2010年2月16日星期二

Nanoloop for iphone/ipod touch



- 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

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Being an long-term nanoloop user, I dreamed about this, and now it is finally here.
I'll buy this when I get back to Beijing.

2010年2月10日星期三

Spring Festival Is Drawing Near.

Many bussineses stop one after another, many people gone or going home, less people and more red for this city.

Happy Spring Festival!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

I will be in TaiYuan, Shanxi in the following a few days.

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"I'm Yours" from Jason Mraz is a very standard pop track, with a light reggae touch. Melody is kind of already prevalent for a long time. But some little cliche like pitch bends and pauses make it more interesting.

What's the most important is that I feel happy when listening to it. So any rational analysis are pale and nonsense. I simply enjoy it!

Regards,
/M.Q.

2010年2月3日星期三

ThumbJam Review


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ThumbJam. I seen its icon too many time when I browse through the music category in the app store. But the icon design looks shitty IMO so I didn't even clicked it before.

When I was looking for some expressive acoustic instrument sound for my current work. This icon shows again and finally I click for the sake of finding out why its price is so high...

Impressive!

It is a multi sampled acoustic instrument app, with configurable tilt expression, scale, fx, together with a built-in looper.

For some bowed string sounds like cello, the simple tilt volume expression feature is a giant step forward than midi keyboard control which is the most common control methods for computer plugins.

Anyway, ThumbJam won't successfully fake a real cello when it comes to different playing techniques on the real instrument, but for some simple long notes/pads, this is quite enough.

There are quite a few other instruments there too.

I can also connect this app with Soniccouture's product in my mind. It can be put into the same category with Gu Qin from Soniccouture, because of the rich expression ability they can offer.

Worth $6 just for the cello alone. And there are also some other great sounding instruments as well.