Binura bring their beautiful SoundBow app to iOS at last. It is a gorgeous instrument with huge possibilities for expression and creativity.
I think that in many ways these are the kinds of apps that iOS was made for.
Here’s what Binura have to say about their app in the description:
“SoundBow is a drawing based music instrument with a clean and simple visual interface.
Create music by drawing curves over the screen. Your gesture will be remembered and played back continuously. Each time your ever-looping gesture hits a string, a sound is produced. Apart from drawing, you can experiment by moving the strings around freely to rescale your instrument. Record any sound through the microphone and start creating melodies, soundscapes with your own voice. If you wish, you can also export your composition as an audio file.
SoundBow is made with free and open source tools. The interface is built with OpenFrameworks, for accurate polyphonic sound sample playback, the sound engine is made with SodaLib, a free Data Sonification Library built on top of libPd (Pure Data).”
But apart from this being a really lovely interface that just cries out to be played it says a lot about PureData too. Pd is getting more and more useful, not just for people who want to make apps, but in apps for mobile and desktop.
If you can do this with Pd then the sky’s the limit really.
SoundBow is on the app store and costs just $2, which is nothing really, so you should go and buy it now.
FongPhone brings the power and chaos of classic analog synthesis to your iPhone or iPad in digital form. Two Fong controls combined with a variety of voices and effects will have you sounding like a 70s psychedelic synth guru in no time.
Easy to play, expressive Fong controls with a variety of sounds
Classic effects, including resonant filters, delay, portamento and more
Ability to save states for later use or for real time control
Looping tools, including unpredictable or static Chunky modes to give your play a different feel
Mapped or free modes allow you to play Fongs either within musical scales or in a freeform range allowing maximum expressiveness
FongPhone is universal and costs $0.99 on the app store:
Here is what Gilbert Medam, composer and arranger, creator of the packs and new UI design wrote:
“Following the steps of his predecessor DrumPerfect, DrumPerfect Pro is now one of the most versatile digital drummers ( on iPad ) I have ever used. My favorite, for sure. What set it apart is the fact that it doesn’t sound like a drum machine at all. You have to listen to it to believe. It just sound like a living drummer. An excellent drummer at home in any style, any genre. Groovy and solid.
Technically highly skilled, able to improvise variations with good taste and nuances.
What a groovy companion, for anything from practice to production to performances.
Unique virtual drum engine for ultra-realistic performances:
random sample selection,
two-handed-playing emulation16 Linked sets ( fills & variations ) to be played at programmable intervals,
multi-sampled instruments with up to 16 samples per instrument,
humanise option adds randomisation of velocity and timing,
programmable time shifts per drum stroke,
programmable number of beats in a pattern (up to 32),
programmable subdivision per beat (up to 16),
smart swing function,
BPM between 20 and 320,
convolution-based reverb processor.
Grid style editor for easy rhythm programming and editing.
Kit editor for building your own multi-sampled drumkits.
Song editor for easy song building.
32 Velocity-sensitive pads for live-recording.
Rock-solid sync via Inter-App-Audio, Ableton Link or midi-in clock sync.
Audio file and midi file export to other apps.
Audio file and midi file import from other apps.
Full Inter-App-Audio and Audiobus support with individual outputs per instrument
Low-latency midi-in handling for notes, control changes and program changes.
Extensive midi-in configuration options per port.
Midi-learn for mapping of notes and remote commands.
A dedicated store with great content.
DrumPerfect Pro now offers Styles Packs. Professional-grade musical content (drum kits, songs and patterns) covering a vast variety of drumming styles, downloadable as In-App Purchases. Packs available now:
More options for using Ableton Link with your gear …
Link to MIDI = Ableton Link to MIDI Clock Sync.
Link to MIDI connects Ableton Link to musical devices that support MIDI Clock Sync. Simply join a Link session, connect your MIDI device, and that’s it. Your MIDI device is now Link-enabled.
Link to Midi features launch quantization, an incredibly stable clock output, and a fine offset control (±250 ms) to perfectly line up the receiving MIDI device’s playback.
Link to MIDI is only recommended for use with hardware MIDI devices. Connecting to apps is possible, but may lead to a poor user experience due to software challenges in synchronizing to MIDI Clock. Ableton Link fixes this.
So OUI does look like a nice middle ground between Lemur and TouchOSC, both of which I’m a big fan of, and, both of which will support OSC. However, OSC seems to have lost favour since Apple introduced CoreMIDI with iOS 4.3 I believe? Even so, it isn’t gone, and now we have OUI (app description below). However, there’s more about this app that needs to be said, but I’ll let you read the app’s description first …
“OUI – the OSC (Open Sound Control) User Interface. Unlike other OSC controllers, OUI provides a dynamic multi-touch interface that does not need an external editor. Interfaces for OUI can be created through the use of OSC messages (described on the last section of this About page) or directly on your iPhone or iPad when your interface is placed into edit mode. OUI uses a wireless network connection to send control values to any client application that can listen for OSC. Many common sound environment provide the ability to listen for OSC messages, including the SuperCollider programming language, PureData and other proprietary music and sound creation environments. Since communication is network based, OUI can be used on a local area network (LAN) or even to communicate with OSC clients around the world.”
When I spotted this app on the store it looked interesting, but what was more interesting was the other apps by this developer. I scrolled down to find a bunch of apps that I know well; BBCut, Concast, RISCy, and my personal favourite Toplapapp. However, on a closer look these and OUI aren’t made by who I was expecting, which was Nick Collins. Not the Nic Collins of Handmade Musical Instruments (book) fame, but the lecturer in Music technology who’s work is very well known in academic circles.
So I have some unanswered questions. Is this a new venture for Nick? If so is he in the states now? If not has he sold his apps on to someone with similar passions? I’d really like to know, so if you have answers, please be forthcoming!
For now, here’s OUI, the app costs $4.99 (£3.99) on the app store:
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 Type A (Frequency Modulation)
Oscillator Type B (Pulse Width Modulation)
Super Saw Oscillator
Low Frequency Oscillator
White Noise Generator
4 Channel Mixer
Envelope Generator Type A
Envelope Generator Type B
Logical And (Series Switch)
Logical Or (Parallel Switch)
Keyboard Level Scaling
Voltage-Controlled Filter (LPF/HPF/BPF/BEF)
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.