bismark bs-16i becomes the first iOS music app to implement 3D touch …

Here’s what’s new in bismark bs-16i 2.5:

  • Support 3D touch (Assigned to MIDI after touch: Settings > Keyboard > Use 3D Touch)
  • Improve 4.7 inch (iPhone 6 / 6s) layout
  • Fix that sf2/midi file which has non-English filename can not be loaded
  • Apply Audiobus SDK 2.2.2

So, now I want an iPhone 6s …

iPad Air ANIMOOG with FLUX FX by (video)

Animoog on the app store:

Flux FX on the app store:

Back in 2008: FMScreen for iPhone arrived

Another now long gone app is FMScreen. A simple little synth app for the iPhone. Certainly it was fun at the time. You can find out a little bit more about it in the original post here.

Things you should do to help the world of mobile music: 1

Firstly and most importantly, keep on making music on a mobile device with mobile apps. It’s fun, it’s immediate, it’s important.

bitKlavier is a pretty unusual sounding app

I do like something a little bit different every now and then, and this app really appeals to my sense of the unusual.

bitKlavier is the software that drives the “prepared digital piano;” it has been used by a number of composers for creating new music, and has been featured in performances around the world.

Like the prepared piano, the “prepared digital piano” feels just like a piano under the hands and often sounds like one, but it is full of surprises; instead of bolts and screws stuck between the piano strings, virtual machines of various sorts adorn the virtual strings of the digital piano, transforming it into an instrument that pushes back, sometimes like a metronome, other times like a recording played backwards. The virtual strings also tighten and loosen on the fly, dynamically tuning in response to what is played.

To begin, load a sample set (“lite” will load quickly and on older iPads, “medium” sounds better, but takes longer to load) and experiment with the included presets, many of which are from existing pieces (the Nostalgic Synchronic Etudes by Dan Trueman, and the Mikroetudes, a collection of small pieces by various composers), others are examples for exploring the various types of digital preparations. Work with the on-screen keyboards, or hook up a USB-MIDI keyboard using a Lighting-USB adaptor and play with a full-sized keyboard.

There are a range of “preparations,” including:

1. Synchronic: “metronomes” of various sorts that respond to your playing.

2. Nostalgic: reverse piano, synced to the synchronic preparations or driven by the length of the notes that you play.

3. Tuning: various tuning systems, including some that change under your hands as you play.

4. Direct: muted notes, so they don’t sound when you play, but their preparations activate; surprisingly useful!

These preparations can change under your hands in various ways. For instance, in the Tempo pane you can make the Synchronic metronomes follow the tempo of your own playing, and in the Preset pane you can make specific notes completely change the preparations to a different preset.

In each pane, there are “?” help windows that explain all of the parameters. Work with existing presets to create new ones and see where they take you. Save your new presets, create new libraries of presets, save them to Dropbox to share with others or to use with the OSX version, or load in libraries that have been created elsewhere.

bitKlavier costs $4.99 on the app store

If you haven’t already, then take a look at Arpeggio on Kickstarter

As you probably already know, Arpeggio is on Kickstarter now and is doing really well. If you haven’t taken a look at this already then it’s worth checking out. Also, if you’re thinking that this isn’t really for an iOS mobile musician, think again …

Arpeggio is doing some interesting things in terms of integrating the Arpeggio hardware with a companion app. Here’s what they plan that you’ll be able to do with the app:

  • Connect to Arpeggio via bluetooth or usb
  • Create backups of Arpeggio data including sequences/songs/sets, advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings, synth patches and parameter values.
  • Edit the sequences stored on Arpeggio
  • Edit synth parameters of the patches stored on Arpeggio, create new synth patches and upload individual synth patches to Arpeggio. 
  • Export sequences, songs, and sets as standard MIDI files or other format useful for DAWs
  • Share sequences, songs, sets, and synth patches over bluetooth from one Arpeggio to another.
  • Adjust the advanced sequencer settings, MIDI and I/O settings on Arpeggio
  • Update firmware, on Arpeggio, restore to factory defaults.
  • Cross platform application iOS / Android / OSX / Windows

That in itself is a pretty impressive list of features.

So, please do check it out, take a look at all they’ve got to say about the device and how they’ve got to where they are.

Back in 2007: A hint at native apps for the iPhone

It is strange to think that the original iPhone OS (prior to it being called iOS) didn’t run native 3rd party apps at all. We were told that web apps were much better and that Apple didn’t want native apps. Strange to think of that now, but back in 2007 here was a hint that there might be the possibility of native apps coming to Apple’s emerging platform. Here’s the original post

DFX – Digital Multi-FX 2.2 arrives

Here’s what’s new in DFX – Digital Multi-FX:

  • New Midi Engine (with Midibus Library)
  • Extensive AB Remote implementation
  • Updated Audiobus SDK (2.2.1)
  • New Animation “Angle” Parameter
  • Added Visual feedback for Midi Mapping (Previous/Next preset, Previous/Next Filter)
  • Fixed Audiobus State Saving issues
  • Fixed metronome issue
  • Removed Delete confirmation alert for Presets & Recordings
  • iOS 9 ready

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