Just a little reminder that Compressor has gone free for a few days in celebration of Palm Sounds turning 5 years old!
Thanks to the developer Shiverware for putting this app on sale for just $0.99 to celebrate Palm Sounds 5th birthday.
Here’s what’s new in this version:
- quantization noise is reduced by 4 times (on smartphones and pocket computers)
- added Lo-Fi (fixed point) SunVox versions for slow computers (only for Win32 and Linux x86)
- improved sound quality of the following modules: Generator, SpectraVoice
- new Generator waveforms: half-sine (6); abs-sine (7); pulse-sine with duty cycle (8)
- added copy and paste of modules
- added new control “Velocity” to MultiSynth module
- added ASIO support (for Windows only)
- now Sampler can record signals from another modules; just connect some output module (Generator, for example) to the Sampler and press the “Rec”, “Rec mono” or “Rec LoFi” button under the Sampler controllers; “Rec” – record stereo; “Rec mono” – record mono; “Rec LoFi” – record mono with reduced sampling frequency
- added base MIDI IN/OUT in versions for Linux (ALSA), OSX and iOS (CoreMidi), Windows (MM)
- supported MIDI IN commands: NoteON/OFF
- supported MIDI OUT commands: NoteON/OFF; Control Change; Program Change; Bank Select
- use controllers with number 80+X to send MIDI Control Change; where the X is MIDI Controller Number; for example: 8100 8000 – set Modulation (MSB and LSB) to the max value
- added Input module for audio receiving from microphone or line-in; at the moment only iOS supported; the Input for other systems will be available in the next releases
- iOS: added D-pad for more precise cursor positioning in the pattern editor
- iOS: added Audio Copy/Paste (Intua Audio Sharing); Sonoma compatible; Where to find: Main menu -> Export/import -> Copy/Paste
- iOS: added multitouch support to Touch Theremin
- iOS: added multitouch support to piano keyboard
- added Preferences (in the Main menu)
- templates support (in the Preferences)
- fixed bug with overload of EQ module
- added new songs and instruments (samples)
I guess we’ll be waiting a little while for the iOS version to come through though.
A great update for Polychord in version 2.0, I’m really looking forward to trying it out. Here’s what’s new:
- record and share songs with SoundCloud
- sleek new UI made in collaboration with Jonas Eriksson
- palettes, so you can save your settings
- palette f-keys, for fast switching between palettes
- Sine, Sawtooth, Triangle and Square Waves for each instrument. (We used an ‘analogue simulation’ technique for generating the synthesizer waves, which warms them up a bit.)
- Bitshift features for drums: full control over the reduction of bits / bitrate, allowing you to completely decimate the sound or just add a touch of noise.
- Basic low-pass filtering, resonance for each instrument
- Tremolo Depth controls
- Scale mode for the strum keys: rather than the strum keys playing the notes of the current chord, you can set them to numerous other scales.
- Arpeggiator based on time-signatures. Full control over the speed and count of the arpeggiator — allows you to mix a different time signature over the beat. Arpeggiator now has all of the same synth controls as the other instruments.
- The UI now highlights the last chord you pressed, rather than always highlighting the root-note.
- Octave control for every instrument
- Precise BPM control, with text input
- A global on/off switch for Auto Accompany
- File manager for renaming/deleting/loading palettes, songs, etc
- pitch bending on strum keys (sends out MIDI too)
- skins panel lets you switch back to the classic color scheme
And the price is back up to $9.99
Google have made the Android Marketplace more relevant by giving app suggestions based on other users downloads.
Good to know that they’re continuing to improve it.
Something else that came out of Google’s IO conference was that they’re addressing the fragmentation issues and lack of OS upgrades for devices. Google are now going to guarantee 18 months of upgrades for new devices from participating handset manufacturers and carriers.
So far the list isn’t huge although lots of the big names are there already. I’m hoping that more will be added and that this will stretch to the UK and Europe soon too.
This is excellent news in my opinion.