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Vulse for iPhone arrives

This is a really interesting idea and a very different take on gestural control. I can see that this could be really useful for guitarists. I’m inclined to give it a go myself too, especially with Audiobus integration.

Vulse is the only app that lets you control effects WHILE you play by touching your screen and rotating your guitar.

  • Mix and match combinations of effects like Wah, Pitch Shift, and Echo.
  • Put Vulse in sequence with other apps using Audiobus & Inter-App Audio
  • Assign effects to the X and Y touch coordinates and the angle of your phone’s rotation
  • Multi-touch and hold-off mode enable completely new ways of interacting with your effects, creating sounds that are impossible to make using a physical effect pedal or whammy bar
  • Dedicated kill switch and bypass button on the Play screen
  • Wave visualizer and glow effects on the Play screen make Vulse more visually captivating than any physical effect pedal ever made

First bring your iPhone within reach by temporarily affixing it to the face of your guitar, using a micro-suction phone case, hook-and-loop tape, or any other method you prefer. Then plug in your guitar using an adapter like iRig or JAM. Now you’re ready to create completely original sounds using Vulse!

Vulse is free on the app store (couldn’t see any IAPs):

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IceGear Instruments release Redshrike Synthesizer just for your iPhone

IceGear Instruments have been around a long time and have consistently supported the iOS music making world. Their first app, Argon (a personal favourite) was released back in December of 2009, and ever since they’ve brought us updates and new apps that have been exceptionally popular with the iOS community. I’m sure that their newest offering will be no exception.

Redshrike Synthesizer is a Polyphonic Subtractive Synthesizer for iPhone. Here are the main features:

  • Oscillator
    • Waveform Morphing: Saw – Triangle – Pulse
    • Frequency Modulation: Type, Frequency, Depth
    • ENV(AD)/LFO
    • Detune (3xOSC)
    • Sub Oscillator
  • Pitch
    • Octave
    • ENV(AD)/LFO
    • Drift
  • Noise
    • Type: White, Pink, Blue, Pitched, Digital, Glitch
    • ENV(AD)
  • Resonator
    • Pitch/Feedback/Routing
    • ENV(AD)/LFO
  • Filter
    • Type: 24dB/Oct, 12dB/Oct
    • Cutoff Frequency
    • Resonance
    • Drive
    • Low
    • ENV(ADSR)/LFO
    • Velocity
  • AMP
    • Level
    • ENV(ADSR)/LFO
    • Velocity
  • Effects : Chorus, Delay, Reverb

Programmable Arpeggiator
You can easily create your own pattern.

Inter-App Audio
You can stream live audio directly to other Inter-App Audio host applications.

Audiobus
You can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. See http://audiob.us for more information.

Ableton Link
Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network.

  • MIDI
  • CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI Input
  • MIDI Controller Mapping with MIDI Learn
  • External MIDI sync

Resizable Keyboard
You can change which octaves are shown by dragging on bottom of keyboard.

Redshrike Synthesizer is on launch sale right now with 40% off for a limited time only

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Pioneer brings us WeDJ for iPhone

In amongst all the special deals for this weekend Pioneer have released a new app, WeDJ for iPhone arrives and is available for free until November 28. After that, the app will be available at it’s normal price of €0.99.

According to Pioneer it’s easy to start mixing on the intuitive app, which inherits hardware traits including a two-channel user interface with waveforms, jog wheels, play/cue buttons, tempo sliders and crossfader. You can use the Sync button to get your tracks perfectly in time and Auto Gain to automatically set the volume to the right level, leaving you free to use the performance features including Hot Cues, loops, Pad FX and Combo FX to make your mix unique.

There’s even an Automix feature to mix tracks at the touch of a button. And to take your WeDJ performances to the next level, you can connect the new DDJ-WeGO4 controller for tactile control of the app’s features.

KEY FEATURES

  • Colourful animated user interface for intuitive control
  • Performance features for endless creativity
  • “DDJ-WeGO4” and “DDJ-WeGO3” support for tactile control
  • Flexible layout – Choose the layout you like best, with two options for jog wheel position and displaying waveforms horizontally or vertically.
  • Automix – Press the Automix button and WeDJ will start mixing in the next track automatically.
  • Record – Capture your performances within the WeDJ app.

WeDJ for iPhone is free on the app store right now:

0 comments on “Moments in Mobile Music: 4 – Then the iPhone arrived”

Moments in Mobile Music: 4 – Then the iPhone arrived

So this was always going to be a moment. PalmSounds was already well established way before the iPhone arrived but when it did it did change everything. That’s only fair to say. However, even though it did change everything and has had a massive global impact it was actually a shaky start back then.

If you remember correctly the iPhone first arrived with no native apps whatsoever. Perhaps it sounded like a great idea back then but it did managed to upset a lot of people. Web apps weren’t really what we wanted. We wanted a fully integrated ecosystem for apps that we’d never really had with palm or windows mobile. But the iPhone didn’t deliver on day one. But the people spoke and eventually Apple listened. We got apps. We got the App Store and in many ways the nature of the ecosystem hasn’t really altered since those first days. There’s been tweaks and minor changes but not much more.

The main categories for the App Store are the same ones we had when we started. The changes we’ve had have been to iTunes to iBooks and haven’t really changed much. The nature of how the App Store ecosystem works hasn’t changed in years. But I digress.

The iPhone was massive. I’ve had four so far and I can see myself getting another honestly. At times I’ve considered the Android alternative but so far that hasn’t happened. Although never say never right.

Getting back on topic though the iPhone has had a profound impact on the world of mobile music and I expect it will continue to do so.

The bigger question is what happens next? That’s a question for another day though …

1 comment on “Audulus 3.1 arrives for Windows and Linux too!”

Audulus 3.1 arrives for Windows and Linux too!

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Audulus gets just about as cross platform as you can get! Now with Audulus 3.1, Audulus is now available for Windows and Linux too, in addition to Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

“It’s not easy to be multi-platform, but I take pride in offering Audulus on as many platforms as possible,” says Audulus developer Taylor Holliday.

The Windows and Linux versions of Audulus have all the features of the Mac stand-alone version. Audulus for Windows also includes a VST plugin version.

Trial versions of Audulus for Mac, Windows, and Linux are also available. These trial versions have no time limit and can load any patch. To save patches, purchase the full version of Audulus.

Audulus for iOS has also been refined. A new context menu does not require a long-press gesture, making the Audulus UI easier to learn and quicker to use. Support for iCloud Drive makes it easier to share patches.

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 bus ride 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.

Audulus 3.1 for iPad/iPhone is available on the App Store for $29.99.
Audulus 3.1 for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for $39.99.

Audulus 3.1 for Windows/Linux is available directly from audulus.com for $39.99. Purchase a single license for both versions.

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MiMiXmini – Mixer for Audiobus has arrived!

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And I think that this is a big deal actually. I really liked MiMiX for iPad and didn’t think that they would bring out a version for the iPhone, but they have, and I’m really pleased about that.

Here’s what the app is all about …

MiMiXmini is the iPhone version of MiMiX – Mixer for Audiobus. With MiMiXmini You can take total control of mixing of Your favorite Audiobus enabled apps’ outputs in the most convenient way. Just insert MiMiXmini into the Output Slot of Audiobus, even into multiple chains to mix the sound of the connected input or effect apps. You can even insert MiMIXmini into the input slot to send the mix or any of the ports to an other app, like a DAW to record the mix.

Features:

  • Mix up to 8 Audiobus enabled apps including the system input or multiple channels of a multichannel input hardware
  • Send any of the ports to another Audiobus lane for multitrack recording or send FX
  • Set the main mix volume level between -INF and +12dB
  • Set the volume level of each input port between -INF and +12dB
  • Set the panning or balance of each port (selectable)
  • Mute any port
  • Set any port to solo or several port in multi-solo mode
  • Monitor any port or the main mix on the built-in oscilloscopes and VU meters
  • Control the main mix volume and volume, balance, mute and solo for each port using a MIDI controller or a Core MIDI app
  • Control the main mix volume and volume, mute and solo for each port using Audiobus Remote on a second iOS device
  • Set the MIDI CC parameters of each control via MIDI learn
  • Change the MIDI settings in-app
  • Double-tap on each knob or slider to set its default value
  • Check the saturation indicator for each port to check if the pots power reached 0dB
  • Check the clip indicator on the main mix to avoid clipping.
  • Close the scope/setup screen to see more ports at once
  • MiMiXmini supports Audiobus state saving feature
  • MiMiXmini supports multi-output hardware devices, up to 12 stereo pairs
  • MiMiXmini uses a 32 bit float engine so clipping can only occur at the main mix
  • MiMiXmini is lightweight – minimal CPU usage and memory footprint
  • MiMiXmini has native UI for iPhone 4s, 5/5s, 6/6s, 6+/6s+

MiMiXmini costs $4.99 on the app store:

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2 comments on “It looks real to me, how about you?”

It looks real to me, how about you?

gadget proof

A big thank you to the commenter on my earlier post, who found this image which seems to reaffirm the launch of a version of Gadget for the iPhone. The image above is from a this page on the Korg site about the nanoKey Studio. March is a long time to wait for it, but I still have really high hopes that it is for real.

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Who knew! Korg brings the DS-10 to the iPhone in the KORG iDS-10!

Well that was a surprise, Korg brings us their new KORG iDS-10 for iPhone this morning! Originally on the DS and now moved over to iOS, this is a lovely little present for the 1st of December.

See below for full app details and videos …

The latest title in the KORG DS-10 series, now available for the iPhone!

The KORG DS-10 series was an enormous hit for the Nintendo DS. Now, seven years later, it has undergone a further evolution while staying true to its original spirit. Now available is the KORG iDS-10, a portable synthesizer studio for iPhone.

The KORG iDS-10 combines a cutting-edge analog synthesizer, voice synthesizer, and analog drum machine inspired by motifs from the original KORG DS-10. This iPhone app gives you a hand-held system to easily create electronic music, which requires persuasive sound with a minimal number of notes.

Powerful analog synthesizer lets you visually learn sound design
The analog synthesizer provides carefully selected parameters, making it easy to enjoy sound design. The unique patching function also lets you create sound in even deeper ways. Since all parameters can be automated, you have a wide range of song-production possibilities. Each synthesizer provides five types of effect with an oscilloscope that helps you see the sound. This cutting-edge synth engine takes full advantage of the iPhone’s CPU to generate astonishing sound, and will heighten your enjoyment using the KORG DS-10.

Enter your lyrics, and the voice synthesizer turns them into a voice
The voice synthesizer is one of the popular features of the KORG iDS-10. Based on a vocoder, its engine makes it easy to generate voices. It also supports input via a microphone which can be used as a conventional vocoder. The parameters are optimized for creating such voices, so you’ll be able to enjoy sound design with a different character than an analog synthesizer, further widening the possibilities for your music.

Analog drum synthesizer makes it easy to produce the sounds that you want
Drums are now more important than ever, and the iDS-10 provides an analog drum machine that’s carefully tuned for easy creation of powerful sounds. With total control over six drum sounds (kick, snare, hihat1 / ihat2, tom, and percussion), you can create awesome tracks with high impact.

Smart keyboard and KAOSS mode make step-recording enjoyable
The smart keyboard lets you specify a scale so that you can step-record without worrying about “wrong” notes. And of course there’s also KAOSS mode, where you can produce a limitless range of great-sounding phrases, with just a touch of the keyboard. The scale setting is also applied to the sequencer’s note display, so you can enjoy producing songs whether or not you have any musical knowledge or experience.

Pattern play that you can perform in real time
The pattern play capability of the KORG DS10 has further evolved, generating amazing user performances. You can seamlessly play 32 patterns, and also manipulate track mute and solo settings in real time. It’s guaranteed to result in the kind of protean acts that are notable in modern day DJ performances.

Send your songs by email for collaborative music productions
There’s a function that allows the transfer of song data via email, making it easy to exchange songs with your friends.

Mystery bingo!?
And then there’s the enigmatic mystery bingo; as you continue enjoying the KORG iDS-10, the full picture will become clearer …

This app was produced in cooperation with the game music and app production company “Detune.” Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the world of the KORG iDS-10 that resulted from this collaboration with Detune Inc.

The first title in the KORG DS-10 series was the KORG DS-10 which was announced in 2008. The second title was the KORG DS-10 PLUS which launched in 2009.

These are products of Marvelous Inc. For more details, refer to the following pages of that company’s website:

http://www.korgds10synthesizer.com/

Debut Discount: 50% OFF until December 28! Sale Price US$9.99 (Regular price US$19.99)

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Miditure for iPhone arrives

Miditure is a MIDI controller app for the iPhone, it can be used to control any instruments, apps, software and hardware that accept MIDI input.

Miditure has been designed to exploit the expressive potential offered by 3D Touch capable devices (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus), but is compatible with older devices as well.

Miditure includes a pad controller for sending MIDI note messages and an XY pad (XYZ pad if used with a 3D Touch capable device) for sending MIDI control change messages.

Each of the nine configurable pads can send from 1-4 notes with velocity, and on 3D Touch capable devices, polyphonic aftertouch.
Velocity can be set to use the devices accelerometer or can be determined from the location of the touch that triggered the pad.

The XY (XYZ) pad can be configured to send control change messages for up to 3 controls per axis.

NOTE/CHORD PAD FEATURES:

  • Independent polyphonic aftertouch on 3D Touch capable devices (6s and 6s Plus)
  • Nine fully configurable pads for sending notes and chords
  • Each pad can play from 1-4 notes
  • 3 velocity modes: impact (using the accelerometer), position (vertical), and fixed
  • 7 velocity curves
  • The impact velocity sensitivity can be adjusted

XY (XYZ) PAD FEATURES:

  • z input (touch pressure) on 3D Touch capable devices (6s and 6s Plus)
  • 3 assignable Control Change outputs per axis; control up to 9 parameters at a time with one finger.
  • Adjustable range for each Control Change output.

GENERAL FEATURES:

  • Controls apps locally using coreMIDI, or control external software and hardware over Wi-Fi, or by using a compatible interface.
  • Save and load configurations


PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is a MIDI controller, not an instrument, it does not make any sound itself.
  • The app can use bluetooth MIDI on compatible devices if the connect is established by another app, it does not have the capability to establish the connect itself.

Miditure costs $2.99 on the app store:

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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.