Gorillaz album The Fall is quite a phennomenon. when it comes to creating albums, they have it sorted. The band used collection of iPad Apps to produce practically the entire album. the Apps are easily available from the Apple Store and most of them go foe under $20.00 how’s that for bring out a great album on a shoe string. Since the album’s release one of the App creators, Kork decided to team up with Gorrillaz and released a special edition of there Electribe App.
Here’s a list of all the Apps they used on the album.
The BS16i is a basic synth sampler App with a mixer. It can be a midi controller & can be controlled other devices. The big thing here is MIDI control. As with most Apps, you can export a bunch of stuff across to other Appz. You can customize the interface & lock your changes.
Gliss – $0.99
Another freaky transient style App. A very alternative style to creating music. The user traces lines with a finger across the screen. Lines are colour coded so each represents a different sound. sketching a diagonal line moving upwards creates a sound that changes pitch. There are many things this little can do. Great app if you’re after an atmospheric style feeling.
Harmonizer – Free
A haptic style App that uses color to represent related tones. Lots of fun and some freaky sounds can be created. Notice the triangular geometric shapes intertwining to create a platform that affords different levels of key combination ultimately creating landscapes of tone. Freaky stuff man !!
iElectribe Gorillaz Edition – $19.99
An iPad App simulating the infamous Korg iElecTribe Machine.
Worth noting, is the fact Gorrillaz teamed up with Korg to release a special Gorillaz Edition of the Electribe beatbox. This special edition has been customized to generate sounds from the band’s latest album. Cool !
iOrgel HD – $2.99
Not only is the interface pretty, the sounds that come out of this App are also very beautiful. The best way to describe it is by saying it sounds like an old wooden music box. It has a distinctive sound that most instruments can’t recreate unless they use samples. This one makes for some interesting, mellow sounds.
M3000 HD – $11.99
This is a Mellotron App. The sounds that come from it are very cool, and it quickly becomes apparent why this was used in a Gorillaz album. However, the interface has been widely criticized, and the software is quite a bit more costly than some of the other packages out there.
Moog Filatron – $4.99
This is an audio filter that’s definitely not designed for the novice. While it contains samples and allows for users to input their own sounds, there are a ton of knobs on it that those unfamiliar with the controls may be lost on. It’s probably worth starting with a basic synth and learning the functions of cutoff, filter, highpass and lowpass before jumping into this one.
We don’t know exactly what this thing is. We’ve played with it, but it’s hard to describe. That said, this App is very cool, and it’s very easy to learn. You just touch the little squares in any pattern, group or combination, and you hear sounds. It’s very easy to create something semi-catchy, and this is yet another example of an iOS App that creates a different kind of interface.
Olsynth – $6.99
This is a very basic synth with a clean interface. It’s designed with simplicity in mind, and that becomes immediately apparent even with a first glance. The way the keys are drawn isn’t exactly pretty, but it’s a great way to learn synthesis. On the downside, it doesn’t appear that you can save settings. Then again, there aren’t many settings on this thing to have to worry about.
SoundThingie – $2.99
This is another “draw lines to make sounds” type Apps. The interface reminds us of microscopic particles floating through the darkness. Again, as is the case with most of these type Apps, you probably won’t find yourself creating “real” music so much as you will be making ambient sounds suited to enhancing the background effects.
Speak It! – $1.99
Strange that they would use an App like this one to create an album, isn’t it? Well, not totally. Speak It! is just a simple Text-to-Speech App. You type something in, and Speak It!…well, it speaks it. As we all know, Text-to-Speech still isn’t 100 percent yet, so it speaks in monotone robotic voices. That’s still pretty cool if used the right way in a musical composition.
StudioMiniXl – $5.99
StudioMini XL is just like having your own a mobile studio. this little iPad App is quite powerful indeed. It’s most used application is to store ideas.. songs you might have working around in your brain somewhere. It’s an ideal way to record those ideas and sounds, getting them down quickly later reviewed
Synth – $0.99
This is another one of those simple synth interfaces. There is more to it than you will find on OlSynth, and it’s a bit more pleasing to the eyes. Still, the layout is simple enough for most users to understand. What’s also cool is that it includes the mod and pitch wheels.
Xenon – $4.99
This is a very cool looking little synth. It has one of our farovite UI designs because of the cool, bright colors. It’s also very inviting despite the various controls. It may take some users a while to fully understand what each of those little knobs does, but it’s still very cool looking.
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