Moodscaper SE arrived

If you’ve got the original Moodscaper, then you won’t need this version. However, there’s a helpful note at the end of the app description that explains how to get the sounds. As for the app description, here it is …

Moodscaper SE is a “Special Edition” of the moodscaper app that comes loaded with three alternative mood sample sets comprising ambient electric guitar, massive mellow modular sounds and an extraordinary orchestra!

Moodscaper SE is also an easy to use instrument for creating epic-sounding pads and effects as part of a larger iPad-based music-making setup.

Main features:

  • Unique generative atmospheric sample-based instrument
  • Simple user interface
  • Sleep timer
  • Three scale-based moods – light, sad and dark
  • Variable dynamics – from mellow and sparse to full-on drama!
  • Three loopers with optional sync
  • Provides tasteful auto-accompaniment to your playing in realtime or in loops
  • Hints displayed on keys that should sound good with root notes or chords
  • Samples are randomly stacked for a bigger sound with more variation
  • Effects section with filter, dual-delay and reverb
  • Effects tweaks can be recorded in loopers
  • Additional 20 key instrument for each mood
  • IAA support (as a generator) with no special setup required

For more information, a downloadable manual, demos and support, please visit www.moodscaper.com

Thanks and happy moodscaping!

*** moodscaper owners – please note ***

If you already own moodscaper, you can import these sounds into the app via iTunes File Sharing by downloading the sounds from moodscaper.com for free. Moodscaper SE came about after numerous requests for the additional sounds to be made available in a new standalone app. If you already own moodscaper, you probably don’t need moodscaper SE 😉

Moodscaper SE costs $2.99 on the app store:

iSoundBank, a simple and cheap SF2 player

It’s a pretty no nonsense app as far as I can see and cheap too. Plus it’s universal. If SoundFonts are your thing, this will be worth more than a cursory look.

Details … (such as they are)

iSoundBank is a sound bank player for SF2 and DLS format files.

Main Features:

  • Build in a GM sound bank.
  • import and load SF2 and DLS.
  • MIDI In available (From Core MIDI devices or virtual MIDI In)

iSoundBank costs $0.99 on the app store:

csGrain 1.4.2 (and 1.4.3) bring Dropbox, AB3 and more

csGrain’s last two updates have brought some nice new toys. Mainly Dropbox and AB3, but that’s not all. Here’s the list:

  • Dropbox support update
  • AudioBus 3.0 support
  • GUI Updates
  • Link to Current Csound Manual Online
  • Silence Main Audio on Auxiliary Views
  • Bug Fixes

Oh, and in 1.4.3:

  • Audiobus updates, fixes
  • Dropbox fixes

csGrain on the app store:

c3n play one arrived

From the developer that brought us c3n loops comes c3n play one, a free version that lets you play with c3n with 100 loops. Here’s the description.

c3n play one lets you the experience a universe of sound, and totally new way to play with music. We want to give you a chance to experience what it can be like to remix music live. Break free from the confines of the grid and enter a cosmos of infinite space where you are free to compose, combine, and create your own unique remix performances. c3n play one comes preloaded with over a hundred high quality loops that let you can experience what it is like to create an entire set of banging techno with the c3n interface. For those of you that want to use a tool like this to remix your own music on the stage or in the studio we offer c3n loops. Our premium offering that also offers import capability so that you can import your own tracks and loops.

c3n play one is free on the app store:

Jam Maestro adds AB3 support

Jam Maestro 3.4.2 brings AB3 support and much more. Here’s what’s new:

  • Audiobus 3 support added. Using AB3 you can now hijack any instrument and turn it into a midi instrument. Both midi in and out supported for each track.
  • Audiobus panel moved to the left side
  • Mixer screen now has an ‘automated’ label if an instrument’s volume or panning is being controlled by automation
  • PDF/Txt exporting now trims blank bars from start and end of an instrument
  • PDF font size increased at smaller scales
  • Fix for Bass instruments being silent if instrument order is not contiguous
  • Dropbox API V2 support

Novation brings us Groovebox – Beats & Synths Music Studio

Not content with their already excellent apps Blocs and Launchpad, Novation have brought a new app to add to their stable. Groovebox – Beats & Synths Music Studio arrived this week and it marks a shift in apps of this genre.

I first heard about Novation’s latest app back at SuperBooth and I really liked the idea behind it and also what they were trying to achieve too. Since then I’ve been testing the app and really enjoying it, and I hope you’ll really love it too.

You can check out the app for yourself of course, it’s free (with IAPs), and it’s universal too. The main thing that Groovebox does that’s different from other apps that help almost anyone to get into making music is that it helps you take the first step. With Groovebox you don’t have to start making patterns all on your own, Groovebox will give you a headstart, and I think that’s going to make a big difference to lots of people who haven’t mad music before but would like to.

Here are the app’s details:

If you love making electronic music, you’ll love Groovebox. Enter an inspiring world of music production on your iPhone & iPad.

Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO
Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION
Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER
Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.

FEATURES

  • Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
  • Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
  • Three powerful instruments – Drumbox, Retrobass and Poly-8
  • Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
  • Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
  • Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
  • Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
  • Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
  • Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
  • Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
  • Mix your music – 8-track mixer on iPad. Instrument focus mixer on iPhone.
  • Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
    *Requires In-App Purchase

ADVANCED FEATURES

  • Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
  • Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
  • Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
  • Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
  • iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
  • Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
  • Bluetooth speaker supported

SUPPORTED DEVICES
Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus. Requires iOS 10.

Groovebox is on the app store and is free (with IAPs):

Bram Bos bring us a new modular synth, Ripplemaker (universal)

Bram Bos bring another excellent app to their portfolio. Ripplemaker: a West Coast Flavored Modular Synth

The freedom and versatility of a modular synth in a stylish mobile package.

In typical West Coast fashion the available modules, such as complex oscillator, lowpass gate, FM, mathematical utilities and slope generator, are designed for exploration and experimentation. The virtual patch cables will let you take your sound wherever you want to take it, from morphing basslines to evolving generative drones.

A modular playground
Even if you’re not familiar with modulars, wavefolders or control voltage you can dive right in, because all modules are prewired; offering a powerful monosynth without using a single cable. Then whip out the virtual cables and start patching. Ripplemaker is designed for fun – big enough to lose yourself into, yet intuitive enough to not get lost.

Standalone sequencer goodness
Sometimes you want to get away from your DAW and just play. That’s why Ripplemaker, beside being an AU plugin, also comes with a standalone sequencer app that helps you get creative. It has a random pattern generator with scale locks, a realtime probability-based mutation engine and it syncs with your other apps and hardware via Ableton Link or MIDI Clock.

Download the user manual on www.ruismaker.com

Connectivity beyond cables: obviously in a modular synth it’s all about cables. But Ripplemaker takes connectivity to the another level:

  • AUv3 (Audio Unit Plugin) Extension for use in iOS DAWs
  • Universal design (works on iPad 4+, iPhone 5S+, iPod Touch 6G+)
  • CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI,
  • Audiobus 3, including AB3 MIDI IN+OUT and State Saving
  • Ableton Link
  • MIDI Clock Sync
  • WAV export, MIDI file export, AU preset export
  • Ready for iOS11 Files access

This app requires iPad 4, iPad Mini2, iPhone 5S or higher!

Ripplemaker is available now on the app store for $8.99:

apeSoft bring us another unusual synth to play with … Mood has arrived

Absolutely in keeping with their other apps apeSoft deliver mood – A personal interpretation of the legendary Analog Synthesizer by Eugenio Giordani.

Jordan Rudess says:
“The Mood synth has immense sonic ability. It has captivated my imagination and sense of discovery. In usual apeSoft form, it also has all the features that one expects in a top notch IOS instrument app.”

Features:

  • Audiounit v3
  • Audiobus and Inter-App Audio Sender/Filter
  • Audiobus 3 MIDI support
  • Share Presets and Samples between App and AUv3
  • iOS Universal
  • 3 Oscillators
  • Noise Generator with own envelope
  • Sample WARP
  • FM Module
  • Input Source Processing
  • VCF Filter Ladder 24db per octave
  • ADSR VCA
  • Mono or 16 voices Polyphonic
  • Keyboard Tracking and Control
  • Keyboard Ribbon Style
  • XLFO 7 shapes + Sequencer
  • Classical/Vintage Reverberator
  • Stereo Delay
  • Ring Modulator
  • Distort Output
  • Full Parameters MIDI/LFO/Accelerometer mapping
  • Presets Interpolation Pad
  • MIDI Clock and Ableton Link
  • Record to .wav file
  • AudioCopy/Audioshare/Open In… etc…

Even an initial play with this tells me that this app has a lot of intriguing sonic possibilities and isn’t just a regular synth app (if indeed such a thing exists anyway). So if you’re into more unusual sound design then you might want to take a look at this app and give it a try.

mood is on the app store for $11.99:

More FX for your device … Shaper : smart audio destroyer arrived

A first app from K-Devices, and, although I can’t claim to have tried it as yet it looks impressive from the description. Read on ….

Shaper is now available at just €3.49/$2.99 (instead of €6.99/$5.99). The offer is valid until June 24th.

Shaper is a multi-fx processor that allows you to redefine or totally destroy any kind of source.

Shaper is perfect in any iOS music workflow:

  • as stand alone app to process your outboard equipment
  • as inter-app audio in Aubiobus or other compatible daw apps as AUM, Modstep, GarageBand, and so on
  • moreover, Shaper is also an awesome Audio Unit Extension!!

Its clear, clean and minimal user interface lets you fall in love so fast with its potential, that after just few minutes of use you’ll feel like it always been one of your favorite music production tools.
Its noise is your noise.

All you need to add a personal touch to your sounds is here. Emphasize your basslines working with waveshaper’s sections blend and color, or increasing the clip’s value (this works great also on drums and acoustic percussive sounds). Blow digital coldness to your synths going wild with S&M and Bits&Samps functions, or increasing wrap or fold values . Add unpredictable dynamic glitches thanks the exclusive gate.

HOW IT WORKS

Shaper is composed by several modules, that you can rearrange as you want:

  • a glitch gate
  • a waveshaper section with 5 brand new inspiring functions: Muffin, Multistress, Cracker, S&M, Bits&Samps
  • a transform section with wave-clipper, wave-wrapper, and wave-folder
  • a resonator/short delay, that can act as a comb filter too

You choose how to feed it and how to mix it with a gain and a dry/wet section. Two oscilloscopes display audio signals before and after processing: this gives you a realtime visual feedback about how you are morphing your sound wave.

Each parameter offers a range that lets you process the signal so slightly… Or so massively! Changing the order of modules in the chain, makes of Shaper an incredibly versatile sounds processor!

WAVESHAPING FUNCTIONS
The waveshaper module applies a shaping function to incoming signal. It’s the timbral core of the audio process. Several functions are available: Muffin and Cracker applies a digital warming function with a distinction in the weight that noise takes in the wet signal. Multistress is a bit more fragments function, giving a more modulated FM-ish result. These three let user control the process via blend and color parameters. This helps you to apply a different dose of Shaper cure to your sound 😉

S&M is basically an amplitude modulation, driven by ramps; the length parameter here sets the frequency of these. This function brings a like-metal flavour… Raw digital power!

The last function Bits&Samps is a standard bit reducer.

MODULAR STRUCTURE
Shaper lets you work fast with gestures support:

  • you want to rearrange modules? Just drag them as you prefer and create different chains for different needs
  • need instant reset to default value for a parameter? Just double tap on cursor
  • fine tuning? Just tap and hold the cursor, then drag it left or right to increase the resolution of your vertical dragging

Shaper is Audiobus presets and state saving compatible. It can also store its status while working in all major host-apps sets as AUM, Modstep, GarageBand, etc. You can also save internal presets, and share them with your collaborators easily.

Shaper is currently priced at $2.99, but will go up to $6.99 after the 24th:

Ten Kettles brings us BeatMirror

Another useful app from Ten Kettles who brought us hearEQ and Waays. BeatMirror helps with developing tempo, which is probably going to be very useful for lots of people.

Here are the details:

BeatMirror uses your device’s built-in microphone to detect your tempo *while you play*. Set a target tempo with the special tap-for-tempo feature and then start playing your instrument! Real-time statistics will appear right away, guiding you towards your best playing yet. Perfect for drummers looking to build their internal rhythm.

Good music needs good rhythm. But learning to stay on beat—learning to groove—isn’t always easy. Build your inner metronome with BeatMirror and catch yourself when you’re speeding up or slowing down. Here’s what BeatMirror has to offer:

  • Wide tempo range. Tempo detection between 40 bpm and 208 bpm.
  • Fast. A *fast* response time: tempo is detected quickly and accurately.
  • Flexible. Accurate across time signatures (e.g., 4/4, 6/8) and rhythm styles (e.g., swing).
  • Real-time statistics. Current tempo, average tempo, and drift are displayed in real-time.
  • Easy-to-read interface. Optimized for various light environments, such as stages and practice spaces.
  • Tap pad. A special tap pad lets you set a target tempo easily and intuitively.
  • Versatile. Perfect for solo practice, band rehearsals, and you can even use it at concerts!

BeatMirror is best suited for drums and other percussive instruments. Feel free to get in touch with me at any time at alex[at]tenkettles[dot]com and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about BeatMirror. Happy practicing! -Alex

BeatMirror is on the app store for $2.99:

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