale – switch between any major, minor, pentatonic, or chromatic scale

– Adjustable step quantization – 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32

– Quantized scene switching

– Tap to set tempo – great for syncing with a live band

– Velocity and gate control

– Monophonic drawing mode – only allows one note per step; great for programming leads

– Optional Dark Theme – reduces eyestrain when working in low-light environments

Kushion is available for $7.99

  • 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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