3 comments on “The AC Sabre arrives, delivers, changes iOS music making”

The AC Sabre arrives, delivers, changes iOS music making

Every now and then an app comes along that you really think is going to change how things work, is going to change how people perceive making music on iOS. It doesn’t happen often because it’s a big change, but I think that this is it.

Yesterday the AC Sabre launched on the app store. It’s an app, but that doesn’t really describe it properly at all. The Sabre is an instrument that gives you real control over your synths, VST’s and libraries. It’s one of those things that has to be seen to be understood, has to be used to be appreciated.

Let’s face it, gestural control has been around for a while now. There have been all sorts of approaches to it. Lots have used MIDI, back in the early days some used OSC. Lots of gestural apps worked well, but none really caught on as instruments in their own right. That is, not until now.

The AC Sabre brings truly instrument like control to an iOS device. It transforms your iPhone / Touch into a real instrument with emotional range and expressivity you won’t have experienced before.

You’re going to be hearing a lot more about the AC Sabre over the coming weeks, not just from me, but from lots of people!

Here’s all the app details …

AC Sabre is a revolutionary wireless MIDI instrument and motion controller for electronic music producers, composers, performers and DJs which brings the dynamic richness and performance energy of traditional instruments to your digital music library, in a way that is not possible with the existing studio and stage tools.

“A very unique and sophisticated virtual musical instrument” –The Next Web

AC Sabre reads your movements with the built in gyroscope and accelerometer and translates them into musical actions. It lets you pluck invisible strings in the air while controlling up to 7 additional parameters, intuitively with your movements, via MIDI CC messages.

VIDEOS: http://air-craft.co/demos/

“I had to check AC Sabre out and it immediately lived up to the hype…surreal and instinctive…like Augmented Reality” –Discchord

PLEASE NOTE: AC Sabre contains no sounds of its own. You’ll need a computer with MIDI compatible music software (Ableton, Logic, Cubase, FLStudio, Reason, Garage Band, Massive, Kontakt, Sylenth…), or other apps which support MIDI input (Animoog, Nave).

PUSH THE BOUNDARIES

PRODUCERS…

  • Use AC Sabre to compose distinctive hooks that go beyond the MIDI keyboard
  • Conduct automation in realtime with human sensitivity instead of spending painful hours with the mouse
  • Add sophisticated musical elements without the need for years of theory and training

DJs & PERFORMERS…

  • Play electronic instruments without being shackled to your gear
  • Introduce spontaneity into your live digital performances
  • Infuse signature attitude and style into your performances
  • 3 words: Live Bass Wobble.

FEATURES

RICH MUSICAL VOCABULARY:

  • Scale-synced, velocity sensitive note play
  • Harmonies, trills, arpeggios…
  • Gesture-based vibrato
  • Note shift (for playing out-of-scale notes)
  • Circle of Fourths/Fifths key changes
  • Note range and octave shift
  • Legato and Portamento modes
  • Note-clamping pitchbend
  • A Drone for sustain and guitar “tapping”-style effects

HONED FOR PROFESSIONAL USE:

  • Low latency (<10ms), 50m+ range via Wi-Fi
  • QuickPanels allow realtime access to most common parameters
  • Save/load/export configuration Patches
  • Wi-fi/Bluetooth support + Bonjour auto-detect
  • Supports multiple devices running AC Sabre as separate MIDI inputs into your DAW
  • MIDI Learn wizard for quick CC assignment
  • MIDI channel selector for playing multiple instruments

POWERFUL EXPRESSIVE CONTROL:

  • 6 assignable Motion Controls
  • Pitch, Roll and Yaw angles
  • Linear Shake & Shuffle
  • Play Intensity
  • 2 configurable Touch Ribbons
  • 1 configurable User Button
  • Vibrato on Shake

OVER 150 MUSICAL SCALES

  • Major, Minor and Pentatonics
  • Jazz modes: Dorian, Phrygian, etc
  • Bebop Dominant, Octonic, Nine-tone scale and other exotics
  • World scales like Hungarian Gypsy, Hirajoshi, and Mississippi Blues
  • Arpeggio scales like Dominant 7b5
  • 1-4-5-b7 and other Bassline scales
  • A few centuries worth of Indian Raag scales

TWEAKABILITY

  • Vibrato amount from 1/4 step up to full PB range
  • MIDI CC’s and output range are fully customisable
  • Motion range calibration
  • Virtual MIDI support, play other apps

AIR CRAFT ONLINE

Online manual: http://air-craft.co/support/ac-sabre-manual/
Videos: http://air-craft.co/demos/
Website: http://air-craft.co
Forum: http://community.air-craft.co
Questions? Email us: hq@air-craft.co

NOTES & SUPPORT

AC Sabre is a high performance application that requires iPhone 4s+ (iPhone 5+ recommended), iPod Touch 5th gen+, or newer running iOS 8.1+. Also, while playing is definitely tailored more for handheld devices, it works splendidly on the iPad.

Windows users: You’ll also need a (free) copy of rtpMIDI for connecting AC Sabre to your computer

AC Sabre is 50% off and on sale until the 19th of August.

Get it on the app store now!

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A new app that’ll help podcasters and many others too

From the developer that brought us the awesome MicSwap Pro here’s a new app for mastering any audio. It’s free to try, but then there’s an IAP if you want to go further with the app. Here’s the app’s description:

Import any audio and instantly get a mastered version. Immediately hear the boost in volume and overall polish of the mix. Export, save and share anywhere you wish. 1 free trial included.

Great for Podcasts, Music, Voiceover, Demos, Memos, etc…

Let AudioMaster put the final touches on your sounds by enhancing the mix and sonic characteristics, . Our audio algorithm automatically adjusts levels and gives a general “sweetening”. Think of it as the difference between a good-sounding mix and a louder professional-sounding, finished master.

From the makers of MicSwap, MicSwap Pro and Audio Fix: For Videos

13 GENRES TO CHOOSE FROM

  • Flat EQ
  • Podcasts
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Hip Hop
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • New Age
  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul

Universal App – Buy one version and own it on all devices. Compatible with iPhones, iPads iOS 9 and up.

AudioMaster on the app store:

1 comment on “From tomorrow the Retronyms integrated universe emerges”

From tomorrow the Retronyms integrated universe emerges

You may well be aware that Retronyms are about to announce their next app, Hook, tomorrow. They’ve been talking about it for a few weeks now, and have been posting weekly videos about it, starting with this one:

Which was a nice little intro if a bit lite on the details of the app. They made up for that with their next video:

Which started to show the functionality of the app in a bit more detail, and then progressed to their latest video showing iTunes and Spotify workflow:

All of this gets delivered to us tomorrow along with their hardware product Wej. The 21st will be a big day for the Retronyms, and I’ll be watching.

But as I’ve watched the videos, read the press releases and also played with the app itself something started to dawn on me, and if you’ve already spotted it then please forgive me for being kind of slow on the uptake.

From tomorrow Retronyms will have their own iOS, content, and hardware ecosystem all in place, all integrated and all available. It’s quite impressive in many ways, or at least I think so. Here’s what they will have achieved as of tomorrow:

Content:

It can be easy to forget that Retronyms are responsible for AudioCopy, something that lots of apps use, and that lots of us rely on. But AudioCopy isn’t just a handy utility for moving stuff about, no, it’s a content store too. Whether you use it or not, it’s there and it has a lot of content available from some pretty decent names too.

Tools:

As of tomorrow Retronyms will have Hook on the store, their new mashup / remix tool for iOS. I’ll reserve judgement on that until tomorrow I think. But let’s not forget that they also have Tabletop, their own sort of modular music making environment. Also integrated with AudioCopy.

What remains to be seen is how (or indeed, if) Hook will integrate with Tabletop? I think it might be a missed trick if it didn’t, but let’s see what they do from tomorrow.

Hardware:

Last but not least Retronyms have their Wej hardware. A device which is tightly integrated with Hook and goes on general sale as of tomorrow.

And one (or possibly more) last thing(s) …

Let’s not forget that Retronyms also arrange some pretty cool mobile music meet ups and events and have a few other (possibly slightly unloved) apps in their repertoire, such as Phase84, iMPC Pro, Stryke, and my personal favourite DopplerPad which was original released in 2009! Personally I think DopplerPad would be amazing if it got updated, but I’ve probably said that one time too many.

Tomorrow will be interesting, but I’ll be really keen to see how this whole integrated Retronyms universe develops further. For now, one step at a time.

Hook and Wej tomorrow, good luck Retronyms.

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Happy Birthday Matrixsynth! 11 today

Matrixsynth has been a focal point for the music tech community for years and is a daily visit for me almost everyday. So it’s great to celebrate it turning 11 years old today!

Many happy returns Matrixsynth! Will there be cake?