DrumStudio (previously known as Drum Tab) is an must have app for learning beats on the drums. With an iPhone or iPad and a copy of this two dollar app, you’ll be Keith Moon in no time! Okay, probably not, but this app is still an essential song learning tool.
This guest post is by iOS musician and blogger Smite Matter. Check out his music on iTunes and more of his reviews on smitematter.com…
In 1981 I was eleven years old, and oblivious to synthesizers. It wasn’t until my late teens when I discovered them by introduction through a musician friend with rich parents. I saw and touched a Polysix but never played one.
Korg has given us all an opportunity to revisit one of the more impressive analog synth classics with a perfect replication of iPolysix. So put on your acid-washed jeans, your Sunday best tie-dye, poof your hair, and smoke a….mmm… A um…hmmm. Don’t smoke.
iPolysix comes with a full set of options to recreate early 80s analog synth awesomeness, 2 synth units, 16 to 64 step PolySeq sequencers made just for iPolysix, and a six part drum machine. All of which can be fully automated and mixed with the on-board analog Mixer 8. Additionally, 2 sweet Kaoss pads with chordal expression are packed in.
The main thing that set Polysix apart from the other synths of the day is that polyphony was limited mostly to 5 notes. 5 was a big deal back then! Korg just had to one-up everyone with Polysix, and its 6 note polyphony capability-a big achievement at the time. Not only was it the first 6 note polyphony synth, but it had the amazing rich quality analog sounds Korg was known for that put it on top as a worldwide best seller.
Today we see many classic analog synths being emulated, and for the most part quite well. Having this arrive on iPad sounding as excellent as it does is a significant achievement, once again by Korg. The audio quality is outstanding! No noticeable latency whatsoever, and very stable. More