The best glitch-video, music-listening, and sampling apps this week | Cult of Mac

The best glitch-video, music-listening, and sampling apps this week


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This week we check out a great Music app replacement, a crazy photo-and-video glitching app, a $90 music-notation app, and more.



Hyperspektiv amazing glitch photo app, now does video. It can add its crazy effects to your own videos, or it can turn your photos into videos. It also has the first good use of AR I’ve ever seen: It uses the camera to detect people and faces, and can apply its effects only to them. You can choose to have crazy glitched-out color filters apply to he people, or to the background.

It’s addictive stuff, and takes Hyperspektiv one-step closer to being the perfect source for music videos and video installations.

Price: Free

Download: HYPERSPEKTIV: AR, Photo, Video from the App Store (iOS)



The other day, I wanted to search my “Loved” playlist for a song I knew I had saved there. And guess what? You can’t access your Loved playlist on iOS. Not unless you create a smart playlist on your Mac, and then sync it over. So instead, I grabbed SongOwl instead. It comes from Mike Clay, maker of the Miximum smart-playlist app for iPhone, and it is slick and simple. Important commands (add to “up next”, for example ) have a dedicated buttons, instead of being hidden in menus. You can easily browse playlists, and yes, you can view your favorites. All in a clean, beautiful UI.

Price: $1.99

Download: SongOwl from the App Store (iOS)



StaffPad has been on Microsoft’s Surface for year, and is regarded as the pinnacle of touch-based music notation apps. Now its on the iPad, but with no trial version, and a $90 price-tag, it’s a tough sell. What if it’s just not any good?

But if you bite, you can enjoy Apple Pencil-based note entry, and orchestral sample libraries to play back your creations.

Price: $89.99 with $99.99 in-app purchases

Download: StaffPad from the App Store (iOS)



Samplr is a performance sampling app, imagined and designed from scratch for the iPad’s touchscreen. Once you have recorded (or loaded) a sound, you can play it with any of six different tools, all of which let you use multiple fingers to manipulate the sounds. It really feels like you’re playing the samples with your fingers. This is the first update in 5 years — many presumed that it was abandoned, but no. It’s back.

Price: $29.99

Download: Samplr from the App Store (iOS)


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