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AC Central from the developer of AC Sabre Motion MIDI Instrument arrives

A nice free addition to AC Sabre Motion MIDI Instrument. Here are all the details:

AC Central is a free auto-connection hub for the AC Sabre Motion MIDI Instrument (iPhone/iPod) and Bluetooth MIDI hardware. AC Central takes the hassle out of getting connected to your favourite synthesizers, samples and other sound machines. Plus, combined with Audiobus 3 (separate purchase, well worth it!), you can save and recall your complex multi-app setups and MIDI mappings with the touch of a button…

FEATURES:

  • Zero-config, auto-connects to AC Sabre and compatible BT midi hardware
  • Full Audiobus 3 support
  • AB3 State Saving of settings from local synths’ *and* remotely connected AC Sabre’s
  • Multiple inputs and outputs
  • Works with built-in CoreMIDI if you don’t have Audiobus 3

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AudioBus 3.0.1 brings new things and fixes

About 6 weeks since the launch of AB3 comes an update with fixes and some new things too. A nice little gift. Here’s what’s new:

  • Added a clear session button: Please clear session before closing Audiobus.
  • Improved labels for Hardware MIDI Input and Output ports
  • Added 64 samples latency option
  • Double tapping mixer volume slider resets value to 0dB*
  • Double tapping mixer pan knob resets pan

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed state loading issues with MidiFlow Apps
  • Fixed background launching issues
  • Fixed a crash when loading presets
  • Fixed errors with multi instance MIDI receiver ports
  • Fixed broken Audio Unit Extension view in iPhone Portrait
  • Receiver apps show system inputs correctly
  • Fixed crash when apps with missing ports where added to MIDI Input

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Johannes Doerr brings a whole new range of MIDI apps for Audiobus 3

Johannes Doerr brought us the original MIDIflow app and now he’s brought a whole range of new MIDIflow apps specifically built to work with Audiobus 3.

Instead of giving you the details of all 8 (yes 8), I’ve listed them below together with links to the app store, and their current pricing. you’ll not that 2 of them are free and worth grabbing straight away.

So, there you have it, go take a look!

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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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It’s a big day in mobile music, Audiobus 3 has arrived!

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here at long last, with added MIDI and a mixer too! So it’s a big day. We’ve been seeing apps upgrading for AB3 for a little while now, and there have been quite a few today too, and I expect that there’ll be more and more over the following days and weeks.

For now here’s the app description for AB3:

“Open up new worlds of creative music making possibilities with Audiobus, the app that lets you use your music apps together, just like virtual cables.

Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Then save your setup in a preset to be restored with one touch later on.

With a completely new MIDI routing system, support for Apple’s new Audio Unit Extensions standard, a new built-in mixer, and huge new workflow improvements, Audiobus 3 represents a big step forward for mobile music making.

Audiobus has a rich community of over 900 great compatible apps.”

Audiobus 3 is on the app store now priced at $9.99

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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.