AC Sabre update – interesting MIDI instrument and motion controller for iOS gets some tweaks

I was lucky enough to review the very interesting AC Sabre back in August.  The iTunes tag line describes the app as a ‘professional MIDI instrument and motion controller’. The emphasis is most certainly on the word ‘controller’ here; AC Sabre allows the user to use the touch screen and the motion sensitivity of an iOS device to generate all sorts of MIDI data. This data can be sent to an app (for example, a synth app or DAW/sequencer) running on the same device or, via Bluetooth or WiFi, that … [Read more...]

AC Sabre review – interesting MIDI instrument and motion controller for iOS

One of the things I love about iOS is that it has made accessible a number of interesting, creative and unique means by which an instrument can be ‘played’. And while there are undoubtedly elements of the iOS music making experience that do not yet compete with what’s possible on a desktop system, when it comes to delivering unconventional and novel ways to generate MIDI data, iOS has most certainly bought something new to the party. This has come in a variety of ways and I did a roundup … [Read more...]

iRing announced – motion controller for iOS from IK Multimedia

I must admit that I nearly choked on my coffee when I opened the email press release from IK Multimedia and saw it referred to an 'iRing' (April 1st?...  err...  no) but, once I'd recovered from my juvenile response, I have to admit that I was quite intrigued. This rather simple-looking - and relatively inexpensive (c. UK£25) - device looks like it could bring a whole lot of fun for musicians. The simple design makes use of your iOS device's front camera to track the three markers on the … [Read more...]