Novation’s LaunchPad 4.0 arrives

LaunchPad has been a stalwart of the mobile music world for years now, both in iOS and in hardware, so it’s great to see it continue to improve and move forward in version 4.0.

LaunchPad is both amazing to use as a fun tool for creating mixes and just enjoying the experience of play, but also for creating your own unique tracks on your iPhone with audio import that’s arrived in this version.

Here’s everything you need to know about the update:

Create your own remixes and tunes on Launchpad for iPhone from scratch. Start new projects, mix and match loops, and import your own sounds on-the-go with this major update for iPhone.

Build new remixes and perform them using the huge soundpack library (more than 100 soundpacks available to date). Easily search for sounds, tag your favourites, then edit pads to create unique performances for sharing. All this as a free update.

You can also now add your own sounds on iPhone using Audio Import (available as an In-App purchase). Import your own sounds easily from almost anywhere including Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare and Airdrop. The new folder management system helps you manage a large number of imported files, so creating your own tracks and remixes has never been easier.

Launchpad for iPad has also been updated, and now supports more import options. Now import from iCloud, Google Drive and the usual Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare etc. We also added the much-requested feature of panning per pad.


  • Create new projects and edit existing projects
  • Browse for sounds and assign to pads
  • Search for sounds by soundpack, category, tempo or name
  • Tag favourite sounds
  • Edit pad settings, such as trigger type, sync type, gain and pan
  • Import sounds from almost anywhere (Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, AudioShare, etc)*
  • Create folders to organise imported sounds*
  • Manage and edit properties of imported sounds*


  • Change the panning for each pad
  • Import from many more sources, such as iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare etc*

* ‘Audio Import’ In-App Purchase

LaunchPad is free on the app store, with IAPs:


RF-1 – Algorithmic Reverb arrives

From the makers of the excellent RP-1 dual digital delay comes the next in their series of FX apps, RF-1 – Algorithmic Reverb (AU, AB, IAA, Standalone), and it looks pretty amazing too.

RF-1 is a collection of algorithmic reverbs capable of creating a variety of effects ranging from small rooms to huge, heavily modulated spaces and everything in between. RF-1 comes packed with multiple reverb algortihms, a solid standalone application, carfully tuned factory presets and a plethora of tweak-able controls.

What’s more, RF-1 integrates with everything from AudioUnit Hosts over Audiobus to Inter-App Audio, Guitar- and USB Interfaces.


  • 5 unique reverb programs (see below)
  • Continuously variable size
  • Variable pre-delay
  • Diffusion control
  • Damping control
  • Width control
  • High- and Low shelves (+/- 6db pre effect)
  • Mod section with depth and speed controls (Sine LFO 0.01hz to 5.0hz)


  1. Hall: Clean and bright sounding space with subtile modulation and gradually building density.
  2. Plate: Dark, highly diffused sound with high initial echo density and dark modulation.
  3. EnsembleVerb: Capable of huge, wide spaces with deep modulation.
  4. TremoloVerb: Large, bright and always moving with amplitude modulation at the output.
  5. VintageVerb: Dark, noisy and wonderfull sounding reverb modeled after the first digital reverbs from the late 70s. (10khz bandwidth / 12bit processing)


  • AudioUnitV3 Effect
  • Inter-App Audio Effect
  • Audiobus (Filter)
  • Ableton Link
  • USB Audio Interface (Standalone)
  • Guitar Interface (Standalone)
  • Microphone (Standalone)


Auria becomes an AU host

This is excellent news for users of Auria and of course for everyone who wants to use Audio Units in their work. Of course there’s a growing list of AU’s now, you can find most (if not all) at the PalmSounds AU page.

But that’s not all that’s in the latest builds of the different versions of Auria. Here’s everything per version:

Auria LE:

  • iOS10 support
  • Audio Unit support
  • Various bug fixes – see our forum for more info


  • iOS10 support
  • Audio Unit support
  • Various bug fixes – see our forum for more info

Auria Pro:

  • iOS10 support
  • Audio Unit support
  • New global MIDI keyboard
  • Various bug fixes – see our forum for more info

Auria LE on the app store:

Auria on the app store:

Auria Pro on the app store:


DM2 1.1 brings new features, updates and fixes

Yep, this is a really big update for DM2. There’s a lot here. So if you don’t know DM2 then maybe now is a good time to take a look.

  • STEPS : [NEW] Steps Divisions (single | duplet | triplet | quadruplet)
  • DRUMS : [NEW] When “Oscillator Note“ is selected (in Oscillator Waveform Zoom), all tracks have their frequency aligned to discreet note frequency (making more musical drum kits)
  • MIXER : [FIXED] The Mixer Main Volume has been tempered with a linear response (beware, previous songs may sound quieter but with less saturation).
  • PADS : [AMENDED] Record with Replace mode will only clear once a played track. Switch back and forth Replace if you need to clear more tracks while recording.
  • PADS : [AMENDED] When HOLD is on, tapping the same Beat Repeat pad will switch the effect on/off.
  • PADS : [FIXED] lagging sounds when recording
  • DRUMS : [AMENDED] zoomed graphed are now embedded in the page and can stay up as “outside” parameters (selected track, steps, osc/noise mix, level, etc) are changed
  • DRUMS : [AMENDED] added a proper “zoom” button
  • DRUMS : [AMENDED] added a proper “close” button in the zoomed graphs
  • MIXER : [ADDED] tap the name of a track to open a popup with the sounds associated to this track
  • UI : [AMENDED] Buttons colour code reviewed (blue=action | orange=state)
  • SONG : [NEW] added export to Audioshare
  • SONG : [NEW] added export to AudioCopy
  • SONG : [NEW] added export to SoundCloud
  • SONG : [NEW] added export to iTunes
  • SONG : [NEW] added export to Open In
  • MIXER : [NEW] added Mute button
  • MIDI : [AMENDED] Midi notes can be sent and received while Link is connected


Today’s the day … Rotor launches now!

The all-new iPad app by Reactable is released this today! With the release of the tangible controllers coming next month in November.

Here’s everything you need to know about Rotor …

ROTOR is the new app that turns the iPad into a comprehensive electronic music performance suite. Using the optional ROTOR controllers, which can be purchased separately, it also brings the reactable tangible music experience that has captivated musicians such as Björk, Coldplay or Gui Boratto, for the first time into the iPad.


… although it includes elements of all of them. ROTOR incorporates dozens of modules, among instruments, audio effects, modulators and controllers, which can be linked all together using a flexible and unique routing system, for creating the most expressive and intricate patches. It is an unprecedented multitouch/tangible instrument specially designed for live interaction and performance.


With our exclusive physical control objects especially conceived for the iPad, and which can be purchased separately, ROTOR brings the unique tangible experience of the reactable for the first time to the iPad! This means that while all standard multi-touch capabilities are preserved, the ability to control any parameter by moving and twisting our tangible pucks over the iPad’s surface, brings 3 additional degrees of freedom to each hand! ROTOR can be perfectly used without the controllers. Controllers will be available for purchase on November.


ROTOR comes with automatic real-time key detection and time stretching algorithms that allow for samples, loops and sequences to stay not only in sync but also in harmony with each other. All wavefiles can be configured either as masters, thus determining at any instant the tonality of the whole session, or as slaves, thus adapting automatically to this computed tonality.


ROTOR MIC/LINE IN module and its panoply of effects and modulators allows to process voice, guitars, or any other instrument, in unheard ways. With Audiobus, ROTOR can be used as an input/output device in combination with any other compatible music apps. Any ROTOR module can also receive external MIDI control from any user-selectable MIDI port/channel. Moreover, its integration of Ableton Link allows ROTOR to play in perfect sync with Ableton Live and other Ableton Link compatible iOS apps running in other devices.


ROTOR includes dozens of multitouch control panels such as virtual keyboards, polyphonic and monophonic step-sequencers, envelope generators, or 2D panels, which empower to control in real-time, every detail or nuance of the performance. On the other hand, interconnecting less linear and less predictable modules, such as the accelerometer input, feedback, etc., opens a whole universe of complex generative and serendipitous creations. This, combined with ROTOR’s live recording capabilities, which simplify the capturing of loops on-the-fly and always in sync, turns ROTOR into the ULTIMATE LOOP CREATOR MACHINE.


ROTOR also comes with 100+ high quality loops and sessions created by professional music producers. Along with these loops, users can import their own ones and combine them with ROTOR’s advanced synthesis and processing capabilities. From House or EDM to the most experimental generative soundscapes, ROTOR sonic versatility goes unparalleled.

ROTOR is released this Thursday 13th of October. Get 50% OFF! Special launch price 9.99 USD/EUR


Audulus 3(.3) arrives with goodies

Audulus is one of the best modular music apps around right now, and modular, in all its forms is big, let’s face it. Audulus goes from strength to strength adding and developing, and, most importantly, responding to what its own community is asking for. Version 3.3 is a case in point. Here’s what’s new:

  • New Audio Engine! Thanks to FANCY ALGORITHMS, you can now use z-1 without slowing down your entire patch.
  • New Patch Library! A revamped patch library including some great new examples.
  • Search by tag in the Patch Browser.
  • New node/module addition UI. Tap on the background and select Create. Removed the toolbar.
  • Support for split-screen and portrait orientation on iPad.
  • Support for iOS 10.


Group the Loop 1.3 brings Link and much more

Group the Loop 1.3 is a nice big update including Link and much more. Here’s everything that’s in the update:

  • Ableton Link.
  • Flexible tempo – Change session tempo anytime.
  • Pitch and time stretch tempo algorithms.
  • Inter-app audio connections to input stream.
  • New drop down clock settings view – Tap the clock status bar to quickly access tempo, time signature and Ableton Link settings.
  • AudioShare import now supports more audio formats. (Inc. wav, caf, m4a, mp3, aif).
  • Advanced audio export options. Choose file format, sample rate, bit depth and more.
  • “Open in” support. Import audio files directly from any other app with the “open in” option e.g AudioShare, Mail.
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes