We report on the latest developments in phone and tablet music making
Some good news for certain Android users: Akai Professional have announced that they’re bringing their iMPC app to Samsung’s Galaxy devices. This is available as a £5.99 in-app purchase in the mobile manufacturer’s Soundcamp DAW.
The premise will be familiar to anyone who knows the MPC’s pad-based workflow – you can create sequences, add effects and record samples – and projects can be exported as WAVs and in a format that’s compatible with the desktop MPC software. www.akaipro.com
Elastic Drums has quietly become one of the best drum machine apps on iOS. Version 2 builds on the improvements made since the app’s initial release – there’s a new sample kit (from DJ Elephant Power) for the sampler that was added in the v1.9 update, for example.
Perhaps the biggest news, though, is that Elastic Drums now supports Ableton Live Set Export, meaning that you can take your beats right into Ableton’s DAW without any messing.
Elastic Drums costs £11.99/$11.99. mominstruments.com/elasticdrums
Another build-your-own-synth app has landed on iOS. Ops (above) is the brainchild of developer Jonathan Mackenzie, enableing you to snap blocks (rather than virtual patch cords) together to create stuff. As well as blocks that cover signal generation, effects processing and control, you’ve got others that delve into pitch and rhythm manipulation territory.
Ops is yours for £9.99/$9.99. jonathanmackenzie.net/ops