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Are modulars getting smaller, and is it important?

Modulars are hugely popular right now, but, so far, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a really mobile version, and you might ask, why you would you want one. That’s probably a good question, and one that could only really be answered once someone has created a really compelling mobile modular.

For now I’m interested in talking about some of the smaller modulars that are appearing at the moment. Like the AE Modular on Kickstarter right now.

This is a smaller format than Eurorack and is not compatible either, so it’ll be interesting to see if it takes off and gets adopted by other manufacturers. It’s passed its funding goal so it’s going to happen, but where it goes from there will be the real test.

Another similar development is the Erica Synths Pico Modular System, which is Eurorack compatible, but is just nice and small and tidy. This actually looks pretty cool and quite a lot of fun, and also as a nice way to get into modular in a compact format.

Of course there are other ways to get into modular. You could just use one of the many excellent modular apps for iOS, like Audulus, Model 15, Reactable ROTOR, or the excellent zMors Modular for example. If nothing else then these are very good ways to keep a modular synth in your pocket at all times.

But for many the app route isn’t quite enough, and they’d prefer a real modular that can be portable. Well, there is one. When I was at Loop earlier in the month I bumped into Tom Whitwell from Music Thing Modular, and he showed me this.

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And this is battery powered and very portable. He called it a lunchbox modular, and it was very cool.

Is it the shape of things to come? I’m not sure. I think that there’s still a space for a modular that is battery powered and portable but perhaps that doesn’t look like what we have now.

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OMGuitar-12 Digital Twelve String Guitar with FX arrives

Something new from zCage, a new guitar app a year in the making… OMGuitar12 is twelve string version of the popular OMGuitar 6 String App. Whilst I’m not big on guitar apps myself I can see the appeal of something like this and I do remember OMGuitar being well received when it first came out (back in the days of Amidio if you remember that)!

Anyway, here’s the app’s details …

  • Includes 4 completely new 12-String guitar sounds!
  • New strumming patterns! Replaceable background!

Plus all the features of OMGuitar: realistic strumming, 10 FX, record, MIDI, Audiobus, Remote control & More!

There is a dedicated string-picking/arpeggio interface, represented as a column of 6 buttons, which can easily be played together with the string strumming interface. Note bend effect is achieved by swiping the button area.

The glowing neon strings themselves respond to the speed of strumming and the distance between themselves and the initial screen tap. The player is supposed to strum the guitar with one finger and place the second finger on the guitar at any time for muting all the strings (this option can be turned off in the settingsmenu). With such approach, many common guitar playing techniques can be easily accomplished.

You can choose from about 300 chords to play 99% of the songs ever written. The songs are conveniently saved as chord sets and can be loaded with a single tap.

Some of the world’s best and most expensive guitar models have been sampled with great precision and act as the source for the synthesis engine. There are 6 completely different playable guitars, 3 acoustic and 3 electric. The tone can be further shaped with the 3-band equalizer.

OMGuitar has 10 built-in effects with over 50 presets: 2 types of Distortion, Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Wah-wah, Vowel filter, Compressor, Tremolo.

OMGuitar now supports external fretboard running in iPhone via the free Amidio Remote app (just like the Futulele).

  • The best mobile guitar emulation ever!
  • Expressive playing is now possible
  • Amazing sonic quality, the sound is very impressive
  • Support external freatboard (a-la Futulele app) with Amidio Remote (free iPhone app)
  • Audiobus! Use it with guitar processors!
  • Autoplay with LOTS of beautiful presets!
  • Record to .WAV, .MIDI, export to iTunes
  • Full MIDI compatibility (virtual/hardware)
  • 6 guitars (3 acoustic, 3 electric)
  • 10 On-board FX with 50 presets
  • File Manager
  • Save own chord sets

OMGuitar-12 Digital Twelve String Guitar with FX costs $1.99 on the app store now:

0 comments on “KQ MiniSynth 1.6 makes this app simpler and a bit more fun too”

KQ MiniSynth 1.6 makes this app simpler and a bit more fun too

KQ MiniSynth first arrived at the beginning of this year and has had a steady stream of updates ever since. In version 1.6 we get some nice new features. Here’s what’s new:

  • 51 new preset patches.
  • Supports Patch importing/exporting.
  • Supports 2ch stereo recording.
  • Added a record button animation.
  • You need just 2 taps to connect modules.
  • Added preferences of EG.
  • Changed cable colors.
  • Fixed some bugs.

0 comments on “Colossus Piano arrives for iOS”

Colossus Piano arrives for iOS

From the maker of iSymphonic Orchestra, Oriental Strings, and many others come a new piano app that aims to set a new standard in terms of realism, detail and overall quality of piano sounds on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Colossus Piano currently has 3 piano models available as 3 individual in-app purchases with this app, together those 3 piano models make up 24 Gigabyte of sound material. All keys of all piano models were recorded in full length with a recording quality of 24 bit and 96 kHz stereo.

The dark brown „Colossus Grand” model:³

  • 24 velocity layers per key.
  • Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
  • Release hammer sound.
  • 14 GB in size (SSD space).

The white „Baby Grand” model:

  • 12 velocity layers per key.
  • Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
  • Release hammer sound.
  • 6 GB in size (SSD space).

The „Upright Piano” model:

  • 8 velocity layers per key.
  • Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
  • Release hammer sound.
  • 3.4 GB in size (SSD space).

This app supports Inter-App Audio and Audiobus for audio & MIDI connections from/to other audio apps, as well as Bluetooth LE MIDI !

All available piano models support the following features:

  • A warm pad sound of a well known analogue synthesizer can be turned on/off as support for the piano sound, and its volume can be controlled both by modulation wheel and expression controller.
  • Modulation wheel support for controlling the most relevant sound parameter of the currently selected sound.
  • Sustain pedal support for holding notes.
  • Sostenuto pedal support for holding specific individual notes.
  • Soft pedal support for playing notes with a more gentle sound.
  • Expression pedal support for controlling the optional pad layer volume.
  • Hammer sound when releasing keys, uses round robin and can be turned on/off and volume controlled.
  • Polyphony of up to several hundreds of stereo voices.²
  • Low latency disk streaming.
  • Configurable audio latency down to 5 ms.
  • Integrated effects with 18 presets.
  • MIDI velocity response curve editor.
  • App can keep running in the background, so you can play on your keyboard while e.g. using Safari or another app to display scores or surfing the Internet.
  • Hermode Tuning: Makes the sound more brilliant by controlling the pitch of the notes in multivoiced music to better frequency ratios than with fixed tuning. This dynamic tuning imitates the tuning behavior of well educated musicians of i.e. orchestras and choirs.
  • Supports Apple’s “Inter-App Audio” system.
  • Audiobus support.
  • Virtual on-screen piano keyboard with velocity support, scalable & scrollable.

MIDI Player / Recorder:

  • Record, save and load your songs in standard MIDI file format.
  • Unlimited amount of tracks.
  • Unlimited recording and playback length.
  • Open MIDI (.mid) files directly from other apps (i.e. from Safari, Mail).
  • Download or upload MIDI files with iTunes.
  • Load your favorite songs as MIDI files from the Internet, and watch at the virtual keyboard how to play it.
  • Metronome.
  • Use the “Tempo Zoom” dial knob to i.e. slow down playback at any time and learn your favorite songs more easily.

¹ For more informations about supported adapters and MIDI keyboards, please visit our product website.

² Some sounds might use several voices per note. Polyphony depends on the exact device model being used. You find a polyphony table on our product website.

³ Important: the dark brown „Colossus Grand” piano model requires a large amount of main memory, so we only recommend this piano model for device models mentioned as „recommended” above.

Anti-Spy Commitment: We take your privacy very seriously. None of our apps contain so called „spy” behaviors and we committed ourself to a very high privacy standard. For more informations read our „Privacy Policy for Mobile Apps”.

Note: this app requires in-app purchases to provide its functionalities!
Minimum Requirement: at least iPad 3 / iPad Air 1 / iPad mini 2 / iPhone 5 / iPod touch 6th gen.
Recommended: iPad Air 2 / iPad mini 4 / iPad Pro / iPhone SE / iPhone 6s or higher.

1 comment on “Is this the future of MIDI?”

Is this the future of MIDI?

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I saw this article a while ago and it’s been on my mind ever since. The text below is from a page on the Bitwig site. It’s interesting and it could be quite a revolution in expression through digital instruments, but my question is, what will it mean for mobile music?

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression or MPE is a term that applies to a new class of controllers called PMCs (Polyphonic Multidimensional Controllers). The arrival of this technology has sparked a controller revolution, with hardware now capable of sending multiple dimensions of finger movement control – not only from left or right, but also up, down, pressure, and beyond.

The movements of each individual finger is effortlessly captured. In Bitwig Studio MPE is as easy to record as the two-dimensional movements of a standard MIDI keyboard. Furthermore, Bitwig Studio’s unique modulation system allows you to easily assign any of these new controls to any parameter, of the built in Instruments and Effects, as well as third-party VST instruments.

Many Bitwig Studio presets have been optimized for multidimensional control, resulting in a level of expression equivalent to playing acoustic instruments. Bitwig Studio is MPE ready, out of the box.

What will this mean to our community, and how will mobile devices either embrace or react to MPE, or indeed take on aspects of how MPEs work. That’s what’s going to change our world, and make things better, or maybe not so much. What do you think?

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