The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for iOS: The Essential iOS Apps

Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we’re willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There’s just so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help you with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for iOS.

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Reason Compact puts a free music synthesizer on your phone

While Propellerhead's Reason is a staple editing tool among many musicians, you've never really had access to it on the phone -- just narrowly-focused apps. The company is giving you something a little more powerful this time around, though. It's launching a Reason Compact app for iOS that promises music creation on the move. This isn't the whole of Reason smushed into your iPhone or iPad, unfortunately, but you do get the software's "flagship" Europa synth, a smart keyboard that makes composition mobile-friendly and a note grid to fine-tune your performance.

Source: App Store, Clyne Media

Korg’s Electribe Wave app turns an iPad into an EDM beat machine

Korg is keeping up its habit of turning elaborate instruments into more accessible iPad apps, and this time it's focusing on the dance music scene. Its newly released Electribe Wave app brings the company's long-serving Electribe music-making stations to the iPad, making it relatively easy to produce electronic beats in genres ranging from house to future bass to trap. You'll see the familiar 16-step pad from physical models, for example, but you don't need much musical knowledge to take advantage of it. A Groove feature in the sequencer creates a more natural sound for percussion without expert-level tweaking, and a customizable chord pad lets you play with only one finger.

Source: Korg, MuseWire, App Store

The iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your studio

Whether you're demoing a song for your band or recording a masterpiece to share on Soundcloud, you'll likely need a couple of things to connect to your computer. If you're planning on having any real instruments or vocals, you'll need some sort of audio interface to turn your analog sounds into digital ones. I have an M-Audio MobilePre USB for that task, which runs about $180 on Amazon. In addition, you probably want to have a MIDI controller, to "play" all those sounds you don't have real instruments for. These can typically cost $250 - $500 or so, depending on features. At $300, IK Multimedia's iRig Keys I/O 49 comes in at the lower end of this bracket.

Ripplemaker brings modular synths to all skill levels with an iOS app

There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a synthesizer, but they tend to fall into two camps: they're either affordable and simple or pricey and robust. While that's sometimes due to the nature of the instruments they're replicating, it can frustrating if you want an app that covers all the bases. However, music app developer Bram Bos may have managed just that. He recently released Ripplemaker, a patch-based modular synth for iOS that's designed to ease you into the West Coast synth method (where you add harmonics to a waveform to produce an effect) while still giving you room to grow.

Via: FACT, Synthtopia

Source: App Store

Sound-bending mini piano is all you need to become a DJ god

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In La La Land, too-cool-for-cover-bands and struggling jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays on the Roli Seaboard Grand, a $3,000 futuristic keyboard that warps sound based on presses, bends and slides, after joining Keith's (John Legend) band, The Messengers.

It's a sick keyboard for professionals, but at $3,000 it's far too pricey. That's why Roli's introducing the Seaboard Block, a half-sized version of the electronic instrument that's way more affordable at $300.

The Seaboard Block's the latest addition to Roli's modular Blocks family.  Read more...

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AirJamz is a wristband that turns air guitar into wear guitar

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/880f600aaa569897a3a4ccdcfd04de3d/203541987/DSC04380_800.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.air-jamz.com/">tagline reads</a>: "AirJamz is the wearable Air Guitar that you have to see to believe." To be fair, you probably <em>can</em> believe it, especially if you're familiar <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/21/zivix-puc-plus-midi-bluetooth/">with Zivix</a>. The company is best known <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/04/jamstik-plus-backpack-friendly-smart-guitar/">for Jamstik</a>, a small wireless guitar that helps you <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/11/jamstik-portable-midi-guitar-lets-you-play-and-learn-on-the-ipad/">learn to shred</a>, or play more than just axe-sounds, with your iPhone and iPad. AirJamz is for those that want to forego the whole playing part altogether, and just pretend they're slaying. Imagine <em>Guitar Hero</em> boiled down into a $50 wristband with an accelerometer and an app that "plays" guitar if you strum along in time and you've basically got it. We got to see it in action at SXSW, demoed by some of the world's finest fictional fretboard aficionados.
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AirJamz is a wristband that turns air guitar into wear guitar

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/880f600aaa569897a3a4ccdcfd04de3d/203541987/DSC04380_800.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.air-jamz.com/">tagline reads</a>: "AirJamz is the wearable Air Guitar that you have to see to believe." To be fair, you probably <em>can</em> believe it, especially if you're familiar <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/21/zivix-puc-plus-midi-bluetooth/">with Zivix</a>. The company is best known <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/04/jamstik-plus-backpack-friendly-smart-guitar/">for Jamstik</a>, a small wireless guitar that helps you <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/11/jamstik-portable-midi-guitar-lets-you-play-and-learn-on-the-ipad/">learn to shred</a>, or play more than just axe-sounds, with your iPhone and iPad. AirJamz is for those that want to forego the whole playing part altogether, and just pretend they're slaying. Imagine <em>Guitar Hero</em> boiled down into a $50 wristband with an accelerometer and an app that "plays" guitar if you strum along in time and you've basically got it. We got to see it in action at SXSW, demoed by some of the world's finest fictional fretboard aficionados.
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Native Instruments uses 3D Touch for better mobile beat making

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Native Instruments is a huge player in the music production and DJ world. Its Traktor DJ software and (myriad) hardware controllers are a favorite with digital crate diggers. The company also manages to squeeze Traktor (and Maschine) into surprisingly comprehensive iOS apps -- but there's obviously a trade off. That gap in functionality shrinks a little today with iMaschine 2, which has the ability to make complete songs (not just loops), and puts Apple's 3D Touch -- a feature that's ripe for music making apps such as these -- to clever use.

Apple Music in the UK: what you need to know

Apple Music After months of waiting, Apple Music is finally upon us. The company is now ready to take the wraps off its new streaming service, which will deliver millions of tracks on demand, host a free 24-hour radio station with slots from some of the world's biggest artists, and include a bevvy of social features. It'll go live in over 100 countries today (June 30th), but as is often the case with new Apple services, there's still some uncertainty around what you get and how much it'll set you back. Fear not, for we've pieced together everything you need to know about Apple Music in the UK. Read on to find out. Filed under: , Comments Source: Apple Music

Apple Music arrives June 30th at 11AM Eastern, Beats 1 an hour later

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Determined to try Apple Music and its accompanying Beats 1 radio the very moment they're available on June 30th? The streaming service's senior director, Ian Rogers, is happy to help those early adopter impulses. He says that iOS 8.4 (and thus Apple Music) will be available at 11AM Eastern on that day, and Beats 1 will go on the air one hour later. It's not clear what you'll hear if you tune in to the station right away, but the first slate of programming will include an interview with Eminem as well as appearances from everyone from Cara Delevigne to (unsurprisingly) Beats brand co-founder Dr. Dre. Filed under: , , Comments Via: MacRumors Source: Fistfulayen, Beats 1 (Twitter), Zane Lowe (Twitter)

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference begins June 8th

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If you're wondering what Apple will do next with its mobile devices and the Mac, you won't have to wait too long to find out. The tech giant has announced the 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts on June 8th. It's not providing too many clues as to what will be there, but you can apply for tickets now -- and you'll have the option to stream sessions live if you can't make it out to San Francisco. It's safe to say that the event will include news on software for the Apple Watch, iOS and OS X, and it won't be shocking if Apple has something to say about a new streaming music service or a next-generation Apple TV. Whatever happens, you know we'll be there to give you the full scoop. Filed under: , , , , , , , Comments Source: Apple Developer, Apple

Apple’s iOS 8.4 beta includes a brand-new music player

iOS 8.4's music app

Think that iOS' music player is overdue for a remake? You're going to get your wish. Apple has released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers, and its centerpiece is a shiny, new Music app. The refresh includes at least a few long-sought changes, including some borrowed from iTunes: There's a mini player that sticks around while you're browsing, global search and an "Up Next" song queue. You'll also see a sleeker iTunes Radio interface that helps you discover new tracks. There's no sign of the Beats-based music service rumored to come alongside 8.4, but that's not supposed to show up until Apple's developer conference at the earliest -- if it exists, it's probably going to stay under wraps for a little while. [Image credit: 9to5Mac] Filed under: , , , Comments Source: 9to5Mac

Amazon Prime Music now offers radio stations on iOS

Amazon Prime Music stations on an iPhone

Dig Amazon Prime Music on your iPhone, but would rather not go sifting through songs or playlists when you just want to start streaming? You don't have to after today. At long last, Amazon has updated Prime Music's iOS app to bring in Prime Stations, ad-free radio feeds based on artists and genres, much like what you'd get if you paid for Pandora or Spotify (minus their larger catalogs, mind you). And if you do want more control, there are also personalized recommendations that suggest playlists and tracks based on what you've listened to in the past. While this probably won't get you to switch to Amazon's music service if you weren't already a fan, it will give you one more reason to keep that Prime subscription going. Filed under: , , , Comments Via: TechCrunch Source: App Store

Google Play Music finally equips iPads with its tunes

Even if you prefer iOS, Google Play Music is still a solid option for getting your personal library and access to streaming all in one place. That is, until Apple reveals its plans for Beats Music. While we wait for that announcement, though, Mountain View's tune-minded app does double duty nicely, and now it properly outfits the iPad. The new version comes with a fresh coat of Material Design, of course, but you'll still have to contend with Google's rather frustrating method for uploading files. If you haven't already been prompted to update, the latest is now available over at iTunes. Filed under: , Comments Via: The Verge Source: iTunes

Google Play Music finally equips iPads with its tunes

Even if you prefer iOS, Google Play Music is still a solid option for getting your personal library and access to streaming all in one place. That is, until Apple reveals its plans for Beats Music. While we wait for that announcement, though, Mountain View's tune-minded app does double duty nicely, and now it properly outfits the iPad. The new version comes with a fresh coat of Material Design, of course, but you'll still have to contend with Google's rather frustrating method for uploading files. If you haven't already been prompted to update, the latest is now available over at iTunes. Filed under: , Comments Via: The Verge Source: iTunes