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.

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

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

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.

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.



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.


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


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.


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


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 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.


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.


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 €.


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


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


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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KORG Monotron Delay – analog pocket filth

Analog filth or digital clean? Most of us go for the analog, if only for the fun of twiddling actual knobs. I can’t believe I’ve had a KORG Monotron Delay* for three years now, but have never written about it.

Not much bigger than a deck of cards, the Monotron Delay (like the original Monotron and the dual-oscillator Monotron Duo) makes sound with an analog engine. The built-in delay effect is digital, but don’t let it bother you, as it really delivers the goods.

KORG Monotron Delay

Here is a little snippet I made by connecting the stereo headphone output of the Monotron Delay to inputs 1 and 2 of my Steinberg UR22 mkII* audio interface and recording the results of my noodling in Ableton Live Intro 9.6*.

WARNING: The audio contains some rather loud and abrasive sounds!

My way of connecting is a regular cable with a 3.5″ male stereo jack on one end, and two RCA plugs with 6.3″ plug adapters. The Monotron Delay output level is fairly low, so turn up its volume and the input gain on your audio interface. There is some background noise, but the type of sounds you will be making will mask it.

I may also try using the Monotron Delay as an external effect through its AUX IN jack. Logic Pro X has a handy I/O utility plug-in that can handle the routing, but I need to use an audio interface with more than two outputs, like my trusty old Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP.

Get your KORG Monotron Delay from Musikhaus Thomann!

KORG iApps -jouluale

Kiitospäivä kääntyy jouluksi, mutta KORG-sovellusten alennusmyynti jatkuu joulukuun 28. päivään saakka. Hanki iPadiisi täytettä App Storesta pitkien pyhien varalle puoleen hintaan.

  • iM1 – 1980-luvun klassikkosynan uusi tuleminen
  • iMS-20 – 1970-luvun lopun monofoninen monsteri
  • iPolysix – kasarin ensimmäinen kohtuuhintainen polyfoninen syna, vielä parempana iPadissä
  • iELECTRIBE – ysärirytmikone eli armoton groovebox
  • Gadget – moderni musiikkistudio ja parikymmentä virtuaali-instrumenttia
  • Module for iPad – soundimoduuli, josta saat hyvänkuuloiset pianot ja urut


Tuosta jos ottaa alesta kärryyn koko lastin, hintaa kertyy jotain satasen verran. Tokihan se iPadkin jotain on maksanut, mutta on noissa kyllä ihan uskomaton hinta-laatusuhde.

Konesoitossa on kirjoitettu tarkemmin Gadget– ja Module-sovelluksista.


Konesoitto kesän kynnyksellä

Konesoitto on ollut lähes koko alkuvuoden 2015 melko alhaisella volyymilla. Syynä on kirjoittajan vuoden alussa alkanut ns. oikea päivätyö, joka yhdessä sekalaisten sovelluskehityksellisten yrittämishommien kanssa on pitänyt huolen siitä, että aikaa ei juurikaan ole jäänyt musisoimiselle, saati siitä kirjoittamiselle.

Listalla on silti paljon mielenkiintoista konesoittoasiaa, joista sopisi toivoa syntyvän muutamia juttuja myöhemmin tänä vuonna. Kirjailen niitä tähän ylös lyhyesti, jotta niistä jäisi jonkinlainen muistijälki. Lisäilen linkkejä myöhemmin, koska kokeilen uhkarohkeasti blogipostausta junasta 3G-verkon varassa. (Jälkihuomautus: kokeilin; ei onnistunut; ei ollut tällä kertaa verkkoyhteyden vika; pitkä juttu.)

Alkuvuodesta 2015 ilmestyi Logic Pro X versio 10.1, jossa on aivan huikeasti uusia ominaisuuksia, sekä parannuksia entisiin. Vuoden vaihteessa Apple tarkisti Mac App Storen hintoja ylöspäin Yhdysvaltain dollarin kurssikehityksen takia, joten myös Logicin hinta pomppasi pari kymppiä, 199 euroon. Se on silti edelleen hinta-laatusuhteeltaan toiseksi paras musiikkiohjelma Macin käyttäjille. Se paras on tietenkin GarageBand.

Toukokuussa ilmestyi IK Multimedialta Amplituben iOS-versio 4, jonka uusia ominaisuuksia en ole vielä ehtinyt kartoittaa yhtään. Samassa kuussa saatiin myös Korg iM1, legendaarisen 1980-luvun lopun työasemasyntesoijan iPad-versio.

Aiemmin keväällä on nähty uutta iPad-herkkua myös Arturialta sekä Moogin uusi Animoog-versio, ja Korgilta lisäksi päivityksiä Gadget– ja Module-ohjelmiin iPadille.

Ääni on vihdoin saatu kulkemaan digitaalisesti iOS-Mac-välillä käyttäen Lightning-kaapelia tai sitä vanhempaa 30-nastaista. Kevään aikana on tullut parikin ratkaisua, Music IO sekä audiomux/midimux. Edellistä kokeilin jo pikaisesti, ja kirjaan siitä vaikutelmia myöhemmin.

Native Instruments on hemmotellut Mac- ja Windows-käyttäjiä uusilla Maschine-ohjelman päivityksillä, ja Steinberg on saanut pihalle edullisen uuden Cubase Elements 8 -version.

Tässä ei varmasti ollut kaikki merkittävä musiikkiohjelmistoasia alkuvuodelta, mutta kaikki mitä tuli nyt ulkomuistista mieleen. Vettä on kertynyt padon taakse runsaasti, joten jospa tällainen pikainen juoksutus, madaltamalla hieman julkaisukynnystä, auttaisi pääsemään ajan tasalle.

Kuten aina, juttuaiheita voi ehdotella sähköpostilla osoitteella kone (at) konesoitto (piste) com, Twitterissä @konesoitto tai Facebookin Konesoitto-sivulla.

Onnea valmistuneille, ja mahtavaa musiikillista kesää aivan kaikille!