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modstep 1.2 arrives

The excellent modstep gets a big update with some great new features and plenty of bug fixes too. Here’s what’s in 1.2:

New Features

  • AUv3 user presets (for AUv3s that support it)
  • Audiobus 3 ready
  • 35 new Sample Kits
  • 8 new MIDI templates for
    Roland TR-09, Roland TB-03, OTO BIM, OTO BAM, Modal CRAFTsynth, Meeblip triode, Korg monologue,Elektron Analog Heat
  • added the possibility to disable Auto Save
  • changed time display on Auto Save to minutes and seconds
  • added BPM info for exported audio files and folders
  • clearer indication in the Mixer when audio is distorted
  • various workflow enhancements

Bugfixes

  • fixed several issues with AUv3 under iOS 10.x
  • fixed a bug that caused MIDI Settings to be ineffective/wrong after reloading a project
  • fixed a bug that could lead to a crash when importing via AudioShare
  • fixed a bug with copying Scenes and Loop Settings
  • fixed a bug that caused exported audio to be too loud / distorted
  • fixed a bug that disregarded new clip colors when they were changed after reloading
  • fixed a bug that would cause the navigation window to be stuck in Step Sequencer and Piano Roll

Note: modstep does not work with iPads prior iOS 8 anymore!

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Artiphon’s INSTRUMENT 1 gets new features in the lastest app and firmware

Artiphon push new features to their innovative instrument in firmware 1.0.40 which comes along as part of their new app version.

Here’s what’s new:

New Feature: String Bending

With the new String Bend feature, you can now bend notes by applying pressure to the fingerboard. In Fretted Strum technique, string bending allows you to press on the fingerboard to pitch bend the string. To turn on the feature, tap the “A” icon to go into Settings where you’ll find an on/off switch. This switch can also be found in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac/Windows.

New Feature: Tilt

Rotating the INSTRUMENT 1 can now shape sounds in new expressive ways.
Using the built-in accelerometer, tilt the INSTRUMENT 1 to control the mod wheel in the Artiphon app, GarageBand, or any other MIDI app that supports this input. In a horizontal position, the mod wheel is at zero. It starts activating at 15 degrees, and is at max value when the instrument is in a vertical position. To turn on the Tilt feature, go to Settings where you’ll find an on/off switch. This switch is also available in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac/Windows. When using the Artiphon App, Tilt controls a filter sweep effect. In third-party music apps, mod-wheel (MIDI CC 1) can often be mapped to control any effect.

New Feature: No-Note is now a tuning option

You asked and we built it: individual strings can now be turned off.
New tuning presets have been included for instruments with four or five strings like banjo, bass, and violin. No-Note can also be assigned to grid or pad locations.

Update Mode Light Show

A new LED pattern indicates that the INSTRUMENT 1 is updating. We hope you like it 🙂

Audio Effects On/Off

On/off switches for delay and reverb are available in the “More” section of preset settings.

Reset App Preferences

In Settings, use the Reset button to bring all global parameters to back to their default settings.

Bug Fixes

Verification Hash Error blocks firmware updates. The first time a note tuning is edited, the note will de-select.

Known Issues

Lightly tapping the bridge with tap method can double-trigger notes.
Pressing hard near the edge of a fret can cut off the note. This can be obvious when using String Bend. Changing the sound in the Artiphon app resets the capo setting.

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Elastic Drums 2.0.1 isn’t as small as you might think

Sometimes a release like a 2.0.1 might just be a bugfix, but for Elastic Drums this isn’t just correcting things, this has new features in it too. Here’s all that’s new:

  • New: Bluetooth high quality audio (A2DP) headphones work now with iOS 10
  • New: ED can send User Notifications now: Please allow, if you don’t want to miss any news
  • Improvement: After microphone recording, the recorded audio file will get selected automatically
  • Bugfix: Program changes were not filtered by Midi port nor Midi channel
  • Buxfix: Of “Error” message/crash in Audiobus 2
  • Buxfix: Song re-arrangement in pattern screen via drag’n’drop works much better again

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nodal for iPad arrives

An interesting Markov based sampler. Here’s the app’s description:

Nodal is an iPad sampler based on the research of Andrey Markov, a Russian mathematician who lived a very long time ago and had a very crazy beard. You know what else is crazy? The sounds you’ll get from this iPad app. Just pick some of the gnarly sounds included with it or record your own and link them together to hear the sweet sounds of probability theory.

Nodal costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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Blocs Wave export arrives

Blocs for iOS // Introducing Blocs Export from Blocs for iOS on Vimeo.

The momentum doesn’t stop, Blocs Wave gets another update to version 11 now. Here’s what’s new:

Introducing Blocs Export: send your Blocs Wave creations directly to Launchpad, and continue your music making. Use your sounds with Launchpad’s in-built effects, play and record your performances, then jump back to Blocs Wave to tweak or add more sounds.

Blocs Wave on the app store:

Novation LaunchPad on the app store:

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ström update adds IAA, which is interesting

You might know ström if you know any of Mr HumbleTune’s other apps such as STRNG, ShapeSynth, nils, or frekvens. However, ström is less well know. Before I go into details of the update though, here’s what the app is actually about:

“Ström is a minimalistic streaming internet radio. It is capable of playing the formats mp3, wav, aifc, aiff, m4a, mp4, caf and aac. Ström comes preset with fluid radio, lake radio and swedish radio p1, p2 and p3, but these can easily be changed to the user’s choice. Of course, ström is also capable of playing streams of a finite length.”

In the latest update it’s added:

  • Improving streaming engine.
  • Adding inter app audio.
  • Adding 64 bit processor support.

The most interesting of which is IAA. So I think I’ll have to revisit it, and you might want to as yet, as it is free.

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iRig Recorder 3 arrived

IK update their iRig Recorder app. Here’s what’s new:

iRig Recorder 3 has been completely redesigned and streamlined for fast and easy audio and video field recording. Now you can use your favorite IK microphone, interface or your device’s built-in mic to capture stunning audio and video on the go, apply a suite of world-class professional effects and share your creations in multiple ways directly from your iPhone/iPad.

Improvements include:

  • Creative effects — Morph, Reverb, Chorus & Delay
  • Professional Effects — Normalize, Stereo Imager, Compressor, 3-Band EQ
  • Fade effect for fading in & out – 16 total effects possible
  • Video Recording
  • Inter-App Audio & AudioBus compatibility – Perfect for shooting videos with apps like AmpliTube or VocaLive
  • Enhanced sharing — added support for Airdrop, Messages, DropBox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SoundCloud, Facebook and WhatsApp
  • Text and Photo Markers — now you can apply text and photo markers to your audio files in real time
  • Project Export — export audio and video as separate files for editing in your favorite video editor/DAW