PdParty brings a full MIDI update in the latest update. Here’s what’s new:
fixed bug where incoming MIDI bytes were not being forward to [midiin]
updated MIDI handling to pass system common & realtime messages in/out of PdParty
updated Midi test scene to portrait layout
It reminds me that when I was in MMM2017 Peter Kirn was talking about PdParty and I was rather inspired by that. So much so that so far I haven’t got around to doing anything about it. I should rectify that, and if you’ve been meaning to do the same then so should you!
That didn’t take long at all. pisound has reached 81% of its target funding on its first day. If you haven’t already checked it out on Indiegogo then here’s the link. I think it’s a very fitting end to Pi day.
As you probably already know I’m a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, or, to be more accurate, I’m increasingly a big fan of the Pi and I continue to find more uses for it, and reasons to make use of it.
Today we see another useful addition to the Pi sound and music world. PiSound is crowdfunding as of this morning, which is appropriate as today is the 14th of March and it is exactly 10am (GMT), at the time of writing (3.1410 if you hadn’t already got it).
pisound is an ultra-low latency high-quality soundcard and MIDI interface specially designed for Raspberry Pi pocket computers. Equipped with 192kHz 24-bit Stereo Input and Output driven by the legendary Burr-Brown chips, DIN-5 MIDI Input and Output ports, user-customisable button and bundled software tools, this little board will bring your audio projects to a whole new level!
It’s impressive, that’s for sure, and, if you check out the product site you’ll see that this is a very capable product.
Stay tuned for more on this and other Pi based products today, as it is Pi day today!
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.
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
Automation of mixer and effect parameters
Mix-down to WAV, AIFF and ALAC
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)
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,
Exports MID and WAV files from the standalone sequencer
And unlike the TB-303, it can actually sound like a bass guitar 😉
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?