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HBF’s Tech Round-up: iMaschine, Future Retro’s Zillion Sequencer & Djay 2 For iPad

HBF’s in-house tech resident James Trigo takes you through last month’s most eye-catching tech stories from Maschine on the iPad to Future Retro’s latest sequencer, the Zillion.

Native Instruments’ audio sketchpad, iMaschine has now been brought up-to-date with full support for iPad in iMaschine 1.1. Making use of the larger screen, NI have placed everything you need such as drum pads and keyboard on the same screen, enabling two handed operation. As well as the ability to sample direct from iTunes, iMaschine is also bundled with Quantam collection, a choice of samples from the Maschine 2 library. The app is free to existing users or £2.99 to everyone else. Check out the video below where supply teacher Jamie Lidell steps in to put a class through its paces.

Using the, “Sorry I haven’t got that one” excuse maybe a thing of the past with Algoriddim’s djay 2 adding Spotify integration to their app. Allowing DJs access to stream the services entire 20m strong catalogue is an exciting prospect and if that wasn’t enough there’s Echo Nest, a feature enabling track matching against BPM and key, support for some hardware controllers and Automix Radio, allowing you to step back and let the app do the work. Although playlists are supported, unfortunately offline mode isn’t, which would have been the icing on the cake, but with up to 30 add-on effects provided by Sugar Bytes and the ability to share your mixes, it looks a lot of fun regardless. Available on the App store now for £1.99, you’ll also need a Spottily premium account currently £9.99/month.

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James Trigo

James Trigo is an advocate for the craft of making a good tune. Whiling away the small hours with his head in a sequencer, if he's not making music he's listening to it, and then writing about it. Come say hello. Free free to contact James here: onetwotrigo@gmail.com