Sound Brush and Rührtrommel

This is part 10 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

I thought this last challenge was going to be more fun and less challenging than it turned out to be. A quick glance at SoundBrush gives the impression that it could be quite a usable application, a more visual take on the standard step sequencer that has you drawing on the iPad screen to create […]

Piano, Ocarina and Rainstick

This is part 9 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

The piano is certainly the least unusual of all the instruments used in this set of challenges. We have a digital piano (a Yamaha Arius), which can technically also produce string, organ and choir sounds, but I wanted to try and keep to the spirit of the challenge, so limited myself to only the piano […]

Launchkey and Thai Gong

This is part 8 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

We’re back in iOS land this week, with a fairly new instrument application from Novation (who normally specialise in hardware synths and MIDI controllers) called Launchkey. Unlike the other apps I’ve used in this challenge, this is not a music editing or recording system, but more of a traditional synthesiser, albeit one that makes good […]

MeeBlip and Busilacchio Organ

This is part 7 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

In late 2011 I received and built a Meeblip synthesiser. This is an open source synth that you build yourself (though a pre-built version is now available). It only costs $50 (for the kit version) and is very well supported online, though a little familiarity with a soldering iron is a reasonable prerequisite. Once mine […]

GarageBand and Egg Shaker

This is part 6 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

Garageband for the iPad is a ridiculously specified application. I can’t compare it with the regular version of Garageband, as I have never used that, but it certainly seems to possess the hands-on ease of use that I have heard of its older sibling. In some ways it is a complete recording studio on the […]

BeatPad and Mouth Organ

This is part 5 of 12 in the series '10 Weeks - 10 Sounds'

BeatPad is another iOS drum machine, but one that is quite different from DM1, being perhaps more like a variant of the Akai MPC series (though I’ve never used one of those, so I can’t say for certain). Like DM1, BeatPad has a wide variety of drum and other instrument samples (from gongs and brass […]