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Vulse for iPhone arrives

This is a really interesting idea and a very different take on gestural control. I can see that this could be really useful for guitarists. I’m inclined to give it a go myself too, especially with Audiobus integration.

Vulse is the only app that lets you control effects WHILE you play by touching your screen and rotating your guitar.

  • Mix and match combinations of effects like Wah, Pitch Shift, and Echo.
  • Put Vulse in sequence with other apps using Audiobus & Inter-App Audio
  • Assign effects to the X and Y touch coordinates and the angle of your phone’s rotation
  • Multi-touch and hold-off mode enable completely new ways of interacting with your effects, creating sounds that are impossible to make using a physical effect pedal or whammy bar
  • Dedicated kill switch and bypass button on the Play screen
  • Wave visualizer and glow effects on the Play screen make Vulse more visually captivating than any physical effect pedal ever made

First bring your iPhone within reach by temporarily affixing it to the face of your guitar, using a micro-suction phone case, hook-and-loop tape, or any other method you prefer. Then plug in your guitar using an adapter like iRig or JAM. Now you’re ready to create completely original sounds using Vulse!

Vulse is free on the app store (couldn’t see any IAPs):

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AudioShare 2.7.4 brings updates galore

AudioShare is one of the best apps for handling audio around. It’s a real swiss army knife and it’s been a constant utility for me for since it launched. Here’s what’s new in the latest version:

  • Allow high quality Bluetooth Audio (A2DP) and AirPlay output.
  • Add setting for M4A AAC bitrate.
  • Add M4A ALAC (Apple Lossless) format.
  • Only check for old trash once a week.
  • Auto-play next file when using preview-play button in Library (if LOOP is not enabled).
  • Improve info about opened file (lossless, bit rate, etc).
  • Update to Audiobus SDK 3.
  • Update to AudioCopy SDK 3.4
  • Switched to new Dropbox API 2.
  • Hopefully fix rare Trash crash.
  • Fixes for sample rate adaption.
  • Improve Music Library import.
  • Various minor tweaks and fixes.

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Mercury Drum Sequencer for iPad appears

I’m not sure what to make of this new drum sequencer from a previously unknown developer. It looks very simple and straightforward, but perhaps too much so? I may be being unfair without having tried it first.

Anyway, here’s the app’s description:

Mercury Drum Sequencer is a sample based drum machine and step sequencer.

Features:

  • Five tracks with two sound sources (osc) each.
  • Osc and track sound tweaking parameters.
  • Individual track effects.
  • Each osc and track parameter can be overridden per step, by holding the desired step and changing the parameter in question.
  • Supports syncing with other music apps using Ableton Link.

Mercury Drum Sequencer costs $4.99 on the app store:

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VirSyn updates Harmony Eight

VirSyn’s Harmony Eight is on my list to try out, but even before I got there they’ve updated it just 12 days post launch. Here’s what’s new:

  • New pitch shifting algorithms for transient and drum sounds
  • Smooth tape style emulation of delay and tempo changes
  • MIDI Learn for harmony parameters fixed
  • Equalizer GUI update problem fixed

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Zario is a very minimal synth for your iPhone

Although when I say minimal I don’t necessarily mean lacking in sound quality. More than the interface, and indeed the app’s description, can be described as minimal at best. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with minimal, but I would have appreciated a little more than this description:

“With Zario you can set a single oscillator to your desired waveform, customise the keyboard, and play any lead with ultimate expression.”

However, the Zario site is a little more helpful, and has this to say.

“Pro Tips

Disable those annoying pull out menus that come with iOS

Just activate guided access!

Go to your device’s settings. From there keep going to general, accessibility, and all the way down you’ll find guided access. Once you activate guided access, all you have to do is open Zario, and once you’re sure you dont have to leave the app, triple tap your home button

No more pull out tabs coolin’ down your jamz.

Tuning

More of a beginner tip really. Notice that the Zario board is a lot like a keyboard. So if you manage to keep the blue pull down bar perfectly centered within a key, you’re playing a tuned note

Sine Waves

Sine waves might not be audible if you aren’t plugged into speakers or headphones. So always plug in to work with sine waves. Also, always plug in cause everything sounds better anyways!

Support

Inter App Audio

Unfortunately Zario crashes if you try to use it with Garageband’s Inter App Audio feature. Right now the best way to use Garageband with Zario is to use Audiobus. However, it might be a bit buggy to use Zario with Audiobus without anything plugged into the headphone jack. With headphones or speakers plugged in, Zario works perfectly with Audiobus.”

Also there’s this video too …

Zario is on the app store and costs $1.99:

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ZhSh is here

A new app from the maker of Self-A-Fuzz. It sounds simple. Here’s the full description.

Noise-centered and barely musical audio-effect application.
Treat it like Self-a-Fuzz small brother.
ZhSh can work as left-field distortion pedal or audio texture creator: generate and filter mix of white and pink(flicker) noise to fill night with pleasant sounds or use resulting sounds to blend-mix-shape your audio-input to add distortions.

Features:

  • White and Pink noise generator
  • Filter eq9 to gate noise
  • Pitch detector for eq9
  • Mutonic with 5 components
  • Output pure, filtered or blended audio
  • Presets system
  • Audiobus and IAA
  • Randomizers for every parameter
  • Oscillographs
  • Occasionally universal

Minimum requirements: iPhone 4s and iOS 8.

Use headphones or connect to other apps to avoid possible audio feedbacks.

ZhSh costs $0.99 on the app store:

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Moodscaper SE arrived

If you’ve got the original Moodscaper, then you won’t need this version. However, there’s a helpful note at the end of the app description that explains how to get the sounds. As for the app description, here it is …

Moodscaper SE is a “Special Edition” of the moodscaper app that comes loaded with three alternative mood sample sets comprising ambient electric guitar, massive mellow modular sounds and an extraordinary orchestra!

Moodscaper SE is also an easy to use instrument for creating epic-sounding pads and effects as part of a larger iPad-based music-making setup.

Main features:

  • Unique generative atmospheric sample-based instrument
  • Simple user interface
  • Sleep timer
  • Three scale-based moods – light, sad and dark
  • Variable dynamics – from mellow and sparse to full-on drama!
  • Three loopers with optional sync
  • Provides tasteful auto-accompaniment to your playing in realtime or in loops
  • Hints displayed on keys that should sound good with root notes or chords
  • Samples are randomly stacked for a bigger sound with more variation
  • Effects section with filter, dual-delay and reverb
  • Effects tweaks can be recorded in loopers
  • Additional 20 key instrument for each mood
  • IAA support (as a generator) with no special setup required

For more information, a downloadable manual, demos and support, please visit www.moodscaper.com

Thanks and happy moodscaping!

*** moodscaper owners – please note ***

If you already own moodscaper, you can import these sounds into the app via iTunes File Sharing by downloading the sounds from moodscaper.com for free. Moodscaper SE came about after numerous requests for the additional sounds to be made available in a new standalone app. If you already own moodscaper, you probably don’t need moodscaper SE 😉

Moodscaper SE costs $2.99 on the app store: