Composr – Online Music Collaboration

Composr – Online Music Collaboration

Although I think the idea for this app is absolutely awesome, I am not quite sure what to make of it. In the end, for something real the app just lacks the functionality of any basic recording setup. Also in chrome the performance is pretty poor, even the metronome is laggy… I did’t try the iOS App I must admit.

Collaboration is nothing new to music production although I admit, it is hard to find people to collaborate with on the internet. Once you find them, I suppose it is easier to work with conventional solutions like Logic or Garageband etc. and share files and projects via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Still, I am looking forward to see what the future might bring…

An evening with my Impossible Instant Lab – Creating Instant Photos

Since my bedroom wall is supposed to be decorated with Polaroid instant photos, I spent an evening with my Impossible Instant Lab, developing a series of photos with an iPhone 5 and the Impossible iOS App.

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The result being a bunch of color and black & white photos soon to be displayed in my personal little art gallery.

It comes at a price, though. 8 instant photos produced with Impossible Instant film sum up to 20 €, not considering the price of the instant lab. That one actually dropped recently from around 250 € to just 120 €.

So now is a good a time as any to start your instant photo experience even if you don’t want to buy an analog Polaroid camera like my Polaroid SX-70 Landa Camera.

Eve HomeKit Accessories

In September 2014 Elgato introduced Eve Smart Home Sensors supporting Apple’s HomeKit. I am not quite sure what to do with them really, but I am convinced I need stuff like this…

I can’t wait for a connected home. I would even consider renovating on a large scale to make it happen. For more information on the Elgato Eve sensors visit https://www.elgato.com/en/eve

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Source: eve – know your home, October 9 2014 

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Source: eve – know your home, October 9 2014 

My new boardgames… today: Walking Class Heroes

Take a look at my latest acquisition of boardgames:

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For anyone having girls in the house, I especially recommend Walking Class Heroes with the world’s most famous shoes… pretty scary…. They also have an iOS version of the game. See for yourself:

Further information about the game can be found at bitte-bitte.com. I also want to point out their contact mail adress, hallo-hallo@bitte-bitte.com. Love it.

A must have: iLaunch Thunder Rocket Launcher

I just recently came across the DREAM CHEEKY iLAUNCH THUNDER Rocket Launcher. It loads its battery via USB and can be controlled using bluetooth on any iOS Device with the iLaunch Controller App für iPhone, iPod and iPad. It has the ability to rotate 270° horizontally and around 40° vertically. It comes with 4 soft foam darts and they do have some power.

“Strike fear into the hearts of your fellow cube-dwellers with the iLaunch Thunder. Wirelessly controlled by your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, the iLaunch Thunder combines the best of Bluetooth technology and extreme innovation with a bit of insanity…

With a 270 degree horizontal rotation, a vertical flexibility of more than 40 degrees and a shooting distance of around 25 feet, the iLaunch Thunder will cover more than 1,400 square feet of your workspace. That definitely gives you more than enough coverage to declare some serious office warfare!”

Source: “iLaunch Thunder” DREAM CHEEKY

 

Controlling the rocket launcher with the app is very easy but not so precise. It is wirelessly controlled via Bluetooth by touch or gyro sensor control. The app comes with nice sounds and the ability to take pictures of your “target”. A nice addition to any future developed rocket launchers might be a camera for aiming.

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.

 

 

AC-7 Core – virtual DAW controller for the iPad

When using Apple Logic Studio 9, a DAW controller always comes in handy. Any control unit of higher quality easily costs more than $ 1,300 (e.g. the Mackie MCU). Now there is an alternative: the first sophisticated iPad DAW controller app AC-7 Core from Saitara Software.

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(Source: “AC-7 PRO: Sexy, Wirelss, Virtual DAW Control Surface For Your New Apple iPad” homestudioguru.com)

AC-7 Core is a range of wireless DAW control surface apps. The apps run on iPads/iPhones/iPod Touches running iOS4.2 or higher […]

Source: “AC-7 Core Family” Saitara Software

There are 3 versions available. They have different feature sets from reduced functionality to extension modules. In my opinion the AC-7 Core version is the only relevant one, priced at $ 7,99. It seems to come with the full set of features.

To use AC-7 Core, the iPad and the Mac running Logic (the app supports other apps as well) has to be on the same wireless network. Basically that’s it, thanks to Apple’s Core Midi framework in iOS 4.2. To see the app in action, take a look at this review.

Wether this app solves all your problems or not, it is quite a setup for small money. For myself I must admit I still want a Mackie MCU. Still, the AC-7 Core might come in handy in specific situations.

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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.