Need a Tempo, Fast? Grab Your Web Browser

It’s the little things. This just got added to my bookmarks; maybe it’ll be on yours. http://www.tempotap.com Press the spacebar repeatedly, and you get an accurate BPM count for a song. It’s actually useful to help learn to recognize BPM, as well, if you listen frequently when at your computer. (The trick used to be to look at the second hand of your wristwatch, as two ticks would be 120 bpm – but that requires an analog wristwatch.) And yes, surely this will be one of the first native Apple Watch tools when its native SDK ships next year. Thanks …

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Yeah, so put them together, and then, you know, stuff.

Midular are the Free MIDI Modules Every Ableton Live Setup Needs

Forget fancy effects or sophisticated plug-ins – day-in, day-out, it’s those simple MIDI modules you wind up using again and again and again and again. It’s like having a bucket of paperclips on your desk. It doesn’t have to be exciting. It’s the simple stuff that gets used. So, one of my favorite demos from the jam-packed sessions at MIDI Hack Day in Stockholm in May was unquestionably Midular. The idea was simple: make some basic modules that do stuff to notes and control events, then combine them in useful ways. It deserved an ovation. And now, you can get …

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Audiobus 2: Chain, Multi-Channel, Presets, and More in iOS Audio Routing Tool

It’s been a long, strange, mobile trip. Part of the appeal of iOS apps for music when they first arrived was doing just one thing at a time. But what if you want that focus on music making – and still have multiple tools working at once? Audiobus was the app that popularized the notion of interconnecting apps on mobile, patching together effects and instruments and mixers and production tools. And now, more than ever, the idea of a device like an iPad as an all-in-one studio is starting to seem pretty reasonable. Apple’s latest iPad Air delivers on the …

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AudioCopy, Updated for iOS 7, Now Includes Handy Free Pasteboard App for Sounds

In the long run, iOS 7 should be a step forward for audio. There are some pretty superb new features for routing audio between apps, better selecting from different mics, and other features. But as in many of these sorts of updates, we have to first navigate some compatibility issues first, and get the bugs ironed out. (Inter-app audio is coming to apps now, but there are still some bugs that mean it doesn’t behave perfectly yet – watch for updates from Apple.) AudioCopy and AudioPaste, the popular technologies for seamlessly “copying” sounds between different iOS apps, requires the use …

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Some Easy Ways to Get Kinect Controlling Music, Visuals on Mac and Windows

While we wait for Microsoft to send the new Kinect – yes, we’re on the list for one here at CDM HQ – there’s still plenty to be done with the current generation of Kinect. And it’s likely that you’ll find even more of these on the cheap when there’s new hardware out there. The problem is, apart from using Microsoft’s prescribed development tools on Windows, working with Kinect can be a bit tricky. What if you want to plug in a Kinect and play around quickly to try some possibilities? Or what if you want to work with collaborators …

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Vezer, Software for Composing Time and Control for Visuals, Now Released

What differentiates visual performance and live visuals is the notion of composing imagery in time – producing structures that flow in the way music does. VezĂ©r is an app that focuses solely on the control and temporal aspects of visuals, by providing facilities for you to construct compositions of envelopes. We last checked in with the software back in May, but a flurry of development has brought a stable, public release and other updates. The Mac-only app is just for control – via MIDI and OSC, using tracks full of arranged control. True to its visual focus, the emphasis is …

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Tasty Preview of Quartz Composer Mapping Synth Tool

Mapping tools begin to proliferate, but here’s a unique-looking example. It’s a mapping utility built for Quartz Composer, which also boasts a nifty synthesis feature – complete with BPM-synced sequences. It’s just in private use at the moment, but intriguing enough to warrant a sneak peak. mapping composer is a simple tool to make mapping with quartz composer easier. i just added a mapping-synth feature. its at an early development-stage and this video demonstrates the basic functionality. I’m planning on releasing it this summer. there are still a lot of things to be improved and bugs to solve. i will …

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JACK for iOS: Audio and MIDI Between Apps, High Performance, Free

iOS now offers lots of options for using apps together, but – that’s part of the problem. The solutions are piecemeal. There’s inter-app MIDI. There’s Audiobus, which does audio, but requires the purchase of a separate app. Then you need something else for sharing data. And something else for sync. Confused yet? (Hey, it’s easy, just remember: Audiobus, WIST, AudioCopy, AudioPaste, Core MIDI and inter-app MIDI, and… yeah.) By the time you’re done, you’ve actually had to buy new apps just to get things working together, and you have a number of different technologies just to do some basic things …

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The big idea: mix sound sources and inputs, add effects, and record -- all in different apps on one iOS gadget, or even with multiple iPhones/iPads.

Audiobus Launches Today: How it Connects iPhone, iPad Music Making [Videos]

For months, you’ve heard about Audiobus, an app that allows iOS apps to work together rather than being isolated tools. Now you can try it – and see if connecting apps on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad can make you more musically productive. The video above puts it more nicely than a written explanation could, summing up what it means to be able to easily combine apps. It’s nothing new: software for computers and patch cables for hardware have done this before. But that’s the point: connecting musical tools can make them more powerful, and the ease with which they …

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Record Anything on Mac, Free: WavTap Now Has Installer, 20s Buffer, More

Wouldn’t it be great to capture audio on the Mac as easily as you can take a screenshot? We covered the brilliance of WavTap last month. Now, we like living on the bleeding edge, but some of you, uh, weren’t thrilled by things like having to compile the software from source. Well, the creator of WavTap, Patrick Ellis, has been hard at work. The tool now has a friendly installer, the ability to save the last twenty seconds (so you don’t miss anything when you turn it on), an animated icon, and lots of reliability improvements. It also happily coexists …

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