NOIZ has arrived


Well it’s been a long wait, that’s for sure, but now NOIZ is here and it’s great to see it on the app store at last.

I’ve been involved with NOIZ on and off for quite a long time, from testing it with SoundLab to getting the team up to the Royal Festival Hall for our annual club night. So it’s been a journey and a half and all the more reason to be pleased to see it arrive today.

The other issue that the arrival of NOIZ highlights is just how important ‘casual’ music making is and will continue to be. That’s a post for another day though, for now, here’s all you need to know about NOIZ:

Today sees the release of NOIZ, a new app from London based start-up Studio Amplify, which totally redefines how songs are created and performed.

Say goodbye to strings, skins and keys as users take control of loops, effects and other sound altering devices to create unique soundscapes in the easy-to-use and intuitive interface. With NOIZ, all it takes is a tap and a drag to create live remixes and mashups on the fly.

Making music will never be the same again.

Users have total control over song progression, making the experience much like performing on a physical instrument, whilst inbuilt intelligent syncing prevents mistakes and allows for total freedom of expression and spontaneity.

“When we designed NOIZ it was important to us that anyone could download and use it instantly, but also that it retained a level of complexity that could be mastered over time”, explained Alex Fox, one of the two founding brothers of Studio Amplify.

Unsurprisingly, accessibility often comes at the expense of depth, limiting user experience. NOIZ bucks this trend and appeals to a wide spectrum of users, from novices to more experienced musicians.

“So many people are put off making music because the software looks dull and intimidating. We wanted to create something that looked and felt amazing to play”, said Jonah Fox, co-founder. “Our goal is to help inspire a new generation of musicians – whether they can play an instrument or not”.

What can you expect next? Jonah explains, “This is just the first step and now the foundations are down we’re looking forward to quickly rolling out new features and finding the right sort of investment to help us grow”.

Future updates to NOIZ will include:

More songs including tracks from well-known musicians and artists.
DJ Mix Mode – Mashup two or more songs together to make a unique mix.
A “Build Your Own” editor that will allow users to create their own interfaces and songs.

Pricing & Availability
NOIZ is available for FREE on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad today. Download it now:

Jam Maestro update adds Link and the Pro version is on sale too

Jam Maestro 3.4 adds Link and a lot more in this release. Here’s what’s new:

  • Ableton Link integrated! Go to Settings, Ableton Link, to enable.
  • New Automation menu in the tab screen. You can now automate tempo, volume and balance changes as your track plays.
  • Fixed a major clicking bug that was occuring when playing sound on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  • Fixed bug stopping you exporting custom drum kits.
  • Fixed wav files from rendering silence if Audiobus was connected.
  • Fixed some bugs reading in Guitar Pro files.
  • Screen lock idle timer now disabled when app is open.
  • Added 2 new demo songs.
  • Audiobus SDK 2.3.1
  • AudioCopy SDK 3.2
  • Various other fixes.

Check out other apps with Link integration here.

Jam Maestro Pro on the app store:

Soundcamp Tutorial videos

Interesting to see just how much effort Samsung is putting into this now.

Video: OP-1 and Pocket Operators Get Together

Video description:

“This video features the Teenage Engineering OP-1, PO-12 Rhythm, PO-14 Sub, PO-28 Robot, and a tasty beverage.”

Video published by Heatseekerrr.

Video: ORGANELLE BY CRITTER AND GUITARI Sound Test Synth Sample sequencer drum machin and more

Video description:

“Sound Test
download the Sound test for sampling

Download link
Open Source

As you create patches or tweak existing ones you can share them with others! The Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level.
Audio: 1x ¼” Stereo Sound Input Jack 2x ¼” Mono Sound Output Jacks (L and R channels) Input & Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz; 16-bit ⅛” Stereo Headphone output Jack ¼” Footswitch Jack

Interface: High-Contrast OLED Display Screen 4x Parameter Knobs Rotary Selection knob with Push Button Select Volume Knob 25x Maple Key 1x RGB LED

Processor Specifications: 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 512 MB RAM

Operating System: Linux

Boot time: ~12 seconds
Storage: Ships with 4GB USB Drive Patches and any required files (audio samples, etc.) stored here

Additional Connections: 2x USB port USB Host for: MIDI over USB & Serial over USB USB 2.0 standard-A type connector HDMI output port

Power: 9VDC, 1.0 Amp (Power Supply included)
Physical Characteristics: Size: 10.5″ x 3.25″ x 2.125″ Enclosure: Anodized Aluminum top, ABS Plastic bottom, rubber foot pads”

Video published by Ulises El Licenciado Lozano.

Makes me much more interested in one of these now.

Video: Enzien Audio for Mogees

Video description:

“Watch this video to discover Enzien Audio and to see why we are using Heavy set tools here at Mogees.

Thanks to Enzien Audio

Video published by Mogees.

I thought that this might be of interest to Mogees App users, or indeed to other developers, or anyone who is using Pd for that matter.

Oh dear, I think I really want one of these

That is just amazing and I think I really want one. Apparently these are going to be available in about a month.

Video: MusikAppManufaktur jam @Superbooth16

Video description:

“Revere the sun jam by zMors Modular, TriqTraq, Modstep, and Elastic Drums all playing in sync via Ableton Link. zMors Modular is connected with additional modular gear.”

Video published by Oliver Greschke.

Apps in the Musik App Manufaktur alliance:

zMors Modular
Elastic Drums

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