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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:

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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 …

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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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