North Point iBand Apps

Well, we did the “North Point iBand” for an Opener on Sunday, December 5th, 2010.

If you haven’t seen it…. CLICK HERE



First off, big props to Jared Hamilton for spearheading the effort from our end.

Jared arranged “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Feliz Navidad” using the apps, and creating a demo by multitracking them in Apple’s Logic software (though any Digital Audio Workstation would do the trick).

Jared, Eddie Kirkland and I arranged the first song, “Carol of the Bells“. It’s amazing what you come up with when you sit in a room, hook 3 iPhones up to some speakers, and get adventurous!

Well, many of you have asked, so here are the Apps used:

(NOTE: You’re going to have to looking for them on iTunes yourself. C’mon, you’ve gotta do SOME legwork yourself!)

Carol of the Bells:

Eddie Kirkland, SoundGrid

Reid Greven, NLogFree

Jared Hamilton, Melody Bell

Danny Grady, Guitarist (Nylon String)

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog (MoreVox Acoustic 1 sound)

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Steve Marcia, Guitarist (Electric)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Danny Grady, electric guitar on intro & fills – Guitarist

Steve Marcia, acoustic guitar on main melody – Guitarist

Jared Hamilton, B3 – Pocket Organ

Reid Greven, sax solo – Saxophone Musicofx

Eddie Kirkland, Percussions (Tambourine)

Feliz Navidad

Joe Lee, guiro – Percussions

Antwane McMullin, drums – iGog (Rock Kit 1 sound)

Rick Meeder, bass – Bassist

Danny Grady, nylon string guitar – Guitarist

Ben Snider, clave – Percussions

Steve Marcia, maracas & tambourine – Percussions

Jared Hamilton, melody solo & percussion fills – Bebot, Percussions

Eddie Kirkland, congas & bongos – Percussions

Reid Greven, piano – Pianist

Seth Condrey, vocals – T-Pain



41 thoughts on “North Point iBand Apps

  1. And also kudos to the all-volunteer roaming camera ops, Walter Kirk, Chris Larson, and Fred Godoy who managed to keep up with “energetic” musicians and capture some great shots of the “instruments.” Tim McKee (another volunteer) did an awesome directing job to be able to present a video that could go viral.

  2. Your iBand is incredible! You guys should write a story on the process of making the band and how you composed the songs, and practiced, etc. and post it with your iVideo (love the iPhone that surrounds the video). I think you all can quit your day jobs and tour around the world!

  3. Apple should thank you for getting me to buy a bunch of apps!
    Thanks for the list. Would it be possible for a screen shot of the Bebot settings? I wanted to get the sound you use but I can’t figure it out.

  4. Absolutely wonderful performance. I thought the arrangement of the songs were brilliant. LOVE it! 😉

    Caleb, I’ve played around with the Bebot settings yesterday and may have figured it out. Visit my blog to view the screen shots. Hope it helps!

  5. Hey, just wondering – I couldn’t find a way to get Guitarist into that hit-the-chord-and-strum mode. I DID find another app that was just called Acoustic Guitar that looked almost identical.

    Is the strummed acoustic guitar indeed done in Guitarist? If so, I guess I’ll have to keep looking through that app’s settings until I find it.

    • yeah that’s great… let’s STEAL ALL the apps instead of paying for them. You obviously have never been creative and tried to sell software that you worked on, only to have punks like you STEAL the software instead of buying it.

      • Hi Dan,

        I’m sorry you feel that way, and I’m confused as to why you think we “stole” the apps. Such was certainly not the case – we paid for all the apps that had a fee. Sure, some were free, or “light” versions, but there was certainly no thievery involved.

        Perhaps you could clarify how you came to this conclusion.

        Also, in Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads, piracy is a thing of the past, as all apps need to be purchased and downloaded via iTunes or the App Store – so I’m forced to call your bluff. Or your spam…


      • hi Reid, My comment was not directed to you, but to Jim who suggested jailbreaking and downloading the apps for free. I thought what you guys at NP did was awesome. Sorry for the confusion.

  6. Thanks for the link and your openness in sharing the apps you used, I am sure “seeds of ibands” will be springing up all over the place now.

  7. It’s really nice,,I like it soooo much….but “T-pain” ,,Is it right name !?
    plz ,, make sure for that ,, I really want it..
    Thank you ^_^

  8. Hello there guys! I have a question concerning the sound grid. How exactly was the beat made for that? Which tones were used? My church is repreforming carol of the bells and can’t seem to figure out the melody on the sound grid. Also, congratulations on the wonderful performance I saw it on YouTube recently and it was phenomenal!

    Thanks so much, hope to hear back from you guys soon!

  9. was the arrangement to carol of the bells written out? I was curious and would like to try that arrangment. Were you thinking 3/4?

    • Sorry, Roland, we did not use any written out music – just came up with the arrangements on our own.

      For Carol of the Bells, the 4/4 version is something I’d been batting around in my head for a few years, and this presented itself as the a great scenario to use it, as we were locked into a 4/4 time signature with SoundGrid.

      I tell you one thing – apps sure have come a long way in just one year! The possibilities are significantly greater now.

      • Reid, thanx for the quick resopnse… the more I listen to your arrangement the more I realize how complex it is… nice job! Hope you come up w/ other ideas like that. Lord bless

    • Sorry, no, we didn’t use any printed sheet music for iBand. We created some rough demos and fine-tuned the arrangements as a group into what you saw.

      Unfortunately that’s not too much help, but the process of assigning similar instruments to the players’ real abilities is the first big step (Keys based apps to keyboardists, drums to drummer, guitar to guitarists, etc.). Let them create!!

  10. Absolutely love the iBand Christmas performance! Hilarious and cool-sounding also. A couple of questions (sorry if they are answered elsewhere…haven’t been able to find yet):

    1. Are there any more Christmas songs that y’all have done elsewhere?
    2. Do you have any higher-quality MP3/AAC files of this performance? I’d love to put them into my iTunes library.


  11. I love that little robot dude! i have a samsung galaxy, but most of the apps are all the same for these phones, but i cant seem to find it 😦 what was it called? would be totally rad if i could find that!

  12. Any advice on how to hook multiple iPads up to a sound system from a snake? Would appreciate any help on how to hook them up to a sound system.


    • Hi Conner,

      For iBand stuff, we just treat each iPad or iPhone as a line instrument, by using the headphone jack out of the iPad/iPhone into a direct box. Very simple.

      The only caveat is that you obviously need some form of 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter somewhere in the chain between the iPad/iPhone and the direct box. Chances are you’ve already got some lying around. And if not, they are inexpensive at Radio Shack or mono

      As we became a bit more advanced, we invested in specific long cables that were male stereo 1/8″ on one end (insert into iPad/iPhone) to summed mono 1/4″ (insert into direct box).

      And there’s always the wireless option – same connectors needed, but plugging the 1/4″ end into a wireless guitar pack. Nice if your existing audio rig has that available, but not worth an outside investment.


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