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NS1 – Virtual Analog Synth Audio Unit arrives

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Well at last we have another AU to add to the list (yeah, the list is coming soon I promise). So here’s all you need to know about NS1.

NS1 is a simple and intuitive virtual analog subtractive synthesizer. It works as an Audio Unit extension inside a host application such as GarageBand or MultitrackStudio. The clean interface consisting of knobs and XY pads lets you easily dial in and experiment with sounds.

Key features:

  • Oscillator combinations consisting of triangle, square and sawtooth waveforms
  • Separate noise oscillator
  • Envelope modulates pitch, filter cutoff and square oscillator pulse width
  • LFO modulates pitch, filter cutoff and square oscillator pulse width
  • XY pads for expressive control
  • Filter modes: LP, HP, BP
  • Stereo delay effect
  • Voice modes: monophonic, polyphonic, legato, glide
  • Preset management inside the app

NS1 costs $9.99 on the app store:

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Thinking a bit more about older apps

Something about Jakob’s video started me thinking about older apps, apps that haven’t been updated for a while and that we, as a community might think are abandoned (although that’s a different debate really), and what we do with them.

Often I think that the mobile music community is overly obsessed with the ‘new’. New apps, new devices, new ways of connecting things (i.e. AU). But that we don’t spend enough time thinking about how we use existing apps. Perhaps it is simply because I spend a lot of time talking about and posting about what’s new and that my view is somewhat skewed as a result, but I think that there’s a lesson here about using what’s good for what you want to do, and also about getting the best out of a piece of software and using it for what it is.

There are a bunch of apps that I go back to regularly because they simply fit my workflow. Some get updates, on occasion. Others, not so much. Some I suspect will never be updated. But that’s ok. Just because something doesn’t move forward doesn’t mean that it’s no good. Developers stop updating things for a host of reasons. Many of which we will never get to know about, but what they made in the first place is worth celebrating. Bhajis Loops is a good example. Palm OS is long gone, but Bhajis is still one of those things that works really well and does some amazing things and is never going to be updated, moved to another platform, or anything else. But it’s still great.

So, what am I saying here? I guess I’m saying that it is perhaps important to focus on what something does rather than what it could do but hasn’t been updated to do (possibly as yet), and work with what you have. Older doesn’t mean bad. It just means older.

Food for thought? Possibly, but probably just time for a few revisits. That’s my take anyway.

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Video: Keith McMillen K-MIX DEMO – NAMM 2016

Video description:

“At NAMM 2016 Dustin from Keith McMillen took his time to let me check out the final shipping version of their K-MIX mixer/ audio interface/ controller. It’s all working really well, and I’m really excited that it’s finally shipping.”

Video published by Cuckoomusic.