Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2012

Kimbra – Settle Down Live at SXSW 2012 Spotify Sessions

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We have come a long way since Geoff Kaiser and Kim Yeo-hee started to use their iPads and iPhones to create music. Here’s New-Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra performing a rendition of her song “Settle Down” in the front yard of the Spotify House at SXSW 2012.

Kimbra "Settle Down" at SXSW's Spotify House Sessions

Kimbra is building an elaborate arrangement on her own with the use of samplers and loops controlled by the iPad in front of her running the SoundPrism app.

Basically, Soundprism is an envelope of built-in sounds and waveforms that give you a ‘visual trackpad’ that allow you to trigger sounds from your laptop’s sequencer, plugin, or VST. It supports Core MIDI or USB (iPad only). It’s not an instrument, like Geoff Kaiser used for his iPad Band, but it’s a trigger similar to a MIDI keyboard. Apps like SoundPrism are a gamechanger and could very well change digital music alltogether.

Anyway, enjoy Kimbra’s performance and ignore all the hipsters with their smartphones in front of their face.



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  1. Hello,

    I’m Sebastian Dittmann, one of the people who make SoundPrism. Thank you for mentioning our app in this post.
    I have to correct you though. SoundPrism is an alternative Keyboard. It’s a musical instrument.
    The looper Kimbra is using isn’t an iPad app and just looks like an iPad.



  2. Tim says:

    @ Sebastian Dittmann – in this video I was certain that Kimbra was using an iPad until I saw another one that revealed that looping machine a little better.

    However, in this video – – (at about 2:17) it is VERY apparent that she is also using YOUR app in addition to that device. So cheers to you for that!


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