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Mewshop presents the Art of the App: iOS Development Workshops

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Mewshop has announced new intensive and fundamental workshops for developing iOS Mac Apps.

Mewshop Art of the App workshops

Exploring the fastest growing development trend in the industry, the new Mewshop Art of the App Workshops delve into the power of programming and development on the iOS platform.

The Art of the App Intensive and The Art of the App Fundamentals walk students through the basics of iOS development, from Objective-C, to the Xcode Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Cocoa Touch, the core framework for rapid App development, and the iPhone® Software Development Kit (SDK).

“At 400,000+ Apps and growing, the world of iOS App development has completely changed both the creative and commercial landscape as we know it,” says Josh Apter, founder, Manhattan Edit Workshop. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students these two unique workshops in such an important and thriving niche. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to create their own amazing Apps, and profit from this immense development platform.”

iOS Development Workshops

  • The Art of the App One-Week Intensive will run from Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students can receive US $200 off the US $1,995 cost of the workshop by indicating on the comments section of the registration page that they will provide their own laptop workstation for the week.
  • The Art of the App Three-Day Fundamentals will run from Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students can receive US $100 off the US $1,495 cost of the workshop by indicating on the comments section of the registration page that they will provide their own Apple® laptop workstation (Students are required to download and install “Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2″ before the start of class on June 9, 2011. Software is free and available by logging into the Apple Developer site at

More information: Mewshop


Apple announces GarageBand for iPad, multi-touch recording studio

Apple GarageBand for iPad

Apple has announced GarageBand for iPad, a new music app for the iPad 2.

Built from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen on iPad, GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of musical instruments and a full-featured recording studio, making it fun and easy to create music wherever you go.

Play a collection of Touch Instruments and Smart Instruments using Multi-Touch gestures. Or create a song whenever the inspiration strikes using a powerful eight-track recording studio.

GarageBand for iPad features

Touch Instruments – Play a collection of highly expressive musical instruments designed for Multi-Touch that sound and play just like their real counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.

  • Drums – Tap out beats on three acoustic drum kits. The snare, kick, toms, hi-hat, and cymbals each produce different tones depending on where and how hard you tap them.
  • Drum Machines – Play electronic drum kits by tapping “drum pads” inspired by a classic drum machine interface.
  • Keyboards – Select from several keyboards — a grand piano, an organ, a synthesizer — each with a unique sound, distinctive look, and customizable performance characteristics. Hard taps are louder and soft taps quieter, just like on a real keyboard.
  • Synthesizers – Play over 70 modern and vintage synthesizer sounds — including synth strings, leads, basses, and more. And use the Arpeggiator to create rich melodies and soundscapes with a single finger.

Smart Instruments – Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like an expert musician. Even if you’ve never played a note before.

  • Smart Guitars – Strum chords on acoustic and electric guitars, trigger fingerpicking and strumming patterns, or tap out your own riffs and melodies.
  • Smart Keyboards – Play a range of keyboard instruments by tapping on preselected chords that sound great together, no matter what you play.
  • Smart Bass – Perform bass lines and grooves simply by tapping on strings, or switch to Notes view to play individual notes on a virtual bass neck.
  • Smart Drums – Drag and drop snares, kicks, and hi-hats to create your own beats, and effortlessly move them around to try out different patterns.

Recording Studio – Arrange and mix your songs anywhere inspiration strikes using a powerful eight-track recording studio that can handle any combination of audio recordings, Touch Instruments, and loops.

  • Tracks – Create a song by trimming and arranging musical regions exactly where you want them to play. Swipe to reveal the mixer to fine-tune each track for the perfect mix.
  • Guitar Amps – Just plug a guitar into your iPad to access nine classic and modern virtual guitar amps. Touch gestures let you operate tone controls and a swipe switches you from one amp to the next.
  • Stompbox Effects – Choose from ten stompbox effects to create your favorite sounds. And add and reorder stompboxes on your own pedalboard.
  • Audio Recorder – Record your voice or any acoustic sound using the built-in microphone on iPad. Then apply any one of eight fun sound effects like Chipmunk, Robot, Telephone, Monster, and more.

Sharing – GarageBand for iPad makes it easy to email your song from your iPad, or export and add your song to your iTunes library. You can even send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to keep refining your song.

GarageBand for iPad will be available to purchase March 11, 2011, priced at $4.99 USD.

More information: Apple / GarageBand for iPad


Audio Damage releases Phosphor, vintage digital polysynth

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Audio Damage Phosphor

Audio Damage has released Phosphor, a virtual instrument modeled on the alphaSyntauri, a vintage digital additive synth.

The original alphaSyntauri required an Apple //e to operate, but we’ve gone ahead and eliminated the middle-man, and now you can have this classic digital synth in your DAW of choice.

Featuring two sixteen-partial additive oscillators, each with its own amp envelope, Phosphor’s topology closely follows the alphaSyntauri, while adding many modern features such as full velocity control, a much more extensive modulation routing system, tempo synced LFOs, a pair of delays, and two monophonic modes. The noise and oscillators are able to work in the original alphaSyntauri resolutions, and can also be run at modern sample rates. All this results in a much more sophisticated and capable synth than the original, without compromising the ability to recreate the classic sounds of the early days of digital synthesis.

Phosphor features

  • Two complete oscillator/envelope sections modeled on the original topology of the alphaSyntauri.
  • Each set of partials can run in “lo-fi” mode, emulating the original, or in a modern mode for alias-free sines.
  • The noise can be either “lo-fi” digital shift-register noise, or modern white noise.
  • Two complete delay sections with LP/HP filtering and cross-feedback.
  • Two tempo-syncable LFOs with multiple modulation destinations.
  • Full MIDI Learn.

Phosphor for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $59 USD.

More information: Audio Damage / Phosphor


Prime Loops partners with Groove 3, music production video tutorials

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Prime Loops / Groove 3

Prime Loops has announced it is now offering video tutorials from Groove 3 in its new Tutorials Section.

We have partnered with our favourite, biggest and baddest music production video tutorials company “Groove3″ We are giving you over 20 of their best tutorials now available to download from Prime Loops! Tasty! These have been compiled by experts officially certified by the likes of Apple, IK Multimedia, Waves, Antares Autotune, or studio professionals and software gurus.

Groove3 are an amazing team and have been supplying professional video products for nearly a decade, and we are extremely proud to have these market-leading on-board. If you are looking to advance your music production and studio techniques – check all video tutorials here!

More information: Prime Loops


Apple updates Logic Pro to v9.1.2

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Apple Logic Studio

Apple has released version 9.1.2 of Logic Pro, the music production software for Mac.

This update improves overall stability, provides numerous fixes and improvements, and is recommended for all users of Logic Pro 9.

Running Logic Pro 9.1.2 in 64-bit mode requires Mac OS X v10.6.2 Snow Leopard or later.

Check the release notes for details on changes in Logic Pro 9.1.2.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro


Sonic Academy now Apple accredited

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Sonic Academy

Sonic Academy has announced it is now Apple accredited.

Sonic Academy, Belfast’s leading provider of Music Technology training both on and off line, has been awarded the prestigious title of “Apple Authorised Training Centre.” for the delivery of Apple accredited courses in Logic Pro Music Production.

The award follows a stringent evaluation and training process to ensure Sonic Academy meets with Apple’s highest standards in all areas including facilities, instructors, course delivery and infrastructure.

Kevin Traynor, Sonic Academy’s CEO commented, “We are delighted with this recognition by Apple of our newly opened state of the art training facilities and the quality of our music technology teaching.”

The accreditation allows Sonic Academy to deliver Apple’s Logic Pro 101 course in Music Production and will be delivered by Apple Certified Trainers. Sonic Academy is the first Apple Authorised Training Centre (AATC) for music production in Northern Ireland.

Sonic Academy is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of music technology education. The company delivers its courses both online worldwide and from it’s newly opened state of the art training facility in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The goal of the AATC Program is to offer Apple customers the highest-quality training experience; from the beginner up to the most seasoned Professional.

More information: Sonic Academy


Euphonix announces MC Control v2

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Euphonix MC Control v2

Euphonix has announced the MC Control v2, the latest addition to its award-winning line of Artist Series media controllers.

MC Control v2 features the same ergonomic layout and slim line design as the award-winning MC Control, but offers enhanced graphics thanks to a new LED-backlit touch-screen and even better tactile control of parameters via eight new custom rotary encoders.

MC Control v2 is the new flagship of the Artist Series and provides a host of controls to speed up and enhance the workflow process with almost any audio or video application.

Check the press release page for more information.

MC Control v2 is expected to be available at authorized Euphonix retailers in late April 2010 at an estimated street price of $1499.99 USD.

More information: Euphonix / MC Control