Sonic iPadosopher

Here we go on another journey into the “pad world” of the very touch-able iPad apps for sound.  This is one area that I constantly learn from one of my previous students who actually made me want to buy an iPad just because of his awesome use of it for sonically creative purposes.  He has, once again, turned me on to a new app that is GENIUS!

Check out this review of Borderlands 2.0.  Woof.

Do not forget the previously mentioned Music App Blog site that this very same student sent me to on my sophomore exploration once I had my iPad for a bit.  John Walden has a GREAT site here. The byline is “Music App Reviews, News and Tutorials for the Mobile Music Producer”.   This is his posting today.  If you’re a budding or pro iPadosopher, you’re going to want to bookmark this site.

Now, are you in San Francisco?  How about the east bay, north bay, south bay?  If so, you’re going to HAVE TO STOP IN HERE.  San Francisco’s ROBOTSPEAk is truly a stop for any of you MIDI and otherwise audio geeks.  If you’re visiting SF, be sure to make a stop here.  It is THE Synth Shop on Haight Street (which is not what it used to be, but certainly worth a stroll some afternoon with a stop in here.  It closes at 6p, so make it an early day of fun and sound exploration.

Since we’re speaking of sound waves (though I understand this current post is about the digital kind), I can’t help but tell you about this amazing place in SF as well:  The Wave Organ. Make this stop a part of that  Haight Street visit to ROBOTSPEAk (this one further toward the water) so that you can truly tell the difference between that which is binary code man-made and purely physically man-made.  Woo.

“SO, what about that damn iPad you dragged me here to read about?”  OK, OK. I hear you.  I’m just saying take a minute to look and listen to real things too, Sherlock. No harm intended.  My digressions are over.

How about ANIMOOG?   Oh yeah.  Check this $^&%  out.  Moog is a thoroughly old-skool synth and a wonderful new sonic example of a company reinventing itself for modernity.  This one is in the “raise your glass to toast to Moog” category.  Anyone know where the name MOOG comes from?   Forget searching on your Oracle, just go to this wonderful legacy section of the MoogMusic site.  Pour a bourbon, kick back, and read. Then, download an app on your pad and all hail to the phat of Bob Moog! Genius! Electronic extraterrestrial explorations extraordinaire!

What about Audio Tools?  This can’t be overlooked.  Check THIS for that.

Perhaps a little focus in on MIDI via John Walden’s greatly informative link here: MIDI 101.

I know you’re already cursing me for the extra reading tonight, but this is how ONE keeps UP with the SONIC exploratorium of one’s mind and cochlea.  Don’t forget to listen…


About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. In addition to teaching, I am a writer. I have several blogs and have written many screenplays since 2007 producing a few of them into short films. In 2020, the craziest year and decade of any of our lives, I am starting a book project titled, "Abra, the Imaginarian." Outside Affiliations: - former Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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