June 29, 2011

Shit Just Got Real...

by Chris Randall

TNR-i, the Tenori-On clone for iOS created by Yamaha (so it would stand to reason it's pretty close) is now available in the US app store finally, a week after it appeared in Japan and the UK. You can grab it here. Note that I haven't purchased this yet, and am in no way endorsing it. We get iTunes gift cards as a reward from one of our credit cards, and I'm waiting for this month's to arrive so I don't have to, like, pay real money for it. If you've purchased the app, please let us know the good, bad, and ugly. Does it work with CoreMidi, or is the only way to sync it with that stupid Game Center method they came up with? And does it work in Landscape mode? Those are my two main questions.

Slightly related, the Alesis IO Dock is now available for ordering, $199 at Amazon. I played with this a bit at NAMM, and assuming the shipping version is the same as the one I fucked with, it's a solid little piece of kit, and turns the iPad from a cute but slightly annoying device to an actually useful musician's tool in one fell blow.

Now, it is worth mentioning at this juncture that I have it on good authority that, unless you're in any particular hurry, it might be a good idea to wait a couple months to make a purchasing decision vis-a-vis the IO Dock. I can't say any more than that, but I think you can figure out what I'm getting at, without me beating you over the head with it.


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Jun.29.2011 @ 4:56 PM
Maybe someone can help me out here with this....are there any apps that are xox style sample players for drum one shots...think technobox...that you dont have to load the samples one by fucking one... you know with like handy < and > buttons to fly through a sample folder.. on the ipad that is.... Nerve does this fine on me lappy...

But er-1.... akai synth...touch OSC...korg doo-dads..tenori on... these things are making the $350 gen one ipads looking attractive...

Jun.29.2011 @ 6:18 PM
just saw this.. does this mean it's now "full of techno"? ;)

link [matrixsynth.bloot.co...]

isn't rebirth on the ipad? surprised i haven't heard acid technipad orchestra yet

edit: oh yeah.. duh

link [rebirthapp.com]

Jun.29.2011 @ 6:24 PM
Boobs... I think Technobox shits on it...

Jun.30.2011 @ 12:50 AM
I stopped by the Mega Lo Guitar Mart out in the suburbs yesterday when after picking up a 1x1 MIDI at a local lesser evil guitar chain (Daddy's Junky) for the very purpose of piping some MIDI in/out of the iPad. Anyway, they had a couple of these on the shelf. I didn't open the box or anything, but I have to say I was sorely tempted to take it home. The box makes it look really solid and useful. ;-)

I had the good sense to ask myself, do I really, really need this? Do I really need this *right now*? I honestly thought to myself, 'Well, if it's a good product 1 of 2 things will happen. a. It will stay in production or b. It will stay in production and get an upgrade. If it's crap, I just saved myself a bunch of money letting other people find that out. Let me wait a few months, and if it solves a problem I'm actually having, not one I can possibly think I might have if I really apply myself, then I can look at buying one.'

I'm feeling a lot more confident in my hunch right along now. Cheers.

Jun.30.2011 @ 9:17 AM
After thinking about it for a day or so, I'm with Puffer re the IO Dock (and iPad). What would it do for me that my current stash of gear (and other sundry devices) don't do already? .

Jun.30.2011 @ 9:18 AM
Don't answer that, rhetorical question....

Jun.30.2011 @ 12:48 PM
i'm with chaircrusher. touchpads are highly over rated as instrument/gear controllers. I have no desire for one, except as possibly a portable interwebs reader. and it damn sure wouldn't be one that has an iName.

Jun.30.2011 @ 1:59 PM
I got an iPad 2 about two months ago. I was unsure if I would use it very much but my curiosity was so high that I wanted to check it out. Two months in I can say without a doubt that this is the future of computing and I am selling my laptop ASAP. People who hate Apple are just those who hate all things that are beautiful and functional. Yes, Apple products are more expensive but the experience is far superior and things work the way they should.

Jun.30.2011 @ 3:31 PM

I've had the exact opposite experience as you. I wanted one so bad that I eventually convinced myself to buy one. Though I've picked up most of the music apps for it, I'm having trouble working them into my musical workflow. Aside from music, I find it doesn't do anything my laptop and phone can't do, while at the same time replaces neither.

I hate to say it, but it seems the iPads main purpose has become checking imdb to find out what else that actor has been in while watching a movie with my wife.

Jun.30.2011 @ 3:32 PM
i'd love an ipad as a touch controller at some point. would be nice for automation.. you know. that app that mirrors your computer.. mirror the DAW or use it for the meta surface in audiomulch or the various morhping things in other apps.

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