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We love it when people get creative on their iPads, but we also like to see people get creative with their iPad accessories. So here's an idea for a weekend project.
Digital Artist, and ex-Creative Director at Activision(!), Joby Otero has posted this video of his modded, DIY solution to his Anker iPad case.
He says it now perfectly supports his use of the iPad for art working and even coding. It's a pretty easy and inexpensive mod of the case if you don't want/can't afford to buy a new one and a keyboard is important to you. Enjoy!
Probably the most powerful Apple advert in a long while. Here Apple is once again promoting the iPad as a platform for creativity... as if we had forgotten!
Here's a nice warming iPad painting for those of us in the grip of Winter. Painted by James Julier in Procreate for iPad, it is an interesting look at the creative process of someone who admits they are still learning how to get the best from this great iPad app.
Andy Ellis is an Illustrator who loves using Procreate to capture ideas and pre-production sketches on his iPad. Andy recently posted a review of Procreate on his blog telling us why he prefers using it over other apps, which is an interesting read.
The video above is one of Andy’s recent illustration sketches but to see more of his work be sure to visit his portfolio site too.
That's what we asked ourselves when we saw a link to this video. But it looks like we are a bit late to the party as plenty has been written about App Smashing already. Definitely check out that link to learn more.
The video nicely illustrates how content can be creatively produced on the iPad using several apps together. We even picked up a few tips ourselves, especially the awesome and free Tellagami app which we are now playing around with.
How about you? What App Smashing do you do to create your iPad content?
We love TypeDrawing, it is amazing what can be done with the app in the right hands.
If you're quick, you can grab the app for Free today only. If you're too late, we think it is still worth a download anyway, especially now it has a recording feature too!
We found this video on YouTube and thought you might like it. Posted by a teacher at The International School in Kuala Lumpur, it features the work of some Year 7 students created on their iPads and it is quite impressive, especially when you consider these kids are only 11 years old.
Next up in our brief look at iPad announcements from this year's Winter NAMM, are a couple of announcements from Alesis.
DM Dock and Dock Pro Kit
We have seen a few innovations in the field of iPad use for drummers, but Alesis have made a serious attempt to capture the attention of drummers who want to have the iPad at the heart of their sound.
Featuring a healthy 13 x 1/4 inch trigger inputs, the DM (Drum Module) Dock is like a souped-up iO Dock for standalone use with your existing electronic pads/kits or frame mounted as an integrated part of the Dock Pro Kit.
There are also the usual MIDI connections and a footswitch port so you can change kits on-the-fly using compatible apps. These apps also allow a quick change of sound sets using drag and drop so the possibilities are pretty much endless given the amount of downloadable sound sets that are out there.
We originally saw the iO Mix being demonstrated at MusikMesse last year but it has featured again at NAMM and because it reminds us so much of our original Fostex tape based 4-track recorder we wanted to give it a mention.
Touted as the world's first iPad dedicated multi-channel mixer/recording interface, the iO Mix enables input of mics, instruments and other audio via 4 x combo XLR/standard 1/4" jacks. As you would hope, each channel has individual trim, gain and pan controls (just like your old 4-track) and even some EQ control.
Importantly for us it also features a guitar DI input so that you don't need a seperate amp, useful for on-the-go mobile recording.
Like the DM Dock above, the iO Mix will charge your iPad when docked and fully encloses it inside the unit so it is nice and snug, but also up to a little knocking about in the (bedroom) studio.
We found a quick demo of the iO Mix at NAMM 2013 on YouTube, from Netherlands based audio suppliers Bax, so thanks to them for sharing this video, check it out below.
As before, if you have any comments or want to let us know what you are looking forward to seeing, we would love to see them below.
If you create music on or via your iPad, you need to know about some of the very cool stuff announced at the Winter NAMM Show that has taken place over the last few days in California.
There is a lot to get excited about as always, so in the next few posts we are going to highlight some of the shiny new tech announced for your iPad.
As anyone who has tried it knows, switching settings or presets in the middle of a song using any of the iPad guitar FX sims is pretty tricky and worst of all, it means taking your hands off the guitar which usually requires adapting the way you play the song to allow time for poking at the touch screen.
Foot controllers are the natural solution to this problem and this is not the first Bluetooth foot controller for iOS we have seen, but it might be the nicest looking.
The BlueBoard ($99.99 / €79.99) is a wireless MIDI controller (so it should work with most MIDI apps you have on your iPad. It is advertised as working up to about 30ft away from your main iPad rig, so you could set it up on the other side of the stage for those spotlight solos whilst retaining some control over your virtual pedal setup. It will also work with your iPhone/iPod Touch and your Mac if you have one.
Check out the video below and the web page for more details, suffice to say, we want one very badly!
iRig HD a 24-bit A/D convertor, with thumbwheel adjustable pre-amp on the device and digital noise reduction plus many other features, but what really stood out for us is that this device can be used with your Mac too via an interchangeable cable that features USB, 30-pin and Lightning dock connectors.
This is for us a brilliant feature that means purchasing less cables or audio devices for musicians who use both iOS and Computer based processing/recording apps.
We have yet to hear what it really sounds like, but we are really keen to find out and we will be looking out for some good samples in the near future.
More details again on the web page and in the video below:
We are always interested to hear what you think and what announced products you are looking forward to seeing (or maybe just adding to your wishlist). Let us know in the comments below.
The official trailer below shows what some of the equipment included in this special edition sounds like (we're loving the OctoBlue):
IK Multimedia are rightly proud to note that Slash apparently uses the iRig and the iPad / iPhone Amplitube app on the road to capture ideas and practice his riffs.
Check out this overview with Slash himself demoing the sounds:
What more can you want? At a fairly reasonable £6.99, we're off to the (in)app store now.
Educators are always seeking the 'Holy Grail' of teaching - engaged learners. It's even better when students don't realise they are learning but do so through having fun and being creative. That's where the iPad comes in.
Children especially are naturals at wanting to interact through the touch interface, many computer owning Parents will testify to that after repeatedly cleaning smudgy fingerprints off their screens.
Here are a couple of videos demonstrating how the iPad is being used to engage and teach children through fun and creative learning.
iPad Pilot Project - RCEF
This video from the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) shows how one elementary school is using the iPad to help children get involved and interactive with learning, mainly in Maths and Literacy lessons:
Using DoInk to envision the future
This video, one of many from the Clay Animation Network, shows what children from the Lawton Elementary school think the future will be like. Apparently in 50 years time the world will be full of aliens, robots, teleportation and floating people. Sounds about right to us (apart from the aliens probably).
The elementary school students used the brilliant iPad animation app DoInk to create their vision of the future:
At Lawton elementary 66 students are creating animations in groups of 2 and 3 students using the animation program called DOINK. Each group will create a 10-15 second animation showing a scene that could happen in a school 50 years from now.
There are a lot of ideas in this video, it's quite a long one, but stick with it, we think you'll enjoy the animations:
Share your story
We love hearing about how the iPad is being used in the Education field, so if you have any good examples of creativity in the classroom with any age group, young or old, please let us know about it.
Dip into our iPad Creative Flickr Group on any given day and you will find many examples of paintings, sketches, photographs and even some animations that have been created or edited with an iPad.
The painting below from Dan Hoffman was made with the stunning Procreate app. We loved the colour, light and style of Treasure Trove, it really stood out to us, we hope you like it too. Be sure to check out Dan's other paintings on his Flickr stream.
Comment and win
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning your very own copy of Photosmith 2 (a $19.99 app) is leave us a comment below stating the feature of Photosmith 2 you are most looking forward to using.
Here are a few details about our giveaway:
- To be eligible for this giveaway you must leave a comment below stating the feature you are most looking forward to using in Photosmith 2
- You must enter a valid e-mail address with your comment (it will not be made public). We will e-mail you your unique code if you are a winner
- Your comment should be left before the closing date and time of this giveaway which is Monday 28th May 2012 at 1900 GMT
A big thank you to C² Enterprises, developers of Photosmith 2, for generously providing the 3 promo codes for this giveaway.
More sounds from the cloud (SoundCloud of course) for your delectation, created using an iOS device and/or apps. No real theme this time, just tracks we heard and wanted to share, to get you thinking about having a go yourself.
Be My Queen by Li$H
It's Just the Lighting by Simplexity (Derek Mecca and Jeff Pritchett)
[Update: We have amended this bit of the post after Derek contacted us and let us know some more details about the Simplexity project.]
Odd but strangely compelling to listen to, this fairly spartan track was created by Derek Mecca and Jeff Pritchett under their collaborative project 'Simplexity'. They used Korg's iMS-20 and Addictive Synth (another VirSyn app) on a couple of iPads to put this song together. We hope you like it too.
Personality Disorder….System Failure by Michaelw
And finally, an amazing, disturbing and almost operatic piece from the brilliant Michaelw (Michael Wadlow from Wales). We liked this because, although uncomfortable to listen to in places, it is also totally entrancing in others. This track is a bit of a departure from some of Michael's other stuff, he really mixes things up here and makes you marvel.
Show us your stuff
We hope you enjoyed listening to our picks this week, but as always, we want to hear from you too. If you have your own iOS created sounds (preferably with the iPad, but not essential) here's how you can get them to us:
- Join our iPad Creative SoundCloud group then click on the 'Share a Track' button on the group page
- If you're on a computer, click 'Send us your sounds' at top of the sidebar to the right of your screen --->
- Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below
We're looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank your for taking the time to listen to our notable tracks, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think of this week's picks.
Opinions vary on the need for iPad keyboards, but they do seem to be ever popular, although we haven't seen the perfect one yet. Or have we?
Build a Brydge
For a Kickstarter project it has done fantastically well. The team behind the Brydge were after $90,000 funding.
By the end of Tuesday this week, their first day, they had secured pledges of $100,000! At the time of writing, they still have 35 days to go and already have nearly $286,000 in Kickstarter pledges and rising quickly.
Apparently the demand for making your iPad look like a MacBook Air is very high.
To see what all the fuss is about check out the Kickstarter video from the Brydge team:
What we are curious about is if you want something like this for your iPad. What do you think?
TikiBone have been developing 'SketchPad Pro: A Filmmaker's Storyboard for the iPad' for a while now. The app is designed to make the storyboarding workflow more instantly accessible, easier to share and cheaper (especially with regard to materials costs).
The team behind SketchPad Pro, Roger Trier (a storyboard artist) and Scott Ahten (iOS Developer, animator and VJ), have got the app to the point where it is almost ready for release, but to make it a truly awesome app that does all they want it to do for their customers, they need to be able to invest more time and resources into it.
This is where their Kickstarter Project comes in. Roger and Scott want to make the leap, quit their day jobs and go full time on SketchPad Pro (rather than developing it in their spare time as they have so far).
They are after $20,000 funding to bring SketchPad Pro to final production by the end of the Summer. You can get on board with a pledge of just $5, this will help them out of course, but for $25 you can secure a copy of SketchPad Pro for yourself when it is released.
There are various other pledge levels, with some unique rewards, so if you're an Artist, Animator or Filmmaker or just interested in backing the project, check out the Kickstarter Page and let them know we sent you.
This video was created by Francesco Marescotti from Milan, Italy, who describes himself as an "architect / designer / graphic artist / musician / dreamer" on Twitter.
Francesco contacted us to let us know he created this video entirely on his iPad. We like the way the drawing kicks into a surprising new development about half way through, you'll have to watch the video to find out what we mean.
The image was drawn and recorded in Brushes and Francesco added some visual effects to the video in Nexvio's 8mm HD. The video's soundtrack was made by Francesco in GarageBand and the whole thing was put together using Avid Studio for iPad.
We are always happy to see what you are creating with your iPad (even if we don't have space to feature everything we see). You can let us know about your creations by emailing us or getting hold of us via one of the links in the 'Social' panel at the top right of this page.
This is Galileo for iPhone. It is an already funded Kickstarter project, but we think you will love it if you are into iOS photography or video of any kind.
What is it?
"The Galileo is a revolutionary, iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly."
Basically, the Galileo is a charging dock/holder for your iPhone that can be rotated to any angle and controlled remotely via your iPad's screen or another iOS touch device.
What can I do with it?
Lots! Check out the video above for some ideas, but it has applications for:
- recording video
- photography, time-lapse (very excited by the answer to this question)
- video conferencing
- baby monitoring
- video surveillance
and many other uses, with the added benefit of controlling your device from anywhere in the world over wi-fi.
There are plenty more examples listed on the Kickstarter page.
The Galileo also features a standard tripod mount, which means it will fit straight into and onto your existing equipment, including tripods and gimbals.
Additionally, with the imminent release of an SDK, Developers can integrate Galileo functionality into their apps, so a whole world of ideas could soon be opened up. We're looking forward to seeing what robot mounted devices start appearing.
How much is it?
Before the project finishes in (at the time of publishing) 16 days time, you can get the Galileo at a very reasonable $85 with free US shipping (but us International customers will need to add another $20 for shipping).
After the project has finished the retail price will be $129.95, so if the Galileo is something you want to have in your iOS life, you would be best advised to jump on it now, plus you'll get yours before it is on general sale.
Where can I get one?
Right now, you will need to set up a free Kickstarter account and become a backer of the project to at least the $85 level pledge to reserve your Galileo. We think it is a great price for a robotic device like this and the potential integration with your iPad as a control device has got us very excited.
Do you fancy getting the Galileo? Have you already ordered yours? Let us know in the comments.
Computer game music can sometimes rival the production values and emotional impact of feature film soundtracks, often being written by professional film score composers, as is the case with BioWare's Mass Effect 3.
Originally composed by Clint Mansell (former member of 'Pop Will Eat Itself' turned film score composer), this brilliantly played iPad arrangement by YouTube user billkramme (creative Bill Kramme) uses the new orchestral/strings Smart Instrument in GarageBand for iOS 1.2 to great effect.
We were impressed at how great this sounded, what do you think?
Agile Partners have updated their sonically amazing guitar amp sim AmpKit with new Retina Graphics and it looks gorgeous.
We think they are (at least one of) the first guitar sim app makers to update their in-app graphics for the new iPad's Retina display.
It isn't anything that really affects the every day use of the app of course, but it is a lot nicer to look at and makes the amp controls especially a whole lot clearer.
As we are interested in how Developers are updating their apps, we took a series of screenshots from AmpKit+ before we upgraded so that you can compare them.
It's hard to see in these scaled down versions but if you look closeley you should see the added clarity and detail on the amp controls and stomp pedal graphics in the gallery below.
With the release of AmpKit+ 1.3 Agile Partners have also added 3 new pieces of kit and bass players get a little love. From the Press Release:
Trace Elliot 1215
For the first time, a world class, full-featured bass amp and cabinet for iOS bass players.
Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion
A versatile, true heavy metal distortion pedal - not for the faint of heart
Rocktron HUSH Noise Reduction
If you aren't using HUSH, you aren't using real noise reduction for guitar.
In addition to the updates mentioned above, the purchase price for AmpKit+ has been halved to $9.99/£6.99 and the 3 pieces of new gear have between 33% and 40% off for a limited time.
If you haven't pulled the trigger on that AmpKit+ purchase yet, now is the time to do it, it is well worth it for the savings you make over individual gear purchase prices.