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This is a blues jam recorded on Logic 9 Express with my iPad as the wireless MIDI input for guitar and horn sections. Bass was played on Akai MPK mini keyboard, the drums are looped samples, the guitar and horns were played with the Thumbjam app on an iPad wirelessly connected to Logic via the DSMidiWifi utility.

Thumbjam makes it embarrassedly easy to put solos together in any key or scale and with the DSMidiWifi bridge, you can use it to control any instrument in Logic.

The solo is a bit rough but was a blast to record - sort of guitar-heroish bouncing around and shaking the iPad - mercifully, I closed the blinds to spare the neighbors.
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Uploaded: Apr 30, 2011 - 06:26:21 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011 - 06:26:21 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2019 - 03:40:09 PM
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iPad (1st generation), Akai MPK mini, iMac 24"
Thumbjam (on iPad), DSMidiWifi and Logic 9 Express on iMac
gadzooks said 2885 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Insane guitar
When I first listened to this I was expecting some traditional blues guitar to come in but this insane guitar took me by surprise . This is very cool and done with a thumbjam? Loved it ... very original.
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oldlibmike said 2885 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Insane is easier
Actually, with Thumbjams, a fast solo is alot easier to pull off than a slower one. Clapton would be a challenge. Shaking the iPad adds vibrato and tremelo, tilting the iPad is like using the bend bar. It really is fun to use in music creation. I didn't do much with the drums or bass to vary things up yet - maybe in a future revision. Thanks for listening!
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mrattue said 2884 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
Double Blue
Interesting and arresting!

Sort of double life going on here, for me, a manic superficial reality and at the same time a sort of inner cool?

Original groove (to me!)

Enjoyed. Thanks.

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KCsGROOVE said 2884 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
really cool blues!
Not much into these modern gadgets, but this sounds great!
very much enjoyed!
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VicDiesel said 2867 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
This sounds like a ton of fun.

That guitar solo may not be realistic, but it's quite spectacular. The horn on the other hand are just weird. If that's what you're going for, fine, but otherwise I'd consider that an experiment not to be repeated.

That's not a slight on your skills. I'm completely unable to make sampled or synthesized horns sound good, and I've heard many more people similarly go astray.

Man, that solo is wild!

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oldlibmike said 2867 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks for providing feedback as well as listening! I agree the horns don't quite make it. I actually can noodle a bit on a real trumpet but always hope that with enough midi bends, and effects that samples can work - so far they don't!

The guitar is probably faster than normal playing but it is ridiculously easy to noodle out a solo with thumbjam as a controller. Its own loops are ok, but when you attach it to Logic - the possibilities are endless.

I seem to do more and more on the iPad as opposed to Logic - there is just something appealing about the touch screen as opposed to mousing around at the iMac.
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