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:
Today Igor Vasiliev (creator of FieldScaper and SoundScaper) brings us another synth specifically for experiments and soundscapes, and I’m betting that this is going to be just as interesting in terms of sound design as his other apps.
Here’s what to expect from SynthScaper:
Synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between.
You can construct melodic pads or atonal soundscapes from different kind of built-in or downloaded samples by using all power of multi-layered oscillators, chains of filters and effects, envelope generators and low frequency oscillators. Or just use predefined scenes and creating your own scenes from library of oscillators presets.
Very flexible settings of each module give you a great opportunity for creating unique and colorful sounding from usual instruments or natural samples and adding automated changes and spatial effects for an endless variations. Different ways of assigning screen and MIDI keyboards to the oscillators provide very advanced features to control the sound. The on-screen keyboard is adapted to create special effects and varying the continuous textures and drones.
- Three independent oscillators.
- Three layers with own samples in each oscillator.
- Six voices in each layer.
- Six envelope generators.
- Six low frequency oscillators.
- Separate arpeggiator for each oscillator.
- General processing of level, balance, LPF, HPF for each layer.
- Three additional slots for filters and effects after each oscillator.
- Set of different kind of filters and effect modules.
- Spatial mixer with two different sound space.
- Screen keyboard adapted for continuous drones and soundscapes.
- Predefined set of keyboard scales and custom scales.
- Full screen, double and split features for screen keyboard.
- Options of screen keyboard for pitch, continuous, modify, velocity.
- Supports for two virtual and two MIDI keyboards at the same time.
- Flexible assigning keyboards and controls to the oscillators.
- Two main effects controls can combine several parameters.
- Uploading samples thru Dropbox, Web access, clipboard.
- Auto and manual tuning of samples with frequency analyzer.
- Set of predefined and ready-to-use scenes and presets.
- Built-in library of samples of instruments, synths, noises, etc.
- Detailed application description.
- Inter-App audio compatible (with transport and BPM controls).
- Supports Audiobus with “State Saving” feature.
SynthScaper will be constantly developed and next version will have even more sounds, effects and features.
Recommended at least iPhone 6 / iPad Mini 4 / iPad Air 2 and higher.
You can find more details about SynthScaper on the website:
SynthScaper is available on the app store at the special launch price of $9.99:
So far Audio Damage have brought Rough Rider 2, Grind Distortion, and Eos 2, and now add Dubstation 2 to that list. To be honest I’m glad to see it growing so quickly as they’re all high quality apps.
Here’s what you can expect in Dubstation 2:
The original dub delay effect, Dubstation has been a go-to effect in the production toolbox for over a decade and a half with good reason. Now available on iOS, this 1:1 code-identical port of the desktop version of Dubstation brings this classic effect to the mobile production studio.
Easy to use and understand, Dubstation works just like a hardware delay pedal. True stereo operation and a nice saturated feedback path provide an instant-classic delay effect that has been used in thousands of commercial tracks.
- Tempo-synchronized or millisecond timing.
- True stereo dual time mode, single time mode, or ping-pong.
- EQ and saturation control on the feedback path, for tonal control.
- LFO to delay time, for chorus and tape effects.
- Tempo-synced stereo looping (“infinite mode”) with sound-on-sound and reverse.
- Heavily optimized for extremely low CPU usage. Use as many as you want, even on an older device.
- Factory and user presets that can be copied to and from the desktop version.
- Audio samples and manual available at the Audio Damage website.
Dubstation 2 is available on the app store for $4.49:
From the developer who brought us Jack the Beatmaker and other apps with minimalist design comes a new FX app simply entitled Stereo Phaser. I guess you could say that it does what it says it’s going to do.
That is nice phaser effect that can run in stereo mode. The app is Audio Unit AUv3.
In stereo mode the signal is split and run through 2 phaser effects with different frequency settings but same rate, depth and feedback that are shifted in stereo space with the same rate(same as the phasers’)
The app is an Audio Unit Effect AUV3 and can be used inside GarageBand or other AU host apps as an effect plug-in. Stereo Phaser can also run as a stand alone app adding effect to the audio input so you can play your guitar, bass or synth directly through the app if you have the connector to do so.
Stereo Phaser controls:
- Rate – that is the phaser speed
- Depth – phaser depth
- Feedback – effect feedback
- Stereo – stereo spread
Stereo Phaser is on the app store costing $0.99:
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: