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nodal for iPad arrives

An interesting Markov based sampler. Here’s the app’s description:

Nodal is an iPad sampler based on the research of Andrey Markov, a Russian mathematician who lived a very long time ago and had a very crazy beard. You know what else is crazy? The sounds you’ll get from this iPad app. Just pick some of the gnarly sounds included with it or record your own and link them together to hear the sweet sounds of probability theory.

Nodal costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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DA ONE Synth arrives for iPad

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Tim at Discchord called this ‘ugly’. I’m not sure it’s that bad, although it could do with a better description, or at the very least a bit fuller anyway.

Here’s what the developer says about DA ONE Synth:

The DA ONE synthesizer app provides you with a powerful synthesis engine combining digital and (virtual) analog synthesis methods, such as wavetable synthesis, vector waveform mixing, subtractive, additive, and frequency modulation synthesis. The individual blocks of this synthesizer are connected using an innovative and highly flexible routing system that allows millions of different configurations of oscillators, filters, and distortion blocks.

DA ONE Synth costs $7.99 on the app store now:

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MIDI Designer Pro developer brings dedicated iPad MIDI controllers for Yamaha Reface DX

Well we always knew that Confusion Studios were pretty cool, but after the amazing work they’ve done with MIDI Designer Pro they’ve done it again with two new stand along controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX.

Here’s all the details you need …

Confusion Studios Announces Dedicated MIDI Controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX for iPad. Two new, standalone iPad editions of the award-winning professional MIDI controller platform bring MIDI control to the Reface DX, both of which will be available for download from the Apple App Store on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

MDDX1 and MDDX2
Both of the new apps are MIDI controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX. Yamaha released the Reface DX – a portable, FM-synthesis-based keyboard – in 2015 to critical acclaim. Each of the new apps is based on a user-created layout for MIDI Designer Pro 2; each has a unique approach to controlling the Reface DX.

The Editor: MDDX1 by Helfried
MDDX1: Voice Editor for Reface DX by Helfried highlights this users-author’s eye for design, a deep attention to detail, and a desire to push the underlying platform – MIDI Designer Pro 2 – to do new things. It allows for control of every parameter on the Reface DX and provides surprising new control vistas. The App extends the reface DX’s interface, providing a much-needed algorithms display, Master Tune, Transpose, Randomize and other new sections.

MDDX1 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $9.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

Performance Tool: MDDX2 by Ibo Kai
MDDX2: Performance Tool for Reface DX by Ibo Kai is an additional, performance- focused interface for the Reface DX. As the author of the layout puts it, “This layout is pretty simple, just one page shows all the available functions. It is mainly what you find in the ‘FM’ keypad of the synth: frequencies, levels and feedback settings separately per operator plus the algorithm select.” In addition, Ibo Kai added an Amp Mode section. This auxiliary controller for the Reface DX is intended for live and studio performance, where a full-blown editor is not practical.

MDDX2 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $3.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark notes, “Both editors show the layout authors – Helfried and Ibo Kai – flexing design muscle and pushing the MIDI Designer platform to work in new ways. Each is a dedicated tool for working with the Reface DX and each provides a surprising and useful new interface for this small keyboard. Additionally, both provide new users with an entry point into the MIDI Designer platform at a low price.”

MDDX1 and MDDX2 join the four existing standalone MIDI Designer apps for dedicated control: MIDI Designer XW: Casio XW Solo Synth Controller, MD77: Voice Editor for Yamaha SY77/TG77 by Ibo Kai, MDClav: Clavinova Controller by Craig Knudsen and MDXG: XG Sound Set Controller by Craig Knudsen.

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Klevgränd brings us Baervaag – FM Synthesizer

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The lovely people at Klevgränd have brought yet another new app to add to their already excellent portfolio.

Baervaag brings FM synthesis to the masses! An easy to use but still powerful and tweakable synthesizer, accessible to everyone. Several parameters are sensitive to velocity which makes Baervaag very expressive and fun to play.

The additional LP filter, ”Wobbler”, and a simple stereo chorus makes this synthesizer versatile and a joy to tweak.

Noteworthy features:

  • AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc
  • 77 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians
  • FM Feedback, Filter, ADSR Attack and Volume can be modulated by velocity
  • Oscillators can be shaped between sine, square and PWM
  • One ADSR for each oscillator.
  • Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability.

Important: Baervaag in stand-alone mode does not support IAA or MIDI. You can try it out using the keyboard at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Baervaag with AUv3 compatible hosts.

iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
iPad Air 1 or later is recommended.

Baervaag is on the app store and costs $4.99

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Forever Beats comes to your iPad, although I’m not entirely sure what it does

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Personally I like to know what it is that apps do and also I like to be able to see what the screens look like to get an idea of how things work. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. However, with Forever Beats the only screen shot provided to the app store is the one above, which doesn’t tell you anything, as it isn’t much of a screen shot.

Here’s how the developer describes his app:

“Forever Beats is an iPad app for making new beats and hooks, jamming with new ideas and building new compositions.

Intuitively input beats and melodies with touch based gestures and jam with them live using the breaks feature.

Establish your own sound with the Forever Beats synth engine. Synthesised percussive, bass and ambient instruments are included.

Bring the sound to life with 2 LFOs assignable to every synth parameter.

Use MIDI output to control your own hardware using the Forever Beats step sequencer.”

It sounds interesting, but without being able to see how it works I’m not convinced enough to take it further.

Forever Beats is on the app store for $5.99

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NoLimits Audio Unit Limiter by DDMF has arrived

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And it has a very unusual way of describing itself too, read on …

At the end of a long day at the mixing desk, when everything has finally fallen into place, comes the best moment (just before pouring that glass of whisky): load an instance of NoLimits at the end of the chain, turn that one knob, lean back and enjoy. This look-ahead limiter completes DDMF’s mixing and mastering portfolio and will be your weapon of choice to bring you up to competitive levels. Features: optional auto-gain, optional transient stereo linkage, advanced mode for variable lookahead, attack and release times, and a state-of-the-art dithering algorithm. Last but not least: it sounds smooth, yet powerful. This app comes in AUv3 format for use in the latest generation of iOS audio hosts like Garageband, Cubasis or Auria Pro.

NoLimits Audio Unit Limiter by DDMF on the app store, priced at $9.99: