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Auxy 3.2 arrives, some nice new features in here

I’ve been a longtime fan of Auxy and it’s nice to see it keep on improving and developing. Here’s what’s in version 3.2:

  • Loops can now be 8 bars
  • Add up to 16 instruments
  • Hear previews when browsing sounds
  • Redesigned bar indicator lets you quickly navigate in loop edit
  • Set custom label and color for each instrument
  • Added setting for making new loops chromatic

If you haven’t tried Auxy before, now really is the time to jump in.

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I don’t know what your favourite apps of the year were, but here are the ones that matter to me

I always think it’s difficult to tell you which were the best apps in any year, and 2016 is no different at all. What works for me as a great app won’t work for other people and vice-versa, so it all seems a little pointless. However, what I can tell you is which apps were important to me this year. I think that might be more interesting (or maybe not), and it’s certainly easier to do from my perspective.

So without further messing around, here are the apps that I used a lot, or found intriguing, or for whatever other reason, mattered.

1. Auxy

Without a doubt Auxy is an app that I can’t do without, at least not currently anyway. I really love it. It works for me and just fits with how I think and work right now. I’m not saying that this will always be the case, but for now me and Auxy, we’re good. I also really like the sound packs that they’ve been releasing. I got them both and love them.

2. Model 15

Moog’s Model 15 is on my list for a totally different reason than Auxy is. Model 15 is here because it’s one of those apps that I keep fiddling with and getting into and then leaving for a bit, then coming back to. I don’t know if you do that, but I certainly do. I like Model 15 and I’d really like to do something useful with it, but so far I haven’t. Who knows, maybe in 2017 I will.

3. NOIZ (and KRFT)

NOIZ you’ll know from Studio Amplify. It’s a great app for making stuff even if you’ve no idea how to make stuff, and I’m all for that. Of course the nice chaps from Studio Amplify now have KRFT in beta and I’ve been playing with that recently. It is going to be awesome. I mentioned it not so long ago here, and I’m hoping to be able to tell you lots more soon enough.

I think that these apps are going to have a really bright future and are going to help users to make things in ways that they hadn’t thought about before.

4. frekvens

I’m a fan of Mr HumbleTune’s apps, music, and design style. I think it’s great, and for good reason. His apps are amazing, and, pretty much everywhere too. I really like two of them though, nils, and frekvens. They really let you mangle sound, but in a good way, in a way that doesn’t hurt. I’m sure that other people find themselves coming back to the same FX apps over and over, and frekvens is one of those for me.

5. All things Korg

I can’t help myself but say that I do love Korg’s apps. They’ve done well this year. We’ve had good updates and new apps like ODYSSEi and iWAVESTATION. My personal favs are Gadget and iDS-10 though. Again I find myself coming back to these time and time again. I bet some of you do too.

6. AC Sabre

I think that Sabre has been a bit overlooked and that’s a shame. The AC Sabre is an amazing gestural performance tool for the iPhone and hasn’t really had the attention it should have had. I’d like to do a bit more with it myself next year as I think I’ve only barely scratched the surface of what it can do for me.

7. ROTOR

I posted on ROTOR and the tangible controllers yesterday, but it also deserves a mention here. I like modular apps but ROTOR (and Reactable mobile before it) seem to provide a more accessible route into modular than a lot of other apps in that genre. Now that ROTOR has the tangible controllers with it I’m hoping to get a bit more time to devote to it soon.

8. Fluxpad

Unusual apps and alternative interfaces are very important to me. So Fluxpad is assured a place in my list. It gives you a different way to interface with sound and that in itself is important. I like that Fluxpad is playful and easy to use and yet at the same time a highly capable and flexible app for manipulating samples.

9. Cubasis

There had to be a DAW in the list and it’s Cubasis 2.0. It’s been a big help to me on a project that I’m working on so it’s in my list. However, there was stiff competition from n-Track Studio 8 which arrived quite recently. It will be interesting to see how some of the big, and one or two little, DAWs survive in 2017.

10. Patterning

I love drum apps. Patterning is another app that just fits with my workflow. It’s just intuitive and fluid and it makes perfect sense to me. I can’t say that about all drum apps I’m afraid, but Patterning is probably one of the few go to drum apps that stays on my iPad. I’d love there to be an iPhone version too.

11. Wotja

You might find this one a little strange, but more will become apparent soon. For now I’ll tell you that I love Wotja’s ability to create an ambient soundscape from a few words. It’s simple to tailor and tweak to do exactly what you want too.

I’ve also found myself coming back to Mixtikl recently and really getting into that app again. I think that these generative technologies are so deep that it can be easy to get lost. However, I think it’s worth it to dive in and explore and I’d like to do more of that in 2017 with all of Intermorphic’s tools.

12. Skram

Last and by no means least is Skram from Liine. I’m a fan of apps that make the process of creating music simpler and more immediate. To me that’s really important. I thought Skram was great when it first came out and the latest update has made it even more usable. I hope that it keeps going and brings more and more people into making music, and I’d also really like to see an iPhone version of it too.

So that’s 12 apps (more if I’m honest) that mattered to me and continue to do so. I hope you found that interesting. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

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Auxy make it to Apple’s Best 0f 2016

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Well done Auxy, it’s great to see them get the recognition that they deserve for the excellent work they’ve done with Auxy. What’s more, it’s nice to see a music app get into the ‘best of’ category.

You can find Auxy’s entry here, and all of the best of here. If you don’t know Auxy then it’s really worth taking a look. You can find it on the app store by clicking below.

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Auxy 3.1 brings a new sound pack, AP-002

Auxy is a personal favourite of mine, for a lot of reasons, but one very good one is that Auxy keeps getting new features and sounds, and this update brings us a new sound pack. AP–002: The Sound of Vivrant. Swedish producer, DJ, and label owner Jeremy Olander has been described as the savior of the progressive house style. For this pack, he has selected sounds and drums from his upcoming EP.

Also in this update:

  • Share and backup projects by swiping left in the project list
  • Copy instrument and loops by long pressing the instrument name
  • Download demo projects and more via the new Feed
  • New setting lets you trigger the ducker on every half bar

It’s also worth noting that in order to bring high quality sounds to Auxy, they have stopped supporting some older devices. Which is fair enough.

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Auxy 3 has landed with new sound packs

I’m a big fan of Auxy, always have been, and today we get version 3, which introduces Sound Packs: regular releases in collaboration with world-class producers and engineers. AP–001 is a set of signature piano sounds crafted by Niklas Flyckt—a grammy awarded mix engineer who has shaped the sound of acts like Robyn, Miike Snow, Britney Spears, and countless other artists.

Also in this version:

  • New grid setting lets you add soft notes
  • Loops can be transposed one octave up or down
  • Creating a new scene keeps active loops playing
  • Updated mastering settings
  • Possible to get more delay when turning it to max
  • “Featured Tracks” lets you explore tracks made in Auxy
  • Bug fixes and design improvements