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The Strange Agency has released Donut, a new iPad sampler that’s designed to let you work ‘in two dimensions':

You can use it like a phrase looper, by recording horizontally while using the step controls to step through vertical recording position. You can use it as a realtime processor by using ThruRecord mode. You can record and playback at completely differently speeds. You can even record backwards!

You can record and playback diagonally across the Donut surface, creating glitchy staccato sounds. You can record and playback with multiple heads, recording or playing multiple positions at once. You can spread the heads vertically to access different portions of the Donut, or you can spread them horizontally to create an echo effect.

The video demo, above, may make more sense!

Donut is $9.99 in the App Store.


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Smule has announced that Leaf Trombone World Stage, an iPhone app described as the first massively multi-player musical game for the iPhone and iPod touch, is now available (iTunes App Store link).

Leaf Trombone builds on Smule’s work with Ocarina, creating virtual instruments that are interesting by themselves – but more interesting as part of music social networks. Leaf Trombone also throws in a dash of American Idol competitiveness.

If you try out Leaf Trombone, leave a comment with your thoughts! Read more…