iPhone/Touch Roundup: BtBx Acid Bass, iDrum Workflow and Babies, OpenSoundControl App

It’s iPhones being used by cute babies! And if that doesn’t sum up the ways in which Apple’s mobile is divisive, I don’t know what does. It’s time for our Monday round-up of the latest from the Apple iStuff world. I’ve never been an advocate of the iPhone and iPod touch; the idea is to cover all digital music platforms on CDM, and as regular readers know, I have no love of Apple’s strict NDA and restrictive developer policies. But I did find this reader comment by PLP amusing: I was getting annoyed with the amount of iphone info on …

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Intua BeatMaker Arrives for iPhone/Touch: Sequencer, Sampled Drum Pads

Intua is the first to get a full-fledged music creation app on the iTunes App Store, with an MPC-style sampler and step sequencer, plus effects, for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This isn’t just a toy for triggering sounds or a useful utility like a guitar tuner; it’s an actual music app on which you can produce whole songs. As with any mobile app, there are tradeoffs versus a desktop tool – but its simplicity is likely to be part of its appeal. US$19.99. Most importantly, it’s available now. The basic features: 16-pad sample triggering. Drum kits and other samples, …

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Weekend Inspiration: Control Ableton Live with Your iPhone

While we’re having a weekend of Live tutorials, here’s another one for you, this time using your iPhone / iPod touch. Now, I’m not sure I’d want to do a whole set like this, necessarily — but here’s a thought: you could use this to do some sound checks out in the house instead of stuck behind your laptop listening through monitors. I’m sure there are other applications, as well. Enjoy! The secret ingredient this time is i3L (pronounced “eye thrill”), the MIDI bridge app from VJ superstar group artificial eyes out of Turkey. They note that Mexican audiovisual collective …

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Control Music and Visuals with iPhone/iPod, Free Via Pd

The storied iThing. Photo: CC Nathan Makan, via Flickr. Multi-touch controller goodness is now as close as your nearest iPod Touch or iPhone; all that remains is to hook it up to some creative music, visuals, or others. (I would prefer the iPod Touch for this reason; then you don’t have to worry about using it as a phone — draining the battery in the process — or needing AT&T service.) Olle Holmberg has a new solution for using the Touch/iPhone as a controller, by translating input to OpenSoundControl (OSC) and, if you prefer, MIDI messages. He writes: I was …

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iPhone, iPod Touch as Music Controllers: Transmit MIDI or OSC

The iPhone and iPod Touch have big, pretty screens, plenty of space for touch control, and fit in your pocket for lots of other useful things (like, you know, calls or music or whatever these things were invented for). So, why not put them to use in performance? Just this week, Create Digital Motion has picked up two new solutions for doing just that, free: MIDI Control with iPhone and iPod Touch: i3L MIDI Bridge Mrmr : iPhone + 10.5 + Quartz Composer = Wireless VJ Nirvana Mrmr’s support of OSC is geared for VJ apps, but something similar could …

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