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Drum Session comes to your iPhone

Drum Session now comes to your iPhone, which, in my opinion is a very good thing indeed. I’d like to see a lot more of this especially with some of my favourite iOS iPad apps. I’m sure you know the ones I mean.

Anyway, rant over. Here’s what’s new:

  • iPhone Support
  • new user interface design
  • smoother piano roll editing
  • bug fixes

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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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Parat+ is a new controller app that seems very fully featured

If you’re looking for a new controller you might want to take a look at Parat+. I can’t say that I’ve tried it myself but it looks and says that it’s pretty impressive.

Here’s the app’s description:

Parat+ is an Open Sound Control (OSC) and MIDI controller app allowing intuitive and sophisticated control of networked sound and visual computer software and hardware devices. Parat+ has powerful gestural touch screen controls and multitouch gestures available in the most efficient and intuitive ways possible. Developed by practitioners for practitioners, Parat+ is a tool for the musician, artist and technician using technology to advance their art.

Much more than a virtual ‘fader box’, it allows you to record, remap and set controls instantly and intuitively. Swipe and multitouch gestures record, loop and remap the interval of each fader and responsivity curve. Rescale, enlarge, pause and interrupt to modify your controls in realtime. Control sound levels, effects parameters, synthesis, lights and more via OSC and MIDI simultaneously.

Parat+ combines powerful software and hardware parameter control with data automation and manipulation. It is fully compatible with OSC enabled software such as:

  • Max
  • PD
  • Processing
  • Digital Performer
  • Reaper
  • Reaktor
  • Ardour and more.

All other software and hardware including DMX for lighting rigs can be controlled via MIDI.

The fader-style controller modules at the core of Parat+ can control parameters and functions of any MIDI and/or OSC enabled software and hardware. Multiple OSC targets can be defined to optimise user flexibility.

The Faders offer unparalleled realtime control via the multitouch three point control feature which allows the user to remap the interval and responsivity curve of each fader in realtime.

The touch gesture features include:

  • One finger gestures to control the fader value.
  • Two finger gestures to adjust the fader’s minimum and maximum values.
  • Three finger gestures to adjust the minimum, maximum and responsivity curve.

Use absolute touch mode to have the Fader value jump to whichever finger position is applied and relative touch mode to avoid any sudden jumps due to changes in finger position, allowing for seamless transitions in volume etc..

Each Fader can also be remotely controlled and automated by the Gesture Recorder, internal LFO generators, audio analysis and sensors, external OSC sources and MIDI controllers.

Use Parat+ as a central control hub for any performance and production setup, and shape OSC data streams sent to Parat+ to control your software and hardware parameters. Incoming OSC data (e.g. data from sensors, analysis modules and generative algorithms) can be modified and modulated using the the scaling and modulation features of Parat+ Sources and Faders.

Gesture recording and playback allows looped and one-shot automations of unlimited length.

The simplicity and coherence of the tools enable any novice to venture into custom built controls, while the accustomed performance system developer will appreciate the time saved for complex setups.

The philosophy behind Parat+ is to extend and assist your practice without imposing an approach. The app has been designed with the knowledge that creative work requires tools that can grow with their users, allowing individual and intuitive creative application while maintaining flexibility and diversity. Artists who are familiar with programming will appreciate the intuitive approach to data handling and parameter mapping. Users who lack experience with sophisticated technology will find themselves empowered to embrace cutting-edge interactive technology in the most intuitive and approachable manner. By keeping technical concerns to a minimum, the user is free to make artistic and aesthetic choices guided by their own creativity, avoiding the constraints of conventional software and controllers.

Parat+ is on the app store and costs $16.99

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Klevgränd brings a new synth “Pads – Lush Pad Synthesizer” has arrived, is universal, and AUv3

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Klevgränd are steadily building a very credible and impressive set of apps to their name, and Pads adds nicely to that.

Pads is basically a wavetable synthesizer with a noise/grain generator and a high cut filter. With a carefully developed ”wobbler” that detunes the waveforms and makes small inconsistencies to several internal parameters and a nice sounding chorus, this synthesizer is able to create some really interesting and non-statical pad sounds.

Noteworthy features:

  • AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc.
  • 30 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians
  • Filter, Attack and volume can be modulated by velocity
  • Controllable grit/grain level, sampled from a real hammond organ with a broken tone wheel
  • Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability

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

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

A full documentation is available at https://klevgrand.se/products/pads

Pads costs $4.99 on the app store now:

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iVCS3 version 2 is here, is universal, is AUv3 and more

iVCS3 version 2.0 arrives with the massive list of new features, updates and fixes.

  • Support for iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Support for AudioUnit V3, separate modules: VCO, VCF, SPRING, ENV, VCA, NOISE
  • New Input/Mic/Sampler Envelope Follower
  • New Sequencer Reset/Randomize Functions
  • New AudioShare support
  • AudioCopy SDK 3.4
  • Midibus 1.38 SDK
  • New Bluetooth A2DP High Quality
  • New Presets Manager Search Bar
  • New Control Manager Search Bar
  • New Samples Manager Search Bar
  • New ‘Save Preset As… in’ function permits you to chose a Bank where save it
  • New ‘Create Random Sound’ can modulate the random percentage and bypassing some critical parameters
  • Receive remote MIDI Clock, bug fixed
  • Audiobus Sequencer Play/Stop fixed with Ableton Link
  • Envelope Signal scale fixed
  • Mute switches are now Smoothed
  • Two SEQUENCER Parameters have been added to Control Manager
  • SpectralScope Amp/Time fixed
  • Startup crash fixed with no Internet connection
  • The Oscilloscope input is always an audio despite the Voltometer setting
  • IAA ZOMBIE bug fixed
  • iOS 10 SDK

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Vatanator SX arrives

A new drum machine app arrives, Vatanator SX is a unique drum machine with advanced MIDI functionality. It features 140 built-in presets emulating every classic vintage hardware. It is aimed for simplicity and instant rhythm creation.

Vatanator SX features:

  • iOS 7.1 and up compatible
  • Record patterns in real-time with quantization, MIDI assignable
  • 16/32 steps sequencer with advanced MIDI options
  • Fast loading of presets on the fly
  • Full MIDI implementation
  • Background audio
  • Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support
  • Ability to import samples via AudioShare, AudioCopy, Dropbox or iTunes Share
  • Real-time effects with XY pad, MIDI assignable and automation
  • Song arranger, ability to store a sequence of patterns and play them in order
  • 8 channel mixer with volume control and mute/solo for any individual instrument

Vatanator SX costs $4.99 on the app store:

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Different Drummer 4.5 takes this advanced drum machine universal

This is always a good thing in my book. When apps that started on the iPad take themselves universal it opens up a whole new range of users who want to make music. I’m a big fan of universal, so it’s great to see Different Drummer take this route.

Here’s what’s new in version 4.5:

  • High functionality Universal iPhone support (not complete but includes Community, Zenterface (no purchase) and some cool Wave stuff)
  • Portrait mode supported on iPad Pro with good Split Screen support
  • Keeps Progression even if toggled off, no longer need to Commit to toggle progression.
  • 37 Drum Presets added to New Waves menu for starting point
  • Swing now works on 8th and 16th Grid Mode
  • Toggle swing per channel
  • Some sounds now 24 bit
  • Randomize and Reset Mix buttons added
  • Harmony styles added
  • Legend is now interactive
  • Bug fixes here and there