iOS Music App Roundup: iMPC Pro, iMaschine Update, SyncMix, iConnectMIDI, Voxen, Eno • Hyde +

In this month’s iOS music app roundup we look at: the SyncMix MIDI / WYST / CV app, Apollo MIDI Over Bluetooth, iMaschine update 1.1, iMPC Pro, and Brian Eno and Karl Hyde’s augmented reality application to accompany their recent music outing on Warp Records.


iOS Music App Roundup July 2014:

SyncMix – Sync MISI, WYST, and CV


Klevgränd Produktion AB have developed a new app called SyncMix for the iPad and iPhone that allows you to Sync MISI, WYST, and CV through your phone’s data, audio, and wireless connections. SyncMix is available for US $3.99 in the App Store.

“MIDI is handled through the connector port, together with Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lightning Pin, depending on your Apple device. CV sync goes through a mini stereo audio cord connected to the headphones output. Wireless sync runs through any music application using WIST running on another device.”

iMPC Pro Now Available

After a series of videos highlighting the powerful features of Akai’s iMPC Pro application, the company has released the software with a price of $20, discounted to $12 as an introductory offer. iMPC Pro is available in the App Store. Read more about this app on the  Akai Pro site.

“Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad. Developed in partnership with Retronyms, iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.” - Akai Pro

iMaschine Optimized for iPad

Native Instruments have released an update to iMaschine that now adds native iPad support as well as new sounds, sampling from iTunes, and better editing features. The user interface has also been updated to enhance two-handed operation on the iPad. iMaschine is $4.99 at the App Store.

“Create a beat on 16 pads. Add a melody with the keyboard. Spice up your track with a field recording or lay down vocals, and even sample directly from iTunes. No matter which iOS device you use, iMASCHINE adapts to your screen size – a compact workflow for iPhone and an optimized iPad workflow for two-handed groove production.” – Native Instruments

Producer Jamie Lidell joins the Q-Kidz dance troupe for a house workout with iMaschine on the iPad. 

Voxen Vocal Synthesizer

Voxen is a new polyphonic “vocal synthesizer” for the iPad from developers Mod Phon Ltd. The company explains,”Voxen is *not* a text-to-speech system. You cannot provide it with lyrics and expect it to sing them. Voxen is a synthesizer that acoustically simulates a glottis and vocal tract, allowing you to manually control the sound. It synthesizes sounds, not words. Because a human voice is more complex than nearly any other musical instrument, a synthesizer of human voices is also very complex. To control one can require the real-time manipulation and coordination of dozens of separate parameters. If you are looking for something that creates a musical performance from a piece of sheet music and some lyrics on a scrap of paper, hire a good vocalist. On the other hand, if you are looking some new and different sounds, use Voxen.” Voxen is available now for US $15.99 in the App Store.

Apollo MIDI Over Bluetooth

Developers Secret Base Design have recently released Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, an app that provides MIDI connections for controllers, synthesizers, and sequencers, connecting a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac. The app is currently available for discounted price of $.99.

“Connecting synthesizers and sequencers across multiple iOS devices has been challenging, and there have been few options. For wired connections, you need multiple MIDI adapters (either dedicated iOS devices, or a Camera Connection Kit and generic USB MIDI). WiFi MIDI can have too much latency and jitter, making it unusable for music applications. With Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, you can easily connect a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac, using Bluetooth LE. Bluetooth LE is designed for low latency — ideal for music applications.” – Secret Base Design

Routing Audio with iConnectMIDI 2+

If you follow our iOS coverage, you probably know that we’re big fans of the iConnectMIDI line of products. In this video Jim McLauren shows how to route audio through the iConnectMIDI 2+.

“In this video I wanted to demonstrate some useful audio routing features pertaining to the iConnectMIDI2+. I wanted to use the audio passthrough to send the output of JamUp Pro (from positive Grid) digitally to my DAW. I thought I would lose the ability to use my guitar interface, but I found out that I could route the guitar that was already coming into my DAW through the iConnectMIDI2+ digitally to my iPad. The resultant processed sound could then be digitally sent back to my DAW for recording.” – Jim McLauren

Eno • Hyde Augmented Reality Music App

The Eno • Hyde app is a collaboration between musicians Brian Eno (Roxy Music, U2) and Karl Hyde (Underworld) that works as an augmented reality portal to go with their new Someday World album on Warp.

“Brian Eno, Karl Hyde and Warp have partnered with Lukasz Karluk (creator of HoloDecks) and creative studio Toby and Pete to present an interactive augmented reality’ iOS application, available now on the App Store for free download. Learn more about the project at ‘Someday World’ is out now, the special edition 2CD, CD, LP and digital download are available from.”