Wotja Pro 4.5 is yet another good update

I’m a big fan of Intermorphic’s work and have been since they were first on Windows Mobile with miniMIXA. So it’s good to see the latest incarnation of their generative solution keep going from strength to strength.

Here’s what’s new in 4.5:

This is a feature update that both further improves the default colour scheme of the UI and also adds a dark mode theme. Thanks for the customer feedback and we hope you enjoy it!

NEW FEATURES:

  • Dark mode color theme (Settings > Color Theme)

IMPROVEMENTS/CHANGES:

  • Greatly improved the (default) Light mode color theme.
  • Fixed the issue with Play/Stop button disappearing on occasion (oops, sorry!)
  • Made the ISE EQ, LFO and Amp icons a little lighter as we now use black text on them.
  • Added a Files icon to the Settings screen accessed from the Settings tab.
  • Added a new “Voices” button to the top of the Network panel to take you to the Voice parameter editing screen.
  • Add Voice numbering to the Voice parameter editing screen page control.
  • Improved display in the Cut-ups section.
  • Several bug fixes.

KDJ-One is looking more and more like it’s really going to happen

Which is brilliant news for everyone who backed it, and also for anyone who’s interested in seeing this come to life. The KDJ-One could be an amazing device for mobile music making, so it becoming a reality is a big deal as far as I’m concerned.

SynthMaster Player 1.1.7 gets AB3

SynthMaster Player gets AB3 and more in version 1.1.7. Here’s what’s new:

  • Audiobus V3 supported
  • Hold function implemented for the fretboard
  • Midi unmap feature implemented
  • Background sleep state implemented, less CPU usage while the app is at the background

Egoist 1.5 brings Link and much more

Sugar Bytes update one my favourite apps of theirs, Egoist, and it’s a good bunch of features too. Here’s what’s new:

  • Ableton Link Integration
  • All Sequencers polyrhythmic now with independent clock dividers
  • Monophonic mode for Slicer
  • Scales available in Bass Engine
  • Filter now with 7 mod sources
  • Panning for Hi-Hats
  • New Content: presets, new slicing samples and a fresh beatkit: ‚Cwejman S1’

csGrain 1.4.1 brings AB3

csGrain 1.4 had brought Audiobus 2 compatibility but not AB3. Now that’s fixed in version 1.4.1:

  • AudioBus 3.0 support
  • GUI Updates
  • Link to Current Csound Manual Online
  • Silence Main Audio on Auxiliary Views
  • Bug Fixes

e-l-s-a 1.7.5 is a nice little update

I do like the apps that Mr Humbletune makes, and, although my favourites are most certainly nils and frevkens I still like messing about with e-l-s-a. So I’m looking forward to trying out these new features:

  • Adding wave oscilloscope.
  • Adding switch for core midi connections.
  • Minor arpeggio changes.

So that was SuperBooth

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Just over a week ago I made a slightly last minute decision to visit SuperBooth in Fez Berlin. I could only make it for a day but I thought that it would be worth it. A few years back I went to Musik Messe in Frankfurt and that was pretty cool, so I was interested to see what SuperBooth would be like.

As far as I can tell SuperBooth is going to really take over from Musik Messe in terms of the synth world at least. It was literally packed with every kind of synth you could possibly think of. I had the whole day to check stuff out, but I think I still managed to miss a few things.

So here are some of the highlights from my day.

Bastl instruments (makers of the amazing and tiny Kastle synth) had an excellent booth with some new products. They had a lot of very cool stuff to play with as well. I was especially impressed with the ‘Dude’, a tiny mixer that the Bastl guys were using on their stand. Stay tuned for more information on this device.

Next I visited Soulsby Synths. You might remember that I interviewed Paul Soulsby when the original Atmegatron appeared. Soulsby synths have come a long way since then, and their product portfolio has become quite substantial too.

One of the highlights of going to events like SuperBooth is to meet up with people who I haven’t seen in ages. It was great to catch up with the guys from Musik App Manufaktur, which is made up from Triqtraq, Modstep, Elastic Drums and zMors. I also bumped into Rolf (Mr nLog) who I haven’t seen in ages and ages.

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Another highlight was seeing a bit more of the OP-Z, which I believe is going to be a big hit when it comes out. This is the first time I’ve seen it with an accompanying app too, but I apologise for the dreadful picture.

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Another thing I wanted to check out was the Tracktion Waveform running on a Raspberry Pi. The Tracktion guys had it set up but didn’t have any audio running out, which was a bit of a shame really. It looked good, but until I can hear it I don’t really have an opinion on how this thing works. I’m hoping to get it up and running on my Pi3 soon and even get it working with the Pi Octo Sound, which arrived last week. Anyway, enough of that for now.

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Lastly I thought I’d visit the Craft synth booth to have a look at this little DIY synth, but the guys on the booth didn’t seem very interested at all, which was a shame really. I would’ve liked to have got to know a bit more about this synth.

So that was SuperBooth. It was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely go again next year. If you can make it then you certainly should too.

Roli releases JUCE 5

Roli has updated their JUCE development framework for audio applications by adding some powerful new features. And, perhaps even more importantly they’re now offering JUCE licenses for free to startup app developers, which is pretty good news.

If you want to know more then read the attached press release.

 

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