Svärm (sound responsive particle swarm), a fantastic Christmas present that’s coming from humbletune

From the maker of the excellent shapesynth, nils, voicebot, and brother comes Svärm (sound responsive particle swarm), which will hopefully be with us before Christmas. What a lovely present from a wonderful developer of wonderful apps.

If you don’t know these apps then click the links above and take a look over at the app store.

BEATUM (universal) arrives

BEATUM looks like it might be fun, and it’s free for a little while too.

BEATUM makes it easier than ever to create rad beats (and looks good doing it, too).

Create intricate beats in no time using BEATUM’s simplified sequencers. Each sequencer is centered on a single instrument – the higher the square, the higher the pitch.

Tap on the various characters to bring up their sequencer – then watch them animate as the notes play.
There are a total of five sequencers in BEATUM, based on instruments including: Drums, Bass, Synths, and More!

Chordy arrives

Chordy is a chord player app for music creators. With a unique UI inherited from “MovableChord”, it’s very easy to play chords and chord tones.

  • Audiobus support: You can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See for more information.
  • Virtual MIDI support: You can control other Virtual MIDI compatible apps (e.g. Animoog, Sunrizer synth, Launchkey, etc).
  • Piano Mode: Beautiful acoustic/electric piano sound. Audiobus-compatible.
  • MIDI Mode: Control your favorite synthesizers via Virtual MIDI.
  • Easy chord playing with Auto Select Feature (Diatonic Triad/7th)
  • Select a root note (and a chord type if needed) to play a chord
  • Play arpeggio/glissando with Chord Tone Pads
  • Octave Shift (from -2 to +2)
  • 4 scales available (Major, Natural/Harmonic/Melodic Minor). Select Parallel or Relative scale change between major/minor.
  • Key Transpose Feature
  • You do not have to go another screen to change your settings. Change even while you are playing a tune.

Chordy is priced at $4.99.

* Chordy sends MIDI signals to all ports availavle. So you can control more than 2 apps simultaneously if you need.

Vocaform 2 arrives

Well it’s great to see this app get a big refresh with Vocaform 2. Here’s what you can expect from the new app, and there’s more in the pipeline too …

Vocaform mimics resonant body sounds such as a voice or stringed instrument. The results range from eerily haunting leads to gritty 8-Bit noise. A wide variety of additional tones can be created with the included digital audio effects.

Vocaform 2 has been completely rewritten for iOS 7. It features a new polyphonic audio engine and a beautifully simplified interface.

  • Audio Effects: Multi-Tap Delay, Filter, Auto-Vibrato, Chorus.
  • Two modes of responsive, touch-based pitch bend.
  • Assign control parameters to an XY-Pad and Vertical Key touches.
  • ADSR envelope.
  • MIDI Input from external USB keyboards.
  • Virtual MIDI from 3rd party iOS sequencers.

The app is priced at $2.99.

Gestrument LE is now universal and that’s not all

Gestrument LE updates and now has support for latest Gestrument 1.4 presets and more …

  • Patterns: Sequence the rhythmic pattern of each instrument.
  • Transpose in real-time between 6 configurable transpositions, either absolute or within scale.
  • Allow individual instruments to ignore transposition.
  • Skip scale mapping if minimum and maximum pitch is equal, suitable for drones and percussion.
  • Pulse density slider scaling and inversion for each instrument.

Fixes and tweaks:

  • Major improvement for scheduling notes on internal synth: now sample accurate.
  • MIDI recording: Use a separate track per instrument.
  • Better handling of out-of-range pitches.
  • Improve pitch fluctuation.
  • Fix occasional stuck note with extreme pitch ranges.
  • Updated Audiobus SDK.
  • Minor UI tweaks.

Grantophone 2.0 arrives

Grantophone 2 is a big step up. Here’s what’s new:

  • Completely new sound synthesis engine
  • Multiple presets can be played at the same time
  • You can now edit the waveform, envelopes, LFOs and more for each oscillator.
  • New arpeggiator lets you specify note and octave for each step in the sequence.

Mo Mu Pro reviews controllers for your iPad

It’s a nice little round up of controllers that’ll work well with your iPad, and there’s one of my personal favs in there too.

And there’s more pictures from the hack day too

Some great shots here. It looks like it was a really good hack.

Pictures from London Music Hack Day

Here’s a nice set on flickr.

Conuctr gets a feature in Music Tech Mag … which was nice

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