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Mercury Drum Sequencer for iPad appears

I’m not sure what to make of this new drum sequencer from a previously unknown developer. It looks very simple and straightforward, but perhaps too much so? I may be being unfair without having tried it first.

Anyway, here’s the app’s description:

Mercury Drum Sequencer is a sample based drum machine and step sequencer.

Features:

  • Five tracks with two sound sources (osc) each.
  • Osc and track sound tweaking parameters.
  • Individual track effects.
  • Each osc and track parameter can be overridden per step, by holding the desired step and changing the parameter in question.
  • Supports syncing with other music apps using Ableton Link.

Mercury Drum Sequencer costs $4.99 on the app store:

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Seaquence arrives so that you can make music with a collection of creatures

I just love this kind of thing. I haven’t tried it as yet, but I love the idea of putting the ‘play’ back into playing music. Here are all the details …

Seaquence — Make living music!

Seaquence is a unique music app that allows you to compose with collections of musical creatures. As they swim around your view, a spatialized mix emerges as only the closest can be heard, resulting in organic sounding compositions. Visually immersive and sonically dynamic, Seaquence is a unique and captivating audiovisual experience. You’ve never seen (or heard) anything like it!

Seaquence features a pro-level synthesizer and timing engine controlled by a fun and direct interface. Even composers who are brand new to synthesis will be able to unlock their synesthetic creativity. With a single in-app purchase, all synth features can be unlocked, revealing features like filters, effects, MIDI support, and more.

Share your creations with friends and discover what other people have made to get inspired!

Included Features:

  • Fully featured polyphonic synthesis module with support of up to 5 note polyphony per voice
  • Dynamic spatial mixer and stereo-panning engine
  • A true multitouch experience, up to 11 simultaneous touch points supported.
  • Unique swimming physics and swim behaviors — swim patterns are based on synth voice parameters
  • Up to 8 voices can be heard simultaneously
  • Precision, sample-based clock and sequencing engine
  • Intuitive visual multitouch voice editor
  • 16×16 multitouch sequencer matrix
  • Chromatic scale editor
  • Octave editor
  • Amplitude envelope + length (ADSR+L) with curves and “hold”
  • 5 oscillator waveform shapes: Square, Saw, Tri, Sin, Noise
  • Social sharing features — Get a link to share your creations to friends
  • Parent links are maintained — trace back the history of a composition, see who remixed your creations

Features of Seaquence Complete (available as a single In-App Purchase)

  • State-variable filter with hi-pass, band-pass, lo-pass, and notch modes
  • Filter attack envelope with resonance Q and curve editor.
  • Swing/Shuffle
  • Note step editor: 1/1 to 1/64, including triplets
  • Global transpose
  • Tempo/BPM
  • Portamento/Glide with curve editor
  • Additional voice modes in addition to Polyphonic:
  • Monophonic with sub-oscillator tuned to a 5th
  • Unison with Detune
  • Delay FX module with feedback and individual voice FX-Send
  • MIDI Notes In/Out: Send/Receive MIDI notes from external gear, up to 16 MIDI channels, addressable per voice
  • MIDI Ctrl In/Out: Send/Receive MIDI ctrl data from external gear, up to 16 MIDI channels, addressable per voice
  • MIDI clock sync: master or slave

10% of all profits go towards supporting our community at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a San Francisco non-profit arts organization. More info at http://grayarea.org/.

As you can tell, the app itself is free, but with an IAP (in app purchase) for the ‘Complete‘ version.

Seaquence on the app store:

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Troublemaker arrives, and apparently isn’t a 303 (but you should decide for yourself)

From the makers of Ruismaker, Ruismaker FM, and Phasemaker comes a new bass synth, Troublemaker! Apparently it is not a 303!

Here’s what to expect …

The legendary TB-303 has magical properties; it is filled to the brim with analog shimmer. Its output jack is a gateway to a parallel universe and when you twiddle the filter knobs an army of highly trained pixies chisel the square waves from freshly harvested unicorn souls. So if you want a TB-303, you should buy a TB-303. But if you’re after *that sound* Troublemaker will give you everything you need in spades.

Troublemaker sports a carefully crafted diode filter emulation and among the available oscillators are the typical raspy, nasal sawtooth and rubbery squarewave with its oddball shape and shifting pulsewidth. It also has the wow.

Troublemaker is fully Audio Unit (AUv3) compatible, so you can go wild running multiple instances in your favorite DAWs.

It also has:

  • Ableton Link synchronization,
  • MIDI CC mapping,
  • Core Midi, Virtual Midi, Bluetooth Midi input,
  • Audiobus support
  • Exports MID and WAV files from the standalone sequencer

And unlike the TB-303, it can actually sound like a bass guitar 😉

Note: Troublemaker requires iPad 4/Mini 2/iPhone 5S/iPod Touch 6 or higher

Troublemaker is on the app store and costs $9.99:

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LP-5 – Loop-based Music Sequencer v3.0 arrives with loop recording and more

A great update for this loop based sequencer, making it much more powerful and useful. Here’s what’s new:

  • Loop recording from hardware and other apps
  • Time stretching by Superpowered
  • 40 scenes per set
  • iPad Slide Over and Split View Support
  • Audiobus I/O
  • LinkKit 2.0
  • Bug fixes and improvements

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GridComposer for iOS arrives

As I’m sure you already know I’m a bit of a fan of more ‘unusual’ apps for making music, and from a first look this app certainly looks like that.

I haven’t had a play with this as yet, but here are the details, you can make up your own mind.

Create and explore musical phrases and rhythmic patterns with GridComposer, an experimental musical sequencer. Arrange blocks on the grid to create notes and combine them to short phrases. Experiment with the timings and harmonies to explore variations of your composition. No musical knowledge is needed to start playing.

  • Contains four build-in, polyphonic synthesizer presets.
  • Notes are automatically assigned from a global musical scale.
  • Save and load your compositions.
  • Ability to adjust the musical scale, key and octave on the fly.
  • Volume mixer to adjust your tracks.
  • Advanced options to create custom scales.
  • Set the tempo and individual trigger speed for each track.
  • Ability to add delay and reverb effects.
  • Output midi notes to your audio software via wifi.

GridComposer is universal and costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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I do like unusual apps, and this fits the bill for me

There’s plenty of apps around these day to do pretty much everything you could think of in musical terms. Sifting through them can be difficult, but this one caught my eye as it’s a bit different from the run of the mill.

Here’s the description of PicopicoSequencer …

Picopico Sequencer is a music sequencer that plays music in so-called picopico sounds. The Japanese word “picopico” refers to the primitive sounds such as sine wave. And in Picopico Sequencer you can “create” your own sound waves.

Characteristics:

  • Create music in MML
  • Create your own sound waves in JavaScript
  • It looks as though you can edit music with GUI, you can’t now.
  • You can define at most 32 tracks per a song.

PicopicoSequencer is on the app store now and is free:

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MIDI thing, Korg iM1 and the PlugKey

As you’ll remember from my post and video the other day we’ve been making good progress with the MIDI thing. I thought I’d share another video. This time I’m using the MIDI thing to control Korg’s iM1 app, which, like the Roland Sound Canvas is a nice multi-timbral app, so I can assign different instruments to different MIDI channels.

Whilst this is a bit more of an ambient piece it still shows that it’s pretty easy to use the MIDI thing to layer a track in real time.

I hope you like it.