January 3, 2014
There were a lot of great new musical instruments, audio software developments, and music technology that came out this year. As NAMM 2014 approaches, we wanted to take a retrospective look at some of our favorite releases from the past year. While this is not an exhaustive list, and there were certainly some things that got left off, we encourage you to post your amendments in the comments below so we can all revel in all of the great releases of 2013. As we gear up to cover all the secret new products from NAMM 2014, here are our top 10 picks of 2013 in no particular order.
Ableton Push & Ableton Live 9
Arguably one of the top releases this year was the Ableton Push controller as well as the update to Ableton Live 9. The Push controller was one of the most talked about pieces at Winter …
December 15, 2012
The creators over at Audiobus have a pretty good strategy about how their software company should be run. I don’t have the greatest analogy here, but one thing I can compare it to next to is toilet paper. I’m not saying that you should wipe your ass with your iPhone or that a person should go out and buy 1000 copies of Audiobus – I’m saying that in the long run, everybody will need this app. After all, you have a choice of what type of toilet you buy and what kind of soap you shower with – but everybody needs toilet paper, no matter the type or cost.
Audiobus is not that great of an app by iself, in fact, it does nothing by itself. Audiobus is used to let two music apps communicate with each other, a virtual patching of sorts. So far, they have a short list …
December 9, 2012
Some apps that roll out for iOS devices do so nonchalantly. They literally rely on nothing else expect their value to hopeful users who might pass the word on to a friend. Of course, if you have a fun or useful app – this is all you really need to get started. A single programmer might spend months in an individual effort to create an original app, with little development or research costs other than the time it took, sitting behind a computer screen. Once that app is released to the app store, it’s officially off in la-la land where it’s up to the harshest critics to determine whether or not it’s worth of a few dollars spent.
This is not the story of Audiobus. The folks for working to make Audiobus a reality have spent months on end making sure that its release is nothing short of a spectacle. …
November 30, 2012
Propellerhead has sort of been behind the scenes in terms of production lately. Many of the big DAW and software producers out there have been expanding horizontally; adding actually hardware and gear to their repertoire. Even businesses that have nothing to do with DJ gear have taken the same approach, slowly bridging the gap between hardware and software. Native Instruments has pushed past Rane in this respect, offering a plethora of Traktor certified gear that couples nicely with their controller offerings. Propellehead has been working on projects large and small.
One of their more recent “fun” projects was Propellerhead’s “Figure” for iOS, which turned out to be a fun little music making app with the potential to become something real. ReBirth has always been a popular plug-in for DAW users (mainly FL Studio guys) but until now it was only available for PC – and Reason still holds ground as …
September 25, 2012
Propellerhead had introduced a neat little app for iOS devices a couple of months ago, that was geared toward production minded audiences as a small intuitive music making toy to noodle with. Although it was simple in form, it was actually very addictive – but it had its shortcomings, like not being able to save your prized works.
After this problem became apparent, a quick update allowed users to export their creations to actual desktop computers, but this wasn’t enough. Well, the newest version 1.2 had added support for AudioCopy and WIST. Now multiple devices can be controlled and triggered through a single app, and audio can be copied directly into Pasteboard compatible apps.…