Summer sale for KORG Gadget and family

KORG have launched their customary summer sale for virtual instruments and applications. Until August 20, 2017 you can get Gadget for Mac, Gadget for iOS, and other iOS apps for up to half price. If you have been sitting on the fence about any of these, now would be a good time to get any or all of them.

KORG Gadget for iOS

In the three years of its existence, KORG Gadget has become one of the premier music making apps on iOS, due to its excellent collection of virtual instruments and sound content. It also features a user interface that is well suited for constructing loops, phrases, and indeed whole songs on a touch screen.

After long last, version 3.0 introduced the Zurich gadget for audio recording, so now you can make your own samples, or have vocals in your Gadget tracks. Along with audio input also comes the Rosario gadget for guitar amp simulation and multi-effects, so your Gadget tracks do not need to be made with only virtual instruments anymore.

The existing Gadget line-up already includes the original gadgets, but also KORG classics introduced later, such as the legendary M1 synth in the form of the KORG iM1 app for iOS (US $14.99 in the sale) – if you purchase it on the App Store, Gadget will detect and activate it.

The same applies to the KORG iWAVESTATION app for iOS (US $14.99 in the sale, with in-app purchases for additional sound cards for 40 % off), which gives you all the sound content available for the original KORG Wavestation synth for peanuts compared to the original, complete with improvements.

The third big gun is KORG’s version of the ARP Odyssey, in the form of the ARP ODYSSEi app for iOS (US $14.99 in the sale). If these won’t give you the synth sound you want, then it’s time to make your own, and these synths really deliver on that front.

Add to that the easy export of your Gadget projects as Ableton Live sets, and Ableton Link compatibility, and you have a very powerful music workstation on your iPad (and iPhone, although more screen real estate is definitely better here).

The full version of KORG Gadget for iOS is available on the App Store for the reduced price of US $19.99 until August 20 (the link should take you to your local App Store):

 

 

KORG Gadget for Mac

The Mac version of Gadget was released earlier this year, and while it is essentially the iOS version ported for macOS, there are some significant differences in presentation and content.

The macOS version uses the larger screen of the Mac for a 4-up display. Obviously this scheme works better on a 21″ iMac display, say, than a 13″ MacBook. Also, the macOS version gives you all the gadgets without any additional in-app purchases, unlike in the iOS version.

KORG’s decision to not distribute the macOS version of Gadget through the Mac App Store, but through their own web shop, does rob them of the opportunity to conveniently introduce new gadgets and monetise them like on the iOS version, but as long as any new gadgets become available through updates to the desktop app, there is no reason for the user to complain.

All the gadgets in the macOS version are available to other DAWs on your Mac as both Audio Units and VST plug-ins, so you can use them in Logic Pro X*, Cubase, and Ableton Live.

Purchase KORG Gadget for Mac in the KORG Shop: korg-gadget-for-mac.html

Source: http://www.korg.com/us/news/2017/0720/

Cubasis updated to 2.2, classic drum machines available

If you’re looking for an iPad DAW that has maximum likeness with the desktop workhorses, with a traditional lane-based sequencer and track-based effects, then GarageBand for iOS* may be too streamlined for you. Steinberg’s Cubasis* will be especially familiar to users of Cubase on Windows or macOS, but also to any user of a linear sequencer like Logic Pro X*. Newcomers may find Cubasis a little overwhelming, but if you can tackle the learning curve, it will not let you down as your needs grow to be more complicated.

The latest Cubasis 2.2 update* adds two features likely to help you put tracks together fast: Note Repeat for the easier programming of beats, and Track Duplicate for making exact copies of tracks and their settings.

There is also a new in-app purchase: Classic Machines gives you the sounds and some of the programmability of ten legendary drum machines. Obviously, names like SIX, EIGHT, NINE, LD1 and LD2 point to certain vintage beatboxes, without claiming to be exact clones.

There are also the usual fixes and improvements of a new version, and Cubasis supports Inter-app Audio, Audiobus and Audio Units. So in addition to the included Micrologue, MicroSonic, MiniSampler and the Roomworks SE reverb you get if you register the app with Steinberg, you can expand your options with synths and effects from the App Store.

Steinberg is running a summer sale on both Cubasis 2 and its in-app purchases through to July 18, 2017, so now would be a good time to snap it up at half price.

 

 

* = App Store and Mac App Store affiliate links

Holiday sales for iPad musicians

So your wallet survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday? It’s not over yet, now start the holiday sales. If you are an iPad musician, you owe yourself to check out these deals, since they are a great opportunity to stock up on amazing iOS music apps.

Here is a roundup of the sweetest end-of-year / holiday deals I could find. Prices are quoted at the time of writing, and may change at any time (probably won’t until their respective deadlines, but don’t blame me if they do).

Native Instruments iMASCHINE 2 is $4.99 (normally $9.99) – no indication of when the sale ends, but it is an essential purchase.
iMaschine 2 – NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GmbH

Elastic Drums half price ($4.99 not $9.99) until end of 2016:
Elastic Drums – O-G-SUS

Cubasis 2 special price until January 9, 2017 (now $24.99, regular price $49.99):
Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System – Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

KORG iWavestation 33 % off until January 5, 2017 ($19.99 instead of $29.99 )
KORG iWAVESTATION – KORG INC.

KORG Gadget 50 % off until January 5, 2017 ($19.99 instead of $39.99). In-app purchases are also discounted 33–50%.
KORG Gadget – KORG INC.

KORG iM1 50 % off until January 5, 2017 ($14.99 instead of $29.99)
KORG iM1 – KORG INC.

IK Multimedia Amplitude is 40 % off at $11.99 (regular $19.99) until December 31, 2016. Also some in-app purchases are discounted.
AmpliTube for iPad – IK Multimedia
AmpliTube – IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iPhone is $5.99 (regular $9.99) until December 31, 2016.
UltraTuner – Ultra Precise Chromatic Tuner for Guitar, Bass, Strings, Brass and More – IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia SampleTank is $11.99 (regular $19.99) until December 31, 2016.
SampleTank – IK Multimedia

Quantiloop live looper is $5.99 instead of $9.99. Grab it now, version 2 incoming!
Quantiloop – Live Quantizing Looper – Stephan Marx

Alexandernaut’s amazing Fugue Machine is on sale through January 12, 2017 (and all other Alexandernaut apps too).
Fugue Machine | multi-playhead sequencer – Alexandernaut

I don’t know how long the Arturia sale will last, but iSEM, iMini and iProphet are still $4.99 each, and iSpark is $9.99.
iSEM Synthesizer – Arturia
iMini Synthesizer – Arturia
iProphet Synthesizer – Arturia
Arturia iSpark – Arturia

I’ll probably add more when I come across more. I have personally purchased all the apps mentioned here now or earlier, so I should be able to answer any questions you may have about how they work, individually or together through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus. Many of these apps also work on the iPhone, but some have separate versions for tablet and phone.

The music of Super Mario Run

Nintendo’s Super Mario Run for iOS is finally out.

Download Super Mario Run on the App Store

 

 

 

Since I like to think about, and listen to, game music, before even playing the game itself I thought about what kind of music it might have.

And what do you know, a YouTube user by the name of ohnoskellitanz has already made YouTube videos of its music. It’s bouncy, it’s synthy, it’s gamey – well, what did you expect? Death metal?

I’m going to find out who actually did the music for the game and give them credit. In the meantime, here are links to those videos – just the splash screen and the music, no gameplay:

There could be more music, for all I know. Maybe I need to download the game now and start playing.

Black Friday software deals for iOS and macOS musicians

Should you? Of course you should – namely fill up your iPad, iPhone or Mac with sweet synths, effects and maybe even full DAWs, but use only the best software and take advantage of only the best bargains.

Here are a couple of choice examples of Black Friday deals on music software, in effect right now and extending days or weeks ahead. You don’t need to be American to appreciate the shopping madness that precedes Thanksgiving on Black Friday, and follows it on Cyber Monday.

The usual disclaimers apply: prices are quoted at the time of writing, and they may change in the future. Any deals are subject to the terms and conditions of the manufacturer or retailer. I’m not responsible for any errors or lost deals.

I will update this list occasionally if I hear from other good deals. You’re welcome to report some in the comments below.

IK Multimedia

Half price discounts on iOS apps (from $/€ 6.99 to 11.99 per app) until December 4th, 2016. This includes the following apps:

There are more, when I get the time to edit the list. Some in-app purchases for sound sets are also half price.

Loopers

Arturia

The great Arturia vintage synth emulations for iPad – iProphet, iMini and iSEM – are on sale for US $4.99, as is their iSpark drum machine for US $9.99.

Steinberg

The Cubasis 2 mobile DAW for iPad is on sale for US $24.99 (half price; seems like the launch sale is still going on, but I won’t complain: Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System

Moog

The amazing Animoog for iPad, Animoog for iPhone, and the new Model 15 for iPad and Model 15 for iPhone are on half-price sale at US $15.99 each.

DM2

The DM2 drum synth, a kind of successor or sibling to the DM1 drum machine, is just US $1.99.

KORG

KORG’s Happy Holidays Sale gets you their iOS synths and computer plug-ins for 50% off, and additional items from 33% to 50% off, until January 5, 2017:

  • KORG Gadget is US$19.99, and the Kamata, Gladstone, Madrid, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi gadgets are on sale.
  • KORG Module is US $19.99. The add-ons 80s Electric Piano, Mellow Tape Keyboard, TRITON Best Selection, PREMIER Vintage Organ, Ivory Mobile Grand, and Wurley Electric Piano are also discounted.
  • The iPad version of legendary M1 workstation synth, KORG iM1, is US $14.99. The M1 and T1 sound card packs are US $2.99 each.
  • KORG iPolysix for iPad is also US $14.99.
  • Another legend reproduced, KORG iMS-20, is yours for US $14.99.
  • KORG iELECTRIBE for iPad – KORG INC. is US $9.99.

KORG is also running a special launch sale on their brand new ARP ODYSSEi (see what they did there) for iPad and iPhone, a reproduction of the legendary ARP Odyssey hardware synth. Your piece of synth nirvana to be had for US $19.99 until 30 November, 2016.

LinPlug

LinPlug are having a 40% off seasonal sale on synths like Spectral, MorphoX and CRX4, and soundware. See the LinPlug website for eligible products and cart code.

Klevgränd

Korvpressor – smart dynamic hotdog device, or adaptive compressor/limiter with a neat user interface for the iPad, is US $2.99. The AU/VST version for macOS is also 63 % off.

Alexandernaut

Fugue Machine, multi-playhead sequencer for iPad, is 50% off or 4.99 € until 29 November, 2016, and so is Arpeggionome Pro. To top off the Alexandernaut Autumn Sale, Arpeggionome for iPhone is just 0.99 €.

iZotope

Until November 30, iZotope Trash 2 is US $29, bundled with DDLY.

VirSyn

VirSyn has their iPad synths for 40% to 50% off:

Arturia

Arturia’s Sense of Sound promotion runs until January 10, 2017. Special price for V Collection 5, individual instruments 50% off, and special offers for existing customers (mine was good, so thanks Arturia!).

Propellerhead Software

Propellerheads have good deals on Reason ReFills and Rack Extensions in their Rack/Black Friday campaign until 27th November.

There is also a Holiday Offer on Reason 9: buy it and get €/$ 430 worth of Rack Extensions.

Native Instruments

Native Instruments wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving with 50% off of selected products, like MASCHINE expansions, synths like Massive and Battery, and soundware like Alicia’s Keys and Studio Drummer, until December 5th, 2016.

Sugar Bytes

Black Friday Madness has Sugar Bytes’ iPad apps for 33% to 50% off until Monday:

Their VST/AU plug-ins are all $69 for a limited time, except for the brand new Factory synth.

Nucleus Soundlab

Nucleus Soundlab has Black Friday prices for some of their Reason ReFills and virtual instruments like Viral Outbreak, until December 2nd, 2016.

…aaand stay tuned for more. Did we miss a deal? Probably! Report it in the comments below!

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