Guitar amplifiers have been going through an identity crisis lately. For years, one amp with a good sound was all fine and dandy, but then digital technology figured out how to capture and cram the sounds of many amps into one program--and who doesn’t like choice? Now the realm of digital amp emulation comes to Apple’s handhelds with AmpliTube, aided and abetted by the iRig adapter, and the results are rocktacular.
Internet radio offers options well beyond the powers of old-fashioned
broadcasting, but something’s still missing--that’s because many music
apps don’t go the extra mile themselves to let you record
internet-radio streams. Radio Gaga plays and records thousands of
stations, but the more you try to do with it, the more you’ll only hear
If you’ve ever found yourself diving for your phone to silence an
embarrassingly juvenile ringtone (mine is a Guns N’ Roses song, but I
don’t embarrass easily), iRingPro can keep you from being “that guy.”
Sure, you could just use one of the iPhone’s 25 packed-in ringtones,
but how generic is that? iRingPro’s Origin, Tek, and Zen collections
offer ringtones of sophisticated taste and style. But they’re more than
just nifty sounds--they’re thoughtfully designed for the needs of the
iPhone user, who, let’s face it, is used to a top-notch experience all
We all know that iTunes can be a bit of a resource hog when you're
playing music through it while Photoshopping cats' faces onto your
friends' heads and browsing for pictures. But apparently for some users,
it can be even more of a problem.
There are two camps in the world of DJing--analog purists and the
cutting-edge digital folks. The purists hold on to their vinyl like
children clutching their favorite toy, while the digital folks look for
the best way to rock the house and steer clear of the poor house. The
latest update to djay by algoriddim allows you to rock the beats
without breaking the bank.
Apple threw a fastball to the chin of third-party software publishers
when it introduced the Logic Studio bundle a few years ago. This
pro-level music-creation package offers a be-all/end-all combination of
MIDI and audio recording tools, with a cool side helping of MainStage,
which brings Logic to live performances. Our last review of Logic
Studio pointed out that the guitar-processing capabilities were a bit
on the weak side, but Apple has made improvements in the newest
incarnation of Logic Studio. The latest package includes new features
that immediately made our “must-have” list, and our guitar fetish has
been amply satiated with rather stunning new amp and effects emulations.
Soundtrack Pro is a multitrack audio editor intended to be used as part
of a video workflow, though it’s equally adept at standalone audio
projects. It was once sold separately, but for the last few years, it’s
been available exclusively as part of the Final Cut Studio and Logic
Studio bundles. The latest incarnation, version 3, offers a wide range
of fine-tuned interface tweaks and a few new tricks that will make
anyone who produces pro audio take notice.
Initially we all had just one Mac and one iPod. We’d dutifully sync our iPod with our Mac, and life was grand.
Then we got a MacBook, another iPod, and finally, an iPhone. Soon it
was apparent that our music library was scattered across multiple
machines and the idea of trying to figure out which machine had which
songs became an onerous task. So we just threw them all together,
resulting in tons of unwanted duplicate tracks.
For several years now, the music industry has had quite a scam going.
No, we’re not talking about the insane price of physical CDs. And no,
we’re not talking about the fact that major label artists--the folks
who actually did the work--make pennies on the dollar for the sale of
those CDs. We’re talking about ringtones. iPhone users are luckier than
most--iTunes will let you buy a ringtone for a mere 99 cents. Other
cell carriers and plans can charge up to several dollars more. If
you’re big into custom tones, that can add up fast. Ringer can help you
quickly create your own iPhone ringtones from your existing media. No
longer are you subject to iTunes’ sometimes spotty ringtone
In the pantheon of music-creation software, Live has always presented
an original and truly innovative approach to making music in the studio
and onstage. In this latest release, Ableton has delivered a very
strong balance of new features and interface tweaks, which will
definitely please existing Ableton fans and likely turn the heads of
folks more accustomed to using audio software like Apple’s Logic and
Digidesign’s Pro Tools.