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overcoming limitations of iOS music apps
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:22 am    Post subject: overcoming limitations of iOS music apps Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I’ve noticed how professionals grumble about the limitations they encounter due to the applications being “dumbed down” for the average user. Conversely, I often read reactions from the average consumer that states how they cannot use these complex apps. The common thread I see from both sides is how many focus on what could/should be there instead of optimizing the tools available while developing creative solutions to perceived problems. On a slow Monday evening, I set out to demonstrate an example of a method that both an average user and professional musician could utilize to create their own music.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I use a plethora of iPad apps in my music and while some are simple I have yet to find any that are overly complex. I think a lot of the complaints are people failing to read the manuals and such. I however do wish there were some more indepth apps. Especially synth apps.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes, Maybe I agree with you ghostofcows to a point? But like all musical instruments, you have to get used to their quirks? Not many people can find the time of day to play and experiment...

My yardstick is reggae musician Lee Perry, who made great music, and hundreds of recordings pretty much using the same set of sounds. You could probably say the same about Kraftwerk too?



And welcome to electro-music.com too! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The links on my signature to my soundcloud/bandcamp show what can be done with iOS. Everything was done on my iPad recording straight into an iMac running Garageband. Run in using the headphone out on the iPad and the line/mic in on the iMac. The only exceptions are the use of acoustic guitar in "forest of trees" and "crawling" but the sounds were processed in garageband and fed into apps on the iPad (and originally recorded on the iPad to begin with in the Gigbaby app) to be replayed and altered...and yes those are guitar sounds and not synths. I used an old electric guitar track I had recorded to demo some pickups for a friend in "Matsumoto, February 1986" and I used Arturia's Minimoog plugin controlled by the Beatsurfing app on a few tracks, "Matsumoto", "Ramah", and "The Apple Eats The Worm." Maybe here and there on others too but not to the extent of those tracks.

the main apps I used are Animoog, Filtatron, Sunrizer, Addictive, Nlog, DM-1, SynthX, GlitchMachine, Noteplex, Hexatone, iKoto, Synthtronica, Garageband (iPad version made the strings in "Paon"), Seline (strings in "A Machine Becomes" and some random horn sounds), Petites Ondes, Fairlight, Jasuto, Microsynth, and Gigbaby (I use it to record everyday sounds to feed into garageband and then back into apps for unique sounds).

The album isn't perfect...everything was played by hand with no sequencing. But it does have some cool sounds and a nice feel to it and it proves that you don't have to have multiple thousands of dollars worth of gear to make good music as long as you learn howto use what you have and find creative ways to maximize what you get out of your gear. I made this with an iPad, Garageband, an old beatup acoustic guitar, an Aruturia plugin, and a guitar track I recorded two years ago.

I am in no way affiliated with any of the stuff above other than being a user who really enjoys the products.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You really don't want to know how many iOS apps I have!! Laughing

I'll give your tracks a spin later. Smile Thanks for posting too! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

oh I have many many many more...these are just the ones I find myself using haha. Some I really like but they don't really fit with the sound I am going for, ie: sunvox, great and powerful but just doesn't fit what I make.
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