GrooveCloud update allows you to use your own samples!


Rytmik Ultimate export update

Rytmik Ultimate adds the option to export to AudioShare, a particular favourite of mine too. So that’s good news right?

Takete gets an interesting update, but it’s still $80

Whilst it still looks appealing the price tag is still too high for me. Anyway, here’s what’s new:

  • New icons
  • Audio Recorder instrument
  • Video FX added – Scale, Dot & Edge
  • Smooth and Random options added to Controller Touch unit
  • BPM sync option for Delay FX
  • Reset bar and tap tempo functionality
  • iTunes audio file import
  • Camera roll export
  • New record modes – Audio, Video, Combine & Both

IK updates the Amplitube line of apps

It looks like IK have updated most if not all of their AmpliTube range of iOS apps. Here’s what’s new:

  • Studio section offers DAW-style cut/copy paste, normalize, punch in/out recording and more (available via in-app purchase)
  • “Cab Room” feature that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics (available via in-app purchase)
  • 16 high-end studio mics now available via in-app purchase
  • Looper feature (available via in-app purchase)
  • Loop drummer module plays in sync with the recorder
  • UltraTuner available for in-app purchase
  • Added drag and drop stompbox FX placement
  • You can now place 2 FX after the amp for even more sonic possibilities
  • Complete project compatibility between iPhone and iPad AmpliTube versions
  • General reliability improvements

As far as I can see they’ve updated Hendrix, Hendrix for iPad, Slash, Fender, Fender for iPad, and probably more besides.

Intermorphic update Mixtikl and Noatikl for iOS

The chaps at Intermorphic have updated their awesome apps Mixtikl and Noatikl. Here’s what’s new:

For Mixtikl:

  • Mix Randomisation default settings improved (New > Mix > Settings) and now the same as the desktop version
  • Removed mono audio output selection which should not have been there now that the integral Partikl Sound Engine (PSE) is stereo
  • Bug fixes

For Noatikl:

  • Importing a Noatikl file from clipboard (e.g. exported from Wotja) now shows as export.noatikl instead of being incrementally numbered
  • Noatikl Design screen is now updated when a piece is imported from clipboard
  • Bug fixes

Both NodeBeat and NodeBeat HD updated

When an app has been around as long as NodeBeat has (since April 2011)  it’s a lot to ask to see it continually updated, but here we are. Both NodeBeat an NodeBeat HD have updates. Nothing groundbreaking you understand, but keeping things up to date and in line with what users expect. I say that’s pretty impressive as it goes. So here’s what’s new with each, they’re slightly different.

NodeBeat 2.2.1:

  • Audio distortion on iPhone 6s devices is fixed (let us know if you’re still seeing a problem)
  • Fixed audio not playing out of both speakers
  • The NodeBeat Audio menu now fits on iPhone 4s size devices
  • NodeBeat is now quicker, smoother, and friendlier.
  • We made the audio engine faster and more optimized.
  • NodeBeat now uses the latest and greatest version of Audiobus and Midibus

NodeBeat HD 2.2.1:

  • We’ve fixed landscape orientation not working correctly
  • Fixed audio not playing out of both speakers
  • Audiobus menu now is correctly placed
  • NodeBeat is now quicker, smoother, and friendlier.
  • We made the audio engine faster and more optimized.
  • NodeBeat now uses the latest and greatest version of Audiobus and Midibus

Apple updates GarageBand to 2.1, brings AU instruments at last

Just to round off today (for me anyway), here’s what Apple have brought to GarageBand in version 2.1:

  • Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures*
  • Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
  • Record adjustments of any Touch Instrument control knob in real time
  • Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
  • Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
  • Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
  • Adds over 1,200 new Apple Loops and sounds
  • Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously**
  • Use third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions*** (which is the bit we’ve all been waiting for right!)
  • Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
  • Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****

* Live Loops is available on iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (4th generation), or later devices.
** 32 tracks is available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or later devices. Multi-track recording requires compatible third party audio interface.
*** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.
**** Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

GarageBand is still $4.99 on the app store:

zMors Modular 1.4 brings Link and more besides

Yep, it’s a big day. zMors Modular 1.4 is here too, and brings us Link plus even more besides. Here’s everything new in 1.4:

new modules:

  • Ableton Link (clock generator)
  • Clock Divider
  • Euclidean Sequencer

a new cable properties editor allows define attenuate, offset, lowpass, quantizer and noise
on each output port (tap on connected output port)

changes on modules:

  • the low pass filter allows now self resonance without input connection

zMors Modular on the app store:

modstep is amazing, but version 1.0.2 is even more amazing

Sometimes you find an app that just does it all and is amazing, but when it gets better and better and better you just have no choice but to jump up and down and scream about how good this app is.

modstep is just such and app! In version 1.0.2 here’s what they’ve done …

New features:

  • audiobus support: added 8 audiobus output channels
  • AudioShare export and recording of all tracks (hit the new tapedeck button to record all tracks with internal instruments or IAAs, the files can be found in the /Recordings/ folder and exported to AudioShare or the internal Sampler via the file browser). The recordings are quantized to the current clip quantization.
  • improved Reverb
  • massively lower CPU usage – especially older iPads will run a lot more tracks now.
  • iPad 1 support is back (unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to keep it that way!)
  • new parameter on Sampler ‘One Shot’ that disables the ADSR completely
  • Clips, Scenes and Arm, Mute, Solo, Volumes per Track are now MIDI mappable to external controllers.
  • Tempo Up/Down and Nudge are now MIDI mappable.
  • CPU meter is much more accurate now and only monitors the audio-thread.
  • Tracks will now correctly remember their MIDI setup and restore it upon load.
  • IAA Apps will now try to automatically setup the Tracks MIDI settings
  • lots of small enhancements


  • IAA Effects load the proper effect now
  • IAA Effects will delete/restore fine again
  • IAAs show the proper icons in the VST when used with studiomux
  • fixed a bug that would prevent tempo changes when Ableton Link was not activated
  • fixed a bug that would cause wrong IAA fx to be loaded
  • tons of enhancements and other bugfixes
  • fixed Clip & Track Import & Export
  • new externally recorded notes and CCs will be played back immediately now

If you don’t know modstep then you need to as soon as possible, check it out on the app store now!

FieldScaper 1.2 is on the way

FieldScaper is a really interesting app and it’s set to get more useful in version 1.2 which is on the way. Here’s what to expect:

  • Added scenes for saving all operation parameters.
  • Added “Internal recorder” for recording the main output.
  • Presets and scenes can copy / paste thru text clipboard.
  • Additional button for start / stop all oscillators.
  • Audio input parameters on the main screen (for iPad).
  • Some improvements of user interface.
  • Fixed bug in processing midi commands.

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