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Entries in Musician (9)

Video: Brilliant Cover by Dawson using Loopy HD

Dawson is "an acclaimed singer/songwiter, multi instrumentalist and session musician", plus a talented loop master.

He also says on his website that he's beginning to explore iOS as a looping device and this al fresco performance goes to prove that his talent transfers very nicely.

Beautiful Ambient Music Created on the iPad by Michael Wadlow

This beautiful, haunting, reflective and emotional track entitled Vortumnus...Refracted Memories was created by one of our Soundcloud group members Michaelw (Michael Wadlow from Wales).  

Michael wrote this recently as a cathartic expression of his emotions at a really difficult time.

Do yourself a favour, grab a drink and a pair of headphones, close your eyes and take a listen.

Video: James Cobb Shares An Original iPad Made Song

James Cobb created 'Proud', an original track, entirely on his iPad using Apple's brilliant Garageband for iOS. James used Smart Instruments to lay down his track (although he says he plays Guitar and Piano anyway) and recorded the vocals using his iPad's built in mic.

This is the first track James has shared on YouTube but it sounds like he has more in store as he says in his profile:

"All of my music is created on iPad, mainly GarageBand at the moment but I'm excited to use other apps like nanostudio and iKaossilator in my future songs."

Sounds like a good start to us, nice one James:

Video: iPad Arrangement of 'Leaving Earth' from Mass Effect 3

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?

'Start the Show' Making of Video

Want to know a bit more about that rock album made entirely on an iPhone we told you about a few days ago?

Stephen Poff, the man behind 'Start the Show' has posted this video showing the apps and equipment in use. Here's a list of them as posted with the video:

Apps/Hardware used: AmpKit, FourTrack, Multitrack DAW, GuitarJack, Pocket Organ, Thumbjam, AC-7 Core Mini. Drums composed in Drumcore by Sonoma Wireworks.

Video: Jordan Rudess Controls SampleTank with Geo Synth

How cool is this? Jordan Rudess uses MIDIBridge to play IK Multimedia's SampleTank with Geo Synthesizer as the controller. The possibilities for music making on just the one iPad continue to amaze us.

Here's our review of SampleTank (and the iRig MIDI).

Tune-in Tuesday - Made on an iPad

Since we started a SoundCloud group last week a number of tracks have been added from musicians who have created music on their iPads. The range of tracks is interesting, from experimental ambient instrumentals through pop/trance to vocal productions.

As regular readers will know, we love to celebrate the creativity of our readers and let you know about what others are creating with their iPads, so we have picked a few tracks and posted them below for you to hear.

A Regular Feature?

We're thinking about making this a regular thing, so if you like hearing what others are making with their iPads or have any ideas about what we can include, leave a comment and let us know.

This Week's Picks

So without further ado, here are this weeks picks from SoundCloud:

- The Wait by Jackfancy

It was a bit difficult picking just one track by Jack from Chengdu in China because he has a 14 track album on SoundCloud, all recorded using GarageBand on his iPad with vocals recorded via the iPad's built-in microphone.

He covers a few different styles in his album but we liked the feel and emotion of this one:

- UGLY by Indianstyle

Again, picking one track out of the twenty six tracks Indianstyle has on SoundCloud was a challenge. Most of them were created entirely in Nanostudio, with a few created in Beatmaker 2.

Much of his work has a futuristic soundtrack feel to it, almost Tron-like in its more atmospheric moments, which we love! We'll probably be coming back to Indianstyle in a future update, but here's one of our favourites for now, we especially like the way it picks up again after the middle break:

- Morning by qmartdes

Evgeny sent us a message to say that there are a lot of creative people in the Ukraine and he wanted let people know about it (as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Artist he also likes painting on his iPad too, here's his Flickr stream).

This track, created in Nanostudio (a popular choice on SoundCloud), uses every day sounds mixed with synths and different beats to create a lengthy but interesting mix. Listen with headphones and see what sounds you can make out.

Show Us Your Stuff

Are you making or recording sounds with your iPad? We would love to hear them and we may even share it here with your fellow iPad Creative readers (so please be aware that this might happen when you send us your tracks).

To add your tracks to the iPad Creative SoundCloud group from a computer you can click on the 'Send us your sounds' link over on the right of your screen.

If you are using one of the iOS apps with SoundCloud export built-in you can send your track to your SoundCloud account and then submit it to our group. Don't forget to join the group and see what else is there (we've just started but it will no doubt grow over time).

Steve Jobs / Apple Tribute by Ellen Once Again

Our friends over at the excellent Music Apps blog in Brazil alerted us to this new video by (iPad) Musician and allround Superstar Ellen.

Covering songs used in Apple's adverts, it is a personal tribute to both Apple and Steve Jobs, created and recorded entirely on the iPad and shot with an iPhone 4. Ellen does it Once Again!

Be sure to check out Ellen's post for more on how she made the track and what apps she used.

Akai SynthStation49 - iPad docking Keyboard

When Akai Professional brought out the SynthStation25 with integrated iPod Touch/iPhone dock we were desperately scouring the Internet for hacks that would allow a dock extender to work with our iPads but most reports were that the full functionality was not going to work this way.

But worry no more, Akai have just announced at NAMM 2011 the iPad version with a larger keyboard to match, the SynthStation49 (with 49 velocity-sensitive keys as opposed to the 25 keys of the smaller version).

The SynthStation49 is iOS CoreMIDI compatible so should act as an interface to pretty much any App using MIDI but it also has an onboard USB connection so that you can hook it up to your computer / DAW and control that too.

We think this might just be what live gigging musicians have been waiting for to use some of the awesome iPad apps in a real context.

The iPad is charged when docked and can be adjusted to different viewing angles so it looks like they have put a lot of thought into the iPad integration.

We hope that Akai have addressed the latency issues that some were reporting with the SynthStation25 but we are sure we will hear about that soon enough!

You can read more details and a full description of the features on the SynthStation49 webpage, but here are the main ones from the announcement:

  • Portable, velocity-sensitive keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels
  • Nine velocity-sensitive MPC-style drum pads which light when triggered
  • Dedicated transport control buttons including Play, Pause and Record
  • Play MIDI keyboard and drum pad performances into an iPad via CoreMIDI or AkaiConnect apps
  • Built-in, adjustable dock charges your iPad while positioning the screen at the perfect angle
  • USB port for connecting to a Mac or PC, receiving power and controlling MIDI music software
  • Professional ¼" stereo outputs with volume control to connect mixers, speakers and recording equipment
  • Headphone output to practice and compose in private

If this is just what you have been looking for or you have any thoughts about SynthStation49 let us know in the comments.