Playing with the DS-10

I’ve been spending some time in the mornings playing with the DS-10. What a great application it is. Really slick and straightforward to use. The more I get into it the simpler it is to use and the more I discover. I really like the fact that the pattern retain the patch settings individually and when you copy a pattern and change the patches it stays with the new pattern.

Best of all the whole thing is so well designed and pulled together. I’m sure I’m only just beginning to discover the full potential of this application.

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Thereminator 1.1 first look

Yesterday I mentioned that Thereminator had been updated to version 1,1 with both some improvements and enhancements. Well, I tried out the new version on the train this morning on my way to work.

I have to say that it is a big improvement on version 1.0. The sound is much smoother and the enhancements, like reverb and increased delay length have made this more fun to play with.

What I would love to see for future versions of Thereminator are some of the following:

– Greater control over the sound, i.e. envelope / filter etc
– A way to assign the X and Y axis to specific sound parameters
– A simple record and overdub function so you can build up a layered performance
– A way to store ‘songs’ or recordings

However, I do like the app as it is, and it is definitely worth the £1.79

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ITM Tilt from iTouch MIDI

ITouch MIDI have released a new application called ITM TIlt. Tilt is a Accelerometer driven midi controller, which looks really interesting to try out. Here’s what their site says about it:

iTM Pad 1.0 Features:

Accelerometer driven midi controller
Sensitivity slider allowing for inclination based operation or acceleration based
5 different assignment pages to allow control of different parameters / fx
Lock and auto lock button for safe or free mode operation
Auto Server

CC assignments:

Page A: cc10 on X axis : cc11 on Y axis
Page B: cc12 on X axis : cc13 on Y axis
Page C: cc14 on X axis : cc15 on Y axis
Page D: cc16 on X axis : cc17 on Y axis
Page E: cc18 on X axis : cc19 on Y axis

Compatible with: Ableton Live, Logic Pro and Express, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Mackie Tracktion, Modul8, Motion (more will be added when reported)

App Store and iFund

There have been a number of stories about the growth of downloads from the Apple app store since it launched. However, the really impressive number is that the app store is on target to serve up a billion applications by 2009. That is huge by any standards, and incredible for a platform that is less than three months old.

On a similar note, iFund have started a blog to talk about the platform and where mobile development is going (I’m guessing specific to the iPhone though) and to announce new initiatives and developments.

Android Talker from Pure Profit

Android Talker is the next application due out of Pure Profit who brought us BtBx

The app si described as follows:

Android Talker is a robot speech synthesizer and sound effects generator for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Tired of the same of boring conversations? Ever wanted to talk like an robot? Well, now you can!

With Android talker you can create a custom android voice for yourself. Blips, Tones and Robospeak is as easy as sliding your finger across the gesture grid!

Android Talker is perfect for making an array of science fiction style sound effects.

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