Harmonizer audio effect arrives

From the same developer who brought us Jack the Beat maker comes Harmonizer audio effect, which looks quite cool.

Harmonizer is real time audio pitch shifter effect that can mix harmonies into the original signal or run as realtime pitch shifter. The app works as an Audio Unit plugin and can also be used as stand alone real time effect via the device microphone or using iRig or similar device. The pitch shifting does NOT affect timing so the tempo stays the same.

Features:

  • smooth pitch shift control – half tones and cents
  • dry volume (original voice)
  • efx volume (pitch shifted voice volume)
  • reverb (master reverb)

Brian Eno’s Bloom gets its 9th update since 2008

Which is not a lot of updates. When Bloom arrived back in 2008 it was a pretty amazing event. It was a little bit of a toy, but it was an app from Brian Eno, and that was pretty amazing on a mobile phone.

Now of course he has a lot of different apps including, Air, Bloom HD (the iPad version of this app), Scape, Trope and of course his latest, Reflection.

Whilst it is of course good to see an update, especially after just over two years for Bloom, it would be nice to see a little more than:

“Fixed a bug in iOS 10 that could cause playback and the Sleep Timer to accelerate when Play in Background is switched off.
Added an AirPlay button to the Settings screens.”

Still, at least it’s something.

So we have to wait a bit longer for Gadget for macOS, and that’s ok.

And of course the corresponding iOS update too. It’s a shame, but then these things do happen, and, probably like many of you, I’d rather have a stable version in another few weeks rather than bugs on day one. Reasonable?

When you think about it Korg are doing something pretty amazing and in some ways revolutionary. They’ve gone from a mobile app back to the desktop, and in the process creating an amazing holistic system for creating music wherever you are. Being that it’s Korg we expect this level of sophistication hand in hand with simplicity as the norm. But doing this is hard and perhaps even harder than they’d expected.

So we’ll wait. Late March isn’t too bad after all. It’ll come around soon enough.

iDensity 3 arrived with AUv3 support

iDensity gets another update. Here’s all that’s new:

  • AUv3 Support, Instr and FX
  • AUv3 Full support of Parameters and Automations
  • ‘Quick Samples’ for sharing between the App and AUv3
  • New MIDI Takeover: Pickup and Value Scaled
  • In-App Retronyms AudioPaste Store Content
  • New multiple AudioPaste allows multiple files in a directory to be pasted at once
  • 14 bit NRPN fixed
  • Aubiobus SDK 2.3.3 updated

A massive update for Navichord in version 2.5

Version 2.5 of Navichord brings a really big set of new features, minor updates, and fixes too. What’s more Navichord is half price at the moment at $3.99.

Here’s what’s new:

MAJOR

  • New preset format includes all settings (scale, pads, MIDI, Audio, UI)
  • Audiobus state saving
  • Improved Pad Edit – rearrange pads by dragging, easy transpose, delete and chord generation buttons
  • MIDI clock input and output
  • Color themes

MINOR

  • Improved Settings structure and appearance
  • Improved Toolbars structure and appearance
  • Selectable accidentals (sharps, flats, auto)
  • Lock scale to white keys (use onscreen white keys to play any scale)
  • Note names changed to lowercase
  • Added a simple mixer for internal instruments
  • Help section updated – chord shapes are back
  • Ableton Link quantum is changed from 1 bar to the length of the chord sequence
  • Grid hold is changed to latch
  • Added Bluetooth MIDI support

ISSUES SOLVED

  • Fixed Play button not working when loaded into Audiobus with other apps
  • Allowed simultaneous input and output from the same MIDI device
  • Fixed occasional choppiness when changing chords

modstep 1.2 arrives

The excellent modstep gets a big update with some great new features and plenty of bug fixes too. Here’s what’s in 1.2:

New Features

  • AUv3 user presets (for AUv3s that support it)
  • Audiobus 3 ready
  • 35 new Sample Kits
  • 8 new MIDI templates for
    Roland TR-09, Roland TB-03, OTO BIM, OTO BAM, Modal CRAFTsynth, Meeblip triode, Korg monologue,Elektron Analog Heat
  • added the possibility to disable Auto Save
  • changed time display on Auto Save to minutes and seconds
  • added BPM info for exported audio files and folders
  • clearer indication in the Mixer when audio is distorted
  • various workflow enhancements

Bugfixes

  • fixed several issues with AUv3 under iOS 10.x
  • fixed a bug that caused MIDI Settings to be ineffective/wrong after reloading a project
  • fixed a bug that could lead to a crash when importing via AudioShare
  • fixed a bug with copying Scenes and Loop Settings
  • fixed a bug that caused exported audio to be too loud / distorted
  • fixed a bug that disregarded new clip colors when they were changed after reloading
  • fixed a bug that would cause the navigation window to be stuck in Step Sequencer and Piano Roll

Note: modstep does not work with iPads prior iOS 8 anymore!

Artiphon’s INSTRUMENT 1 gets new features in the lastest app and firmware

Artiphon push new features to their innovative instrument in firmware 1.0.40 which comes along as part of their new app version.

Here’s what’s new:

New Feature: String Bending

With the new String Bend feature, you can now bend notes by applying pressure to the fingerboard. In Fretted Strum technique, string bending allows you to press on the fingerboard to pitch bend the string. To turn on the feature, tap the “A” icon to go into Settings where you’ll find an on/off switch. This switch can also be found in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac/Windows.

New Feature: Tilt

Rotating the INSTRUMENT 1 can now shape sounds in new expressive ways.
Using the built-in accelerometer, tilt the INSTRUMENT 1 to control the mod wheel in the Artiphon app, GarageBand, or any other MIDI app that supports this input. In a horizontal position, the mod wheel is at zero. It starts activating at 15 degrees, and is at max value when the instrument is in a vertical position. To turn on the Tilt feature, go to Settings where you’ll find an on/off switch. This switch is also available in the INSTRUMENT 1 Editor for Mac/Windows. When using the Artiphon App, Tilt controls a filter sweep effect. In third-party music apps, mod-wheel (MIDI CC 1) can often be mapped to control any effect.

New Feature: No-Note is now a tuning option

You asked and we built it: individual strings can now be turned off.
New tuning presets have been included for instruments with four or five strings like banjo, bass, and violin. No-Note can also be assigned to grid or pad locations.

Update Mode Light Show

A new LED pattern indicates that the INSTRUMENT 1 is updating. We hope you like it 🙂

Audio Effects On/Off

On/off switches for delay and reverb are available in the “More” section of preset settings.

Reset App Preferences

In Settings, use the Reset button to bring all global parameters to back to their default settings.

Bug Fixes

Verification Hash Error blocks firmware updates. The first time a note tuning is edited, the note will de-select.

Known Issues

Lightly tapping the bridge with tap method can double-trigger notes.
Pressing hard near the edge of a fret can cut off the note. This can be obvious when using String Bend. Changing the sound in the Artiphon app resets the capo setting.

Elastic Drums 2.0.1 isn’t as small as you might think

Sometimes a release like a 2.0.1 might just be a bugfix, but for Elastic Drums this isn’t just correcting things, this has new features in it too. Here’s all that’s new:

  • New: Bluetooth high quality audio (A2DP) headphones work now with iOS 10
  • New: ED can send User Notifications now: Please allow, if you don’t want to miss any news
  • Improvement: After microphone recording, the recorded audio file will get selected automatically
  • Bugfix: Program changes were not filtered by Midi port nor Midi channel
  • Buxfix: Of “Error” message/crash in Audiobus 2
  • Buxfix: Song re-arrangement in pattern screen via drag’n’drop works much better again

nodal for iPad arrives

An interesting Markov based sampler. Here’s the app’s description:

Nodal is an iPad sampler based on the research of Andrey Markov, a Russian mathematician who lived a very long time ago and had a very crazy beard. You know what else is crazy? The sounds you’ll get from this iPad app. Just pick some of the gnarly sounds included with it or record your own and link them together to hear the sweet sounds of probability theory.

Nodal costs $1.99 on the app store now:

Blocs Wave export arrives

Blocs for iOS // Introducing Blocs Export from Blocs for iOS on Vimeo.

The momentum doesn’t stop, Blocs Wave gets another update to version 11 now. Here’s what’s new:

Introducing Blocs Export: send your Blocs Wave creations directly to Launchpad, and continue your music making. Use your sounds with Launchpad’s in-built effects, play and record your performances, then jump back to Blocs Wave to tweak or add more sounds.

Blocs Wave on the app store:

Novation LaunchPad on the app store:

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