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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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And now Patterning has Ableton Live Export too

In the latest version of the excellent drum machine app Patterning we get a new Live export feature (just like Triqtraq below) and more beside. Here’s what’s new:

Ableton Live Set Export.
You can now create and export an Ableton Live Set directly from Patterning! Don’t have Live? Ableton Live 9 Lite is available free for Patterning users.

Export Settings

  • Consolidated “Export” menu for exporting Ableton Live Sets, Audio, and Patterning (.onps) files.
  • You can now export audio from “All Patterns,” quickly generating loops of your entire Patterning project at once.

Bug Fixes.

  • Audiobus Remote bug fix.
  • Fixed bug with animations on iOS 10.
  • Various bug fixes.

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Triqtraq gets even closer to Ableton in version 1.7

Triqtraq has gone from strength to strength since it launched over 4 years ago. It was one of the first apps to add Ableton’s Link technology and now in this latest release it has added even closer integration with Live. Version 1.7 brings ….

  • Ableton Live Set Export: export Triqtraq Sessions as Ableton Live Sets containing separate Audio Tracks and Scenes
  • Triqtraq now comes bundled with Ableton Live 9 Lite (get your copy via Menu – Export – Ableton Live Set)
  • New Sample Kits: Berlin (Drums), Subbd (Bass), Electric Bass 3 (Bass), CrunchedSynth (Keys)

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Group the Loop 1.3 brings Link and much more

Group the Loop 1.3 is a nice big update including Link and much more. Here’s everything that’s in the update:

  • Ableton Link.
  • Flexible tempo – Change session tempo anytime.
  • Pitch and time stretch tempo algorithms.
  • Inter-app audio connections to input stream.
  • New drop down clock settings view – Tap the clock status bar to quickly access tempo, time signature and Ableton Link settings.
  • AudioShare import now supports more audio formats. (Inc. wav, caf, m4a, mp3, aif).
  • Advanced audio export options. Choose file format, sample rate, bit depth and more.
  • “Open in” support. Import audio files directly from any other app with the “open in” option e.g AudioShare, Mail.
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes