iPad for music applications

ac7proSince the introduction of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, a lot of music-related apps have become available. Despite it's limited screensize, as well as other hardware and processor speed limitations, some of these apps are quite impressive.

 

In Apple's appstore, the most important types of music applications are in the following area's:
1) Personal radio (e.g. Pandora radio, Last.fm)
2) Radio broadcasting (e.g. iHeart radio)
3) Musical instruments, drum computers, synths (e.g. Ocarina)
4) Music tools, scratching, recognition, lyrics, chord voicings, tuner (e.g. Shazam)
5) Artist (e.g. Lady Gaga)
6) Recording/Sequencing (e.g. FourTrack)
7) Controller (e.g. TouchOSC)

 

With the recent introduction of the iPad, some of the above music app categories might benefit a little extra from the enlarged screensize, in particular the controller section. Of course it is still early days to see how this all develops but due to its large touch sensitive interface there is definitely a future for tablet PCs in music!

 

Createdigitalmusic.com gives an excellent overview of music app developments on iPad. 

Tagged under: iPad music apps

About me

I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!

In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.

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