Beat matching Delia

I know this has been around for a long time but I saw it at Synthtopia the other day and just wanted to post it.

CDM on maintaining creativity

OT but a really interesting read from CDM.

Bleep!Box videos

A selection of user bleep!Box videos at the bleep!Box site. Some you might have seen, some not.

technoBox Acid for the iPad

When I saw this I thought it was TechnoBox for the iPad, but it isn’t that at all, it is something different entirely. Here’s the app’s description:

Now, in technoBox Acid, you have four gems, giving you ultimate control of the music.

–The first gem controls the beats. You can slide easily from dance beats to break beats, to half time rhythms.
–The second gem controls the bass, with enough depth and punch to rattle your bones.
–The third gem controls lead effects. These are some signature sounds of Acid Techno, mysterious and intense.
–The fourth gem controls effects. These also make Acid Techno what it is. Intriguing, striking sound bites that add a darkness and an energy to the mix.

This version is specifically for the iPad and gives you another row to mix with, putting 20 more tracks in your hands.

TechnoBox Acid is easy to play and master, and has endless combinations. The music is specially designed to sound great no matter what groove you’re going for.

And thanks to the brilliant people of for allowing us to feature their Loop Package called “Kickback Samples: Acid Techno Grooves”. ALL of the loops in this app were selected from this amazing loops package. If you love the loops, go to and buy them for yourself. They are high quality audio files that are easily dropped into your own musical workflow.

Lastly, this is a large download. As we mentioned, DanceMidiSmaples doesn’t skimp on the music quality. These loops are uncompressed, CD quality audio, and you are in complete control of it all!

(A midi-style recording feature is currently in development)

In fact this app reminds me of SurfaceDJ. Remember that one?

technoBox Acid for iPad (iTunes Link)

pinkNoize for iPhone

A new effects processing app. This one looks quite interesting.

Plug in your headphones, choose an effect, touch the screen and enjoy! pinkNoize turns your iPhone into a powerful multieffect processor!

You can easily control the effect parameters with our innovative circlePad design.

Effects include:
– lowpass, highpass, bandpass filters
– tremolo
– digitalizer (aka bitcrusher)
– tremolo
– delay
– chorus
– flanger

pinkNoize at the app store:

aardvark synth for iPhone

Here’s an unusual synth app that’s just come out. Here’s the description:

The aardvark synth is a virtual analog synthesizer with a unique multi-touch interface that lets you control modulators, envelopes, and other settings simultaneously. The waveform display changes in real-time as you tweak synth parameters.

You can choose among four waveform modes (sine, sawtooth, pulse, and noise). In general, the 1st touch controls the carrier oscillator, the 2nd touch controls the modulating oscillator, and the 3rd touch controls the envelope.

The pulse wave mode includes a delay effect and the white noise mode includes a bandpass filter.

You can use up to three simultaneous touches. After multiple touches have started, you can lift other fingers to focus on a specific touch.

You change the pitch of an oscillator with up and down movement. Left and right movement changes either the amount of modulation or the waveform shape, depending on the waveform mode.

The attack of the envelope is changed by left and right movement. Envelope decay is changed by up and down movement. Drag to the top left corner to turn off the envelope.

PANEL 1: Sine
– 1st finger Up/Dn: pitch of oscillator
– 1st finger L/R: changes amount of modulation (right is max, left is “negative” max, middle of screen is none)
– 2nd finger Up/Dn: pitch of modulator
– 2nd finger L/R: changes waveform shape of modulator
– 3rd finger Up/Dn: changes envelope decay
– 3rd finger L/R: changes envelope attack

PANEL 2: Sawtooth
– 1st finger Up/Dn: pitch of oscillator
– 1st finger L/R: changes harmonics (left is sine, right is sawtooth)
– 2nd finger Up/Dn: pitch of modulator
– 2nd finger L/R: changes amount of modulation (left is none, right is max)
– 3rd finger Up/Dn: changes envelope decay
– 3rd finger L/R: changes envelope attack

PANEL 3: Pulse
– 1st finger Up/Dn: pitch of oscillator
– 1st finger L/R: changes number of harmonics (left is sine, right is max)
– 2nd finger Up/Dn: delay feedback amount
– 2nd finger L/R: delay length
– 3rd finger Up/Dn: changes envelope decay
– 3rd finger L/R: changes envelope attack

PANEL 4: Filtered Noise
– 1st finger Up/Dn: center frequency of filter
– 1st finger L/R: “Q” of filter bandwidth
– 2nd finger Up/Dn: changes envelope decay
– 2nd finger L/R: changes envelope attack

aardvark synth for iPhone at the app store:
aardvark synth

SynthStation First Look

Well there’s already been lots of debate about SynthStation since this morning so I thought I’d post a few initial thoughts on SynthStation, and list out what I think are the good points and the bad points of the app. So far I’ve only really used this on my iPad and not my iPhone, and the reason for this will become apparent as you read this post.

The good stuff …
Once you’ve worked out how this app gets things done then things are very straightforward indeed. The step sequencer is very easy to use and in some ways reminds me of Bhajis Loops.

The synth editing controls are very comprehensive, there’s lots in here and the synth sounds are very clear and crisp.

Now on to the not so good stuff …
One of the comments on this was that the app is ugly, and it is, really ugly, right down to putting large X’s in the drum pattern editor. Some of the controls are very clunky and overall it looks like it wasn’t designed with a user in mind.

The interface is difficult to use because it is non-intuitive. Some parts of the app like the drum editor has a button for selecting the kit so you can go to another section that you’d reasonably want to, other parts of the app require you to go back to the main menu and then out again to the section you need.

When I first loaded this on my iPhone some of the controls looked so small I wasn’t sure I would be able to use them at all, which is why I moved on to the iPad to try it out a bit more.

But …
We have to remember that this app was built to sit inside the SynthStation most of the time, and as you look at some of the sections of the app they are there solely to support the SynthStation hardware.

So for that reason I’m going to put my negatives to one side for the moment and wait until the SynthStation hardware is finally available. Gear4Music have Akai’s SynthStation listed as being around from the 13th of July. I hope that they’re right, although now that we’ve got the software I have a bit more confidence about the hardware turning up.

I really want to be able to use this app with the hardware and then I think we’ll get a real feel for what it is capable of.

SynthStation at the app store:

Electrify for iPad promo code give away CLOSED

The Electrify promo code competition is now closed, please don’t send in any further entries. Codes will go out soon.

Electrify at the app store (iTunes Link)

GigDaddy on sale

GigDaddy is on sale at the moment down to $0.99.

GigDaddy MultiTrack Mixer at the app store:
GigDaddy Multitrack Mixer

MorphWiz Aliens R Us

Via Matrixsynth.

%d bloggers like this: