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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.

Tune-in Tuesday: This Week's iOS Made Music

Creating music on an iPad is one of the most enjoyable things we (try to) do and it is a real joy for us to hear what other people are making on their iPad.

If you don't know already, SoundCloud is a place where you can upload and share your sounds, a bit like YouTube for audio really.

We have a group set up on SoundCloud where you can submit your tracks or you can send us a message on SoundCloud with a link to your track if you prefer.

On to this week's finds then:

Nisalt by Rednaj

A gentle ambient track to start things of this time by Rednaj (a.k.a. David Jander from Austin in the US). Rednaj has shared several iOS made tracks on his SoundCloud account, but we chose this one as it was his first track created entirely on the iPad. He used Studio.HD, Thumbjam, MoDrum, BassLine and DrumTrack HD

Pinus Strobus by tsouzer

This track by Thomas Souzer of Butler, US, was made with Retronyms TableTop app. We picked it because it has a great groove and a slightly edgy feel that we liked.

Meltdown by Tobias Miller

A driving track with shades of Daft Punk mixed in there somewhere we really enjoyed listening to this one by Tobias Miller from Joplin, US. He made this track in Korg's iMS-20 on the iPad, we are loving the sounds we are hearing around SoundCloud from this app.

Be sure to listen through to the end though as it changes up a little in the last minute, we wish there was a bit more of this actually. Nice one Tobias.

Over to you

Would you like to see your track featured here? We can't promise to include every track we get here, but we do listen to everything we are sent or that is submitted to our SoundCloud group, so please send us your sounds. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tune-in Tuesday Special: One Like Son - 'Start the Show' Album Released Today

We've got something special for you in this week's pick of iOS created music. We mentioned last week One Like Son's upcoming third album, this one recorded entirely on an iPhone using iOS apps. Today the album is officially released and we were fortunate enough to be included in a pre-release listen.

What did we think? Gobsmackingly good! Really. We cannot believe that this album was entirely recorded and mastered on an iPhone. We've not heard anything better so far!

Take a listen for yourself, go and order the album (we did), or click on the 'Buy all' button in the playlist below, then take a look at some of the details we have included from the press release about the album:

Here's more detail from the press release about the apps used in making the album: 

Using the GuitarJack and AmpKit LiNK hardware interface and apps such as AmpKit, FourTrack, Multitrack DAW, Pocket Organ, Moog’s Filtatron, ThumbJam and even Apple’s Garageband, the group produced an authentic rock record. Where most music composed on the iphone or ipad sounds like digital music, this record sounds like a live rock and roll band. 

Here's a quote we definitely agree with from Sonoma Wire Works' Daniel Codella [bold text ours]:

One Like Son have produced a full blown rock record on the iPhone that sounds like it was recorded using thousands of dollars’ worth of gear. One Like Son have really set the bar for what can be done with an inexpensive mobile recording setup. Bravo!"

And this from Hamilton Feltman of Harmonic Dog [bold text ours]:

“One Like Son has gone off the deep end and produced an entire rock album, on a phone, and it sounds… amazing! The quality is outstanding, the production, superb. Five years ago, who would have guessed this would happen. On. a. phone.

If you haven't listened to the album yet, do yourself a favour and give it a listen now (above) and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.

Video: iPad Music Show Pilot from Sonic State

We think this pilot of a new iPad and Music show from UK based electronic music mavens Sonic State has definitely got potential. This is the second pilot episode.

There is a brilliant demonstration of the new MIDI features in the monster ThumbJam 2.0 update, but be warned, if you don't already own ThumbJam then you WILL want to buy it after watching this.


The guys are looking for a good snappy name for the video show and some feedback on the content, so be sure to check out their first pilot episode too and let them know what you think on the site.

We certainly hope the show goes ahead and we're looking forward to subscribing.

Ludovico Einaudi performs live on the BBC using 2 iPads

I'm a massive Ludovico Einaudi fan, his music has formed the soundtrack to much of my life during the last 6 years or so. I've had the honour of seeing him perform at The Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican Centre, experiences that I will never forget.

The Italian contemporary music composer and pianist is widely regarded as one of greatest composers of our time. His elegant and open music has been used in countless movies and TV shows, so much so in fact, that there is a very good chance that you have heard many Einaudi classics even if you didn't realise that Einaudi composed them.

We found out this evening that Einaudi uses the iPad to record ideas whilst travelling. In a BBC interview back in June, Einaudi performed I Giorni live on the show using 2 iPads, one for the left hand running GarageBand and the other for the right hand running ThumbJam.

As he finishes performing I Giorni with a huge smile, it's clear that this isn't the face of a musician who is frustrated by the limitations of expressing emotion with this digital device. He seems genuinely enthused by Apple's multi-touch wonder device.

As expected Einaudi prefers a Steinway piano for his live performances, but he mentions during the brief interview that he uses the iPad for his 'sketches' and for practicing musical ideas whilst travelling.

Just as we had always hoped, the iPad is fast becoming the computer that we had always craved for.

Islands by Ludovico Einaudi is a superb introduction to his beautiful music. Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

In the video above Einaudi can be seen using GarageBand and ThumbJam.

Many thanks for David Gilson for informing me on Twitter about the BBC interview.

iPad Used to Record Cover of a Classic Song

How about this then? Probably one of the most technically proficient iPad recorded songs we have ever featured, this Stairway to Heaven cover, played on the iPhone and recorded entirely on an iPad using Multitrack DAW, shows what can be done exclusively on iOS devices with some careful planning and probably quite a bit of musical talent.

YouTube user InrockK played this cover version with GuitarStudio and iShred from Frontier Design Group (thanks for the heads-up guys) and iGOG (Drums), with further instruments played via ThumbJam.

The interesting thing here is that InrockK has used a Behringer USB audio interface connected to the iPad dock connector via the CCK rather than going via the headphone socket with something like iRig or Ampkit Link. 

The result, although a little muzak sounding, is an impressive display of the iOS devices' potential to create and record music independently. It has also made us think again about Multitrack DAW which, amongst many other features, has waveform editing and a paid upgrade to 24 stereo tracks for recording!

What do you think? Tried anything similar yourself? Let us know in the comments.

ThumbJam comes home, time to break out the Top Gun theme!

I few hours ago we caught a tweet that managed to distract us the excitement and rumours surrounding the Apple press conference tomorrow. The tweet from ThumbJam reads, "The next update will not only fix ThumbJam for iPod touches, but also bring in native iPad support!" Much loud cheering and group hugging ensued. ThumbJam is an iOS app that fulfils that fantasy of many a young lad and probably a few lasses too. In short, it can turn almost anyone into a Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. The screen is divided into 'keys', and through skilful uses of scales, acceleration detection and multi-touch ThumbJam will have you pulling off crazy solo's with ease.

As you can see from the awesome video above -- thanks ElectricAlienCat! -- the current iPhone version scales up nicely on the iPad so we are expect big things from the universal version.

Be sure to follow ThumbJam on Twitter for all the latest news.

Further reading:   NanoStudio for iPad inbound   •   We want our iPad Jean Michel Jarre synth app, not excuses!