This last weekend I was lucky enough to be at MMM2017 in Berlin. It was a fantastic experience and I have loads to share with you about it including loads of photos and news. But it’s going to take me a couple of days to get it all written up. So check back and I’ll give you all the news from MMM2017 very soon, and by the end of the week at the latest. Promise!
Version 2.5 of Navichord brings a really big set of new features, minor updates, and fixes too. What’s more Navichord is half price at the moment at $3.99.
Here’s what’s new:
- New preset format includes all settings (scale, pads, MIDI, Audio, UI)
- Audiobus state saving
- Improved Pad Edit – rearrange pads by dragging, easy transpose, delete and chord generation buttons
- MIDI clock input and output
- Color themes
- Improved Settings structure and appearance
- Improved Toolbars structure and appearance
- Selectable accidentals (sharps, flats, auto)
- Lock scale to white keys (use onscreen white keys to play any scale)
- Note names changed to lowercase
- Added a simple mixer for internal instruments
- Help section updated – chord shapes are back
- Ableton Link quantum is changed from 1 bar to the length of the chord sequence
- Grid hold is changed to latch
- Added Bluetooth MIDI support
- Fixed Play button not working when loaded into Audiobus with other apps
- Allowed simultaneous input and output from the same MIDI device
- Fixed occasional choppiness when changing chords
If indeed you had noticed. I’ve been having one or two technical problems, mainly in the form of my old (not really that old) mac giving up on Saturday. Not much fun to say the least!
Anyway, I’m getting back to normal now and regular posting will resume.
The next thing from VirSyn is a very cool looking audio slicing machine that’s universal and comes with loads of features. Here’s what VirSyn have to say about it …
Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or the touch of your fingers.
The polyrhythm Arpeggiator redefines the art of creating new loops from the extracted slices.
Record live or import audio from clipboard or AudioShare to break it up into its rhythmic components.
Apply the intelligent slice parameter and Arpeggio randomizer for instant creation of the unheard.
- Automatic break up of sample/drum loop into up to 32 slices
- Edit slice positions.
- Edit level, pan, pitch and envelope for each slice
- Import audio from clipboard or AudioShare
- Record audio for instant slicing and reusing in realtime
- Seven studio standard effects concurrently usable:
- Oversampled distortion with four different algorithms for antialiased sound.
- Lowpass / Highpass / Bandpass parametric equalizer
- 8 pole analog Phaser
- Four line chorus
- Stereo/Ping-Pong delay with glitch free delay time change.
- Hi end reverberation unit.
Four part Polyrhythm Arpeggiator
- Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
- Trigger slices using 4 arpeggio parts with different settings
- Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
- Factory arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.
- AUv3 AudioUnit
- Inter App Audio
- Audiobus 2 support with state saving.
- Play slices live with the onscreen keyboard.
- Can use CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard.
- Audio recorder with share function.
- Share user presets.
- Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
- Multichannel MIDI Learn for external MIDI controllers.
- MIDI Tempo sync. Start/Stop Arpeggio.
- Ableton Link compatible.
ReSlice is on the app store for $9.99 which is introductory price:
As I’m sure you’ll be aware I work with Heart n Soul, an amazing charity that works with people with learning disabilities. One of the main things I do there is bring innovative music technology companies of all sizes and shapes into Heart n Soul for our artists to test and give feedback on. As an aside, if you’re interested in being a part of that, let me know.
But right now I want to let you know about an event we’re running with Native Instruments next month.
Native Instruments have partnered with Heart n Soul and the London Music Hack Space to bring Reaktor builders a real test of their ensemble building skills. At the next Native Instruments London meet up on the 4th of December we’ll be running a hack day to build a Reaktor synth and an accompanying interface for Heart n Soul artists.
The challenge is in two parts; creating a synth for Heart n Soul using Reaktor, and also building a physical interface for the synth so it can be used by Heart n Soul artists. For the physical interface we’ve partnered with the London Music Hack Space, bringing their expertise into the mix.
In advance of the hack day we’ll be asking people to sign up to the challenge and form teams combining Reaktor builders and interface builders. On the day itself we’ll have teams working directly with artists from Heart n Soul to understand how they would like the synth and it’s interface to operate, giving key insights into how to build and design accessible musical instruments.
Of course there’ll be prizes too. Actually some pretty amazing prizes. More on that soon.
If this is something that interests you then watch this space as I’ll have details of how to sign up for the challenge very soon indeed.
It’s going to be a pretty amazing day, so get involved!
These are lovely physical renderings of the PalmSounds logo were made by an amazing friend Mr Concretedog! He’s been a long time PalmSounds reader and in recent years a collaborator and even co-worker. Basically he’s an all round great guy! He’s made this and so I had to post it.
If you don’t know Mr Concretedog’s work then check out his blog where you’ll find a lot about his work (including his work in Space Tech which is totally amazing), plus links to his music, and also some of the instruments he’s built, one of which I have!
So now I’m just waiting to see if this thing is going to arrive in the post … (hint, yes Jo, I’m looking at you)!
You might remember that I posted on the AC Sabre about three weeks ago now, and you might also remember that I told you that the app was going to be on sale until the 19th. Well that’s coming up really soon, so I thought it best to give you a reminder just in case you’d missed it at the launch price.
If you can’t remember the details, here they are again …
AC Sabre is a revolutionary wireless MIDI instrument and motion controller for electronic music producers, composers, performers and DJs which brings the dynamic richness and performance energy of traditional instruments to your digital music library, in a way that is not possible with the existing studio and stage tools.
“A very unique and sophisticated virtual musical instrument” –The Next Web
AC Sabre reads your movements with the built in gyroscope and accelerometer and translates them into musical actions. It lets you pluck invisible strings in the air while controlling up to 7 additional parameters, intuitively with your movements, via MIDI CC messages.
“I had to check AC Sabre out and it immediately lived up to the hype…surreal and instinctive…like Augmented Reality” –Discchord
PLEASE NOTE: AC Sabre contains no sounds of its own. You’ll need a computer with MIDI compatible music software (Ableton, Logic, Cubase, FLStudio, Reason, Garage Band, Massive, Kontakt, Sylenth…), or other apps which support MIDI input (Animoog, Nave).
PUSH THE BOUNDARIES
- Use AC Sabre to compose distinctive hooks that go beyond the MIDI keyboard
- Conduct automation in realtime with human sensitivity instead of spending painful hours with the mouse
- Add sophisticated musical elements without the need for years of theory and training
DJs & PERFORMERS…
- Play electronic instruments without being shackled to your gear
- Introduce spontaneity into your live digital performances
- Infuse signature attitude and style into your performances
- 3 words: Live Bass Wobble.
RICH MUSICAL VOCABULARY:
- Scale-synced, velocity sensitive note play
- Harmonies, trills, arpeggios…
- Gesture-based vibrato
- Note shift (for playing out-of-scale notes)
- Circle of Fourths/Fifths key changes
- Note range and octave shift
- Legato and Portamento modes
- Note-clamping pitchbend
- A Drone for sustain and guitar “tapping”-style effects
HONED FOR PROFESSIONAL USE:
- Low latency (<10ms), 50m+ range via Wi-Fi
- QuickPanels allow realtime access to most common parameters
- Save/load/export configuration Patches
- Wi-fi/Bluetooth support + Bonjour auto-detect
- Supports multiple devices running AC Sabre as separate MIDI inputs into your DAW
- MIDI Learn wizard for quick CC assignment
- MIDI channel selector for playing multiple instruments
POWERFUL EXPRESSIVE CONTROL:
- 6 assignable Motion Controls
- Pitch, Roll and Yaw angles
- Linear Shake & Shuffle
- Play Intensity
- 2 configurable Touch Ribbons
- 1 configurable User Button
- Vibrato on Shake
OVER 150 MUSICAL SCALES
- Major, Minor and Pentatonics
- Jazz modes: Dorian, Phrygian, etc
- Bebop Dominant, Octonic, Nine-tone scale and other exotics
- World scales like Hungarian Gypsy, Hirajoshi, and Mississippi Blues
- Arpeggio scales like Dominant 7b5
- 1-4-5-b7 and other Bassline scales
- A few centuries worth of Indian Raag scales
- Vibrato amount from 1/4 step up to full PB range
- MIDI CC’s and output range are fully customisable
- Motion range calibration
- Virtual MIDI support, play other apps
AIR CRAFT ONLINE
NOTES & SUPPORT
AC Sabre is a high performance application that requires iPhone 4s+ (iPhone 5+ recommended), iPod Touch 5th gen+, or newer running iOS 8.1+. Also, while playing is definitely tailored more for handheld devices, it works splendidly on the iPad.
Windows users: You’ll also need a (free) copy of rtpMIDI for connecting AC Sabre to your computer
Don’t forget that the AC Sabre is 50% off and on sale until the 19th of August.
Get it on the app store now!
Korg’s flagship app Gadget is half price at the moment and down from $39.99 to $19.99. Module is also on sale with the same reduction. Worth checking out before they go back up on the 15th of July.
Gadget on the app store:
Module on the app store:
Steinberg’s iPad DAW, Cubasis is half price at the moment. It’s down from $49.99 to $24.99, so if you don’t have it then now is a good time to consider it.