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A beautiful Raspberry Pi 3 synth that you can’t have

I’ve mentioned the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi a few times now, and this confirms that as a platform it is very capable. Sadly, according to this pageCurrently, there are no plans to release as products and to publish the source codes“. Which is really sad.

Here are some details if you really want to make yourself sad …

High-Resolution (24bit/96kHz) 6-Polyphonic Innovative Raspberry Pi Synthesizer made by The Synth-Sennin (The Hermit Wizard of Synthesizer).

Version 2 Additional Functions

  • Oscillator types (including Noise)
  • Phase Mutator
  • Pre / Post Clipper

The S³-6R is originally developed by The Synth-Sennin (The Hermit Wizard of Synthesizer) who was once a sound engineer of the Company “R”. It is innovative digital synthesizer which is clearly different from general analog modeling synthesizer.

Individual synthesis based on original phase control and modulation thinking (αα-Phase Modulation). Driving in High-Resolution (24bit/96kHz) and 6-Polyphonic. Also it is a feature that very low alias noise even if extreme modulation. It adopts a Raspberry Pi as a platform.

Currently, there are no plans to release as products and to publish the source codes.

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DA ONE Synth arrives for iPad

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Tim at Discchord called this ‘ugly’. I’m not sure it’s that bad, although it could do with a better description, or at the very least a bit fuller anyway.

Here’s what the developer says about DA ONE Synth:

The DA ONE synthesizer app provides you with a powerful synthesis engine combining digital and (virtual) analog synthesis methods, such as wavetable synthesis, vector waveform mixing, subtractive, additive, and frequency modulation synthesis. The individual blocks of this synthesizer are connected using an innovative and highly flexible routing system that allows millions of different configurations of oscillators, filters, and distortion blocks.

DA ONE Synth costs $7.99 on the app store now:

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zMors Modular 1.8 goes universal

zMors Modular is excellent and now in 1.8 it just gets so much better. I’m a big fan of iPad apps that go universal. Here’s what’s new:

  • zMors Modular is now universal (add iPhone support)
  • new Presets from Stephan Bobinger
  • new module 8 channel performance sequencer
  • new module loop recorder
  • new module swing clock modulation
  • new module analog pitch correction
  • fix a bug when try move the keyboard
  • add knob labels to macro module
  • resort AUv3 list
  • allow select AUv3 presets
  • switchable audio engine via setting app

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Klevgränd brings us Baervaag – FM Synthesizer

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The lovely people at Klevgränd have brought yet another new app to add to their already excellent portfolio.

Baervaag brings FM synthesis to the masses! An easy to use but still powerful and tweakable synthesizer, accessible to everyone. Several parameters are sensitive to velocity which makes Baervaag very expressive and fun to play.

The additional LP filter, ”Wobbler”, and a simple stereo chorus makes this synthesizer versatile and a joy to tweak.

Noteworthy features:

  • AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc
  • 77 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians
  • FM Feedback, Filter, ADSR Attack and Volume can be modulated by velocity
  • Oscillators can be shaped between sine, square and PWM
  • One ADSR for each oscillator.
  • Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability.

Important: Baervaag in stand-alone mode does not support IAA or MIDI. You can try it out using the keyboard at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Baervaag with AUv3 compatible hosts.

iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
iPad Air 1 or later is recommended.

Baervaag is on the app store and costs $4.99

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Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, wasn’t it …

I’ve been desperately avoiding modular synths for a long time now even though I’ve found myself drawn to them as have many of my friends been. But when I was in Berlin at Ableton’s Loop festival in November I bumped into an old friend, Tom Whitwell. You might remember Tom from Music Thing, and now Music Thing Modular. Tom had this device with him.

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Not the bela being presented, but the tiny little lunchbox modular on the table. Here’s a close up.

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This little device totally captivated me. I thought it was awesome, and it’s battery powered too. Tom very kindly put me in touch with the maker of the lunchbox modular. You can find his site here. It’s well worth a look.

Very kindly, the maker of the lunchbox modular has sent me one, and now I’m on the start of what I’m told will be a very long journey.

The lunchbox modular is a beautiful little device and I’m looking forward to adding my first modules to it soon.

I’ll be sharing my journey as I go. Wish me luck!

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LCW-1 is app with 8 monophonic synthesizers

From the maker of ToyTone and PMW-1 comes another fun app called LCW-1.  This app is for playing the SE (sound effect). It resembles ToyTone released in the past. MIDI is supported only “Note On”, “Note Off” and “All Note Off”.

Anti-Aliasing

  • Anti-Aliasing has implemented.
  • “AA” on app is an abbreviation for “Anti-Aliasing”.
  • When turning off anti-aliasing, it sounds like ToyTone.

Delay Effect

  • Supported from short interval to around 1 second.

MIDI Mode

  • Drum
  • Receive “Note On/Note Off” and work like a drum machine.

Synth

Using 1-8 channels, it operates as 8 monophonic synthesizers.

  • Support Inter-App Audio (Generator only)
  • Timbre that can be stored is 24

To receive MIDI on LCW-1, Camera Connection Kit and MIDI device (ex. USB MIDI Interface) is required.

LCW-1 costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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From the maker of scriptSONIC comes a new modular iOS app called Ops

Jonathan Mackenzie, the maker of scriptSONIC brings us a new universal app called Ops. Here are all the details …

Ops is a modular synthesiser designed to make it easy to create and explore sound interactively with a touch screen. Ops does away with patch cords, instead using a system of connected blocks with a clear signal flow.

The blocks, called ops, are joined together into structures by dragging and dropping them on screen. Structures can easily be copied and varied to build-up rich, interesting results.

There are ops to perform a wide range of functions, including interaction, signal generation, effects processing, control, audio input, MIDI input, and pitch and rhythm manipulation.

Ops costs $9.99 on the app store now: