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Patterning : Drum Machine 1.2.3 brings Live Set Export and more

Patterning gets yet another great update. Here’s what’s new:

  • Ableton Live Set export now exports MIDI for MIDI enabled tracks.
  • Improvements to InterApp Audio Sync when loop points are enabled from the host app.
  • Fixed audio render length of patterns in Pendulum modes.
  • Latest Audiobus version.

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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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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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Video: iPad Patterning demo

Video description:

“Patterning is an iPad music app for creating beats with a standard percussion sounds or your own imported sound effects. It is very easy to use and learn. Import sounds from other applications directly to patterning.”

Video published by Prism Hue – Creative thinking, IMAGINATION

Patterning on the app store (and still on sale):

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Patterning 1.1 is massive, plus it’s on sale too

Here’s what Olympia Noise Co have to say about Patterning 1.1, and it says it all …

In this update we’ve added a ton of new features to improve your creative workflow — including audio export, new and improved sync options, a more useful timeline, MIDI mappings, as well as interface improvements that make Patterning even more fun and inspiring to work with. As always, let us know if you have any questions or run into any issues. support@olympianoiseco.com

Audio Export
Patterning now includes a highly configurable audio export function for getting your drum tracks out of Patterning and into the next stage of your process. It’s easy to turn your beats into perfect audio loops or entire songs in .WAV format. Bounce individual tracks or the main mix and save your files to AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing or using “Open in….” to save to Dropbox or other apps.

MIDI Mapping
Map your hardware MIDI controller to control mixer and sample settings, trigger pattern changes, and more. Assign CC’s, notes, or program changes to parameters using the MIDI learn function, and fine tune parameter ranges with the MIDI configuration menu. MIDI mappings can be imported from other songs to easily reuse your favorite mappings.

New & Improved Sync Options
A consolidated Sync menu makes your sync settings easier to configure. In addition to Ableton Link, Patterning now supports Inter-App Audio sync and a completely re-written MIDI Clock implementation. Inter-App Audio sync and transport controls are available when connected to the master Inter-App Audio port.

Inter-App Audio Track Output
Patterning now supports individual Inter-App Audio outputs for each track as well as the master output. Connect up tracks to Audiobus, AUM, or another Inter-App Audio host to apply effects to individual tracks.

MIDI Output Enhancements
In addition to notes, MIDI enabled tracks can now send automation data in the form of CC or pitch bend messages. Track layers are assigned to MIDI destinations according to the MIDI standard. MIDI Track settings can be imported from other songs for easy reuse.

A New Timeline
Patterning’s timeline has been updated, making the creation of songs a whole lot easier and more fun. You can now make multiple selections, and use “duplicate,” “duplicate insert,” and “duplicate at end” tools to quickly repeat sections of the timeline. In addition, each timeline block now has a “reset rotation” option to allow patterns to snap to their beginnings in the timeline. This is useful for rotating or odd meter patterns, as well as creating stutters or fills in the timeline.

Sample Preview
Preview samples in the sample library! To enable, toggle the speaker icon in the top right of the sample library. Preview uses the current sample settings (pitch, pan, effect sends, etc) to help you tweak your sounds.

Custom Drum Kit Image
Import custom images from your photos library for your drum kits. Tap the drum kit image to select and edit a photo.

Other Improvements

  • Improved quality of pitch shift algorithm.
  • Adjustments to layout on iPad Pro.
  • Added Mute/Solo on “sample” tab.
  • Peak level metering throughout the app.
  • Stability improvements.
  • A cool new icon.

Patterning 1.1 is on the app store now, and has dropped in price from $9.99 to $4.99:

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Video: Molecules (iOS live improvisation – Mogees, Audiobus, Fugue Machine, Patterning, Loopy)

Video description:

“Here’s a whole new electronic track, improvised live on iOS.
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Gear used:

► iPad with the following apps:
Audiobus (to connect everything)
Patterning
Fugue Machine
Laplace
Loopy (to record the iPhone input)
Cubasis (to record the outputs from Audiobus)

► iPhone with Mogees, plugged to an acoustic ukulele
► Rolad Duo Capture Ex soundbord
► Alesis Q25 usb keyboard controller

Enjoy!”

Video published by Andrea Baroni.

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Some freebies incoming …

Just a warning to let you know that the lovely people at Olympia Noise Co have given me some codes for their amazing apps. I’ve got 8 codes to give away over the next hour and as ever, when they’re gone they’re gone, so please keep an eye out on the site and not on twitter as the codes will be here although you’ll see a tweet every time they get posted.

The codes I’ll be giving away are for:

So keep an eye out, these codes will go quick! They’ll be coming out over the course of the next hour.