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Bram Bos bring us a new modular synth, Ripplemaker (universal)

Bram Bos bring another excellent app to their portfolio. Ripplemaker: a West Coast Flavored Modular Synth

The freedom and versatility of a modular synth in a stylish mobile package.

In typical West Coast fashion the available modules, such as complex oscillator, lowpass gate, FM, mathematical utilities and slope generator, are designed for exploration and experimentation. The virtual patch cables will let you take your sound wherever you want to take it, from morphing basslines to evolving generative drones.

A modular playground
Even if you’re not familiar with modulars, wavefolders or control voltage you can dive right in, because all modules are prewired; offering a powerful monosynth without using a single cable. Then whip out the virtual cables and start patching. Ripplemaker is designed for fun – big enough to lose yourself into, yet intuitive enough to not get lost.

Standalone sequencer goodness
Sometimes you want to get away from your DAW and just play. That’s why Ripplemaker, beside being an AU plugin, also comes with a standalone sequencer app that helps you get creative. It has a random pattern generator with scale locks, a realtime probability-based mutation engine and it syncs with your other apps and hardware via Ableton Link or MIDI Clock.

Download the user manual on www.ruismaker.com

Connectivity beyond cables: obviously in a modular synth it’s all about cables. But Ripplemaker takes connectivity to the another level:

  • AUv3 (Audio Unit Plugin) Extension for use in iOS DAWs
  • Universal design (works on iPad 4+, iPhone 5S+, iPod Touch 6G+)
  • CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI,
  • Audiobus 3, including AB3 MIDI IN+OUT and State Saving
  • Ableton Link
  • MIDI Clock Sync
  • WAV export, MIDI file export, AU preset export
  • Ready for iOS11 Files access

This app requires iPad 4, iPad Mini2, iPhone 5S or higher!

Ripplemaker is available now on the app store for $8.99:

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apeSoft bring us another unusual synth to play with … Mood has arrived

Absolutely in keeping with their other apps apeSoft deliver mood – A personal interpretation of the legendary Analog Synthesizer by Eugenio Giordani.

Jordan Rudess says:
“The Mood synth has immense sonic ability. It has captivated my imagination and sense of discovery. In usual apeSoft form, it also has all the features that one expects in a top notch IOS instrument app.”

Features:

  • Audiounit v3
  • Audiobus and Inter-App Audio Sender/Filter
  • Audiobus 3 MIDI support
  • Share Presets and Samples between App and AUv3
  • iOS Universal
  • 3 Oscillators
  • Noise Generator with own envelope
  • Sample WARP
  • FM Module
  • Input Source Processing
  • VCF Filter Ladder 24db per octave
  • ADSR VCA
  • Mono or 16 voices Polyphonic
  • Keyboard Tracking and Control
  • Keyboard Ribbon Style
  • XLFO 7 shapes + Sequencer
  • Classical/Vintage Reverberator
  • Stereo Delay
  • Ring Modulator
  • Distort Output
  • Full Parameters MIDI/LFO/Accelerometer mapping
  • Presets Interpolation Pad
  • MIDI Clock and Ableton Link
  • Record to .wav file
  • AudioCopy/Audioshare/Open In… etc…

Even an initial play with this tells me that this app has a lot of intriguing sonic possibilities and isn’t just a regular synth app (if indeed such a thing exists anyway). So if you’re into more unusual sound design then you might want to take a look at this app and give it a try.

mood is on the app store for $11.99:

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More FX for your device … Shaper : smart audio destroyer arrived

A first app from K-Devices, and, although I can’t claim to have tried it as yet it looks impressive from the description. Read on ….

Shaper is now available at just €3.49/$2.99 (instead of €6.99/$5.99). The offer is valid until June 24th.

Shaper is a multi-fx processor that allows you to redefine or totally destroy any kind of source.

Shaper is perfect in any iOS music workflow:

  • as stand alone app to process your outboard equipment
  • as inter-app audio in Aubiobus or other compatible daw apps as AUM, Modstep, GarageBand, and so on
  • moreover, Shaper is also an awesome Audio Unit Extension!!

Its clear, clean and minimal user interface lets you fall in love so fast with its potential, that after just few minutes of use you’ll feel like it always been one of your favorite music production tools.
Its noise is your noise.

All you need to add a personal touch to your sounds is here. Emphasize your basslines working with waveshaper’s sections blend and color, or increasing the clip’s value (this works great also on drums and acoustic percussive sounds). Blow digital coldness to your synths going wild with S&M and Bits&Samps functions, or increasing wrap or fold values . Add unpredictable dynamic glitches thanks the exclusive gate.

HOW IT WORKS

Shaper is composed by several modules, that you can rearrange as you want:

  • a glitch gate
  • a waveshaper section with 5 brand new inspiring functions: Muffin, Multistress, Cracker, S&M, Bits&Samps
  • a transform section with wave-clipper, wave-wrapper, and wave-folder
  • a resonator/short delay, that can act as a comb filter too

You choose how to feed it and how to mix it with a gain and a dry/wet section. Two oscilloscopes display audio signals before and after processing: this gives you a realtime visual feedback about how you are morphing your sound wave.

Each parameter offers a range that lets you process the signal so slightly… Or so massively! Changing the order of modules in the chain, makes of Shaper an incredibly versatile sounds processor!

WAVESHAPING FUNCTIONS
The waveshaper module applies a shaping function to incoming signal. It’s the timbral core of the audio process. Several functions are available: Muffin and Cracker applies a digital warming function with a distinction in the weight that noise takes in the wet signal. Multistress is a bit more fragments function, giving a more modulated FM-ish result. These three let user control the process via blend and color parameters. This helps you to apply a different dose of Shaper cure to your sound 😉

S&M is basically an amplitude modulation, driven by ramps; the length parameter here sets the frequency of these. This function brings a like-metal flavour… Raw digital power!

The last function Bits&Samps is a standard bit reducer.

MODULAR STRUCTURE
Shaper lets you work fast with gestures support:

  • you want to rearrange modules? Just drag them as you prefer and create different chains for different needs
  • need instant reset to default value for a parameter? Just double tap on cursor
  • fine tuning? Just tap and hold the cursor, then drag it left or right to increase the resolution of your vertical dragging

Shaper is Audiobus presets and state saving compatible. It can also store its status while working in all major host-apps sets as AUM, Modstep, GarageBand, etc. You can also save internal presets, and share them with your collaborators easily.

Shaper is currently priced at $2.99, but will go up to $6.99 after the 24th:

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Ten Kettles brings us BeatMirror

Another useful app from Ten Kettles who brought us hearEQ and Waays. BeatMirror helps with developing tempo, which is probably going to be very useful for lots of people.

Here are the details:

BeatMirror uses your device’s built-in microphone to detect your tempo *while you play*. Set a target tempo with the special tap-for-tempo feature and then start playing your instrument! Real-time statistics will appear right away, guiding you towards your best playing yet. Perfect for drummers looking to build their internal rhythm.

Good music needs good rhythm. But learning to stay on beat—learning to groove—isn’t always easy. Build your inner metronome with BeatMirror and catch yourself when you’re speeding up or slowing down. Here’s what BeatMirror has to offer:

  • Wide tempo range. Tempo detection between 40 bpm and 208 bpm.
  • Fast. A *fast* response time: tempo is detected quickly and accurately.
  • Flexible. Accurate across time signatures (e.g., 4/4, 6/8) and rhythm styles (e.g., swing).
  • Real-time statistics. Current tempo, average tempo, and drift are displayed in real-time.
  • Easy-to-read interface. Optimized for various light environments, such as stages and practice spaces.
  • Tap pad. A special tap pad lets you set a target tempo easily and intuitively.
  • Versatile. Perfect for solo practice, band rehearsals, and you can even use it at concerts!

BeatMirror is best suited for drums and other percussive instruments. Feel free to get in touch with me at any time at alex[at]tenkettles[dot]com and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about BeatMirror. Happy practicing! -Alex

BeatMirror is on the app store for $2.99:

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Hyperion Synthesizer arrived

Looks like an interesting synth. Here are the details:

Morphing waves technology for great space sounds. AUV3 (Audio Unit) and midi keyboard support! In Hyperion I have used everything I know so far to create most full and nice sounding FM synth based on my sound engine.

Hyperion Synthesizer has:

  • Morph speed control
  • Morph depth control
  • phase shift control
  • stereo shift control
  • tremolo sound effect
  • reverb effect
  • volume control
  • envelope controls
  • 4 morph modes
  • 7 harmonics modes
  • supports MIDI keyboards via USB (full velocity and pitch shift support)
  • works as Audio Unit instrument plug-in AUV3

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ChordFlow 1.2 is good for AB3 users

A nice update if you’re an AudioBus 3 user. ChordFlow becomes very useful indeed. Here’s what’s new:

AUDIOBUS 3 SUPPORT!!!

  • ChordFlow now provides four Audiobus 3 MIDI sender ports, one per track, and one consolidated port that transmits events from all 4 tracks.
  • You can now start and stop ChordFlow using Audiobus control panel buttons.
  • You can also use ChordFlow as a Audiobus Audio input in both Audiobus 3 and Audiobus 2.

OTHER CHANGES

  • Ableton link offset parameter range increased. Now it can be set to values from -500ms to 500ms
  • Sequencer performance tuning