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A review of the Alesis DM Dock drum interface

It's Sittin' On the Dock While You Play Following in the footsteps of its I/O Dock, which provided iPad musicians with a fully featured audio and MIDI interface with a docking slot, Alesis has released the DM Dock. Aimed at iPad drummers and percussionists, it’s an iOS and Mac/PC MIDI interface featuring 13 1/4” trigger inputs. It allows electronic drummers to access drum and percussion sounds from iPad apps or Mac/PC apps. read more…

Steinberg Cubasis iPad App Review

iCubasis Lite Even at its relatively young age, the iPad has already placed itself at the head of an extensive audio software library, running sequencers that are far more than simple toys. The latest arrival in this category, Cubasis from Steinberg, is not without its limitations, but has enough qualities to ensure its rightful place on the podium. See the following detailed review. read more…

Making Music on the iPad

The iPad for Musicians: Present State Considered a bulky iPhone by its detractors when it was first presented, the iPad has been revolutionizing the market of mobile computing ever since — and our DAWs as a consequence. A good enough reason to take a stand on the issue. Let's start with an overview of Apple's offering. read more…

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Fascinating !!! (Korg - Gadget)

By afone1977, 02/12/2014
I use it for 1 year soon, he served as dozens of applications into a single unified and ergonomic.

Korg has answered many of the objections made by the users (landscape mode pattern 16 measures, support midi controllers and CC, CC edition)

Level regrets and mostly lacks:

- Unable to select a clip and not a line of clips like Ableton Live grid fashion
- The lack of arrangement mode for moving patterns on a grid to precisely arrange its projects
- The few locations for effects which particularly regret the absence of bus tracks / fx at the mixer
-the midi out
- The cpu ipad which morflé and grows a new purchase equipment

...... The same time it is not a DAW but also a sophisticated groove box is she publishing term.

It remains a favorite app and with a good quality / price ratio, a nice groove box software that has absolutely no shame in facing the competition hardware in a budget of € 600-800.

This is an advanced groovebox running on ipad, ideal for creating loops in export to another project, create the foundations of a song. Off invoice rebates (all options and Korg included module) up to 70 €, it is in the top of the basket but completely justifiable seen the product and monitoring that goes with it.

Following various updates (4 or 5 some relatively major) comes the app has some ergonomic maturity.

It is stable but greedy and only a recent iPad allows to draw all the salt.

The situation worsens with the arrival of modules precisely from korg module where the first generation ipad air can collect 20-24 gadgets without "freezer" app lag beyond 5-6 modules. (Optimization problem?)

The documentation is in PDF, complete but totally unnecessary use.

General way, the app genere sound "effective", very "phatt" and connoted with presets "club"

Each gadget / module generates a type of sounds with a limited number of parameters, but useful, do not expect a sound treatment of last generation and innovative synthesis, remains in the digital synthesis that sounds and PCM playback without frills but which has proven itself.

that each gadget is a personality has both graphic and sound makes the use even more fun and immersive.

between all the available gadgets, 2 "samplers" Optional and 5 new modules (oriented pianos) the app to quickly address a wide range of music styles

About the modules, they just offer something complete the gadget "Marseille" too generalist paliant everything related to the acoustic pianos, Clavinet, organ and rhode. The sound is generally good and quite usable. Oriented string / brass module is also present, qualitatively consistent with the rest of the range (few parameters but effective with the right circles between simplicity and opportunities enough to avoid many modulation own frustration in a certain app ios).

The effects are enough with only 2 parameters Indeed, an update to integrate the effects module within any gadgets would be welcome. More space for the effects also.

Import level it is possible to import audio in samplers to sample but not in the literal sense,

For export it is audio only, with all that is possible as well as export in ios * .als for those using live.

Twelve o'clock level lappli recognizes a priori the major part of the controllers and supports DC with a minimalist but functional assignment, the mod wheel seems absent

No midi out or export midi files, it is a shame given the ergonomics of the sequencer
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Pure analog tone without the maintenance! (Korg - iPolysix)

By jaymes.moore, 22/09/2014
"I hear you're buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real!"

So goes the line in James Murphy's disco rant on LCD Soundsystem's first album. Ironically in an age where so much technology is literally at our fingertips, in the form of iPads and smartphones alike, there is an ever-mounting interest in what it means to be analogue. For the general music consumer, the rebirth of vinyl records is an obvious example. For the recording musician, the renewed enthusiasm for 80s era synths since the turn of the century has mounted to a frenzy of musicians scouring garage sales, pawn shops and online auctions all trying to find that one forgotten, unique, but synthetic, yet analog tone.

As a result, a few classics of the era have become studio mainstays and are preserved much in the same way fabled compressors and rack-mounted gear are preserved. But much like rack-mounted gear, the size, weight and maintenance of such equipment is a major constraint for the project studio owner or the mobile music professional. With this is in mind, developers have done much in the way of creating virtual instruments as plugins, much in the same way they developed plugins for emulating rack-mounted signal processors. In both instances, the hands-on tactility of the original components is what is ultimately lost. However, virtual instruments for the iPad is a whole new ball game, offering an interesting mix of both the plugin and the hardware.

As someone who has tested Korg's iMS-20 app and Moog's Animoog app, I have become quite fond of their new iPolysix, the virtual reincarnation of their fabled Polysix synthesizer from the early 80s. This is primarily because of its simplicity. It is a lot less like owning an "all-in-one" synth emulation app and more like owning a singular analog instrument. In essence, the extent of this app's features are no more than those physically available on the original instrument itself. Given it's hearty $40 price tag in terms of the app market, this may be a turn-off for the feature-obsessed consumer, but for the purist looking for a singular, competent analog piece, this is its greatest point of attraction. Because the development of this app was dedicated to the faithful recreation of one singular, sought after piece of equipment, its authenticity can rival that of its original, analogue counterpart. That means in the hands of an artist, all of it's original constraints and idiosyncrasies work together with the creative process to make sounds using the app the same way one would with the analog piece.

This also means that if the sound the artist was after couldn't be accomplished with the instrument on its own, that it could be integrated with other studio equipment to achieve the desired effect. This is where I most love this app. I fire it up and my iPad transforms into an analog synth. I can then use it's interface just as I would the original unit and integrate directly into my studio as another instrument. In the example composition I have provided, I recorded two tracks into pro tools, routing from the headphone output of the iPad through a Palmer DAACAPO impedence converter and through a chain of guitar effects pedals. The results is a composite tone that has resulted not from the iPolysix on it's own, but as an integrated, physical piece of hardware in my studio.

https://en.audiofanzine.com/virtual-instrument-iphone-ipod-touch-ipad/korg/ipolysix/medias/audio/a.play,m.473855.html

The beauty of the iPolysix being a virtual synth outside of the box is that you get all of the ease of presets, zero-maintenance and minuscule physical footprint with all of the creative possibilities of integrating it physically with the other elements of your studio. If you're already an iPad owner and you consider the use of this app more like an outboard piece of gear, then the $40 price tag for a classic analogue synth is pretty incredible.

Pros
+out of the box integration
+authentic recreation of the original hardware
+authentic, analog tone
+ease of use, maintenance and portability
+midi in/out wirelessly via Wifi, for direct integration into Pro Tools or Ableton

Cons
-most purists will still want to use a high-end midi controller in place of the touch-screen keys, which defeats the small footprint
-more of an iPad con, but the headphone output has low stereo output
-perhaps the lack of features and varying synth tones will be a turn-off for those in search of a more flexible app
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Soundtoys 5.0.2: an important notice for Mac users

Published on 05/30/16
SoundToys has issued a warning regarding reported issues with version 5.0.2 of their plugins for Ableton Live & Studio One users on Mac systems.

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5 Top iPad Synths You Might Have Missed

Published on 02/02/16
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Importing sounds into NanoStudio

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