Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 5; iOS KISS vs iOS KISS

This short series of short(ish) articles is taking a lighthearted – but hopefully thought provoking - look at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform. It is intended to provide a balanced view of the merits (or otherwise) so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed whether it forms a good match to their particular needs. The topic of this post – part 5 in the series – is all about KISS. The ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ phrase is, of course, a bit … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 4; the touchscreen vs the touchscreen

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1), size (physical footprint; part 2) and price (hardware vs software; part 3). In part 4, I’d like to look at one of the very obvious highlight features of iOS (and any modern smart … [Read more...]

Music making with iOS; the pros and cons; no. 3; its price vs its price

So far, in this short series of short(ish) articles looking at the pros and cons of iOS as a music technology platform – and intended to provide a balanced view so that those considering what iOS might have to offer them are better placed to judge - we have considered the issues of storage format (part 1) and size (physical footprint; part 2). In part 3, let’s tackle what is perhaps a critical theme when for anyone making a purchase decision; costs. Premium product, premium price; it’s a … [Read more...]

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...]

Lori & Johnny Murray – nice live performance of iPad-only track on BBC

I'm always happy to add a little promotion a some iPad-made music when it gets some mainstream exposure. So, with thanks to Ionut Murariu over on the iPad Musician Facebook Group for posting this, you might want to give the following YouTube video a watch and listen. The track was written by Johnny Murray with lead vocals from Lori but the obvious thing of interest for visitors to the Music App Blog is that the rest of the production was arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered under … [Read more...]

iFretless Bass music app review – virtual bass instrument from Blue Mango

When it comes to iOS music apps, some musicians do better than others. If you are a keyboard player, guitar player, recording fan or a drummer, then you are generally pretty well catered for. Others, perhaps, don’t have it quite so good. However, if you are a bass player, iFretless Bass - Blue Mango’s virtual bass instrument app – is an obvious candidate to consider. iFretless Bass has been around for some time. The first release appeared in March 2012, with v.2 posted in October 2012. Blue … [Read more...]

Launchkey 49 review – Novation’s MIDI controller keyboard for iPad

The iPad’s touchscreen is a wonderful thing and the virtual controls offered by many iOS music apps are a joy to use. However, there are plenty of occasions where some genuine hardware controls – piano keys, faders, rotary knobs or buttons – are either a better alternative to the touchscreen or can compliment the virtual interface of your favourite music apps. And, for most musicians, the most popular form that such a control surface takes is a MIDI controller keyboard. Novation’s Launchkey … [Read more...]

How to use a wireless network to transmit MIDI data between your iPad and desktop computer

When I was reviewing the rather excellent Chordion app for the blog, I mentioned that the app could be used in conjunction with a desktop DAW to transmit MIDI data to a synth track on the desktop system. Given just how good Chordion is for entering basic MIDI chord data, this is a very useful trick and something I’ve used regularly since buying the app to send MIDI data to Cubase 7 running on my iMac. In response to my comment in the Chordion review, I received an couple of emails from … [Read more...]