Cubasis for iPad Review

Function: Audio production software for iPad
Price: $49.99
What’s New: Have you ever wished you had “proper” music production for your Apple iPad?  Now you can with the new Steinberg Cubasis for iPad and iPad mini.  Based on the popular Cubase music production software, Cubasis is designed to be a streamlined, yet full-fledged audio production app for recording, editing, mixing, and sequencing.  Cubasis offers an unprecedented unlimited amount of audio and MIDI tracks (although the capabilities of the iPad hardware will indeed have its limits), over 70 virtual instruments, a mix console with effects processors, a sample editor, over 300 audio and MIDI loops, and basic interface and MIDI recording with other CoreMIDI apps while Cubasis runs in the background.  To top it off, Cubasis projects can be exported and opened in the PC/Mac versions of Cubasis for later editing and full audio mixdown and MIDI export is supported as well.  Sounding familiar so far?  It kind of sounds like a souped-up version of the “LE” versions of apple’s Logic or Avid’s Protools…for Windows or OS X….except the features offered in Cubasis rival most “LE” versions of popular audio production software at half the price, plus it’s on an iPad, making it the most flexible mobile platform of its kind.  While the high cost might make this app unappealing for some, the unprecedented power and traditional music production appearance makes this app a very useful tool in the hands of an expert or beginner alike. 
 
-Andy Toy

 

 

 

Camera Awesome Review

Camera Awesome
Function: Camera App for iPhone and iPad
Price: Free
What’s New: A powerful new photo/video app for iPad and iPhone, Camera Awesome definitely lives up to its name.  With a great-looking interface and easy-to-use features, Camera Awesome offers several upgrades to a standard apple camera app including ability to set separate exposure and focus spots, a level for the horizon, and 1-tap sharing to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SmugMug, Flickr, and others. Editing includes an “awesomize” slider that automatically adjusts contrast, colors, and exposure to the optimum levels and allows the user to choose how much “awesome” to add. Camera Awesome comes with 36 different effects with more for optional purchase.  If that isn’t enough, the most awesome feature is the fact that the video records five seconds before you hit the record button, ensuring that you capture the exact moment you’re looking for. 
 
For more information about Camera Awesome visit www.awesomize.com.

 

-Andy Toy