GeoComposer is another app for making sonic maps

I like the idea of apps that allow you to locate a sound or recording and make sonic maps, but to date I’ve not really found something that I like or that works for me, but I’m always interested in something new in this area, so sonicPlanet GeoComposer. I’ll be giving it a try out soon and I’ll let you know what I think. For now, here are the app details:

The GeoComposer is location based soundscape composition platform in form of an iOS app. It lets the artists, museums etc. freely create location based 3D soundscapes with the 3D sonic augmented reality technology of sonicPlanet.

Sound recordings for any purpose can be placed easily as sound objects at GPS coordinates with the GeoComposer editor interface and then can be uploaded with additional piece information to sonicPlanet server space.

You can navigate/walk on a physical space augmented with the 3D soundscape which contains the virtual sound objects. The interaction of the listener(you) with his location and orientation to these sound objects renders the 3D soundscape in realtime.

Each creator can have many pieces and he/she can see and edit only their submitted pieces. The users of GeoComposer can share their creations with the community by making their final editions available on the sonicPlanet GeoPlayer.

The GeoPlayer app which will list all the available works according the creator, genre or work name. Anyone who uses the sonicPlanet GeoPlayer app will be able to enjoy these Geo compositions.


As indicated on the manual, the example files for loading a piece;

Usage: Please register your name, e-mail and password at the login screen and also confirm the app can access your location info, which is indispensable for the operation of the app.

Hardware: A minimum iphone5S or higher model is needed along with stereo headphones.

GeoComposer on the app store (free):

Video: 6 Audio Units Plug-ins for iOS Reviewed by Sweetwater

Video description:

“Mitch Gallagher presents six plug-ins that support the Audio Units format for iOS, using the Cubasis app running on his iPad. Audio Units support on iOS means you can use these instruments and processors as inserts in apps that support the audio units format. After the video, click the link below for more info on these and other music-related apps.”

Video published by SweetwaterSound.

K Machine arrived, and it’s a bit different

I do like apps that are a little bit different from the mainstream, they just appeal to me, so this really does fit the bill for me. Here are the details:

K Machine is a generative and interactive audiovisual artworks, part musical instrument, part animation generator.
What you hear and what you see is generated on the fly, using semi-random behaviours, and no one will hear nor see exactly the same as you.

Shake your device to generate amazing diversity in the blink of an eye ! Travel in an infinite, never ending animation, and hunt for new fascinating audiovisual organisms : capture them on the fly with the screenshot tool, and share them with your friend, or use them as very unique wallpapers.

With the ‘machine K’, what you hear and what you see is generated on the fly, and no one will hear nor see the same.

K Machine on the app store:

Video: Moog Model 15 App Review by Sweetwater

Video description:

“Mitch Gallagher presents the Moog Model 15 synthesizer app with help from Sweetwater’s synth guru, Daniel Fisher. Based on Moog’s classic Model 15 modular synthesizer, this synth app offers deep sound design potential and iconic Moog character.”

Video published by SweetwaterSound.

Model 15 on the app store:

Video: Korg Volca FM polyphonic synth and Coffee Shopped DX Touch iOS App functionality and limitations

Video description:

“Korg is releasing a new 3 voice, 6 operator fm synthesizer known as the Volca FM. Fm synthesis was very popular in the 80’s with the Synclavier and, of course, the Yamaha DX7: one of the most popular synths of that decade. With 80s music experiencing a renaissance, Korg has made this affordable and fun Volca to bring the sound of the DX7 back into the spotlight.
I own a DX7, and like many others, have always found it difficult to program. However, Coffee Shopped’s DX Touch iOS App made it very easy to visualize exactly how fm synthesis works, and made it much easier to make my own patches. When I heard about the Volca FM, I wanted to see if it was possible to make DX Touch work with it. Check out the video to see the results, and don’t forget to subscribe! Also Check out our website to get free samples and Ableton Instruments, and stay in the loop with everything going on here at Expanding sound.
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Video published by Expanding Sound.

DX Touch on the app store:

Music: VL-Tronic by In the Shiny Box

I can’t really help myself from posting an EP that contains a VL-1, especially as I made the VL-Tonifier bot. But this is a really nice set of tracks.


Clawtar adaptive MIDI controller has arrived


I was a little skeptical about this when I first heard about it, but on reflection I think it’s a pretty cool idea actually and I think it’ll be interesting to try out. Her are the details:

Clawtar is a musical instrument and MIDI controller with adaptive interface.

The biggest problem with all virtual musical instruments is the almost complete lack of tactile reference. You have to constantly control your performance with your eyes to make sure your fingers go to the right places. This aproach is not very good for two reasons. Firstly, vision is much slower than audio and tactile perceptions. Secondly, the process of continuous analysing of visual information is very resource intensive for your brain. As a result, it is very hard to feel relaxed and concentrate on the music during a performance.

So how can we solve this problem?

Instead of trying to adapt to an instrument we can make the instrument to adapt to the player!

Clawtar’s adaptive interface allows you to position your hands and fingers in the most natural and comfortable way. After choosing your position, you can play by moving only your fingers, with your hands completely relaxed. This approach minimizes the need of visual control, allows you to leverage your muscle memory, and gives your brain more time to think about the music you are playing.


  • Adaptive interface
  • Chromatic scale
  • 4+ octaves range (8+ with octave shift buttons)
  • Pitch-bend control
  • Modulation control
  • Volume control
  • Repeat button (allows to play same note multiple times faster)
  • Transposition (allows to change root note)
  • 9 built-in sounds.
  • Virtual MIDI and Wi-Fi MIDI output.


Clawtar on the app store:

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