Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 2; it’s compact vs it’s compact

This series of short(ish) discussion articles is focused on the pros and cons of iOS as a music-making platform. I’m a fan of the approach but I’d also be the first to admit that it is far from ‘perfect’ (whatever that might be given that we all make our music in different ways anyway). The various pros and cons of the iOS music technology manifest themselves in all sorts of ways and, hopefully, by giving some air time to some of the more significant of these ‘good vs bad’ aspects, the articles … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 1; no hard drive vs no hard drive

As a regular user of iOS in my own personal music-making workflow, I take no convincing of the various useful roles my iPad (or iPhone) can play. They are many and varied (itself a topic for another time) but, while I’m more than happy to exploit what IOS can offer, I do realise that I’m in a music tech minority. There are lots of musicians who (a) are aware of iOS technology but get their job done without needing an iPad to do it, (b) have perhaps been exposed to what iOS can offer but remain … [Read more...]

Server beaten into submission (I think) – normal service resumed :-)

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter or perhaps follow the site on Twitter, I've been in the process of switching the website over to a new server. Running a website is, on the whole, 98% child's play and 2% techie mindmeld.....   and for the last few days at least, the mindmeld has most certainly been winning. However, thankfully, I think I've finally got the worst of the gremlins out of the system and the site is (currently at least) back online. I've still some … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...   :-) Unlike my last trip away back in January (which was to attend a family funeral), this one is a somewhat more light-hearted affair; we are getting to attend the wedding of some longstanding friends in Scotland. There is a … [Read more...]

GarageBand update – Apple bring ‘free’ status to their iOS DAW/sequencer

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]

SongSheet for iPhone goes free – Ghostdust make iPhone version a no-brainer

Whether you are a songwriter, or a musician who plays in a gigging band doing lots of functions (weddings, parties, etc.) and have to have access to a wide repertoire of songs to suit the occasion (or requests from the floor), trying to keep all those songs – and all those chord charts – in your head is an accident waiting to happen. Most of us resort to a notebook or binder/folder of some sort. This is safe... well, safe-ish until you leave it somewhere. The alternative is to use a computer; … [Read more...]

Less is more; part 5 – a compact iOS music app collection for music production

Starting around May of last year, I posted a short series of articles built around the concept of 'less is more'. The underlying idea here was not a new one but, if you are the kind of person who gets easily distracted by the geeky side of music technology and, as a consequence, sometimes finds it difficult to actually produce any music (which is kind of the point of owning the technology in the first place), then perhaps those articles will have resonated? Partly because I'm one of those … [Read more...]

Roadtrip time – normal service to be resumed soon….

As those of you who subscribe to the weekly email newsletter may already have read I'm on my travels as of today for a few days. As a consequence, things will be a little quieter around the website until I return....  Normal service will, however, be resumed soon...  and I'll leave you with a nice giveaway to think about :-) I wish I could say the trip was something I'm looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is not. We have to travel back the the UK for the funeral of a close family … [Read more...]

GarageBand update – Apple bring some Alchemy to their iOS DAW/sequencer

While I'm more than happy to recommend recording apps such as Cubasis, Auria Pro or Gadget to more experienced iOS musicians, if you are just taking your first steps with the platform (and particularly if it represents your first serious encounter with recording/music technology in any form), Apple's GarageBand for iOS is actually pretty hard to beat. Even if you just use it as an audio sketchpad, it would be worth the price of entry and, if you also happen to use GarageBand or Logic Pro X on … [Read more...]