Rumors: Apple preparing to introduce Sandy Bridge iMacs early next week

May 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is what has been reported by e.g. Apple Insider – Apple as early as next week will deliver a much-needed refresh to its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, adopting Intel’s newest family of Core processors and the latest in personal computing I/O technology

More specifically, people familiar with the matter say Apple plans to introduce the new models on Tuesday, May 3, swapping out the systems’ first-gen Core i processors and miniDisplay ports for second-generation Core i chips and the company’s new high-speed Thunderbolt port. However, rumors that 2011 would see changes to the iMacs’ display panel size  and the inclusion of 6000-series AMD Radeon HD chips, could not be confirmed with any degree of certainty.

In the days leading up to major product launches, Apple routinely makes certain requests of its various operating segments to assure the rollout goes as smoothly as possible. This week saw several of those measures put into place, according to those same people, who’ve continually provided accurate information when it comes the Mac maker’s future plans.

In addition, people familiar with the Cupertino-based company’s retail operations confirmed to AppleInsider that a “visual night” is similarly slated for the early morning hours of May 3rd. “So it is highly likely that whatever new product that is going to be refreshed or introduced will be done on [that day],” one of those people said.

APPLE GarageBand for iPad – demo

April 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.

Today’s chip tune: Amay- Aeriae

February 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.portablefilmfestival.com – 8-bit animated clip for Aussie electronic producer Aeriae’s track ‘Amay’ from the album ‘Hold R1.’ Characters and props were animated with Scott Anderson’s 8-bit software ‘Fantavision’ running on an emulated Apple II computer. Distributed by Tubemogul.

What´s new in Garage Band 11

October 21, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Wanted to share some of the new features in GarageBand 11, if you are a frequent user leave your thoughts on the new update:

- Flex Time and Groove Matching
Flex Time and Groove Matching are powerful tools that help you improve the rhythm and feel of your recordings. You can fix the timing of a note. Tighten the groove of your tracks. And easily create a great-sounding song.

- New Guitar Amps and Stompbox Effects
GarageBand brings you seven new guitar amps for a total of 12. They’re modeled after the most revered gear in the world — from clean sounds to heavy distortion and everything in between. You can also reproduce the sound of classic foot pedals with five new stompbox effects, making 15 to choose from. Mix amps with stompboxes and find thousands of ways to rock. And with the Apogee GiO (sold separately), you can control GarageBand hands-free, so you don’t ever have to stop playing. The GiO lets you control stompbox effects, recording, and transport controls with your feet. Plug an electric guitar into your Mac, crank it up, and let it rip.

- “How Did I Play?”
First GarageBand taught you how to play. Now it tests your chops. As you play along with any lesson, record yourself. GarageBand listens in real time and tells you how you’re doing. You’ll see how well you played with colored notes, a progress bar, and a performance meter. You can check your rhythm and note accuracy, keep track of your progress, and beat your best score — all while perfecting your skills.

- New Lessons for Piano and Guitar
With 22 new genre-based lessons (40 in all), you can pick up the basics of piano, guitar, or even both. Video demonstrations, synchronized notation, and instrument animations make lessons fun and easy to follow. And you can learn at your own pace. You’ll jam with the Blues Guitar and Rock Guitar series. You’ll master classical piano pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, or Chopin. And you’ll play Top 40-style piano with the Pop Piano series. The new built-in glossary is a great reference for tuning your guitar, changing strings, reading music, finding basic chords and scales, and more. With the Chord Trainer, you’ll master the most important guitar chords by shape, which makes it easier to keep them straight.

Xan / Human Boot Project

October 13, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Try for yourself to see what is going on :-)

Human Boot Project is a Japanese underground music unit, described as “a genre-breaker, fusing Jazz with Rock and Drum and Bass”.

Their music video for Xan is a time-lapse video that captures the production of the track in Apple Logic Pro.

Really cool I must say!

Fun stuff: After iPod, iPhone, iPad Job heads for his iHouse

September 29, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sometimes I get a little carried away and of topic, but this is quite funny

You may know that Steve Jobs was tearing down his old mansion. You didn’t know what he was building in its place. Until now.

After nearly a six years of detailed cost comparisons, environmental impact surveys, court appeals, and unrelenting legal kung fu with state and local preservationists, it appears the 1920s Woodside mansion Jobs bought in 1984 will finally have its date with the bulldozers.

In its place, the Apple CEO plans to erect a brand new $8.45 million single family home. And what might a man who’s described design as “the fundamental soul of a human-made creation” do when given the chance to build a new residence? Exactly what you’d expect…and also kind of not.

Urban Groove – featuring over 1.2 GB of high quality construction kits

September 17, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 
‘Urban Groove’ from R-Loops contains 6 construction kits perfect for hip-hop, RnB, urban pop and other urban genres. Inside you’ll find more than 90 royalty-free professionally mixed and mastered multi-format loops in 6 awesome construction kits.
‘Urban Groove’ features over 1.2 GB of high quality construction kits in the 75-97 bpm range. Available formats include WAV 24 & 16 bit, ACID WAV, Apple Loops, Reason Refill (4.0) and REX2.
Price: 17.20 Euro
Links:
http://www.loopbased.com
http://www.loopbased.com/hiphop-rnb-loops/urban-groove.html

Well he is not a ninja after all…

September 14, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just “slightly” of topic, hehe, but I just had to share this with you:

Apple this morning debunked a juicy rumor that Steve Jobs vowed never to visit Japan again after security guards forced him to throw away ninja stars that he attempted to carry onto his private jet.

The rumor was first published by Japanese tabloid SPA! Magazine and reiterated by Bloomberg, who quoted a spokesman confirming that a passenger was stopped at the end of July for carrying shuriken.

However, Apple in a statement suggested that the CEO is not a ninja after all.

“Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction,” Apple told All Things Digital. “Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”

Take a look at the Shiseido synth

July 5, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Shiseido @ Nordstrom, 2010, analog and digital synthesizers featured here. The sounds of the Shiseido synthesizer are featured, via a bank of two Apple Imacs running Supercollider and Imovie

Introducing Nanoloop for the iPhone

February 17, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comment 

Hi sending this off from a busy tradeshow in Barcelona (Mobile World Congress)

Had a chance to play around with this little beauty yesterday evening :-)

nanoloop-iphone

Nanoloop for iPhone (App Store link) combines sequencer, synthesizer and sampler in one package to bring vintage 8-bit Gameboy music goodnesss to the iPhone and iPod touch.

The app builds on Nanoloop for the Gameboy, but features a new software synth and features not possible on the Gameboy.

Features:

  • Six channels, each can be synth or sampler
  • Fast and easy to use stepsequencer
  • Synthesizer with envelope, filter, LFO and other parameters
  • Sample external audio or nanoloop’s own sound output
  • Song editor with loop function
  • Save function
  • Works on 1st gen iPod touch and 2.2 software
  • Send and receive projects via e-mail, using the iPhone’s / iPod’s e-mail program

Details below.

Sequencer

The sequencer displays the pattern as a grid of 4 x 4 rectangles. Notes can be set, removed and edited just by tapping and swiping. This editing without mode-changes and the straight, generous layout ensure a smooth workflow.

Unlike the Game Boy versions, nanoloop for iPhone only allows to set pitch and one additional value step-wise in the sequencer. All other sound parameters are controlled channel-wide through the synth panel.

Synthesizer

The simple but powerful synthesizer allows to create a great bandwidth of sounds, including beats, noises, basses and pads. Available synthesis types are:

  • rectangular wave with filter
  • FM
  • LFSR noise generator

Rectangular wave and LFSR sound similar to the Game Boy’s and other console’s soundchips but offer more fine control and additional effects (lfo / envelope for pulse width or filter, simple phaser for noise).

The FM synth is the simple type with two sine wave oscillators, with fixed base frequency and variable modulator frequency. An envelope / LFO can be applied to modulation amplitude or frequency. For a sweeping spatial effect, the modulator can be slightly detuned, with inverted phase for left/right.

Each synth channel is two-voice polyphonic and a stereo effect can be applied.

Sampler

Samples of one second length @ 44 kHz, mono (or about 5.5 sec @ 8 kHz mono or 0.5 sec @ 44 kHz stereo) can not just be used in a drum-machine style, but also be pitched and played as notes.

Recording sources for samples are the built-in microphone (iPhone only), a headset microphone (iPhone, iPod touch 2nd gen only) and nanoloop’s own sound output. The latter allows to create new samples from scratch, using up to five channels to create one single sound. Typical applications would be percussion (claps, snares etc), chords, arpeggio and microrhythmic / microtonal elements.

Share

With nanoloop for iPhone, you can send your saved projects to other nanoloop users via e-mail. If nanoloop is installed on the recipient’s iPhone / iPod, she/he can simply tap on the file name in the received e-mail to start nanoloop and import the attached file so that it is available for editing. This makes collaboration very easy, multiple users around the world can work on the same project by simply e-mailing the file back and forth. This function may also be used to backup projects on a PC.

This does not mean that files are sent as audio, data are in the native nanoloop format which can be read only by nanoloop. An export function to wav or mp3 is planned for future versions.

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