Fluxpad is due to arrive on the 6th of September

Announced this morning, Fluxpad is on the way to the app store on the 6th of September. Not long to wait at all now, although it has been a long time coming, as the app was originally set for an ‘early 2016’ release. However, these things happen right?

If you can’t remember Fluxpad, it’s a collaboration between MoMinstruments, who brought us WretchUp, and TeaTracks, who brought us Gliss and SQRT. I’ve added the videos about Fluxpad at the end of this post. Here’s the app’s main features too.

Fluxpad features …

  • 6 melody sequencers where you paint your melodies based on a sample of your choice
  • 1 percussion/drum sequencer where paint/tap your groove made of 7 samples of your choice
  • each sound has it’s own sampler settings with unique envelope, loop and start settings
  • quantize / unquantize functions for each sequencer or the whole pattern
    combine 6 pattern to a longer piece of music
  • ability to record your own samples with the build in microphone
  • huge sample library with high quality sounds/kits made by Mouse on Mars and others
  • lots of demo projects made by Mouse and Mars and others
  • ability to sync via midi to other apps, hardware

If you want to know more, then check out the other FluxPad posts here.

Something new is coming from Wolfgang … PPG Phonem for iPad

Something to look forward to from the maker of WaveMapper and WaveGenerator. PPG Phonem for iPad is coming soon apparently.

Here’s what to expect (taken from the app’s page) …

After the huge success of the PPG Phonem VST/AU plugin, we optimized the sound-engine to make it run pretty well on the iPad. It has also been adapted to make best use of multi-touch and comes with IAA and AU-extension.

PPG Phonem lets the user create expressive vocal synthesis beyond anything ever heard before. With its advanced routing system every aspect of the voice can be controlled and modulated in any conceivable way. Anything from a quiet whisper to a scream. Use the intuitive text to speech tool to make Phonem say whatever you want.

Although the PPG Phonem was originally designed to do just vocal synthesis, it turned out that the system was also capable of producing a wide range of universal synthsizer sounds. So we extended the parameter ranges and made everything accessible to the user, to take advantage of this fact.

“The human voice is a very complex system, which can produce a wide range of sounds. It is however restricted by natural physical dimensions. Phonem does not impose limits, letting you create all the filter configurations and sweeps you could only ever have dreamed of.”
Wolfgang Palm

The heart of the system is a multi resonator filter with 12 individual resonators which can produce vocal sounds as well as all kinds of filter sweeps and effects. This is combined with a very flexible excitation source which can work as a simulation for the human vocal source (the glottis) but also use wavetables and time-corrected-samples (TCS) to drive the filter.

And here are the main features you can look forward to …

  • Create your own singing style and expressions
  • Large Phoneme inventory – 46 english/american plus 5 german plus 4 french phonemes
  • Versatile excitation generator/oscillator
  • Working with typical voice source or wavetable and time-corrected-samples (TCS)
  • Extreme time stretching, freezing and reversing
  • Pitch track – let your robots sing
  • Control track – let it cry and shout
  • Song mode – making it easy to compose your synthesized text
  • Wave page – create your own wavetables and modify time-corrected-samples
  • Import WTS and TCS files from the iPad WaveGenerator and WaveMapper
  • All internal parameters available to the user – give your voices a special dialect or individual character
  • Versatile matrix system – allowing 19 sources to control 40 parameters
  • Two X/Y control pads freely routable to 40 parameters
  • 6 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations
  • 4 LFOs plus Vibrato, Flutter and Growl generators
  • Fully programmable resonator filter – allowing production of new sound effects
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • Overdrive/Distortion effect
  • A/B compare your edited sounds
  • AU extension – run multiple Phonem instances in AU hosts
  • IAA – inter-app audio support
  • Audiobus 2 with statesaving
  • 10 min audio recording and Audio copy
  • Redesigned browser with new listing filters
  • Directly accessible context help for each module
  • Freely configurable schematic keypad, with extremely expressive modulation options
  • 4 Keypads play modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Multitrigger.
  • 4 MIDI modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Voice-Per-Channel.

He’s been busy too, as there are updates to WaveMapper ..

  • Key-Pads with MONO mode
  • MIDI and Pads mode independent from each other
  • MIDI VPC mode improved
  • Audio recorder directly starts when voices are already playing (or HOLD)
  • Audiobus 2.3.1
  • User reported bugs fixed

and also to WaveGenerator as well …

  • Key-Pads with MONO mode
  • MIDI and Pads mode independent from each other
  • MIDI VPC mode improved
  • Audio recorder directly starts when voices are already playing (or HOLD)
  • Audiobus 2.3.1
  • User reported bugs fixed


Video: The Hook Up: Introducing Hook (something new from Retronyms)

So this looks kind of cool. Very little in the way of detail as yet, but an interesting comment that the app integrates with Wej, which also becomes available from the 21st of July.

Video description:

“New App coming from Retronyms! Hook is available July 21st for iPhone and iPad”

Video published by Retronyms.

What’s coming to iSymphonic Orchestra …


Link coming to Genome MIDI Sequencer

Thought I’d mention this as GMS is on sale right now too, so it’s a great time to grab this app.


Something new coming to NOIZ …


NOIZ is on Product Hunt! Vote it up now!

If you know NOIZ then you’ll know it’s an awesome app for making music for just about anyone and it’s doing a great job of democratising music creation. Now it’s on Product Hunt! And it needs your vote! So go vote it up right now!

Click here to vote it up.

If you don’t know NOIZ then you can find it on the app store by clicking below (then go and vote it up)!

It’s Sunday, here’s the round up of news from the last week

Welcome to this week’s round up of news from the 11th of April to today.

11th of April:

12th of April:

13th of April:

  • My piece of why you should take a look at Skram (original post)

14th of April:

15th of April:

16th of April:


I hope that was helpful in case you missed anything throughout the week. Remember that previous round ups are available here where you can also sign up for these posts to be sent to your inbox.

And more is on the way from Mr Art Kerns


A bit more news on the OP-1 update coming soon

So Audio News Room have more details on what’s coming to the OP-1 in the next update. It sounds good, there’s going to be a new sequencer mode and device’s knobs will now be push enabled, which could be interesting. If you want to know more then check the ANR page here.

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