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Modal Pro, a first look and some other thoughts on modular synth apps

Modulars are never easy let’s face it. Some people love them others just don’t get them, but one thing is for sure, they represent a very good way of getting a better understanding of the building blocks of synthesis. So, why is that important? Good question. Simply as it can help you when making your own patches in a variety of synth apps, whether they’re mobile apps, desktop apps, or even hardware. Of course, there’s a downside too. Lots of people say that using modular apps is just the first step to getting into modular synths, and I can say from personal experience that it is tempting, although so far I’ve managed to resist the temptation on the whole.

So, what’s so good about Modal Pro? There are a small number of modular type apps on the app store (and I’m only going to focus on iOS for the moment). Within that small group there are a number of varying types of app that can be broadly classified as follows.

Visual patching modular apps

In this category I’d include Modal Pro, Jasuto Pro, Modular, and Audulus.

Other Modular apps

The three above of course are not the whole story. There are a number of other apps which have a modular component or deliver modular capabilities in a different way from the more traditional ‘patching’ concept. In this category I’d include:

  • Sunvox: of course it’s much more than a modular, it’s a full fledged production environment, but its approach to synthesis is very modular)
  • TC-11: A very unique interface and a very powerful app that deserves a whole review of it’s own.
  • Thor: An excellent modular environment

So, those are my very high level categories, and probably need another whole post to talk about the whole modular app thing, but for now I’m going to concentrate on Modal Pro and try to not get lost in modular rambling, which is always a danger.

So, what’s different about Modal Pro? Well the easiest thing would be to start to compare it with the other apps in the category I’ve put it in. Modal Pro is a relatively simple app when compared to Jasuto and Audulus. That’s not to say that it’s just a simple synth. It isn’t, but when compared to these two it is. That’s from the perspective of getting to grips with what modular synthesis is and how to start constructing patches.

The first thing I noticed when I opened up Modal Pro was the ‘getting started’ tutorial, which I have to say is excellent. For anyone who wants to not only understand the app, but also get a grasp of how to construct a modular patch this is excellent. In fact, I can’t stress enough how useful I think this feature is. The tutorial explains the modules and how to connect them to each other. It also explains how to adjust the parameters for each module to achieve what you want to with your patch.
Once you’ve gone through this tutorial, using the app is very simple and straightforward.

The app has all the normal elements you’d expect in a modular app, like oscillators, ADSR, Amplifiers etc. Each element or module for creating patches can be connected using virtual cables, and you can make some pretty complex patches using Modal Pro.

Overall I think it’s an ideal app for getting started with either learning modular synthesis or if you wanted to learn the building blocks of synthesis itself. Whatever you motivation you’ll get a lot out of this app.

The app costs $9.99, which isn’t bad at all for a complex app like this.

0 comments on “iOS MARS has a good write up on TC-Data”

iOS MARS has a good write up on TC-Data

TC-Data is a really intriguing app and incredibly powerful. If you’re interested in it but want to know a bit more this write up from iOS MARS is worth a read I think.

0 comments on “Don’t forget that Sequential for iPad is on sale for just $0.99”

Don’t forget that Sequential for iPad is on sale for just $0.99

Sequential for iPad stays on sale until the 1st of July for just $0.99 and apparently there’s a big update coming after that.

0 comments on “Music on the Move Episode 2: Midi Fighter Twister & iPhone (Capital Cities – One Minute More Remix)”

Music on the Move Episode 2: Midi Fighter Twister & iPhone (Capital Cities – One Minute More Remix)

I really like this. It is really what the whole this about isn’t it? Being able to create, remix or whatever, wherever you are.

Video Description:

“In Episode 2 we are using DJ TechTools’ Midi Fighter Twister (which is bus powered) with an iPhone 5 using the USB camera connection kit, while running the iOS app Loopy to create a live remix of Capital Cities song “One Minute More”.

All samples are taken from Capital Cities’ stems, and a few select loops from Loopmasters.

This is meant for demonstration purposes and not as a live performance.

Video Credit: Alex Medvick

For DJ TechTools members: the Traktor Remix Kit for this can be downloaded here: https://sounds.djtechtools.com/sounds/44

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Frozen Lonesome: God of Fire (official video)

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Frozen Lonesome: God of Fire (official video) from Frozen Lonesome on Vimeo.

Awesome track and awesome video.

0 comments on “TC-Data Mere Mortal (video)”

TC-Data Mere Mortal (video)



Video description:

“Quick demo of the RC-Data patch I created for the track Mere Mortal. The synths are Alchemy, Cube, and iGrand Piano.”

TC- Data on the app store:

0 comments on “iKlip Xpand universal mic stand support for iPad and tablets (video)”

iKlip Xpand universal mic stand support for iPad and tablets (video)

0 comments on “Build your own instrument workshop at the V&A in July”

Build your own instrument workshop at the V&A in July

This looks like it could be a great workshop for anyone interested in circuit building and electronic instrument making. It’s at the V&A (London) which is a lovely place for a day long workshop.

Full details here.

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Naughty Boy – Home ft. SAM ROMANS – Dawson Live iPad Loopy HD cover (video)

0 comments on “Something new coming from the maker of Audio Mastering Studio …”

Something new coming from the maker of Audio Mastering Studio …

This looks really impressive indeed. A convolution reverb for iOS, and from the sounds of it universal too?

Via the Audio Mastering blog.