AUMI 1.1.5 is here

AUMI is a sadly overlooked app. The app is designed to be used by people with limited motion and it is ideal for that. In this latest update it gets even better. Here’s what’s new:

  • A new reporting interface lets you control the reports much better.
  • You now can use a larger image from the camera for a less blurry picture.
  • You can also suppress the video image entirely.
  • MIDI instruments now can sustain notes in monophonic mode. They also can use cursor velocity.
  • Improved instructions – glossary items in particular
  • Bug fixes having to do with saving settings, colors of things, and crashes in Zooms.

MIDI Check arrived for all your MIDI monitoring needs

A new app for you MIDI monitoring and diagnosis needs. It shows the connected hardware or virtual sources/destinations. Also incoming MIDI messages log including; sent test messages or notes.

Current Features:

  • See/detect, hardware/virtual active MIDI connections.
  • See all incoming messages.
  • Send test notes on/off and control messages.

**NOTE**
Yamaha Bluetooth MD-BT01 users -> According to Yamaha user manual; all MIDI related application should be closed before bluetooth midi connection. Run the MIDI Check after connection established. If not you’ll not be able to see the Yamaha midi connection on the app. This is not an application’s issue. Because Yamaha use own BT protocol.

Upcoming Features:

  • Music keyboard improvement.
  • Custom message send possibility.

MIDI Check costs $1.99 on the app store now

Moon Beam Synth/Sampler get its first update in 3 years

Any app that quotes the venerable SK-1 as an inspiration is worth a look. The app’s original description is:

“Inspired in part by the Casio Sk-1’s lo-fi sonics/sampling, the Moon Beam also adds features only possible in the touch screen world: bend keys independently!!! You can of coarse also bend all voices in sync using the touch pad.

The Moon Beam Synth/Sampler gives you:

  • Unique key independant pitch bending
  • 2 sample/oscillator layers for each voice… or split them to top and bottom keyboards.
  • Effects (Delay/Reverb,Filter,LFO,Vinyl Noise,Distortion)
  • Easy sampling
  • Easy sample editing
  • 4 octave keyboard + 2 pitch ribbons
  • 1 assignable effects touch pad”

The latest version, the first update in over 3 years brings …

  • Midi support
  • AudioBus
  • Presets (Default and User created)
  • LFO with noise mix
  • Sendable Knobs (to FX pad or LFO)
  • Increased Performance
  • Fixed a handful of audio glitches

Patch Base 2.6 brings goodness for Roland synth owners

Patch Base is a very useful app for anyone who has classic hardware. Personally I use it for my CZ101 and it works really well. In version 2.6 Patch Base adds:

Editors for 4 classic Roland synths:

  • JV-1080
  • JV-2080
  • XP-80
  • XP-60

Each synth features a separate editor for Patches (regular synth voices) and Rhythm Patches (drum kits)!

GridComposer 1.1 gets on the bus

I do like saying that, and I really don’t get enough opportunities to do so. In version 1.1 GridComposer adds Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support. Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus and IAA compatible apps! Also 1.1 brings improved Midi support. You can now send notes via Core-MIDI to other apps.

Sonic Logic gets on the bus

Version 2.2 of Sonic Logic brings Audiobus 3 compatibility. Sonic Logic can now act as a MIDI source for Audiobus 3, which is fantastic. In addition the update also improves Sonic Logic’s performance.

What’s more the subsequent version 2.2.1 fixes an issue where MIDI messages sent to Audiobus could be missing some data. Nice!

STEPS – MIDI Sequencer by Reactable 1.2 brings BLE and more

Reactable’s awesome little MIDI sequencer for iOS gets even better. Here’s what’s new in version 1.2:

  • You can now send MIDI via Bluetooth Low Energy to any iOS or Mac devices. (For iOS devices this means at least iOS 8 and for Macs it means at least Yosemite)
  • You can transpose the octave for a greater range of playback. Easily visualize which octave you’re in betwen our -3 to 3 range.
  • You can now visualise rests in “Target Mode”.

“We also added a nice new way to open or close all the steps. Just drag your finger up or down the “Gate Modes” button. This lets you work even faster when changing sequences live.

And last but not least we solved some bugs that were causing a few crashes here and there.”

STEPS – MIDI Sequencer:

Redshrike Synthesizer 2.0 arrives, plus it’s on sale too

IceWorks have brought us great apps for years now including Argon, Cassini, Laplace, Lorentz, Mersenne and Xenon. Redshrike is another excellent synth and version 2.0 brings some excellent new feature. Here’s what’s new:

  • Universal App : Optimized for iPad and iPhone
  • Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3) compatible
  • Support for Audiobus State Saving
  • Exporting and importing of presets via Share extensions
  • Swing parameter in the arpeggiator
  • Improved MIDI mapping function

Sync, Dropbox and a reminder …

A post or perhaps a tweet from Tim at Discchord made me think about this over a few days and I thought it would be worth a quick post about it. We use cloud services all the time, or at least I do and I guess that many of you do too. I’m really interested in what people think the best, or rather, the easiest to use services are.

On the one hand I think that using services like dropbox or iCloud for sync between devices is really handy, and on the other I do like bespoke services like those used for non-music apps such as DayOne, or Things. The main benefit of bespoke services is that they’re designed to handle the specifics of an app’s data and events. The downside is that your data is often difficult to get out from a bespoke service, which is really one of the great reasons for an app to have a bespoke sync service.

On the other hand dropbox and other cloud services are more universal and at least mean that your data is your own. But the downside is that developers need to keep up with the APIs that these services deploy, and that is the current issue with dropbox. Dropbox has changed it’s API and if developers don’t update their apps soon they won’t keep working with dropbox.

So, developers, if you want to keep your users data working in dropbox, please update your apps with the latest API as soon as possible,

If you don’t currently use dropbox you can get signed up here and get an extra 500mb in your free account too.

Midem is just around the corner …

There are always some interesting things at MIDEM and 2017 is no different. I was checking out the categories earlier in the week and I thought it would be worth sharing some of the start ups that are going.

So let’s start with Skoog

I was lucky enough to meet Dr Ben from Skoog in Berlin at MMM2017 in March. He’s one of those people that I’ve been meaning to meet up with for a very long time indeed and it was great to chat about Skoog and mobile music in general. I’m still waiting to get my hands on a Skoog as I’m really interested in experimenting with it to see how I can use it with a wide variety of apps.

Skoog has both an interesting past and future and is the kind of device that could very much lend itself to gestural based music.

Also they’ve got some very nice new software coming up together with a Swift Playground.

Indiegogo Exclusive – Mogo (OSX) Preview from Skoogmusic on Vimeo.

The next is Hum-On!

Which looks like a very interesting if not entirely new idea. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen other apps that are very similar. Even so, it’s still a good idea and one that could do with exploration.

So, as you can see, there are some good things coming to MIDEM. The two above are just a small sample of what will be at MIDEM this year. Check out the rest here, and if you hear of any other interesting ones, please let me know.

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