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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:32 am 
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So, what apps are you using on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad to help with your trad music endeavors?

On my iPhone:

iStroboSoft - Strobe tuner from Peterson, the only tuner I use in sessions any more

ClearTune - Also a tuner, but I only use it as a tone generator when we need a reference A440

iProRecorder - Great recording program from the developers of Bias

TunePal - Bryan Duggan's amazing live tune identification tool

TuneBook - ABC tunebook with standard notation, able to search for tunes by name, key, style

Tempo - Very flexible metronome app

Decibel - dB meter for when I wonder just how loud those drunk guys at the table next to the session are shouting

Englitina - English concertina, one of my concertina apps

JustDrones - My tunable Uilleann pipes drones app

ePipesDrones - My tunable Scottish pipes drones app

On my iPad:

Same as above plus my Uilleann, Uilleann-B, and ConcertinaXL apps


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:42 am 
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eskin wrote:
Same as above plus my Uilleann, Uilleann-B, and ConcertinaXL apps

Interesting. How does the concertina scale on
the pad? It seems like the buttons sized for the
iPhone would be pretty far apart on iPad...


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I'd love to have TunePal but I hear it doesn't work so well on the Touch since it won't always be able to access the internet.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:59 pm 
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fearfaoin, the iPad ConcertinaXL app has a full 30 button layout exactly matching my own Lachenal in terms of spacing on the iPad screen:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/480 ... abe8_o.jpg

and there is actually some leeway in how close you have to be to the buttons, i.e. its quite forgiving in terms of finger position, you can be a little sloppy (which is a good thing, since there is nothing to feel) and the app will still do what you expect.

Works beautifully, you put it on your leg and tilt the iPad left/right for push/pull, the amount of tilt required is completely adjustable.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:21 pm 
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Michael, can you reduce the size of that photo?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:38 pm 
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Just replaced it with a link to the image instead...

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avanutria wrote:
I'd love to have TunePal but I hear it doesn't work so well on the Touch since it won't always be able to access the internet.


That's true, TunePal requires a network connection to send the audio data to Bryan's server on the planet Krypton, so if the venue where you have your session doesn't have WiFi, it won't work.


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Well, it's at someone's house; while I don't know if they have wifi or not I suspect they won't want to be handing out the password.

It'd be nice if there were an option to download a database locally and have it on hand, or record a snatch to check out later - though maybe it already does that last one, I don't know.

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I think the heavy lifting is done on the server, not on the device itself.


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eskin wrote:
fearfaoin, the iPad ConcertinaXL app has a full 30 button layout exactly matching my own Lachenal in terms of spacing on the iPad screen:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/480 ... abe8_o.jpg

That is 100% awesome.


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To add to your list...

Just got iTalk last night after seeing it on another's iPhone. It's a VERY good recorder for $2 - quality is selectable and fidelity is pretty much perfect. Won't replace my Zoom H4, but the 'phone is always in my pocket and the Zoom isn't.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:42 pm 
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Finally got around to posting a video of my iPad MiditinaXL wireless MIDI English Concertina controller in action, this is of the upcoming version 1.1 that has graphics based on a 1924 Lachenal Edeophone 12-sided instrument:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb7CsmUKuSo

also one for EnglitinaXL, the 48-button English Concertina for the iPad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaWyJ7C3yIM


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I just received an iPad ...
Concertina XL app was one of the first apps I got. Kudos Michael, that app's a lot of fun. Since I mostly play stringed instruments, the concertina feels like a strange, alien beast that defies logic, but that doesn't stop the app from being fun. It appeal to me in the same way that a puzzle does, I guess.

And after reading about it in this thread, I just downloaded Tunepal. Wow. The time that'll save me, time I might have spent poking ABC phrases into the Advanced search on thesession... very nice. It even seems to work fine even when I flub the tune somewhat.


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I recently found "pitch primer". It's very usefull as tuner and to do/record exercises.

Have a look: Pitch Primer

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That looks pretty cool, brotherwind.
Much like the pitch display in Autotune
or Melodyne. I admit I'd get distracted
by the shifting and zooming when going
between octaves (though it's necessary
for a small screen).


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