FactMag’s Top 10 Music Making Apps for iOS

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The newest software to add to your arsenal of musical creativity: iOS.

The iPhone and iPad are well known for being extremely user friendly, but when it comes to using them as instruments, they can be extremely daunting and complex. Luckily, FactMag has complied a handful of apps that make producing music on these devices easy and fun.

1. Garageband ($4.99)

It’s certainly not high tech or flashy software, but it was never supposed to be. Garageband keeps things simple and is a great tool for learning the basics of production.

“For those wanting to make use of those apps that have been collecting on your iPhone, there’s nothing better.”

2. Beatwave (Free)

The interface of Beatwave is a 16X18 grid of squares, each of which activate musical notes. While the software might not seem too deep on the surface, it has the potential to be a very useful tool once it is mastered.

3. Casio Chordana Composer ($4.99)

This app is perfect for the person with zero production experience. All you have to do is sing or hum a melody into the microphone, and the app will turn it into a full track. While controversial to say the least, this app is certainly a lot of fun if and requires very little work to make a decent sounding final product.

“The idea of an app that takes all the skill out of creating a track might seem beyond the pale to some, but if you’ve got no issues with letting an algorithm take all the fun out of things then Casio’s Chordana Composer is for you.”

4. Keezy (Free)

Keezy is essentially an 8-track MPC sampler. It’s extremely user friendly and comes with 15 pre-recorded soundboards already installed. However, the most exciting feature of this app is the ability to record you own soundboards using the mic on your iPhone or iPad.

5. Korg iKaossilator ($14.99)

When Korg first released the original Kaossilator, it was one of the first touch screen synths on the market. However, it quickly became irrelevant with the creation of the iPad, which could create a lot more sounds for the same price. Being the innovators that they are, Korg just modified the Kaossilator by changing it from a full blown machine into an app. While the preset synths are far from sophisticated, this app still provides hours of button mashing musical fun.

“Some of the presets are pretty cheesy, but there’s something pretty satisfying about being able to play a brostep bassline with all the wobble you could possibly desire.”

6. Moog Filtration ($6.99)

Like all of Moog’s devices, the secret of its success lies in the ladder filter. This app is a bit tricky for beginners, but if you’ve ever wanted to put your own recorded sounds through an LFO filter using an on board oscillator, this is the app you’ve been looking for.

Click on through to Fact Magazine to find out the final four in this comprehensive list.

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Korg Reveals Design of ARP Odyssey Re-Creation

The ARP Odyssey: the synthesizer that changed the music world forever. It was essential to the creation of techno and a key piece of equipment for legends like Herbie Hancock and Tangerine Dream. Sadly, the Odyssey hasn’t been in production since ARP closed its’ doors in the early 80’s.

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That is until 2014, when the Japanese electronics company Korg announced that they would be making a re-creation of the Odyssey. After almost a year of working with former ARP boss David Friend, Korg has revealed the plans for the Odyssey. While it’s faithful to the design and engineering of the original Odyssey, Korg has given the updated version MIDI and USB capabilities.

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“When I first saw this, it immediately brought back old memories.” – Herbie Hancock

While there is still no word on when it will be available and how much it will cost, Korg has stated that the Odyssey will be available in a black and orange and a limited edition black and white color scheme.

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The Six Best New Hardware Drum Synths

In this digital day and age, electronic musicians seem to be reminiscent of the analog sounds of the past. Most people would remember popular drum machines such as the 808 and the 909 and the impact they had on the world of music. Now a days, vintage analog drum machines are hard to come by. Recently, companies have been taking notice of the growing interest in hardware and creating new products.

Resident Advisor has tested and come up with the top six new drum machines on the market including products from Korg, Elektron, Dave Smith and More.

There’s this on the Nord Drum 2:

Add on to this a tasty set of effects that include drive, crush and EQ per channel, as well as an overall delay, and you’ll find you can squeeze some truly remarkable sounds out of this little guy.

Or how about the Vermona DRM1 MKIII?

If you want eight channels of analog beef at an affordable price, this is the right choice.

Check out all the results on their website.

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The Most Affordable Hardware Synthesizers in the World Today

 

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In bygone days hardware synths were a serious investment. Proper synthesizer instruments that made real sounds and had real knobs and faders to twiddle were reserved for those with serious cash to splash, and the rest of us had to make do with virtual recreations in the form of VST plugins.

The affordable end of synth market has, however, exploded in recent years. Big brands like Korg and Moog have begun to do the unthinkable and bring out high-quality synths in compact and sensibly priced packages, and producing competitively-priced hardware now seems to be the height of fashion.

Here’s your top 5 most affordable hardware synths.

1. Korg Monotron Range

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Highlights:

Cheap-as-chips analogue oscillators in pocket-sized boxes, each with a ribbon controller and built-in speaker. The original monotron features LFO and VCF controls, the monotron Duo adds a second oscillator whilst the monotron Delay adds a great – if fairly simple – delay section. They also feature a classic Korg MS-10/MS-20-style filter, which you can feed external sounds through. All three are irresistibly fun.

 

2. Korg Volca Range

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Highlights:

Three distinct boxes of compact, analogue sound for the sort of price you’d expect to pay for a top-end plugin. The Volca Beats offers four analogue drum parts, four PCM percussive synth parts and a great delay section. The Volca Bass features a three-oscillator bass synth and 303-style filter. The Volca Keys, meanwhile, is a three-note polyphonic synth with built in delay. All three feature step sequencers and a variety of performance features.

 

3. Meeblip Anode

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Highlights:

Cute and compact, the MeeBlip anode offers dual digital pulse wave oscillators and an analogue filter. It might be little, but it’s cleverly designed and offers a big, dirty sound.

 

4. Korg Monotribe

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Highlights:

The monotribe features a fleshed-out version of the analogue synth engine found in the monotrons, along with the classic filter, but it also adds a three part synth drum section and Electribe-inspired step-sequencer.

 

5. Waldorf Rocket

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Highlights:

A unique sounding analogue monosynth in a compact and very affordable package. Despite being merely a single oscillator synth on paper, the Rocket’s clever shaping options, excellent filter and Boost mode can create a deceptively broad range of sounds.

 

For the complete list of all 21 analog and digital hardware synthesizers under $1,000 follow this link.