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
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
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
It’s been a big day today, firstly seeing the arrival of Cubasis 2 (plus the LE version), and now with n-Track Studio 8 arriving too.
This is a big and very significant shift for n-Track is a lot of ways.
Firstly, this is a big update with a lot of new functionality in it so it’s well worth reading all of the detail below.
Secondly, n-Track 8 is now an AU host, which makes it one of only a few in that category
Finally, and this is really different, n-Track 8 is free, but is using a subscription model for pricing. This is a real shift for mobile music and needs a little thinking about.
So what do we think about subscription models?
Well firstly I’d like to point out that this isn’t something entirely new. In actual fact when Sunvox first arrived on Palm OS is used a subscription model. Not many people will remember that at all (I’m looking at you Jo), but it worked like that for a while. Secondly, this kind of model is actually starting to gain ground in the desktop world, with Splice launching their ‘rent-to-own’ model recently.
Personally I think it’s a model that’s worth exploring. If you’ve got a project that demands the pro features in n-Track 8 you could use those for a month or two then scale back. If anything it’s probably more flexible than paying up front for an app where you’re not going to use all of the features, or indeed buying an IAP only to find that it doesn’t really suit you.
It’ll be interesting to see how this is accepted by the wider community, but I’m positive about it, and if anything, I’d like to see a few more apps go down this route. For now, take a look a the new app’s description, grab it (it’s free and universal) and tell me what you think of the model.
n-Track Studio 8, all the detail you could want!
n-Track Studio 8 turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a complete recording studio. Record and playback a virtually unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks, mix them during playback and add effects. Edit your song and share it with your friends, or join the Songtree community and jam with other artists.
HOW IT WORKS: Record a base track with the built-in mic or an external sound card, add other audio tracks or create a melody using the internal keyboard or the built-in virtual instruments.
Import a groove or create it using the step sequencer, use the mixer to adjust levels, pan, apply equalization and add effects, save or share the recording directly from your device to your friends
Stereo and mono audio tracks
Virtually unlimited number of tracks (max 11 tracks without in-app purchases)
Group and Aux channels
MIDI tracks with builtin synth featuring 128 General MIDI instrument sounds
Pianoroll MIDI editor
On-screen MIDI keyboard
EQ with 2D and 3D Spectrum analyzer + chromatic tuner*
Import existing tracks from your iTunes library
Reverb, Echo, Chorus+Flanger, Tremolo, Pitch Shift, Phaser, – Tube-Amp and Compression effects can be added to any track and master channel*
Automate track volumes and pan using volume and pan envelopes
Supports the new AudioUnit plug-in standard: open 3rd party effects and instruments inside the app, without switching to another app*
Audiobus input and output: you can send audio from other apps to n-Track, play your favorite instrument app and record the output inside n-Track alongside the device mic/line input. Each Audiobus app can be recorded to a separate track*
Interapp audio: receive audio from instrument apps, use other apps as effects or host n-Track inside another app*
Share your recordings on Facebook
Collaborate to create music with other musicians with the integrated Songtree online music making community
Quick one touch drums and bass grooves tracks
64 bit double precision floating point audio engine*
Internal audio routing
Support for multichannel external audio devices on the iPad: record 4 or more tracks simultaneously from pro-audio devices such as the RME Babyface, Fireface, Focusrite Scarlett etc.
Support for multiple audio output when using compatible USB devices*
Record 16, 24 or 32 bits audio files*
Set sampling frequency up to 192 kHz (frequencies above 48 kHz require an external audio device)
Sync with other apps or external devices using MIDI clock and MTC sync, master & slave*
Choose microphone on multi-mic devices and set microphone polar pattern (e.g. cardiod, omnidirectional)
Allows monitoring and processing live audio input with near-zero latency
AudioCopy 2.0 allows transferring audio files between compatible apps
Support for DropBox and SoundCloud
SUBSCRIPTION INFO* Some features require one of the two available in-app subscriptions levels:
Length: 1 month
Price: $0.99 for 1 month
What you get:
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (Free edition is limited to 8 audio tracks, 1 MIDI track and 2 step-sequencer tracks)
Unlocks all the available effects (Free edition has Reverb, Compression, Echo and Chorus)
Unlimited number of effects per channel (Free editon has up to 2)
Length: 1 month
Price: $1.99 for 1 month
What you get:
64 bit audio engine
Export in 32 and 64 bit uncompressed (wav) format (the Free and Standard edition are limited to 16 or 24 bit wav)
DRC – Polyphonic Synthesizer is a new, free, universal synth app from the makers of LK, the Ableton controller app. It looks pretty good too. Here’s the details …
DRC is powerful virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer that recreates the characteristic sound of an analog synthesizer proving a minimal but powerful set of parameters, for limited but incredible sonic capabilities.
With the cloud preset sync technology, DRC enables you to sync patches across devices effortlessly. With this powerful feature, you to start the creative process on one device and continue on another, seamlessly.
Two main oscillators, one sub-oscillator and one noise source
Detune, sync and ring modulation
4 pole self resonant low pass Ladder Filter
2 pole multi-mode filter (LP, HP, BD, NOTCH)
2 LFO’s and 2 analog modeled envelope generators
Stereo Tape Delay with time modulation
Lush Stereo Reverb with modulation and self growing decay
True stereo, analog modeled multi mode chorus
Arpeggiator with 4 modes, tempo sync and hold function
Binura bring their beautiful SoundBow app to iOS at last. It is a gorgeous instrument with huge possibilities for expression and creativity.
I think that in many ways these are the kinds of apps that iOS was made for.
Here’s what Binura have to say about their app in the description:
“SoundBow is a drawing based music instrument with a clean and simple visual interface.
Create music by drawing curves over the screen. Your gesture will be remembered and played back continuously. Each time your ever-looping gesture hits a string, a sound is produced. Apart from drawing, you can experiment by moving the strings around freely to rescale your instrument. Record any sound through the microphone and start creating melodies, soundscapes with your own voice. If you wish, you can also export your composition as an audio file.
SoundBow is made with free and open source tools. The interface is built with OpenFrameworks, for accurate polyphonic sound sample playback, the sound engine is made with SodaLib, a free Data Sonification Library built on top of libPd (Pure Data).”
But apart from this being a really lovely interface that just cries out to be played it says a lot about PureData too. Pd is getting more and more useful, not just for people who want to make apps, but in apps for mobile and desktop.
If you can do this with Pd then the sky’s the limit really.
SoundBow is on the app store and costs just $2, which is nothing really, so you should go and buy it now.
FongPhone brings the power and chaos of classic analog synthesis to your iPhone or iPad in digital form. Two Fong controls combined with a variety of voices and effects will have you sounding like a 70s psychedelic synth guru in no time.
Easy to play, expressive Fong controls with a variety of sounds
Classic effects, including resonant filters, delay, portamento and more
Ability to save states for later use or for real time control
Looping tools, including unpredictable or static Chunky modes to give your play a different feel
Mapped or free modes allow you to play Fongs either within musical scales or in a freeform range allowing maximum expressiveness
FongPhone is universal and costs $0.99 on the app store:
Insonic is a powerful music sound generator composing tool, designed for creating synth beats outside the usual beat box. Mixing between common BPM/Quantize and human move rhythms at live, this organic music sequencer has the ability to manipulate space rhythms and Q’ time. Insonic’s virtual sampler contains 144 sound sources; each sound spreads over 2 octaves and can be duplicated infinitely. Features: Wave recorder via iTunes file sharing. Sound filters: HP/LP/BQ/EQ. Sound effects: Delay/Reverb/Flanger/Chorus Etc.
Well it probably comes as little surprise to you, it comes as only a small surprise to me that another modular joins the ranks of Audulus, Jasuto, zMors Modular, and AnalogKit. Modular is popular and people love it. So here’s KQ MiniSynth, and it’s universal too.
Here are the app’s details:
The maximum number of modules you can set is 100! ..Of course it depends on your device’s ability. You can install 10 Oscillators, make 10 series FM Modulators, and so on as you want.
External MIDI (e.g. iRig MIDI) is Supported.
Inter-App Audio is Supported.
This app implements the follow modules.
Oscillator Type A (Frequency Modulation)
Oscillator Type B (Pulse Width Modulation)
Super Saw Oscillator
Low Frequency Oscillator
White Noise Generator
4 Channel Mixer
Envelope Generator Type A
Envelope Generator Type B
Logical And (Series Switch)
Logical Or (Parallel Switch)
Keyboard Level Scaling
Voltage-Controlled Filter (LPF/HPF/BPF/BEF)
The app was tested on iPod touch 4G, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, and iPad mini 3. The Recommended Minimum Device: iPhone 5, iPad 2, or newer.
If you feel noisy or slow, try to decrease polyphony and increase buffer size on Settings.app.