TKFX – Traktor Controller for iPad arrives and is free

TKFX – Traktor Controller arrives for your iPad from the makers of LIVKONTROL. Here are the details:

TKFX is a dedicated Traktor Dj Effects controller that features an X/Y pad. TKFX allows you to use Traktor effects in a completely new way. Select the effect you want to use, assign effect parameters to X/Y pad axis, enabled the effect in the wished deck and touch the pad. The effect is automatically applied. When the pad is release, dry/wet starts decaying automatically.

TKFX is completely plug and play which means that you don’t need to waste countless hours in MIDI mapping. TKFX knows all about Traktor Dj effects, just select the effect you want and all it’s parameters and functions will be automatically reflected on the respective buttons. TKFX supports effect unit operation in single or group mode.

Key features:

  • X/Y pad
  • Plug & Play
  • Hold function
  • BPM sync
  • 4 effect units
  • 4 memory banks
  • Single or group mode
  • Wireless

For detailed documentation please visit www.tkfxapp.com

And the app is free:

So this is coming and will make the Atmegatron owners very happy

You might remember that I did a video (below) and interview a while ago with Paul from Soulsby Synths. Well I bumped into him at the Music Tech Fest Hack on Saturday and Sunday as well, and he showed me the picture above which is going to be Lemur template for working with the Atmegatron. Sorry for the slightly blurred picture, but I was in a hurry!

If you’ve no idea about what the Atmegatron is, here’s a little video tour …

I’m also waiting patiently for the Atmegatron mini too. I think that’ll be pretty awesome to make. So we expect great things from Soulsby Synths, and I didn’t even get a chance to see his hack yesterday!

Apollo Remote Recorder for iOS arrives

Apollo Remote Recorder is an innovative iOS app that will change how you make music. It can capture sound from other apps using Audiobus, or audio from any iOS compatible input. Recordings are triggered with MIDI, and can be transferred to the desktop using the web server built into the app. For the most in-depth explanation on how to use the app (as well as YouTube demo videos), please visit the Secret Base Design web site, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

There are hundreds of great synthesizers and samplers for iOS, but getting recordings in and out of a device has been a hassle. Most musicians use desktop DAWs — Logic, Cubase, ProTools, Reaper, Ableton, and so on; the desktop DAWs offer limitless storage, a wide range of hardware and software interfaces, and more. Studios are heavily invested in their DAWs, and few musicians are willing to abandon them.

Apollo Remote Recorder is designed to bridge the gap between iOS and the professional desktop DAW world. You no longer have to give up a full fledged DAW as part of your work flow, and you don’t have to buy a pile of hardware adapters either.

The app uses Audiobus to let you easily record synthesizers (with the recording happening on iOS, to avoid latency). The app features a built-in web server, which lets you transfer recordings to the desktop with an ordinary web browser. MIDI sent your DAW toggles on and off recording — so the recordings are perfectly timed, and drop into your desktop environment without needing to be trimmed or edited.

The entire flow is digital and wireless. No sound degradation. No latency. Just pure awesome.
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Some technical details: because the recordings are triggered by MIDI, the jitter in a connection should be minimized. We recommend hardware MIDI adapters for use with Windows and Linux based DAWs, and either hardware adapters or Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth with OSX. The app will work with MIDI over WiFi, but we do not recommend it because of the potential for jitter.

The app can also be used to record live instruments and vocals; any iOS compatible audio interface can be used, with the recording being captured either by sending MIDI from a DAW, or by tapping the buttons on the interface. The latency of a MIDI trigger will impact timing for the recording of live instruments; most DAWs support latency compensation for MIDI, making this problem easy to eliminate.

If the timing of a recording is not critical, the app can be used as an ordinary voice and Audiobus recorder, for sketching song ideas or taking notes. The built-in web server makes it easy to transfer the recordings to the desktop.

The app is priced at $4.99.

Unity Live for iOS arrives

Unity Live has arrived …

Unity Live is designed for live performance with an external MIDI controller. Create set list using the hundreds of high-quality Unity sound banks in splits and layers. Purchase addition Unity sounds on the store page.

Each sound may be edited via knobs for transpose, coarse, fine, volume, and pan as well as per-algorithm specific sound controllers, routing amounts, and modulator parameters. Up to ten sound controllers per-algorithm can be controlled, for example, oscillator frequencies, volumes, and pans, as well as filter cutoffs, and resonances.

Complete undo and redo support.

Manage your application documents easy. Each document is a list of setups (two sounds with splits and/or layers) for a live performance. Multiple document support makes organizing your favorite sounds (with edits!) very easily.

Existing ‘Unity Synthesizer’ owners will be able to transfer their current purchase over to ‘Unity Live’ without cost.

Audiobus support. iOS 7 Inter-App Audio support for use with applications like GarageBand on your iOS device.

The app costs $2.99.

Trigger Box arrives and will send gate to your analog apparently

Not a huge amount of description on this app. In fact, this is it:

“Trigger Box sends gate signals to your analog synthesizer.”

But it’s free.

iRing Motion controller for iPhone & iPad (video)

Get a set of iRings direct from IK, click below:

TC-Data arrives, and if you’re into MIDI or OSC then you really need to take a look at this

A new app from the developer of TC-11 arrives and looks completely awesome. Here’s what you need to know about the app:

TC-Data is a MIDI and OSC (Open Sound Control) controller that sends messages to other apps and hardware. The app has over 300 multi-touch and device motion controllers and triggers which can be assigned to any MIDI or OSC message output. TC-Data is not a synthesizer, but it is designed to control them, plus any other MIDI or OSC software.

With TC-Data, you create your own interface to send the gestures and touch motions you choose. There are no sliders, knobs, or buttons. TC-Data directly connects your touch movements to the outputs you program.

Create MIDI notes, CC, pitch bend, patch change, and aftertouch messages with totally unique multi-touch controllers. Or send values directly to your program of choice via OSC, where you can build your own project using TC-Data as the front-end.

Features

  • Inter-app control via CoreMIDI
  • OSC over Wi-Fi
  • Support for external MIDI interfaces
  • MIDI input passthrough
  • Virtual MIDI output
  • MIDI over Bluetooth via 3rd party apps
  • Fully assignable touch controllers
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer motion control
  • 300+ controllers and triggers

Here’s the video that shows you some of the amazingly cool stuff that this can do:

TC-Data is based on TC-11, an all-in-one multi-touch synthesizer. TC-Data takes the multi-touch controllers from TC-11 and opens them up to any external software. Add multi-touch gestural control to your next project with TC-Data.

TC-Data is priced at $19.99. Click on the button below to see it in the app store:

Double Decker arrives from Secret Base Design

Secret Base bring us a new controller app. Here’s what it is …

The best MIDI controller is the one that you have with you. Double Decker transforms an ordinary Bluetooth keyboard into a sophisticated MIDI controller, giving you a much bigger playing surface, while still being portable.

The app features a state-of-the-art Soundfont engine, advanced MIDI routing capability, support for Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, and even Audiobus!

Press a key on the Bluetooth keyboard to trigger a note. When you touch another key, the first note is silenced as the next note is played. With iOS, a key press can be detected, but not a key release; the automatic silencing of notes lets you play in a smooth and natural manner. Tapping the space bar will silence all sounding notes. Double Decker can only detect keystrokes when it is in the foreground.

The keys are arranged with the two middle rows in a piano-style formation. Play a second instrument using the bottom row of keys, and two more instruments using the number keys and punctuation. Each key can be configured to trigger either a single note or a chord.

A second arrangement of the keyboard divides things into four grids, four-by-four each. This is great for finger drumming, and triggering samples and sequences.

Double Decker supports Soundfonts, opening up a world of different tones. The app also has full support for MIDI, giving almost unlimited sonic potential. Using the MIDI Learn feature in apps such as Loopy and Genome, you can start and stop recording, play synthesizers, and switch tracks, all with a Bluetooth keyboard.

If you have multiple iOS devices, you can link them together using the low latency connection provided by Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth. Run Double Decker in the foreground on one device to catch keystrokes, and then send MIDI to a second device, which can have a synthesizer or sequencer app in the foreground.

Key features of the app are the following:
* Innovative use of an external keyboard to trigger notes.
* Keyboard arranged into two groups, each with four different playing regions.
* Each region can be assigned a Soundfont patch, a set of MIDI destinations, or both.
* Soundfonts can be added using “open in” or iTunes file sharing.
* Each key in each region is configurable as either a note or a chord, with independent velocity control.
* Key configurations can be saved as presets, shared through email, or downloaded from the web.
* The app supports the Audiobus “input” slot.
* Built-in support as a Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth “A” endpoint.

Please visit the Secret Base Design web site for more information, Video demos, and links to reviews.

The app is priced at $1.99

First Impressions: iRing from IK Multimedia

I was lucky enough to get the a sample pack of IK’s new iRing controller last week and found time to give them a quick play as well. My initial reaction to the hardware is that these are simple lightweight and yet quite robust and sturdy. The controllers are very easy to hold and once you’ve got them in your hand they don’t fall out easily.

I started by trying to use the iRings without configuring them, and of course, they don’t work. You need to register these using the QR code that comes in pack. Once you’ve done that they work straight off with no problems at all.

Once you’ve got the whole thing working it’s a lot of fun to play with. I started off by using the iRing Music Maker app (iTunes link). The app gives you a view on how the controllers work and how they can be used, but I think the real benefit to a lot of mobile musicians will be using IK’s other iRing enabled app, the iRing FX app. In the music maker app you can assign different parameters to each controller iRing. This is pretty easy to do actually and it’s very responsive once set up.

I used one to control the overall filter on the mix and the other to change the patterns coming in and out. I found that even with this simple set up it was great to just play and bring stuff in and out. I think I could probably spend a lot of time just messing about with a mix and controlling different parameters in it.

So, next I need to spend some time with the FX controller app and see where that takes me. I think that IK’s newest addition to their mobile hardware line up is going to be well worth the €19.99 they’re charging for it, especially if other developers take on the iRing SDK which is available here.

Get the IK iRing now at IK’s site … (click below)

Is it just me who can see the musical applications of this hardware?

Video description:

“Canopy is a Minneapolis-based innovative company made up of a dedicated and inspired team of people devoted to creating services and technologies that elevate mobile experiences. We make Sensus, the world’s first app enhancing case — adding touch interface to the sides and entire back of your mobile device through patent-pending variable pressure technology.”

I can see immense uses for this as an expressive musical interface that could work with loads of apps. Is it just me?

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