Musikmesse 2014: Bastl Instruments

Each module is connected using a small 4 pin connector and nice triangular velcro patches on the sides of each box.

If you’re looking for pure tones and big string sounds or anything then these are probably not the modules you’re thinking of. However, if you like nice raw glitchy lo-fi synth sounds then you’re going to love these things.

I had a brief play with the  Bastl Instruments modules and they’re pretty good. I didn’t have time to really get acquainted with the interfaces at all.

But I did play with their stick keyboard. Now that was fun! I still don’t know quite why they have a keyboard made with sticks, but it certainly got a lot of attention at Musikmesse.

One of the things I wanted to establish by taking a look at Bastl Instruments offering was, would I buy them? The answer, yes, sadly I’m afraid that these lovely little modules are just the kind of thing I would love to play with and integrate into the stuff I make.

Bastl Instruments stuff ticked the following boxes for me …

  • Build quality: Very high, nicely made and solid feel.
  • MIDI: The little MIDI module gives you control over all the modules that you connect together
  • Sound quality: Whilst I only heard these at the show, and it was noisy to say the least, I could certainly get a feel for the kinds of sounds you can reproduce, and I really like them
  • Modularity: Well these modules certainly fit together easily enough, and you seem to be able to connect them in any sort of configuration you want.

If I have on reservation it is how stable the connection is going to be. The four pin connector isn’t particularly hardy and the devices are held together by velcro. I know that I’m not likely to be using these in a very mobile environment or expect them to handle a great deal of movement, but it still a small area of concern. However, I don’t think it would stop me from starting my own collection of Bastl Instruments modules.

So, overall I think that these modules are pretty cool. They certainly get the thumbs up from me. Of course it just adds to the temptation and constant drain on my wallet!

All the same, I wish Bastl Instruments every success with their modules and hope that the show was really good for them. I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them over the next few months.

dot Melody by Olympia Noise Co.

A new app coming from the maker of Chordion …

Vio is now an Audiobus effect!

Great to see Vio get the Audiobus treatment. Knowing the developer of this app, I know that you should watch out for more great stuff coming from them.

Anyway, here’s the details of the update:

Vio 2.1 adds support for Vio as an Audiobus effect, making it the perfect vocal processing app for the experienced studio professional and hobbyist alike. Also, Vio now allows you to tag the location of a recording. If that wasn’t enough, Vio is now localized in ten additional languages and is more stable than ever.

We have also added two new vocal presets to the “All Presets” in-app purchase.

Sochi Colors! We’ve added 3 free colors to Vio store. Sochi Colors includes Medals, Flag of Russia and Sochi, each inspired by the 2014 Winter Games.

KORG M01D: Planetary Tracks – DJ Kawasaki

Minigamagoops? Are they for real or not?

This is on YouTube but I can’t find it on the bleeplabs site. As soon as I verify it is for real I’ll let you know.

IK Special offer, buy an iLoud and get 2 iLine cables free

If you’re in the market for that kind of thing I think it’s probably not a bad deal at all. You can find out more by clicking on the speaker below.

iPad version of Xynthesizr coming, but will be a separate app


Looks / Sounds like someone was having a load of fun with littleBits


Scenes from last night’s #MusicTech #HackNight, featuring @littlebits modular analog #Synth Kits, Web Audio #API demos, and more! Join us next month:

If you’re on Facebook and you’re not in the iPad Musician group then you’re really missing out. This is one of if not the most active group on Facebook for iOS music people and it’s just great. Go take a look and join it. It’s worth it.

first patch with the VCS3

Ok, the last VCS3 video for now, and not in any way @Sinapsya’s fault, just my self indulgence.

Remember, iVCS3 is on the app store if you can’t afford a real version! It’s a bit more manageable too.

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