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How to use MIDI thing (with iOS)

I thought I’d make a video that goes into a bit of depth on how to use the MIDI thing with an iPad (in this instance) and actually shows how the box works and how you can use it very simply to start to layer up a track using an app like Sound Canvas from Roland.

Hopefully this will make sense. You can find out more on our MIDI thing web site here.

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Something new is coming from Wolfgang … PPG Phonem for iPad

Something to look forward to from the maker of WaveMapper and WaveGenerator. PPG Phonem for iPad is coming soon apparently.

Here’s what to expect (taken from the app’s page) …

After the huge success of the PPG Phonem VST/AU plugin, we optimized the sound-engine to make it run pretty well on the iPad. It has also been adapted to make best use of multi-touch and comes with IAA and AU-extension.

PPG Phonem lets the user create expressive vocal synthesis beyond anything ever heard before. With its advanced routing system every aspect of the voice can be controlled and modulated in any conceivable way. Anything from a quiet whisper to a scream. Use the intuitive text to speech tool to make Phonem say whatever you want.

Although the PPG Phonem was originally designed to do just vocal synthesis, it turned out that the system was also capable of producing a wide range of universal synthsizer sounds. So we extended the parameter ranges and made everything accessible to the user, to take advantage of this fact.

“The human voice is a very complex system, which can produce a wide range of sounds. It is however restricted by natural physical dimensions. Phonem does not impose limits, letting you create all the filter configurations and sweeps you could only ever have dreamed of.”
Wolfgang Palm

The heart of the system is a multi resonator filter with 12 individual resonators which can produce vocal sounds as well as all kinds of filter sweeps and effects. This is combined with a very flexible excitation source which can work as a simulation for the human vocal source (the glottis) but also use wavetables and time-corrected-samples (TCS) to drive the filter.

And here are the main features you can look forward to …

  • Create your own singing style and expressions
  • Large Phoneme inventory – 46 english/american plus 5 german plus 4 french phonemes
  • Versatile excitation generator/oscillator
  • Working with typical voice source or wavetable and time-corrected-samples (TCS)
  • Extreme time stretching, freezing and reversing
  • Pitch track – let your robots sing
  • Control track – let it cry and shout
  • Song mode – making it easy to compose your synthesized text
  • Wave page – create your own wavetables and modify time-corrected-samples
  • Import WTS and TCS files from the iPad WaveGenerator and WaveMapper
  • All internal parameters available to the user – give your voices a special dialect or individual character
  • Versatile matrix system – allowing 19 sources to control 40 parameters
  • Two X/Y control pads freely routable to 40 parameters
  • 6 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations
  • 4 LFOs plus Vibrato, Flutter and Growl generators
  • Fully programmable resonator filter – allowing production of new sound effects
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • Overdrive/Distortion effect
  • A/B compare your edited sounds
  • AU extension – run multiple Phonem instances in AU hosts
  • IAA – inter-app audio support
  • Audiobus 2 with statesaving
  • 10 min audio recording and Audio copy
  • Redesigned browser with new listing filters
  • Directly accessible context help for each module
  • Freely configurable schematic keypad, with extremely expressive modulation options
  • 4 Keypads play modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Multitrigger.
  • 4 MIDI modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Voice-Per-Channel.

He’s been busy too, as there are updates to WaveMapper ..

  • Key-Pads with MONO mode
  • MIDI and Pads mode independent from each other
  • MIDI VPC mode improved
  • Audio recorder directly starts when voices are already playing (or HOLD)
  • Audiobus 2.3.1
  • User reported bugs fixed

and also to WaveGenerator as well …

  • Key-Pads with MONO mode
  • MIDI and Pads mode independent from each other
  • MIDI VPC mode improved
  • Audio recorder directly starts when voices are already playing (or HOLD)
  • Audiobus 2.3.1
  • User reported bugs fixed

 

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M3000 and Soptranotron get a long awaited update

Omenie has updated both M3000 and Sopranotron with some long awaited stuff. Here’s what’s new. It’s a lot:

  • Update for iOS 9
  • Thread priority changes to remove audio pops crackles
  • BlueTooth MIDI keyboard support
  • Settings shortcut button in waveform screen
  • Half speed tapes function as found on classic Mellotronics M400 unit from 1960s / 70s
  • Separated fine tune and pitch controls – allows retuning and expressive pitch bends
  • MIDI learn function for most on-screen controls
  • Learnable controls are Tone, ABC, voice D level, reverb tone, reverb send, reverb space, fine tune, half speed
  • All MIDI controls assignable in ‘settings’
  • Assignable controls (in settings) – voice A, voice B, voice C, voice D selection
  • Hard-wired controls – CC 7 for master volume, expression for master volume, Program Change for voiceband select

 

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SoundScaper 1.7 is a massive update and you really need to check out all that’s new

As you know, I love experimental apps and SoundScaper is one of the best around. Version 1.7 brings more new features and updates than you can safely shake a stick at. It is a huge and really impressive update.

So if you’re an experimental sound type person then you need to check it out.

Here are all the details …

This update significantly expands functionality of oscillators which are the basis of sound generation in SoundScaper. With new oscillators you can experiment mangling the samples by using amplitude and frequency modulations, adding a natural dynamical noise and simulate any other failures by using degradation and unstable work of electronic circuits. All of this with addition of ready to use presets opens new space for constructing unique soundscapes and textures.

  • Ready-to-use oscillator presets.
  • New user interface of oscillator control panel.
  • Improved internal sound engine.
  • Amplitude modulation of output signal.
  • Sine and triangle waveforms of amplitude modulation.
  • Change PWM carrier frequency for more lofi effect.
  • Simulate degradation of PWM circuits / decrease bit depth.
  • Control of unstability of oscillator clock.
  • Three types of generated noise like the real circuits.
  • Additional control for level of noise.
  • Two range individual LFO for modulation of clock frequency.
  • Frequency modulation by output signal from other oscillators.
  • Added the mode when trigger waits end of sample playback.
  • Trigger can shift bits on address lines.
  • Reverse shift mode of bits on address lines.
  • Improved presets / samples list in the oscillator panel.
  • Button for preview sample in the list.
  • Added samples in built-in library.
  • Updated description of the application.
  • Description available as PDF on application site.
  • Several minor bugs have been fixed.

SoundScaper is $9.99 on the app store and is so worth it:

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Congratulations to AppTronica, now on BeatPort

I’ve been a fan of AppTronica since it first started. It’s what the mobile music community needs, a mobile focussed label, so I was really pleased to see that they’re now on BeatPort. That’s excellent news.

If you haven’t seen them, check out their page on BeatPort here.