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Friday Fun: Audience Surprise at iPad Guitar Amp

Positive Grid sent us this video of guitarist Vali Caceres surprising his audience by turning up to a gig with just his guitar, his iPad and the JamUp app.  We think it sounds pretty great, so do his audience by their reactions. What do you think?

Lightroom Mobile Hits the iPad

We haven't really had a chance to play with it yet but we were really excited to hear that Adobe have at last released Lightroom for mobile (well just the iPad initially - but an iPhone version is on the way).

We will bringing you a more in-depth look at Lightroom mobile in the next week and importantly what this means, if anything, for our current favourite Lightroom companion, the excellent Photosmith.

For now though, we hope these videos from Adobe give you an insight on what to expect from Lightroom mobile:

Audiobus 2 Has Arrived and It Is Fantastic

Launch day

The much anticipated update to Audiobus has been released today and it is very exciting news for the iOS musician community.

We are sure Audiobus needs no introduction to most of you and Version 2 has some great new features as well as a newly designed interface (looking a lot flatter than before).

Audiobus 2's New Features

  • Multi-Routing (In-app purchase for $4.99 / £2.99 and well worth it!) - this introduces parallel pipes for multiple inputs via different processing apps into multiple (or one) outputs - very impressive and from our initial testing it works really well, even on our older iPad 3rd gen.

  • Presets - saveable and shareable (via email, Twitter and Facebook)

  • State-Saving - for compatible apps, no more setting your apps up every time you want to reproduce a sound you crafted before. We are expecting this feature will be more widely supported very quickly

Slight Technical Issue

Just a small issue for Version 1 users with the In-app Purchase for Multi-routing. The Audiobus team are aware of it and have already submitted a fix to Apple, but is awaiting approval.

If you do make the $4.99 / £2.99 purchase you will probably experience crashing of the app (we certainly did), but it is easily fixed. This is from the Audiobus forum post on the issue:

***IMPORTANT FOR EXISTING Version 1 USERS: If you're encountering a crash when purchasing the In-App Purchase, please delete the Audiobus app, reboot your iDevice and then install it freshly again. You won't be charged twice. We're submitting a bug fix right now. ***

Since we followed the above advice we have had no issues at all.

The Future of Music Creation is Bright

With this Audiobus 2 update we think the creative possibilities of the iPad and other iOS devices has been massively expanded and with faster iPad hardware on the horizon we can't wait to see where iPad musicians take this new functionality.

App Store Link: Audiobus Version 2

Tune-in Tuesday: New Music Made with KORG Gadget on an iPad

KORG Gadget

Korg's Gadget is one of those apps that makes you realise you really do have the power of a personal computer in your hands when holding the iPad.

With emulations of 15 different synths and drum machines, Gadget lets you combine them together to make new electronic sounds. You can find out more about Gadget on Korg's site.

Made with Gadgets

So this time our Tune-in Tuesday feature highlights some of the tracks we have enjoyed listening to over on Soundcloud, all created on the iPad with Korg Gadget:

Multiplex (Korg Gadget 5) by Two Hawkes

In the rain (Korg Gadget) by Mulperi

Inception (Original Club Mix) by Sensadark

Turner (Korg Gadget + MorphWiz and BIAS) by Marcus Padrini

Dubfunk (Korg Gadget) by Groovemaster303

At the Kingston Arcades (Korg Gadget for iOS) by ChrisE1G

Had to sneak in one Chiptune at least.

Over to You

We hope you liked listening to our selection of electro-driven tracks this time around.

You can always explore our Soundcloud group for hundreds of tracks from all genres, we are sure you will find something there you like.

If you would like to share your iPad created sounds (using any iOS app) please feel free to join our group and add your tracks or click on the 'Send us your sounds' link in the sidebar.  Thank you.

Cosmic Procreate iPad Painting by John Seru

Cosmic from john seru on Vimeo.

We like the way this timelapse video starts with a paper sketch of John Seru's Astronaut. His Procreate iPad painting is all the more interesting if you watch to the end and see what the Astronaut has seen in his visor.

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.

Video: How I Paint Cherries on the iPad

Illustrator Karien Naude shared this lovely image painted on her iPad with Procreate and we very much enjoyed seeing how she created it. We hope you do to.

You can see more of Karien's illustration work on her site and we are sure she will be sharing more videos to her YouTube channel in future.

Video: Apogee Showcase iPad's Creativity

The iPad Music Creation Revolution from apogeedigital on Vimeo.

iPad Content Creation

We don't think anyone visiting iPad Creative can claim the iPad is not a content creation device.

Just a quick browse around this site will reveal some of the wonderful things people are creating with their iPads in areas such as Art, Music, Animation, Books, Photography and Video.

Apogee Get the iPad's Creative Power

Apogee Electronics know this and they have thrown their considerable weight behind the iPad and iOS, producing products such as the high fidelity Apogee JAMApogee MiC and even high-end interfaces such as the droolworthy Quartet.

The video above shows Apogee's commitment to the iPad platform and gives some nice examples of how your iPad can help you create great sounding audio.  We hope you enjoy the video as we did.

Tune-in Tuesday: New Guitar Music Made on an iPad

We are delighted to say that our Soundcloud group for iPad using musicians is still very active. There are some really fun, creative and sometimes quite bonkers tracks being shared by Soundclouders, if you haven't visited the group before please check it out.

Here are a few original tracks that have caught our attention in recent weeks and this time we've gone for a Rock theme:

Cannibal Rat Ghost Ship by Nathan Jon Tillett

We love this song "sitting somewhere between Iron Maiden and Spinal Tap, this one has the OTT tongue-in-cheek dial turned up to 11!".  Recorded partly on GarageBand for iPad using the Apogee Jam and iRig Mic (both highly recommended by the way) it is brilliant fun and an enthusiastic performance makes this one of our favourites.

Back To You by LoungeBots

As massive Back to the Future fans we were more than happy to see this (also tongue-in-cheek) tribute, just for the cover art alone. Made completely on an iPad too:

"Produced, recorded and mixed on iPads using NanoStudio, Auria, GarageBand, BeatMaker2, JamUp Pro and a variety of additional iOS synth apps."

Too Many Friends by Gaffbass02

Another original track recorded completely on an iPad using GarageBand and we think it sounds great as a demo. Here's what Gareth says about the recording of the song:

"I record this in my basement in an afternoon on an iPad 3 using an apogee jam to connect an sm58, and a cheap behringer condenser.  All drums, keys, strings etc are from the iPad, and there's no external EQ etc, just straight into the GarageBand app."

Bonus Track: Budda 30 demo by Derek Buddemeyer

Some great lead playing and a very tight arrangement in this short demo from Derek that perfectly shows off the authentic sounds you can get from apps like AmpKit on the iPad.

Over to You

We hope you liked listening to our selection of tracks but if wailing guitars isn't your thing don't worry, next time we will be focussing our attention on more electro driven tracks.

In the meantime you could always explore our Soundcloud group for hundreds of tracks from all genres, we are sure you will find something there you like.

If you would like to share your iPad created sounds please feel free to join our group and add your tracks or click on the 'Send us your sounds' link in the sidebar.  Thank you.

Tune-in Tuesday: End of Year Party - Made on an iPad

We haven't run a Tune-in Tuesday feature for a while, so we hope you like our small sampling below of music made or recorded on an iPad and shared via our iPad Creative SoundCloud group.  

As it is the last day of 2013 today we thought a lot of you will be in party mode, so here are a few dance-ish tracks to get you in the mood, enjoy!

Dark Valley by FFFChico

Fuzzy Logic v.3 by REVIV3Я

Love the wubbly bass in this one!

An Unexpected Moment of Joy by pantsofdeath

We think pants means something slightly different in Australia than it does here in the UK, but great track nonetheless - a real builder to get lost in.

Mur de Huy by Kolstad

We're not sure if this is named after the infamous climb featuring in the pro-cycle race La Flèche Wallonne, but it is a very bright and bouncy tune that we wanted to share anyway.

Apocalypse Ni Hao by JINXPADLOCK

A monster of a track created in NanoStudio, with multiple connected parts and full of joyful beats - we love it.

Bonus: Smile by stereobia

Not necessarily a dance track but we still wanted share this track with great sounding vocals recorded with the internal mic on the iPad. Nice!

There you go, a few tracks to get you started and hopefully in the mood for whatever you are doing later today.

If you liked this selection and want to hear some more of the great music people have created on their iPads or iOS devices check out our other Tune-in Tuesday posts.

Send us your (iPad) tunes

We want to hear what you can create on your iPad and here's how you can get your sounds 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' in the Social section in the sidebar --->
  • Leave us a link to your track on SoundCloud in the comments below

We're looking forward to hearing you soon.