Auxy 2.0 arrives and it’s free!

Not just the update, but the whole app is now free. I’m not sure if that’s an intentional thing to make it free from here on in or if it’s for a limited time only. Either way, this is a great app and really worth getting right now.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.0:

  • Add up to 16 instruments
  • Add up to 24 loops per instrument
  • Arrange your tracks with scenes
  • Create transitions between scenes
  • New sounds
  • And more…

Patterning 1.1 is massive, plus it’s on sale too

Here’s what Olympia Noise Co have to say about Patterning 1.1, and it says it all …

In this update we’ve added a ton of new features to improve your creative workflow — including audio export, new and improved sync options, a more useful timeline, MIDI mappings, as well as interface improvements that make Patterning even more fun and inspiring to work with. As always, let us know if you have any questions or run into any issues.

Audio Export
Patterning now includes a highly configurable audio export function for getting your drum tracks out of Patterning and into the next stage of your process. It’s easy to turn your beats into perfect audio loops or entire songs in .WAV format. Bounce individual tracks or the main mix and save your files to AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing or using “Open in….” to save to Dropbox or other apps.

MIDI Mapping
Map your hardware MIDI controller to control mixer and sample settings, trigger pattern changes, and more. Assign CC’s, notes, or program changes to parameters using the MIDI learn function, and fine tune parameter ranges with the MIDI configuration menu. MIDI mappings can be imported from other songs to easily reuse your favorite mappings.

New & Improved Sync Options
A consolidated Sync menu makes your sync settings easier to configure. In addition to Ableton Link, Patterning now supports Inter-App Audio sync and a completely re-written MIDI Clock implementation. Inter-App Audio sync and transport controls are available when connected to the master Inter-App Audio port.

Inter-App Audio Track Output
Patterning now supports individual Inter-App Audio outputs for each track as well as the master output. Connect up tracks to Audiobus, AUM, or another Inter-App Audio host to apply effects to individual tracks.

MIDI Output Enhancements
In addition to notes, MIDI enabled tracks can now send automation data in the form of CC or pitch bend messages. Track layers are assigned to MIDI destinations according to the MIDI standard. MIDI Track settings can be imported from other songs for easy reuse.

A New Timeline
Patterning’s timeline has been updated, making the creation of songs a whole lot easier and more fun. You can now make multiple selections, and use “duplicate,” “duplicate insert,” and “duplicate at end” tools to quickly repeat sections of the timeline. In addition, each timeline block now has a “reset rotation” option to allow patterns to snap to their beginnings in the timeline. This is useful for rotating or odd meter patterns, as well as creating stutters or fills in the timeline.

Sample Preview
Preview samples in the sample library! To enable, toggle the speaker icon in the top right of the sample library. Preview uses the current sample settings (pitch, pan, effect sends, etc) to help you tweak your sounds.

Custom Drum Kit Image
Import custom images from your photos library for your drum kits. Tap the drum kit image to select and edit a photo.

Other Improvements

  • Improved quality of pitch shift algorithm.
  • Adjustments to layout on iPad Pro.
  • Added Mute/Solo on “sample” tab.
  • Peak level metering throughout the app.
  • Stability improvements.
  • A cool new icon.

Patterning 1.1 is on the app store now, and has dropped in price from $9.99 to $4.99:

Elastic Drums 1.7.4 brings separate channel recording and a little price drop too

Elastic Drums is one of my favourite drum apps, probably one of the best too, and not just in my opinion. So it’s great to see it just get better and better. In version 1.7.4 we’ve got a bunch of new stuff, for starters, separate channel recording! Which is just awesome. Here’s the full deal:

  • debugged swing function
  • reworked jam screen with xy pad for master effects
  • song audio recording starts from pattern 1 now
  • now you can audio record all 6 drum channels separate, additionally to the master output record. Recordings will land in the documents folder, accessible via iTunes
  • new presets from Shadow Dancer

If that wasn’t enough the app has had a little drop in price too and is down from $11.99 to $9.99, and it’s well worth it. If you don’t have the app then you should seriously consider it.

Here’s a video of what’s new …

Elastic Drums on the app store:

Auxy (for iPhone) drops in price, and here’s why you should know

It may not sound like much, but Auxy (the iPhone version and not the iPad version) has come down in price a little today. It was $4.99 and now it’s $3.99. It’s only a dollar less, but this is a truly excellent app for making music. I mean really excellent.

It is incredibly accessible and simple to use but has a lot of power if you want to access it. As you might guess, I’m a big fan of both the iPhone and iPad versions, and that’s because I’m a big fan of apps that get people into music making without needing a load of musical or technical expertise.

So if you don’t know Auxy already then go take a look at the iPhone version on the app store, and if you’re not sure, try out the iPad app first, as that one is free (with IAPs).

Auxy for iPhone on the app store:

Auxy for iPad on the app store:

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