The Kardashian-Jenner family has sexy dressing down to a science. They have spent the Summer in skintight gowns and sexy swimsuits – but for the VMAs they pulled out all the stops. From Kourtney's bold pink jumpsuit, to Kylie's woven minidress it's tough to decide who was sexiest ...read more
In yet another staggered feature rollout, Twitter has begun enabling full landscape support for its iOS app on the iPhone 6 Plus. Like with many of Apple's bundled applications, Twitter app users on the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone can navigate their Timelines, Tweet, and Direct Message in landscape mode…
This mode allows users to view past message threads while replying to a current thread for example. However, especially in the Timeline view, the application does not take full advantage of the extra space in landscape mode. As this landscape view has not been enabled for all users, it is possible that Twitter will tweak and improve the feature before it debuts it for everyone.
While the feature appears to be working for a couple of 9to5Mac staff members with the iPhone 6 Plus, it is not functional on any standard iPhone 6 models running the Twitter app. Twitter typically slowly rolls out features, such as the upcoming “Project Lightning” news curation service that will launch as “Moments.”
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In case you didn't notice (which is basically no one at this point, thanks to the more-than-loud John Legere), T-Mobile has tried to be as disruptive as possible over the last couple years. And now, Sprint, which has long been the third-largest mobile carrier in the United States, is admitting defeat. It seems T-Mobile's tactics are working, and Sprint's first fiscal quarter report released today shows that its 56.8 million subscribers are just shy of the 58.9 million that T-Mobile reported it had last month.
Legere took to Twitter earlier this morning to celebrate the news, although the company has been unofficially claiming its spot as the third largest carrier in the US for quite some time now. “Now that it's official,” Legere says, “how about we focus on why T-Mobile is succeeding?” And it seems that Legere firmly believes that the company's successes are largely thanks to its “un-carrier” revamps to the company's services — evidence that the carrier is actually “listening to customers” unlike its competitors.
Marcelo Claure, Sprint's CEO, replied to Legere, saying that the company deserves credit and respect for what it has accomplished. He goes on to congratulate Legere and suggests that Sprint has heard from customers and will be changing its ways. “Now focused on customers not rankings,” the CEO said:
@JohnLegere @TMobile deserve credit. Much respect. Now focused on customers not rankings. Congrats. #movingforward—
In all, it seems as if T-Mobile is doing at least some things right. A couple of weeks ago, the company announced that it was introducing a new platform called “Advanced Messaging” which brings many of the features commonly found in most modern messaging apps. And just last week, T-Mobile announced that it was adding Apple Music to its Music Freedom offerings, as well as offering the next iPhone (which hasn't been announced) for free to anyone who buys an iPhone 6 through Jump on Demand over the next couple of months.
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Taylor Swift is an aspiring model, you know tall enough, cute enough, awkward enough, skinny enough, which is pretty fucking weird, because she's Taylor Swift, probably one of the biggest acts in the world, so rich and famous, with this massive engaged audience, who really has no need to be an aspiring model, but I guess since she hangs out with all these models, and is semi-obsessed with modeling, while modeling is a good marketing hook for herself to continue make money, while doing what all her besties do, in what I assume is the Taylor Swift modeling agency, like she was Michael Jackson and they were little boys, designed to relive that lost childhood..
I guess what I am trying to say is, here's Taylor Swift's Vanity Fair shoot….
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September cover of Vanity Fair
Taylor Swift is being featured on the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair (view the full cover below the fold), and at the center of the interview within the high profile magazine is the pop star's telling of her recent episode with Apple. Plans to not compensate artists during Apple Music's three-month free trial period prompted Swift to publish an open letter explaining why her latest album 1989 wouldn't be available on their new music streaming service. Apple quickly moved to change that policy and Swift's album was notably highly promoted on Apple Music at launch. In the interview with Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift detailed her exchange with Apple while comparing it to a similar experience with Spotify that had a different outcome…
Swift says she wrote the open letter in the middle of the night, only reading it to her mom and no one else before publishing it, after a friend sent her a screenshot of the terms of their Apple Music contract:
“I wrote the letter at around four A.M.,” Swift says. “The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them sent me a screenshot of one of them. I read the term ‘zero percent compensation to rights holders.' Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night and I'll write a song and I can't sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.”
The pop star expressed surprise at Apple's quick and positive reaction to her open letter — while calling Spotify a “start-up with no cash flow” in the process:
“Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about,” she says. “And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine.”
Swift also mentioned during the interview that she worried about how people would respond to her stance against Apple Music at the time — noting it was about starting artists and not established ones like herself — after receiving some degree of criticism from her previous complaint over Spotify's business model and artist compensation:
“My fears were that I would be looked at as someone who just whines and rants about this thing that no one else is really ranting about.”
In the end, both Taylor Swift and Apple's leadership came out looking positive — and Apple Music launched with her and her fanbase's support —while she still holds 1989 from Spotify over their ad-backed free-tier for streaming her album. Apple Music is paid-only aside from the initial three-month trial period and the only similar service that offers her full catalog.
You can read the full interview from Vanity Fair.
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Telstra, the largest carrier in Australia, has today launched a new webpage on which it reveals an exclusive offering related to Apple Music. The carrier is offering new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers, across both 12 month and 24 month contracts, a free year of Apple Music on its Go Mobile plans. This offering is the first of its kind for Apple Music, and also hints at a another first: carrier billing.
AT&T and Beats partnered up early on to offer carrier billing, as well as exclusive family plan pricing, but shortly following Apple's acquisition of Beats, the partnership with AT&T disintegrated. With carrier billing, Telstra will be able to bill customers directly for Apple Music following the 12 months of free service. This also means that the charge would appear on the user's Telstra bill, not on any iTunes receipts.
While Telstra has yet to fully confirm that it will offer carrier billing with Apple Music, a note from the terms and conditions of its 12 month free offer implies such:
If you sign up and agree to T&Cs to put Apple Music on your Telstra account this will roll on to a paying subscription at the end of the trial / free period unless you cancel it. You will receive an SMS 3 days prior to rolling over to a paid subscription.
Another piece of evidence supporting Telstra's plans to fully integrate Apple Music into its repertoire comes in a new login prompt Appel Music presents when you redeem the 12 months of free service. “Your Apple Music membership with Telstra will be linked to your Apple ID, allowing you to listen on your other devices,” the prompt reads.
Apple has already partnered with T-Mobile in the United States to offer uncapped streaming via the carrier as part of tis Music Freedom program. In Australia, Telstra previously had a deal with MOG for an extended free trial and subsequent carrier billing. Spotify offers carrier billing via Sprint in the United States, as well.
Carrier billing would open an even larger market for Apple's new music streaming service, especially if it expands outside of Australia. It seems likely that Apple is at least making efforts behind the scenes to do so, but nothing is yet confirmed.
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In this week's episode of the The Logic Pros, Flex audio features are up, with some serious hardware reviews on deck. Next week we will start a mini-series of episodes showcasing some top-notch instruments from the likes of Moog, Native Instruments and more, but first we will dive into Logic's time compression/expansion and micro pitch correction features:
Logic Pro X comes packed with a powerful set of audio manipulation tools known as Flex. While Logic and just about every other DAW have always had ways to speed up/slow down audio, independent of the file's pitch or not, Flex parameters give as much more in depth control over our audio than the legacy Time Pitch Machine.
With Flex time we can ask Logic to analyze an audio file allowing us to speed it up or down based on our session's BPM, and without changing its pitch (for the most part). As per usual, we can only stray so far from the file's original BPM before we start getting into some nasty sounding artifacts, but the particular analysis mode selected can be helpful. While in most cases Logic will automatically make an intelligent decision based on the audio, it's always a good idea to have a basic understanding of the options in case it doesn't.
There are 4 basic time options: Monophonic, Polyphonic, Slicing and Rhythmic, along with two FX based options known as Speed and Tempophone. Mono is for basic single voiced instruments like say a guitar or a vocal; Poly is for multi-voiced audio like a full song or multi-track sample; and Slicing and Rhythm are generally better for drum parts or rhythmic audio. Things get pretty crazy with the Pitch and Tempophone options as each slice or analyzed section of your file will change in pitch and tempo, respectively. This is based on a number of factors including the source material, your quantization settings for the file, session BPM and more.
Note: It is always recommended to first know the pitch, key and BPM of the file you are about to Flex, but it is not completely necessary.
1. First lets make sure we click the Flex hide/view button on the arrange page (seen above) or push command + F. Then engage Flex mode on your desired track by hitting the same icon on its track header.
Note: Whatever BPM your Logic session is set to is the base tempo with which Logic will assume the file originated at, so it is recommended to have your session's BPM set at that tempo before analyzing a track. Otherwise you may get into some annoying issues. Let us know in the comments below of you need a hand with anything.
2. Give Logic a second to analyze your audio file and then you're ready. You'll notice Logic has chosen an algorithm for you, but feel free to change that selection from the new track header menu that has now appeared to better suite your creative needs.
3. Now the audio region will compress/expand in time based on the tempo of our session. If you speed the session up, the audio will come with you accordingly. Super helpful for demoing or auditioning alternate tempos for songs, on top of a wealth of other creative possibilities in the sampling arena and more. You'll also notice that the typical MIDI region quantize features are now made available to you, which can be helpful for loose rhythmic parts, minor corrections or even creative beat making.
We also have some additional manual controls provided allowing us to to create custom segments on the track, variable speed audio files, and to alter the pre-made segments Logic has assigned. These are likely more useful to power users, but nonetheless very helpful.
Pitch features were added to Flex mode with Logic Pro X, offering a deep and applicable pitch tool to the package for free. A term that gets thrown around much too liberally, this isn't you're basic “auto-tune”, but rather a tool that provides everything from micro pitch correction to formant and vibrato manipulation.
These sort of audio features are generally only found in tailor-made third party software like Celemony's Melodyne app, which can run you as much as $399 on its own.
Admittedly, some of the full featured and expensive third party options will offer a wider range of options, dealing with polyphonic material much better in some cases and generally coming with more bells and whistles. However, Flex Time can do everything from micro pitch corrections on that otherwise perfect vocal take, to programmed multi-layered harmonies, those high-pitched choppy “auto-tune” sounding Skrillex vocals and even drastic alien/robotic sounds.
Once a file is set to Flex Pitch mode, we can Pitch quantize it to a particular scale or manually move each note to a desired pitch. The on-screen handle controls that appear when hovering over a segment of an analyzed file will provide 6 controls: Pitch Drift in and out on the top corners which determines the way each note transitions from one to another; a basic Pitch control (in musical cents); a per segment Gain control; Vibrato to determine the amount with which a note naturally wavers around the desired pitch; and Formant control allowing us to change the timbre or tone of the sound without changing the pitch.
1. Flex Pitch is engaged in the same way as Flex Time via the Flex track header switch or command + F
2. This time choose Flex Pitch from the pull down menu.
Note: You can't Flex both your time and pitch skills at the same time. One or the other folks.
3. The selected audio file now now has additional info/controls displayed on it. Click on the desired region to open it up in your editor window for a closer look. From here we can access all of the above described controls for each segment or note by mousing them to the desired pitch/timbre with the handle controls or the side-mounted region controls.
Along the side of the Flex Pitch window in the audio editor we also have a Pitch Correction tool which will snap the segments to the nearest note; your basic Time Quantize; Gain; and the Scale Quantize feature which allows us to snap the entire performance into a certain musical scale. These side bar controls effect whatever notes we have selected in the audio editor window.
I just want Flex certain regions on a track, not the entire lot!?!. Chill, no prob. We can choose to forgo Flex on any region of a certain track by selecting the desired region and deselecting the Flex checkbox in the region inspector.
I can't sing harmonies, but Logic sure can. Artificial harmonies have been used in music production for many years. While there is certainly no replacement for the real thing, duplicating Flex pitched vocal parts on to another track (command + D), and them bumping the notes up or down can offer some pretty impressive sounding fake vocal harmonies.
Hey look a MIDI In button. See that red MIDI In button along the top of the Flex Pitch audio editor window? If you engage it, you can move selected notes to a desired pitch by pushing the keys on your MIDI keyboard. Make sure the playhead is on top of the note you want to move.
Groovy Templates: We can create our own Groove templates to quantize MIDI parts to based on the rhythmic properties of a Flex'd audio region. Select the audio region, head up to the quantize menu in the region inspector and hit the Make Groove Template option. This can be very helpful if you're trying to lock programmed MIDI parts up with Live live recordings.
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