A massive update for Navichord in version 2.5

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:

MAJOR

  • 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

MINOR

  • 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

ISSUES SOLVED

  • 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

Apologies for the silence

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.

ReSlice arrives from VirSyn

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.

Features:

Audio Slicer

  • 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

Effect section

  • Seven studio standard effects concurrently usable:
  • Oversampled distortion with four different algorithms for antialiased sound.
  • Lowpass / Highpass / Bandpass parametric equalizer
  • 8 pole analog Phaser
  • Flanger
  • 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.

Global

  • 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:

In just under a month we’re running a Reaktor Hack Day with Native Instruments and you need to get involved

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!

A shameless bit of self-promotion

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)!

Happy Birthday Matrixsynth! 11 today

Matrixsynth has been a focal point for the music tech community for years and is a daily visit for me almost everyday. So it’s great to celebrate it turning 11 years old today!

Many happy returns Matrixsynth! Will there be cake?

If you want some more information on Hook …

Then there’s more on the Retronyms site here. I thought I’d mention it as the video didn’t give much away, but there should be another video from them tomorrow with more details hopefully.

triqtraq – jam sequencer 1.6.3

triqtraq – jam sequencer gets updated. Here’s what’s new:

  • AudioShare Import/Export
  • AIF file compatibility

Workflow enhancements:

  • Triqtraq can be used upside down now on iPad
  • Samples that got imported with AudioCopy or AudioShare get selected automatically for immediate import
  • Loaded Kits get marked in the Kit browser

Here is how you easily create a beat with Figure

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VirSyn brings us VoxSyn (universal)

VirSyn adds a new app to their stable, VoxSyn is here, the details are all here:

VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and spectral changes of your voice VoxSyn creates signature vocal sounds far beyond traditional vocoding.

Talk or sing into the microphone and you’ll trigger various synthesizer sounds following your voice pitch or the notes touched on the hexagonal keyboard / external MIDI Keyboard. The basic sounds are selected from a vast pool of predefined sounds from the famous TERA synthesis engine which can be further expanded by its unique random sound generator.

The harmonic table note layout visualizes your voices pitch in realtime and also let you play notes for more traditional vocoder effects.

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VoxSyn is Audiobus compatible and can be used in the Input, Filter and Output slots in the Audiobus signal chain.

The output can be recorded to an audio file which you
can use with other Apps and programs for further processing.

Features:

  • Voice control of pitch and timbre
  • 22-channel Vocoder
  • Integrated preset synthesizer engine
  • Hundreds of presets included
  • Hi-end Reverb and Chorus/Delay/Distortion/Phaser effects
  • Share/Export of audio recordings
  • CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI and Background audio
  • Inter App Audio compatible
  • Audiobus 2 support (Input/Filter/Output) with state saving

VoxSyn is on the app store at an introductory price of $6.99:

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