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Goose EQ arrives and brings with it a bit of a different business model for an app

A nice EQ is always welcome, but this one comes with a different business model, which it’ll be interesting to see the response to. Here’s what the developers have to say about the app and the model.

Our mission is to manipulate audio with 21st century tools, instead of limiting ourselves with 20th century hardware and concepts. Goose EQ discards the limitations of past hardware and harnesses the future’s computing power. We have designed the UI with only the the physics of audio and the current touch interface in mind,dropping all the baggage of the past.

Goose EQ is the next generation of equalizers. It is a sleek stereo equalizer with 11 different types of filters for fine grain audio control. Designed especially for touch screens, no effort was made to recall EQ hardware of the past. Without the limitations of old hardware, Goose EQ takes a bold step into today’s world of touch gestures and high powered processors. As a result, it looks and feels great on any iOS device.

It’s not just good looking and easy to use; there’s power behind this clean user interface. It boasts:

  • As many bands as your hardware can handle
  • Linked or independent stereo control
  • Analyzer for each channel
  • Precise control of Gain, Frequency, and Bandwidth with gestures and text input
  • Multiple EQs at once
  • Hardware inputs & outputs
  • AudioUnit v3
  • Save your own presets
  • Built in Presets
  • Bypass a single band or a whole EQ.
  • Multiple filters:
  • Parametric
  • High & Low Pass
  • Resonant High & Low Pass
  • Band Pass & Stop
  • High & Low Shelf
  • Resonant High & Low Shelf

To get full use of the EQ there is an auto renewing subscription with the following details:

“One Year Equipment Rental”

What you get:

  • Unlimited custom presets
  • Unlock all factory presets
  • Concurrent equalizers

How it works:

  • Starting a subscription will give you the full version of the app
  • There is a 2 week demo period in which you can cancel and never get charged anything
  • Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • The rental automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your iTunes Account Settings after purchase

Revenue model:

We believe that iOS hardware is good enough to do great things with audio, yet there is very little good software to run on it. We believe this is because of the current revenue model: pay once and expect updates for life. No one expects to buy a pair of shoes once and have them replaced every year for free. So we are going to try subscription with various checkpoints along the way.

We will be doing a yearly subscription. We will continue fixing bugs, adding features, and updating for the first ten months after first release. At that point we will look at our current active subscriptions. If there are enough to support further maintenance we will continue to keep the app working on the latest OS and hardware. If we do not get enough revenue, we will set the subscription price to $0 a year, and stop development. This means that the people who got on board will be able to use the app until it does not work anymore because of OS updates. Because this pricing model is so different than anything else on the App Store, let’s describe it another way (as a list):

  • Subscription-based revenue model.
  • If sustainable, we will continuously and features and update (The app will not be abandoned like so many in the current transition to 64 bit).
  • If it still proves unsustainable, then current subscribers will be able to continue to use as if they had paid upfront like the typical revenue model.
  • Bonus: the subscription will be about 1/4 the price that we would have charged if we were using the old revenue model.
  • Bonus: Free trial. Start the subscription. If you don’t think the app is for you, cancel the subscription, and you will not be charged anything.
  • Cancel any time.

View our privacy policy and terms of use: http://goosesoft.com/privacy

Goose EQ on the app store:

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Mersenne Synthesizer version 2 arrives

IceWorks brings us version 2 of their excellent Mersenne Synthesizer.

Here’s what’s new in version 2:

  • Universal App : Optimized for iPad and iPhone
  • Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3) compatible
  • Support for Audiobus State Saving
  • Exporting and importing of presets via Share extensions
  • Add Swing parameter to the arpeggiator
  • Improved MIDI mapping function
  • Support for Bluetooth MIDI Devices
  • Add Grain and Attack parameters to the Noise

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Audio Damage brings us Eos 2

Audio Damage have been busy. What with Rough Rider 2 and Grind Distortion. Now Eos 2 arrives and is well worth checking out. Here are the details:

A long-time studio standard, now finally available for iOS! This is a direct 1:1 port of Audio Damage’s Eos 2 desktop plug-in, identical in every way to the Eos you know and love. This download includes an AUv3 App Extension for use in AUv3-savvy hosts like AUM, AudioBus, GarageBand, Cubasis, and Auria Pro. Also included is a stand-alone application with Inter-App Audio.

Eos 2 consists of four high-quality custom-designed reverb algorithms, made with the modern production environment in mind. Three different plate simulators and our own Superhall algorithm give you a broad palette of reverb, and the easy-to-understand interface makes adjusting the algorithms to suit your track incredibly simple.

Want a traditional dark plate reverb? Eos 2 can do that. How about a short, dense room sound for your drum buss? Not a problem. But where Eos 2 really comes in to its own is when you drop Superhall on your piano or synthesizer tracks. The incredibly long modulated hall sounds of Eno-style ambience are where Eos 2 thrives, something that is not possible with convolution ‘verbs.

Features

  • Four reverb algorithms designed for Audio Damage by ValhallaDSP, including three separate plate algorithms and our own unique SuperHall, a rich, densely modulated, extra-long hall algorithm designed for ambient and synthesizer music.
  • Full control over the reverb early reflections and tail, with modulation and equalization control, to sculpt the density and tonal characteristics to your needs.
  • All presets from the desktop version included, and you can even share presets among all versions of Eos 2 using the copy/paste mechanism.
  • AUv3 and IAA standard.
  • Note that Eos 2 is a dense, heavily modulated algorithmic reverb, and as such may be somewhat heavy on the CPU, especially on older devices. For best results, use a single instance as a send.

Eos 2 costs $5.99 on the app store now:

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KQ MiniSynth 1.8 brings AB3, Link and much more

KQ MiniSynth 1.8 is a big one, with AB3, new modules, Link and much more. What’s more the app has dropped in price from $5.99 to $3.99. Here’s the whole list of what’s new in this release.

  • Modified the synth engine.
  • Added Polyphonic Noise feature.
  • Added modules: 8 Step Sequencer (CV/Gate), Loop Gate, CV Mixer, Dry / Wet Mixer, LFO (Tempo Sync), Toggle, Const Value.
  • You can disconnect all cables which are connected to a connector when you tap the connector twice.
  • Changed a Clipboard behaviour
  • Changed a behaviour when Audiobus connected.
  • Bugfix: Something was wrong when the sample rate is not 44100 Hz.
  • Bugfix: Could not record.
  • Supports Audiobus 3.
  • Ableton Link integration

KQ MiniSynth on the app store:

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Acrux Seasons looks enticing

Acrux Seasons comes from the developer of pyka_loop (worth a look in its own right) who are friends of mine and a lot of fun to be with.

This looks like something rather beautiful to play with, and it’s free too. Here are the details.

Play Victor Gama’s Acrux and immerse yourself in the beauty of echoing leaves, swirling mist and playful sonic droplets.

Angolan/Portuguese instrument designer and musician Victor Gama has developed a complex sonic palette which combines the cyclical elegance of gamelan with the complex tonalities of 20th Century minimalists like Steve Reich, Michael Nyman and Glen Branca.
The acrux is a unique harp-like instrument built and workshopped by Gama, with inspiration ranging from the vast beauty of the star constellations to the unassuming obscurity of the leaves that fall on the forest floor. Knowing the limitations of conveying the depth of these inspirations in a physical instrument, Victor sought to create a digital version of his instrument that would showcase the beauty behind his method. After meeting with creative education company ‘pyka’, Victor met with 6 primary schools in South Wales and the most unlikely of creative partnerships was formed. Over several months, the potential for the digital acrux instrument was discussed, tested and created by under the watchful eye of Victor himself. The result of this work was Acrux Seasons, the app that allows you to play your way through the seasons as you watch them change around you. Victor, pyka and all six schools now hope that you can find your own inspiration in this uniquely beautiful app.

The app is compatible with 9.7″ iPads, from the iPad Air and up.

Acrux Seasons is free on the app store now:

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AudioMaster Pro: For Podcasts And Music is here

From the developer behind MicSwap, MicSwap Pro, and AudioMaster (not pro) comes the pro version of AudioMaster, which looks pretty good to me. But it isn’t cheap at $70. Here are the details.

Import audio and instantly get a mastered version. Immediately hear a boost in volume and overall sweetening of the mix. Export, save and share anywhere. Audiobus, IAA and AU compatible. If you’d like to try before you buy, check out AudioMaster (not Pro).

Let AudioMaster put the final touches on your sounds by enhancing the mix and sonic characteristics. Our audio algorithm automatically adjusts levels and gives a general “sweetening”. Think of it as the difference between a good-sounding mix and a louder professional-sounding, finished master.

Exports in your choice of Wav, M4a stereo or M4a mono.

Use for Podcasts, Music, Voiceover, Demos, Memos, Songwriting, etc.

39 PRESETS IN 13 GENRES:

  • Flat EQ
  • Podcasts
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Hip Hop
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • New Age
  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul

Universal App – Buy one version and own it on all devices. Compatible with iPhones, iPads iOS 9 and up.

AudioMaster Pro: For Podcasts And Music costs $69.99 on the app store now:

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Ravenscroft 275 Piano arrived

If you’re in the market for a new piano app then this could be just what you’re looking for. It’s billed as the most realistic piano created for iOS, which is a big claim, and one I can’t substantiate as yet. Here are the app’s details for now.

Experience the splendor of a Ravenscroft Grand with the most realistic sounding piano ever created for iOS. Launch the app and access the gorgeous tone of this one-of-a-kind concert grand from your iPhone or iPad.

The origins of this virtual instrument lie in the masterfully crafted Ravenscroft 275 Titanium Grand Piano – made of 1,000 year old sitka spruce wood with solid titanium string termination points and precise, responsive CAD optimized action. The same quest for the highest fidelity sounds has spurred the deep sampling and meticulous capturing of this piano for the app. The final result delivers crystal clear hammer attacks, staccato release trails, and much more. Every detail has been painstakingly crafted to bring you the most authentic piano experience ever on iOS.

SOUND

  • High-resolution audio recording via premium microphones and pristine converters
  • 100% sample-based sounds with hybrid modeling
  • Real sympathetic resonance
  • Accurate sustain pedal modeling including re-pedaling support
  • Over 1,000 release samples for true staccato

FEATURES

  • UVI Sparkverb reverb integrated
  • 3 Band EQ and timbre shift
  • Customizable MIDI and Dynamics response
  • Fully resizable and customizable 1 or 2-tier keyboard
  • Save/Load presets
  • Lossless FLAC format provides the highest quality with smallest disk footprint and fast loading times
  • Very efficient use of RAM and CPU resources

CONNECTIVITY

  • Inter-App Audio / Audiobus support
  • Audio Unit v3 Plugin
  • External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI
  • Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard Compatible

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Supported Operating System: iOS 9.3+
  • Works on:
    • iPad 4 or newer
    • iPhone 5 or newer (iPhone 6 or newer recommended)
    • iPod Touch 6 or newer
    • 883MB of disk space

Ravenscroft 275 costs $35.99 on the app store now:

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IrcamLab’s Snail v2 arrives

Whilst it’s the only (current) app that IrcamLab has put on iOS it’s an interesting one, and version 2 adds some good stuff. Here’s what’s new:

Version 2 offers an additional guitar tuning mode (GT) that is available in the tuning view. Just tap on a dedicated string name, play a note and adjust the guitar tuning accordingly.

Another major improvement is the new split window mode. Whenever you do any adjustments to parameters you now see how the edits affect the visualization in the upper section. This works in both visualization modes – snail and tuning view.

Also the price has gone up to $1.99:

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Audio Damage brings Grind Distortion to iOS

More goodness from Audio Damage. Grind comes to iOS. Here are the details:

A true powerhouse of audio warfare, Grind puts the “damage” in Audio Damage. From subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion, Grind is a Swiss Army Knife of sound design. This effect consists of three main blocks: wavetable lookup, in to algorithmic saturation/distortion/, and finally to a multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from your favorite four-pole lowpass ladder filter, to the 18dB screaming acid, to more subtle toolbox filters like notch. Driving it all is a tempo-synced LFO for rhythmic filtering and grinding.

Grind is code-identical to our VST/AU/AAX version, and can even load its presets. Take your favorite destruction plug on the road with you in this AudioUnits v3 version. Also includes a stand-alone app.

FEATURES

  • Input gain and gate
  • Wavetable lookup distortion module with LFO modulation over 15 wavetables, and control over window size and phase. This replaces the input sample with one chosen from the selected wavetable based on input level.
  • Algorithmic distortion module. Apply one of eleven different distortion/saturation algorithms to the signal, for everything from subtle tube-style harmonic saturation to full sine driver craziness.
  • Multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from popular vintage synth filters to studio carving tools. The filter frequency is an LFO modulation target, making this worth the price of admission for the filter alone.
  • Tempo-synced LFO. In an AUv3 host, Grind’s LFO automatically syncs to your host, and can provide rhythmic interest to virtually any track. Mod the filter, for timbral interest, or mod the wavetable, for the full Grind destructo-effect!
  • A mix control rounds out this easy-to-use, yet deceptively intense effect. Add a little or add it all, Grind is a multi-effect that will bring any sound to life.

Grind costs $4.99 on the app store now:

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Audio Damage brings us Rough Rider 2

With over half a million downloads, the free Rough Rider compressor from Audio Damage is one of the most popular plugin effects on the planet. Now available for the first time on iOS, Rough Rider 2 brings the exact same plugin to your iPad, as a stand-alone application (with Inter-App Audio) and as an AUv3 for use with hosts that support it, like GarageBand, Cubasis, and Audiobus 3.

Rough Rider 2 for iOS is free on the app store now: