SunVox has been a constant feature of the mobile music world for a very long time now. I first used it on a Palm OS device back in the pre-iPhone world. Of course it came to iOS and Android too and continues to go from strength to strength. The current Beta will eventually end up in iOS and Android once the version is out of beta.
Here’s what’s new:
v1.9.2 BETA2 (23 oct 2016):
- Sampler: new option “Stop recording on project stop”;
- Analog Generator: new waveform “Drawn with spline interpolation”;
- MultiCtl: new controller “OUT offset”;
- new module Velocity2Ctl: converts the velocity parameter of the incoming notes to
- the controller values (in some another connected module);
- new keyboard shortcut: CTRL + 4 – unmute all modules;
- new version of SunVox library for developers;
- bugs fixed.
v1.9.2 BETA1 (10 oct 2016):
- Windows (7 and higher): multitouch support;
- Linux (x86_64 only): multitouch support;
- Linux: arm64 architecture support (tested on PINE64 64-bit Single Board Computer);
- Linux: screen rotation support;
- new module Pitch2Ctl: converts the incoming notes to the controller values (in some another connected module);
- new project parameter – “Time grid” (number of lines per grid cell);
- add option “nowin” to the sunvox_config.ini if you want to launch SunVox without the window (pure console mode without UI);
- Main SunVox Menu: new function “Merge project” (load project over the current);
- Timeline: target pointer (like in the Module View) has been added; use it to choose where to place the new pattern(s);
- Timeline: now the file is used for the pattern copy-buffer; so you can paste even after the SunVox restart;
- Analog Generator: new options “Retain phase” (don’t reset the phase) and “Random phase”;
- Analog Generator: new options “Filter frequency = note frequency” and “Velocity-dependent filter resonance”; see the analog_gen4 and analog_gen5 examples;
- MultiSynth: new button “Set” (set exact values of the curve);
- Vibrato: new controller “Exponential amplitude”;
- Kicker: sine waveform has been added;
- LFO: random (noise) waveform has been added;
- Loop: new controller “Mode” (normal/ping-pong loop playback); see the loop2 example;
- MetaModule: optimized interface + default user controller names;
improved MIDI Import and Export: channel/program/bank/controller support; new timing algorithm;
- ability to switch between the text fields using the TAB/SHIFT+TAB keys;
- new oscilloscope mode (module visualizer) – XY (X = left channel; Y = right channel);
- now all notes are visible on the musical keyboard: expand it up to see the full range;
- Module View (Routing): new function “Find” (find a module by name);
- Pattern Editor: improved hints;
- Pattern Editor: click on some event (note or some other command) and the corresponding module will be highlighted;
- Pattern Properties: new buttons “Shrink /2” and “Expand *2” has been added;
- Preferences -> Main: new option “Make project backup before the first overwrite”;
- Preferences -> Timeline: new option “Show line numbers from …”;
- Preferences -> Timeline: new option “Grid cell size”;
- Preferences -> Interface: new option “Double click time” (in ms);
- Preferences -> Interface -> Scale: new parameter “Font scale”;
- new keyboard shortcut: CTRL + 1 – toggle mute (module);
- new keyboard shortcut: CTRL + 2 – toggle solo (module);
- new keyboard shortcut: CTRL + 3 – toggle bypass (module);
- new keyboard shortcut: CTRL + F – find a module;
- new instruments and effects;
- new simple project examples: analog_gen4, analog_gen5, dubstep, loop2, pitch2ctl ***;
- new song examples: Quantum Countdown, PalmSounds10;
- bugs fixed.
From the makers of one of my favourite FX apps, Kuvert – Swedish Envelopes comes Tines, a new electric piano app that is a lot of fun to play with and is highly enjoyable. The app itself is universal, and an AU as well.
Here are all the details:
Tines emulates an electric piano. With internal effects like a stereo tremolo, a multiband distortion panel and a subtle roomy reverb Tines can sound like anything between a dreamy slick Rhodes to a nasty Wurlitzer. A finetuned velocity curve makes it a joy to play Tines on an external keyboard.
- AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like Garageband, Cubasis, AUM etc.
- Tremolo depth and speed (XY pad) with phase offset
- Variable decay time
- Variable Air (room) amount
- Multiband distortion
Note: Tines in stand-alone mode does not support IAA, Audiobus or MIDI. You can play it using the keys at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Tines with AUv3 compatible hosts.
- iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
- iPad 4 or later is recommended.
Documentation is available at https://klevgrand.se/products/tines
Tines is on the app store at an intro offer price of ~37.5% off ($4.99)
Yep, this is a huge 1.1 release for Poison-202 Vintage MIDI Synthesizer. Here’s everything that’s new and updated …
- Audio Units support (AUv3) added. Now you can use Poison-202 as a plugin inside Cubasis, AUM, Garage Band, ModStep and other hosts;
- Virtual Midi sources support added;
- Background Audio enable/disable option added;
- IAA transport bar added with Rewind, Play/Stop, Record and Host buttons;
- Hold button (with latch) is added;
- Midi controller CC64 (Hold Pedal) is now supported;
- special Hold Arpeggiator mode (play one key to transpose current pattern, 2 or more keys to assign new pattern);
- 10 new factory presets added;
- “stolen notes” bug fixed;
- hanging notes bug fixed;
- fixed bug when on-screen keys sometimes stop playing when dragging fingers fast in Solo mode;
- added option to select audio buffer size: Optimal (depending on device type), 128, 256, 512 or 1024 samples;
- fixed bug when turning on Reverb or other effect, previous effect’s tail was heard;
- sample rate selection algorithm improved, bugs fixed;
- maximum polyphony value is limited depending on device type for better performance;
- Patch Selector: additional bank selection bar added to speed up switching between banks;
- now you can hold the next/prev patch buttons for fast forward/backward scrolling of patches;
- new knob parameter added: “velocity to cross modulation”. Some of the factory presets were tuned with this parameter to better react on velocity changes, making loud notes sound “brighter”, and vice versa;
- new Arpeggiator parameter added: Note Repeat;
- smooth parameter change algorithm added for Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel and Filter Cutoff parameters;
- sound clicks removed, which could appear when switching between patches;
- other improvements and bug fixes.
Note if you are updating from version 1.0: After this update, please run Poison-202 standalone before running Audio Unit version. This will keep safe your previously created user patches. It needs to be done only once.
Something new from the makers of Ruismaker, and Ruismaker FM, here comes Phasemaker, a new FM synth app for iOS that’s also an AU too.
Here are all the details …
The first 6-Operator FM Synth on iOS, building on the legacy of the classic synthesizers that defined the digital era of the 1980s.
It also happens to be the first FM Audio Unit instrument (AUv3), offering tight integration in many leading mobile DAWs, such as Auria, Garageband, Cubasis, Modstep and AUM.
(Note: there is a known bug in the current version of Garageband which may cause compatibility issues with some AU plugins).
Frequency Modulation brings rich timbres and dynamic evolving sounds full of personality which are impossible to create with analog modelling. The 6-Operator architecture allows for lively multi-layered sounds with lots of expression and playability.
Phasemaker’s characteristic FM sound will add classic digital character to your mobile sonic arsenal which no other analog synth can bring.
System requirements: iPad 4+, iPad Mini 2+, iOS 9 or higher
- Audio Unit v3 compatible
- CoreMidi compatible standalone mode (with background audio)
- Custom preset management; user presets available across AU hosts
- Dozens of factory presets
- 42 FM Algorithms (including all 32 DX7 layouts)
- 12 Oscillators, including the 8 original TX81z waveforms
- All 106 parameters can be automated using MIDI CC and AU Parameters
- Vintage sounding chorus and reverb effects for classic ambiance
With so many apps focussed on generating sound in a huge variety of manners it’s nice to see an app arrive which is solely focussed on recording sound, and very nicely done too.
SoundOff allows you to quickly make and organize recordings. You can add custom titles and photos, and reorder the board however you like.
- voice memos
- idea scratchpad
- field recordings
- custom sound effects
- gaming and streaming
- basic sampling
- and much more
Tap and hold the record button to start recording. Then hold the speaker button to play back. As simple as it gets!
SoundOff is free on the app store:
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:
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)
- Hall: Clean and bright sounding space with subtile modulation and gradually building density.
- Plate: Dark, highly diffused sound with high initial echo density and dark modulation.
- EnsembleVerb: Capable of huge, wide spaces with deep modulation.
- TremoloVerb: Large, bright and always moving with amplitude modulation at the output.
- 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)