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As of now Blocs Wave goes freemium!

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As a long time fan of this app I see this as a really positive move to encourage even more people to pick up their iOS device and make music with it, and Blocs is a great place to start. It’s a simple and beautifully designed app for making and recording new music, and now free it’s to download on the Apple app store.

Of course, there will be IAPs. The ‘Slicer’ and ‘Audio Import’, become IAPs, which makes sense to me. But the great news is that for new and pro music makers alike, Blocs Wave offers unique ways to combine pro-sounds to build up original musical ideas. For long time iOS musicians, Blocs Wave can also be seen as another good tool for real-time loop recording that can record and capture your ideas on the go.

As of today the free option also lets you tweak and edit your sounds, and then build on your ideas to create more advanced musical sections.

So what about users who have already purchased Blocs Wave?
Don’t worry. Existing users will keep the pro-features, Audio Import and Slicer at no additional cost. More information on the changes for existing users can be found here:

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Just as a reminder (or if you haven’t heard of the app), here’s what Blocs Wave is all about:

Highlight Features

  • A powerful looper studio – 48 loop pads, with real-time stretching for building ideas
  • Chop and slice your sounds* – Slice and play your sounds
  • Locked in time and key – Change tempo or key, at any time, in real-time
  • Expand your ideas with Sections – Switch between groups of pads to build musical structure
  • Import* and export your own sounds – Supports Audiobus, Audioshare.
  • Easy syncing, and exporting to Ableton Live – Sync to other software with Link, and export your projects to Ableton Live
  • Connect with Launchpad for iOS – Easily send your projects to Launchpad. Access all your Launchpad soundpacks easily

* Slice and Audio Import require In-App Purchase

Key Features (More Detail)

  • Designed for iPad and iPhone
  • Combine 8 sounds simultaneously per section
  • 6 sections let you build bigger ideas
  • 6 soundpacks included (nearly 300 loops) plus more free packs in the store
  • Slice* and Loop modes to rearrange, and tweak your sounds
  • Discover, Soundpack, User and Type browser modes
  • Expand your soundpack library with new soundpacks, updated weekly
  • Export your music – Create a mixdown or export individual tracks
  • Send to Launchpad – Easily send your projects to Launchpad for iOS
  • Download on-the-move – Optimised for 3G/4G mobile networks
  • 3D touch enabled on iPhone 6 Plus – Preview sounds and waveforms
  • Use any purchased Launchpad soundpacks in Blocs Wave

* In-App Purchase

Advanced Key Features (More Detail)

  • Real-time stretch engine – Change tempo at any time
  • In-key system – Helps keep you in key at all times (Minor)
  • Low-latency recording – Ideal for live looping
  • iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
  • Import* and export from iCloud, Dropbox, AudioCopy, AudioShare, Mail, ‘Open-in’, Airdrop and more
  • Import multiple files at once via other apps (e.g. AudioShare)*
  • User sound library management – Manage your sounds
  • Batch export your pads as a .zip file
  • Record and monitor using most USB audio interfaces
  • Audiobus, AudioCopy and hardware input and outputs supported
  • Ableton Link support – Jam in sync with other apps, including Ableton Live
  • Ableton Export support – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
  • Bluetooth speaker support

Blocs Wave on the app store, now free (with IAPs):

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midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect arrives from Art Kerns

Another excellent app arrives from Mr Kerns, maker of midiSTEPs, midiLFOs and more. Along comes midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect. Here’s all you need to know …

midiFILTr-PG is a Probability Gate MIDI effect designed for Audiobus 3 but also usable with CoreMIDI. midiFILTr-PG listens to MIDI input and based on random chance mutes some of the incoming notes to make a busy, repetitive stream of notes a little more interesting and sparser. It has four modes:

Gate Mode – One set percentage to be muted for all notes. Also includes Gate On Repeats (when a note passes through unmuted, also pass through X more notes after) and Gate Off Repeats (when a note does not pass through the gate, also mute the next X notes) to make things a little more interesting.

Note Mode – Each note in the scale (C, C#, D etc) has its own percentage chance to mute incoming notes.

Sequencer Mode – Every eight notes has a different percentage chance to be muted. Can also change the sequence length to be less than eight.

Thru Mode – Nothing is muted, normally not used but there if you need it.
If midiFILTr-PG is inserted as an Audiobus 3 MIDI effect it should be setup and work automatically. If you wish to use it without Audiobus you can toggle the CoreMIDI input and output and use it that way.

midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect is on the app store for $2.99 now:

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DJDJ Mixing App 1.4 arrives and it’s on sale too

DJDJ Mixing App 1.4 arrives with some nice new features and it’s on sale too, down from $6.99 to $3.99. Here’s what’s new:

  • Added Support for MIDI Jog Wheels (Scratching, Turning, Searching).
  • Added Support for MIDI File Browsing.
  • Now there’s a total of 11 different effects. Enhanced the whole effects section.
  • Scratch by dragging the audio strip.
  • Improved File System.
  • Batch analyze tracks (to detect their tempo).

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Poison-202 Vintage MIDI Synthesizer 2.0

Poison-202 Vintage MIDI Synthesizer gets to version 2.0 with a big list of new features. Here’s what’s new:

  • Audiobus support added with state-saving;
  • XFM modulation engine improved: cleaner XFM-modulated sound achieved;
  • XFM modulation is now interpolated (smooth changes, no micro-steps) when controlling it with Modulation Wheel;
  • bug fixed that could cause issues with certain hosts with large audio buffer size (e.g. Multitrack Studio app);
  • fix: some factory patches were transposed to normal pitch;
  • new Poison-202 app icon;
  • new factory bank with 100 patches added: Essentials Soundpack by Fabio Ribeiro – Brazilian producer and keyboardist with the band “Remove Silence”. The collection contains lots of classic sounds from the 70’s and 80’s, modern and evolving textures, leads, basses, pads and sound effects. It also contains some famous patches from artists such as Rick Wakeman, Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Triumvirat, and more;
  • plus, special opportunity for all current Poison-202 users to get 50% discount coupon to buy the newly released VSTi/AU version of Poison-202 for Mac!

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ChordFlow (universal) arrives

Now this looks interesting …

ChordFlow is a chord sequencer with a unique 4-track polyphonic arpeggiator, extensive chord library, MIDI out and Ableton Link support.

“It is intuitive, educational, inspirational and most of all FUN! From the moment I started the app up, it was a joy to explore.” (Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater/Wizdom Music)

Use it as a songwriting tool:
Discover inspiring chord progressions and arpeggiator patterns for your new songs. Try re-harmonizing your existing songs using advanced chords from the library containing 50+ chord types.

Use it as a backing track tool:
Create a chord progression, select a looping mode and practice your solo on your favorite instrument or sing along with ChordFlow.

Use it for live performance:
Prepare multiple sections with different chord progressions and different arpeggiator patterns. Loop a section or a specific chord, jump between sections or chords on the go. Edit arpeggiator patterns while playing to add variation to your performance. Play in sync with other apps using Ableton Link.

FEATURES

  • More than 50 chord types available.
  • Intuitive tools for drawing arpeggiator sequences.
  • 1 to 32 steps arpeggiator
  • 4 tracks in a arpeggiator sequence.
  • 3 sequencer looping modes: one pass, loop selected, loop all.
  • Quantised jumps between sections.
  • A song can be split by any number of sections each containing different chords and arpeggiator sequences.
  • Songs can be saved on disk.
  • MIDI Out to any CoreMIDI compatible app, USB or WI-FI
  • Ableton Link support

ChordFlow costs $6.99 on the app store now:

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Navichord – chord sequencer and MIDI controller gets AB3 MIDI support and more

Navichord – chord sequencer and MIDI controller gets another update and adds new features plus AudioBus 3 MIDI support. Cool no?

Here’s what’s new:

‘Lock scale to white keys’ support for external keyboards

  • Play any scale with just the white keys
  • See [ Settings / Scale / Lock scale to white keys ]

LED Scale Guide for supported keyboards (K-Board, QuNexus)

  • Light up your keyboard with the selected scale
  • Works with ‘Lock scale to white keys’ too, lights up white keys
  • See [ Settings / Scale / LED Scale Guide ]

Audiobus 3 MIDI support

  • Several MIDI Sender ports for chord voices and the keyboard
  • MIDI Receiver port for the keyboard

IAA sync, IAA tempo, IAA transport controls (Play, Stop, Rewind), Pause/Resume is not supported

Push notifications – get informed about new features and tutorials

Navichord – chord sequencer and MIDI controller on the app store:

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Midiflow Adapter for Audiobus 3 arrives

Another app from Johannes Doerr who has brought us so many excellent MIDI apps in recent weeks. Here’s another that looks like it’s going to make a big difference in your AB3 set ups!

Here are all the details:

This MIDI app for Audiobus 3 allows you to include music apps, which don’t support Audiobus MIDI but only Core MIDI. It creates permanent virtual MIDI ports for input and output. After distinctly selecting each of those ports in your “legacy” music apps, they can receive and send MIDI from/to Audiobus 3.

  • Connect up to 10 receiving apps (like synthesizers)
  • Connect up to 10 sending apps (like sequencers)
  • Use multiple instances of this app in Audiobus

NOTE: This app requires Audiobus 3. Insert it into one or more MIDI input and output ports. Furthermore, this adapter only works with apps that allow you to select MIDI ports for sending and receiving. It won’t work with apps that have no MIDI setup page.

IMPORTANT: Connecting apps via Core MIDI is an advanced topic. If you haven’t done it before, please become familiar with it prior to downloading this app.

CONNECT YOUR “LEGACY” APPS TO AUDIOBUS 3
Audiobus 3 has introduced a powerful MIDI routing system that makes interconnecting MIDI apps a lot easier than it was before. However, not all music apps support this new system, yet. Midiflow Adapter makes those apps compatible, by translating between the “old” Core MIDI system and the new Audiobus 3. This, however, only works with apps that let you to select MIDI ports for input and output, or at least the MIDI channel. It is not enough if these apps create their own virtual MIDI port.

SETUP FOR SYNTH APPS (RECEIVERS)
Midiflow Adapter creates 10 permanent virtual MIDI output ports. This means that you can use up to 10 music apps with this adapter. For setting it up, start Midiflow Adapter. Then, start your first synth app that you want to connect with Audiobus via this adapter app. Go to its MIDI settings and activate reception on the MIDI port called “MF Adapter Out 1”. It is essential that you deactivate reception on all other ports. Now, go to Audiobus 3 and insert MF Adapter into a MIDI output slot. In the input slot, add any other app, like Midiflow Keyboard. When you switch to Midiflow Adapter, you can select which of your synth apps the MIDI data should go. In this case, it is already set to “Out 1”, so you’re ready to go.

For your second synth app, do the same steps, but select MIDI port “MF Adapter Out 2”, and so on. Then, you can select it in the adapter app.

SETUP FOR SEQUENCER APPS (SENDERS)
The procedure is identical to the one for receiver apps (see above). However, you need to configure the MIDI output settings instead of the input settings. Midiflow Adapter creates 10 permanent virtual MIDI input ports for that purpose. They are called “MF Adapter In 1-10”.

WORKING WITH CHANNELS
Some Core MIDI apps don’t allow you to select the input/output ports, but only the MIDI input/output channel. In that case, they receive on all ports. The only way to selectively trigger them is to assign a unique channel to them. In Midiflow Adapter, you can then select this channel as input/output.

NON-COMPATIBLE APPS
If one of your music apps neither supports selecting the MIDI port nor setting the MIDI channel, you cannot use it with Midiflow Adapter.

Midiflow Adapter for Audiobus 3 costs $1.99 on the app store now: