Tidal adds high-resolution audio to its iOS app


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You don't have to grab an Android phone if you want to listen to Tidal's Master audio on your phone. Tidal has introduced support for the "studio quality" format to its iOS app, giving you an option if standard compressed music doesn't do your headphones justice. If you insist on listening to the Beatles or Janelle Monáe as if you were in the recording booth, this might be your best shot.

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J Dilla-inspired sampler makes it easy to create beats on your phone


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If you ask Elf Audio's Marek Bereza, many music samplers are too fussy -- you're focused more on making tiny edits than, well, making music. He's trying to remedy that with his new Koala sampler. Inspired by the late J Dilla's knack for creating tracks with a BOSS SP-303, the iOS app is not only designed to be easy to understand, but doesn't give you ways to micro-manage your tunes. You just record samples with your device's mic, create sequences and perform those sequences with effects like pitching and stuttering. You can resample if you'd like to put your audio bites through effects, such as dropping them down an octave.

Via: MusicRadar

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AudioKit’s free, feature-loaded synth is available for iPhone


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AudioKit Synth One was a minor breakthrough for mobile music making as a free, open source synthesizer that could compete with the heavyweights, but its iPad-only nature limited its audience. You'll be glad to hear, then, that AudioKit Pro has launched a universal version of the app that works with iPhones. It's the same professional-grade hybrid analog/FM poly synth as before, complete with LFOs, oscillators, sequencers and hundreds of presets. It's just crammed into a smaller screen area. You wouldn't want to use this for full-time music creation due to the limited room for controls, but this could be helpful for starting work on a track when you're nowhere near a studio.

Via: MusicRadar

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Brian Eno’s music creation app is coming to Android, 10 years late


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If you remember the early days of Apple's App Store, you might remember Bloom, Brian Eno's "generative music" app. It showed the potential of the smartphone as an artistic tool at a time when mobile apps were still novelties. Well, it's coming back with a vengeance on its tenth anniversary... and it's not just for iOS users this time. Eno and Peter Chilvers are releasing Bloom: 10 Worlds, a "significant" expansion and refinement that will be available for Android in addition to the iPad and iPhone. The core formula, where you touch the screen to introduce new sounds and influence the visuals, remains intact -- there's just a lot more to do.

Source: GenerativeMusic.com

The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for iOS: The Essential iOS Apps


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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


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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.

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


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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.

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Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App


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iOS: One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own…

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Pioneer’s new iOS app can power your next DJ livestream


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Pioneer's DJ mix recording app is now available for your iPhone and iPad. Cleverly named DJM-REC, the free-to-download app connects to any mixer with a USB send/return channel to record, archive and even livestream your mixes. The app gives you a 30-day trial, after which you'll need to purchase the full app for $10.

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


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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


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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.

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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


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                    <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


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                    <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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        <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/12/native-instruments-imaschine-2/"><img data-credit="Native Instruments" data-mep="1042685" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/b81590946d6aadb79b6c0d307ad15671/202969594/NI_iMaschine_2_iPhone_Step_Mode_02.jpg" alt="" /></a>
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.

Earbits Unveils New Apps, Still Streams Great Free, Ad-Free Independent Music


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iOS/Android/Chrome: It’s been a while since we heard from Earbits, a streaming music service that focuses on independent music, new artists, and connecting listeners with musicians they love. Now they’re back with a new app and more ways to listen and build a library of awesome tunes than ever.

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Apple Music in the UK: what you need to know


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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)