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Video: Animoog Sound Design Tutorial by Dubspot

If like us, you love playing around with the Animoog iPad app and the built-in presets but at the same time know there is so much more it can do, you will love this.


We know that some of you live and breathe this stuff, but for those of us with just a passing interest, this is all a mystery.

As awesome as the supplied presets sound to us, we know we could be sculpting our own unique sounds in Animoog but we had no idea where to start, until now.

A helping hand

Provided by Dubspot, a New York based Music Production and DJ School (who now offer online courses too), this video from Instructor Matt Cellitti will show you how to go from completely initialising your sound so that it is a blank canvas, through how to setup and understand the controls, on to seeing how you might gradually shape your sound into something more unique.

Eye opener

This is just part one of a three part tutorial, but it has already opened up the Animoog app for us. We can't wait to see the other two parts when they are released.

A big thank you to Matt and Dubspot for releasing this tutorial for free on YouTube, check out their channel for plenty more tips, tutorials, interviews and discussion on electronic music making.

Video: Creativity in the Digital Age from iWorld 2012

We saw this video today from the Macworld / iWorld 2012 expo and thought you might like it.

Chris Breen of Macworld leads a panel made up of veteran creatives Bert Monroy (Digital Artist), Eduard Solér (Photographer) and Stephen Lipson (Musician/Percussionist).

In this video they chat about how technology has affected their particular area of creative endeavour, but also how the iPad and iPhone are starting to affect what they do and interestingly what is still required of them.

It isn't a long enough segment for us, but they start talking about mobile devices at 32:20. If you click on the video below it should start playing at the right moment, but this might not work on your iPad, we are experimenting with embedplus.com.

If you want to watch the whole session you can always drag the slider back to the beginning, these guys have seen some amazing changes in their careers and we found the whole thing very interesting.

AmpDock We Think We Love You!

It is probably very wrong to get so excited about an iPad accessory before we have even seen it, but we felt the same way about the iO Dock from Alesis and their new AmpDock, designed specifically for guitar and bass players, has got us in a stupor again.

Basically a slightly cut down version of their iO Dock, Alesis have made the AmpDock more robust for live use. AmpDock features an enclosing cover on the fourth side so that you iPad isn't exposed on the top edge, as it was on the iO Dock.

There's also a handy little kickstand on the back to angle the AmpDock when it is sat on top of your amp and to allow clearance of the amp's handle. If you have ever tried balancing your iPad on top of your amp you'll know how useful and reassuring this feature will be.

But the main thing that got us excited was the inclusion of a pedalboard controller in the $299 price!

This is a great boon and means that, for the iPad-owning musician, AmpDock is ready to rock (or not, depending on your guitar style) out of the box without any further expenditure.

More details and specs below, after the teaser video from Alesis:

AmpDock Key Features

  • The first professional guitar processor to use your iPad or iPad 2 for signal processing
  • Works with GarageBand, AmpliTube, JamUp, and virtually any audio or CoreMIDI app
  • Includes a rugged pedalboard controller with program, effect, bypass, volume and continuous controls
  • Guitar Input 1 and switchable Mic/Line/Guitar Input 2; professional outputs, and MIDI jacks
  • Kickstand allows for stable positioning on top of guitar amps
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad
  • Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately)
  • 1/4" high-impedance guitar input and combo input for microphone, second guitar, or another instrument
  • 1/4" outputs with Guitar/Line impedance switch
  • Stereo auxiliary outputs for connection to external effects
  • Two assignable endless knobs to control parameters in compatible apps
  • Analog Input 1, Input 2, Main, and Headphone volume controls
  • MIDI input and outputs and USB MIDI jack for use with other controllers and MIDI software or hardware

AmpDock Specs:

  • (1) - High Impedance Guitar Input
  • (1) - XLR/ 1/4" Combo Jack for switchable for Guitar, Line Level, and Phantom Power
  • (2) - 1/4" unbalanced Auxiliary Outputs
  • (2) - 1/4" balanced Outputs
  • (1) - 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Ground Lift Switch
  • Class Compliant USB 1.1 and 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
  • True Bypass

JamUp Pro now expanded plus 50% Off Expansion Packs

The nice people at Positive Grid have sent us a note to say that JamUp Pro, the relatively new Guitar FX-app-on-the-block has just been updated to Version 1.3.

We loved this boutique looking and great sounding app when we reviewed it back in November last year.

What's New?

New in 1.3 are an "updated DSP engine, audio copy and paste, and 20+ new amps and effects available via in-app purchase.".

The new in-app purchases are obviously the big thing, but we are particularly excited to see support for ACP included in this update too.

If you're quick you can take advantage of a 50% discount on the new expansion packs, but for just one week only.

Go and grab your update.

App Store Link: JamUp Pro

iPad Art: Decomissioning of the Gigabot by Matthew Watkins

Here's a superb iPad painting from Matthew Watkins that he recently added to our iPad Creative Flickr Group.

Decommissioning Of The Gigabot

We love the final result with its futuristic styling, but we especially appreciate Matthew posting the Brushes video on Flickr too.

Unfortunately, Flickr video embeds still rely on the Flash player so we can't show it to you here, but you can watch the full Brushes video in Matthew's Flickr stream.

While you're there check out the rest of Matthew's iPad art, it is very impressive body of work.

Inside the creative process

We've said this before, but we are always fascinated to see the artist's creative process in action.

That's why we really love that the Brushes app enables the recording and exporting of these movies.

Our thanks again to Matthew for sharing this video and painting with the group.

Bob the Builder Debuts on the iPad

Bob logo

We were quite surprised to find that Bob the Builder wasn't already on the iPad, he seems ubiquitous in a Parent's world.

He has made his debut now though in Bob the Builder: Muck's Train to Trouble app for kids developed by Big Play Studios for HIT Entertainment.

Here's their video trailer:

As you can see from the video above, the main activity is the narrated story based around building a Dinosaur Fun Park.

It is a very colourful affair, with each page of the story having some nice CGI animated scenes and interactive elements to keep the kids interested. For young readers, and those learning to read, the words are highlighted as they are read.

The voices are well done too and there are specific UK and US versions, so the localised version should be very familiar if your kids are Bob fans. The iPad even makes a special appearance in the story!

Bob uses his iPad to set out his plan

The bit we especially liked though is when the kids could get creative in the painting section, including the brilliant 'magic paint' which colours the picture in as it was intended. There's also a few video clips from the same story which were popular here. 

Using the 'Magic Paintbrush'

There is a hide and seek game based on the Dinosaur park, but that's all for games and it didn't really keep our kids entertained for very long. A few more game activities would definitely be welcome.

For $2.99 / £1.99 though, young Bob fans will be delighted with this app and there is easily enough fun and interaction to provide value for money.

App Store Link: Bob the Builder: Muck's Train to Trouble

Tune-in Tuesday: More iOS Made Music

Here's this weeks trio of tracks from our trawl around the SoundCloud universe, all made on or with iOS apps and devices.

Unstoppable by janogarcia

This track was arranged and recorded in GarageBand for iPad by Jano García from Spain. We love hearing what people are doing with GarageBand and this slice of brassy Electronica is a great example, we especially like the way it builds up towards the end of the first minute and into the rest of the track.

Bad Fun - 2AM by Bad Fun

Mike from San Jose in California created our second helping of Electronica, this time made entirely with Korg's iMS-20 app, a solid piece Synth Pop.

Randgrid Redux by Jim Straynge

Tagged as 'Industrial Techno' on SoundCloud, this short track by Jim Straynge from Washington, was made with the Randgrid iPad app (which we hadn't heard about before) and JamUp Pro on iPad for the guitar parts. There is something dark about it we like.

We want to hear your sounds

If you have already joined the SoundCloud community you can submit your tracks to our iPad Creative group, from a computer by clicking on the 'Send us your sounds' link on the right of the screen, or on the SoundCloud group page you can click on the 'Share a Track' button. There are also a whole host of apps that can upload to SoundCloud directly. Finally, if none of that works, just leave us a link in the comments below.

However you get them to us, we can't wait to hear your sounds!

iRig Mix for iOS Opens Up a World of Portable Audio

IK Multimedia are throwing their considerable weight firmly behind the iOS platform with their latest round of product announcements ahead of this year's NAMM show, starting next week.

The first of these we wanted to tell you about is the iRig Mix. Here's the trailer video which got our heads in a spin with the sheer potential of this device for the mobile musician.

Be sure to watch through to the end to see the multitude of ways iRig Mix can be used.

Check out the iRig Mix page for more demo videos of the device in action and details.

Needless to say, we are very excited at the prospect of this new device, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

ArtRage @t The Grove plus TV Spot

Raheem Nelson, a.k.a. Eye of the Sun God on FlickrTwitter and Facebook, is a cartoonist and iPad artist who also happens to be curating ArtRage @t The Grove. This event will display artwork created by several iPad artists from around the globe using the ArtRage app.

There will also be a chance for those attending the event to have a go at creating iPad art for themselves. Raheem explains a bit more about this event and how he uses ArtRage on his iPad in this spot from Connecticut TV studio WTNH.

It is a woefully short demonstration, and we're not sure they quite had time to 'get it', but it is good to see more mainstream coverage of the fantastic art that is being created by thousands of iPad artists.

To view more iPad created art be sure to check out the iPad Creative Flickr group. Don't forget to subscribe to the group's RSS feed to see the paintings as they are added every single day.

iPad Case That Thinks It's A Guitar

As expected, the iPad is featuring heavily at CES, or rather, accessories for the iPad are popping up everywhere. SlashGear and Engadget both reported this morning on the soon-to-be-released Guitar Apprentice from ION Audio (the people that brought us the iCade and Piano Apprentice for iPad).

The idea is that keys on the $99 fretboard light up, teaching you how to play guitar and perhaps also enabling guitar games. The potential is there for this accessory to be used by iPad musicians with CoreMIDI compatible apps to play an iPad synth app for example in an iBand.

We think it is a fun and creative idea for those who already have an iPad, but if you are really looking to learn guitar, we think you should get a starter electric or acoustic guitar and, if you have an iPad, get the brilliant WildChords app by Ovelin. You'll do a much better job of learning to play real guitar that way.

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