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Auxy is bringing us a new sound pack (on Thursday)

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And if it’s anything like as the last two then it’ll be well worth buying. Go take on Thursday, which is when it’s due to land.

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MicSwap Pro 1.6 is very cool

There’s no doubt that MicSwap Pro is an excellent app, and incredibly useful too. The latest update (1.6) has a couple of very nice new things …

  • Added Bluetooth output!
  • State preservation: MicSwap Pro now remembers your last microphone and studio used

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Parat+ is a new controller app that seems very fully featured

If you’re looking for a new controller you might want to take a look at Parat+. I can’t say that I’ve tried it myself but it looks and says that it’s pretty impressive.

Here’s the app’s description:

Parat+ is an Open Sound Control (OSC) and MIDI controller app allowing intuitive and sophisticated control of networked sound and visual computer software and hardware devices. Parat+ has powerful gestural touch screen controls and multitouch gestures available in the most efficient and intuitive ways possible. Developed by practitioners for practitioners, Parat+ is a tool for the musician, artist and technician using technology to advance their art.

Much more than a virtual ‘fader box’, it allows you to record, remap and set controls instantly and intuitively. Swipe and multitouch gestures record, loop and remap the interval of each fader and responsivity curve. Rescale, enlarge, pause and interrupt to modify your controls in realtime. Control sound levels, effects parameters, synthesis, lights and more via OSC and MIDI simultaneously.

Parat+ combines powerful software and hardware parameter control with data automation and manipulation. It is fully compatible with OSC enabled software such as:

  • Max
  • PD
  • Processing
  • Digital Performer
  • Reaper
  • Reaktor
  • Ardour and more.

All other software and hardware including DMX for lighting rigs can be controlled via MIDI.

The fader-style controller modules at the core of Parat+ can control parameters and functions of any MIDI and/or OSC enabled software and hardware. Multiple OSC targets can be defined to optimise user flexibility.

The Faders offer unparalleled realtime control via the multitouch three point control feature which allows the user to remap the interval and responsivity curve of each fader in realtime.

The touch gesture features include:

  • One finger gestures to control the fader value.
  • Two finger gestures to adjust the fader’s minimum and maximum values.
  • Three finger gestures to adjust the minimum, maximum and responsivity curve.

Use absolute touch mode to have the Fader value jump to whichever finger position is applied and relative touch mode to avoid any sudden jumps due to changes in finger position, allowing for seamless transitions in volume etc..

Each Fader can also be remotely controlled and automated by the Gesture Recorder, internal LFO generators, audio analysis and sensors, external OSC sources and MIDI controllers.

Use Parat+ as a central control hub for any performance and production setup, and shape OSC data streams sent to Parat+ to control your software and hardware parameters. Incoming OSC data (e.g. data from sensors, analysis modules and generative algorithms) can be modified and modulated using the the scaling and modulation features of Parat+ Sources and Faders.

Gesture recording and playback allows looped and one-shot automations of unlimited length.

The simplicity and coherence of the tools enable any novice to venture into custom built controls, while the accustomed performance system developer will appreciate the time saved for complex setups.

The philosophy behind Parat+ is to extend and assist your practice without imposing an approach. The app has been designed with the knowledge that creative work requires tools that can grow with their users, allowing individual and intuitive creative application while maintaining flexibility and diversity. Artists who are familiar with programming will appreciate the intuitive approach to data handling and parameter mapping. Users who lack experience with sophisticated technology will find themselves empowered to embrace cutting-edge interactive technology in the most intuitive and approachable manner. By keeping technical concerns to a minimum, the user is free to make artistic and aesthetic choices guided by their own creativity, avoiding the constraints of conventional software and controllers.

Parat+ is on the app store and costs $16.99

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KDJ-One is still a thing (apparently)

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It has to be said that the KDJ-One hasn’t been a real success since its Kickstarter campaign. It’s overdue, although that’s a bit on an understatement. However, it looks like it’s still coming along, and in the latest update there’s a new design and apparently this is what’s going forward.

Of course the end is not in site, there’s still a long way to go I think and it’s still not sure that the device will ever get delivered to backers. We live in hope of course.

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Troublemaker 1.1 is bigger than I expected

Troublemaker 1.1 packs a punch to the ‘not a 303’ app from Bram Bos. This is a good update with some fixes and a nice big new feature.

  • Realtime Mutation Probability Engine
  • Responds to MIDI Clock Sync
  • Responds to MIDI Start / Stop commands
  • Audiobus Playback Triggers
  • Cleaner Envelopes
  • Slightly tuned LFO
  • Minor improvements

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KORG Gadget is coming to the desktop

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Whilst this is a surprise it’s also very welcome. In many ways it’s the next step for Gadget, and an obvious step. We’ll know a bit more next week as things become clearer, but there are a few points to note already that I think are important.

Firstly, Gadget on the desktop is still going to have Ableton Link, which is excellent news of course. Next and more interesting, is an integration with Allihoopa. Which I think is a first. I think it will be very intriguing to see how that’s done and also if the integration comes to Gadget on iOS as well. Finally I’m keen to see how the iOS to Mac OS connection works as well, and what ‘seamless’ really means.

For now, here’s what’s on the Korg page

The award winning KORG Gadget music production iOS app is soon to be released for the Mac. Building on the smooth operability and intuitive user interface of the iOS version, “KORG Gadget for Mac” provides a new dimension of inspiration for every creative artist. The Mac version also comes with “Gadget Plug-In Collection,” a magnificent collection of plug-ins that support AU, VST, AAX, and NKS. With KORG Gadget, you can use the Mac version at home and the iOS version when you are mobile, letting you enjoy a seamless workflow and ideal music production experience. The care that KORG has paid to hardware instruments over more than 50 years of experience has been channeled into the powerful cutting-edge musical software that is KORG Gadget. Now, the ultimate all-in-one music production studio extends its scope to a new platform and brings a new level of music making for Mac users everywhere.

Main features of KORG Gadget for Mac

  • Award winning KORG Gadget currently iOS only will soon be available for Mac.
  • The ultimate Gadget collection includes all of the more than 30 gadgets.
  • Intuitive and simple operation that delivers powerful music production
  • Power users can get back to the basics, beginners can jump right into great music making.
  • Takes advantage of the large screen with a single-window four-split (divided in four) screen design.
  • Comes with “Gadget Plug-in Collection,” a magnificent collection of plug-ins that support AU, VST, AAX, and NKS.
  • Two new gadgets provide long-awaited audio recording.
  • A new powerful drum gadget with 16 pads.
  • Supports the latest technology including Allihoopa, Ableton Link, and Bluetooth MIDI.
  • Seamless connection between KORG Gadget for iOS and KORG Gadget for Mac enables a smooth workflow so you can produce music anytime and anywhere. – See more at: http://www.korg.com/uk/news/2017/011202/#sthash.YHW6eAMN.dpuf

All information will be publicly announced when the NAMM show opens on January 19, 2017 (local time) in Anaheim, California, USA. Don’t forget to check the KORG Gadget product page. – See more at: http://www.korg.com/uk/news/2017/011202/#sthash.YHW6eAMN.dpuf