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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Soulless » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:06 am

I once posted my affection for Roli Noise, a free download then, and now. It has improved since, changed rather substantially. The latest incarnation seems intended to fold in the Blocks capabilities. I have one Block as of this week, and a Seaboard. They do not presently meld well, Blocks is a suite of hardware with a lower entry price point than the Seaboard line, but is similar in capabilities and quite versatile. Maybe more versatile. Take a look, it is free to use, but there are low cost in app purchaseables. It sounds good and is portable fun. No hardware needed other than an iPhone or iPad. The Blocks are available to make it more fun.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby John Willett » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:28 am

One app I have found excellent is Duet display :thumbup:

This little £15 app turns your iPad into a second display for your computer.

This is an excellent app and I am using it now.

While using your DAW, you can have varous things open on the second screen, while using the main screen.

For the minimal cost of £15 it saves you having to buy a second screen.

Superb and highly recommended (and it will work with a PC as well as a Mac) :thumbup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby ore_terra » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:36 pm

got that one as well. it's pretty good.

I use it when I'm on the road with the laptop.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Richard Graham » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:27 pm

Agree about the Model 15. Got mine for a shade under a tenner. Brilliant. Plugged an old Korg NanoKontrol in there using a generic camera control kit, mapped the sliders to the Model 15's knobs: instant "analogue"!

Between that and the Korg M1 I've got analog and digital covered.

On the subject of equipping your iPad or iPhone with a MIDI in, you may not have to.

Korg's MicroKey Air keyboards transmit MIDI over Bluetooth with no hassle, negligible latency, and 100% reliability (in my experience). If you can handle the mini-keys they are also a very nice feeling keyboard, streets ahead of (for example) the Akai LPK-25.

You also get various bits of software, including a very nice acoustic piano, electric piano, strings and Hammond organ, in the form of Module Le. Runs on a modest spec: I can use my iPhone 5s as a wireless sound module!

Oh, and has anyone mentioned SynthMaster Player yet? It's bloody marvellous and you can get your hands on gorgeous, inspiring sampled mellotrons and hammond and things as a a £5 IAP (Art Rock Basics).
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:12 am

Moog now have the Model D app...
https://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps ... odel-d-app

I have both this and the Model 15 and they sound great, but I've had no joy with integrating them with the computer using iPhone/Windows 10/Ableton and the Studiomux app. The user manual for the latter is atrocious for the Studiomux Server element of it.

Having just switched to Mac am hoping I can finally get these to work in a useful way.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dan LB » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:52 am

Thor by Propellerhead. Paid app. My favourite synth I’ve used on iOS. :thumbup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:24 pm

Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:36 pm

Dave.P wrote:Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/

Are you able to get sound via the lightning cable into your DAW and send MIDI out to Synth One from the DAW to sync it?

See my post above regarding the Moog apps. I still haven't been able to successfully do it. Makes any iOS apps a bit of a waste of time for me.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby zenguitar » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:53 pm

redlester wrote:
Dave.P wrote:Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/

Are you able to get sound via the lightning cable into your DAW and send MIDI out to Synth One from the DAW to sync it?

See my post above regarding the Moog apps. I still haven't been able to successfully do it. Makes any iOS apps a bit of a waste of time for me.

It can be done, but not just with a lightning cable. I have the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+ which is a USB MIDI interface for Mac/PC which is also a MIDI host for additional USB devices and a pair of USB/lightning interfaces for iOS devices which carries both MIDI and audio between Mac and iPad/iPhone.

https://www.iconnectivity.com/products/ ... tmidi4plus

There is a smaller version too.

You need to set up an aggregate device in your Mac audio settings. So far I've not used it in anger, but it is incredibly sophisticated in handling multiple MIDI devices with different connectors.

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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:02 pm

I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:29 pm

Dave.P wrote:I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.

Looks like the Alesis is specifically for iPad? I would require someting for iPhone use. I do have an iPad gathering dust but it's a second generation one and incapable of running any of these synth apps. My phone, however, is an iPhone XS.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:35 pm

zenguitar wrote:It can be done, but not just with a lightning cable. I have the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+ which is a USB MIDI interface for Mac/PC which is also a MIDI host for additional USB devices and a pair of USB/lightning interfaces for iOS devices which carries both MIDI and audio between Mac and iPad/iPhone.

https://www.iconnectivity.com/products/ ... tmidi4plus

There is a smaller version too.

You need to set up an aggregate device in your Mac audio settings. So far I've not used it in anger, but it is incredibly sophisticated in handling multiple MIDI devices with different connectors.

Andy :beamup:

This looks like what I might need. I will bear this in mind for future, as it has three sets of MIDI DIN in-outs as well.

After years of not bothering with this music lark, when I rediscovered my love for it a few years back I intended to do everything "in the box" and have largely kept it that way. But strangely I now find myself with (as well as all the software synths and sample libraries) a Moog Subsequent 37, a DFAM and a Volca Keys.

It's starting to expand outwards. Like my stomach! :mrgreen:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:25 pm

redlester wrote:After years of not bothering with this music lark, when I rediscovered my love for it a few years back I intended to do everything "in the box" and have largely kept it that way. But strangely I now find myself with (as well as all the software synths and sample libraries) a Moog Subsequent 37, a DFAM and a Volca Keys.

There's no hope for you now, my friend. Sorry to be the one who has to break the sad news to you.

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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:38 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:There's no hope for you now, my friend. Sorry to be the one who has to break the sad news to you.

That's what I was thinking myself.

Can you let my wife know please CC? :SOS: :beamup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:45 pm

redlester wrote:
Dave.P wrote:I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.

Looks like the Alesis is specifically for iPad? I would require someting for iPhone use. I do have an iPad gathering dust but it's a second generation one and incapable of running any of these synth apps. My phone, however, is an iPhone XS.

You can use it with an iPhone if needed - just use a lightning extension cable....
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