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.
- 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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Garageband on the app store:
There are some great bargains in there, but the sale ends today, so go take a look before it’s too late.
Find their site here.
“A brief example of how to build on-the-fly audio channel structures using Takete for iPad.”
Video published by RefinedStochastic.
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.
“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.
“A really cool arrangement by Zlatko Jimmy Kresic for piano and GeoShred played as a duet by himself. The song is called White Keys by Chilly Gonzales.”
Video published by Jordan Rudess.
GeoShred on the app store:
Looking good on the iPad …
MultitrackStudio 2.5.2 has arrived. Here’s what’s new:
- Audio track input selector now has ‘Practice Mode tracks’ option. This records the track which has been switched to practice mode by double-tapping its Play button. Can be used to record output of IAA apps as audio directly, for example.
- IAA instruments: MIDI channel appears in bottom left corner of screen while touching instrument slot.
- Fixed: Echo and Phaser effect automation didn’t work right since v2.5. (automation is part of the Pro Extension)
- Fixed: Convolutor effect’s Random button could cause error under some circumstances.