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Tune-in Tuesday: Newly Discovered iPad-Made Music

It's about time we did another round-up of some of the tracks we've been listening to over on SoundCloud. Here is this week's trio of tracks. We think they really show off what can be done now with the raft of music creation apps we have on the iPad. See what you think:

'Forever I Know' by onwardvoyageur 

This song is just beautiful and sounds great. Played using a Ukelele, and the Pocket Organ / ThumbJam / GarageBand apps on the iPad, plus (presumably) onwardvoyageur's 6 year old Daughter on piano, we think you'll like it. 

'Thursday, Two PM' by Victor Lams

We're not sure if it is the cute vocals, kooky instruments or just the number of apps used to create this song that makes us love this track, but love it we certainly do. Our only criticism, it's too short, so we have to keep playing it again. Great job and great production Victor!

Apps used by Victor included Meteor Multitrack Recorder, iSequence, SoundPrism ProGrain Science, Beatmaker 2, Animoog and Tabletop.

'Sonic Vibrations (Original Club Mix)' by Sensadark

A change of pace now. Sensadark contacted us to let us know about his tracks on SoundCloud that were all created with Korg's wonderful iMS-20 app and we are glad he did.

This kind of uplifting club sound is just what we need pumping out at full volume on a dark, dreary wet day in England's so-called Summer. We're not so sure our work mates agree, but we're much happier now. Turn it up loud!

Over to you

We hope you enjoyed listening to our picks this week, be sure to leave a comment either here or over on the tracks at SoundCloud and let us know what you think.

As we always say in these posts, we want to hear from you too. So, if you have your own iOS created sounds (preferably with the iPad, but we won't hold you to that) 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.

iPad Music Creation Gets Even More Awesome Next Month

The future of iPad music making is looking very exciting thanks to the efforts of NLog Synth Pro's creators Tempo Rubato and SoundPrism makers Audanika. The iPad is going to be hit with a whole ton of awesome come September.

If you have been following the discussions on Twitter, the Developers' blogs and/or in the Google Group you will already know that these two companies have developed a way to connect concurrently running iPad apps so that instructions and user input can be passed between them.

There is now a 50 strong Google group of Developers, that is the beginning of a collaborative movement to connect a raft of iOS audio/music apps to each other using a commonly agreed framework.

Sebastian Dittman from Audanika explains a bit more about it in his blog post and his enthusiasm and excitement about getting this working is evident in his post and in the video below:

This is exactly what iOS musicians need and we are very, very excited about what it means for music creation on the iPad, especially as it relates to using just one self-contained device.

For a quick demo of the awesomeness to come check out the video below from NLog. To quote Sebastian Dittman, "The future looks bright", for sure!

Film Score Created Entirely in SoundPrism on iPad

Julie, Agosto, Setembro from PanaceiaFilmes on Vimeo.

You may have read about this story in the last few weeks, it is one that caught our attention, but we have just been sent some extra details by our friends from the brilliant MusicApps blog over in Brazil so we thought we'd let you know a bit more about it.

The short film Julie, Agosto, Setembro by independent Brazilian film makers Panaceia Filmes uses music played and recorded entirely with the sublime SoundPrism iPad app from Audanika as the soundtrack to the film.

Marcus told us:

The short movie, directed by Jarleo Batista, was released last March in Goiania and it will be shown in many festivals all over the country during this year. The Designer Victor L. Pontes has composed the soundtrack for the movie.

He has been playing with the app SoundPrism for iPad for some time and decided to show the results for the director. Jarleo thought it would be great for the movie because SoundPrism could create very nice and simple atmospheres using chords and different sounds. 

As you can hear on the video trailer, SoundPrism has a gentle, ambient sound that is ideally suited to creating moods in a film like this. You can also play more rambunctious sounds with SoundPrism if required, but in our experience the app really shines when playing the softer, more mesmerising sounds that are used here.

Reinforcing this Marcus goes on to say:

Jarleo and Victor decided to make all the soundtrack with the iPad using only the app SoundPrism. All the songs were composed and recorded (using the recording function inside SoundPrism) in just three weeks. According to Victor, the idea was to create a infant/naive atmosphere which was what the mood of the production needed.

They still don't know if they have created the first short film with the soundtrack composed and recorded using only one music app for the iPad.  

It is the only soundtrack we have heard about created using just the iPad, but if you know of another please leave us a comment.

SoundPrism is currently free in the App Store, so if you haven't tried it yet we highly recommend you go and download it now. The app is Universal so it will work on all your iOS devices.

If you want to take things further and use the SoundPrism interface as a MIDI controller with GarageBand, Ableton, Logic, etc. then SoundPrism Pro at $15.99 (£9.49) in the app store works very well over USB MIDI and also Wifi with very little latency. We hope to bring you more about this in the near future.