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DA ONE Synth arrives for iPad

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Tim at Discchord called this ‘ugly’. I’m not sure it’s that bad, although it could do with a better description, or at the very least a bit fuller anyway.

Here’s what the developer says about DA ONE Synth:

The DA ONE synthesizer app provides you with a powerful synthesis engine combining digital and (virtual) analog synthesis methods, such as wavetable synthesis, vector waveform mixing, subtractive, additive, and frequency modulation synthesis. The individual blocks of this synthesizer are connected using an innovative and highly flexible routing system that allows millions of different configurations of oscillators, filters, and distortion blocks.

DA ONE Synth costs $7.99 on the app store now:

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Wotja 4.0 brings the best of Mixtikl, Noatikl into one place

As a long time fan of Intermorphic’s work I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time. I didn’t get it initially, but when the guys at Intermorphic explained it to me I got there, and now it’s here.

Here are all the details:

Wotja is our chilled-out music app for creative relaxation & reflection. In V4 Wotja has grown up to be a powerful app for generative music composition, experimentation and playback as it now incorporates much of the best of Noatikl, Mixtikl and Tiklbox.

Create a new random mix and add some of your own text or emoji and it will create a beautiful evolving melodies with live ambient generative music backings. Wotja has support for 16 tracks in total, each comprising 4 cells and includes lots of templates. It’s as deep as you want to take it and does way more than we have room to say here so do check out the User Guide!

For FREE you have access to everything in the app (including mix randomisation, templates, editors etc.) and can create, play, save and share. We have a very simple approach to IAP (see below).

So, if you’ve a few minutes to spare then why not take a short creative break with Wotja? It makes a refreshing change from other kinds of entertainment such as playing a game!

WHAT IS IT?
Wotja is a 16 track generative mixer, arranger and cell sequencer. It includes many generative music templates and supports Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI Out/In as well as Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. At its core are two powerful engines: the MIDI generating Intermorphic Music Engine (IME) with 130+ parameters and the sound generating Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE). The ISE lets you design/use portable complex stereo synth networks – great for rich and evolving sounds in shareable pieces – and supports SoundFonts (SF2) / DLS Wavetables and use of audio loops in Paks. It includes many modulatable sound units, FX units and quality SF2.

USE IT TO…

  • Create and play high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, relaxation, mindfulness, experimental etc. throught to beat-based loop-tastic EDM mashups using your own or 3rd party loops and SF2.
  • Help break composer’s block with new melodies & ideas
  • Experiment with generative (MIDI) music composition
  • Drive other MIDI synths
  • Experiment with sound design using the many included ISE Sound and FX units
  • Build a hyper-instrument responding to MIDI note input
  • Quickly create melodies using your text as a seed

REFLECTIVE & GENERATIVE MUSIC PUBLISHING AND PLAYBACK
Wotja is a powerful reflective & generative music publishing system. Be creative: see how far you can take a wotja as an art form. Share your creations via email or try embedding a Wotja URL (WJURL) in a webpage! Go ahead, express yourself…

LIMITATIONS

  • FREE – Play Time: 1 minute; Save/Export – Cell 1 ONLY; MIDI Out/In: Ch 1 ONLY;

IN APP SUBSCRIPTION TIERS

  • ESSENTIALS ($4.99) – Play Time: Up to 1 hour; Save/Export: All Cells in Column 1
  • PRO ($14.99) – Play Time: Up to 8 hr 53 mins; Save/Export: All Cells in all Columns; MIDI Out/In: Multi-channel

SUBSCRIPTION NOTES

  • Prices above shown for US region.
  • Each Subscription Period is 6 months, auto-renewing (it is *EASY* to turn off auto-renewal if you want to).
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase.

 

USER GUIDE & FORUM

FURTHER NOTES

  • If you make and share a wotja make sure you don’t infringe the copyright of others.
  • Wotja needs to be installed to play a Wotja File or Wotja Music URL.

FEEDBACK?
Please send it to @intermorphic on Twitter, via our forum or through our website contact form. We’re always improving Wotja, so thanks for your support and interest!

What’s New

In V4 Wotja has grown up to be a powerful app for generative music composition, experimentation and playback.

It’s great fun and now incorporates much of the best of Noatikl, Mixtikl and Tiklbox.

We really hope you will like all the new features and capabilities and wish to explore our app as it begins a new journey!

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KRFT – Sound Inspired 1.1 is pretty big

The lovely chaps at Studio Amplify have been hard at work and brought us KRFT version 1.1 which is pretty big and well worth a look at. Also KRFT is still at its sales price of $2.99.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Added full iPad support! Enjoy retina graphics and more space to build your Surfaces on iPad.
  • Exposed loads of settings and tweaks for the synth engine so you can add more personality to your sounds.
  • Unlocked the ability to create custom Dials & Morphs. Now you can pick from a large list of synth, drum and master properties to create your effects.
  • Added “Save As” and “Clone Surface” to give more flexibility when working with your Surfaces
  • Increased the quality of recordings to 256kbps AAC.
  • Improved graphics performance opening keyboard & matrix.
  • Improved Instrument Selector design & function.
  • Prevented cells being moved off screen.
  • Fixed an issue where cells weren’t being cloned.
  • Other smaller bug fixes and tweaks.

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Saffron Saturator 2.0 brings AU support and more

The first of the Flora series to move up to version 2.0. Here’s what’s new:

  • AUV3 Support
  • Preset saving (Bonus: Saved presets are accessible from AU Hosts)
  • Massive perfomance upgrades to both the audio processing and user interface. (Saffron Saturator idles at less than 1% on iPad Air 2).
  • Reduced download footprint
  • Improved stability
  • Enhanced support system.

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Mobile Music in the Making 2017 is less than a month away

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I’ve known Matthias Krebs for a couple of years now. He’s been doing some really excellent work in education and research in our world. Now he’s organising this event which I’m really happy to be involved with.

Here are the details of the event, it would be great if you could make it along …

International Symposium “Mobile Music in the Making 2017” #mmm2017

Mobile Music in the Making is the first of what could be a regular annual event for mobile music in art, education, technology, science and social & cultural institutions.
Already the event has had more than 100 registrations and is almost full.

The main idea of the event is to bring people together who are deeply involved in the innovative development of the diverse practices of mobile music making. Eventually it should become a specific meeting point to discus and reflect on projects and work that is ongoing in the field of mobile music.

The goal is to have a place for deep discussions, find new collaborations and to meet new people. The event will be a creative space for enthusiasts, sound artists, music technologists, professional musicians, scientists, educators and developers exploring inspiration and creativity for their work in the field of music and mobile apps.

Details:

The symposium takes place between 10th and 11th March 2017 at the Berlin University of the Arts and is organised by the Research Centre for Mobile Music Making & App Music (RCAM). Since 2014, the RCAM has been developing a training regarding music with apps in the cultural education within the joint project (Touch:Music) with the Federal Academy Wolfenbüttel which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

A 2-day conference on music making with mobile music apps including sessions, talks, discussions and a keynote, a BarCamp, an openLINKjam and a performance.

The #MMM2017 is for those who are seeking an interactive exchange with others with regard to new musical forms, new apps, new hardware technology and innovative, expressive methods of sound making, performance and collaboration, musical and cultural education and many more. Interested parties of all disciplines are encouraged to participate; diverse and varied backgrounds often bring valuable eclectic elements into the collaborative mix.

You can find out more by checking out the MMM2017 web site.

I hope to see you there.

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MIDI Designer Pro developer brings dedicated iPad MIDI controllers for Yamaha Reface DX

Well we always knew that Confusion Studios were pretty cool, but after the amazing work they’ve done with MIDI Designer Pro they’ve done it again with two new stand along controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX.

Here’s all the details you need …

Confusion Studios Announces Dedicated MIDI Controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX for iPad. Two new, standalone iPad editions of the award-winning professional MIDI controller platform bring MIDI control to the Reface DX, both of which will be available for download from the Apple App Store on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

MDDX1 and MDDX2
Both of the new apps are MIDI controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX. Yamaha released the Reface DX – a portable, FM-synthesis-based keyboard – in 2015 to critical acclaim. Each of the new apps is based on a user-created layout for MIDI Designer Pro 2; each has a unique approach to controlling the Reface DX.

The Editor: MDDX1 by Helfried
MDDX1: Voice Editor for Reface DX by Helfried highlights this users-author’s eye for design, a deep attention to detail, and a desire to push the underlying platform – MIDI Designer Pro 2 – to do new things. It allows for control of every parameter on the Reface DX and provides surprising new control vistas. The App extends the reface DX’s interface, providing a much-needed algorithms display, Master Tune, Transpose, Randomize and other new sections.

MDDX1 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $9.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

Performance Tool: MDDX2 by Ibo Kai
MDDX2: Performance Tool for Reface DX by Ibo Kai is an additional, performance- focused interface for the Reface DX. As the author of the layout puts it, “This layout is pretty simple, just one page shows all the available functions. It is mainly what you find in the ‘FM’ keypad of the synth: frequencies, levels and feedback settings separately per operator plus the algorithm select.” In addition, Ibo Kai added an Amp Mode section. This auxiliary controller for the Reface DX is intended for live and studio performance, where a full-blown editor is not practical.

MDDX2 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $3.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark notes, “Both editors show the layout authors – Helfried and Ibo Kai – flexing design muscle and pushing the MIDI Designer platform to work in new ways. Each is a dedicated tool for working with the Reface DX and each provides a surprising and useful new interface for this small keyboard. Additionally, both provide new users with an entry point into the MIDI Designer platform at a low price.”

MDDX1 and MDDX2 join the four existing standalone MIDI Designer apps for dedicated control: MIDI Designer XW: Casio XW Solo Synth Controller, MD77: Voice Editor for Yamaha SY77/TG77 by Ibo Kai, MDClav: Clavinova Controller by Craig Knudsen and MDXG: XG Sound Set Controller by Craig Knudsen.

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Helio Workstation 1.6 becomes an AU host

Helio Workstation, the free audio playground app becomes an AU host. Here’s what’s in the update:

  • added support for AudioUnit synths and plugins, including AUv3,
  • added translations to German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian,
  • polished UI and added one more colour theme,
  • fixed some bugs and added more to fix later.