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VirSyn launches BandShift (universal)

BandShift is a multi-band auditory filter and frequency shifter taking a new approach to manipulate the pitch of complex sound sources in realtime. The well know analog Bode frequency shifter shifts all frequencies in an input up by the same amount and thereby alters their harmonic relation and tends to produce inharmonic results. But it’s perfect in dealing with transients and sounds smooth even with high amounts of down pitching.

BandShift splits the spectrum in 27 bands and applies a different amount of frequency shifting to each band emulating a harmonic pitch shifting. This gives you perfect pitch shifting for all kind of drum sounds over a vast shifting range of +/- five octaves without disturbing the transients or introducing metallic distortions. The extreme range of shifting gives you access to a vast field of unknown sonic territory.

The possibility to apply different shiftings on each band gives you exciting possibilities: Suppose you have a drum loop which is perfect, but the bass drum is a bit too high or too low to fit in your mix then you can easily get the bass drum shifted a bit down and the rest of the spectrum remains unchanged. But it’s applications are not limited to drum sounds, they’re only limited by your imagination.

Features:

  • Multi band bode frequency shifter
  • Linear phase filter bank with 27 bands
  • AudioUnit for AUv3 compatible hosts.
  • Inter-app audio compatible effect.
  • Audiobus 2 compatible with state saving.
  • Apply effect to any song in your iTunes library.
  • MIDI Learn for X/Y Pads
  • Low latency live usage with mic and headphones.
  • Audio recorder

BandShift costs $6.99 on the app store now and is an introductory offer:

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If what you wanted was a Suzuki Omnichord in your iPhone, look no further

The keen eyed may notice a striking similarity between this and the Tangible Instruments Arpeggio which is still on its way into Kickstarter backer hands. You’d be right. I think that the green gives it away really. This app is from the Charlie, who is the founder of Tangible and has made this app, which sort of reminds me of PolyChord.

Anyway, here’s what it does …

Accordo is a retro inspired chord machine in the vein of the Suzuki Omnichord. Select the root note from the keyboard and choose from 8 different chords, then use the strum strip to play the chord just like an autoharp. Includes a built in rhythm machine and adjustable effects like wah and reverb.

Features & Adjustable Settings:

  • Use the strum strip to strum chords or use chord buttons for full chords
  • Built in rhythm machine with 10 drum patterns
  • Combine chords. For example, hold down the “min” and “7th” buttons for a minor 7th chord.
  • Separate tone shaping for chord buttons and strum strip.
  • Volume balance between chord buttons and strum strip
  • Sustain length for strum strip.
  • Reverb for both chords and rhythm machine.
  • Master volume
  • Rhythm volume
  • Tempo for rhythm machine
  • Swing for rhythm machine

Accordo costs $3.99 on the app store now:

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TF8 Synth for iPhone arrived

A new iPhone synth from the maker of the TF7 Synth. The app is free, and the IAP for the ‘Pro Pack’ is on sale at $2.99 until 31st March 17.

Here’s the detail on the app:

TF8 Synth is a professional virtual analog synthesiser that melds superior synthesis algorithms with iOS technologies. It is built with usability in mind, for live playing and for recording.

Features (with Purchase of Pro Pack) :

  • 2 Main Oscillators (Saw, Square, Sine, Triangle and the coveted Roland-inspired Supersaw)
  • 2 Sub Oscillators for each oscillator to give that added extra oomph
  • 2 State of the art pure sounding filters, which can be used in series or parallel
  • 2 LFOs for modulating almost any parameter in the synth
  • 1 ADSR Envelope for the synth output
  • 1 ADSR Envelope for controlling the filter cutoff frequencies
  • 10 powerful effects comprising of Compressor, Distortion, Stereo Delay, Stereo Reverb, Reverse Delay, Stereo Chorus, Stereo Quad-Phase Phaser, Tube Distortion and Equalizer and Unison.
  • Arpeggiator, time-step, velocity, gate with plenty of fun arpeggio patterns.
  • Audiobus and Inter-app Audio for inter-app operability.
  • Ableton Link can be used to sync arpeggiator and bpm-syncable effects.
  • Midi controllers supported.
  • Knobs are controllable via midi cc.
  • Midi Out – use TF8 Synth as a midi controller!

From the deepest basses to the highest crystal bells, TF8 Synth sounds great, and is sure to be a worthy addition to your iOS music production arsenal. Best enjoyed with headphones.

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Seaquence arrives so that you can make music with a collection of creatures

I just love this kind of thing. I haven’t tried it as yet, but I love the idea of putting the ‘play’ back into playing music. Here are all the details …

Seaquence — Make living music!

Seaquence is a unique music app that allows you to compose with collections of musical creatures. As they swim around your view, a spatialized mix emerges as only the closest can be heard, resulting in organic sounding compositions. Visually immersive and sonically dynamic, Seaquence is a unique and captivating audiovisual experience. You’ve never seen (or heard) anything like it!

Seaquence features a pro-level synthesizer and timing engine controlled by a fun and direct interface. Even composers who are brand new to synthesis will be able to unlock their synesthetic creativity. With a single in-app purchase, all synth features can be unlocked, revealing features like filters, effects, MIDI support, and more.

Share your creations with friends and discover what other people have made to get inspired!

Included Features:

  • Fully featured polyphonic synthesis module with support of up to 5 note polyphony per voice
  • Dynamic spatial mixer and stereo-panning engine
  • A true multitouch experience, up to 11 simultaneous touch points supported.
  • Unique swimming physics and swim behaviors — swim patterns are based on synth voice parameters
  • Up to 8 voices can be heard simultaneously
  • Precision, sample-based clock and sequencing engine
  • Intuitive visual multitouch voice editor
  • 16×16 multitouch sequencer matrix
  • Chromatic scale editor
  • Octave editor
  • Amplitude envelope + length (ADSR+L) with curves and “hold”
  • 5 oscillator waveform shapes: Square, Saw, Tri, Sin, Noise
  • Social sharing features — Get a link to share your creations to friends
  • Parent links are maintained — trace back the history of a composition, see who remixed your creations

Features of Seaquence Complete (available as a single In-App Purchase)

  • State-variable filter with hi-pass, band-pass, lo-pass, and notch modes
  • Filter attack envelope with resonance Q and curve editor.
  • Swing/Shuffle
  • Note step editor: 1/1 to 1/64, including triplets
  • Global transpose
  • Tempo/BPM
  • Portamento/Glide with curve editor
  • Additional voice modes in addition to Polyphonic:
  • Monophonic with sub-oscillator tuned to a 5th
  • Unison with Detune
  • Delay FX module with feedback and individual voice FX-Send
  • MIDI Notes In/Out: Send/Receive MIDI notes from external gear, up to 16 MIDI channels, addressable per voice
  • MIDI Ctrl In/Out: Send/Receive MIDI ctrl data from external gear, up to 16 MIDI channels, addressable per voice
  • MIDI clock sync: master or slave

10% of all profits go towards supporting our community at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a San Francisco non-profit arts organization. More info at http://grayarea.org/.

As you can tell, the app itself is free, but with an IAP (in app purchase) for the ‘Complete‘ version.

Seaquence on the app store:

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Deep Synth : FM Synthesizer arrives

From the makers of Jack the Beatmaker comes a new synth called “Deep Synth : FM Synthesizer”. Here are all the details:

Deep Synth is innovative FM synthesizer with powerful features.
You can create fully custom wave forms in real time.

The synth also has:

  • simple envelope filter
  • reverb effect
  • tremolo sound effect
  • hair – high frequency modulation.
  • 5 points wave form modulation
  • polyphonic keyboard
  • 5 octaves range selector

The sound generator inside the synthesizer is producing the exact wave form as the one you have created. You can control the position and width of the picks in real time.

The synth app has fast and capable piano keyboard. It is fully polyphonic and you can play in 5 octaves.

Deep Synth : FM Synthesizer costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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After a brief false start LayR – Multi Timbral Synthesizer arrives

After an initial false start by putting up the wrong version LayR is now with us and looks pretty interesting actually. Here’s all you need to know …

LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

LayR’s primary sounds are called Performances: A Performance is a set of Instruments where each instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of over 100 instruments each with it’s own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Voices are assigned to each layer in each instrument until the audio engine runs out of available voices. This means that with normal playing technique it is possible to create extremely complex texture on each note or even to have a single insane monophonic instrument equivalent to 100 synths all playing at once!

Every Layer has a dual oscillator which can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters and a mixer to blend the oscillator with filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (Frequency, Amplitude and Phase) there are two aux oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. 2 loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a millisecond to 100 seconds, a volume level ADSR and a random level generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.

Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage it is equally at home in the studio. LayR is provided with an extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths. There is also an 8 channel arpeggiator with a 16 step event sequencer for creating exciting polyrhythmic patterns. Full IAA and Audiobus compatibility means LayR can be used with hosts and other music apps on iOS.

FEATURES

  • Optimised 32 bit Audio Engine.
  • Up to 128 Voices ( 256 on iPad Pro ).
  • Multi-Timbral with 8 individual stereo instrument outputs + full mix output.
  • Multi Channel Arpeggiator with 16 step event sequencer.
  • Stereo Delay, Reverb and EQ on output section.
  • Ranged MIDI control for all parameters.
  • AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatible.
  • Performance and Program preset import & export via iTunes.
  • Performance and Program preset sharing via iCloud Drive.
  • Built-in Help

LayR is tested as thoroughly as possible and we hope there are no bugs left! If you do find one, rather than writing a negative review because of it, please report it to us either on our forum or by contacting support from our website. We hate bugs too and we’re always ready to stamp them out quickly!
www.livingmemorysoftware.com

LayR costs $19.99 on the app store now

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The new Allihoopa app is a hub, for, well, Allihoopa I guess

It’s interesting to see how Allihoopa is developing out at the moment. Starting as a part of Propellerheads with Figure and now spun out as a thing in its own right. Whilst it has only a small number of apps connected to it (Figure, Take, SoundTrap, and Gadget (soon)), I get the feeling that the aim here is to become a mobile hub, or, dare I say it, social network for mobile musicians.

There are worse things it could be, and to be honest I think it could be a very good place to house a true sharing community. It needs more support and apps to take it, but hopefully that will come soon enough.

Here are the details of the app:

Connect with people and ideas that move you. Get inspired to create. Allihoopa unites everyone doing music together.

Follow your friends to keep up with what they’re making. Listen, like and comment on pieces. Share, remix and collaborate with music makers all over the world. Join the Allihoopa community, connecting music pieces, apps and people.

Using Allihoopa is easy!

  1. Browse the app for music that inspires you—recordings, beats, samples, songs and ideas. Allihoopa is the world’s largest pool of ‘open source’ music.
  2. Listen, like and comment when you find music that grabs you, and follow those who inspire to keep up with what they’re making
  3. Open anything you like in any connected music-making app—Figure, Take, Soundtrap, Propellerhead Reason or Korg Gadget
  4. Add to it, then drop your version back to Allihoopa for praise, feedback and to let others continue building on your piece!
  5. Super-like cool sounds you find to save them to your Soundboard on your profile

This is an early version of the Allihoopa app that we’re letting out of the nest and we’re excited to get your feedback on how we can improve! Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see next – send us a message at facebook.com/Allihoopa or tweet us @allihoopa

ABOUT ALLIHOOPA
Campfire crooner. Beatmaker. Table top drummer. Hymn chanter. Guitar strummer. House DJ. Shower diva. Rap master…

Millions and millions of us are making music everyday, round the clock, all over this planet. Just for the love of it. We have to. It is just in us. Something unique for each of us compels us, something beyond any commercial drive, tool or technology—that pure joy of making, creating, working together.

Allihoopa brings all of us, everyone, together for a free and open exchange of music pieces, ideas and people, all united in “doing music” just for the sake of it. Inviting all ambitions, skills and levels of participation, Allihoopa is the only social network that connects people, music content and music apps. It is a place for “music in the making,” where people from all over the globe come together to exchange ideas, collaborate and encourage each other. At Allihoopa you can freely use anything you find from the growing pool of over one million pieces.

Highlights:

  • An open space for sharing music and ideas—now as an app for faster browsing, easier listening and immediate access to the Allihoopa community on your phone
  • Find beats, ideas, acoustic tracks and more made by the community for you to build on. Open any piece in an app.
  • Make and share music in Allihoopa’s Figure and Take apps, Propellerhead Reason, Soundtrap and Korg Gadget—more coming!
  • Poke around and listen to what the community is making
  • Find music on Allihoopa to inspire you
  • Super-like songs and save the parts that grab you to your profile, your personal Soundboard
  • Follow other Allihoopa users
  • Like and comment, give feedback and find like-minded music-makers
  • Your music + other makers = something awesome!

Allihoopa on the app store: