BASSalicious arrives for your iPad (and is AU too)

BASSalicious is a dedicated monophonic synth bass synthesizer featuring the NEW iOS AudioUnit Version 3 plugin architecture.

  • 21 VA Wavetable Waveforms with PWM
  • 4 Oscillators
  • AMP with 4 Modulators
  • Circuit Modeled Filter Section with Velocity
  • LFO with Aftertouch

BASSalicious is a dedicated monophonic synth bass plugin with a single focus on sound. All of the synthesis and filters are custom tweaked with our own personality and our urban ear. When we first set out to produce BASSalicious, it came from a need we had. All of our plugins come from a musical need first. We noticed that there were a ton of synth bass libraries out there that focused solely on dubstep and wobble bass sounds, but not that much out there for the urban community and that pure synth bass classic sound. Sure there are the sample based ones, but you run into problems with samples when trying to produce a realistic glide effect that is so essential to urban synth bass music. The other thing we were dissatisfied with were the oscillators themselves. You see, in order to reduce aliasing, most wavetable synths reduce the bandwidth and filter out frequencies so it doesn’t alias. The problem with this is that you filter out the good stuff along with it. We figured out a unique compromise, where we can give you the full band of the wavetable, while at the same time reducing aliasing. Our method is very unorthodox, but it works, because the technology will always take a back seat to the sound, and not the other way around: “If it sounds good, then it is good.”

Furthermore, we used an analog modeled filter that was approximated using real circuit designs. The complete topology was modeled with all of the aspects of the electronic components involved, and then converted over to source code. The result is a very organic sounding synth bass plugin, which has no hint of that cold digital wavetable sound. This is what we mean when we say it has an “organic sound.” This is what you hear in urban music. Each key piece has it’s own sound, color, and character to it. It’s not trying to be something else. It’s it’s own individual and we achieved this with BASSalicious. Remember the first time you heard Neo-Soul Keys® and your ears were suddenly opened to the sound you always wished you had, but could never achieve.

IAP:
The first oscillator is free. You will have access to all of the synth functions. After you purchase, you will get access to the other 3 oscillators as well as the 63 high quality custom synth bass presets.

AudioUnit Plugin:
As an added bonus, we have adopted the new AudioUnit standard, so now you can seamlessly use BASSalicious inside of your favorite iOS DAW as if it was apart of the sequencer. Presets that you make in the app and/or the plugin will be shared automatically.

The recommended iPad devices are the iPad 4th generation and higher, with the exception of the iPad 3.

BASSalicious is free to try but with IAPs:

frekvens 1.3 brings frekvens as an AU

I’m a big fan of frekvens and in fact all of Erik’s apps. But it’s great to see frekvens come as an AU now. So I’ll be adding it to the AU page soon.

  • Adding Audio Unit Extension, run frekvens in your favourite host app.
  • Adding Inter App Audio control panel.

frekvens on the app store:

Video: 6 Audio Units Plug-ins for iOS Reviewed by Sweetwater

Video description:

“Mitch Gallagher presents six plug-ins that support the Audio Units format for iOS, using the Cubasis app running on his iPad. Audio Units support on iOS means you can use these instruments and processors as inserts in apps that support the audio units format. After the video, click the link below for more info on these and other music-related apps.”

Video published by SweetwaterSound.

RP-1 – Dual Digital Delay FX arrives

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A new FX app arrives that can be used in a number of different ways. RP-1 is an Audio Unit, IAA effect and works with Audiobus. If that wasn’t enough it has Link too! This is the first in a range of FX apps that Numerical Audio are creating, so I think that there’s good stuff to come.

Here are the app store details:

Two separate (stereo) delay lines allow for a wide range of effects ranging from basic slapback and ping-ping type echos to complex modulations and soundscapes.

Overview

  • Digital Stereo Delay with High- and Lowpass filters, Stereo spread and Looping
  • Separate modulation Delay for Chorus, Vibrato, Flanger and Panning effects
  • Both sections can be bypassed individually
  • Mod section can be routed pre or post delay
  • Delay Times from 10ms to 2000ms (or 1/32 to 2bars)
  • Tempo Sync via AudioUnit Host or Ableton Link
  • Tap Temp and Manual Tempo
  • Normal, Dotted and Triplet
  • Stereo Spread
  • Simple 1-Button Looping

Connections

  • AudioUnitV3 Effect
  • Inter-App Audio Effect
  • Audiobus (Filter)
  • Ableton Link
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Microphone

RP-1 costs $5.99 on the app store now:

Video: NS1 Synthesizer for IOS AudioUnit

Video description:

“In this video, I give you a hands on the new IOS AU Synthesizer NS1. NS1 is a virtual analog Synthesizer which is only available as AudioUnit. The Synth comes also as standard app but this doesn’t feature AudioBus or IAA. Additional in this video, I demonstrate quickly how to setup IOS AudioUnits in Steinberg Cubasis.”

Video published by Synth Anatomy.

NS1 Synthesizer on the app store:

Buttercup Bitcrush 1.2 arrives and it’s now an Audio Unit

Buttercup Bitcrush 1.2 brings audio unit compatibility and more. Here’s what’s new:

  • Improved audiobus support
  • Improved inter app audio support
  • Optimised Audio unit for Cubasis and AUM
  • Reduced package size

Blamsofts audio unit effect apps now available as a bundle

All of Blamsoft’s excellent range of Audio Unit effects are now available as a single bundle, including Zero Reverb, Zero Chorus, Resampler Bitcrusher, F-16 Filter and DC-9 Overdrive. The bundle price is $8.99, which is a good saving on all the individual apps.

Click here to find the bundle on the app store.

Blamsoft brings us Viking Synth, an AU instrument

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We’ve all been asking for more audio unit instruments, and here’s a new one to add to your collection …

Viking Synth is an emulation of the famous Moog® Voyager monophonic analog synthesizer. It has three continuously variable wave oscillators, two ladder filters with a Dual Lowpass or Highpass/Lowpass configuration, a multi-wave LFO, and two modulation busses. Viking Synth uses state of the art DSP technology to accurately reproduce the sound of the hardware. The same algorithms are found in the popular Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. You get a desktop quality plug-in at an iOS friendly price.

Viking Synth is an Audio Unit Extension Instrument that works as a plug-in inside host apps. Just open up your favorite host that supports Audio Unit Instruments and select it from the list of available Audio Units. Compatible with GarageBand, Cubasis, MTS, and AUM.

The user interface of Viking Synth is designed for quick and intuitive control. Knobs and sliders expand during tweaking and are designed so the current value isn’t hidden below your finger. The six pages divide the synth into logical sections that can be accessed quickly. The filter display acts as an XY pad for controlling cutoff and resonance. Simply double tap a knob or slider to reset it to its default value.

Presets
Viking Synth comes with 178 presets in the categories Bass, Bright Lead, Electro Bass, FX, Percussive Lead, and Soft Lead. The synth excels at thick bass and rich lead sounds. The 50 Electro Bass presets were designed by renowned sound designer eXode. Note that Cubasis and MTS do not currently support Audio Unit presets. Presets work perfectly with GarageBand and AUM.

Oscillators
At the heart of Viking are three adjustable wave oscillators. The continuously variable waveform knob gives the oscillators a unique sound that can’t be achieved with the fixed waveforms found in most synths. A noise oscillator provides three types of noise, one specifically modelled after the hardware.

Modulation
Two modulation busses and an LFO provide flexible modulation capabilities. All of the options hidden deep in menus on the hardware are immediately accessible with one tap.

Filters
The filters are classic transistor ladder filters modeled meticulously. Two DSP varieties are available allowing for either reduced CPU load or soft clipping plus three additional overdriven modes. The number of poles is adjustable for a wider range of filter sounds.

Compare Viking to the leading brand:

  • Viking’s oscillators are free running, not sampled, wavetable based, or generated from a zero point
  • Viking’s oscillators use advanced techniques to avoid aliasing
  • Viking’s oscillators have instability, which is controllable through the tuning drift control
  • Viking’s nonlinear filter uses circuit modeling and provides soft clipping

Viking Synth costs $4.99, which is a special introductory price throughout March. Find it by clicking below on the app store:

AUM (Audio Mixer) has arrived!

The wait is over, AUM has arrived, and it is awesome! Here are all the details of the app …

AUM is the flexible audio mixer, recorder, and connection hub for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Connect hardware inputs and outputs, Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio apps, Audiobus, soundfile players, built-in signal processing and filters, in any configuration you want.

Route anything to anywhere with mix-busses, effect sends, audiobus ports, and external multi-channel audio interfaces.

Play hosted synths and instruments using the built-in keyboard or external MIDI controllers, or sequence them from other apps using Virtual MIDI.

Record mixes, individual tracks, or both, straight into the storage space of AudioShare (no copying of files needed).

Play back recordings, soundfiles and loops as channel sources in the mixer for backing tracks, further processing or mixing.

Route MIDI in any way you like using the MIDI matrix.

Synchronize everything with the sample-accurate transport clock and play in time with other apps or devices using Ableton Link, a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network.

Includes built-in processing nodes for various stereo processing, Mid/Side balance and conversion, EQs and filters, limiting, clipping and saturation. Or use any 3rd party Audio Unit extension or Inter-App Audio effect.

All controls in the mixer can be controlled via MIDI, including parameters of hosted and built-in plugins.

“AUM is feature rich, powerful, intuitive, and simple to use.” – Scott Whitehead at DubSpot

FEATURES

  • High quality audio up to 32-bit 96kHz
  • Clean and intuitive user interface with crisp vector graphics
  • Extremely compact and optimized code, very small app size
  • Unlimited number of channels
  • Unlimited number of effect slots
  • Inserts and sends are configurable pre/post-fader
  • Internal busses for mixing or effect sends
  • Supports multi-channel audio interfaces
  • Supports Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
  • Audiobus state saving
  • Highly accurate transport clock
  • Metronome and optional pre-roll
  • Sends host sync to Audio Unit plugins and IAA apps
  • Play in time with Ableton Link
  • FilePlayer with sync and looping, access to all AudioShare files
  • Records straight into AudioShare storage space
  • Built-in nodes for stereo processing, filtering and dynamics
  • Latency compensation makes everything align at the outputs
  • Separate Inter-App Audio / Audiobus output ports
  • Built-in MIDI keyboard
  • Fully MIDI controllable
  • MIDI Matrix for routing MIDI anywhere

BUILT-IN SIGNAL PROCESSING

  • Stereo balance
  • Stereo to mono
  • Stereo panning
  • Mid/Side balance
  • Mid/Side – Stereo convert
  • Invert Phase
  • Parametric EQ
  • Low-shelf filter
  • High-shelf filter
  • Low-pass resonant filter
  • High-pass resonant filter
  • Gain
  • Hard clip
  • Saturation
  • Lookahead peak limiter

AUM is on the app store now and is 50% off for launch for a limited time only. It’s priced at $9.99 (£7.99)

Buttercup Bitcrush brings Audio Unit support in version 1.1

Buttercup Bitcrush gets updated to version 1.1 and brings us:

  • DSP improvements.
  • Native presets
  • Audio Unit support

Buttercup Bitcrush on the app store:

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