Long time, no groove… Garageband for iPad

After reading several reviews of Apple’s Garage Band for iPad, I couldn’t resist. For just 4,99 $ it seems to be the best 8 track recording studio I’have ever seen. If you are interested I recommend this review by iLounge. At least trying out the drums is something you shouldn’t miss. I especially like the integrated sampler, allowing you to record your own samples. External microphones would be a recommended accessory for this. There is a integrated sample library in addition to you own samples. All samples can be played on the keyboard, utilizing usual features such as pitch, modulation, sustain etc. Also you can create nice arpeggios using the integrated arpeggiator.

I can’t say there is anything missing from this app whatsoever. For just 4,99 $ it seams to be the best music app available on the iPad. In fact, it seems to be one of the best mobile music production setups. I hope professional equipment accessories will introduced in due time. I am thinking breakout cables with nice mic preamps for sophisticated recording capabilities.

 

 

Don’t stop the music… with Seamless

Just recently I discovered a very cool iPhone app, called Seamless. What it does is quite simple: It crossfades music playing in itunes on your Mac to your iPhone – seamlessly. You might think this is an app of no real use to anyone, but try it for yourself. I certainly wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Here is the ad for the app (nicely done by the way):

Source: Seamless from Five Details on Vimeo.

It works like this: You have to install the Seamless app from the Mac App Store on your Mac. While running the app, a seamless icon appears in the menu bar.

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In addition you need the Seamless app for the iPhone. The iPhone app links the iPhone with the desktop Mac. On the iPhone you just have to select the Mac for transitions. You have to be on the same network to do so.

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On the Mac you just have to allow the iPhone to transition music with itunes. That’s it.

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Now while playing your favorite songs in itunes you can open the Seamless app on the iPhone in order to crossfade the music. Of course the playing song has to be available within the iPod app on the iPhone.

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If so, you can transition the music from the Mac to the iPhone to leave with no interruption what so ever. It really works seamlessly.

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You can control your music with the iPod app in the iPhone, while itunes has stopped playing. Of course you can always transition back to the Mac. When doing so, itunes will continue your playback withour any interruption.

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The app is available for 0.99 $ in the itunes app store.. In celebration of the introduction of seamless there is a give away for a Bang & Olufssen BeoSound 8. Check it out, if you are interested.

Hans Zimmer and the Inception iPhone app

A week ago the free Inception iPhone App was introduced. It’s a project by the movie’s director Christopher Nolan, Michael Breidenbrücker and Hollywood’s star composer Hans Zimmer. As an absolute Hans Zimmer fan I tried it out immediately and I must admit, it is intriguing. It uses augmented sound through the iPhone’s headset to change the “dream” your are experiencing which is underlined by music composed by Hans Zimmer.

This app is a dream machine that transforms the world around you into a dreamworld. It uses augmented sound to induce dreams through the headset of your iPhone and iPod Touch. It will change your perception of reality.

Inception The App transports Inception The Movie straight into your life. New dreams can be unlocked in many ways, for example by walking, being in a quiet room, while traveling or when the sun shines. You will get realtime musical experiences, featuring new and exclusive music from the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer.

Source: “Experience your life as a dream” Inception The App

Hans Zimmer’s music alone is reason enough to get the app, but this augmented sound implementation is a live feedback loop into the actual music experience and is really amazing. Through this feedback you change the music and therefore the dream itself. The app contains 10 different dreams so far. These are:

  • Reverie Dream
  • Still Dream
  • Full Moon Dream
  • Traveling Dream
  • Action Dream
  • Sleep Dream
  • Quiet Dream
  • Sunshine Dream
  • Africa Dream
  • Limbo

To read some reviews about this dreams, look into the Dream Review Site. For more details and some words of Hans Zimmer about the project take a look at this video:

Hans Zimmer talks about Inception The App from RjDj on Vimeo.

Real time translation with augmented reality

As an augmented reality enthusiast I am intrigued by this new iPhone app called Word Lens by QuestVisual. It instantly translates printed words from one language to another with the built-in camera on the iPhone. The app itself is for free but the actual language pairs have to be bought via in-app purchase. Take a look:

Until now there are only English and Spanish packages available, so it does not come in handy in Germany but more languages seem to be in the making.