[iTunes11 Tutorial] How to use new features – (sidebar enabled, mini-player, play next)

MSM is still messing around with the features of the new iTunes11 released by Apple a few days ago. In this video MSM explains how to use the “Play Next” feature, the mini-player feature, and how to make iTunes 11 look like previous versions.

Download the new iTunes 11 here.

Exploring new iTunes 11 – Launching and Features

MountainStone Media launches iTunes 11 on a Windows 7 machine. Check out some of the features.

[App Review] CloudOn for iPad

If you are looking for a TOTALLY FREE iPad app that can help you get some work done, then download CloudOn.

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If you have already downloaded CloudOn, then you probably use it every day. When you launch the app, the slick animated logo and the loading bar lets you know that the developers were paying extra attention to the cool factor while making this app. Sync your Google Drive, Dropbox, or box account and access the folders and files associated with those accounts. There are a few different ways to view your files. It’s pretty sweet to be able to manage those accounts on the fly.

The best part about CloudOn is that you can create a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file from your iPad and save it to your Dropbox to edit later, or share with your co-workers, clients, or friends instantly. We recommend this app. It’s free, go download it in the app store.

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From the CloudOn website:

CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to your tablet. All of it. Of course you can format text, change fonts and catch that typo, but imagine being able to track changes while editing Word documents, use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel and present your PowerPoint slides complete with transitions.

Another nifty little feature is the ability to view PDFs (including 3d PDFs) and fill out PDF forms on your workspace! You also have a universal viewer that lets you view virtually any file – from raw Photoshop images to everyday image files like PNG, JPEG and GIF.

[Tutorial] Adobe Fireworks CS5 – Installing and Utilizing Styles

If you are new to Adobe Fireworks CS5, and you aren’t using “styles”, you should be. Styles are presets of different gradients and color schemes.
Google search ” Free Adobe Fireworks Style Packs”. Once you find a new pack, download and install it.
Our favorite site for Fireworks Styles Packs is – http://www.fireworkszone.com

Check out the video for complete instructions.

iTunes 11 new feature for redeeming gift cards

Apple has recently launched iTunes11. The developers of iTunes have created a special feature that allows the user to use their computer camera to capture the redeem code from the back of an iTunes Gift Card.

If you have ever purchased an iTunes Gift Card, on the back contains a code. Apple has released a new style of gift card. On the new cards you will notice the back has a sixteen character code. There is a box around the code camera recognizes and then automatically redeems the iTunes gift card.

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Older versions of iTunes has been criticized for not being user-friendly. With $2 billion of iTunes Store revenue coming from gift cards, this upgrade should make some people happy.

Top 5 iPad apps for music production

At MountainStone Media HQ, we love music. From jam bands, to reggae, to electronica, to 80’s classics, music is blasting in our speakers and headphones all the time. As much fun as listening to music is, it is even more fun to make it. Combining the love of music and the love of technology brings us to the Top 5 iPad apps for making music.

Garage Band – $5.99

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GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Gather your friends to play and record like a real band with Jam Session.* Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share in email or send directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.

KORG iMS-20 – $14.99

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By combining a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, an analog step-style sequencer, six-part drum machine, Kaoss-style performance, and a mixer to control it all, the iMS-20 will transform your iPad into one way-cool sound studio for the modern musician – and the analog enthusiast as well!

AniMoog – $29.99

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Animoog is the newest innovation in creative tools from Moog Music, the legendary electronic musical instrument company founded by Bob Moog in Asheville, NC. Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling you to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.

KORG iElectribe – $9.99

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Korg’s ELECTRIBE·R has been coveted by dance musicians for ten years running. Today, this indispensable instrument has been reborn as a dedicated iPad app – the KORG iELECTRIBE virtual analog beatbox! With the iELECTRIBE, sound creation is easy, fun and intuitive – just as on a vintage analog synthesizer. Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove. This easy-to-use interface combines forces with the iPad’s 9.7” multi touch display to offer an intuitive “hardware” feel, sure to inspire and captivate the imagination of any user.

Pocket WavPad HD – Free

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A free sound editor for recording, editing, adding effects, and sending audio, Pocket WavePad allows you to record voice or music, then edit the recording and add effects to achieve high quality audio recordings. Work within audio waveforms to make selections for quick editing, such as inserting recordings from other files, or apply effects like the high pass filter to clarify audio quality. For journalists and other professionals making recordings on the go, Pocket WavePad makes it easy to store or send recordings so they are readily available wherever they are needed.

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