Brief update on OP-1

And when I say brief I really mean it. In fact, I think that this post is longer than theirs. Still, good to know that they are still there and working on the OP-1.

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Sunvox iPhone to use Amidio ioLibrary

According to a reply comment posted on the Amidio site Sunvox on the iPhone will be the next app to be able to use ioLibrary, which means it will work with Beatmaker.

Amazing stuff. Can’t wait for it to be released on the iPhone.

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8bitone update

8bitone has been updated with mainly UI and bug fix stuff.

8bitone at the app store:

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Randgrid 1.0.5 update

Randgrid gets an update to Version 1.0.5 includes:

New features:
– New graphics.
– Four new drumkits added.
– Autosave option (when moving between pages) removed.
– Auto rotation.

RandGrid at the app store:
Randgrid synthesizer and drum machine
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Working with Jasuto

I got some time to play with Jasuto just recently and lost quite a lot of time just enjoying the interface and how you can end up making something that sounds quite strange and interesting without doing very much at all.

Having just spent time using Pd on the mac for a few days I’ve found Jasuto a real pleasure to work with and it is really suited to the style of music I’m making right now, if you can call it a style that is.

I like the whole idea that the patch is the synth, but in many ways I think Jasuto is a combination of both really, for me anyway. I’ve found that I can make the whole basis for a piece using Jasuto, and I think I’ve only just started to scartch the surface of it.

If you haven’t tried it as yet then you really should give it a go.

Jasuto is available at the app store:
Jasuto modular synthesizer

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Circuit bending with Microbe …

This video comes care of Matrix Synth. It looks very interesting. Sadly the whole of Perciante Rocco’s site is written in Italian, so I can’t understand it.

Audio Box Micro Composer: First Steps – Sequencing

This morning I played with more of the sequencer functions of Audio Box, which is actually very flexible when you get under the covers. You can not only copy and paste bars but notes and individual phrases too, which is really handy.

Audio Box Micro Composer: First Steps

I’ve been checking out Audio Box Micro Composer. I have to say that I am really impressed by synthesis and automation, it is a really powerful application for creating interesting sounds. Patches can all be saved obviously, and the parameters can be automated.

I often find it difficult moving to a different way of working with new software, but I’m getting to grips with Audio Box, and I think it is going to be really worth it.

Microbe 1.3: A Perfect Musical Sketch book

I thought I’d write about Microbe today. Microbe was the first piece of software I bought from Chocopoolp, and I think the first thing that was released from there. It is a fantastic application for jotting down ideas quickly. It is really about making electronic music, but it can be adapted to do interesting things…

What’s in Microbe?

  • 2 Mono synths
  • Drum machine
  • Effects
  • X-Y Pad
  • Export to Bhajis Loops (for when you want to expand your ideas)
  • Render to WAV!

How do I use Microbe?

Usually I use microbe when I want to play around for a minute or two with ideas and not get hung up on being technical and having to worry about settings and the like. That’s a nice thing about Microbe. Things are simple and straightforward. I like that. When something is done in Microbe it can then be moved out into Bhajis Loops, or if that’s really it it can stay there and be rendered to a wav file right on your device.

If it needs to get more attention then it can be exported to Bhajis and from there you can do almost anything with it.


This application ranks in my top 5 for palm creativity. It has got to be one of the most unusal and ambitious uses for a palm handheld device.

SoundPad is an FM Synthesiser for a palm OS PDA. It allows you to create FM synthesised sounds which can then be used be other applications (NotePad and BeatPad initially).

This follows the software synthesis model of having an application which works as a sequencer / or host and other applications which work with the sequencer to provide sounds.

SoundPad runs in under 100k. It allows to create banks of sounds which you can then populate. The first screen is a bit of an admin screen really, giving you bank functions and allocating instruments to slots in the bank.

The second screen is the real eye opener. This screen is where you manipulate waveforms and their envelopes to allow you to create sounds. Each sound can be made up of up to four oscilators. Each oscillator can be set to noise if you choose.

Each wave has an ADSR Envelope. This can be manipulated using the superb interface.

Once you’ve made your sound other applications can access it, such as NotePad or BeatPad.

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