2 comments on “Frum arrives as a new universal Drum Synth for iOS”

Frum arrives as a new universal Drum Synth for iOS

A new drum synth is always welcome of course, so Hello Frum! Nice to meet you, from what I can see though this little drum synth doesn’t have AB, IAA, or Link. Perhaps that will come in time. It does however seem to have more of a focus on sharing tracks within the app itself. Let’s see how that goes.

For now here’s the app’s description:

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Unlocking new potentials of FM synthesis.

Frum is a radically new FM Drum Synthesizer, incubated after many years of research and development into FM synthesis. You may imagine FM sounds to be clear and harmonic, but those are just the start of the possibilities FM has to offer. More potential is unleashed by harnessing the unlimited, free power of complex sound waves.

Close sound encounters of the third kind.

Traditionally, FM synths are overwhelming, with too many parameters to control the sound texture. Frum bundles many of these parameters together in the BUG button, offering entirely new textures each time the button is pressed. It’s easy to find and tweak these sounds to make drums, other percussion, fat bass, organic noises such as insect songs, environmental sounds, human screams, as well as all sorts of intriguing melodies.

Features

  • The sounds are at your fingertips.
    With Frum, we had to rethink the existing UI design for hardware and software synthesizers, bringing the power of FM to the iOS touch screen. The vertically scrolling sequencer allows you to enjoy single-handed, stress-free control of the UI.
  • Rearrange blocks to compose music.
    Entire songs can be composed by rearranging pattern blocks with your fingers. Complex arrangements and organisation is possible with the user having control over song name, pattern block colors, loop counts and durations.
  • Share your song on the timeline.
    From incorporates SNS technology, allowing you to listen to hot new tracks from around the world, as soon as somebody shares them. Let people know what you think, and get feedback on your own tracks, via the like button, and comments section.

Specifications

  • Sound engine
    • Oscillators : FM/PM synth with 4 operators( sine, square, triangle )
    • Tracks : 4 ( can extend to 4×4 pads using the ‘Pad division’ function )
    • Filter : High, Band and Low pass filter
    • Effectors : Overdrive, Auto Pan
    • Features :
    • Generating BUG, Pad division, UNDO, REDO, Live edit, Save and load presets (factory/private)
  • Pattern Sequencer
    • Step resolution : 1/16
    • Maximum step: 64 (4 bars)
    • Features:
    • Gate input, Keyboard input, parameter input in Motion edit mode, Copy and paste, Step shift
  • Song (Pattern Block)
    • Maximium patterns : 150
    • Pattern Block Properties : Name, Color, Loop count, Mute
    • Features :
    • Drag & drop, Duplicate, Delete, Delete All
  • Settings
    • BPM Stepper
    • Mixer : 4 track volume faders + 1 master volume fader with a limiter
    • Other Features :
    • Shuffle, Mute, Pad Division, Pad sound switch, and so on
  • Other functions
    • SNS (Timeline, Popular, Recommended, Demo)
    • Account management, Account synchronization, Create account
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Frum is on the app store today for $2.99:

0 comments on “VirSyn brings us Addictive Pro, the latest addition to their excellent synth line up on iOS”

VirSyn brings us Addictive Pro, the latest addition to their excellent synth line up on iOS

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A new synth from VirSyn is really something to look forward to, and we haven’t had to wait long for this since they teased it with videos (see below). For now here’s the full app description for Addictive Pro.

The hybrid synthesis algorithm on which Addictive Pro is based provides you with efficient means for easy control of complex sounds far beyond usual sound synthesis methods:

Addictive Pro provides you a with unique form of Wavetable oscillators. These Wavetables are generated from the harmonic content and the free digital filter structure entered by the user.

The sound of up to 12 of this Wavetable oscillators is then further refined with a classic analog filter available in several 24dB and 12dB forms.

For the optional noise part of the sound you can use the same sophisticated digital filter struct as for the wavetable oscillators allowing for a vast variety of ever changing noisescapes.

The intelligent sound and rhythm randomizer can be applied to different sound aspects separately for really useful sound design and inspiration.

A four part polyrhythm Arpeggiator creates complex rhythmical structures with a touch of a finger.

Features:

Hybrid synthesis engine

  • Wavetable spectrum synthesis
  • Noise spectrum synthesis
  • Virtual Analog synthesis
  • FM and Ringmodulation synthesis

Synthesizer details

  • Twelve wavetable spectrum oscillators per voice.
  • Morphing between two wave/filter sets.
  • Waves contain up to 256 partials.
  • Hand drawn filter structure.
  • Spectral noise generator using hand drawn filter structure.
  • Ten major sound parameters each with independent poly LFO and envelope modulators.
  • Real time parameter control using two X/Y touch pads, the tilt sensors of the iPad and MIDI Controllers.
  • Monophonic or polyphonic with up to 16 voices.
  • 300 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.

Effect section

  • Seven studio standard effects concurrently usable:
  • Oversampled distortion with four different algorithms for antialiased sound.
  • Low / High equalizer
  • 8 pole analog Phaser
  • Flanger
  • Four line chorus
  • Stereo/Ping-Pong delay with glitch free delay time change.
  • Hi end reverberation unit.

Four part Polyrhythm Arpeggiator

  • Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
  • Can trigger single notes and chords.
  • Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
  • Factory arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.
  • For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order

Global

  • Play melodies live with the onscreen keyboard. Unique drag function for slides and vibrato.
  • Audiobus 2 with state saving
  • Inter App Audio
  • Can use CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard.
  • Select from dozens of scales and play them with scale optimized keyboard layout.
  • Audio recorder with share function.
  • Share user presets.
  • Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
  • Multichannel MIDI Learn for external MIDI controllers.
  • MIDI Tempo sync. Start/Stop Arpeggio.
  • MIDI bank/program change.
  • Import function for Addictive Synth presets.

Addictive Pro is on the app store now and costs $11.99 which includes an introductory 40% off

0 comments on “Stria 2.1 is the biggest update this app has had in a while”

Stria 2.1 is the biggest update this app has had in a while

It’s a huge update in version 2.1 with all the stuff that you’d expect to find from apeSoft. Here’s the big list:

  • Ableton Link in integration, find out more about Link at http://ableton.com/link
  • New SYNC for LFO and Sequencer
  • New UI iPad/iPhone restyle
  • New Dynamics Compressor/Expander
  • New iCloud Drive and Document Picker for Presets and Files
  • MIDI Clock improved
  • Improved Toggle Interaction
  • Audiobus latest SDK update
  • Midibus 1.35
  • New 88.2 and 96 kHz Sampling Rate support
  • Bluetooth Audio IO support
  • Bluetooth MIDI LE Support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Open In…’ Support
  • Added Preset Manager ‘Sends the audio files used from the Bank’
  • Added File Manager ‘Send E-Mail’ Support
  • AudioShare support
  • Audio Engine Optimisation
  • Bugs fixed
  • iPad Pro compatibility fixed
  • iPhone Landscape Left/Right

19 comments on “Apple have turned a corner, Android is still lagging behind, and why is there no third option?”

Apple have turned a corner, Android is still lagging behind, and why is there no third option?

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If you don’t know already then you should be aware that Apple has started the process of killing off the headphone jack in their latest iPhone version. Aside from that it’s a lovely new iPhone. More RAM, better speakers, and stereo ones at that. But I can’t go there without the jack. All of this adapter stuff doesn’t work for me, and as for the AirPods, they just don’t make sense to me. They last for 5 hours before needing a charge, that’s great, but I’ve never had to charge my headphones ever. And, more importantly, there’s no mention of the audio latency anywhere, I don’t think that bodes well.

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What’s more, I doubt that Apple will stop there. This is the beginning. The iPad will be next, then the Mac too. Jacks will vanish and others will do the same.

So if you’re not going to the iPhone 7, where else is there to go? Well there are of course lots of other devices available. Personally I may go to the 6s next, it seems a reasonable compromise for now. There is Android of course, but for mobile musicians this might not be a palatable move from iOS, as, let’s face it, as a platform it doesn’t rival the range and diversity of iOS music creation. That’s only fair to say I think, and in itself a real shame. Android always had promise, but it doesn’t seem to have delivered so far.

And what’s more, the jack removal movement is there already, with the Moto Z already going jackless! It was in fact a device I was looking at with some interest due its modular nature, but with no jack it really lacks appeal. It won’t be the only jack free device soon either, that’s my bet.

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So where else is there to go? Well that’s really the point of this piece. There isn’t anywhere else to go that really works as an iOS alternative. Apple have really done what they set out to in making it an ecosystem that you can’t get out of. If you like your iOS music apps you’re pretty stuck right now, and that seems like a real shame. There’s little chance that Apple will licence iOS to another handset manufacturer, so there’ll be no device that really comes close.

You could view this as a real market opportunity, but in all honesty, who will take it on? It’s a gap that no one is likely to fill at all, and that’s so disappointing.

Personally I could attempt a return to Palm OS, or even Windows Mobile (the really old one), but I know that it wouldn’t last. What I’m really after is a real alternative, but who’s got pockets big enough for that?

Any thoughts? I’m stuck!

4 comments on “Today is iOS10 day, remember not to do anything!”

Today is iOS10 day, remember not to do anything!

Today is the big day when every mobile musician knows that they must resist the temptation to go ahead and download Apple’s latest version of iOS. Version 10. I personally would’ve liked them to call it iOSX, but after they changed the name of OSX to MacOS that was off the cards for sure. I’d still like them to give iOS versions actual names and not numbers. I think insects would be good, but that’s a whole other story.

For today you need to resist all the goodies that Apple’s promised in iOS10 as you can be sure that it’ll break something in your musical workflow and it’ll be hard if not impossible to go back.

So sit tight, I’m sure that soon enough we’ll see a flood of app updates for iOS10. There have been a few already but just a trickle.

0 comments on “Who’s coming to the Beautiful Octopus Club? Pyka Loop!”

Who’s coming to the Beautiful Octopus Club? Pyka Loop!

You may not have heard of Pyka Loop before, their the maker of a rather amazing iPad app, that lets you create remarkable music from the sounds of the world around you.

Their app has big bold visuals and simple, intuitive interface. Pyka_loop is all about exploring new kinds of sound through experimentation & play. Which is also just about exactly what SoundLab is all about too.

With Pyka you can record, playback, loop, pitchshift and modulate any audio to spontaneously create compositions from the unlikeliest of sound sources. It’s a lot of fun for casual messing around, psychedelic street walks, live performance, one-man boogaloo … and the foundation of Pyka Loop’s much-loved looper courses for schools.

And our course they’re going to be with us tonight at the Beautiful Octopus Club, so come down and join us for an amazing event. Check out all the details here, and you can find out more about Pyka_loop on the app store too.

0 comments on “Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? AlpaSphere of course!”

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? AlpaSphere of course!

I’ve actually lost track of the number of events that I’ve used the AlphaSphere at. It’s a mainstay for SoundLab and we’ve loved it ever since we got it a couple of years ago. So it’s great to have them back again this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react to it. That’s always a great experience.

If you’ve never played with an AlphaSphere before you should definitely come to the Beautiful Octopus Club today, 7pm at the Royal Festival Hall. You’re going to love it. Check out the details on our Facebook page here.

0 comments on “Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? … Reactify Music!”

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? … Reactify Music!

I’ve been a fan of Reactify Music since they launched their CRTL app (and I interviewed them about it). It was a great app and had a lot of potential. Of course it isn’t the only thing that Reactify do, in fact they’re actually quite prolific, and right now are involved with a variety of projects. You can find a few of them by searching their name on PalmSounds.

Well I’m very pleased to announce that Reactify are going to be with us tomorrow (9th September) at the Beautiful Octopus Club at the Royal Festival Hall. Reactify will be bringing their CTRL installation for you to play with. It’s pretty amazing to use, and I think that you’re going to love it!

So come down to the Beautiful Octopus Club tomorrow night. Check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.

 

0 comments on “Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? Bela is!”

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? Bela is!

We’re really looking forward to having some very different and very interesting musical interfaces with us tomorrow at the Beautiful Octopus Club thanks to the Bela Platform coming to play with us on the fifth floor of the Royal Festival Hall.

I’ve been watching the Bela platform since first arrived on Kickstarter and it really is an amazing piece of technology that has enabled some inspiring projects. Tomorrow the team will be bringing projects that have been made with Bela, so come down and play and find something really different at the Beautiful Octopus Club, so please do check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.

 

0 comments on “Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday … Goldsmiths and the Kurv!”

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday … Goldsmiths and the Kurv!

I’ve know Dr Mick Grierson for a while now and I have to say that he is one of the smartest people in the music tech world that I know of. It’s going to be great to have the Kurv shown at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday (9th September) at the Royal Festival Hall.

If you’ve never heard of Kurv, here’s a bit more detail …

Based on research by Dr Mick Grierson at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Kurv combines advanced music synthesis software, sensor technologies and machine learning to enable an unprecedented level of new musical expression.

The Kurv consists of two parts: a button board, where you press chords and notes, and a pick. The pick contains a sensor that recognises strumming movements, just like playing a normal guitar. It has acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and comes with an app for iPhone or iPad, which connects via Bluetooth so there are no wires in the way of rocking out.

Mick says: “For the first time, we can run advanced music synthesis engines on your mobile phone. When you combine this power with wearable technologies and machine learning, you can develop new musical instruments that were considered science fiction only a few years ago.”

Dr Mick Grierson’s work on the Kurv forms part of a long-term Goldsmiths-led and European Commission-funded project called Rapid Mix, a consortium of computer scientists devoting years of research to the design and evaluation of wearable human-computer interfaces in creative fields such as computer games and music.

He’s also the research lead on SoundLab, a project testing out which digital music devices and apps can help people with learning disabilities make the music they want to make.

You can find more details on the Kurv here, and you can see it in action on Friday at the Beautiful Octopus Club. So please do check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.