A new sampler app arrives in the store. Here’s what it does:
Ricepad is a modular environment for portable live music. Get it now for a very special Xmas price! Or gift it to a friend! Check out the video on the website.
Play, Remix, Filter, Loop, Sample, Resample and Create Sound Sequences
With Ricepad you create music by arranging objects called modules in a single chain. You start from existing sounds, freely available from the constantly updating library, importable from your computer (Mac/PC/Linux/…) or pastable from the clipboard of compatible apps, or you can use the mic line(*). Then the combination of modules you compose, divided between audio sources and effects, will manipulate the sound in an unexpectedly great number or ways.
Oriented To Live Music Performances
Ricepad allows you to create music that is immediately listenable to the audience: less editing and much more playing with the quick and simple interface. For example, if you like beat boxing, you can live record yourself through the mic, record a sequence and play it back as a loop, ready to be post processed, everything in sync with the bpm, e.g. quantized at 1/16. Nearly every interaction can be quantized, even the preview of audio clips when you want to set up a drum kit.
Inspirations On The Go With Your iPhone & iPod Touch
Ricepad has an extensive set of modules and offers many different techniques to create music, easily and quickly, leaving room to unleash your creativity. Every new idea can be saved as a session to be later re-opened for future use. This makes it suitable for casual and short plays, as well as for long and more structured live performances.
Check out the main features.
- single chain of modules (audio sources or effects) connected in series
- 16 bit, 44100Hz quality
- built-in library of loops and sample kits
- constantly updating sound packs, downloadable for free
- optional temporal quantization of most interactions per module
- recoverable sessions (save and open functions)
- import/export functions for personal audio files and sessions
- support for a lot of audio formats (wav, aif, mp3, m4a…) with different sample rates
- loop with programmable parameters
- set/get cue points for seeking in real time
Sampler & Resampler
- loading single files or sample kits (groups of 4 files)
- copy/paste audio clips, using the clipboard shared with BeatMaker-compatible apps
- live resampling of the currently executing audio
- live sampling from the mic line with the microphonic variation of the module
- programmable step sequencer, 1/16 resolution, up to 4 bars
- live playing/recording of a sequence
- clip specific parameters: volume, pan, loop mode (none, hold or toggle), reverse, choke group
- compressor, decimator, dub delay, LP filter, phaser, reverb, ring modulator and wave shaper
- all with the same XY pad controller interface
- microphone module (takes the mic line) with crossfader
- tempo control 60-200 bpm (not dynamically applicable with loops) + metronome
- built-in tutorials
- built-in manual
- iPad compatibility in 2x mode
- …and a lot of fun!
* iPod Touch users must have an external microphone for this function
Ricepad is in continuous development and a lot of ideas will be gradually implemented. For the next update we’re working on:
- time stretching of File Player module
- retina-display-friendly graphics
Ricepad is priced at $1.99.
Again, not so much of a review as a description of the scene / dream in the latest version of the Inception app.
Mixtikl gets one more update before the end of 2010 and it is a really good one. Here’s what’s new:
- 3 new fabulous add-on Tiklpaks: GenMix 6, GenMix 7, DroneMaker 1
- Content Cell now lets you set Generative Bars / Range for generative content cells
- Content Cell now lets you set the number of cell repeats / range for each content cell
- AirPlay support allows Mixtikl to play through Apple TV or AirPlay speakers (iOS 4.2 required)
- Further improved New Mix screen with separate “settings” screen
- New Mix screen now allows you to select the paks from which to create a new random mix
- New Mix > Empty now uses the Volume Max settings from the New Mix > Settings screen
- Default max value track volume now set to 86 (used to be 100)
- Improved Content Cell clarity with different Loop indicator and smaller font text
- Added version number display on start-up (all versions)
- Fixed: Mic recording content now defaults to zero bars (used to be 4 bars countdown…)
- Fixed: Options saving on iOS that simply didn’t work in the old version under iOS 4.x or later…
- Fixed: text could be poorly laid-out on the message box display and icon did not always appear
- Fixed: display of looping overlay
Another day and another great app, or rather, apps today, as I have 5 codes for IcePulse’s Argon, and 5 for Xenon to give away.
What’s more, these are international codes so can be used anywhere (as far as I’m aware). To enter into the draw for a code all you need to do is email email@example.com before 10 am (GMT) tomorrow the 22nd of December. Winners will be drawn at random.
If you don’t know these apps then you should really check them out.