Audulus 3 Adds Nearly 100 Synth Modules … Plus "How to Think in Audulus"

Audulus 3 Adds Nearly 100 Synth Modules … Plus “How to Think in Audulus”


I thought you’d want a little more detail on Audulus 3 and what comes with the new version of the apps for iOS and OSX.

G​et ready for some serious patching – Audulus 3 now comes with nearly 100 Synth Modules arranged in the brand-new Module Library. The modular synthesizer and visual programming sound environment, developed by Taylor Holliday out of San Francisco, also includes a new tutorial series entitled, “How to Think in Audulus.”

“As the Audulus Module Library grows with each update, so too will new tutorials appear,” says Holliday. Written by Audulus LLC’s new Chief Evangelist, Mark Boyd, the tutorial series, in​just three in-app interactive lessons, will bring a total beginner to a basic understanding of how to think in Audulus. “Beginners jump aboard – we’re breaking the synth sound barrier with Audulus 3,” says Holliday.

From oscillators, filters, and envelopes to more unique modules like Touch Feedback Clock and the Cyclone Matrix Mixer, Audulus 3 comes with everything the user needs to build a monster modular sound. “And the best part… the initial library will continue to grow in future 3.X releases,” explains Boyd. “I’m cooking up something new every day, so, even if you’re not a patch designer yourself, you’ll never run out of new toys to play with.”

The UI for Audulus iOS has been totally revamped to maximize clarity and control. A new toolbar allows access to intuitively organized node and module browsers, along with a sleek on-screen multi-touch keyboard. Users can also sort modules by tags, read metadata descriptions of their functions, and even add or edit metadata for their own patches.

For Audulus Mac/Windows, users can also add and edit metadata from a pull-down menu, and the patches in the library are kept organized in menu subfolders.

Some other new features of Audulus 3 include a lasso tool, a new RGB light node with variable brightness, a pitch bend node, and a multi-line text node. Also, all meters are now exposable on sub-patch UIs.

As for the internals, Holliday adds, “I’ve also rewritten Audulus’s internal code in a more efficient language, meaning patches load and run faster. Also, Audulus’s oscillator node has been completely recoded to incorporate cutting-edge DSP techniques.”

Audulus LLC a​lso announces that they have done away with in-app purchases entirely, so every copy of Audulus now comes with access to all nodes and future 3.X updates. “I kinda talked Taylor into it, even though he was thinking about it already,” says Boyd. “The idea is that if more people have access to all of Audulus’s functions from the get-go, they’ll be more inclined to jump into the deep end of patch design.”

In addition to the app itself, the ever-growing online Audulus Forum keeps users up to date on the latest community developments and special Audulus user-only offers. “Whether you’re stuck on a design and need help, or just want to share your latest creation, the forum is the perfect place for all things Audulus,” says Holliday. “I literally would not be without the forum,” adds Boyd. “I learned everything I know about Audulus from being active on the forum – the community there showed me you don’t need to be an expert at programming to make truly unique and great-sounding patches.”

“If you haven’t started using Audulus, now is the perfect time to begin,” says Holliday. “Audulus offers users total control over every aspect of their sound without having to commit to learning a whole new language. If you’re tired of presets, tired of the same old synths, try Audulus 3 and see what you can do when you design sound from first principles.”

Audulus is a minimalist modular software synthesizer and effects processor. With Audulus, users can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio. All with low latency real-time processing suitable for live performance.

Audulus for iOS can be used as a stand-alone instrument or in conjunction with Audulus for Mac, for a round-trip workflow between platforms. Begin a patch on the busride home and then bring it up on your laptop at band practice later that night – with iCloud functionality, moving between platforms couldn’t be easier.

Coming soon: Audulus 3 for Windows, available directly through audulus.com.

Audulus 3 for iPad/iPhone is available on the App Store.

Audulus 3 for Mac is available on the Mac App Store.

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All versions of Audulus are $14.99. (50% off for a limited time).

Audulus 3 arrives

The long wait is over. Audulus 3 has arrived! It’s a new app and not an upgrade from version 2, but that’s not a big surprise to me.

Here are the app store details:

With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio. All with low latency real-time processing suitable for live performance. Audulus’s user interface is clean, simple, and easy to learn, allowing you to focus on sound – now made easier than ever with nearly 100 built-in Eurorack-style modules.

“Anybody into synthesis should check out Audulus on the iPad. Tweaker heaven.” – Jordan Rudess
“Audulus is fantastic, a thinking man’s synth.” – UK App Store review
Rated “Killer App” on apps4idevices.com!

Praise for the Mac version:
“beautiful interface” – Peter Kirn, createdigitalmusic.com
“Love this App. It has one of the best UIs I’ve ever used.” – USA Mac App Store review
“The biggidy bomb coolest most super tech-nerd fun times soft synth I’ve bought in recent times!” – Mac App Store Australia review
“Remarkable gesture control” – sequencer.de

Visit the Audulus Forum for exciting FREE user-created patches!

Please note: Audulus Requires iOS 7. Minimum Recommended Hardware: iPad 2 or iPhone 4s.

Key Features:

  • Fluid Vector Interface – smooth animated interaction
  • MIDI control – use your control surface or MIDI keyboard
  • Polyphony – process multiple voices
  • Diverse Nodes – from ADSR to ZeroCross
  • Patch Browser – quickly flip through your patches
  • 32-bit floating-point signal processing
  • Fully Enhanced for Retina Display
  • Unlimited Undo – full history stored in a patch
  • Round-trip workflow with Audulus for Mac
  • Virtual MIDI – control Audulus from your favorite MIDI app
  • Audiobus support! – Runs as both an Input and Effect
  • Sub-Patches – group and reuse nodes
  • Universal Modulation – modulate any knob
  • iCloud support – effortlessly sync patches between Mac and iPad
  • Custom Nodes – build your own modules!
  • Timing mode – figure out which nodes are using the most CPU!

Featured Built-in Modules:

  • 5ms Revolving Clock Divider
  • Touch Feedback Clock
  • Ms. Torsion Distortion
  • Fibonacci Sequence
  • Fab Five Rectifying LFO
  • The Warpeggiator
  • Scale Quantizer
  • Cyclone Matrix Mixer
  • …and many more!

Built-in Nodes:

  • Virtual Analog Oscillator (4 classic waveforms)
  • ADSR Envelope
  • Noise Generator
  • Mathematical Modules: Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction, Sine, Modulo
  • Math expression module – 34 operation expression language
  • Random Number Generator
  • MIDI controlled Keyboard
  • MIDI assignable trigger
  • 16-Step Sequencer
  • Delay
  • Distortion
  • Low Pass Filter
  • Low Pass Filter with resonance
  • High Pass Filter
  • Feedback Delay
  • Unit Delay
  • DC Blocker
  • Envelope Follower
  • Pitch Shifter
  • Constant Value
  • Gain
  • Mapper Curve
  • Piecewise-linear Spline Curve
  • Sample and Hold
  • Crossfade
  • 4-Channel Mixer
  • Level Meter
  • Value Meter
  • Scrolling Waveform Meter
  • Light
  • RGB Light
  • Input/Output
  • Polyphonic to Monophonic signal mixer
  • Polyphonic/Monophonic signal converters
  • Multiplexer/Demultiplexers
  • Sub-Patch
  • Timer
  • Zero-crossing Counter
  • Text

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at support at audulus dot com if you have any questions or need help.

Educational pricing available. For more information, see http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program/

Audulus 3 costs £10.99 (UK) and $14.99 (USD).

Giant Isopod (universal), noise synth arrives

Giant Isopod is a synthesizer to generate noise. Let’s try and drown in the noise coming from the depths of the sea!

Features

  • Oscillator
  • Two Oscillators
  • Four Wave Types: Saw / Square / Noise / Magic
  • Pitch Sync

Filter

  • Three Filter Types: BPF / HPF / LPF

LFO

  • Three LFOs
  • Four Wave Types : Sine / Square / Saw / Random
  • Six Destinations : OSC1 Pitch / OSC1 Volume / OSC2 Pitch / OSC2 Volume / Filter CutOff / Master Volume

FX

  • Two FXs: Lo-Fi / Delay

Controls

  • Two assignable X-Y Pads
  • Assignable Gyro Control

Others

  • Supports virtual MIDI (MIDI IN only).
  • Supports MIDI sync (LFO Rate, Delay Time).
  • Supports Background playback.
  • Supports Audiobus (Input).
  • Supports for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad as a universal app.

The app is priced at $2.99.

YouCompose, advanced mobile classical music writing app arrives

I don’t often feature notation apps these days but this one did catch my eye and made me wonder if it might be a good fit for me personally. Here’s the description of the app:

YouCompose is the most advanced mobile classical music writing application available today.

Using the rules from the ‘common practice period’, YouCompose provides you the tools you need to create great compositions in a classical 4 part harmony style.

YouCompose comes with a built-in assistant composer. This assistant can help you compose your music in many ways.

You can enter melodies using the built-in virtual keyboard (with metronome) or enter single notes in a grid editor. Your assistant composer will then harmonize your melodies.

You can influence the way the assistant harmonizes your melodies, by setting harmonization points and other options, or you can also leave that completely to your assistant.

You can ask your assistant to compose a melody or even a complete composition.

A composition can be edited in many ways. YouCompose allows you to copy, paste, move, repeat and discard movements, segments and individual notes, enter lyrics, transpose, change gain etc.

YouCompose can play your composition with its built-in instruments and since YouCompose is Core MIDI compatible, you can also utilize a MIDI keyboard or a MIDI sound module.

You can view your composition’s full score or the individual parts and print them directly from YouCompose to an AirPrint compatible printer.

You can save compositions to your device and load them again later. Additionally, YouCompose allows you to send and receive them from other devices running YouCompose via an AirDrop connection.

You can share your composition with others by sending an email containing MIDI files and a PDF document with the full score and the individual parts.

A complete user manual is included in the App and you can print it to an AirPrint compatible printer.

Several sample compositions containing well known melodies are also included in the package.

The app is priced at $2.99

Caustic 3 arrives, but not just for Android, an iOS universal version arrives too and I’m speechless

Ok, I’m not that speechless, but it’s amazing. Arguably the number 1 Android making app has gone cross platform at the same moment that version 3 lands with a huge upgrade in what you can do with this app. It’s amazing.

Here’s what you get on iOS for your $9.99:

Caustic 3 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizer/sampler rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of:

  • Subsynth – Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
  • PCMSynth – Multi-sample wave synthesizer
  • BassLine – 303-like monosynth
  • BeatBox – 8-channel sampling drum machine
  • PadSynth – Harmonic table pad synthesizer
  • 8BitSynth – 8bit equation solver synthesizer
  • Modular – Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
  • Organ – Tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
  • Vocoder – 8-band harmonic vocoder
  • FMSynth – DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer

The app also includes:

  • Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine (16 effect types).
  • Mixer desk with EQ, panning and global Delay/Reverb effects.
  • Master section with effect slots, parametric EQ and limiter.
  • Song sequencer

Supports automation recording on most controls and includes powerful editors for modifying automation curves.

Users can record their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder or import files through iTunes file sharing or the built-in FTP server.
Supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate).
The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2) and FL/Xewton instruments (.instr, .ZIP)

Exported songs can be shared using the AudioShare app.

Supports CoreMIDI for note and velocity data.

See the in-app help section for dozens of informative tutorial videos and full online manual.

There is also a FREE (full version) PC version available for download on the product website.

Come visit www.singlecellsoftware.com to download more presets, request features, share your tracks and hear what others are creating with Caustic 3.

Works on iPhone/iPod but iPad is recommended.

The app is priced at a very reasonable $9.99 (£6.99).

Sequence (universal) arrives for iOS


Sequence – First Look from Dimitri Diakopoulos on Vimeo.

I’ve been playing with this app this morning. I think that it has a load of potential

Sequence is a new circular audio sequencer using the euclidean algorithm. Perfect for making polyrhythms, Sequence works well to create all kinds of electronica and techno.

Features

  • Eight patterns to play with
  • 30 samples from classic drum machines
  • MIDI output
  • Save and load sequences
  • BPM control

Expect to hear a lot more about this one.

The app is priced at just $1.99

SequenceApp - Dimitri Diakopoulos

Anaphobia Destro final specs announced

You might remember Anaphobia Mini, a nice little mono synth for iOS. Well, Anaphobia Destro is coming along from the same developer and builds on Anaphobia Mini.

Here are the specs:

Features (Synthesizer)

  • One main oscillator (VCO) with selectable wave type (saw, square and sine) and scalable within the range of -1 and +1 octaves.
  • Two low frequency oscillators (LFO) with selectable wave type (saw, square and sine) and selectable frequency/rate and depth. LFO1 modulates VCO1 frequency while LFO2 modulates VCF cutoff frequency. LFO’s synchronise to MIDI/sequencer tempo at 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 notes.
  • One VCA with fully customizable ADSR(A) envelope.
  • One 24dB/octave VCF with three filter types (Low Pass, High Pass and Band Pass), selectable cutoff frequency and resonance and a fully customizable ADSR(A) envelope.
  • One noise generator with fully customizable ADSR(A) envelope.
  • Foldback distortion unit with adjustable threshold and scale.
  • A one-octave keyboard with support for portamento and legato play.
  • Number of factory presets to be determined.
  • Number of custom presets to be determined.

Features (Sequencer)

  • 4 beats-per-pattern, 4 steps per beat step sequencer.
  • Adjustable tempo from 20-200BPM.
  • Adjustable swing.
  • Supports note on, note off and legato commands.
  • Supports MIDI Clock IN synchronisation
  • Number of factory patterns to be determined.
  • Number of factory songs to be determined.
  • Number of customs patterns to be determined.
  • Number of custom songs to be determined.

Glitch1 arrives for iOS

A new glitchy app arrives today, this time a real time effect processor. Here’s what to expect:

Make your Glitch sound in real-time from your Microphone or Song File! Glitch1 re-builds your music and audio dynamically with innovative 6 FXs.

Glitch1 Ver.1.0 includes 6 effects:

  • CRUSHER (Low-SamplingRate Effect)
  • SHORT DELAY (10-40ms Delay)
  • BEAT REPEAT
  • GATER
  • TAPE STOP (Tape Stop/Vinyl Break Effect)
  • AUTO PAN

And 3 Global effects:

  • LIMITER (Hard-knee limiter)
  • DELAY (1/4 , 1/8 dot)
  • STEREO (Stereo Enhancer)

**NOTE**
Please use a Headphone when you use iPhone’s Microphone to avoid howling.

The app is priced at $0.99.

Glitch1 - pentacom

PPG WaveGenerator has arrived!

PPG WaveGenerator arrives! Earlier than I was expecting to be honest. Here’s what you need to know:

Description:

PPG WaveGenerator is the latest development from the inventor of wavetable synthesis, Wolfgang Palm. It is a next generation synthesizer, building on the heritage of the PPG Wave keyboards.

The PPG WaveGenerator comes with a multitude of wavetables. The sound material contains the typical sounds from the original PPG wave models, as well as many new sounds generated by versatile analysis tools and also hand edited waves.

This app enables the user, to create his own wavetables in a playful way, and to hear the result immediately. Also you can construct the waves by adding harmonics very precise.

Another way is to transform a picture into a wavetable. You can load photos from your album or even shoot a picture with the camera.

The waves are collected in a grid of 256 fields, to which the 3 oscillators of the synthesizer have arbitrary and independent access.

In a 3D display you get a visual impression on how the sound evolves. You can turn around the 3D object and zoom in and out,

The Parameters of the synthesizer are divided into modules, which allows easy, yet powerful editing.

It contains 3 oscillators with independent control of pitch and waveform. Each oscillator has its own glide, which gives a very dynamic sound.

With a sophisticated routing system, the diverse modulation sources can be connected to all important control points.

The keyboard is configurable totally freely, so you can setup all well-known musical scales, but also all imaginable custom scales that best fit into your music.

PPG WaveGenerator benefits all advantages of the iPad, like X/Y control after the key on event, or two finder gestures for spectrum control. After a key is hit, the tone may be modified and modulated in various ways, just by moving your finger.

A comfortable browser lets you sort the sound programs; you can categorize and rate them. Also complete custom sound banks may be created.

All significant parameters are controllable via MIDI.

There is a built in context specific help for all pages and modules.

Key Features:

  • Creation of your own waves and wavetables.
  • Playful sound creation simply by drawing or picking harmonics
  • 3D page, visualization of the wavetables, transformation from photos into wavetables.
  • 256 waves assembled within a wave grid
  • 3 Audio Oscillators
  • 3 Noise generators, for audio and modulations
  • Classic 24 dB Lowpass Filter, combined with an overdrive simulation.
  • Dual amplifier, for versatile control of 2 audio signals as well as panning.
  • 13 Envelopes, for independent control of pitch, waveform, filter and noise gain and panning
  • 4 LFOs
  • Arpeggiator
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • Audio engine with 2 synthesis modes, and variable wave blending quality.
  • Directly accessible context help inside the app
  • Use a camera, to shoot a picture and then transform it into a sound!
  • Using state of the art technologies, but still the versatile and efficient synthesis system.
  • Build your own keyboard, with the keys you prefer for your music.

The app is priced at $19.99.

WaveGenerator - PPG - Wolfgang Palm

Blue’s Mikey Digital arrives, but not for me it seems

Blue have announced their Mikey Digital for iPod touch (4th generation), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad but at the moment it seems only to be available in the US and nothing about Europe so far.

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