Not realised the iPad’s potential as a music production platform yet? Maybe this weeks sales can convince you. In addition to Akai’s digital answer to the iconic MPC, we’ve got a $20 Ableton Live controller going for free and an app that makes reshaping your samples a breeze.
There’s also the usual smattering of games, productivity and other apps you probably wouldn’t bother downloading unless someone was giving them away for free.
$9.99, now $0.99)
In celebration of the United States reaching the next stage of the World Cup, Gneo’s developers have reduced the price tag on their productivity app by 90%. Gneo is an app that helps you get things done by prioritising the things most important to you. We’ve featured it in this column before, and Apple have even awarded it Editors’ Choice and a spot in their “Best of 2013” round-up for productivity apps.
$6.99, now $1.99)
Akai’s MPC has been used extensively over the years by hip hop artists, breakbeat composers and musicians who make use of samples in their work, and iMPC is the next logical step. Turn your iPad into 16-pad sampler complete with 1200 in-built samples and pretty much every feature found on an old low-level MPC unit.
While it doesn’t support the expansive AudioBus for communicating with other apps, you can use AudioCopy and InterApp Audio with the
$21.99, now free)
So often do hardware accessories shove multi-touch to the side when it comes to digital music making, be it MIDI controllers or physical buttons for triggering samples. That’s why it’s surprisingly refreshing to see Conductr, a $20 Ableton Live controller that embraces the touch-based confines of today’s musician.
The app attempts to “give musicians the kind of resources that they can’t get from a hardware controller” by allowing for multi-touch control over the famous desktop DAW.
Sequential for iPad (
$4.99, now $0.99)
Import loops using the Open In… iOS menu option or by copying and pasting, then reshape them the way you see fit. Sequential uses 11 powerful effects including low and high pass filters, flangers and bit crushers as well as the more complex wave transformer and even in-built synthesizers triggered by the sound for truly remarkable results. If you’re not too keen on spending $4.99 on this one, take 80% off for a limited time.
Pinnacle Studio (
$12.99, now $9.99)
Looking for a video editor with a bit more grunt than iMovie can offer? Pinnacle Studio for iPad is Corel’s answer. The app attempts to fuse powerful features with ease of use, with tools for cutting and arranging video from a variety of sources onto the timeline. Spruce up your transitions with effects, add soundtracks, connect your dSLR via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit and export a 1080p finished project to YouTube, Facebook and cloud services.
True Skate (
$1.99, now free)
Celebrating a big update to the app which features a whole new skate park, True Skate is one of the best simulation games available for iOS, and for my money the best virtual skateboarding app you can find on any platform. The app comes complete with slick graphics, customisable boards, a whole host of challenges to hopelessly fail at and is sure to deliver plenty of “how did I do that” moments.
Real Boxing (
$0.99, now free)
Boxing games don’t get much more realistic than Real Boxing (as the name might suggest), the iOS boxing game of choice for fans of sweaty gloved combat. The game takes real “motion captured” boxers, throws in gritty 3D graphics complete with blood spatters and even includes a realtime multiplayer mode too.
Le Havre (
$4.99, now $0.99)
Winner of a 2009 International Gamers Award, Le Havre is the digital version of the popular board game about managing a successful harbour. The game has been pretty well-received on iOS, boasting several modes of play including single player against AI, pass and play with a friend and turn-based asynchronous play over Game Centre. The game mixes resource management with elements of construction and trade, and there’s a full tutorial included to get you up to speed.
That’s the best of this week’s offers, check back next weekend for even more Apps on Sale.