Using your iPad for live music performance; a starter kit for the performing iOS keyboard player

As with the starter kit for guitar/bass players, let's take the term 'performing' here in its broadest sense; any keyboard-playing musician who wants to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) as a sound source. Again, the 'performance' itself might just personal practice, rehearsal/jamming with band mates or, for the more adventurous, in a live performance in front of paying punters. The first of these is perhaps a less demanding and less difficult ambition while the last requires you to be very … [Read more...]

Groove Bank music app review – Drums On Demand release their pocket session drummer app

If you have any experience of using drum loops on a desktop-based music production system, then the odds are you will be familiar with Drums On Demand. The company have built an excellent reputation for their drum loop libraries and were one of the first companies to start releasing drum loops in a multitrack format – separate loops from each drum mic – rather than just a stereo mix. This multitrack format allowed you to balance the kit to your own taste. Having used a couple of these libraries … [Read more...]

Using your iPad for live music performance; a starter kit for the performing iOS guitar (or bass) player

Let's imagine you are interested in the idea of using your iPad for live music performance. As a guitar or bass player, what might that involve? Let's take the term 'performing' here in its broadest sense; any guitar of bass playing musician who wants to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) as a sound source. The 'performance' itself might simply be during personal practice or, for the more adventurous, in a live performance in front of paying punters. The first of these is perhaps a less … [Read more...]

Getting started with iOS music making

So, you're a musician and you’ve seen the ads for music apps like Garageband; you know that the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can do ‘music stuff’ above and beyond playing back your favourite iTunes downloads. But what exactly can these iOS devices offer the musician? Or perhaps you already own an iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) and are unsure of how to tap into this musical potential? Whether you have already bought into Apple’s mobile computing technology or not, this 'how to' article will … [Read more...]

JamUp Pro expansion packs – review

As I indicated recently, Positive Grid’s excellent iOS music app JamUp Pro has just been upgraded to v.2.4.1. The highlights of the update are a couple of new in-app-purchase amp bundle expansion packs, a new IAP pitch-shifter pedal, a revamp of the ToneSharing features and a Live View mode that will be very welcome to those brave souls who boldly go where few guitarists have gone before and gig with their iPhone or iPad instead of one of those oh-so-old-fashioned guitar amp thingies…. Having … [Read more...]