New iPad Music Apps: Yamaha TNR-i, FL Studio Mobile, Quiztones – New Movements in iOS

This month we dig into the world of iOS application development for music production on your iPad and iPhone. These devices have become very popular for on-the-go producers and the features of Apple’s latest operating system allow for some handy integration with your hardware gear and computers. In this piece we’ll take a look at the new Tenori On iPad app by Yamaha, an ear training app from Audiofile Engineering called Quiztones and the highly anticipated FL Studio Mobile application.

Yamaha has been hard at work with technology aimed at your iPad this month. First came the announcement of 7 MIDI based control surfaces that allow you to control Yamaha synthesizers from your ipad. Pretty neat. But the latest announcement from Yamaha has us very excited as they are releasing an iPad version of Toshio Iwai‘s brilliant Tenori On music interface. While the iPad doesn’t have the buttons and physicality of the original device it maintains the 16 x 16 grid and functionality of the original. TNR-i has been released in Europe via the iTunes store but are waiting patiently to reach the U.S. store. More reports on this cool app when we can get our hands on one. In the meantime check out Peter Kirn’s in-depth coverage over at Create Digital Music. Here’s a bit of what he has to say about the TNR-i: On the road from futuristic instrumental concept to real-world product, the yamaha tenori-on as shipped lacked some of the functionality its creator, gifted media artist toshio iwai, originally imagined. notably, wireless networking, which promised social music-making with other devices, was gone, replaced with a more-limited midi connector. Now, in a surprisingly literal translation from the hardware to ipad, it appears the tenori-on has added that feature – but lost some of its charm.” – Peter Kirn

After months of speculation (and excitement from fans), Image Line has released a version of FL Studio called FL Studio Mobile (Fruity Loops for you old-schoolers) that runs on the iPad and iPhone. The iPhone version goes for $14.99 while the (much cleaner and obviously bigger) and the HD iPad app goes for $19.99 (apparently an introductory price that will go up in the near future.) While there are many DAW, multitrack and step sequencer applications for the iOS platform, Image Line has done something new that we hope to see other companies implement: integration between the iOS app and your desktop application. This app will allow you to work on a project on your home computer (in FL Studio) and then save the project to the iOS app for on-the-go editing (are you listening Propellerhead and Native Instruments?) Now of course it’s not as simple as that. For starters FL Studio has always been a PC-only application. In addition the interface for transferring files to your computer is clunk at best and Mac users have no FL Studio on their computer at home. But I must say that integrating iOS software with the software on your home computer is a step in the right direction and a tool that many of us would love to have.

Over the past year we have seen exponential growth of music creation apps for the iOS platform. These days they are almost too numerous to keep track of and many audio-specialist companies are thinking forward and designing new music tools for the iPad and iPhone that do different things than record, play or sample music. One of the more interesting apps to hit the App Store this week is Audiofile Engineering‘s Quiztones – an application aimed at training your ears to accurately identify different frequencies across a multitude of sounds. This sort of training usually shows up in music engineering courses and it’s nice to find a three-dollar app that aims to make better engineers of us all. Grammy Award Winning engineer Edward J “UK” Nixon had this testimonial to share, “As a professional audio engineer my most prized tool is my ears. Developing this acute sense of understanding can take years of development. With Quiztones, both aspiring and professional engineers alike can now develop and sharpen the skill(s) of ‘truly musical hearing’ while on-the-go. Quiztones is both fun and educational, merging the two into an addictive and beneficial mobile app.”

Michael Walsh is the Editor of Dubspot’s Blog, a producer of audio/visual art and a journalist living in Southern California. Read more of his work at soundsdefygravity.com

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  • djxgroove
  • 6/29/2011

la tecnologia esta a todo lo que da

  • djxgroove
  • 6/29/2011

y ami me gusta mucho pero aplicarla en produccion de musica ahi se saca todo lo el mayor provecho