Well this is a really interesting development for Roli. They’ve extended their Blocks range today with a new Seaboard Block and it’s very reasonably priced indeed at £279 / $299. That makes the Seaboard Block very accessible and reachable for musicians, and will make a good addition to anyone who’s already got a Lightpad Block.
What’s more they’ve updated their iOS app too as follows:
Introducing the Seaboard Block, Touch Block and My Studio!
- You now tap on the instrument icon to switch to a Seaboard View and either play on-screen or connect a Seaboard Block
- Configure what Block controls what track and extend your BLOCKS playing surface using My Studio. Also use it to manage your hardware, such as checking your BLOCKS hardware are up-to-date
- Adjust the 5D settings for each connected Block by either attaching a Touch Block or in the advanced settings of My Studio
Other updates and fixes:
- 6 new exciting soundpacks that showcase the expressive capabilities of the Seaboard Block
- Updated onboarding screens, allowing you to skip and replay them at any time
- Visual improvements throughout app
NOISE on the app store:
It’s been a while coming, but it’s here now! Studio Amplify brings MIDI to their excellent KRFT app! Here’s all that is new in version 1.5:
KRFT + MIDI = The ultimate controller & sequencer!
- Use KRFT to control other apps, software (e.g. Ableton & Logic Pro) & hardware
- Control external dials with MIDI CC messages from KRFT
- Record your performances in external DAWs then tweak & edit
- Audio Bus 3 MIDI support
- Now you can add Modulators to Morphs, great for providing more variety to your sounds
- Added a chord spread option to the Keyboard
- Added quantize function into Matrix
- Improved latency on the keyboard & drum machine
- Improved performance on lower powered devices
- Improved storage reliability & fixed other crashes and bugs
What’s more Jakob Haq has an excellent video about just this:
KRFT on the app store:
More good Raspberry Pi news today. Audio Injector Zero sound card for the Raspberry Pi launched on Kickstarter and it’s very reasonably priced too. This one works with the Pi Zero as well, so it’s tiny! You can find out more on their campaign page.
Kai Aras updates RP-1 and RF-1 with AB3 and more. Here’s what’s new:
- Added MIDI support in standalone mode including support for External MIDI Hardware, Network MIDI, Inter-app MIDI and Bluetooth MIDI
- Added Support for Audiobus3
- Fixed a occasional crash when restoring state from a AU Host session.
- Various minor tweaks and improvements
RP-1 on the app store:
RF-1 on the app store:
Following on from Chordy comes Chordy 2! Here’s everything you need to know.
Chordy 2 is a chord player app for music creators. With its own UI, you can very easily play chords and chord tones. It supports Audiobus / Virtual MIDI / Inter-App Audio. You can record in GarageBand, control other synth apps, and enjoy a variety of ways. In Chordy 2, detailed chord control such as mute of notes and addition of bass note / tension notes is possible.
Suitable for DTM, chord-progression learning, live performance, ear copying and composition support.
- Easy chord playing with Auto Select feature (Diatonic Triad/7th)
- Select a root note (and a chord type if necessary) to play a chord
- Play slash chords with Bass Note feature
- Add tension notes to chords
- Play every single chord note on Solo Keyboard
- 4 scales available (Major, Natural/Harmonic/Melodic Minor). Select Parallel or Relative scale change between major/minor.
- Octave Shift (from -2 to +2), Key Transpose feature
*Volume/Velocity Knob: Double-tap to reset to the default value.
- Audiobus support: You can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. Audiobus 3 MIDI Routing is also supported. See http://audiob.us for more information.
- Inter-App Audio support
- Virtual MIDI support: Control other Virtual MIDI compatible apps on your iPad (e.g. Animoog, Sunrizer synth, etc).
- Wi-Fi MIDI / MIDI over Bluetooth LE support: Send MIDI to iOS devices and Macs.
Chordy 2 is on the app store and costs $4.99:
There are very few apps that actually do make use of force touch, which I’ve always wondered about. It always seemed like a kind of obvious thing to implement in my view. Anyway, ScreenSynth has done it in 1.1. Here’s all that’s new in this release:
- Uses touch force to determine note velocity (instead of touch surface area).
- All DX7 synthesizer algorithms are now faithfully implemented.
- There are more default DX7 patches to choose from.
- Touch latency is now even faster.
Which is positive. You could have been forgiven for thinking that Retronyms had abandoned Tabletop, which would have been a shame in my opinion, but they haven’t, and like other developers right now, they’ve updated it so that it’s 64-bit.
Here’s what’s new:
- Wej App is now Tabletop Ready!
- Tabletop is now 64-bit!
- Improved compatibility with AudioCopy, iMPC, and Stryke
- Bug fixes
Which initially I thought would be really interesting, but having taken a look at the page they’ve put up I’m none the wiser as to what it is that they want to achieve. Having said that, the video’s quite nice.
So you make what you will of it. You can take a look here.