MIDI Designer Pro developer brings dedicated iPad MIDI controllers for Yamaha Reface DX

Well we always knew that Confusion Studios were pretty cool, but after the amazing work they’ve done with MIDI Designer Pro they’ve done it again with two new stand along controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX.

Here’s all the details you need …

Confusion Studios Announces Dedicated MIDI Controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX for iPad. Two new, standalone iPad editions of the award-winning professional MIDI controller platform bring MIDI control to the Reface DX, both of which will be available for download from the Apple App Store on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

MDDX1 and MDDX2
Both of the new apps are MIDI controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX. Yamaha released the Reface DX – a portable, FM-synthesis-based keyboard – in 2015 to critical acclaim. Each of the new apps is based on a user-created layout for MIDI Designer Pro 2; each has a unique approach to controlling the Reface DX.

The Editor: MDDX1 by Helfried
MDDX1: Voice Editor for Reface DX by Helfried highlights this users-author’s eye for design, a deep attention to detail, and a desire to push the underlying platform – MIDI Designer Pro 2 – to do new things. It allows for control of every parameter on the Reface DX and provides surprising new control vistas. The App extends the reface DX’s interface, providing a much-needed algorithms display, Master Tune, Transpose, Randomize and other new sections.

MDDX1 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $9.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

Performance Tool: MDDX2 by Ibo Kai
MDDX2: Performance Tool for Reface DX by Ibo Kai is an additional, performance- focused interface for the Reface DX. As the author of the layout puts it, “This layout is pretty simple, just one page shows all the available functions. It is mainly what you find in the ‘FM’ keypad of the synth: frequencies, levels and feedback settings separately per operator plus the algorithm select.” In addition, Ibo Kai added an Amp Mode section. This auxiliary controller for the Reface DX is intended for live and studio performance, where a full-blown editor is not practical.

MDDX2 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $3.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark notes, “Both editors show the layout authors – Helfried and Ibo Kai – flexing design muscle and pushing the MIDI Designer platform to work in new ways. Each is a dedicated tool for working with the Reface DX and each provides a surprising and useful new interface for this small keyboard. Additionally, both provide new users with an entry point into the MIDI Designer platform at a low price.”

MDDX1 and MDDX2 join the four existing standalone MIDI Designer apps for dedicated control: MIDI Designer XW: Casio XW Solo Synth Controller, MD77: Voice Editor for Yamaha SY77/TG77 by Ibo Kai, MDClav: Clavinova Controller by Craig Knudsen and MDXG: XG Sound Set Controller by Craig Knudsen.

Helio Workstation 1.6 becomes an AU host

Helio Workstation, the free audio playground app becomes an AU host. Here’s what’s in the update:

  • added support for AudioUnit synths and plugins, including AUv3,
  • added translations to German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian,
  • polished UI and added one more colour theme,
  • fixed some bugs and added more to fix later.

DJ Player Professional update is big, seriously big

DJ Player gets updated to 9.0.9, which is no small update at all. It’s pretty impressive. Here’s what’s new:

  • Numark MixTrack Platinum factory mapping, including full display support.
  • Plus/minus buttons can be used in Jump Preview Mode for precise adjustment.
  • New setting: invert the position of the plus and minus buttons.
  • Track overview waveform is continously visible when using SHIFT + MIDI Jog Wheel to search.
  • Gradient loop overlay on the waveform in loop adjustment mode (in/out).
  • STEM on/off state reflected on each STEM volume knob.
  • Mini Controls on Modern Layout: STEM knob has no label when muted.
  • Secondary MIDI output option for each mappable.
  • Mappable “Time Remaining” MIDI output.
  • Mappable “Beat Position” MIDI output.
  • SHIFT features displayed for each mappable.
  • Track load buttons are automatically switching deck visibility between A/C and B/D (but not changing MIDI controller deck state!).
  • Color coded A/B/C/D indicators on midi mapping. White: no output (LED) mapped or output is not available. Colored: output (LED) mapped. Colored with small circle: output (LED) mapped, but the output MIDI message is different to any input.
  • Fixed occasional MIDI LED delay when switching between deck A and C.
  • Fixed main parameter all fx, secondary parameter all fx and fader fx when used with encoders.
  • Fixed scratching/jog wheel bug when player is set to “jump back and play” and moved past the end of the track.

zMors Modular 1.8 goes universal

zMors Modular is excellent and now in 1.8 it just gets so much better. I’m a big fan of iPad apps that go universal. Here’s what’s new:

  • zMors Modular is now universal (add iPhone support)
  • new Presets from Stephan Bobinger
  • new module 8 channel performance sequencer
  • new module loop recorder
  • new module swing clock modulation
  • new module analog pitch correction
  • fix a bug when try move the keyboard
  • add knob labels to macro module
  • resort AUv3 list
  • allow select AUv3 presets
  • switchable audio engine via setting app

Klevgränd brings us Baervaag – FM Synthesizer

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The lovely people at Klevgränd have brought yet another new app to add to their already excellent portfolio.

Baervaag brings FM synthesis to the masses! An easy to use but still powerful and tweakable synthesizer, accessible to everyone. Several parameters are sensitive to velocity which makes Baervaag very expressive and fun to play.

The additional LP filter, ”Wobbler”, and a simple stereo chorus makes this synthesizer versatile and a joy to tweak.

Noteworthy features:

  • AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc
  • 77 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians
  • FM Feedback, Filter, ADSR Attack and Volume can be modulated by velocity
  • Oscillators can be shaped between sine, square and PWM
  • One ADSR for each oscillator.
  • Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability.

Important: Baervaag in stand-alone mode does not support IAA or MIDI. You can try it out using the keyboard at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Baervaag with AUv3 compatible hosts.

iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
iPad Air 1 or later is recommended.

Baervaag is on the app store and costs $4.99

Elastic Drums 2.0 arrives

One of the great drum synths, Elastic Drums goes up to version 2.0 with a great new batch of features and improvements.

  • New Ableton Live Set Export option
  • Reworked audio record section with more share possibilities
  • Audiobus 3 ready
  • Improved design of all preset tables (User, Factory, …)
  • Top navigation on iPad shows preset name now
  • Debugged sending of Midi notes
  • Debugged note/pitch behavior in velocity mode
  • Improved velocity note/pitch screen on iPad -> checkout “_demo – chromatic-pitch“
  • You can now also send zip files to ED – via Email, etc. So you can import a bunch of samples, when you zip and send them to ED
  • New IAP sample kit by DJ Elephant Power

Forever Beats

Forever Beats, which I mentioned yesterday, has added some new screen shots to help you understand what it’s for. That’s an improvement.

Auxy 3.2 arrives, some nice new features in here

I’ve been a longtime fan of Auxy and it’s nice to see it keep on improving and developing. Here’s what’s in version 3.2:

  • Loops can now be 8 bars
  • Add up to 16 instruments
  • Hear previews when browsing sounds
  • Redesigned bar indicator lets you quickly navigate in loop edit
  • Set custom label and color for each instrument
  • Added setting for making new loops chromatic

If you haven’t tried Auxy before, now really is the time to jump in.

Forever Beats comes to your iPad, although I’m not entirely sure what it does

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Personally I like to know what it is that apps do and also I like to be able to see what the screens look like to get an idea of how things work. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. However, with Forever Beats the only screen shot provided to the app store is the one above, which doesn’t tell you anything, as it isn’t much of a screen shot.

Here’s how the developer describes his app:

“Forever Beats is an iPad app for making new beats and hooks, jamming with new ideas and building new compositions.

Intuitively input beats and melodies with touch based gestures and jam with them live using the breaks feature.

Establish your own sound with the Forever Beats synth engine. Synthesised percussive, bass and ambient instruments are included.

Bring the sound to life with 2 LFOs assignable to every synth parameter.

Use MIDI output to control your own hardware using the Forever Beats step sequencer.”

It sounds interesting, but without being able to see how it works I’m not convinced enough to take it further.

Forever Beats is on the app store for $5.99

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio 1.1.o arrives

And actually on the same day as the previous update, which is a bit strange. Here’s what’s new:

  • Added Mono option to mix-down and stems dialog
  • IAA FX bug fix
  • Solved progress dialog issue in stems dialog
  • Renamed pitch correction plug-in to Vocal Tune

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