From Art Kerns, maker of midiLFOs and midiSTEPs comes two apps for the Volca FM and the Volca Sample.
midiFILTr-VF is an AudioBus 3 MIDI filter effect and CoreMIDI capable app that improves the MIDI capabilities of a hardware Volca FM synthesizer. The Volca FM is notorious for having a unique MIDI spec that does not listen to the velocity of incoming MIDI notes. midiFILTr-VF allows you to play notes with velocity as you would expect to by adding a MIDI CC message along with each note that controls the note’s velocity.
This app requires:
- A hardware Volca FM synthesizer
- A hardware MIDI interface connected to the Volca FM
- The AudioBus 3 app is recommended for ease of use, though the app can also be configured with regular CoreMIDI.
midiFILTr-VS is an AudioBus 3 MIDI effect and CoreMIDI capable app that improves the MIDI capabilities of a hardware Volca Sampler. The Volca Sampler is notorious for having a unique MIDI spec that requires you to trigger individual parts on different MIDI channels. midiFILTr-VS allows you to trigger parts as you would normally expect to trigger a sampler.
midiFILTr-VS has three modes:
- OCTAVE mode – C notes on any octave always trigger Volca part 1, C# triggers part 2, D triggers part 3, etc.
- DRUM mode – The general MIDI drum spec is used to trigger the individual parts. Bass Drum triggers part 1, Snare part 2, Closed Hat part 9, etc.
- PITCH mode – The Volca works normally triggering its 10 parts on 10 different MIDI channels. But instead of the Volca default of always playing that sample at the same pitch, the incoming note value will effect that sample’s pitch.
This app requires:
- A hardware Volca Sampler
- A hardware MIDI interface connected to the Sampler
The AudioBus 3 app is recommended for ease of use, though the app can also be configured with regular CoreMIDI.
midiFILTr-VF costs $0.99 on the app store:
midiFILTr-VS costs $1.99 on the app store:
This is good news as we haven’t seen an update to Thor since June last year. Here’s what’s new:
- fixed an issue where MIDI channel was not preserved properly between sessions
- fixed an issue where the settings menu was not properly rendered
- fixed an issue where closing the modulation menu while multitouching that could produce unexpected behavior
- fixed an issue where patches using non-English characters were not loadable
- fixed an issue where comb filter UI did not update properly on filter 1
- fixed an issue where occasionally the app would cause a large cracking sound at startup
- updated Audiobus SDK to latest
- stability updates for iOS 9 and 10
There was a time that it was a lot easier to get your music out. But these days it’s only fair to say that it’s hard. There’s a lot of different ways to promote yourself, but, like so many musicians I am always on the look out for a new method to get my sounds out. Then along comes BlueJay. BlueJay is an excellent way to create your own radio station right from your smartphone.
BlueJay will let you create a playlist on your iPhone or Android phone and then broadcast it to anyone else who’s running BlueJay. It’s a real tool and it’ll run on WiFi or 4G / 3G too. It’s worth checking out and getting your existing fans on there. Using BlueJay is about as simple as it can get. If you’re an artist you’ll need to contact BlueJay to get around the playlist restrictions. Once that’s done you’ll be good to go and create a session of your own music for broadcast.
Remember that BlueJay is radio, like real radio, so it’s real time. Your session plays out in real time and once it’s done it’s over. Go download the app and check for some PalmSounds broadcasts this week.
I’ll leave you with the app’s description:
Host your own live public radio shows directly from your phone and start building and interacting with your followers. Keep things smaller and share your favourite playlists in real-time while chatting with your friends. Or follow your favourite curators, artists, and friends to discover new music, hear forgotten gems, and listen to the songs they love with them.
BlueJay lets anyone create and host sessions, where you can live stream a playlist of your favourite songs directly from your phone to your followers or friends using your music files. As the host, you can modify, add to, or end your playlist at any time, as well as control whether your sessions are public or private. Every session also has group chat, where you and your listeners can interact in real-time.
Install our free app now and join the growing BlueJay Music community.
Get BlueJay on the App Store now (it’s free):