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If what you wanted was a Suzuki Omnichord in your iPhone, look no further

The keen eyed may notice a striking similarity between this and the Tangible Instruments Arpeggio which is still on its way into Kickstarter backer hands. You’d be right. I think that the green gives it away really. This app is from the Charlie, who is the founder of Tangible and has made this app, which sort of reminds me of PolyChord.

Anyway, here’s what it does …

Accordo is a retro inspired chord machine in the vein of the Suzuki Omnichord. Select the root note from the keyboard and choose from 8 different chords, then use the strum strip to play the chord just like an autoharp. Includes a built in rhythm machine and adjustable effects like wah and reverb.

Features & Adjustable Settings:

  • Use the strum strip to strum chords or use chord buttons for full chords
  • Built in rhythm machine with 10 drum patterns
  • Combine chords. For example, hold down the “min” and “7th” buttons for a minor 7th chord.
  • Separate tone shaping for chord buttons and strum strip.
  • Volume balance between chord buttons and strum strip
  • Sustain length for strum strip.
  • Reverb for both chords and rhythm machine.
  • Master volume
  • Rhythm volume
  • Tempo for rhythm machine
  • Swing for rhythm machine

Accordo costs $3.99 on the app store now:

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TF8 Synth for iPhone arrived

A new iPhone synth from the maker of the TF7 Synth. The app is free, and the IAP for the ‘Pro Pack’ is on sale at $2.99 until 31st March 17.

Here’s the detail on the app:

TF8 Synth is a professional virtual analog synthesiser that melds superior synthesis algorithms with iOS technologies. It is built with usability in mind, for live playing and for recording.

Features (with Purchase of Pro Pack) :

  • 2 Main Oscillators (Saw, Square, Sine, Triangle and the coveted Roland-inspired Supersaw)
  • 2 Sub Oscillators for each oscillator to give that added extra oomph
  • 2 State of the art pure sounding filters, which can be used in series or parallel
  • 2 LFOs for modulating almost any parameter in the synth
  • 1 ADSR Envelope for the synth output
  • 1 ADSR Envelope for controlling the filter cutoff frequencies
  • 10 powerful effects comprising of Compressor, Distortion, Stereo Delay, Stereo Reverb, Reverse Delay, Stereo Chorus, Stereo Quad-Phase Phaser, Tube Distortion and Equalizer and Unison.
  • Arpeggiator, time-step, velocity, gate with plenty of fun arpeggio patterns.
  • Audiobus and Inter-app Audio for inter-app operability.
  • Ableton Link can be used to sync arpeggiator and bpm-syncable effects.
  • Midi controllers supported.
  • Knobs are controllable via midi cc.
  • Midi Out – use TF8 Synth as a midi controller!

From the deepest basses to the highest crystal bells, TF8 Synth sounds great, and is sure to be a worthy addition to your iOS music production arsenal. Best enjoyed with headphones.

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And Fugue Machine gets an update too

I’m guessing because it’s from the same developer as Arpeggionome Pro etc. Here’s what’s new:

PER-PLAYHEAD MIDI ‘DESTINATIONS’
You can now route each playhead to any MIDI Destination and MIDI Channel — the previous version only allowed routing by MIDI Channel. This makes it much easier to send each playhead to a different app or MIDI Port.

Check out Settings > Midi Output Settings, and notice that each Playhead (1-4) now has its own setting. There’s also an ‘All Playheads’ setting for convenience.

SYNTH ENABLED SETTING*
There’s now a setting to explicitly set the built-in synth on and off, allowing Fugue Machine to send MIDI and control the built-in synth simultaneously. Go to Settings > Synthesizer Settings.

*Synthesizing sound is expensive! So if you’re only using Fugue Machine as a MIDI sequencer, set Synth Enabled to OFF to save CPU resources.

AUDIOBUS 3 MIDI SUPPORT
Audiobus 3 brings MIDI support to Audiobus, and Fugue Machine is good to go :]

AUDIOBUS STATE SAVING SUPPORT
Fugue Machine now supports State Saving in Audiobus, making it possible to save/manage Fugue Machine patterns via Audiobus.

BUG FIXES…

EXITING APP NOW PROPERLY FLUSHES MIDI NOTES
In previous versions, if you exited the app while Fugue Machine was running, there was a chance some MIDI Notes wouldn’t be turned off. Not a huge deal, but it’s fixed now.

SPECIAL NOTES…

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
Although this is a relatively minor update, getting the MIDI Destinations to route properly was surprisingly tricky! I wanted it to be foolproof… which required a system to ensure that redundant MIDI data would be filtered out.

Basically, thanks to this system, you can set the playheads to any Destination / Channel combination, and not have to worry about a connected MIDI device receiving duplicated MIDI messages.

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iVCS3 2.1 gets a big list of updates

Here’s what’s new with iVCS3, and it’s on sale too, down to $9.99.

  • New Free IAP Bank by Hazel Pascua
  • Built-in Presets updated by Matthias Kroh
  • New Bluetooth Local MIDI Central
  • LFO Frequency save/load in presets fixed
  • VCO 1, 2, 3 Sub-aliasing attenuated
  • VCO3 (Triangle) zipped noise attenuation for Shape
  • New MIDI Takeover: Pickup and Value Scaled
  • In-App Retronyms AudioPaste Store Content
  • New multiple AudioPaste allows multiple files in a directory to be pasted at once
  • AUv3 (VCO) Amplitude Parameters Fixed
  • AUv3 MIDI note from Keyboard Fixed
  • AUv3 UI improvements
  • Aubiobus SDK 2.3.3 updated
  • KS view in non modal for all Sequencer parameters
  • KS Transpose Buttons in Audiobus Sidebar and AB Remote
  • MIDI ‘Program Change’ Freeze UI, fixed
  • MIDI Bluetooth UI fixed for iPhone

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Arpeggionome Pro 1.3 brings Link and so much more besides …

This is a huge update for Arpeggionome Pro as you can see!

ABLETON LINK SUPPORT!
Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network. It’s awesome. Go to Settings>Ableton Link Settings for more info.

AUDIOBUS 3 MIDI SUPPORT
Audiobus 3 brings MIDI support to Audiobus, and Arpeggionome Pro is good to go :]

64 LIL BITS
Arpeggionome Pro now supports 64 bit architectures. Yee.

DOTTED NOTES!
Arpeggionome Pro has a new setting called ‘Matrix Mode’, which adds dotted note values to the Performance Matrix.

To try it out, go to Settings >Interaction Settings and set Matrix Mode to ‘Halves+Dotted+Triplets’. You’ll notice the matrix now has two columns of squares, triangles, and dots.

  • Rows with squares play rates that are perfect halves of a measure — starting at 1/2 at the bottom row.
  • Rows with dots play rates that are the dotted values — i.e 1.5x the length of the square row above.
  • Rows with triangles play rates that are triplet values — i.e. 0.33x the length of 2 square rows below.

ALT INTERACTION SETTINGS
In Settings>Interaction Settings, you’ll also find a new button at the bottom of the list called “ALT Interaction Settings”. This is an alternative interaction state that I recommend trying. It’s a bit more difficult to control, but I find the results quite interesting.

Compared to the “Default Interaction Settings”, it uses the new Matrix Mode setting and disables Retrigger for all parameters.

BUG FIXES

VIRTUAL MIDI CLOCK BUG
In previous versions, when listening for MIDI Clock on the Arp MIDI In port, Arpeggionome Pro read the MIDI clock twice, and therefore went twice as fast as it should. Fixed now.

NOTES

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
Hey, it’s been a while! The last time I looked at the Arpeggionome Pro code base was over 2.5 years ago! Time is weird.

In any case, I’m really glad to finally get this long overdue update of Arpeggionome Pro out. And I’m especially excited about adding Link and the new Matrix Mode setting.

ON LINK
By supporting Link, Arpeggionome Pro has actually become more playable, and perhaps in a not-so-obvious way. I’ll explain…

As you may know, Arpeggionome Pro is designed to play super fast arpeggios. Further, it’s designed to be held in your hands in portrait mode, so you can quickly perform changes with your thumbs. Also, under the hood, all changes you make are quantized — allowing you to anticipate time by touching a parameter early, so the change happens at exactly the right time.

This is great, and works very well… However! It’s always been a challenge to start the sequencer from not playing to playing. You could press the play button and just let it run, but if you wanted to control starting and stopping in a more expressive way (which I very much prefer!), it gets a bit more complicated. That first touch would always happen the moment you touched, but every other touch would be quantized. Subtle difference for sure, but definitely weird.

Ideally, what should happen is that all touches are quantized, even that first one. So that, when you stop and start playback, it starts quantized, just like the other touches.

So, something exciting… This is exactly how it works now! And it’s all thanks to Ableton Link :]

ON MATRIX MODE…
Basically, at some point after releasing Arpeggionome Pro, I realized how I missed an opportunity to have dotted note lengths on the Performance Matrix — it launched with just halves and triplets.
Yes, I could have just updated the app… but since I try to be super strict about not changing UI after an application has been released, I just accepted it and moved on (see Fugue Machine and Link to MIDI).

However… now that I’m here and revisiting the project, I figured out a way rationalize adding it… by simply burying it in an optional setting. I think I’m ok with this :]

THANK YOU!
Ok ok, that was many words. Thanks so much for your support and interest over the years (over 4 now!) and please reach out if anything comes up.

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pi sound announce stretch goals

I mentioned pi sound when they launched their audio and MIDI hardware for Raspberry Pi on Pi day itself. Now they’ve made an announcement about new stretch goals for the pi sound, and these are seriously worth checking out, especially as they’re already well on their way to hitting the second of these. Here are what they’re promising …

20,000.00 – GPIO Header Holes (achieved)
Oh yes, we have already passed this point – you deserved it! It means that your pisound board will come with header holes that will allow you to easily connect to the unused Raspberry Pi pins. It was quite a tricky part to expose them without using 4-layer board, so we really hope you will take a good care of them.
Here is the complete list: GPIO 02 (I2C), GPIO 03 (I2C), GPIO 04 (GCLK), GPIO 05, GPIO 06, GPIO 14 (UART), GPIO 15 (UART), GND, 3V3 & 5V.

25,000.00 – Mobile App (well on the way)
Android & iOS Apps for selecting & launching Pure Data patches.
App will display the output of Pure Data console too, so you will be able to have a real time feedback on what’s happening under the hood. Also we will add some patches to get you going!

30,000.00 – LV2 Plugin Host & Mobile App Support (I think they’ll get there)
For those who haven’t already explored LV2 world, LV2 plugin format is the Linux equivalent to VST on Windows/macOS. There are already hundreds of LV2 plugins out there that you can run on your Raspberry Pi. Currently there is no convenient way to play around with LV2 plugins especially without using an external monitor or mouse. We will fix that! You will be able to launch a LV2 plugin using your smartphone or tablet and even MIDI-map plugin parameters to your MIDI controller. Boooom!

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Vatanator (for iPad) 1.1 arrives and brings lots of nice new features

The iPad version of Vatanator brings a lot of new stuff. Here’s the list. Take a look.

  • XY pads to control effects, MIDI assignable and automation
  • additional gain to mixer (now goes to +3db)
  • low pass filter (per instrument)
  • new ring modulation effect with LFO (Sine, Sawtooth, Triangle and Square), MIDI assignable and ability for automation
  • adjustable sample start position (per instrument)
  • pattern change action is now MIDI assignable
  • double tap on mixer channel volume will reset it to 0db
  • Bluetooth MIDI
  • added clear pattern button
  • Audiobus SDK updated to current version (2.3.3)
  • various bug fixes and performance improvements