Chordy 2 arrives

Following on from Chordy comes Chordy 2! Here’s everything you need to know.

Chordy 2 is a chord player app for music creators. With its own UI, you can very easily play chords and chord tones. It supports Audiobus / Virtual MIDI / Inter-App Audio. You can record in GarageBand, control other synth apps, and enjoy a variety of ways. In Chordy 2, detailed chord control such as mute of notes and addition of bass note / tension notes is possible.
Suitable for DTM, chord-progression learning, live performance, ear copying and composition support.

Playing:

  • Easy chord playing with Auto Select feature (Diatonic Triad/7th)
  • Select a root note (and a chord type if necessary) to play a chord
  • Play slash chords with Bass Note feature
  • Add tension notes to chords
  • Play every single chord note on Solo Keyboard
  • 4 scales available (Major, Natural/Harmonic/Melodic Minor). Select Parallel or Relative scale change between major/minor.
  • Octave Shift (from -2 to +2), Key Transpose feature

*Volume/Velocity Knob: Double-tap to reset to the default value.

Connection Features:

  • Audiobus support: You can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. Audiobus 3 MIDI Routing is also supported. See http://audiob.us for more information.
  • Inter-App Audio support
  • Virtual MIDI support: Control other Virtual MIDI compatible apps on your iPad (e.g. Animoog, Sunrizer synth, etc).
  • Wi-Fi MIDI / MIDI over Bluetooth LE support: Send MIDI to iOS devices and Macs.

Chordy 2 is on the app store and costs $4.99:

All you Circuit owners need to check this out

I’ve seen a lot of proprietary controller apps over the years, but since Novation brought out their circuit I can’t say that I’ve noticed very much for it. So I’m sure that circuit owners will be pleased about this app. Here are the details:

MIDISynth Circuit provides full editing of the two synth engines on the Novation Circuit Synthesizer.

Patches can be retrieved and uploaded to the Circuit using the editor and transferred to a computer for archiving. Using this mechanism it is also possible to upload patch sets available from Novation Components.

Full control of the session sections of the synth are provided and presets can be saved and recalled( due to technical limitations, no interaction for Novation Components is available for session settings).

Additional functionality is available in the form of in app purchases for random generation/tweaking of patches, morphing between patches, 4 XY user-definable XY controls and 16 user definable controls.

The 4 XY controls, 16 custom controls and the macro controls are brought together on the performance screen for easy control of your favourite parameters whilst performing.

Please note this app requires a Novation CIrcuit to operate – it goes not generate any sound itself. Please note that due to technical limitations this app requires a USB connection to Circuit in order to operate correctly. Please note this is an independent product and there is no link or affiliation with Novation Music.

MIDISynth Circuit costs $14.99 on the app store:

Midiflow Channels for Audiobus 3 arrives

Another very handy MIDI app from Johannes Doerr to go along with the others in the series. This is one is something I’ve been hoping for now for a while. Here are the details:

This MIDI effect app for Audiobus 3 allows you to filter out MIDI messages on specific MIDI channels. Furthermore, you can remap the channel to a different value.

  • Filter out messages on specific MIDI channels
  • Remap channels
  • Use multiple instances of this effect in Audiobus

NOTE: This app requires Audiobus 3. Insert it into one or more MIDI effect ports to affect the data going through the respective pipelines.

Midiflow Channels for Audiobus 3 costs $1.99 on the app store:

NYCompressor AU arrives

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Another DDMF audio unit arrives. NYCompressor looks competent. Here are all the details.

A professional compressor plugin in the audio unit format. Compatible with Garageband, Cubasis, AuriaPro and other AUv3 hosts. The NYCompressor is the ideal workhorse when it comes to dynamics management in a mix. From gentle compression for glueing your mix together to heavy drum compression for the ultimate punch: NYCompressor can do it all.

Features:

  • Compression ratio up to 1:10.
  • Optional key signal filtering.
  • True sidechaining (4 inputs, needs to be supported by host)
  • Hard/soft knee.
  • Parallel (New York) compression.
  • Independent L/R or Mid/Side compression.

Planned, designed and lovingly handcrafted by DDMF, a renowned audio software company from Southern Germany.

NYCompressor costs $8.99 on the app store now:

Mazetools Soniface arrives, and has an intriguing interface

So I’m all for a unique interface and this app certainly has that. I’m not sure that I completely get it, but it definitely has my interest. Here’s the app’s description:

Combine synth sounds, visual patterns & drum rhythms. Get on a sensual journey…

EXPLORATION & EXPRESSION
With Mazetools Soniface you can create various styles of electronic music. Based on common aspects of music production and notation the app guides you towards a visual music composition.

HOW THE GRID WORKS?
The framework of action is a grid that works audiovisual. Each line represents a single note. Shining lines are showing playing tones. Get information about all functions through an integrated manual.

X-Y CONTROLLERS & MULTI-TOUCH
Explore the circular editing interface with its sound and visual effects. Use of multi-touch gestures for altering them .

DYNAMIC SOUND MODULATION
Merge sound and geometric shapes! Draw freely with your finger circuits to modulate the sound wave. Do the same to create automation curves and let the sound effects vary.

RHYTHMICAL MELODIES
Explore the arpeggiator interface and let the grid play a sequence of notes automatically.

GROOVE DRUM SEQUENCER
Tap the drum steps into 3 circles to set bass drums, snares and hi-hats. Adjust each envelope, pitch and noise level and automate them afterwards.

LIVE MODE & SPECIAL VISUALS
Create different patterns to create songs. Add a special kaleidoscope visual to highlight a pattern.

FILE LIBRARY
You can store your creations in different ways. Collect single Mazes or whole sets and add them immediately. Add one set into another and extend your playing time.

STAY CURIOUS!
We will bring spaced out updates and a reduced free version soon…

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https://maze.tools
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The app is on the store for $14.99:

MIDI Check arrived for all your MIDI monitoring needs

A new app for you MIDI monitoring and diagnosis needs. It shows the connected hardware or virtual sources/destinations. Also incoming MIDI messages log including; sent test messages or notes.

Current Features:

  • See/detect, hardware/virtual active MIDI connections.
  • See all incoming messages.
  • Send test notes on/off and control messages.

**NOTE**
Yamaha Bluetooth MD-BT01 users -> According to Yamaha user manual; all MIDI related application should be closed before bluetooth midi connection. Run the MIDI Check after connection established. If not you’ll not be able to see the Yamaha midi connection on the app. This is not an application’s issue. Because Yamaha use own BT protocol.

Upcoming Features:

  • Music keyboard improvement.
  • Custom message send possibility.

MIDI Check costs $1.99 on the app store now

Klevgränds brings us Syndt, their most advanced synth so far

You’ve got to love the apps that come out of Klevgränds, they’re excellent, and perhaps this one hits a new high.

Syndt is Klevgränds most advanced synthesizer in the Kanvas series, but also the most versatile. The XY pad based oscillator and LFO makes it very quick easy to dial in a new sound, and with numerous other parameters available, this synth is also a good match for the more confirmed users. Syndt is available for iPad (AUv3) on App Store and for desktop as a AudioUnit and VST at the Klevgränd webshop. With an intro price (~35% off for iOS and 20% off for desktop) Syndt for iOS costs $4.99 and Syndt for desktop costs $19.99.

Syndt is on the app store for $4.99 right now:

Rytmik Ultimate Complete comes to the app store

Cinemax brings a new version of Rytmik to the app store. Rytmik Ultimate Complete is there latest app and the third version of Rytmik that’s now available. Here are all the details.

Rytmik Ultimate Complete is a powerful music station (Groovebox) allowing you not only to play with samples and musical instruments but also to mix them together, shape them and create music clips or whole songs for your Friday night set-list.

Key Features

  • More than 1 230 musical instruments
  • Robot and Female voices – over 400 words each.
  • A drawable waveform synth module
  • Advanced effects like the ADSR Envelope, Digital Delay, Noise Shaper, Sample Offset and Loop Definition and more
  • Almost every effect parameter can be modulated via the step sequencer
  • Drag & drop powerful interface
  • Share your songs via Rytmik Cloud and continue on Mac/PC
  • More than 6 000 Songs already shared via Rytmik Cloud
  • Export your music in the WAV format or export to AudioShare
  • Rytmik Ultimate is a powerful pocket music station.

This version includes instruments/samples from Rock Expansion and Voice & Acoustics Expansion.

Thanks to new features, Rytmik Ultimate Complete takes music creation to a whole new level. Rytmik allows you to share your songs with other users through the Rytmik Cloud and can also serve as a music player for songs uploaded on Rytmik Cloud with it. On top of that, users can exchange their songs and cooperate on their composing.

Once your work is complete, you can save it in WAV format to local storage or export to AudioShare.

And that’s not all! Every instrument is now a wavetable synthesizer. With the advanced effect module, you have more power to shape sounds with the ADSR envelope, vibrato, portamento, noise shaper, or digital delay. In addition to that, the drawable waveform synth module allows users to draw and modify their own wave and use it as a sample oscillator – with that you can use Rytmik Ultimate as a sonically unique chiptune synthesizer.

Rytmik Ultimate Complete comes with a sound library of more than 1230 instruments containing the libraries of the previous Rytmik series (Rytmik, Retrobits, Hip-hop King and World Music) and adding a brand new set of samples ranging from deep dubstep kicks and basses to cutting synth leads and special effects.

Rytmik Ultimate Complete with Rytmik Cloud will, of course, include more features and additions to the popular series to enrich your experience with playing with sounds and creating music on the go.

Rytmik Ultimate Complete costs $19.99 on the app store now:

Sugar Bytes brings Unique for iPad and iPhone

Sugar Bytes have brought us some excellent iOS apps and this looks like a great addition to their portfolio. Here’s what they say about Unique, which comes in both iPhone and iPad flavours:

“Unique sounds like syrup with dirt kicked into it. If Bootsy Collins, Roger Troutman and Daft Punk would have met up in Studio 54 to create a soft-synth, for sure something like Unique would have come out of it…” Sound & Recording Mag

Unique was made for fun and vibes: Analogue sound, intense modulation and a killer set of features, delivering an amazing sonic spectrum that’s full of character: Classy sounds, powerful, warm… sometimes gritty.

Each of the 2 oscillators offers a selection of 5 waveforms: sawtooth and pulse waves are here, along with noise, triple saw and triple FM waves. There’s also an additional sub-oscillator strapped into the master section for added oomph.

The internal controllers will bring in the dynamics: an LFO and an envelope, there’s a recordable XY field & a sequencer. Use these to modulate any knob – a simple long tap will do.

The sound springs to life when it hits the filter section. Needless to say, analogue high-pass, low-pass and band-pass varieties are in place, along with a comb filter.

Standards aside, the actual intention behind this project, the Vowel Filter, also became its outstanding feature: string together two or four vowel formants and play them back in a multitude of ways.

Once you’ve built your sound, there’s tons of sound polish in two chained multi-effect units.

Features

  • Sawtooth, Triple Saw, Pulse, Triple FM, Noise with tonal Filter, Sub Sine
  • 5 Filters with 5 Modulators each
  • Duophone Arpeggiator
  • Vowel Filter
  • Two Effect Sections
  • Ableton Link Kit & AudioBus
  • MIDI Learn & Host Automation
  • 300 groovy presets by various artists

Unique for iPhone ($4.99):

Unique for iPad ($14.99):

Midiflow Scales – Note remapper for Audiobus 3 has arrived

Another useful MIDI app from Johannes Doerr in his growing series for AB3. Here are all the details:

This MIDI effect app for Audiobus 3 lets you filter out unwanted notes or remap them to a scale. Thin out tracks from a sequencer to create a reduced variation. Prevent wrong notes when playing on a keyboard. Generate harmonies by using the app in combination with Midiflow Transposer.

  • Filter out “wrong” notes that are outside of a scale
  • Remap notes to the closest “right” note
  • Pick notes manually
  • Select from a list of predefined scales (Min/Maj Blue, Ionian, Dorian, …)
  • Use multiple instances of this effect in Audiobus

NOTE: This app requires Audiobus 3. Insert it into one or more MIDI effect ports to affect the data going through the respective pipelines.

SELECT ALLOWED TONES
In music theory, a scale is basically a set of tones relative to a root note. Building chords and melodies from a scale identifies its unique sound. The most popular scale might be the ionian scale in C, which is made up of all white keys on the keyboard. The scale of all black and white keys is called the chromatic scale.

Midiflow Scales is a note filter and remapper that is optimized for working with scales. The keyboard-style note selector lets you activate notes that should pass the filter and deactivate those that should not go through. You can also select from the list of pre-defined scales.

If you select a different root note (default is C), the app will update the selected keys to maintain the scale. So, if you have selected the ionian scale in C, and then change the root note to G, you’ll see the F changing to an F#.

MOVE NOTES INTO THE SCALE
Midiflow Scales can not only mute “wrong” notes, which are notes outside of the scale, but it can also move those notes inside. The selector at the bottom lets you choose between filtering out those notes or remapping them to the nearest note that is part of the scale. If possible, the algorithm assigns the activated notes to the keys of the ionian scale. What sounds complicated actually makes it very easy for you to play different scales just with the white keys, or transform a stream of notes into a completely different scale.

CREATE VARIATIONS AND SECOND VOICES
This note remapper has many applications and is really fun to use. If you have a melody programmed in a sequencer, you can create a bass line by sending the same track through this app and activate only one tone. Experiment with the remapping options explained above to either get bass notes on every melody note, or only when the melody reaches the root note.

Thin out tracks by removing some tones to create variations. Or use this simplified version of the track in parallel for a second, layered sound. This is also very useful when playing live with multiple sounds.

Audiobus allows you to chain MIDI effects, and doing so with Midiflow Transposer and Midiflow Scales lets you create second voices: First transpose the notes by 4 half-tones and then force them to the ionian scale, for example.

Midiflow Scales costs $1.99 on the app store:

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