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c3n loops 1.2 brings Link and more

c3n loops goes up to version 1.2 today and brings link and much more. Here’s the full details:

  • Ableton Link
  • Settings menus for MIDI and Link
  • Import loops while playing
  • Stop all loops button
  • Erase all button
  • Increased hit size of scene tags and scene triggers
  • New video tutorial shown via the iOS video player
  • New free deep house loop pack
  • Improved graphics performance
  • Improved stability and bug fixes

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FunkBox Drum Machine 4.0 is here!

Which is excellent news and a great surprise too. FunkBox Drum Machine is a solid favourite of mine and I’m so pleased to see it get updated. Here’s what’s new:

  • iOS 10 compatible
  • Ableton Link support
  • AudioBus 3 support
  • Improved AB state save support
  • Bluetooth MIDI configuration
  • Change between patterns in current bank with MIDI in notes
  • Use MIDI CC for tap tempo
  • Three new drum boxes, including the Ace Rhythm FR-6
  • Misc bug fixes and improvements

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Arpeggionome Pro 1.3 brings Link and so much more besides …

This is a huge update for Arpeggionome Pro as you can see!

ABLETON LINK SUPPORT!
Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network. It’s awesome. Go to Settings>Ableton Link Settings for more info.

AUDIOBUS 3 MIDI SUPPORT
Audiobus 3 brings MIDI support to Audiobus, and Arpeggionome Pro is good to go :]

64 LIL BITS
Arpeggionome Pro now supports 64 bit architectures. Yee.

DOTTED NOTES!
Arpeggionome Pro has a new setting called ‘Matrix Mode’, which adds dotted note values to the Performance Matrix.

To try it out, go to Settings >Interaction Settings and set Matrix Mode to ‘Halves+Dotted+Triplets’. You’ll notice the matrix now has two columns of squares, triangles, and dots.

  • Rows with squares play rates that are perfect halves of a measure — starting at 1/2 at the bottom row.
  • Rows with dots play rates that are the dotted values — i.e 1.5x the length of the square row above.
  • Rows with triangles play rates that are triplet values — i.e. 0.33x the length of 2 square rows below.

ALT INTERACTION SETTINGS
In Settings>Interaction Settings, you’ll also find a new button at the bottom of the list called “ALT Interaction Settings”. This is an alternative interaction state that I recommend trying. It’s a bit more difficult to control, but I find the results quite interesting.

Compared to the “Default Interaction Settings”, it uses the new Matrix Mode setting and disables Retrigger for all parameters.

BUG FIXES

VIRTUAL MIDI CLOCK BUG
In previous versions, when listening for MIDI Clock on the Arp MIDI In port, Arpeggionome Pro read the MIDI clock twice, and therefore went twice as fast as it should. Fixed now.

NOTES

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
Hey, it’s been a while! The last time I looked at the Arpeggionome Pro code base was over 2.5 years ago! Time is weird.

In any case, I’m really glad to finally get this long overdue update of Arpeggionome Pro out. And I’m especially excited about adding Link and the new Matrix Mode setting.

ON LINK
By supporting Link, Arpeggionome Pro has actually become more playable, and perhaps in a not-so-obvious way. I’ll explain…

As you may know, Arpeggionome Pro is designed to play super fast arpeggios. Further, it’s designed to be held in your hands in portrait mode, so you can quickly perform changes with your thumbs. Also, under the hood, all changes you make are quantized — allowing you to anticipate time by touching a parameter early, so the change happens at exactly the right time.

This is great, and works very well… However! It’s always been a challenge to start the sequencer from not playing to playing. You could press the play button and just let it run, but if you wanted to control starting and stopping in a more expressive way (which I very much prefer!), it gets a bit more complicated. That first touch would always happen the moment you touched, but every other touch would be quantized. Subtle difference for sure, but definitely weird.

Ideally, what should happen is that all touches are quantized, even that first one. So that, when you stop and start playback, it starts quantized, just like the other touches.

So, something exciting… This is exactly how it works now! And it’s all thanks to Ableton Link :]

ON MATRIX MODE…
Basically, at some point after releasing Arpeggionome Pro, I realized how I missed an opportunity to have dotted note lengths on the Performance Matrix — it launched with just halves and triplets.
Yes, I could have just updated the app… but since I try to be super strict about not changing UI after an application has been released, I just accepted it and moved on (see Fugue Machine and Link to MIDI).

However… now that I’m here and revisiting the project, I figured out a way rationalize adding it… by simply burying it in an optional setting. I think I’m ok with this :]

THANK YOU!
Ok ok, that was many words. Thanks so much for your support and interest over the years (over 4 now!) and please reach out if anything comes up.

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midiSTEPs – midi step sequencer toy 1.5 arrives and is awesome

midiSTEPs is cool, that’s a given. Version 1.5 is cooler. It’s really awesome. Here’s the full list of what’s new …

  • iOS 10 update
  • Added Ableton Link support
  • Added AU effects support
  • Added multiple audio outs via AB or IAA
  • Added email/airdrop set sharing
  • Added Bluetooth MIDI support
  • Added MIDI program change support
  • Added AU/CC parameter lock midi map
  • Added ability to trigger steps with midi note or other notes from other part
  • Added more per step probability options: skip, tie, accent, reset
  • Changed randomize pattern to use only visible keys for better results
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements

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Troublemaker arrives, and apparently isn’t a 303 (but you should decide for yourself)

From the makers of Ruismaker, Ruismaker FM, and Phasemaker comes a new bass synth, Troublemaker! Apparently it is not a 303!

Here’s what to expect …

The legendary TB-303 has magical properties; it is filled to the brim with analog shimmer. Its output jack is a gateway to a parallel universe and when you twiddle the filter knobs an army of highly trained pixies chisel the square waves from freshly harvested unicorn souls. So if you want a TB-303, you should buy a TB-303. But if you’re after *that sound* Troublemaker will give you everything you need in spades.

Troublemaker sports a carefully crafted diode filter emulation and among the available oscillators are the typical raspy, nasal sawtooth and rubbery squarewave with its oddball shape and shifting pulsewidth. It also has the wow.

Troublemaker is fully Audio Unit (AUv3) compatible, so you can go wild running multiple instances in your favorite DAWs.

It also has:

  • Ableton Link synchronization,
  • MIDI CC mapping,
  • Core Midi, Virtual Midi, Bluetooth Midi input,
  • Audiobus support
  • Exports MID and WAV files from the standalone sequencer

And unlike the TB-303, it can actually sound like a bass guitar 😉

Note: Troublemaker requires iPad 4/Mini 2/iPhone 5S/iPod Touch 6 or higher

Troublemaker is on the app store and costs $9.99:

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Refraktions 2.1.1 adds Link and more

In the first update in over six months for Refraktions and it’s a big one. Here’s what’s new:

  • Ableton Link was added, enabling Refraktions to sync with any other Ableton Link enabled device.
  • Sequencer Mode was added, simplying the process of sending MIDI sequences to external and modular synthesizers.
  • An artificial intelligence was added, complete with memory, the ability to learn the user’s preferences, and generate new compositions based on that data.
  • Sequencer jog-wheel was added, giving the user more control over the song position.
  • Settings Panel was added inside the app for easier customization.
  • Ability to choose major or minor scale was added.

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Ninja Jamm is the first Android app with Link!

Ninja Jamm has been around for a long time now and has continued to move forward with every release. It went cross-platform with an Android version, and is now (I’m pretty sure) the first Android app to include Ableton Link.

You can find Ninja Jamm for Android here, and for iOS by clicking below.