My 24 Apps of Christmas: 19 – Seekbeats

No app listing from me could really ever be said to be complete without the inclusion of SeekBeats. It is, in my opinion, one of the most versatile drum machines / drum synths around. The possibilities available from it are simply endless.

I realise that not everyone is interested in highly synthesized drum sounds and rhythms. That’s fine. It’s something that really appeals to me and I am never disappointed with Seekbeats. It truly is amazing, and to be honest I probably haven’t delved into the depths of what it is really capable of. At some point I will, and then I’ll only rave about it more and more!

Just to show you what I’m talking about here’s one of the early videos about the app …

And then one from just over a year ago …

But have included SeekBeats in the list I can’t really avoid mentioning its little brother, TweakyBeat. TweakyBeat is also a brilliant drum machine. Much simpler in many ways than SeekBeats, but nonetheless an excellent drum machine and loads of fun to play with. It’ll become even better when it gets MIDI, which I hope will be soon!

So if you don’t know SeekBeats I can thoroughly recommend it. It’s brilliant!

FLUX:FX – Adrian Belew – ‘Drive’, live in Amsterdam (video)

Video description:

“FLUX:FX live – This video is showing Adrian Belew himself demoing the app at the world-famous Paradiso in Amsterdam, playing a variation on his track ‘Drive’. For the purposes of the demonstration, audio engineer Daniel Rowland is manipulating the FLUX:FX app using ‘call n answer’ settings.

Adrian is playing his custom Parker Fly, through a Roland VG99 and into NI Guitar Rig [for his main guitar sounds] and Ableton Live for the basic loop, and then into FLUX:FX for the filtering, delays and forward/reverse loopage. FLUX:FX is also responsible for the loop destruction later on in the piece. The sound is live from the room via the panasonic gh2 camera mic [sorry!].

FLUX:FX is a multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio design and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for designing your sound. Featuring more than 30 modular effects blocks, a master Performance view with 1-touch interaction, an advanced Edit view with multi-touch and full assignment possibilities, and an innovative Sequencer view to bring motion to the audio signal, this app allows the user to easily create previously unheard sounds. Fully compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and MIDI, FLUX:FX is made to connect seamlessly with existing live rigs and studio workflows. Designed and built by the collective NOIISE – incorporating the acclaimed US guitarist Adrian Belew, mobile specialists MOBGEN and audio experts Elephantcandy.

Full details on the FLUX:FX application can be found at

AudioCopy – Introducing the Content Store (video)

Video description:

“Get AudioCopy and register for a free Sound Pack

You’ll find dozens of Sound Packs you can use in your creations from leading publisher of royalty free samples — Loopmasters.

Sound Packs contain tons of music Loops and Samples that you can use in hundreds of AudioCopy-compatible apps, and other audio and music apps — iOS and beyond.

You can use Sound Packs from the Content Store in top music iOS apps like Launchpad, iMPC Pro, Tabletop, GarageBand, FL Studio, Cubasis, Auria, DM1 and hundreds more. Or drag your sounds to your desktop and use them anywhere.

The first round is on us! Unlock a free Sound Pack when you register AudioCopy.”

littleBits: 2014 COMMUNITY FAVES (video)

Oriental Strings by Crudebyte Demo and Tutorial for iPad (video)

KDJ-ONE : Playing with the STEPPER (video)

Video description:

“Here is a little video showing you how the STEPPER works.”

Here’s how the KDJ-One is doing on kickstarter …

Gliderverb 1.3 iPad and iPone Audio App (video)

GliderVerb by Amazing Noises is a “Reverberator with Glissandos” simulating a room gradually changing its shape. It is an expanded version of an algorithm created by James McCartney for his Supercollider 2 programming language.
The original algorithm had no user-variable parameters: this device adds a series of parameters to create a wide palette of effects; from evolving reverberations to granular disintegration to smooth resonances.

Main Features:

  • Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support (sender and FX)
  • Continually Modulated Reverb Algorithm
  • Pitch Resonator
  • Ribbon Resonance Player
  • Pad impulse generator
  • Built In Sampler with varispeed
  • Control Manager LFO for Parameters
  • Midibus, Virtual Midi and Network: 14 bit NRPN controllers
  • File Manager, sharing common audio files via iTunes, Dropbox and AudioCopy
  • Snapshots Presets Morphing Pad
  • Post Fx Chain: Low-shelf Filter, High-shelf and Compressor

Tech Requirements:

  • iOS7 or later
  • iPad 2 or later

New Version! We removed the “annoying voice” and now you can use all the Gliderverb features, even the Pad and the Ribbon. The only limitation is you can’t save new presets; but you still can load the old ones you made, using the two arrows you find on the left and right side of the preset name (top side of the main window).

With the in-App purchase you can access the Preset Manager, and MIDI enable the Pad.

TubeSynth (universal) arrives

Now this looks really interesting. A new synth app has just arrived, called TubeSynth, and it comes with a warning too! I’m very keen to give this a try too.

New concept of electric music instrument/sequencer. A tube synth consists of several key wave forms which are smoothly connected. Its shape is formed by key waves which are converted in polar-coordinates.

  • adjustable Interval duration of each key wave.
  • adjustable pitch and amplitude at each key wave.
  • Variety of interpolation methods to form waves.
  • Adding harmonics and subharmonics with weight.
  • Adding reverb.

Some waveform with rapid changes in sound pressure could be damageing to your ears at high amplitudes or for long periods. Please avoid using earphones or headphones when editing waveforms.

TubeSynth costs $2.99 on the app store and is universal:

TC-Data 1.1 arrives

TC-Data 1.1 brings lots of new stuff …

New Features

  • MIDI over BlueTooth (Mac)
  • MIDI CC Trigger Output
  • Touch Size controllers
  • Black performance background / grid toggle options


  • Touch Preview view stays oriented to device
  • New MIDI CC Outputs have unique target CC numbers
  • Increased timed controller update rate to 50Hz
  • ‘Constant’ menu option sets all output controllers to constants
  • OSC target interface improved
  • Message list updating optimized

Bug Fixes

  • Crash on duplicating outputs fixed
  • Patches erratic saving fixed
  • Duplicate Air Drop devices fixed

AudioCopy 3 brings the content store …

AudioCopy 3 brings with it a new content store from Retronyms where you can buy loop and sample packs.

It makes a lot of sense if you think about it really. I’m almost surprised that they didn’t do it sooner.

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