Over the last few weeks we have been playing with OscilloScoop, a sound maker app with an interesting game-like interface twist, here's the detail and a video to help you see why you should buy it.
OscilloScoop was designed by Lukas Girling and developed by interactive artist and programmer Scott Snibbe (Gravilux, Bubble Harp and the upcoming Bjork album apps) along with game designer Graham McDermott.
Although we don't imagine professional DJs will be using the app necessarily, as non-professionals we found the app a lot of fun to play with and we have lost many hours exploring and experimenting with the apps myriad adjustments.
Carving into the rotating cylinders feels really creative and organic, very much like shaping clay on a potter's wheel.
Just like pot throwing, you can completely reshape your creation and start again if you get carried away or make a complete mess.
OscilloScoop also has the advantage of being able to save your carefully moulded sound for instant recall later, meaning you could create songs or performance sets if you wish.
There is no Audio Copy & Paste, but we were able to use the iPhone version (it's a Universal app so this is included in the price) to record into GarageBand on the iPad via the iRig or AmpKit Link so that multi-layered soundscapes can be created.
We would have been happier to see more beats included in the purchase price (complete sets of 20 new beats can be had via in-app purchase) but a lot of clever design has gone into making this app deceptively simple to access and the Landscape mode is even better for fine control of your sound.
If synthesizer sounds mixed with great beats are your thing, we would definitely recommend you try out OscilloScoop. It is currently available for $1.99 (£1.19) on the app store as a Universal app.
The app has been out for just over a month now so if you have tried it already let us know what you think about OscilloScoop in the comments.
If you haven't seen it yet, here is the video demo from the Developers that made us buy it (be sure to note the Landscape mode later in the video, it will help you shape your sounds more accurately):
Just in case you missed anything this week, here's a link to each of our posts from the last few days:
'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak - A fantastic cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven", completely played and recorded on GarageBand for iPad. We like it a lot!
iOS5 iPad Feature Preview from 9 to 5 Mac - A ten minute video walkthrough of some of iOS 5's key features from 9to5Mac.
Future/Canvas - iPad Art Showcase (plus video find) - We wish we could attend this exhibition in San Francisco that focusses on iPad Creativity, if you can get there you'll find a load of fun and interactive exhibits, and if you can't you can watch the video to see what's going on at Future/Canvas.
Apple Post 'Introducing iOS 5' Video - Apple's own iOS 5 video walkthrough, be sure to watch it in HD.
Alesis iO Dock Demoed and Reviewed by UniqueSquared (Video) - We want, watch the video and you will too!
Adele's 'Rumour Has It' by Ellen Hinton - Another classy cover from the very talented Ellen using the iPad and GarageBand as her 'studio', be sure to check the video out.
Many of you have got in touch to let us know how much you enjoy the videos that we often feature. We certainly find it inspiring to see how others use the iPad to creative content both weird and wonderful. When you see for yourself what is possible using an iPad and just a handful of cheap apps, it gets your creative juices flowing.
Though and Ellen and Andre have used a number of additional hardware and software components to create this superb cover of 'Rumour Has It' by Adele, there is no denying that it shows the iPad can be an important part of a quality music creation project.
With each hardware and software update the iPad makes more of an impact on the music creation landscape. As an example, the latest version of GarageBand includes an option to copy and paste audio tracks from other apps, hence opening up the possibility of producing complex tunes using just the iPad itself. Interesting times...
Find out lots more about Ellen and Andre's music here.
Suffice to say we are desperate to get our grubby little mitts on this one. If only!
The Alesis iO Dock has been promised for what seems like a very long time. Finally seeing it in action we have to say it looks really awesome and could solve a lot of the headaches around connecting devices to our iPads. It is nice to see it being used with GarageBand too.
Here's Apple's own iOS 5 overview to whet your appetite for the official release this Autumn. It is the usual high polish, and often parodied, affair with mostly Scott Forstall (naturally) talking up the new iOS developments.
We must admit to being quite excited about some of the new features, but we think one of the biggest developments for wider iPad adoption will be the independent activitation of the device. No computer needed. That's the future folks!
What about you? Is there anything you're particularly looking forward to following the iOS 5 and iCloud announcements?
iPads displaying beautiful refractive Prisms; Artists creating images live on their iPads; members of the public interacting with music creation apps and fractal models projected onto the walls with creativity oozing out of every corner - this is Future/Canvas an exhibition currently taking place in San Francisco.
It opened a few days ago, on 6th June, to coincide with this year's WWDC and is a showcase of all things creative to do with the iPad.
The exhibition features the work of several iPad artists from our Flickr group (an awesome pool of talent you should really check out) such as David Newman, Julia Kay, and the super talented Benjamin Rabe, as well as other artists.
The video below of the current Future/Canvas exhibit was posted by Leo Laporte's TWiT network and gives a nice sampling of the event for those of us that can't be there. We wish there was a bit more video of the artists at work but we're sure you will enjoy it anyway.
For those who are curious to see the new iOS5 features running on the iPad, 9to5mac.com have posted this video of the Developer Beta in action. Looks good!
Wow! We absolutely love this! Dare we say that the intro sounds better than the original classic by The Cure? It just sounds a bit more epic to us. Francis admits that his vocal performance might need some work, but keep in mind that it was recorded using the mic on his iPhone headset. Also note that not one single external instrument was used, it's all GarageBand native.
"Here's my full song recreation on the iPad 2 featuring of one of my favorite songs growing up, The Cure's Just Like Heaven.
Everything was done in the GarageBand app from scratch. No external instruments were used. For the voice, I just used an iPhone headset's mic, which worked adequately but not the best. It would have probably sounded better if I were a better singer. haha
There were a few bugs I found out while doing this. Some notes will cut out after the app "optimizes for performance". I discovered that the fix for this was re-quantizing the tracks.
The guitar also has a lot of limitations (esp. on the range of the fretboard) which is annoying.
The interface is also not as intuitive as it should've been ( no level envelopes nor automation) but hey, this is the first song I've mixed partly on the toilet.
Anyway, it was a fun first attempt and the iPad GarageBand app is definitely a great creation tool!"
On the way to Woodstock is the new reference/coffee-table iPad book from 955 Dreams, the developers of the History of Jazz, which became one of our favourites earlier this year.
Much of what we said about the History of Jazz in our review applies to the Woodstock app, it utilises a similar UI, integrating with YouTube and iTunes in the same way.
For those too young to remember this era and/or with a passion for music and its history, it is a fascinating read!
Being such an interactive experience, it is difficult to explain exactly how the app works in words, so we made this video for you. We hope you enjoy it and if you have had a chance to try 'On the way to Woodstock' be sure to let us know what you think of the app.
We have been waiting for the Album App by Dreamix Studio to receive a much needed update because in our opinion it was missing some key features at release.
Following the recent 2.0 update though we feel the Album App is much more accomplished app and we recommend you have a look at it.
The app now includes essential features such as deleting pages (added in 1.1 to be fair), re-ordering pages, sharing to Facebook and Twitter, plus, importantly for us, AirPrint (so that we can create PDFs of our albums).
Whilst some of the UI interactions are still a little quirky, it is a great app to use for building personal albums that you want to display on the iPad or share with others, including some useful page layouts and fairly straightforward page editing tools.
If you skip some of the more gimmicky bits and pieces and stick with a fairly plain theme you could even use the Album App to create your portfolio and share it with potential customers.
We have been playing with the app for a couple of weeks and the nicely produced video below from Dreamix Studio is a good representation of the app in action.
As always, we are interested to hear what you have to say, especially if you have tried the app yourself. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think.