Ferrite Recording Studio is a solid audio recorder that’s been around for almost two years now. It’s a great tool and not just for music, but for any kind of audio. It can, and has been used for podcasting, radio journalism, or other professional voice production like lectures, speeches, and voiceovers. So it’s a pretty versatile app.
But whatever you use Ferrite Recording Studio and whether or not you’re a paying customer there’s something good in version 1.6.
New for all customers:
- Shortcut key browser, built-in & searchable.
- Import multiple audio files at once into existing projects, either on separate tracks or one after another on the same track.
- Zoom tracks vertically.
- Crop/zoom imported images when adding them to cover artwork or chapters.
- Reliability and user-experience fixes.
New for paying customers:
- Export to .MP3 files.
- Add chapters to .MP3 projects.
- Select alternative keyboard shortcut schemes or customise the keybinds to your liking.
Ferrite Recording Studio on the app store:
One of those things that maybe you were wondering why AB3 didn’t support Remote, well now it’s fixed, and what’s more, there’s more too. Here’s all that’s new in the Audiobus world …
- AUDIOBUS 3 NOW SUPPORTS AUDIOBUS REMOTE. Use Audiobus Remote to improve your live performance workflow. Audiobus Remote makes it possible to switch seamlessly between Audio Unit Extension instances and ordinary apps. Be sure to update to the latest version of Audiobus Remote also.
- Pressing Stop button stops hanging MIDI notes in connected MIDI apps
- Mixer: If solo is activated, mute is disabled.
- Added a preset share button right beside load, save and rename.
- Several performance optimizations
- Fixed connection issues with the iConnectAudio4+ and the Apogee Quartet
- Fixed several crashes
- Fixed latency issues when using output ports
- Background didn’t work on iPad 4 so we disabled background launching on iPad 4.
- Fixed errors when restoring the state.
- Fixed errors when quickly adding and removing ports
- Fixed issues with displaying Audio Unit Extensions
- Fixed issues when saving Audiobus 2 presets.
- Fixed visual artefacts
- It was not possible to add more than two instances of an Audio Unit Extensions to a MIDI output. This is fixed now.
- Fixed crackling when switching between apps.
As you’d expect, in the remote app there are updates too. Here’s what’s new in Audiobus Remote.
- AUDIOBUS REMOTE IS NOW COMPATIBLE WITH AUDIOBUS 3! To connect Audiobus Remote and Audiobus 3, please update to the lastest version of Audiobus 3.
- Audiobus Remote shows Audio Unit Extensions like ordinary apps.
- Use Audiobus Remote to switch seamlessly between Apps and Audio Unit Extension instances hosted in Audiobus 3
Audiobus 3 on the app store:
Audiobus remote on the app store:
Whilst I haven’t tried out LayR as yet, it describes itself as a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, which sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it. It’s optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds. So all in all worth a look. In version 1.0.4 there are a lot of new things and a lot of fixes too. Here’s all that’s new:
- Cinematic: A full new bank of wonderfully evocative Performance presets by Brice.
- Ableton Link for arpeggiator. Link can be enabled/disabled in settings.
- MIDI Output port: Enabled with an option in settings, defaults to off.
- MIDI Virtual Destination Chooser: To send MIDI to other apps. Only available when the MIDI out port is enabled.
- MIDI Controller Templates: Tap the new MIDI icon at the top of the Layer Editor view.
- Sends MIDI controller from assigned dials when MIDI Out is enabled, (on the Instrument channel).
- “Pickup” Mode for MIDI controllers. Option in settings.
- Channel Pressure added to the list of assignable MIDI controllers.
- AudioBus 3: Audio and MIDI.
- Settings has an option to stop Master Tempo being set when Performances are loaded.
- Manually loading a performance or instrument makes that bank current for MIDI program select.
- Group and assign on iPad is now high enough to accommodate 8 rows instead of 7
- New Shortcut: Double tapping on a dot in the link/assign view selects or deselects the entire column.
- New Shortcut: In Preset Selector Views, long press on bank names to rename banks.
- Fixed: Crash when starting mono-legato voices in 64 voice mode.
- Fixed: Potential crash when rapidly changing presets via MIDI Program Change.
- Fixed: Preset Files stored on iCloud Drive can now be loaded by tapping on them or selecting “Open In…”
- Fixed: Layer volume sliders now show MIDI icon when assigned to a MIDI controller.
- Fixed: MIDI controller assignations no longer seem to disappear after deleting another instrument.
- Fixed: Possible crash caused by corrupt UI after launching from an IAA host.
- Fixed: Layer strip name label resizes font to t width.
- Fixed: MIDI Assign view rendered incorrectly if a layer has a really long name.
- Fixed: Tempo was not always correctly set when loading a performance.
- Fixed: Arpeggiator stops if IAA host doesn’t provide beat clock.
- Fixed: It’s now possible to select LayR as a MIDI destination from inside other apps.
- Fixed: Issue with jittery response with dials and sliders when moving very slowly.
- Fixed an envelope bug that could cause loud clicks with some settings.
- Improved voice stealing in attempt to reduce clicks when max polyphony is exceeded.
- Changed the wording of the “Import” button to “Append” in the Load Performance view.
LayR on the app store:
It’s been a long while for Pulse Code Inc to update these apps. Modular hasn’t seen an app update since January 2015 and Rhythm Studio is the same. So what’s new in these updates? Well not a huge amount, but it’s good to see.
Both apps get 64 bit updates, and are now both Audiobus 3 compliant as well. So whilst these aren’t huge updates they’re worth having. What’s more Rhythm Studio is on sale too and down from $4.99 to $2.99.
Of course Modular Synthesis is free so no price drop there.
It’s good to see Pulse Code come up with updates, let’s hope that there’s more where these come from.
Modular Synthesis on the app store (free):
Rhythm Studio on the app store, down from $4.99 to $2.99:
Clawtar aims to be an interface that adapts to the player’s hand, which is a bold claim. In version 1.1 there’s some nice new features, including Audiobus. Here’s all of what’s new:
AUDIOBUS 3 SUPPORT
Clawtar is now can be used as an audio and MIDI input in Audiobus.
PIANO KEYBOARD GUIDE
Clawtar now shows a piano keyboard at the bottom of the screen. On this keyboard you can see the currently selected range and the notes you play. You can not play on this keyboard. It is a view-only element. If you like, you can hide this keyboard by going to Settings>Show Piano Keyboard Guide and turning the switch off.
- Calibration algorithm optimised. It now works much faster and smoother.
- Settings menu was remade. It is now shown as a more regular dialog instead of a fullscreen view.
- Minor UI improvements
Clawtar is on the app store for $3.99:
Cubasis is a solid favourite, and in version 2.2 there’s some nice new stuff. Here’s what’s new:
- Classic Machines (in-app purchase) — Refill Cubasis with the unmistakable sounds of the ten most wanted iconic drum machines of the ’80s
- Note repeat — Program beats and chords the easiest way
- Track duplicate — Simply tap a button to create exact track copies
- Pad mapping copy & paste — Transfer your favorite drum and chord pad mappings to other tracks smoothly
- Cubasis reset option — Flick a switch to solve unexpected issues on the fly
Roli’s seems intent to improve their NOISE app. In the latest update BLOCKS can now be renamed in My Studio when firmware is running version 0.2.6 or higher. They’ve also added Mirror Mode in My Studio to allow BLOCKS hardware to follow the on-screen view, similar to the functionality in previous versions of NOISE.
There are a few other updates too, but what with this and the new Grimes pack NOISE is well worth checking out if you haven’t already.
Grimes brings her own signature sound to Roli’s BLOCKS system and NOISE app, which is great, and, for BLOCKS owners, the pack is free too.
I’m looking forward to trying out this pack soon to hear just what she’s produced and how usable it’ll actually be.
You can read more about the pack and Grimes at the Roli site.
Version 2.3 of Sonic Logic adds several exciting new features. Here’s what’s new:
- Import and export to Macs via USB – export quickly to a Mac using the share button, drag and drop a file on a Mac to upload to Sonic Logic. (via Sonic Logic Central app)
- Multi Audiobus connections – multiple connections can send the same MIDI data or separated destinations by MIDI channel.
- Longer timed transitions with a new time editor – button timed transitions can now last up to 60 seconds.
- Preview mode – easily view all MIDI values assigned in a setup.
* Timed transitions have been rewritten and are now much more CPU efficient.
Sonic Logic on the app store:
It’s a big claim to put in the title of any app and v2, whilst adding in some new functionality doesn’t do too much more. I’ve never tried out this app, but I do like that it is at least velocity sensing. Here’s the app description and the details of v2.
MidiPad is the most customizable Midi Pad Controller you will ever find! Using MidiPad you can send notes, program changes or controller events to Midi capable devices. The pads are velocity sensitive and you can add as many of them as you wish.
- Very fast pad response with low latency
- Multiple actions per pad
- Pads can be push buttons or on/off switches
- Group your pads with matching colors
- Support for wireless Midi and Core Midi capable apps/devices
Welcome to MidiPad 2.0! This version adds much requested support for multiple pages. It also includes many bug fixes, visual improvements and better performance.
MidiPad – The ultimate MIDI pad controller costs $2.99 on the app store now: