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Horizon Synth arrives!

Here’s one you’ve all been waiting for! Horizon Synth from BeepStreet has arrived:

Horizon synth is a virtual analog synthesizer that takes the definition of iOs synthesizer to the next level.

Thanks to carefully designed architecture and heavy usage of coprocessor it blurs the boundaries between iOs and hardware synthesizers.
Horizon was built to perform and works perfectly with any MIDI keyboard or sequencer. A lot of research has been done in order to achieve unheard warmth and clarity.


  • True SuperSaw sound emulation, first found in the legendary Roland JP-8000 synthesizer. SuperSaw is a layered waveform consisting of multiple saw waves which are detuned to create an extremely full and epic sound. It’s possible to use 2 supersaw oscillators per voice * 7 polyphony = 98 saw oscillators playing the same time!
  • Two independent filters per voice with configurable routing. You can select between various filter types including classic resonant LP,HP,BP,Notch and less common like Comb and Formant.
  • The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.


  • 2 warm-sounding analog modelled oscillators per voice + 2 sub-oscillators (except SuperSaw). Available waveforms: Saw, PWM pulse,Triangle, SuperSaw.
  • Oscillator 2 hard-sync and configurable routing
  • Osc-mix, ring modulator
  • White noise oscillator


  • Two independent filters per voice with configurable routing. You can select between various filter types including: resonant LP,HP,BP,Notch, Comb and Formant.
  • Configurable routing: serial or parallel with bypass option.
  • ADSR envelope, keyboard tracking and full LFO control


  • Two LFOs per voice. It’s possible to assign each LFO to almost any parameter. 3 LFO running modes: trigger, 1 shot, global. 6 waveforms, phase and fade-in knobs
  • The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.
  • Two Modulation ADSR Envelopes for amplitude and filters cutoff
  • Pitch and modulation wheels


  • A number of effects are built in: distortion, chorus, equalizer, stereo delay. All parameters can be modulated using mod-wheel.


  • Horizon incorporates very powerful programmable arpeggiator. You should think of it more like a small step sequencer.


  • Over 200 presets
  • 7 voices polyphony
  • Playback modes: poly, solo, arp
  • Built-in recorder supporting AudioCopy and iTunes file sharing.
  • Supports CoreMidi and MidiMobilizer. MIDI key velocity can affect up to 3 parameters.
  • Configurable piano keyboard size
  • Hold button allows you to to keep notes sustaining until you play new notes.
  • With Chord Memory function you can play the chord by only pressing single keys.
  • Tube soft saturation on output

“Horizon is the first truly mature polyphonic synth for the iPad, a real, smooth and powerful sounding option for all sorts of stage and studio performances. Horizon offers a huge range of analog-style and complex digital-sounding textures with sound quality which is absolutely uncompromised”.
Mark Jenkins, author “Analog Synthesizers”

So, is there anything missing from that list?

Horizon synth - BeepStreet

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FL Studio Mobile launching tomorrow 21st June

Yep, that’s right, it arrives officially tomorrow. Here are some early details. More to come soon!

There are two FL Studio Mobile applications:

  • For iPhone & iPod Touch (G3 & G4 with Retina display support) – $14.99 introductory and $19.99 after
  • For iPad (1 & 2) – $19.99 introductory and $24.99 after

Make complete multi-track sequencer projects wherever you are using the Drum Pads, Keyboard, Step sequencer, Piano roll and Track Editor. Load Mobile projects into FL Studio for Windows to take them to the next level.

More soon …

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iSyn Poly – Electronic Music Studio on the way

A new app from the makers of the original iSyn app. Here’s what’s on the way:

iSyn Poly is an electronic music studio for use with Apple iPad. iSyn Poly places an unbelievable number of features including three studio-quality, fully programmable virtual analog synthesizers and a drum machine packed in just three different screens on your iPad !

Each synthesizer is a full-featured analog modeling synth with three oscillators, a classic 24 db/oct ladder-style lowpass filter, independent filter and amp envelope generators, and full modulation routings. With our 10+ years of experience with analog simulations you can expect some serious sound easily covering all those fat frequencies so prevalent in modern production.

iSyn Poly also includes a sample playback-based drum machine with seventeen kits, each containing eight samples. Drum samples include 808, 909, modular synth drums and numerous 80’s drum machines. Volume, pan and decay time are individually adjustable and pitches are tunable over a wide range for crazy effects.

The full fledged sequencer let you arrange complete songs and can record the notes and controller movements  of your performance. The unique gesture oriented user interface makes it ideal for live editing of notes and automations.

Play the three synths or drum machine with the onscreen keyboard/drum pads for fun live jam sessions, or let iSyn Poly do the playing for you with its full featured piano roll sequencer editable while playing. Play the keyboard by touching notes, or sliding up and down for amazingly expressive pitch glides and vibrato. iSyn Poly can even play a beat and synth track while you jam over sequenced tracks for a one-man iPad band!

With the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit you can use a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard to control iSyn Poly.


Three Independent Synthesizers

  • Three oscillators with sawtooth, pulse, triangle and sine waves. Modulations routings: LFO->pitch, filter ADSR->cutoff, LFO->pulse width.
  • White/Pink noise generator.
  • Classic 24 dB/oct ladder-style lowpass filter with drive parameter. Modulations routings: LFO->Cutoff, Filter ADSR->Cutoff, Velocity sensitivity with external keyboard.
  • Amp section includes distortion with drive, asymmetry and crusher (bit reducer) parameters.
  • Control matrix allows real time control of five parameters using the X/Y touch pad, the modulation wheel of an external keyboard and the tilt sensors of the iPad.
  • Arpeggiator for automated sequences.
  • 64 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.

Drum Machine

  • Eight simultaneous instruments arranged into eight user-selectable drum kits.
  • Editor page allows tuning, panning, level and decay time for individual instruments.

Effects Section

  • iSyn Poly features one global effects unit with phaser, flanger, chorus and stereo/cross delay.
  • Effects amount is individually settable for each of the synths and drum machine.


  • Play melodies live with onscreen keyboard/drum pads. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
  • Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.

Full featured Sequencer

  • Four track sequencer with piano roll and automation editor.
  • Record what you play live with the onscreen keyboard/drum pads or using an external CoreMIDI compatible keyboard.
  • Real time quantize function and metronome for recording.
  • Arrange your songs with variable length patterns ( 1 – 99 bars ). Move and copy/paste patterns.
  • Recording and playback of X/Y Pad movements, modulation wheel, pitch bend and key velocity.
  • Full set of editing functions with unlimited undo.
  • Modeless gesture optimized editing.


  • Manage unlimited number of songs.
  • Render song or patterns to audio and midi files.
  • Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps (e.g. Intua BeatMaker and many others)
  • Exchange songs and user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.

No idea on price as yet or a date for release.

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More details on the TNR-i

Thanks for everyone who commented on my post this morning on the TNR-i. Here are the details from Yamaha’s site:

Variety of Musical Expressions
TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time (16 layers), and it can memorize up to 16 song patterns produced using those sounds (16 blocks). By switching between song patterns in real time, you can produce a rich variety of musical expressions.
6 Performance Modes

There are six different types of performance modes that you can select for each layer. You can make elaborate music by combining different modes. In score mode, the most fundamental of the modes, you can arrange sounds horizontally (temporally) and vertically (by pitch). In the exciting random mode, the sounds that you arrange are not just played in order—the melody and rhythm constantly change as twists are added. In draw mode, you can perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if drawing a picture. In bounce mode, the glowing lights are like bouncing balls that produce sound when they fall. In push mode, you can continuously change the sound as you perform. In solo mode, which is fun for solo performances, you can easily adjust the speed of repetition and the pitch.

First, please try the demo. You can experience the joy of performance just by switching layers.

  • Loading the Demo: From the menu (touch the display), touch All Blocks, iD-Xtra_uncTK, and then Load.
  • Switching layers: Press R5 and the area that the 16 × 16 buttons are in at the same time. (You can double-tap R5 to hold it and make it easier to switch layers.)
  • TNR-i Sessions with Distant Friends

The appeal of TNR-i isn’t just limited to its faithful duplication of the TENORI-ON concept, design and interface, which were developed under the supervision of Toshio Iwai.

If you are connected to a network, you can participate in TNR-i sessions with distant friends and others. Up to four people can connect to each other over a network and enjoy performing together simultaneously. First, tap Clear and the display at the same time to activate the Game Center feature. Then, invite your friends, or use the auto-match feature to automatically select a partner, and start your session. For more details, see page 23 of the internal manual.
Manual: From the menu (touch the display), touch System Menu and then Manual.

If you update the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o) to version 2.1 and use it with TNR-i, you can participate in sessions using the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o).
Preset Sounds

The preset sounds of TNR-i are the same as those of the TENORI-ON, and the performance files are also compatible. You can use iTunes to transfer performance files saved on your TENORI-ON SD card to TNR-i. Of course, the reverse is also possible.

Please enjoy the world of TENORI-ON.

  • The Game Center feature is a network feature provided by Apple. It is mainly used for multi-player gaming.
  • You must have an Internet connection to participate in a network session. You also have to sign in to the Game Center.
  • User Voice is not available.
  • To run TNR-i smoothly, we recommend that you use an iPhone 4 or later or an iPod touch, 4th generation or later.

The ‘user voice is not available‘ comment is a bit worrying especially at this price!

The app is currently in the UK store but reports say that it isn’t in the US store as yet for some reason. In the UK it is priced at £11.99.

TNR-i - Yamaha Corporation

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Reminder: Put your songs in the soundCloud group

I haven’t mentioned this group for a while now so I thought it deserved a reminder. Please do think about putting your mobile tracks in the Palm Sounds group

There’s some really good stuff in there so do have a listen.

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Online Music Production group on Linkedin

If you’re interested in online audio collaboration this is worth taking a look into here.

This seems to be a really good growing group and I think it’d be interesting to see the views of a few iOS and Android developers getting heard here too.

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More midnight Grid Music effects hacking

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F17371113 More midnight Grid Music effects hacking by mdaines

Grid Music - Michael Daines

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More Grid Music synth options? by mdaines

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F17369540 More Grid Music synth options? by mdaines

Grid Music - Michael Daines

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Reminder: Bhajis & Microbe free

Just another reminder that you can now get the awesome Bhajis Loops and Microbe for free!

If you don’t know these applications, they’re for the now long abandoned Palm operating system, but if you’re interested you should get yourself a Pam Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX for that matter and try these applications out. They’re certainly worth the cost of a second hand device.

In fact, even if you don’t plan to get the hardware anytime soon I’d advise you to get the software just in case it vanishes at some point.

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Cascadr – ‘Descending harmonies’

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F17426754&show_comments=true&color=65a200Descending harmonies by glidepro

Another audio post from Michael Aldridge on his new app Cascadr.

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