Thursday, May 13, 2021

iOS 14.5 warning for iPad users of iMPC Pro 1 (the old, beige version)

Upgrading to iOS 14.5 may make iMPC Pro 1 unusable on your iPad. 

Note: iMPC and iMPC Pro 2 are unaffected. This issue only relates to people still using iMPC Pro 1 on iPad.


In December 2017, we released iMPC Pro 2, a new app. iMPC Pro 1 users were able to upgrade for a discounted "bundle" price for a period of months. We also added an archive/export feature to iMPC Pro 1 to make it easy to migrate projects from Pro 1 to Pro 2. After the upgrade period ended, we remove Pro 1 from sale and stopped supporting it with updates. However, users of Pro 1 were free to continue using it.

Due to some unknown change by Apple inside iOS 14.5, iMPC Pro 1 is rendered unusable. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Artist Spotlight: Sicquan of Omni-tet 🎷🎶

We sat down with Sicquan of Omni-Tet, a saxaphone player and friend of our team in Columbus, OH. Sicquan got to try Looperverse and shared a bit about his creative process with us! Seeing artists re-imagine how an app can be intergrated into their workflow is so inspiring, especially when different genres are fused together. Looperverse will be on sale this weekend for just $0.99 if you'd like to try as well. ✨🎶 Sale begins 4/29/21 and ends 5/3/21. Don't forget to try the Looperverse Sampler in the Content Store, perfectly curated for your Looperverse experience.

Retronyms: Tell us a little bit about your set up. What do you use to create music?
Sicquan: I am a saxophone player, I play a Keilwerth MKX tenor Saxophone on a Syos mouthpiece, and a Vandoren paris reed. That is how I spend most of my time creating music.

R: Who are some of your biggest music influences and why?
S: My biggest influences in writing and playing are Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Huntertones, Bob Reynolds, and I am always going back to Sonny Rollins as my saxophone idol!

R: What does creativity mean to you?
S: To be creative is to be willing to be criticized for the things that bring you joy and to let yourself become a part of your craft.

R: What's bringing you the most inspiration right now for your own music creativity?
S: Honestly I am most inspired by my fellow Band members of the Omni-tet, they are all very gifted musicians in their own right and they keep me on my toes.

R: How do you integrate Looperverse into your workflow?
S: I use Looperverse to record parts to songs that I am writing, and sending them to my band to listen to, before I put it on paper.

Follow more of Omni-tet on both Instagram and Facebook. You can also see more of Sicquan using Looperverse over on our IG!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Celebrating Earth Day, today and everyday! 🌈🌎

We are taking a moment to celebrate our earth, especially after such a tough year for us all. Though we are still very much in this pandemic, we are pausing to notice and appreciate small moments of nature blooming and seasons changing. In a lot of ways, our creative ideas start out with just a seed. We don't quite know where it's going to go, but we hear a riff or a melody and decide to follow it. That seed eventually grows into something bigger, and music has been a cornerstone of connection for us throughout the pandemic. It's a reminder that we aren't alone.

Here are two Sound Packs that inspire us to get outside, get moving, and create something new. 🌿✨Both Rainbowland and Girl Eyes are on sale for $0.99. Sale runs from 4/22/21 to 4/26/21.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Meet & Greet with Christopher Tyng, Composer of Futurama 💥

THIS Thursday, April 8th, join us for this FREE VIRTUAL event!

Retronyms is meeting up with composer of Futurama, Christopher Tyng, at a secret location in the mountains of Santa Barbara as he, Arkitxt, unveils an immersive electronica light show called "Immerxion."

Since 2020, Immerxion has been designed by an inventive audio/visual crew. 350,000 pixel light walls and hundreds of modular synthesizers surround Arkitxt in a 3-story cube, illuminating emerging artists that join stage. The experience can appear anywhere imaginable -- fields, islands, warehouses, arenas, tv stations, clubs.
As capabilities in digital/mobile music advance, Retronyms invites our global community to register and be selected by Immerxion for a digital Meet and Greet with Arkitxt.
Register on FACEBOOK and EVENTBRITE for free.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

✨ How to AudioPaste Sound Packs into iMPC Pro 2 🎶

This is a common support question, so I thought it might be helpful to write a blog post for everyone to refer back to! There are many awesome features within iMPC Pro 2 discussed in the 10-day FREE course, iMPC University. Enroll for an in-depth tutorial, featuring producer Mr. Cates' insights and tricks! At the end of the course, you'll unlock an exclusive iMPC Pro Pack, The Diploma.

1. Open up iMPC Pro 2 and create a NEW PROJECT. You can also open an existing project, but AudioPasting an entire Sound Pack will overwrite your sounds.
2. Tap TWEAK view on the bottom bar.

3. The default view in Tweak is "Params" where you can adjust each pad, but for this you'll want to tap SOUNDS in the lower left corner. Now, you can see all of your pad names, which will help with placing your sounds if not AudioPasting the entire pack.
4. You will see the left menu has your sound library. Tap AUDIOPASTE.

5. The menu will pull up all available Sound Packs for pasting. Choose which one you'd like to paste, and you're done!

Want to see more tutorials? Comment below and we'll make them for you.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Experience Modern Nostalgia with Arturia Apps. 🎶✨

Legendary Sounds at your Fingertips

Our partnership with Arturia brought their classic hardware to iOS and both iMini and iProphet offer new twists on creativity. From March 5th, 2021 to March 12th, 2021, both iMini and iProphet are on sale for 50% off each.
iMini offers a level of sound quality never before found on the iPad, as well as over 500 sounds by leading sound designers. iMini is a recreation of the legendary synthesizer created by Bob Moog in 1971, one of most iconic synthesizers of all time. Use it in Tabletop to compose your music or watch this video demo of how to use the app.

Rediscover a legendary synthesizer from the ‘80s, the Prophet VS. Join in the same experiences shared by the many outstanding musicians who played and created with this amazing instrument. Deep pads, intense leads, unique effects: an iconic realm of sounds is now at your fingertips with iProphet.
POLL //Would you like to see these apps as Audio Units? Let us know in the comments... 👀😉

Content Store Pairings

Not familiar with synths, or unsure of how to integrate them into your workflow? Sample some of our Sound Packs in the Content Store. We've curated a group of synth packs to help you get started.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

NEW iMPC Pro Pack: Definitive 90s RnB 🎶

Akai Professional & 12 Bit Soul have teamed up to deliver the iMPC Pro Pack, Definitive 90s RnB, to the Content Store!

90s R&B represents the rapid rise from genre music to mainstream cultural and commercial dominance over this transformative decade. Forever intertwined with the sounds of Rap/Hip-Hop, there isn’t one pervasive sound that defined the era, but more so an emphasis on eclectic style blending. A rapid parallel evolution in artistry and music technology ensued in a short period of time, propelling us on a journey from the organic dusty breaks of Golden Era Hip-Hop to New Jack Swing to iconoclasts like Sade coupled with the meteoric rise of the Dirty South, retrofitted Neo Soul stylings, and the arrival of the Shiny Suit Era, where Hip-Hop moguls and superstar divas were born. This expansion captures that moment in time as R&B continued its progression alongside Hip-Hop.

This iMPC Pro Pack features 90s inspired composition loops and one-shots sampling sounds and gear of that era: horns, piano, organ, keys, strings, synths, live bass, guitar, and dusty vinyl and crisp digital drums to represent the fast-evolving sound of the decade. All sounds created and processed with an extensive collection of analog and digital gear, including popular instruments and samplers from the 90s era.