djay Pro – Professional DJ App now on iPad (video)

Video description:

“djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Built exclusively for iPad, djay Pro seamlessly integrates with your media library and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, and video mixing give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.”

Algoriddim releases djay Pro for iPad

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Built exclusively for iPad, djay Pro seamlessly integrates with your media library and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, and video mixing give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

FEATURES OVERVIEW

Powerful DJ Interface

  • Jog Wheels
  • Waveforms
  • Four Decks
  • Sampler
  • Video
  • Landscape & Portrait Modes

Spotify Integration

  • Instant access to over 20 million songs
  • Playlists, Songs, Charts, Browse
  • Match: cloud-based song recommendations powered by The Echo Nest
  • Instant access to BPM and Key information through the cloud
  • On-the-fly playlist editing and song saving
  • Drag & Drop from Spotify app
  • Powerful audio streaming technology: ultra-low latency, advanced effects, on-the-fly analysis
  • Video Integration
  • Video library with pre-bundled content
  • Video mixing and scratching
  • Transitions
  • Music Visualizers
  • Visual FX
  • Title & image overlays
  • A/V recording
  • Support for external displays and Airplay

Four Deck Mixing

  • Horizontal / vertical layouts
  • Crossfader assignments (left, right, thru)

Music Library

  • Spotify + iTunes
  • Video library
  • History and Queue
  • Instant preview
  • Light / dark mode
  • Expanded mode

Waveform Layouts

  • Horizontal / vertical
  • Two deck / four deck
  • Variable zoom level

Sampler

  • Live sampling and preset editing
  • Pre-bundled content by Loopmasters
  • Pre-bundled samples by DJQbert

Recording

  • Live Audio Recording
  • Live Video Recording

Automix

  • Automatic, beat-matched mixes
  • Queue and Playlist automation
  • Automatic transitions
  • Automix Radio powered by The Echo Nest

Advanced DJ Tools

  • Sync
  • Cue Points
  • Looping
  • Skipping
  • Scrubbing
  • Slip Mode
  • Beat grid editing

Audio FX

  • Over 30 state-of-the-art audio effects powered by Sugar Bytes (available via In-App Purchase)
  • Up to three chain-able audio effects per deck
  • XY-Pad and Instant FX

Audio Processing

  • Advanced time-stretching (up to +- 75%)
  • Pitch shifting (up to +- 1 octave)
  • Audio mixing with adjustable crossfader curves
  • EQ, panning, and highpass/lowpass filtering
  • Audio Limiter

Audio Analysis

  • BPM and beat detection
  • Flexible beat grids with support for dynamic tempo
  • Frequency-based colored waveforms
  • Key detection
  • Auto-gain / Normalize
  • Multi-core batch analysis

Hardware Integration

  • Native support for DJ controllers including Reloop Beatpad, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO, Numark Mixdeck Quad, Numark iDJ Pro
  • Support for multi-channel USB audio interfaces

Optimized for iPad Pro

  • Smart Keyboard integration (over 70 keyboard shortcuts)
  • Advanced iOS 9 Multitasking integration (Slide Over, Split view, and Portrait modes)
  • Full HD video capture and rendering (1080p)
  • Support for 4K videos
  • AirPlay Integration
  • iPad camera integration
  • 60 frames per second graphics rendering
  • iCloud integration: syncs cue points, grid edits, and metadata with iOS and Mac versions of djay

djay Pro is compatible with any iPad running iOS 8 or later.

A Spotify Premium subscription and an internet connection is required to access the Spotify music catalog from djay Pro. A free trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay Pro users.

To use songs from iCloud in djay Pro please download them first via the Music app. No support for DRM protected songs.

30% OFF LAUNCH SALE – FOR A LIMITED TIME. djay Pro is available now for $19.99.

Rytmik Ultimate … is coming to an iPad and 3DS near you

This is such great news, on the 10th of December Rytmik Ultimate will arrive on iOS! Brilliant! It’s one of those apps that has made me want to get a 3DS, although I’ve never got around to getting one. Now that DS-10 has come to iOS (as the iDS-10) and as of the 10th, Rytmik Ultimate too, I think that I no longer need that 3DS. Maybe …

Anyway, here are the videos for the iOS (iPad) and the 3DS versions. We’ll talk about this again on the 10th I guess.

“Rytmik Ultimate is a powerful pocket music station allowing you not only to play with samples and musical instruments but also to mix them together, shape them and create music clips or tracks for your Friday night set-list.

Release date: 10th December 2015.
Platform: Apple iPad, new iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro”

Kuvert from Klevgränd Produktion AB has arrived for your iPad

https://player.vimeo.com/video/146359394?color=46bcec&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0
Kuvert – Swedish Envelopes from Klevgränd produktion on Vimeo.

Kuvert allows you to draw five different envelopes. These envelopes control different effect parameters, and can be drawn freely or onto a grid. The envelopes are looped, while the incoming audio isn’t (unless you’re feeding it looped material of course). This is a powerful & fun way of altering your sounds to a whole new level, sometimes not even recognizable! Thanks to the looping nature of the plug-in, it will fit very well into any musical context. One way of using it would be to revitalize any looped material within a few seconds.

Noteworthy features:

  • Volume envelope
  • Low cut filter envelope (with resonance)
  • High cut filter envelope (with resonance)
  • “Glitch” envelope (alters timing)
  • Delay send envelope (with tempo synchronised time, filter and feedback
  • IAA (With tempo sync if host sends it)
  • MIDI clock sync
  • Load / Save presets
  • Audiobus
  • Documentation (on the product web page)


The current price is $4.99. but this will go up on Dec 1st to $7.99

Fugue Machine | multi-playhead sequencer has arrived

There’s been a lot of furious comment about this and lots of people seem very impressed. I haven’t had a chance to take a look as yet, but when I do I’ll let you know what I think.

For now, here’s the app’s description from iTunes:

BACH IN A BOX.

FUGUE MACHINE is a tool inspired by composition techniques used in Baroque music and Serialism — e.g. Bach’s canons and fugues, and Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique. The idea was to design a tool to manipulate a melody’s speed, direction, and pitch, as well as play multiple variations of the melody simultaneously.

As it turned out, the best implementation for this was to reimagine one of the most fundamental building blocks of all music sequencers: the piano roll.

THE PIANO ROLL, REIMAGINED.

FUGUE MACHINE is the world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a musical sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches. You see the playheads dance over the music sequence, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.

It’s mesmerizing.

FUGUE MACHINE costs $9.99 (£7.99) on the app store (click below):

AnalogKit First Video, and other stuff about modular apps too

I first mentioned AnalogKit here in this post, which then prompted this second more general post about modular apps. At that point I hadn’t seen this video of AnalogKit in action, so it was good to see this and get a proper feel for what the app can do.

Personally I don’t think that the debate is over with modular stuff on iOS or indeed on any mobile device. More about that another time I think.

For now there’s this video from Jakob Haq about AnalogKit which you might find interesting.

You can find AnalogKit on the app store by clicking below

AnalogKit is another modular synth app for your iPad

Another modular iPad synth app on the app store. Well it’s fair to say that this niche isn’t too crowded so far. Of course there’s Jasuto, Audulus and zMors Modular. And we shouldn’t forget TC-11, Modal Pro, Thor, iVCS3, and of course, Modular. Ok, so there are a few, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for another, and here’s AnalogKit adding itself to the list. From the app’s description (below) it seems like it has a lot to offer, although I haven’t tried it out as yet, but the competition is very stiff indeed from the likes of Audulus and zMors Modular in particular, especially as Audulus 3 is coming soon.

Anyway, I’ll let you make up your own mind. Here’s what the app has to say for itself …

AnalogKit lets you play, share, and build synths and effects in an incredible digital playground.

A music hacker’s paradise, Analogkit is designed to be enjoyed by both seasoned synth aficionados and curious cable-wranglers. Whether you’re into built-from-scratch effects pedals, synths, vocoders or even DIY games, AnalogKit allows you to build nearly anything you can dream of.

  • Piece together controls, effects and signal generators into any gear you can imagine.
  • 50+ included core components that can be combined to create endless possibilities of sounds.
  • Share your creations with the community via the built-in Swap Meet, or browse, live-preview, and download gear built by other users.
  • Compatible with many external audio interfaces so you can run AnalogKit as an effects board for mics, guitars, and other analog instruments.
  • Full USB, Bluetooth, and WiFi MIDI support to let you use your favorite external controllers
  • Advanced optimization algorithms enable you to run tens of thousands of basic modules in real-time on a modern iPad.
  • State of the art anti-aliased oscillators provide the most authentic sound sources digital synthesis can offer.
  • All the favorite toys from modular analog synths as well as digit logic components so you can build all the hybrid franken-synths your hardware modular friends could only dream of.

Under the hood, AnalogKit is anything but a toy. The process of putting things together with Analogkit is nothing less than an exploration of digital audio creation that’s both revealing and powerful.

Like a supercharged electronics project kit, Analogkit lets you combine and wire things up in any way you want, rather than having to settle for adjusting settings on existing gear. Depending on what components you choose, it can be both a trippy generative app that’s easy to lose hours with, or nimble and precise tool for building custom setups quickly.

Analogkit takes full advantage of its digital nature and lets you literally hook anything into anything, chain together as many of a thing as you like, and finally experiment like a kid again …a kid that happens to have the best audio toy to come to the iPad yet.

Analogkit costs $9.99 on the app store

So it’s true, the iPad Pro is a thing … (and more about today’s various announcements)

It was what everyone said was coming, and indeed it did come along. So what will we make of it? Is it a revolution, or is it just bigger, more powerful etc? Well the specs are impressive indeed. It’s powerful. Four speakers are nice, but with the addition of the new ‘Apple Pencil’ it starts to look more and more like a Surface than an iPad. Except without an accessible file system of course. And actually how mobile will this be? It is big. Personally I’ve found the iPad Mini to be a better portable device for music making than the old format iPad. I’m not sure how this device is a step forward for mobile music making except in terms of its power.

As for Apple Pencil, didn’t someone say something about your finger being the most natural pointing device? I seem to remember that from somewhere. Are we going backwards or is this just full circle.

As you can tell, I’m not sold on the Pro as yet. Not by a long way. However, the mini 4 does look like a nice upgrade, but not an innovation. Not in my book anyway.

Then there’s the new iPhone …

Force touch, or 3D touch as we’re now calling it will bring some interesting developments, and that can only be a good thing. I like that. Faster is good too. But what does make me laugh is how Apple describes iOS9, “iOS 9 is our most advanced, intelligent and secure mobile operating system yet”. What else would it be?

Anyway, I think the new S models are a reasonable step in the right direction. I won’t be upgrading for a long time to come, but perhaps when iPhone 7 comes out.

Then there’s the Apple TV and TVOS.

I had thought that there would be more mention of iOS integration, but no. Is that not on the agenda? Did I miss something? Maybe there’ll be more to say about this later when it actually becomes available.

Of course the other news from Apple is that iOS9 is coming on the 16th. No doubt there’ll be teething problems and then a swathe of updates on apps and also problems with music making. Just normal stuff really.

There was of course the Apple Watch, but I’m not going to mention that as I don’t think that Apple sees wearables as viable for music making, and so far the attempts to do this haven’t been ground breaking. I live in hope.

In other news Native released Reaktor 6. I’d wondered if they might also announce Reaktor for iPad, or iPad Pro, at least as a player. But sadly nothing so far. Again, I live in hope.

So it’s been an eventful day. More will come out over time, but overall I’m not seeing real innovation coming forward. It doesn’t feel like that to me.

BIAS FX arrives

We’ve been waiting and now it’s here …

BIAS FX turns your iPad into a world-class, guitar amp-and-effects processor. It gives you an endless collection of insanely great-sounding guitar pedalboards, ultra-high definition stereo rack effects, dual amps and dual signal chain. You can share and download users and artists signature guitar pedalboards from the cloud.

All new advanced multi-effects engine
Positive Grid’s approach engineering BIAS FX with a no-compromise mindset, from a detailed touch in distortion emulation to the double precision algorithm in chorus, we strive for the best possible sound quality. A huge collection of newly developed, high-definition pedal and rack effects are included: gate, boosters, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, equalizers, tremolo, phaser, flanger, chorus, octaver, compressors, delays, spring and plate reverbs—everything a guitar player needs for massive tone, with all the flavor of both modern and vintage stomp boxes. Throw all that together – it is pedalboard heaven, but without the hassle of hauling around dozens of stomps in a heavy metal box and fumbling with a snakepit of cables. Show up at the studio or gig, boot up and play!

Insanely powerful, yet easy to use
BIAS FX is the most powerful processor ever designed by Positive Grid, yet its simple drag-and-drop interface makes it extremely easy to use. Dual amps provide the resonance and vibrancy of playing through two real amps set up together in wide stereo. When integrated with BIAS AMP (separate app), you can select a different preamp, power amp, cab, mic and eq for each of the two amps. Patch everything together, including all pedals and rack effects, in any order you wish in dual signal paths running in parallel.

Download pedalboard from the cloud
There are already hundreds of pedalboard configurations available on ToneCloud for you to own, and the banquet keeps getting bigger and bigger: Positive Grid are currently working with professional artists, producers, and engineers from all over the world to create a massive, ever-growing library of extraordinary virtual pedalboards and rigs for BIAS FX. Browsing and downloading from that library is a snap: All the effects and amps in each setup can be seen at a glance, because they’re stored as Pedalboard-like snapshots. Simply scroll through the online images to select the presets of interest, then tap or click to download.

Inter app audio routing engine
BIAS FX integrates a brand new inter-app audio routing engine, you can easily insert any Inter-App-Audio compatible audio apps in BIAS FX’s dual signal paths, just like connecting audio effects app with virtual cables. BIAS FX makes it easy to go nuts with your audio apps.

Key features:

  • Extremely intuitive operation
  • Unrivalled, component-level simulation, analog-like sound quality
  • 12 classic BIAS amps, import any amp models from BIAS AMP
  • 25 high-quality effect pedals with brand new sound-processing algorithms
  • 5 ultra-professional rack processors that sound like high-end analog gear
  • Full integration with BIAS AMP gives you unprecedented control over designing your own fully customized amps
  • Dual signal path and dual amp processing
  • Brand new splitter switches between and combines dual signal paths, adjusting the level and frequency range for each path to give you more tone-shaping possibilities
  • Live View mode lets you recall any preset with a single tap and toggle on/off any single effect or category of effects
  • Pedalboard View shows all the effects and amps in the currently loaded preset at once
  • Global Settings optimizes BIAS FX’s output to sound the best in any environment—including sending to a mixer, amp head or combo or stack power amp—by letting you EQ and selectively deactivate the app’s preamp, tone stack, power amp and cab separately for each destination.
  • Inter app audio routing engine lets you insert other compatible audio apps in any place in your BIAS FX signal path

BIAS FX is $29.99 on the app store now:

Enkl is a new mono synth for your iPad

A new mono synth for your iPad … Enkl has a very intriguing design style. Here’s the app’s description:

This fully featured monophonic synthesizer can create a huge variety of sounds. Fat basses, stabby leads, glitchy noises, old style chip tune sounds (including arpeggios), weird percussion, you name it. Enkl does the job!

Enkl comes with 93 high quality factory presets, all crafted by professional music producers. Of course it is possible to create new ones and save.

The Extended Keyboard makes Enkl really fun to play in standalone mode, choose scale, key and hit it off!

With Inter App Audio, AudioBus and MIDI support it’s easy to connect the app to other DAW apps, MIDI generator apps or external devices.

When it comes to MIDI, Enkl supports both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT. It’s even possible to play other MIDI compatible instruments with the Extended Keyboard.

Noteworthy features:

  • Realtime rendered audio – no samples involved
  • Two separate oscillators with separate LFO’s
  • Oscillators can generate Triangle, Sawtooth, Square or Noise waveforms
  • Oscillators can be summed or multiplied together
  • Each LFO has its own ADSR and modulates its oscillator’s pitch or volume
  • High cut and low cut filter with resonance (also controllable via MIDI)
  • Chiptune-style arpeggiator
  • Legato mode
  • Ping-pong delay as a post effect
  • Three band EQ as a post effect
  • MIDI support (including IAA MIDI and Virtual MIDI)
  • Extended Keyboard for live performing (also sends MIDI to any output port)
  • Local on / off
  • Pitch bend, Modulation, Low Cut, High Cut and Resonance controllable via MIDI
  • Comes with 93 factory presets
  • Documentation within app
  • Inter App Audio support
  • AudioBus support including state saving

Enkl costs $5.99 on the app store now:

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