What I’d like to see in … Argon

Argon is a fantastic monosynth with a huge range of features already built into it, so what on earth could I want to get added to it? Well, there are a few things:

  1. Polyphony. It might sound obvious but some polyphony in the step sequencer would be brilliant.
  2. I’d also like to be able to change or automate parameters in the step sequencer. Maybe an X-Y pad or similar.

Aside from those two, I don’t think I can come up with anything else for Argon. How about you.

Argon at the app store:
ARGON - The Monophonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer -

Morphwiz Sneak Peak

Via Matrixsynth.

Countdown to iOS4: i-12

As iOS4 (and iPhone 4) are due to be with us in only 12 days time I thought I’d run a little countdown to the new OS and hardware to take a look at what’s coming and how it might be useful for mobile musicians.

Apple have told us that there are over 100 new features in iOS4, but there site only lists a handful so I’ll have to content myself with those.

Today I’ll start off with one of the really big new features. Multitasking.

So what does multitasking bring to mobile music? It is a good question, and when I really think about it I don’t have any very good answers to be honest.

My guess is that iOS4 won’t let you record with one app while you play a synth in another. So what will it offer for mobile music? Will I be able to leave an app rendering to WAV while I check my mail? No big deal really.
I’d really like to hear from developers as to what they think multitasking will bring for mobile music, and from users as to what you’d like to be able to do with it.

ArtStudio update

ArtStudio gets an update. Here’s what’s new:

  • Preserve transparency layer mode (so you can draw only on the visible contents of a layer)
  • Three new brush settings:
  • speed based line thickness (with possibility to set sensitivity and mininum line thickness)
  • hard edges switch (so it is possible to draw single pixels)
  • eraser mode (any brush can be an eraser)
  • Two types of bottom layer: white/transparent
  • Two modes of eyedropper: sample current layer/sample all layers
  • More design improvements:
  • new brush icons
  • few other small changes

ArtStudio for the iPhone

Crash Test Dummies On The Optigan & “Toy” Instruments

Not really mobile music but fun anyway. They used some quite interesting stuff in this video. Via Synthtopia.

Impressions of Looptastic HD

I’ve had Looptastic Producer on my iPhone since the day it came out and loved it when it got audio paste. With Looptastic HD for iPad SoundTrends have taken this to the next level.

SoundTrends have done a great job of laying out the UI for the HD version of the app. They’ve made really good use of the screen real estate and I can now get to all the controls instantly.

I especially like the way you can access loops from other sets whilst you’re working, which really expands the usefulness of Looptastic HD.

The additional effects in Looptastic HD you even more ways to cut up your sound although I still find myself using my favourites after a while.

The most recent addition to Looptastic HD is the ability to upload to SoundCloud which rounds off the app really nicely.

Looptastic HD is a great app for mixing your loops whether you’ve made them in another app or on the desktop. I really enjoy playing with this app and always seem to spend more time using it than I intend to.

If you haven’t tried it on your iPad or iPhone then you should really give it a try.

Looptastic HD at the app store (iTunes Link)

Looptastic Producer for the iPhone
Looptastic Producer

TouchOSC Promo Code Give Away

Another give away today, this time the versatile controller TouchOSC. I have 7 codes for this excellent app to give away. To enter the competition just answer this question.

“What does OSC stand for?”

Send your competition entries in to palmsounds.comp@me.com by 4pm GMT tomorrow 14th June.
Please remember that promo codes are only valid in the US version of the app store.
TouchOSC (Universal for iPhone and iPad) at the app store:

Reforge Promo Code Give Away CLOSED

Thanks to everyone who emailed in for the Reforge promo contest. This is now closed and promo codes will be going out in the next few hours.
Reforge at the app store:
Tibor Horvath


mJammer for iPhone

Another ‘hex’ style MIDI controller. Here’s the app’s description:

mJammer is a WiFi-based wireless MIDI “Jammer-style” control surface for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The scale patterns are very intuitive, and the built-in note guide makes it easy to learn to play! The 52-button keyboard can be configured by a switch on the settings page to play with either the left or right hand. Wikipedia has a great article about this style keyboard, just search for “Jammer Keyboard”. To play, simply touch the buttons. Buttons light up when playing. Multiple buttons may be touched at the same time to play chords. You can slide between the buttons. Touch the ‘?’ icon to show the note names for each button. Touch the MIDI connector icon to show the MIDI parameter control page.

mJammer doesn’t produce any sound on it own, it is designed for controlling hardware or software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a WiFi connection to a Windows or Mac OS X based computer.

Multiple devices can run mJammer on the same wireless network, each sending messages on its own set of MIDI channels to the hardware or software synthesizer.

While playing, you may also optionally send real-time volume, expression, modulation, or wind controller MIDI messages by tilting the iPhone/iPod Touch to the right or left.

mJammer requires two pieces of software to do its job. The first is the mJammer app itself, running on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The other is a small free open-source DSWiFiMIDI server application that you run on your PC or Mac before launching mJammer.

The server application receives the MIDI messages from mJammer via WiFi, and sends them along to either an external MIDI interface or a loopback MIDI driver to talk to software synthesizers running on the same computer.

Please read the instructions below for information on downloading and installing the open-source DSMIDIWiFi server application for your system.

For the most reliable performance with the lowest possible latency, I highly recommend that you connect the PC or Mac to the wireless access point that will be used by the iPhone/iPod Touch via a wired ethernet cable rather than use wireless for both the computer and the iPhone/iPod Touch. The computer and wireless gateway that the iPhone/iPod Touch is connected to must be on the same network.

To get the full benefit from mJammer, you should be familiar with the use of MIDI control surfaces, hardware and/or software VST synthesizers.

If you have any concern about the compatibility of mJammer with your own MIDI setup, I recommend first testing with one of the free DSMIDIWiFi-based apps available on the iTunes App Store before purchasing mJammer.

mJammer at the app store:
mJammer - Wireless MIDI Jammer-Style Control Surface

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