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Audio Evolution Mobile Studio arrives on iOS

After being very sucessful on Android Audio Evolution Mobile comes to iOS with an impressive range of features.

Record your ideas on the go or create entire music productions from scratch, we’ll leave it up to you! This app is a portable multitrack audio and MIDI recording studio featuring virtual instruments, editing with unlimited undo/redo, mixing, real-time effects, automation and much more!

Note that this is our initial release and we’d appreciate any feedback or bug reports! We are highly responsive to customer feedback.

Features:

  • Multitrack audio recording / playback
  • MIDI sequencing with piano roll editor
  • Drum pattern editor
  • Inter-app audio effects and instruments
  • AudioBus support (including AudioBus remote)
  • Audio Unit v3 instruments and effects displayed directly in the app
  • Non-linear editing with move, trim, split, cut/copy/paste, remove, cross-fade, etc. with full undo/redo
  • Virtual instruments (comes with free instruments and more instrument packs to download with in-app purchase)
  • Wide range of downloadable loops available (free and paid)
  • Clip volume and fade points
  • Loop playback
  • Automation of mixer and effect parameters
  • Mix-down to WAV, AIFF and ALAC
  • Metronome
  • Punch in/out
  • Zoom down to the sample
  • Each track has controls for volume, panning, mute, solo, arm, 3-band EQ with mid-sweep, 3 insert effects, 2 effect sends and output bus selection
  • Unlimited number of tracks (more than 3 requires the PRO in-app purchase)
  • Unlimited number of groups (requires the PRO in-app purchase)
  • Real-time effects including: chorus, compressor, delay, dual delay, reverse delay, reverb, flanger, noise gate and many more!
  • Offline effects: fade in/out, normalize, reverse, pitch shift, time stretching
  • Several grid options for aligning your samples (with tempo and time signature settings)
  • Projects are interchangeable with our Android version
  • Export to other DAW’s by rendering all tracks to separate audio files (stems)
  • Media server to access your files easily from a desktop computer

In short: a complete portable multitrack music studio that will replace your fourtrack recorder or tape machine!

The following in-app purchases are available to expand your studio:

  • FX pack 1 (distortion, overdrive, speaker sim, wah wah, phaser)
  • FX pack 2 (10-, 15-, 30-band graphic EQ)
  • ToneBoosters effect pack 1 (Barricade, DeEsser, Gate, Reverb)
  • ToneBoosters EQ with frequency analyzer
  • ToneBoosters Compressor
  • Autotune with two-voice harmonizer
  • Soundfont instrument packs
  • Loop packs from Function Loops

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio is free on the app store (with IAPs):

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Troublemaker arrives, and apparently isn’t a 303 (but you should decide for yourself)

From the makers of Ruismaker, Ruismaker FM, and Phasemaker comes a new bass synth, Troublemaker! Apparently it is not a 303!

Here’s what to expect …

The legendary TB-303 has magical properties; it is filled to the brim with analog shimmer. Its output jack is a gateway to a parallel universe and when you twiddle the filter knobs an army of highly trained pixies chisel the square waves from freshly harvested unicorn souls. So if you want a TB-303, you should buy a TB-303. But if you’re after *that sound* Troublemaker will give you everything you need in spades.

Troublemaker sports a carefully crafted diode filter emulation and among the available oscillators are the typical raspy, nasal sawtooth and rubbery squarewave with its oddball shape and shifting pulsewidth. It also has the wow.

Troublemaker is fully Audio Unit (AUv3) compatible, so you can go wild running multiple instances in your favorite DAWs.

It also has:

  • Ableton Link synchronization,
  • MIDI CC mapping,
  • Core Midi, Virtual Midi, Bluetooth Midi input,
  • Audiobus support
  • Exports MID and WAV files from the standalone sequencer

And unlike the TB-303, it can actually sound like a bass guitar 😉

Note: Troublemaker requires iPad 4/Mini 2/iPhone 5S/iPod Touch 6 or higher

Troublemaker is on the app store and costs $9.99:

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Infinite Looper and Aleph Looper go to version 2.0

Infinite Looper and Aleph Looper get updates with a pretty amazing new feature, pitch-to-MIDI. Here’s what the developer, Secret Base Design have to say:

Version 2.0 adds pitch-to-MIDI — use a guitar or other instruments to trigger MIDI notes. You can also see the pitch of a note on the keyboard; hum, whistle, or sing, to see the notes that match your melody. With pitch-to-MIDI and the step insert mode on the piano roll, it’s easy to get transcriptions of tricky guitar parts.

Import of MIDI from files, and from other Infinite Looper projects, is now supported. Open the piano roll for a loop, and then import MIDI directly. You can add MIDI files to the app using any of the standard iOS file sharing utilities. You can also export your loops as MIDI files, or export the entire project as a multi-track MIDI file, for final mastering with a desktop DAW.

The user interface has been refined; all the tools you need, but organized so that you can find them, and not be overwhelmed by buttons and sliders. Infinite Looper is easy to use, the ideal sketch pad for capturing and creating musical ideas.

Infinite Looper on the app store:

Aleph Looper on the app store:

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SpaceVibe 2.20 brings MIDI and more

I like apps like SpaceVibe as they’re just a bit different, so it’s good to see SpaceVibe get updates, especially like this one bringing a wealth of new MIDI features.

Here’s what’s new:

  • MIDI !!!
  • Added support for MIDI Hardware and Software devices.
  • Play SpaceVibe with a bluetooth controller, Virtual MIDI or use a MIDI interface to connect 5-Pin MIDI equipment.
  • Map your hardware controller knobs and buttons directly to SpaceVibe.
  • Mappings are saved and loaded automatically for every hardware device.
  • Added an option in Settings for hearing Noise only when touching the Noise Pad.

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A free MIDI utility arrives to help with monitoring

This looks quite useful, and is a universal app too so should come in handy in all environments. I haven’t checked to see if it’s ad supported or with IAPs, so if you check it out please let me know.

Here’s what app description:

MIDI Scope allows you to monitor MIDI activity using your iOS device. Features include the ability to filter events by individual type or by group as well as MIDI Channel. A comprehensive interpretation of each event packet is displayed. Raw packet data is shown in both decimal and hexadecimal formats. Please send feature requests and trouble reports to the support email listed on our web site.

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MIDI Designer Pro 2.5 is another massive step forward for the excellent MIDI interface creator

If you use MIDI then you need to use MIDI Designer Pro, and if you’re not then you should check it out as soon as possible. Version 2.5 is another big step forward for MIDI Designer Pro. But you’d expect nothing less from this app and its excellent developer. Here’s what they say about version 2.5:

MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.5 is a heavy upgrade, providing more flexibility for your rig design. The app is light and blazing fast, as always, whether you’re designing your first rig or you’re a veteran onstage touring act.

NEW FEATURES

  • Moveable Panels: put controls on panels, move them around, and even use “make similar.” This feature is very useful as is, and we’ve got big plans for it.
  • Display Zero for Knobs, Sliders and Crossfaders: now the LED ring (knobs) or LED track (sliders/crossfaders) can extend out from any point along its path. Two typical cases are pan knobs (Display Zero is 50% up) and Hammond-organ bars (Display Zero is 100% up). Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for all.
  • Rotary action for knobs. This is useful to place knobs near the top or bottom of your pages. It also means we’re compatible with gadgets that stick on your screen and rotate, if that’s your thing. Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for anybody.
  • Now you can slide your pages down or up to expose pedalboards. And if you don’t allow pedalboards in Play Mode, they’ll snap shut when you exit Design Mode.
  • Choosing the default value: the experience has been upgraded in all ways. And now, Default Values work properly with Named Ticks, even if your ticks’ MIDI values are out of order (e.g., 5, 127, 2)

Lots and lots and lots of code changed in the upgrade to iOS 10 (Swift 3 and Xcode 8). See something, say something! Please report all bugs to wtf [at] mididesigner.com

FIXES

  • FIXED: Now no MIDI values are sent on MIDI Designer start, layout load, page load, nor reset to default template (Config -> Actions -> New)
  • FIXED: Default values for named ticks
  • FIXED: Bluetooth popup bug for iPhone introduced in 2.4.6
  • FIXED: Color-tab-only not refreshing bug
  • FIXED: Automatic panel colors now reflect page background: dark for light and light for dark. As Jarabe de Palo says, “la pureza está en la mezcla.”
  • FIXED: Smaller bugs, and lots of under-the-hood improvements to make MD even better.

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Is this the future of MIDI?

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I saw this article a while ago and it’s been on my mind ever since. The text below is from a page on the Bitwig site. It’s interesting and it could be quite a revolution in expression through digital instruments, but my question is, what will it mean for mobile music?

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression or MPE is a term that applies to a new class of controllers called PMCs (Polyphonic Multidimensional Controllers). The arrival of this technology has sparked a controller revolution, with hardware now capable of sending multiple dimensions of finger movement control – not only from left or right, but also up, down, pressure, and beyond.

The movements of each individual finger is effortlessly captured. In Bitwig Studio MPE is as easy to record as the two-dimensional movements of a standard MIDI keyboard. Furthermore, Bitwig Studio’s unique modulation system allows you to easily assign any of these new controls to any parameter, of the built in Instruments and Effects, as well as third-party VST instruments.

Many Bitwig Studio presets have been optimized for multidimensional control, resulting in a level of expression equivalent to playing acoustic instruments. Bitwig Studio is MPE ready, out of the box.

What will this mean to our community, and how will mobile devices either embrace or react to MPE, or indeed take on aspects of how MPEs work. That’s what’s going to change our world, and make things better, or maybe not so much. What do you think?