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cyberheater
KVRian
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563 posts since 29 Jan, 2004

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:28 am

It's out now and looks really good. I've only got a iPad1 so can use this app but was hoping to see other folks impressions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSSqk4Jd-V4

Features:
  • Sample audio from the iPad microphone, line-in, or your music library using the multi-touch turntable interface
    64 tracks for flexible multi-tracking recording and production
    Sample Editor with undo history for slicing, chopping, trimming, and categorizing your loops and samples
    New Timeline View opens a multi-touch gestural editor for sequencing, recording, and editing
    New Flux mode lets you warp and glitch your beats in real-time or with automation
    Precision Knobs expand on command for precisely dialing in parameters
    3D-performance mode lets your perform with your iPad’s accelerometer
    Turbo Duck effect fattens up your tracks with sidechain compression
    Sound library featuring 1,200+ samples from sound designer Richard Devine
    Improved sampling workflow with re-sampling and sample library organization
    16 Levels mode with attack, velocity, length, and tuning settings for quickly creating variations of your sounds
    Note Variation slider lets you adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
    Onboard effects include delay, bit crusher, and master compressor/limiter
    Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
    Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
    MPC Note Repeat featuring 1/8 note – 1/32T timing with latch
    Supports Inter-App Audio in iOS7 for sampling from your other music apps
    AudioCopy and AudioPaste for copying/pasting beats and sequences from compatible apps
    Seamless integration with Retronym’s Tabletop app for iPad, a modular audio environment
    Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
    Works with MPC Element via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
    Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
    Community sharing built-in: directly upload to SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
    iOS support for simple drag-and-drop, plucking, and multi-touch music gestures
    Interactive gesture control for automation, mixing, and effects

Has anyone tried it.

ezelkow1
KVRAF
1598 posts since 16 Jan, 2010 from Denver

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:34 am

grabbed it, played with it for a few min under the desk at work :)

I think its going to take a bit more time to get used to it than gadget did. It feels alot more indepth, more mixing features, and of course samples, over gadget. Sort of feels like the gadget of sampling

btw, heres peter's run down on it:
http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/07/h ... roduction/
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tehlord
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8132 posts since 22 Sep, 2008 from Windsor. UK

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:57 am

At first I saw the words 'MPC' and 'Pro' in the same sentence and I was all like 'yay'!

Then I saw what it was and I was all like 'aawwwwww' :(

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topaz
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4601 posts since 15 Jul, 2001 from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, U.K

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:14 am

No midi sync, hello.

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masterhiggins
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2997 posts since 31 Dec, 2004 from People's Republic of Minnesota

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:21 am

tehlord wrote:At first I saw the words 'MPC' and 'Pro' in the same sentence and I was all like 'yay'!

Then I saw what it was and I was all like 'aawwwwww' :(
You're not the only one. Akai's products have been getting lamer and lamer. :(

-Sam

Rajah
KVRian
699 posts since 10 Apr, 2004

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:18 pm

topaz wrote:No midi sync, hello.

Thanks.. Saved me a lot of time and maybe an IPad upgrade..

cyberheater
KVRian
Topic Starter
563 posts since 29 Jan, 2004

Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:30 pm

That's a great review thanks. Seems like a great app.

Wormhelmet
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1344 posts since 21 Dec, 2004

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:46 am

These comments are funny. Next time you price a hardware MPC or even something simple like a software MPC, try putting MPC Pro and $12.99 in a sentence....

It's a tabletop ready app. It's version 1. It's also pretty fun.
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topaz
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4601 posts since 15 Jul, 2001 from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, U.K

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:02 am

Why is it funny to want MIDI sync ? don't you want to incorporate it into your studio . they've never had midi sync in any of their apps.

Surely it's a basic "Pro" requirement.

Wormhelmet
KVRian
1344 posts since 21 Dec, 2004

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:46 am

Well, it does have midi sync. With Tabletop. But generally for $12.99 I don't consider the word pro to be of any significance at all. If I want "Pro" I expect a little more "pro" price. It's all icing on the cake to have a somewhat functional MPC like app for that price.

It's pretty fun and has a ton of features and will get updated. Not really finding complaints right now. Sorry.
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KVRian
1344 posts since 21 Dec, 2004

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:51 am

I love drum sampler apps and was waiting for this one. I use Beatmaker 2 heavily and have put together some 20 performances with a padKontrol and that one. It's not perfect either, but it's $20! This stuff is really affordable. The fact they came out with a better iMPC shows they listen. Give it some time and send some email requests for general midi sync and maybe it will happen.
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topaz
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4601 posts since 15 Jul, 2001 from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, U.K

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:56 am

Personally I prefer a race to the top not the bottom.

beatmaker 2 has midi sync as do many other apps.

this is pure oversight by retronyms, they have not even commented and plenty of people have asked.

They are not the only ones guilty of no midi sync, Korg also fall short here.

Tabletop ? that has no midi sync either.

Wormhelmet wrote:Well, it does have midi sync. With Tabletop. But generally for $12.99 I don't consider the word pro to be of any significance at all. If I want "Pro" I expect a little more "pro" price. It's all icing on the cake to have a somewhat functional MPC like app for that price.

It's pretty fun and has a ton of features and will get updated. Not really finding complaints right now. Sorry.

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KVRAF
33355 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:08 am

topaz wrote:Why is it funny to want MIDI sync ? don't you want to incorporate it into your studio . they've never had midi sync in any of their apps.

Surely it's a basic "Pro" requirement.
The usage of the word "Pro" in software is mainly marketing gibberish to make you buy it, or feel "pro" when using it. Therefor i don't see much sense in arguing what specifications this app has to fulfill to justify it's "Pro" status. Also i'm not sure if it really aims at a market in which it would matter. Isn't it rather made for use with other iOS apps?

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KVRian
1107 posts since 31 Oct, 2002 from the high desert

Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:29 am

Wormhelmet wrote:Well, it does have midi sync. With Tabletop. But generally for $12.99 I don't consider the word pro to be of any significance at all. If I want "Pro" I expect a little more "pro" price. It's all icing on the cake to have a somewhat functional MPC like app for that price.

It's pretty fun and has a ton of features and will get updated. Not really finding complaints right now. Sorry.
So you are using it, right now, with Tabletop?

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BMoore
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Post Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:41 am

Holy crap this one is crap. As in crap.
Buggy and uninspiring. Oh well, refund it is.
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