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:
It’s been a little bit of a wait, but here it is.
DrumPerfect Pro, the Human Feel Drummer for iOS!
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,
- JAM! 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:
- Funky Breakbeat vol.1 ( Classics ),
- Funky Breakbeat vol.2 ( Modern ),
- Jazz Sessions vol.1 ( Sticks )
- Brazilian Rhythms vol.1
- Heavy Metal
- Batucada vol.1
DrumPerfect Pro costs $8.99 on the app store:
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.
Link to MIDI is free on the app store:
Group the Loop brings intelligent audio looping to the iPad. Record, loop, overdub, add effects and much more! The must have music creation tool for performers, song writers and beat boxers.
Create entire songs with complex verse, bridge and chorus structures then switch between them in real time.
Build intricate layers and construct brilliant textured soundscapes with limitless overdubbing and perfectly synchronised loops.
Jam along with ‘Drummer’, a realistic drum machine with a comprehensive collection of styles and beats to choose from.
- Record and loop your voice or instrument.
- Group together loops and create multiple sections (e.g. Verse, Bridge, Chorus).
- Record and switch between groups in real time.
- ‘Master group’ for loops that play throughout your song. Great for drums and percussion.
- Realtime effects including reverb, delay and audio filters.
- Add effects to any loop or the audio input.
- COUNT IN – Keep your hands free and let Group the Loop count you in to record.
- Drummer – Jam along to a comprehensive collection of grooves and beats.
- Audiobus compatible – Stream to and from other audio apps via Audiobus.
- AudioShare compatible – Import and export loops via AudioShare. (IOS 8.1 or higher only)
- Limitless overdubbing.
- Undo / redo overdub layers.
- Fully customisable metronome.
- Adjust volume and pan for each loop or group.
- Label loops.
- Record in multiples of your first loop or the session clock.
- Headphone monitoring. Monitor your instrument through your headphones.
- CUE – Automatically start and stop recording loops.
- No CUE – Instant and continuous recording whilst still keeping your loops in perfect sync.
- Record your song/performance in real time then share it with the world.
- Move loops between groups.
- Merge two loops and free up space.
- Sample accurate recording to keep your loops in perfect sync.
- High resolution waveform display for every loop.
- Plug in an audio interface and connect directly to a PA or amplifier.
- Plug in a MIDI foot pedal and control Group the Loop with your feet.
Group the loop on the app store:
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
- Voltage-Controlled Amplifier
- Sample-and-Hold Amplifier
- Envelope Generator Type A
- Envelope Generator Type B
- Inverting Circuit
- Logical And (Series Switch)
- Logical Or (Parallel Switch)
- Maximum/Minimum Selector
- V/Oct Vibrator
- Keyboard Level Scaling
- Ring Modulator
- Voltage-Controlled Filter (LPF/HPF/BPF/BEF)
- Delay Effector
- Reverb Filter
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.