Oh dear, I think I really want one of these

That is just amazing and I think I really want one. Apparently these are going to be available in about a month.

Video: Soundmachines NS1nanosynth Review Test

Video description:

“The Soundmachines NS1nanosynth is a miniature modular synthesizer that’s offers a surprising level of capabilities, given its price. (It costs about the same as one module of a full-size modular synth.)

It’s cheap, as modular synths go, because it dispenses with custom screen printed panels, jacks, knobs – leaving you with the essential ‘guts’ of a modular: a circuit board.

We tested it out as part of a review for the Synthtopia site.”

Video published by Synthtopia.

Audulus 3.1 arrives for Windows and Linux too!


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.


Video: Audulus + Gristleizer + Minimoog VCF + AD4096 + Ampex ATR-102

Video description: “In this video, I set up a simple 2 oscillator output from Audulus (no filters, no effects) – the majority of what you see on the iPad is the sequencer, clock, and the LFOs that are modulating various parameters. The oscillators from Audulus are sent into the Endangered Audio Research Gristleizer, and then…


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14 apps I love: 10 – Jasuto


This is of course where modular on iOS really started. Jasuto was truly inspirational, and it still is. It took a little while to get used to, but actually not as long as you might think, and maybe without Jasuto we wouldn’t have some of the more recent additions to the iOS modular clan like Audulus, zMors Modular and AnalogKitv. Jasuto started something quite new.

It hasn’t been updated for a long time but hopefully that doesn’t mean the end, it’s gone like that before with Jasuto, so I still hold out hope that we’ll see it updated again, at some point.

So what’s happening with littleBits on the web?

It was (is) a great idea, and, as I’m pretty sure I mentioned back in December when I first posted about this, something that littleBits should’ve made themselves (in my opinion anyway), and ideally it should be a part of their iOS app.

Anyway, since posting about it back in December, I’ve heard very little, and just checking out the roadmap it seems that not much has moved on. It would be a shame if it got shut down, but of course there’s no real way of knowing.

Hopefully I’ll hear something from the developer. If you want to know more, take a look at the GitHub page and check the roadmap.

So what’s happened to Patchfield?

It’s been a while, in fact a very long while, since I mentioned Patchfield, and perhaps longer since I’ve heard it mentioned anywhere. So I thought I’d ask the question, “What’s happened to Patchfield?”, mainly because I’d really like to know.

When Patchfield was first revealed I had high hopes that it would become something that users could get hold of to make stuff in Android themselves. But it seems to have vanished. Ok, that’s not strictly true, the forum is still here, and the GitHub site is still here. But there seems to have been little or no news since the original announcement (which, coincidentally, has a comment from last month!). The Single Cell Software (Caustic) forum had a post about it back in 2013, but that thread has dried up. There have been a few other mentions on the Caustic forums, but nothing terribly recent.

So what, if anything, is happening with Patchfield? Does anyone know? Is it another great idea that has simply not got off the ground? It would be a shame I think, but these things do happen.

If you know, please chip in and comment, or indeed if you have an opinion.

Video: 2016 Collection for zMors Modular iPad synthesizer

Video description:

“Here is a snapshot of over 50 patches and tweaks that we have spent the last year working on for the zMors Modular iPad Synth. All Patches can be downloaded from http://www.zmors.de/zmors-modular/ for free.”

Video published by sven braun.

zMors Modular on the app store:

Audulus tips, the first three anyway (on video)

Very handy these are too. I do hope that they keep coming. They’re just bite sized enough to be handy, but not so big that you get lost.

Audulus on the app store:

The rise of the modular on iOS continues, KQ MiniSynth arrives


Well it probably comes as little surprise to you, it comes as only a small surprise to me that another modular joins the ranks of Audulus, Jasuto, zMors Modular, and AnalogKit. Modular is popular and people love it. So here’s KQ MiniSynth, and it’s universal too.

Here are the app’s details:

The maximum number of modules you can set is 100! ..Of course it depends on your device’s ability. You can install 10 Oscillators, make 10 series FM Modulators, and so on as you want.

  • External MIDI (e.g. iRig MIDI) is Supported.
  • Inter-App Audio is Supported.

This app implements the follow modules.

  • Oscillator
    • Oscillator Type A (Frequency Modulation)
    • Oscillator Type B (Pulse Width Modulation)
    • Super Saw Oscillator
    • Low Frequency Oscillator
    • White Noise Generator
  • Mixer/Amplifier
    • 4 Channel Mixer
    • Voltage-Controlled Amplifier
    • Sample-and-Hold Amplifier
    • Booster
  • Envelope/Logic
    • Envelope Generator Type A
    • Envelope Generator Type B
    • Inverting Circuit
    • Logical And (Series Switch)
    • Logical Or (Parallel Switch)
    • Maximum/Minimum Selector
  • Modulator
    • V/Oct Vibrator
    • Keyboard Level Scaling
    • Ring Modulator
  • Filter/Effector
    • Voltage-Controlled Filter (LPF/HPF/BPF/BEF)
    • Delay Effector
    • Reverb Filter
    • Compressor

The app was tested on iPod touch 4G, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, and iPad mini 3.
The Recommended Minimum Device: iPhone 5, iPad 2, or newer.

If you feel noisy or slow, try to decrease polyphony and increase buffer size on Settings.app.

The app costs $3.99 (£2.99) on the app store.

I didn’t know the NS1 Nanosynth, but it does look interesting

I saw this over at the Arduino blog and have to see I’m interested in this kit although it is quite expensive. Another thing to add to my wish list. So I thought I’d share it as it’s something I expect others would want to investigate too.

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