Loopr update – looper app for iOS from Tristan Zand gets some tweaks

Creating live performances using loops recorded on the fly is quite an art form but you only have to witness a well-honed performance by a beatboxer or solo musician to realise the creative possibilities. Essentially, this involves recording loops as you go, playing back a first loop while you overdub a second, third or fourth (and so on) and then dropping loops in and out of the mix to build up your performance. There is dedicated hardware available for doing this (Boss and Digitech make … [Read more...]

Chordology update – neat chord dictionary from Greg Raine gets some TLC

Whay back in the mists of iOS music technology time (OK, 2013), I did a short review of Greg Raine’s Chordology. At the time, I commented that Chordology was a great example of one of the strengths of iOS software; it takes one simple – and very useful – task and does it well. In Chordology’s case, this is providing a chord dictionary (and, for piano at least, also scale directory); no fuss, no unnecessary bells and whistles… the app just does the one job in as straightforward a fashion as … [Read more...]

Anytune Pro update – Anytune Inc add ReFrame isolation feature to their excellent iOS music practice app

Way back in 2012, I reviewed Anytune Pro by Anytune Inc. This is a very interesting and very useful utility app. It allows you to take any audio file on your iOS device and adjust either the playback speed or playback pitch (or both). Of course, the main application of these functions would be so you could slow a song down to more easily work out what is being played and so teach yourself how to play a particular track. For those looking to build their instrument skills – whether guitarists, … [Read more...]

Loopr update – looper app for iOS from Tristan Zand gets some tweaks

Creating live performances using loops recorded on the fly is quite an art form but you only have to witness a well-honed performance by a beatboxer or solo musician to realise the creative possibilities. Essentially, this involves recording loops as you go, playing back a first loop while you overdub a second, third or fourth (and so on) and then dropping loops in and out of the mix to build up your performance. There is dedicated hardware available for doing this (Boss and Digitech make … [Read more...]

Anytune Pro update – Anytune Inc deliver iOS10 compatibility to their excellent iOS music practice app

Way back in 2012, I reviewed Anytune Pro by Anytune Inc. This is a very interesting and very useful utility app. It allows you to take any audio file on your iOS device and adjust either the playback speed or playback pitch (or both). Of course, the main application of these functions would be so you could slow a song down to more easily work out what is being played and so teach yourself how to play a particular track. For those looking to build their instrument skills – whether guitarists, … [Read more...]

Notetracks giveaway results – 5 winners of the musical collaboration tool

As I outlined in the iPad Recording Studio series, recording technology is now available for the masses and, while you can still meet your musical partners face-to-face, the internet has made remote collaboration not only possible but also a ‘norm’. This is a great thing…. that you can hook up with musicians pretty much anywhere in the world and, whether you have ever actual met or not, begin a musical collaboration. And, as I've reported here before, there 'is an app for that'. In fact, … [Read more...]

Notetracks giveaway – 5 copies of the musical collaboration tool to be won

As I outlined in the iPad Recording Studio series, recording technology is now available for the masses and, while you can still meet your musical partners face-to-face, the internet has made remote collaboration not only possible but also a ‘norm’. This is a great thing…. that you can hook up with musicians pretty much anywhere in the world and, whether you have ever actual met or not, begin a musical collaboration. And, as I've reported here before, there 'is an app for that'. In fact, … [Read more...]

Notetracks update – Notetracks Inc fine-tune their musical collaboration tool – and on SALE

Way back when (er… well, pre- the explosion of broadband internet connectivity) musicians met at gigs or music stores or college, bands formed and collaboration began. You rehearsed where anyone would let you make a noise and you booked a recording studio to capture a demo or three. As I outlined in the iPad Recording Studio series, recording technology is now available for the masses and, while you can still meet your musical partners face-to-face, the internet has made remote collaboration not … [Read more...]

Anytune Pro update – Anystone Technologies tweak their excellent iOS music practice app

Way back in 2012, I reviewed Anytune Pro by Anystone Technologies. This is a very interesting and very useful utility app. It allows you to take any audio file on your iOS device and adjust either the playback speed or playback pitch (or both). Of course, the main application of these functions would be so you could slow a song down to more easily work out what is being played and so teach yourself how to play a particular track. For those looking to build their instrument skills – whether … [Read more...]