Both SoundLab and Music Tech Fest in NESTA’s 10 predictions for 2016

Interesting to see sound getting a mention here. Of course, you’ll remember my involvement with SoundLab and NESTA. Well it’s nice to be mentioned here by NESTA, and in good company too, with Music Tech Fest getting a mention as well.

We’ll have to wait and see in what way their predictions come about next year.

Merry Christmas on zMors (video from sven braun)

Video description:

  • made with zmors modular synth app on ipad
  • full synth patch (subtractive + kps, no samples)

Published by sven braun.

NOISE 5D by Roli Ltd. The BIG Soundtest for iPhone and iPad (video)

OrangeAid for iPad gives you a comprehensive Reason controller

I’m not a reason user, so I can’t comment on if this is a good tool or not, but it looks like it’s got a lot going for it. Here’s the app’s description:

OrangeAid turns your iPad into a control surface for Reason and Reason Essentials, giving you seamless integration with all your favorite Rack devices. Whether you’re tweaking away in search of that new synth lead, making beats, recording or performing OrangeAid is ready to help.

  • Create your own layouts to control your Rack devices, song files and play instruments the way you want, all from within the app.
  • Parameter mapping is a breeze with OrangeAid. Just browse the built-in lists and tap to map!
  • OrangeAid can follow the Master Keyboard input in Reason. Change tracks in the Sequencer and your rack layouts automatically change to match the new device.
  • You can also use Reason’s surface locking to stay focused on a specific instrument or effect.
  • Handy Transport, Track & Patch controls are always available.
  • Super-fine parameter control for Knobs, Sliders & Pitch Wheel.
  • Designed to take full advantage of Propellerhead Software’s Remote technology for complete, two-way communication with Reason.
  • Works alongside your existing hardware MIDI control surfaces & keyboards.
  • Connect to Reason using Wi-Fi, MIDI over Bluetooth LE or with a wired connection using class-compliant equipment.


  • Redrum Drum Computer
  • SubTractor Analog Synthesizer
  • ID8 Instrument Device
  • Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
  • NN-XT Advanced Sampler


  • Scream 4 Distortion
  • RV7000 Advanced Reverb
  • Line 6 Guitar Amp
  • Line 6 Bass Amp
  • MClass Equalizer
  • MClass Compressor
  • MClass Maximizer
  • MClass Stereo Imager
  • DDL-1 Digital Delay Line
  • CF-101 Chorus/Flanger


  • Combinator
  • Matrix Pattern Sequencer
  • Mixer 14:2
  • Line Mixer 6:2


  • Sequencer
  • Transport
  • ReGroove Mixer


  • Kong Drum Designer
  • Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
  • Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer
  • NN19 Digital Sampler
  • External MIDI Instrument


  • Pulveriser Demolition
  • The Echo
  • Alligator Filter Gate
  • BV512 Digital Vocoder
  • Neptune Pitch Adjuster
  • RV-7 Digital Reverb
  • D-11 Foldback Distortion
  • ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
  • PH-90 Phaser
  • UN-16 Unison
  • COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter
  • PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ


  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator

Support for individual Rack Extensions is available with separate In-App Purchases

  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer
  • A-List Acoustic Guitarist
  • A-List Electric Guitarist – Pop Chords
  • A-List Electric Guitarist – Power Chords
  • Parsec Spectral Synthesizer
  • Polar Dual Pitch Shifter
  • Pulsar Dual LFO
  • PX7 FM Synthesizer
  • Radical Keys
  • Radical Piano
  • Rotor Rotary Speaker
  • Softube Amp
  • Softube Bass Amp
  • Synchronous Effect Modulator

That’s only the beginning – support for more and more Rack Extensions will be added with regular updates.

Mixer support is coming soon, and there are many other features in the pipeline. If you have suggestions for new features or ways to improve OrangeAid, please get in touch!
Twitter: @soundzest
Or you can use the feedback form in the app.

Compatible with iPad 2 or later and iPad mini or later. Requires iOS 7 or later.

Requires Reason 6.5 or later, or Reason Essentials 1.5 or later, with the accompanying OrangeAid Remote Codec installed (download from

Wi-Fi connection to a Windows PC requires 3rd-party software.

MIDI over Bluetooth LE requires a compatible iPad running iOS 8 or later, and a compatible Mac running OS X Yosemite v10.10. or later.

Wired connections require MIDI interfaces that support SysEx.

Visit for more information.

Reason, Reason Essentials and Remote are trademarks of Propellerhead Software AB. References or use of logos or trademarks do not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Propellerhead Software.

What’s New

  • Layout auto-switching. Set OrangeAid to follow Reason’s Master Keyboard input, or use surface locking to control a specific device, and your Rack layouts automatically change to match.
  • Layout Quick Picker. Open or add another layout without having to navigate to the Layout Organizer and back again.
  • Super-fine parameter control for Knobs, Sliders & Pitch Wheel. While touching a control, move your finger off to the side (or above/below for the Horizontal Slider) to change the parameter value more precisely. The further away you move, the more precise it gets.
  • Filter by Parameter. Mountains might be mountains in Zen, but buttons are not always buttons in the Rack. Sometimes they’re really switches (yes, I’m looking at you Mr Combinator!) Use ‘Filter by Parameter’ in the controls list to find control types guaranteed to match a particular parameter.
  • Bluetooth LE MIDI. If your iPad supports it, you can use Bluetooth LE MIDI to connect to a Mac running OS X Yosemite v10.10. or later.
  • Transport, Track & Patch controls always available in the toolbar.
  • Someone pointed out there are other colors besides orange. Yes, it’s true! And, as it happens, they’re quite handy for telling your Oscillator 1 from your Oscillator 2.
  • Improved syncing between OrangeAid and Reason.
  • Added support for devices in the full version of Reason with the OrangeAid Pro Upgrade In-App Purchase.
  • Added support for Propellerhead Rack Extensions with individual In-App Purchases.
  • iOS 9 compatibility.
  • A thousand other little fixes & tweaks that all add up to make things better.

 OrangeAid costs $9.99 on the app store, plus IAPs as described above.

Spinphony 1.5 arrives with a nice festive message

I’m kind of taken with Spinphony. I really like it. It’s quirky and comes from an interesting idea in the first place.

  • New Interface design eases use and streamlines computational internals.
  • Version 1.5 now runs more smoothly on all supported platforms from iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.2 all the way up.
  • A fully customizable ‘styles’ option presents good sounding starting points when working with a new image.
  • New audio filters applied to all internal synthesizers.

Spinphony is free on the app store

Cream Mobile for iPad is here

The world’s best software arpeggiator is now available as an iPad application.

Kirnu Cream Mobile is a very powerful MIDI performer music application for iPad.
This version is almost identical to the plugin version except the mobile version includes internal synthesizer and single drum track.
Mobile version also has only one arpeggiator track by default. If needed, the rest three tracks can be purchased separately with in-app-purchase option.

This version can open plugin version presets and vise versa.


  • 4 independent tracks (One track available by default. Other can be added via IAP)
  • 12 patterns per track
  • Very powerful internal 2 OSC synthesizer FOR EVERY 4 TRACKS
  • Two different views: Classic and quick edit view.
  • Live Keyboard, Chord Memory and Pattern Sequencer sections.
  • Sample accurate MIDI engine.
  • Easy to use note hold mode with transpose and bypass functionality.
  • Presets are compatible with the plugin version.
  • Powerful Pattern Step Data Section:
  • Tool section enables easy data editing.
  • All data sections are independent from each other.
  • Data sections can be looped with several different loop modes.
  • Chord memory section enables different chords to be used in every step.
  • Sequencer section enables sequencing the notes.
  • Accent, order, gate, accent, transposition, note divide, note shift.
  • 8 CC controls in each pattern.
  • MIDI learn for all knob controls.
  • Control Zone for changing most important parameters via external keyboard or MIDI events.
  • Audiobus (generator) support
  • MIDI sync with host and slave mode
  • And lots of more

With Cream Mobile it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination 🙂

Cream Mobile isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Kirnu Cream is good for everybody; hobbyists, professionals, producers, composers, mamas, papas… whoever needs a good MIDI performer to make their songs PERFECT!

If you are sick and tired of conventional MIDI arpeggiators, performers, sequencers you should try Cream and see yourself how it differs from the rest.

The app costs $9.99 on the app store:

Merry Christmas from thesoundtestroom and Watson (video)

Rytmik Ultimate: Tutorial 3 – Per-note modulation (and Draw Synth)

A lovely post from the team at Intermorphic

I love what the guys at Intermorphic do. I wish them every success in 2016. Here’s what they’ve written about this year and about what they want in 2016.

KORG iDS10 music app for iPhone! Review & Demo on 6S + (video from VJ Franz K)

Video description:

“The Nintendo music creation app is now for iPhone! Robot Voice ( Vocoder ) and other new features revealed! I demonstrate making original music with this electro composition app.”

Don’t forget that the iDS-10 is on sale until the 28th for $9.99.

The the app sales page for more deals, or just click here for the “price drops” tagged posts.

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