Holderness Media brings us Johnny, a Multiwave Tremolo Effects Processor for iPad

Johnny is a highly versatile stereo multiwave tremolo effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, perfect for adding everything from classic guitar amp style tremolo to pulsating, rhythmic multiwave modulation effects for guitar, synths, voice and more. Harmonic Tremolo modes create vintage phaser and univibe like tones, you can also modulate the rate of the main LFOs with a second LFO for interesting speed sweep effects.

In addition to Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, Johnny can process external hardware by connecting a professional USB audio interface such as the Apogee Jam or Apogee ONE, and many more compatible USB interfaces. You can also use the built in headset microphone. Guitarists can use the effects live by connecting the output of their audio interface to an amp.

Johnny supports USB MIDI interfaces via the Camera Connection kit, Bluetooth MIDI (iOS 8), Virtual MIDI and WiFi connections. The MIDI Learn function lets you easily assign your MIDI controller’s knobs and sliders to control Johnny’s effect parameters.

For more info and video demos visit: http://johnnyfxapp.com

Check out our entire FX series including Caramel, Crystalline, Echo Pad, Stereo Designer and Swoopster!

COMPATIBILITY:

  • requires iOS 7.1 or later
  • iPad 2, iPad Mini 1st gen or newer
  • Audiobus compatible (Effect, state saving)
  • Inter-App audio compatible (effect node)
  • Compatible with DAW apps such as Auria, Cubasis, Garageband and Multitrack DAW
  • compatible with USB audio interfaces
  • Core MIDI (USB, Virtual, Wifi)
  • MIDI over Bluetooth (iOS 8, receiver)

FEATURES:

  • Control Left and Right channel Tremolo Rate, Depth, Shape, and Multiwave parameters to produce everything form subtle tremolo to wildly modulated stereo tremolo effects.
  • Multiple modes including Classic Tremolo and Harmonic Tremolo.
  • Modulate the rate of the main LFOs with a second LFO for interesting speed sweep effects.
  • BPM synced tremolo including MIDI clock sync, independent per channel or linked.
  • Audiobus compatible with state saving
  • Inter-app Audio compatible
  • Core MIDI compatible, works with any MIDI controller via MIDI Learn

Johnny works with just about any professional iOS compatible USB audio interfaces. Here is a list of interfaces that have been tested and verified to be compatible:

  • Apogee Jam and Jam96k
  • Apogee Mic and Mic96k
  • Apogee ONE for iPad/Mac
  • Apogee DUET for iPad/Mac
  • Apogee QUARTET for iPad/Mac
  • iConnectMIDI2+
  • iConnectMIDI4+
  • iRig
  • iRig HD
  • iRig iMic
  • Focusrite Scarlett series (*requires USB hub)
  • Focusrite iTrack dock
  • Alesis io2
  • Alesis IO Dock
  • Behringer UCA202
  • many more 

 Johnny costs $4.99 on the app store

LK – Live Controller arrives

LK – Live Controller is a sofisticated remote controler application for music software and hardware, featuring a tight integration with Ableton Live. Easy costumization with 4 independent modules, intuitive use, creative tools and ways to control or compose makes LK a powerful companion for any electronic musician.

See what’s inside:

  • Control almost every aspect on Ableton Live, from composition to automation, clips, tracks, devices and much more with LAUNCHPAD.
  • Get the MPC feel on your touchscreen with MIDI PADS, featuring an arpeggiator and chorder.
  • Extensive control through 128 parameters with MIDI Controler.
  • Three dimensional parameter tweaking with X/Y pad

For detailed operation information and requirements please visit http://www.livkontrol.com

The app is free

R0Verb multi delay-line space machine arrives

R0Verb multi delay-line space machine is here and it looks particularly cool actually.

This audio effect filter is a hybrid between a simple reverb and a very complex delay. R0Verb consists of up to 50 separate delay lines, and puts you in charge of every single delay with controls for volume, pre-delay, feedback & high shelf. It can be used for everything from simple delays to complex spaces, whatever your mix needs. It also has a nice Randomizer if you’re feeling lucky!

Features:

  • Up to 50 parallel delays*
  • Every delay has parameters for volume, pre-delay, feedback, delay time & a high shelving filter
  • Randomizer – creates a space with user-defined bounds
  • Multi-select and edit several delay-lines in one gesture
  • Post 3-band EQ
  • IAA and Audiobus2 compatible
  • Comes with a few factory presets for inspiration
  • Load / Save user presets
  • Remember IAA hosts (will automatically load last used settings when a host reconnect)
  • Documentation

* When using a lot of delay-lines this app consumes quite a bit of CPU. If you experience audio glitches and stuttering we recommend reducing the number of active delay-lines. iPad 2 or later is recommended, iPad 4 or later is preferred.

The app costs $3.99 (which is a bargain I think)

DFX – Digital Multi-FX arrives today …

50% off for a limited time!

DFX is a powerful real-time Quad Multi-Effects Processor for iPad. With an intuitive and beautiful user interface for easy playability and instant fun.

We are curious. We like new experiences. We welcome unexpected discoveries. And… we are musicians. It was an obvious choice for us to develop for the iPad the multi-effects that we wanted, that we needed for our thirst for sound. Four powerful and multipurpose chained effects, driven by trackpads for fast and easy sonic explorations. Like a million of pedal boards on a device.

Plug in any audio source, a guitar, a bass, a microphone, a DJ mixer. Or play your favorite iOS synth or drum machine with Audiobus or Apple Inter-App Audio. Or why not playing a track from your iTunes Music Library. Select one, two, three or four effects amongst 35 hi-quality digital audio effects and explore endless sonic possibilities. Delays, echos, reverbs, filters, tremolo, autowah, compressors, distortions, vocoders, resonators, etc… more possibilities that you can imagine.

At last, but not least, DFX is also a great little sound design machine. Just select one of the built-in tone synthesizers on the first effect and let your imagination build new sound landscapes at the tip of your fingers. We have had a lot fun making ours in the Factory presets.

No in-apps, no ads, no fuss. DFX is simple, intuitive and fun. No user guide required

Specifications:

  • From the makers of DM1 – The Drum Machine
  • Designed by Jonas Erikson
  • 10 effect categories
  • Delays : Sync Delay, Ping Pong, Tape Delay
  • Reverbs : Metal box, Hall, Descent, Reflections, Freeze,
  • Filters : High Pass, Low Pass, High Shelf, Low Shelf
  • Phase : Phase Flux, Vibe Chorus, Phase Shift
  • Modulation : Wave Tremolo, AutoWah, Envelope Follower, Ring Modulator
  • Distortion : Wave Shaper, Bias, Raw, Bit Crusher, Synthizer
  • Voice FX : Vocoder, Resonator, Formant Simulator
  • Pan : Stereolizer, AutoPan, Leslie
  • Dynamics : Noise Gate, Compressor
  • Instruments : High Tone Synth, Bass Tone Synth
  • Audiobus compatible
  • Audio Inter-App compatible
  • 4 playable trackpads with real-time waveforms
  • Live Effect Swapping
  • Live recording
  • Recordings manager
  • Recordings exporter
  • Built-in Countdown
  • Built-in Tone Synths (high and bass)
  • Built-in Output Limiter for a controlled output
  • Built-in Metronome
  • Tempo Synced animations
  • Effect Solo Mode
  • iTunes playback
  • Presets Manager (factory & user)
  • Fullscreen Favorite Presets for fast live access

The app costs $1.99 today

Casio brings us the CZ App for iPad

Well it has arrived, Casio’s first ‘real’ music app. Here are the details …

This app reproduces the functionality of Casio’s best-selling CZ-series models, such as the CZ-101 (first released in 1984), and also includes new functions.
Featuring a built-in 4-part PD (phase distortion) sound source, its 36
waveforms are capable of generating an extensive and diverse range of sounds. The created tones can also be played on MIDI-compatible instruments.

The PD sound source system
Phase Distortion (PD) works by distorting a sine wave when it is read so that various different waveforms are produced.At the time, it was a ground-breaking system for generating waveforms other than simple sine waves.

An extensive parameter set to allow richly varied sound creation
Two block configuration systems are provided for each of the DCO, DCW and DCA

  • WAVE FORM (DCO1/DCO2)
    • Parameters to set basic waveforms. 
  • KEY FOLLOW
    • One Key Follow feature (DCW1/DCW2) controls waveforms based on the upper and lower extent of the keyboard’s register while the other Key Follow feature (DCA1/DCA2) controls the envelope duration based on the keyboard’s register
  • DETUNE/LINE SELECT
  • CZ-series synthesizers allowed users to choose from 4 types of line output (1, 2, 1+2 or 1+1) depending on the purpose. Using 2 DCOs allowed the use of detuning to fine-tune the pitch shift in the two systems to within ±4 octaves, which is useful not only in creating a chorus effect, but also for producing sounds with specific harmonics emphasized.
  • RING/NOISE MODULATION
    • Ring modulation can be used to produce metallic tones that include non-integer harmonics, while noise modulation is effective in creating percussion-like sounds.  
  • ENVELOPE GENERATOR
  • An envelope generator is provided for each DCO, DCW and DCA core block in the two systems, which makes it possible to vary the tuning, tones and volume over time.


Play along to your favorite audio files
You can use the keyboard to play along to audio files on an iPad.

Multi-play mode combines keyboard layouts toallow new ways of playing
The new performance interface lets you can combine 2, 3 or 4 keyboards, or even flip the layout so that other people can play along with you.

Supports external MIDI instruments and inter-app collaboration

  • Inter-App Audio
  • Audiobus compatible (input only)
  • Playable using an external MIDI keyboard(via a third-party MIDI interface, an Apple Lightning-USB camera adapter* plus USB cable, or the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit* plus USB cable)

CZ App for iPad costs $19.99

MonoStereo Synthesizer arrives and it’s free too

MonoStereo Synthesizer is a free full-featured analog mono synth with oscillator panning.

Why another mono synth?
Well, because I thought it would be fun to make one! This one does have one thing you rarely find, and that’s oscillator panning. With this you can create some nice effects using an LFO for the pan and also create wide stereo lead sounds easily!

The synth is completely free with no in-apps. If you feel the need to pay something for it, go see a gig by a local band! If that doesn’t cover it, buy their t-shirt! (or their CD if you have one of those CD-players we used to have 3 years ago)

Features:

  • Minimalistic size, fast loading time and CoreMIDI Support!
  • 3 Oscillators with customisable waveform (sine, square, saw), phase, level, detune and pan
  • Lowpass and Highpass filters
  • 2 LFO’s with customisable targets from filter values to oscillator panning and detune
  • Filter and Amp Envelopes
  • Portamento (almost named that ‘Glide’ but came to my senses. Portamento is portamento!)
  • Delay and Chorus effects (very basic, I know)
  • A few presets
  • Saving and loading your own sounds
  • Virtual keyboard

The app is free …

Sparkle – Advanced Cross-Synthesis arrives for your iDevice

Another thoroughly intriguing app arrives from apeSoft. I can’t wait to try this out!

Here are all the details of the app …

Sparkle is a tool for advanced spectral hybridizations made of several algorithms that operate on frequency domain. By means of envelope preservation and phase-sync processing it can creates high-quality sound transformations.

The basic idea is to transfer the temporal structure of a sound (source) onto another sound (target) of which the spectral properties are preserved.
Simply put, you can take a voice and make it sing a Beethoven’s symphony!

Sparkle costs $6.99 on the app store today.

Oriental Strings arrives for your iPad

Oriental Strings is the latest app from the developer of iSymphonic Orchestra. Here’s all you need to know …

Oriental Strings is a professional sound module app for oriental keyboard players and for musicians who simply want to resemble the typical sound of the Middle East in their songs. Connect an external MIDI keyboard to your iPad by using the Apple USB camera adapter or another adapter supported by Apple, or launch Oriental Strings as virtual instrument directly within your favourite DAW app on your iPad!¹

This app supports Apple’s “Inter-App Audio” System (requires iOS 7 or higher) and the “JACK Audio Connection Kit” (up to iOS 6.1.3) for audio & MIDI connections from/to other audio apps!

The sounds of Oriental Strings were exclusively recorded with players who are professionally dedicated to oriental style of music. Typical string instrument sounds for the arabic genre are covered by this app. Besides rather exotic instruments like the Chinese erhu, typical western string instruments were used as well, but since the players of the recording sessions are focused on oriental music, those western instruments sound completely different than you might be used to from western orchestra players.

The sounds of this app were once again created by Kurt Ader, nominated as sound designer of the year for the upcoming NAMM winter show.

32 Sounds are included with this App:

  • Chinese Erhu 1 – 3
  • Chinese Erhu Trill
  • Turkish Strings 1 – 4
  • Arabian Strings 1 – 3
  • Tremolo Strings 1 – 5
  • Spiccato Strings
  • Oriental Spiccato Strings
  • Oriental String Quartet 1 – 3
  • Oriental Staccato Strings
  • Arabian Solo Strings 1 – 3
  • String Quartet
  • Oriental String Ensemble 1 – 5
  • Slow Oriental Strings

There is no in-app purchase in this app. So all sounds and all app features are immediately available to you as one buy.

General Features:

  • Scale tuning editor, which allows you to adjust the standard well-tempered scale to all kinds of oriental scales (save and restore them as presets at any time).
  • Low latency disk streaming.
  • Polyphony up to 140 stereo voices.²
  • Configurable audio latency down to 5 ms.
  • Integrated effects with 18 presets.
  • 16 parts.
  • MIDI velocity response curve editor to fine tune the feeling of your MIDI keyboard.
  • App can keep running in the background, so you can play on your keyboard while e.g. using Safari or another app to display scores or surfing the Internet.
  • Supports Apple’s “IAA” system for audio & MIDI streaming between other apps (iOS 7 or higher).
  • Supports “JACK Audio Connection Kit” for audio & MIDI streaming between other apps (up to iOS 6.1.3).
  • Virtual on-screen piano keyboard with velocity support, scalable & scrollable.

MIDI Player / Recorder:

  • Record, save and load your songs in standard MIDI file format.
  • Unlimited amount of tracks.
  • Configurable target MIDI channel per track.
  • Unlimited recording and playback length.
  • Open MIDI (.mid) files directly from other apps (i.e. from Safari, Mail).
  • Download or upload MIDI files with iTunes.
  • Load your favorite songs as MIDI files from the Internet, and watch at the virtual keyboard how to play it.
  • Metronome.
  • Use the “Tempo Zoom” dial knob to i.e. slow down playback at any time and learn your favorite songs more easily.

¹ For more informations about supported adapters and MIDI keyboard devices, please visit our product website.

² Some sounds are using several voices per note. Polyphony depends on the exact device model being used. You find a polyphony table on our product website.

Anti-Spy Commitment: We take your privacy very seriously. None of our apps contain so called „spy” behaviors and we committed ourself to a very high privacy standard. For more informations about our privacy commitment, read our „Privacy Policy for Mobile Apps”.

Oriental Strings costs $54.99 on the app store:

At last it’s here! FLUX:FX has arrived and looks totally amazing!

It looks brilliant, it is … Here are all the details …

FLUX:FX is a professional multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for next-level sound design. Guitar, bass, synth, drums, vocals, DJ setup, violin… basically ANY audio signal can be processed in real-time by FLUX:FX. Over 18 months in development, this app represents the pinnacle of touch-screen multi-effects, and was designed in conjunction with acclaimed musician Adrian Belew for both studio and live use.

TRULY CREATIVE EFFECTS: FLUX:FX has over 30 studio-quality effects to choose from, and an almost unlimited range of settings to let you twist and sculpt your sound. Chain 5 together for maximum aural impact.

POWERFUL SEQUENCER: A touch-based automation sequencer for your effects that adds a completely new fluid dimension to your sound design.

DEEP EDITING HEAVEN: Every parameter of every effect is editable, assignable and with the fine tuner dial, PRECISE. That makes FLUX:FX a tweaker’s paradise.

TRANSPARENT INTERFACE DESIGN: FLUX:FX has a beautiful, minimalist interface combining easy-to-use controls with a mesmerising liquid polygon audio visualizer. No fake road-worn pedal graphics here.

MADE TO BE TOUCHED – Designed and built from scratch as an iPad app, FLUX:FX is not a port from an existing plugin, it is MADE to be touched. And swiped, and dragged, and tapped. No tiny dials here.

MADE BY EXPERTS – conceived and created via the combined talents of guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew, audio software developers ElephantCandy and mobile specialists MOBGEN.

PLAYS WITH EVERYTHING – Audiobus compatibility (including saved states), Inter-App Audio compatibility, super-fast MIDI, virtually all the audio interfaces… they just work with FLUX:FX.

COMPLEX SOUND, EASY TO USE – chopping, shaping, crushing and looping – FLUX:FX can take you from subtle modulating echoes through to wrecking-ball destruction, all with a swipe of a finger.

LOWEST POSSIBLE LATENCY – FLUX:FX features ultra low-latency settings to give truly professional performance capabilities.

There are more than 30 individual effect blocks that come built-in to FLUX:FX. We do not force users to make in-app purchases to unlock essential tools, or to register in order to stop ‘advertising’ alerts.

Choose from the following audio building blocks to create your modular effect chain:

  • OVERDRIVE
  • DISTORTION
  • FUZZ
  • BITCRUSH
  • DESTROY
  • DECIMATE
  • STUTTER LOOP
  • REVERSE LOOP
  • LOOP SLICE
  • SEGMENT
  • SAMPLE SCRATCH
  • COMPRESS
  • PUMP
  • ULTRA EQ
  • KILL EQ
  • LOWPASS FILTER
  • HIGHPASS FILTER
  • BANDPASS FILTER
  • CHORUS
  • FLANGE
  • PHASE
  • RESONANT DRONE
  • PITCH DELAY
  • OCTAVE SHIFT
  • RING MODULATE
  • AUTO PAN
  • DIGITAL DELAY
  • BINAURAL DELAY
  • TAPE ECHO
  • SCATTER VERB
  • DELAY/REVERB

Plus a master LIMITER to keep all the sonic chaos in check.

”FLUX:FX makes sounds that I have never heard before from any other piece of equipment. It can truly mangle any signal you put into it… in a good way! The touch controls means that I can actually PLAY the effects – say I’m playing a guitar solo, I’ll lean over and noodle with it and create some wacky guitar sounds. This app is just so creatively inspiring and fun to use.” – Adrian Belew.

Adrian Belew is the world’s greatest experimental whammy twang bar, czar rhino, stunt guitarist extraordinaire. With a resume that features some of the biggest names in music including Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Tori Amos, Adrian is famous for pushing the boundaries of the guitar in both technical and tonal exploration.

As seen in Guitar Player, CDM, PalmSounds, Synthtopia, Adland.TV, TeamRock, Guitar Moderne and many more!

FLUX;FX Costs $19.99 in the app store today …

Retronyms Phase84 synth arrives

After a long wait and lots of teasing Retronyms new synth Phase84 has arrived. Here are the details

Phase84 is a next generation phase distortion synthesizer. It fuses gritty digital sounds with traditional analog punch.

Phase84 is a Tabletop Ready App. Combine Phase84 with drum machines, sequencers, effects, and more inside Tabletop — a free modular music app for iPad.

Phase84 is an extremely capable synthesizer and features over 110 presets, containing all sorts of basses, leads, pads, bell tones, sweeps, atmospheric sounds, pseudo-realistic tones, and more. While you don’t need to know much about synthesizers to get a lot out of Phase84, experienced synth tweakers will be thrilled at the sheer variety of unique sounds that can be produced with this incredibly versatile synth.

So What’s Phase84 All About?

Phase84 is what’s known as a Phase Distortion synthesizer. This form of waveshaping synthesis has its roots in Casio’s brilliant CZ line of digital synthesizers from the 80s. It is designed to have the warmth of a subtractive (analog) synthesizer, yet be capable of the squelchy tones and sharp attacks of an FM synth. Phase84 in particular can create warm pads, glitchy sounds, dirty basses, filthy sweeps, screaming leads, and anything in-between.

For those familiar with the typical Moog-like (or iMini-like!) synthesis, think of the “shaper” as being synonymous with “brightness” or “filter cutoff”.

Features:

  • More than 100 presets.
  • MIDI support.
  • inter-App Audio support.
  • Advanced Keyboard section.
  • Expressive Perform Mode with Groove Gate.
  • Tabletop Ready App.
  • Precision Knob mode.
  • Phat, naturalistic unison feature for super thick pads and sweeps.
  • Oscillator Section: 9 Params, 2 General-Purpose Oscillators, 1 Formant Oscillator.
  • Mix Section: 8 Params including Delay Amount and Pulse Width.
  • Envelope Section: Amplitude and Shaper Envelopes. Fully visualized and interactive ADSR plus special Fade Param.
  • Delay/Filter Section: Stereo delay with loss modeling and a punchy overdriven analog-style filter.
  • 3 LFOs: More flexible than your average LFO, this has 4 waveforms, optional delay and repeat count, and can go into the audible frequency range.

Phase84 costs $12.99 in the app store:

And here’s what the app sounds like:

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