7 Days of Noise: Day 2 – Map to Axis

Yesterday I talked about Noise IO Pro and ESFM which is essentially at the core of Noise IO (and indeed the family of apps that is growing up from Amidio).

Today I want to mention how Noise IO makes use of the the unique interface possibilities of the iPhone platform. Noise IO allows you to map to a variety of parameters. These are:

  • Up-Down (Y Axis) 
  • Left-Right (X Axis) 
  • Multitouch (“Between” Axis – distance between fingers during pinching action) 
  • Accelerometer Roll (holding the device horizontally, roll it from left to right in a 
  • waving manner) 
  • Accelerometer Tilt (tilt the device back and forth)

It might look like a short list, but it should not be underestimated. Mapping parameters to these Axes can give you enormous control over your sound, and you can map almost parameter from globals to LFOs.

What this gives you in an incredibly versatile performance instrument, with an almost overwhelming amount of choice about how you control it and in what way and to what degree.

Mapping to axes allows you to set the start and stop value levels for any parameter that is mapped so you can make it as sensitive or blunt as you like.

All in all this makes mapping a huge part of Noise IO Pro, especially if you are using it for performance. I want to write in a bit more depth about performance so I’ll leave that for another day.

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finger Bassline for iPhone

Here’s a new app for the iPhone platform. A 303 type bass synth. The interface looks really nice. Here’s what the developer’s site says:

The finger BassLine is a musical instrument for the iPhone and the iPod Touch heavily inspired by the legendary Roland TB-303. It provides a monophonic synthesizer with built-in pattern-based step sequencer.

Synth section features include:

  • Oscillator with two waveforms (sawtooth or square)
  • Stable low-pass filter allowing high resonance values not leading to self oscillation
  • Graphical representation of the filter parameters

Sequencer section features include:

  • Individual pattern lengths (up to 64 sixteenths)
  • Emphasized notes and pauses
  • Smooth transition between notes
  • Functions to clear, transpose, shift, and clone patterns

Ideally suited for live performance:

  • Realtime modulation of the filter parameters using the intuitive pad-controls
  • Pattern switches take effect on downbeat
  • Tap-tempo

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IndaMixx laptop for under $500

A number of sites (mainly CDM actually) have posted on the news that IndaMixx has introduced a cheap Linux-based audio production laptop. It is quite impressive in terms of the features and what you actually get for your money.

The IndaMixx Laptop features:

  • Fast Intel Atom based Netbook (1.6Ghz)
  • Transmission 2.1 OS 
  • Pre-bundled software with award winning energy XT
  • First solution to feature ArdourXchange.
  • Over 2900 drum sounds
  • More than 350 classic sample and scratches
  • Over 260 Plugins and effects
  • Complimentary Software Support

For $499, you get:

  • Indamixx Laptop
  • Carrying case (bonus)
  • 1GB SD card (bonus)
  • Free Software Support (first 30 days)
  • Free T-shirt
  • Free Fedex Shipping (USA only)

via CDM
I don’t that this is something that I’d go for, but I;m sure that it will find a place in the market.

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Amidio bringing another app to the iPhone

Amidio have announced yet another app for the iPhone platform. 303 Pocket Noise is built on the same audio engine as Noise IO Pro, and has the following features:

+ 2 waveforms – saw, square
+ 4 Patterns with realtime pattern sequence programming
+ Realtime pattern editing (on loop)
+ Auto-save on quit
+ Slides, 3 octaves
+ Very simple interface: just 2 screens.
+ Modulation surface like in Noise.io Pro
+ swingy BPM
+ effects: delay, distortion
+ .wav export via built-in server (no additional programs needed)
+ direct beatmaker export (hopefully).

We need this app to be a testing playground for new features and if the features prove itself, they will be expanded quickly into Noise.io Pro.

Noise.io Pro will always remain the flagship product and will contain all the features found in smaller products.

303 Pocket Noise will be priced at $0.99 or at $1.99.

Planned date of release: middle or late December 2008.

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