Production Tutorial

Using iOS Apps to Create Electronic Music

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    Introduction

    Adam welcomes you to the course and discusses what he will be covering.

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    iOS to iOS

    In this first video, let?s start off by getting one iOS app to play another iOS app, in this case getting SoundPrism Pro (one of my favorite apps) to play (send MIDI to) the synth Animoog. This video covers ?background audio?, polyphony and Audiobus 3 too.

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    USB Keyboards

    Adam shows how to connect USB MIDI keyboards, looks at MIDI input/output options, and uses multiple keyboards, each playing a different app. Also, Adam discusses the various limitations some apps have regarding this.

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    Manually Routing MIDI with Audiobus

    In this video, we take a look at an important iOS app called Audiobus. We explore MIDI routing options using it. We also first encounter instruments as ?audio units?, and learn about the benefits of using them over normal synth apps.

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    Keyzones

    Learn how to split a single keyboard into multiple keyboards, using the Midiflow Splitter MIDI effect in Audiobus 3. This is called ?keyzoning?.

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    Scales MIDI Effect

    Learn how to use Midiflow Scales to make it impossible to play a note out of key! Choose a scale, and this MIDI effect maps all incoming notes into that scale.

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    Chords from Single Notes & FabFilter Plug-Ins

    In this video, Adam discusses two ideas: using Audiobus 3, Midiflow Transposer, and parallel lanes to create chords from single notes, and FabFilter plug-ins.

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    Hardwiring MIDI to Computer DAW

    Adam shows two ways of connecting the iPad to a computer DAW, so we can send MIDI from one to the other (in either direction). E.g. playing Serum using the iPad, or playing the iPad using the Ableton Push. This video focuses on hardwire ways of doing so (midimux/USB, and using an audio interface).

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    Wireless MIDI to Computer DAW

    Adam sends MIDI from iPad to computer DAW wirelessly. First through the router, and then using an ?ad hoc? network. He then hardwires this network.

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    Latency & Jitter

    Learn about latency (the time it takes between sending and receiving a signal) and jitter (the variation in this time), and how different cabling/routing setups give wildly different latency and jitter results.

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    Audio Interfaces

    See how to use audio interfaces with iOS devices. It?s not quite as simple as ?just? plugging it in, but it nearly is. Power is the critical consideration here, as many interfaces are ?bus powered?, and the iPad/iPhone can?t supply as much power as a laptop/computer. See Adam discuss all of this and more.

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    Analog to iOS MIDI

    Adam adds a piece of analog/outboard gear to the mix, allowing one to send MIDI from the iPad to an analog synth, or vice versa!

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    Recording: In & Out

    This video is a full exploration of recording both into, and out of an iOS device. Covering: simplest way to record (Music Memos), using audio interfaces, and manually recording out through the headphone jack into an external recorder.

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    Syncing iOS Apps with Ableton Link

    Ableton Link is the best way to keep things in sync, either app to app, app to device, or device to device. In this video we?ll look first at keeping two iOS apps in sync.

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    Syncing iOS to Computer DAW

    Next, let?s explore Ableton Link syncing an iOS device to a DAW running on a computer. In this case Ableton to an iOS app.

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    External MIDI Clock to Ableton Link

    In this video, Adam shows how syncing to things that don?t have Ableton Link (e.g. an analog synth), we can use an app called MIDI Link Sync. We use both USB and traditional MIDI cabling via an audio interface. We also first see analog ?jitter.?

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    Using Headphone Mic as an Input

    Adam shows how in some situations it possible to record using the headphone mic as an input. He aslo shows why it?s probably not the best idea, all things considered.

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    iOS DAWs & Loops

    Adam talks about DAWs on iOS devices. What are they? Should you use one? Which to get? Do they stay in sync? What if all you want to do is run loops in the background? I also throw in a bonus trick at the end to get MUCH better loops (for free) than come included in most apps.

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    Custom Touch Interfaces

    Learn how to create custom touch interfaces to control DAWs and other computer software, using your iOS device.

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    Suggester

    Adam shows one of his favorite apps, called Suggester. Choose a scale, tap chords to find a progression you like, and then save or export those chords to another app! It allows you to focus on the emotion of the chord progression, not the music theory.

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    Arpeggionome

    Adam demonstrates what he feels is THE best iOS app for creating arpeggios. It works great for both performance, AND in the studio.

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    ZX Plectrum

    Take a look at another one of Adam's favorite iOS apps. It?s weird and wonderful. It only does one thing and there are no settings/options. The on-screen visuals make it perfect for live performance. Adam used used this in DJ sets all the time!

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    Drop Dots

    Drop Dots is a strange, but interesting app that allows you to create rhythms (and even melodies) that you just wouldn?t have otherwise. The trick is to record the audio, and convert this to MIDI after the fact, in a DAW. It?s fun, and interactive too!

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    Quincy

    This app generates MIDI based on something called Conway?s ?Game of Life?, which shows how the simplest mathematical rules can give rise to complex and what can look like intelligent life. This may be the most obscure, but possibly most interesting iOS app I know of.

Product Overview


Adam Pollard presents in-depth iOS videos using a wide variety of iOS apps to create electronic music! Learn to use some of the best apps available to make interesting new sounds and productions. These iOS tutorials are great for those just starting out making electronic music on their portable devices, as well as intermediate iOS producers.

Adam welcomes you and starts off by showing you how to get one iOS app to play another iOS app, using SoundPrism Pro to send MIDI to the virtual synth Animoog, as well as topics such as background audio, polyphony and utilizing Audiobus 3 for additional routing options.

Next, learn about hooking up USB keyboards to your iOS devices, creating keyzones and splits, using Midiflow Scales to always play the notes in the key of your song, and how to create chords from single notes, so you can easily write chord progressions for your tracks.

Then you'll learn how to connect your iOS device to a your DAW so you can send MIDI from one to the other (in either direction), play Serum using the iPad, or playing the iPad using Ableton Push. Adam also shows you ways to wirelessly send MIDI from your iPad to the computer DAW, get the least amount of Latency and Jitter from your gear, and use audio interfaces with your iOS device.

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll explore things like creating custom touch interfaces to control DAWs and other computer software, use different apps to create rhythms and melodies you wouldn’t have otherwise written, and much, much more.

To see what these iOS tutorials show you and how they'll help you create and write electronic music, see the individual iOS tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to get into the endless world of making music with iOS apps, this collection of iOS production videos are just what you need. Start composing with iOS apps now... watch “Using iOS Apps to Create Electronic Music" today.


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JohnMc
Submitted 1 month ago

Great overview

I had no idea the iPad had this much available for it. Really opened my eyes to how useful it is for music projects and will need to look into getting one so I can try these things.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Reason


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MartinH
Submitted 1 month ago

Astonishing useful for music making on iPad

Short, to the point, with good examples, concisely presented. In an hour I learnt more than other courses give in three or four times longer. Had to keep a notebook handy for the list of useful music-making apps to buy tho. His explanations of the intricacies of using Audiobus 3 are particularly detailed and useful.

I am a: Hobbyist, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Reason


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GavezDois
Submitted 1 month ago

Great!

Pretty complete about using ipad to make music. Thanks so much for the sound generating ideas, they are brilliant!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason


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JohnMc
Submitted 1 month ago

Great overview

I had no idea the iPad had this much available for it. Really opened my eyes to how useful it is for music projects and will need to look into getting one so I can try these things.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Reason

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MartinH
Submitted 1 month ago

Astonishing useful for music making on iPad

Short, to the point, with good examples, concisely presented. In an hour I learnt more than other courses give in three or four times longer. Had to keep a notebook handy for the list of useful music-making apps to buy tho. His explanations of the intricacies of using Audiobus 3 are particularly detailed and useful.

I am a: Hobbyist, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Reason

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GavezDois
Submitted 1 month ago

Great!

Pretty complete about using ipad to make music. Thanks so much for the sound generating ideas, they are brilliant!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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    Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, delivers a mastering video tutorial series designed for the beginner, covering the important topics needed to master your music in Ableton Live! Learn the basic principles and terminologies, as well as specific steps to take to get great sounding master files that you can publish to the world.

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    Adam Pollard aka Multiplier presents an in-depth video series for those just getting into making music and the endless options for studio gear. Save endless hours of research trying to find answers to the most basic questions, when setting up your first studio and all the gear that goes with it!

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    Adam Pollard presents a series of producing Electronic Music for Online Video tutorials! Learn how to design and produce Electronic music for the endless amount of video content found on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and more. These production videos are perfect for those who know how to use their DAW, but want to go deeper into the specifics of Electronic music creation for online video.

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Using iOS Apps to Create Electronic Music is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overview I had no idea the iPad had this much available for it. Really opened my eyes to how useful it is for music projects and will need to look into getting one so I can try these things.
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Astonishing useful for music making on iPad Short, to the point, with good examples, concisely presented. In an hour I learnt more than other courses give in three or four times longer. Had to keep a notebook handy for the list of useful music-making apps to buy tho. His explanations of the intricacies of using Audiobus 3 are particularly detailed and useful.
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Pretty complete about using ipad to make music. Thanks so much for the sound generating ideas, they are brilliant!
Date published: 2019-08-09
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