Kamelmauz: Aksal Movement

New recording based mostly in iPad production capacities is planned for release before December 1st.

This track will get a bit more attention in a mix for the master, yet it’s the first one to get my nod for the new record. Obviously a repetitive three note drone with sound effects, on the iPad it was largely designed as a patch in Drone FX and then outfitted with atmospheric sound designs using three synths, Grain Science, Kork IMs-20, and, Sunrizer, and, using Orphion as a touch controller. Then the track was piped to Logic for some convolution reverb touches.

iPad Music Show

An iPad has come into my house under the care of the mrs.. She’s let me put apps on it, yet understands I am holding out for IPad 3 in March. Meanwhile, I’ve really loaded the iPhone 4S up for the purposes of musical experimentation.

I have good will power, umm usually, so I can get away wit the tantalizing videos from SonicState. I will not b u y t h u m b m u s i c right n o w.

iPad app: Konkreet Performer

KONKREET PERFORMER is here! from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.

Another app trying to move me closer to getting an iPad. I’m trying to hold out for iPad 3, trying… If some developer came up with a killer sound design app, something like Metasynth for the iPAd, I’d be racing to the Apple Store. I note in this video Native Instrument’s Kore 2. How handy would it be to pair the iPad with a MacBook and a keyboard controller to manage software instruments? Very handy!

Bedroom Studio Gets In Bed

Years ago there was an audio application for PowerPC where you could plug in modules and trigger underlying samples with your keyboard. I think it was called Groovemaker. Then in 2001 Ableton released their first version of Live. There the basic concept was also built around triggering samples but you could organize groups of samples and build something like a time line. My Apple PC at the time, early 1998, was a PowerPC (750) G3 and it featured a 233ghz processor, soon enough, 46mb of RAM. In Khorasan was produced in between 2000 and 2001 using this system, running CuBase.

Scroll ahead ten years and consider the iPad as a platform for music making or sound design. 1 ghz processor, 256 mb system-dedicated RAM, IOS4 on chip, and up to 64gigs storage. The iPAD is roughly 4 times more powerful than the G3 that was the first brand new Mac I ever bought. The iPAD, 12 years later, poses an entry cost a third of that of the G3. The cool thing from my personal perspective is how an iPAD might offer up new capabilities for my sound designer’s toolkit. As it is, I’m waiting for the second iteration of the iPAD due this year, and would justify it just to be able read pdf journal articles before turning out the light every night. That I could plug a guitar into it seemed unreal, but not anymore. I’ve started to keep an eye on so-called IOS4 audio app landscape.


This video reminded a lot of the Groovemaker software from the olden days.

Basics from iPAD studio blog
Studio.HD for iPAD
iPAD audio thread, Macjams forum
Gorillaz New Album, The Fall, Recorded On iPad (from Synthtopia)

Alesis IODock coming soon and promising to serve as a patching center for MIDI, instruments and microphones, and computer.