Sidecar Mini arrives for your iPhone


After bringing us Sidecar, Secret Base Design have now brought us Sidecar Mini, for iPhone. Here are the details.

Sidecar Mini is the little brother of Sidecar, an innovative app designed to work with the slide-over and split-view features of iOS 9 on the iPad. Pair it with DAWs, synthesizers, sequencers, audio loopers, or guitar amp simulators, to add quick and easy control of settings, trigger notes and chords, and more. Sidecar supports external Bluetooth keyboards and game controllers.

IAA Hosting and Recording
Add IAA synthesizer apps to Sidecar, and use the built-in mixer to adjust volume levels and panning. Record directly into the app, or stream the audio over WiFi. There’s even a built-in web server, to give you easy access to the recordings from the desktop. ** iPhone 5S or better is strongly recommended when using IAA **

Easy MIDI Configuration
With ten separately configurable MIDI destinations you can quickly set up a set of assignments for each of the MIDI apps that you use. Have a set of chords for Animoog, choose different presets for ToneStack, or assign pads to different samples for DM1. Each MIDI destination has ten configurable pads, which can be assigned to chords, single notes, a program change message, or a controller change message. For notes and chords, the touch position controls note velocity. For controller change messages, the location of a touch on screen can be used to determine the controller value.

QWERTY Keyboard Support
Toggle on support for the external keyboard, and you can switch between the ten MIDI destinations quickly (using the keys in the QWERTY row). Toggle on or off any of the ten pads by pressing the number keys. The two lowest rows of keys are mapped as a standard piano keyboard, providing a musical play surface with an ordinary text keyboard. Note that QWERTY keyboards only send “key press” information to your iPad — to silence a sounding note, you simply tap the space bar.

Game Controller Ready
Sidecar also supports the iON iCade game controller, mapping the buttons of the iCade to the pads. Because the iCade was designed for games, it sends button press and release information, which makes it easy to toggle on and off the pads.

MIDI Relay
If you have an external MIDI controller, you can have it send MIDI events to Sidecar — and these will be relayed to any of the ten MIDI destinations you select. Use this to quickly switch from one synth to another.

Control Background Synths
Because Sidecar sends MIDI messages, it can be used to control background synthesizers, sequencers, and effects apps.

Sidecar is a great companion to the pitch-to-MIDI app MIDImorphosis — you can set up the mapping to control processing of notes, and to toggle between polyphonic and monotonic mode, or to toggle on and off support for pitch bend. MIDImorphosis has opened up a world of synthesis to guitarists, and Sidecar makes it even better. Because Sidecar uses MIDI, you can have MIDImorphosis in the background, and still control it. And with support for QWERTY keyboards, you have an inexpensive remote pedal controller. The app is a great addition to guitar effects apps too.

Sidecar Mini on the app store:

Video: SunVox on PocketC.H.I.P.

SunVox on PocketC.H.I.P. from Next Thing Co. on Vimeo.

Oh yeah! You may or may not remember this device which was on Kickstarter some time ago. It’s due to deliver in a couple of months, but we’ll see about that.

Anyway, the video above shows the PocketC.H.I.P running SunVox! How awesome is that! I’m really looking forward to getting mine now!

Video: iSpark Custom Kits Sample Import – haQ attaQ 125

Video description:

“iSpark is awesome! For me the the best thing with iSpark is the ability to import and layer sounds! This is a tutorial on how to do just that!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Arturia’s iSpark on the app store:

Auxy (for iPhone) drops in price, and here’s why you should know

It may not sound like much, but Auxy (the iPhone version and not the iPad version) has come down in price a little today. It was $4.99 and now it’s $3.99. It’s only a dollar less, but this is a truly excellent app for making music. I mean really excellent.

It is incredibly accessible and simple to use but has a lot of power if you want to access it. As you might guess, I’m a big fan of both the iPhone and iPad versions, and that’s because I’m a big fan of apps that get people into music making without needing a load of musical or technical expertise.

So if you don’t know Auxy already then go take a look at the iPhone version on the app store, and if you’re not sure, try out the iPad app first, as that one is free (with IAPs).

Auxy for iPhone on the app store:

Auxy for iPad on the app store:

This almost makes me want to get a Samsung phone

Nice, but still a long way behind iOS sadly.

Via the ever informative Musical Android.

Songtree 1.7 brings some nice updates

Here’s what’s new in Songtree 1.7:

  • User ranking available in artist page
  • Simplified upload form
  • Hide song, all artist songs or all songs for genre (hide button accessible from the song detail page)
  • Higher picture support. Re upload your avatar to see it at full resolution

Video: Launchpad for iPad // Flanger FX

Video description:

“Flanger FX for iPad – Add news Depths to your Sounds”

Video published by Launchpad for iOS.

LaunchPad on the app store:

Video: Audulus – XY Pad and the Delta Change Detector Module

Video description:

“This patch is driven by feedbacking Flipflop sequencers that are triggered by changes detected in the coordinates of the XY module. The whole patch is kept in time by one saw LFO. Several K!SS Drum modules provide the voice of the patch. Control Signal loopers and a triangle LFO animate the patch further. The Spline Envelope module adds a percussive attack. Each drum is hooked into delays, which fill out the sonic field and add a further layer of polyrhythm.”

Video published by Bimini Road.

Audulus on the app store:

Video: Audulus – Rabidly Enthused

Video description:

“An Audulus 3 patch using Flipflop, DS, and DGS sequencers to create feedbacking glittery harmonies, all controlled by a 64-point XY controller. Percussion provided via the K!SS Drum Module.”

Video published by Bimini Road.

Audulus on the app store:

Video: Audulus – The DS and DGS Sequencers

Video description:

“New with Audulus 3.1: The melody and rhythm of this self-generated music patch is a product of the interrelationship of the DS and DGS modules. The DS modules are determining the pitches and modulating parameters while the DGS modules are triggering the envelopes. The DGS module is also feeding back into the DS module. The tempo and feel is largely a product of the way the DS and DGS modules are driven – in this case by 3 different self-modulating LFOs.

Download these sequencers at the Audulus forum:

Video published by Bimini Road.

Audulus on the app store:

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