Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tabletop Beatmaking Software for the iPad

Hey peoples,

I mentioned earlier that I'd been working on a project and would share information when I could. Well, finally I can!  I've spent the last few months developing content for Tabletop, a revolutionary beatmaking tool releasing today for the iPad.

Check this link for the deets:

http://retronyms.com/index.html

If you own an iPad and like making beats on the run, please check out that link, your iPad will never be the same.  This is a project developed by Retronyms, a San Francisco (and beyond) based team of developers who've done some very interesting things on the iPad.  Recently, they brought Propellerhead's ReBirth to the iPad.  If you've ever had a tweak on ReBirth back in the day, you owe it to yourself to try it out in a multitouch environment.

But Tabletop!  It is like a Westcoast beatmaker's wet dream.  It contains virtual turntables for playing and mixing .mp3's, a pad based sampler akin to the legendary MPC for recording and bashing out beats, a tone matrix similar to a Monome or Tenori-On for plinky lead and bass lines, a synth with some very funky patches, a block based sequencer that is triggerable for on the fly beat mashing, and a host of stomp box style fx for live tweaking.  And live tweaking is the idea. Everything is playable and accessible in real time.  Basically all of the devices are laid out on a... you guessed it, a Tabletop, and you can just sweep around, grabbing, playing  and wiring up the devices you want.  And on top of that, you can resample, and just start mashing and reprocessing your own beats.

I'm not going to lie, I'm frothing a bit as I'm writing this. Jokes.  If you own an iPad and have ever nodded your head to beat, pick up this app, it is a lot of fun.  And to my musical peepz, you know who you are, hit me up, I've got some promocodes, you can get started smashing out some Tabletop beats right quick.

Maybe we could post up some microwave beats here in a couple of days?

28 comments:

  1. So its only 5 bucks right now? If thats the case im about to purchase it myself.

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  2. It's pretty nice, but I haven't an IPad, so it's not that useful for me.
    lol

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  3. re your comment: thanks, that's one of the best compliments i've gotten!

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  4. Sounds cool. There's a lot of innovation coming up with these new devices.

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  5. Doesn't really make the iPad a viable thing to own, but I guess it's a cool program.

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  6. Oh boy, tis is wasted on me. My only phone is a ten quid Nokia.

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  7. Ya I was thinking about all this when I got mine, there are a few beta apps that kinda show how it can work.

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  8. Don't own an iPad. I'm waiting for something even bigger to come out, like something that I have to strap to the roof of my car but that still can't perform some of the basic functions that a computer can.

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  9. i dont own an ipad but i will recommend this to a couple of friends who will be interested

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  10. If I did have an iPad, I would definitely check this out.

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  11. Was thinking of getting an ipad, virtual instruments are the sh*t.

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  12. good luck on this project. seems really cool

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  13. Cool, the only think i need to get now is an iPad.

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  14. I agree with SHAW "]. I want an Ipad "]

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  15. this is realy a great project, i will suport it

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  16. tablets are revolutionizing computers!! very cool stuff, who will need special equipment when you can use ever changing tablet screens?

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  17. Definitely useful for ppl on the go, too bad I don't have a pad.

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  18. So far, I lack an Ipad in my hands. Although I don't need it so far, I'm pretty interested on this.
    I'll be following your blog, keeps us updated.

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  19. I'd download it. Can't wait to hear some tracks. I'll follow along.

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