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Wotja 4.8 arrives

IMPROVEMENTS/CHANGES:

  • Recordings of over 100 bars now possible via a new “Max Bars” control (Settings > Max Bars)
  • Mix tab and Cut-Up tab positions swapped to better suit most user’s work flow
  • Revised order of items in Files > Create New to reflect the revised tab ordering
  • Template Pak and Content tag selection can now always be accessed via Settings > Random > Templates For Randomization
  • Mix tab “Network Panel” selector button moved to first in the group of 4 as this panel provides the quickest access to the editors for a cell’s generators, sounds and FX
  • Mix tab Randomisation options now all grouped under the “Randomise” (Dice) button (some used to be in Toolbox)
  • Menu bar “Action” button now in a consistent position for all main tab screens
  • Audio and MIDI Recordings now listed under their respective tabs in Mixdown & Recording view
  • Audio Mixdowns now use the Mix level Ramp Up / Down values (Network Panel > Piece/Mix button)
  • For better clarity toggles now use the standard iOS colouring (e.g. green when on)
  • Mix tab “Mixer” button now defaults to Track mixer and the state is saved
  • Locked words in the Cut-Up tab Create screen are now blue instead of bright red
  • Mixdown Recording progress is now shown in the title area
  • Fixed: A template does not autoplay when entering the Template list; once in the screen tap a template to preview it
  • Other bug fixes

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Vulse for iPhone arrives

This is a really interesting idea and a very different take on gestural control. I can see that this could be really useful for guitarists. I’m inclined to give it a go myself too, especially with Audiobus integration.

Vulse is the only app that lets you control effects WHILE you play by touching your screen and rotating your guitar.

  • Mix and match combinations of effects like Wah, Pitch Shift, and Echo.
  • Put Vulse in sequence with other apps using Audiobus & Inter-App Audio
  • Assign effects to the X and Y touch coordinates and the angle of your phone’s rotation
  • Multi-touch and hold-off mode enable completely new ways of interacting with your effects, creating sounds that are impossible to make using a physical effect pedal or whammy bar
  • Dedicated kill switch and bypass button on the Play screen
  • Wave visualizer and glow effects on the Play screen make Vulse more visually captivating than any physical effect pedal ever made

First bring your iPhone within reach by temporarily affixing it to the face of your guitar, using a micro-suction phone case, hook-and-loop tape, or any other method you prefer. Then plug in your guitar using an adapter like iRig or JAM. Now you’re ready to create completely original sounds using Vulse!

Vulse is free on the app store (couldn’t see any IAPs):

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AudioShare 2.7.4 brings updates galore

AudioShare is one of the best apps for handling audio around. It’s a real swiss army knife and it’s been a constant utility for me for since it launched. Here’s what’s new in the latest version:

  • Allow high quality Bluetooth Audio (A2DP) and AirPlay output.
  • Add setting for M4A AAC bitrate.
  • Add M4A ALAC (Apple Lossless) format.
  • Only check for old trash once a week.
  • Auto-play next file when using preview-play button in Library (if LOOP is not enabled).
  • Improve info about opened file (lossless, bit rate, etc).
  • Update to Audiobus SDK 3.
  • Update to AudioCopy SDK 3.4
  • Switched to new Dropbox API 2.
  • Hopefully fix rare Trash crash.
  • Fixes for sample rate adaption.
  • Improve Music Library import.
  • Various minor tweaks and fixes.

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Mercury Drum Sequencer for iPad appears

I’m not sure what to make of this new drum sequencer from a previously unknown developer. It looks very simple and straightforward, but perhaps too much so? I may be being unfair without having tried it first.

Anyway, here’s the app’s description:

Mercury Drum Sequencer is a sample based drum machine and step sequencer.

Features:

  • Five tracks with two sound sources (osc) each.
  • Osc and track sound tweaking parameters.
  • Individual track effects.
  • Each osc and track parameter can be overridden per step, by holding the desired step and changing the parameter in question.
  • Supports syncing with other music apps using Ableton Link.

Mercury Drum Sequencer costs $4.99 on the app store:

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VirSyn updates Harmony Eight

VirSyn’s Harmony Eight is on my list to try out, but even before I got there they’ve updated it just 12 days post launch. Here’s what’s new:

  • New pitch shifting algorithms for transient and drum sounds
  • Smooth tape style emulation of delay and tempo changes
  • MIDI Learn for harmony parameters fixed
  • Equalizer GUI update problem fixed

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Zario is a very minimal synth for your iPhone

Although when I say minimal I don’t necessarily mean lacking in sound quality. More than the interface, and indeed the app’s description, can be described as minimal at best. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with minimal, but I would have appreciated a little more than this description:

“With Zario you can set a single oscillator to your desired waveform, customise the keyboard, and play any lead with ultimate expression.”

However, the Zario site is a little more helpful, and has this to say.

“Pro Tips

Disable those annoying pull out menus that come with iOS

Just activate guided access!

Go to your device’s settings. From there keep going to general, accessibility, and all the way down you’ll find guided access. Once you activate guided access, all you have to do is open Zario, and once you’re sure you dont have to leave the app, triple tap your home button

No more pull out tabs coolin’ down your jamz.

Tuning

More of a beginner tip really. Notice that the Zario board is a lot like a keyboard. So if you manage to keep the blue pull down bar perfectly centered within a key, you’re playing a tuned note

Sine Waves

Sine waves might not be audible if you aren’t plugged into speakers or headphones. So always plug in to work with sine waves. Also, always plug in cause everything sounds better anyways!

Support

Inter App Audio

Unfortunately Zario crashes if you try to use it with Garageband’s Inter App Audio feature. Right now the best way to use Garageband with Zario is to use Audiobus. However, it might be a bit buggy to use Zario with Audiobus without anything plugged into the headphone jack. With headphones or speakers plugged in, Zario works perfectly with Audiobus.”

Also there’s this video too …

Zario is on the app store and costs $1.99:

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ZhSh is here

A new app from the maker of Self-A-Fuzz. It sounds simple. Here’s the full description.

Noise-centered and barely musical audio-effect application.
Treat it like Self-a-Fuzz small brother.
ZhSh can work as left-field distortion pedal or audio texture creator: generate and filter mix of white and pink(flicker) noise to fill night with pleasant sounds or use resulting sounds to blend-mix-shape your audio-input to add distortions.

Features:

  • White and Pink noise generator
  • Filter eq9 to gate noise
  • Pitch detector for eq9
  • Mutonic with 5 components
  • Output pure, filtered or blended audio
  • Presets system
  • Audiobus and IAA
  • Randomizers for every parameter
  • Oscillographs
  • Occasionally universal

Minimum requirements: iPhone 4s and iOS 8.

Use headphones or connect to other apps to avoid possible audio feedbacks.

ZhSh costs $0.99 on the app store: