TouchBells, it's 3 melodic Percussion intruments: à Vibraphone, a Xylophone and a Tubular Bells.
We can not really say that this App is for Pro musicians because of its lack of features that we need to have as the Audiobus, Inter App or MIDI ones. Despite this the sound quality is really good, the Keys are touch sensitive and the polyphonic.
You can record your performances and share them via iTunes files sharing or email m4a or TouchBells file.
A learn mode allows you to learn the 25 songs included in the songs library.
A Super App!
Gambi is a music player. A Stem music player (check out the definition at the end of this post). Have you read it? Yes No? ok, it's a multitrack music player. up to 32 tracks! It comes loaded with 72 chiptune tracks. Soundtracks from famous game consoles. Nintendo DS, Gameboy, Commodore 64, ... the player comes with a treble and bass eq and a reverb. you can mute a track and export the playing tracks via Audiocopy or iTunes files sharing. You can also use Audiobus to record the Master out to another App. You can also import your own Stem files in the same way or by using the open in feature from another App.
The App is very well done, very easy to use. I don't know other Stem files music player in the App Store...
The pre loaded tracks can be used for personal usage only.
A Must Have for all fans of chiptune soundtracks. For all the people who are using Stem files.
Review by Ed
Stem-mixing is a method of mixing audio material based on creating groups of audio tracks and processing them separately prior to combining them into a final master mix. Stems are also sometimes referred to as submixes, subgroups, or busses.
Some people consider stems the same as separation mastering although others consider stems to be sub-mixes to be used with separation mastering. There is some lack of clarity with regards to what a stem versus what is a separation. Semantically it seems to depend on how many separate channels of input are available for mixing and/or at which stage they are towards reducing them down a final stereo mix, with different people drawing the separation line at different places.
This technique originated in the 1960s with the introduction of mixing boards that were equipped with abilities to assign individual inputs to sub-group faders and then manipulate each sub-group (stem mix) independently from the others. This technique is widely used in recording studios to control, process and manipulate entire groups of instruments such as drums, strings, or backup vocals, in order to streamline and simplify the mixing process. Additionally, as each stem-bus usually has its own inserts, sends and returns, the stem-mix (sub-mix) can be processed independently through its own signal processing chain to achieve a different effect for each group of instruments. This technique is also practiced with Digital audio workstations (DAWs) in a similar way where groups of audio tracks may be processed and manipulated digitally through a separate chain of plugins.
Stem-mastering is a technique derived from stem mixing. Just like in stem-mixing, the individual audio tracks are grouped together to allow for independent control and signal processing of each stem and can be manipulated independently from each other. Even though this method is not commonly practiced by mastering studios it does have its proponents.
In audio production, a stem is a group of audio sources mixed together, usually by one person, to be dealt with downstream as one unit. A single stem may be delivered in mono, stereo, or in multiple tracks for surround sound.
In sound mixing for film, the preparation of stems is a common stratagem to facilitate the final mix. Dialogue, music and sound effects, called "D-M-E", are brought to the final mix as separate stems. Using stem mixing, the dialogue can easily be replaced by a foreign language version, the effects can easily be adapted to different mono, stereo and surround systems, and the music can be changed to fit the desired emotional response. If the music and effects stems are sent to another production facility for foreign dialogue replacement, these non-dialogue stems are called "M&E". The dialogue stem is used by itself when editing various scenes together to construct a trailer of the film; after this some music and effects are mixed in to form a cohesive sequence.
In music mixing for recordings and for live sound, stems are subgroups of similar sound sources. When a large project uses more than one person mixing, stems can facilitate the job of the final mix engineer. Such stems may consist of all of the string instruments, a full orchestra, just background vocals, only the percussion instruments, a single drum set, or any other grouping that may ease the task of the final mix. Stems prepared in this fashion may be blended together later in time, as for a recording project or for consumer listening, or they may be mixed simultaneously, as in a live sound performance with multiple elements. For instance, when Barbra Streisand toured in 2006 and 2007, the audio production crew used three people to run three mixing consoles: one to mix strings, one to mix brass, reeds and percussion, and one under main engineer Bruce Jackson's control out in the audience, containing Streisand's microphone inputs and stems from the other two consoles.
Stems may be supplied to a musician in the recording studio so that the musician can adjust a headphones monitor mix by varying the levels of other instruments and vocals relative to the musician's own input. Stems may also be delivered to the consumer so they can listen to a piece of music with a custom blend of the separate elements.
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Published on 18 Sep 2013
Boinkss is a random "noise" machine. I think that it's best for you to watch the Video Demo... I really love this little App because the sound it generates, because of the fun that I've had with it. Because also, I can make use of my talents as a painter... (check this post out) To conclude: It is the second App that I have tested from this developer, Sonicscan Touch and this one. Both Apps are really cool. The sounds generated are really original, the UI as well. The only thing is that, us iOS musicians, we need to have sharing features, at least one, the Audiobus... So, like for my other review, I have to rate it as a Killer App in the Entertainment category, and as a Super App in the Noise Machine category.
Review by Ed
App Store description:
Boinkss is a sound toy that uses simulated physics to create shifting sonic patterns and freeform sequences. The player draws colourful lines and shapes, then drops bouncing balls into their creation. The collisions of the balls results in dynamic and varied sounds. The different colours in the palette relate to different sound types, which can be combined in many different ways.
Draw, bounce, sound = Boinkss
- This application is now compatible with iPad3 or later, iPhone 4S or later, and iPod Touch 5th generation or later.
- Headphones recommended.
**Rated as a "Killer App" by Apps4iDevices**
OS >= 8.0
Songbirds is a relaxing music creation App. You will be able to play, record and share a music composed by yourself by previously selecting one of the three environments available. (You don’t need to be a musician to use this App). Before to share your video’s screen recording, you can add an audio track or a vignette video to it. By installing and launching the App, you will be a member of the Everyplay.com community. An anonymous one until you decide to fill your profile or not. There, you will be able to watch the video’s uploaded by other members, leave a comment on a video, and find your recordings. (Tap this link to check it out: https://everyplay.com/videos/4684340). Check out the tutorial also to learn about the 3 environments or watch the video demo. What can I add? That the App is very well done as well as the community. The sound generated from each environment is really beautiful. The App very relaxing. A Killer App!
Review by Ed
SoundForest hasn’t be developed for professional musicians, but for children and I would like to say unfortunately, because this App is so nice… Do you have a child? If yes, download this App, it’s free, then give it to your child. Let him play with it, then listen to his creation… I am sure that you will say like me… I want the same! Yes, Mister the developer, I want the same with more “funny” sounds, a Tempo setting and a sharing feature. Only that… SoundForest is a Killer App for children. For myself, I want to remember that I have this App, because who knows, or,e day, perhaps that I will use it… also, a big thanks to the developer because I had a lot of fun with SoundForest while I was making its review.
Review by Ed