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Haven’t seen one of these for a long time


Via Matrixsynth-B.

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Arduino Bass Synth

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Make on Bildr community

This post at Make about a new community site called Bildr looks very promising. A place for sharing knowledge is always worthwhile.

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A book of finger art


The artists involved in an exhibition are publishing a book of the art they make on the iPhone. Interesting. I would’ve thought that maybe it should be an app?

Details at Fingerpainted.

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miniSynth Pro


I’ve been using my iPad for over a week and I think it is about time that I gave some opinions on the apps I’m using. I’m going to start with miniSynth Pro as it is one of the first apps I’ve used on the iPad and I also used it live last weekend.

I have to start by saying that miniSynth Pro comes from a good line of iPhone apps from Yonace and to date I haven’t been disappointed with their apps.

miniSynth Pro is a big step up from miniSynth on the iPhone. Apart from having a lot more features it feels like a more professional app entirely. The controls are responsive and there’s no latency that I can detect.

The oscillator controls give plenty of variation and I love the mod matrix especially live when using the arpeggiator. VCF and AMP controls are equally flexible and allow a good range of sounds. My favourite part though is the arp by a long way. I’ve had loads of fun with this.

The preset sounds that come with miniSynth Pro give you a good feel for what you can achieve with the app. One thing I haven’t used as yet is the recorder, so when I’ve had a chance to try it out I’ll let you know what I think.

Overall my impression of miniSynth Pro is that it is a fully featured synth app that’s going to be a good addition to any mobile musician.

What would I like to see added to it? AudioCopy or pasteboard ideally from the built in recorder. That would be really useful.

Yonac at the app store:
Yonac

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Sing ENO


From the people who brought us the Euno synth comes an app to help you sing better!

Welcome to Sing ENO, English National Opera’s second Pocket Workshop for the iPhone.

Sing ENO offers you a complete set of warm-up exercises to prepare your body, voice and mind for singing.

• Work through them daily either in full, or by selecting your favourites.
• Run through them before performing to ensure that you are ready to take the stage.

Sing ENO also offers a complete ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) section, including piano accompaniments for all the exercises, as well as ‘record yourself’ and ‘email to a friend’ functions.

Whether you’re a beginner or a more accomplished singer, you can use this application to prepare yourself to sing!

Sing ENO is FREE at the app store:
Sing ENO

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iSoundScape for iPhone

Another very unusual app to try out. iSoundScape is free, and here’s what it is all about:

iSoundScape is a new kind of interactive evolutionary computation (IEC) for musical works, which is inspired from a biological metaphor, adaptive walk on fitness landscapes.
This application enables you to explore your favorite musical works by walking through a virtual landscape of sounds called a fitness soundscape. There is a virtual two-dimensional plane that represents the genetic space of possible musical works. Several sound sources are placed near corresponding genotype positions, each specifying the kind of sounds and its relative location from the genotype. As you stand on the soundscape realized by the openAL with a head phone, you can hear sets of sounds generated from your neighboring genotypes at the same time. These sounds come from different directions depending on their relative position from you, and are played repeatedly.
By using the human abilities for localization and selective listening, you can walk in the direction of your favorite sounds. Because each newly appearing combination of sounds is similar but slightly different from your previous choice, you can choose more favorite one among them. Thus, adaptive walk through this landscape corresponds to the evolutionary process of the population in standard IECs.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of anything quite like that, but I’ll certainly give it a go.

iSoundScape at the app store:
iSoundScape