DrumPerfect 1.01 brings separate track export and more

Here’s what’s new in the latest version of DrumPerfect:

  • Separate track export now supports mono rendering.
  • Added BPM tap pad and up/down buttons.
  • Improved edit fields for user input.
  • Several bug fixes.

Musikmesse 2014: Bastl Instruments

Each module is connected using a small 4 pin connector and nice triangular velcro patches on the sides of each box.

If you’re looking for pure tones and big string sounds or anything then these are probably not the modules you’re thinking of. However, if you like nice raw glitchy lo-fi synth sounds then you’re going to love these things.

I had a brief play with the  Bastl Instruments modules and they’re pretty good. I didn’t have time to really get acquainted with the interfaces at all.

But I did play with their stick keyboard. Now that was fun! I still don’t know quite why they have a keyboard made with sticks, but it certainly got a lot of attention at Musikmesse.

One of the things I wanted to establish by taking a look at Bastl Instruments offering was, would I buy them? The answer, yes, sadly I’m afraid that these lovely little modules are just the kind of thing I would love to play with and integrate into the stuff I make.

Bastl Instruments stuff ticked the following boxes for me …

  • Build quality: Very high, nicely made and solid feel.
  • MIDI: The little MIDI module gives you control over all the modules that you connect together
  • Sound quality: Whilst I only heard these at the show, and it was noisy to say the least, I could certainly get a feel for the kinds of sounds you can reproduce, and I really like them
  • Modularity: Well these modules certainly fit together easily enough, and you seem to be able to connect them in any sort of configuration you want.

If I have on reservation it is how stable the connection is going to be. The four pin connector isn’t particularly hardy and the devices are held together by velcro. I know that I’m not likely to be using these in a very mobile environment or expect them to handle a great deal of movement, but it still a small area of concern. However, I don’t think it would stop me from starting my own collection of Bastl Instruments modules.

So, overall I think that these modules are pretty cool. They certainly get the thumbs up from me. Of course it just adds to the temptation and constant drain on my wallet!

All the same, I wish Bastl Instruments every success with their modules and hope that the show was really good for them. I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them over the next few months.

iPad version of Xynthesizr coming, but will be a separate app


Something new coming from Mr HumbleTUNE

Now that looks pretty cool to me.

DrumPerfect arrives

DrumPerfect is a drum sequencer for IOS 7 that aims at creating extremely naturally sounding drum tracks for electronic music production.

DrumPerfect features three extensive editors to easily create very human-like drum sequences:

  • An extensive pattern editor in which each individual drum stroke has its own velocity, timing and probability. Each pattern has its own BPM, time signature and beat subdivision settings. Multiple strokes can be linked to a single probabilistic event.
  • An extensive kit editor with up to 16 different drum kits with 16 instruments each. Every instrument consists of up to 16 different user-selectable audio samples.
  • An extensive song editor in which a song is built of pattern/kit events.
  • The “Two-handed” and “Humanize” features give a human feel to the rhythm by modelling the human drummer restrictions and variations.
  • DrumPerfect offers extensive options for audio-transfer with other apps:
  • Live-audio source for other apps via Audiobus and Inter-App-Audio.
  • Audio rendering/upload to AudioShare, AudioCopy2, SoundCloud and Dropbox. Both mixed and separate track export.
  • Import of audio samples via iTunes or AudioPaste2.
  • Midiclock sync input with midi song pointer, midi start and midi stop.

The app is priced at $14.99.

Find your iPad on the Apple Store.

Seekquencer for iPhone arrives and appears to include a man in a turban (it’s free (mostly), the app that is, not the turban)

When someone uses the term “… the search for musical perfection …” in an app description, it makes me wonder just what they mean, but in this case I’m hoping that it is fairly tongue in cheek as Seekquencer is a free app, and looks like it has been built with some humour inside.

Here’s the brief description:

Seekquencer… the search for musical perfection!

Retro inspired musical sketchpad, beat maker & melody generator – create melodies, drum patterns, grooves, basslines & chord progressions, or just doodle.

  • Step sequencer with 8 – 32 steps
  • Touch, drag & draw notes
  • Choose key signature, scale, tempo, octave and more
  • Melodic mode – select a scale & never play a wrong note!
  • Drum sampler mode – touch, drop and groove
  • High quality sounds including 8bit synths, classical piano, sitar, super organ, electronic & acoustic drum kits, plus bonus arcade machine soundpack*
  • Generate random melodies with your chosen algorithm
  • Save and restore your seekquences *
  • Omja – your very own wise man to help you along the way

* requires purchase of Pro upgrade

This is the first version so many more features coming soon. I’d love to hear from you so please leave any feedback and feature requests and I will be sure to consider them for future updates.

Until then, happy seekquencing.

What’s new (although I don’t know how it can be new as the app has only just arrived)

  • Major performance improvements, especially on older devices
  • Playhead now lights up notes
  • Default tempo reduced to 100bpm
  • Minor bug fixes

Find your iPhone on the Apple Store.

SECTOR arrives!

Slice and sequence your loops with a network of markov-chain connections. Introduce order with the probability-based coin-flipping pattern sequencer. Bend time with warp functions for glitches and modulations. Tweak and trigger in real time performance. Get anything between rigid control and random chaos.


  • High quality 32-bit audio engine
  • Stream audio to other apps in Audiobus or Inter-App Audio
  • Import samples and loops from AudioShare or using “Open in” from other apps

Users guide: http://kymatica.com/sector/manual

Coming in next update:

  • MIDI clock sync
  • In-app recording and exporting of loops

SECTOR is priced at $6.99 for launch.

Find your iPad on the Apple Store.

KORG Gadget Mobile Synthesizer Studio for iPad looks completely awesome to the point where I almost don’t believe it’s for real


The ultimate mobile synth collection on your iPad
KORG Gadget – the all-in-one music production studio

KORG Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets”, which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music.

A collection of fifteen Gadgets
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions. The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don’t play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function, Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?

Ideal track-making experience while on the go. Control two things at once
For the most part, KORG Gadget uses the vertical orientation that makes the iPad easy to hold in one hand and is the most common style of interface on iOS devices. The screen of the iPad is divided vertically in two halves, allowing you to simultaneously control two types of content-“song creation” and “sound creation”. by placing the current Gadget on the bottom of the screen while always showing the sequencing environment up top.-This ensures that your creative production flow is not interrupted. That’s all you have to know. You’ll enjoy the simple and intuitive sequencer, and experience track-making in an environment that’s been perfectly optimized for mobile use, while retaining professional quality in everything from the effects to the mixer.

Capture ideas for your songs wherever you like. An ideal choice as a second DAW
If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational, like a cafe or your living room. Then create sounds or phrases with your favorite gadget and stock up on ideas. The data you create can be exported as audio data for a variety of uses. Even if you typically use a computer or sophisticated music production equipment, KORG Gadget is an ideal partner that will inspire you from a different perspective. KORG Gadget is also an ideal choice as a second DAW that’s easy to take with you along anywhere.

Share songs to the GadgetCloud and connect to users around the world
Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on “GadgetCloud,” a music sharing site for KORG Gadget users worldwide. By exchanging songs between mobile musicians around the world, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. This is a music production space that’s fun to use; you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by KORG, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from KORG Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, sending your tracks wherever you like.

GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that’s supported by creative artists world-wide. You will need a SoundCloud account.

A fusion of cutting-edge iOS technology; a mobile studio that continues to evolve
By connecting an external MIDI keyboard via the Camera Connection Kit, you can play the 15 synthesizers in Gadget from a real keyboard. A wide range of iOS music technology is also supported, including AudioCopy, and WIST.

There’s a roadmap for future updates that will add new gadgets and support audio tracks, further perfecting the system as a mobile music production studio. KORG Gadget will continue to evolve in support of serious mobile music-making.

The launch price is $28.99 which includes the 25% off.

Fugue, 16-track MIDI sequencer arrives for your iPad

Fugue is a 16-track MIDI sequencer that allows you to create complex sequences using a few simple controls.

To avoid any confusion, this app does not produce any audible sounds. It is designed to be used with MIDI-compatible apps on your iPad, a WIFI network session to control your DAW software or via a dedicated iOS MIDI interface (e.g. Line6 MIDI Mobilizer) to control outboard hardware.

MIDI is output to all available devices. By default, it will always output to a WIFI MIDI network session.

How does it work?
There is a single sequence of notes. There are 16 tracks that are capable of playing that sequence, each of which has its own independent set of properties.
Press ‘Edit sequence’
This is where you specify your 16-note sequence. The note range goes from A0 all the way up to C7 (the full range of a piano)

Press ‘Cycle track properties’
This is where you specify the properties of each of the sixteen tracks. Each column on the graphics represents track 1 to 16.
Pressing ‘Cycle track properties’ repeatedly switches between the following properties:

  • Track Speed (bpm): choose the speed for each track from a range of 1 to 240 beats per minute.
  • Track Note Length (%): choose the length of the note for each track. The note length is a percentage of time between beats. You could specify a high note length on a track with a low track speed to get some nice atmospheric held notes. Alternatively you could specify a low note length on a track with a high track speed and get some nice arpeggiator effects!
  • Track MIDI Channel: choose the MIDI channel for the track. By default these are set from 1 to 16 for each track respectively.
  • Track Velocity: choose the velocity (or force) that the sequence of notes is played on this track. The higher the velocity, the louder, or more emphasised the resulting sound. Do bear in mind that the app, virtual instrument or hardware synth must respond to velocity in order to hear the effect of this property.

Press ‘Play’
This plays your sequence. Pressing again will stop playback.
Note that when you press play, all of the tracks are bought back in sync with each other. A small graphical indicator beneath the columns shows you when each track is triggered and how far through the 16 note sequence each track is.

What’s coming in the future?

  • Ability to ‘turn off’ a note in the sequence to create a ‘rest’
  • Ability to save sequences
  • Ability to save track settings
  • Ability to select MIDI devices to output to
  • Ability to send MIDI CC messages to automate your synths!
  • In keeping with the name of the app, the ability to manipulate your note sequence in a variety of interesting ways!
  • A basic audible preview

And, it’s free!

Caustic 3 arrives, but not just for Android, an iOS universal version arrives too and I’m speechless

Ok, I’m not that speechless, but it’s amazing. Arguably the number 1 Android making app has gone cross platform at the same moment that version 3 lands with a huge upgrade in what you can do with this app. It’s amazing.

Here’s what you get on iOS for your $9.99:

Caustic 3 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizer/sampler rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of:

  • Subsynth – Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
  • PCMSynth – Multi-sample wave synthesizer
  • BassLine – 303-like monosynth
  • BeatBox – 8-channel sampling drum machine
  • PadSynth – Harmonic table pad synthesizer
  • 8BitSynth – 8bit equation solver synthesizer
  • Modular – Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
  • Organ – Tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
  • Vocoder – 8-band harmonic vocoder
  • FMSynth – DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer

The app also includes:

  • Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine (16 effect types).
  • Mixer desk with EQ, panning and global Delay/Reverb effects.
  • Master section with effect slots, parametric EQ and limiter.
  • Song sequencer

Supports automation recording on most controls and includes powerful editors for modifying automation curves.

Users can record their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder or import files through iTunes file sharing or the built-in FTP server.
Supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate).
The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2) and FL/Xewton instruments (.instr, .ZIP)

Exported songs can be shared using the AudioShare app.

Supports CoreMIDI for note and velocity data.

See the in-app help section for dozens of informative tutorial videos and full online manual.

There is also a FREE (full version) PC version available for download on the product website.

Come visit www.singlecellsoftware.com to download more presets, request features, share your tracks and hear what others are creating with Caustic 3.

Works on iPhone/iPod but iPad is recommended.

The app is priced at a very reasonable $9.99 (£6.99).

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