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I am Synth

Posted by Mikers On March - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This one is hardly about to shake up the iOS synth world, but in my books, all new synths apps are welcome, no matter how small or obscure they are. If they make usable sounds, they are potentially useful.

Who are you? I am Synth!

the simplest and most powerful synth app ever!

i have no knobs,no technical terms but just only cute icons waiting for your tap and flick.

-oscillator: sine,saw,pulse,noise
-low pass filter
-LFO for pitch : sine,saw,pulse,noise
-envelope for amplitude : attack time,release time
-delay : up to 2 sec , it can be also used for looper
-keyboard : shake for ribbon controller mode

I am Synth (AppStore Link) I am Synth
Developer: DETUNE Ltd.
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

Waldorf iPad Synthesizer inbound

Posted by Mikers On March - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This news just announced today! German creators of the legendary Waldorf hardware and software synths are ‘finally’ producing an iPad synth app. Looks very interesting indeed.

Waldorf and Rolf Wöhrmann design pioneering new iPad synthesizer

A long tradition of wavetable synthesis – from first PPG synthesizers to the latest developments in terms of Blofeld and Largo – and Rolf Wöhrmann’s (TempoRubatos) vast experience with the iPad synthesis made it only natural to come up with a wavetable concept for the iPad, which, as a mobile platform, is becoming increasingly more significant to professional and semi-professional musicians and producers.

Thanks to intelligent gesture recognition and plenty of available graphic performance the iPad is perfect for bringing wavetable synthesis to a new level. For the first time it will be possible to plunge into the depths of wavetables and to make their sound content visible with advanced 3-D technology. The cooperation between Waldorf and TempoRubato, also known for their product line NLog Synth, doesn’t stop here: The application will also offer new possibilities for sound manipulation based on Waldorf’s very latest spectral research.

Completely new and unheard sounds
An innovative approach to wavetable synthesis allows for the transposition of the spectrum and the balance of periodic and sound spectra entirely independent from a wave’s position. The existing wavetable technology is thereby extended by two new dimensions, and it allows for formant shifts as well as numerous other unheard sounds. Also, unlike with typical wavetable instruments, the number and length of waves in a wavetable will no longer be restricted. It’s the era of wavetable synthesis V2.0! This app will support a huge number of hardware MIDI interfaces, e. g. all Core MIDI compatible interfaces by IK Multimedia, iConnectMIDI, MIDI Mobilizer II by Line6, ioDock or the Camera Connection Kit by Apple, as well as proprietary interfaces such as the SynthStation by Akai.
App collaboration standards like Sonoma‘s Audio Copy/Paste, Intua‘s Audio Pasteboard and Virtual Core MIDI will also be supported like the upcoming AudioBus standard and KORG’s WIST synchronization technology.

Joachim Flor, executive manager at Waldorf Music GmbH is pleased: “We are truly excited about our collaboration with Rolf Wöhrmann from TempoRubato. Considering his great experience with the iPad synthesis we are planning to release this excellent synthesiser this summer. Then it will be available at the Apple App Store. It’s going to be an exciting time!“
Rolf Wöhrmann is also looking forward to the challenge: “The cooperation with Waldorf Music and the Waldorf developers is a great honour. Waldorf‘s long history in wave table synthesis and the new and innovative possibilities of the iPad will create an astonishing synthesizer for musicians, sound designers and producers.”

For more - http://www.waldorfmusic.de/

Polyplayground

Posted by Mikers On March - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Polyplayground by MIGAMO (Mike Gao Mobile) in collaboration with Brainfeeder/Strangeloop on GUI.

“And what is a diagram? A representation of a musical system. And we use a diagram so that, for students of the subject, matters which are hard to grasp with the hearing may appear before their eyes.” – (Bacchius, in Franklin, Diatonic Music in Ancient Greece.)

This app has a synthesizer built in, with separate pitch bend for each finger, but is designed to be used as a MIDI controller via Camera Kit and MIDI interface. For live performance, the app takes MIDI input, allowing you to visualize what a jam partner is playing. You can also stream chords you have already played into the device so that you are never lost if you want to improvise.

This app is great for the producer, composer, music theorist, and student. It makes understanding music theory easier, because the spaces are ISOMORPHIC. This means that chords are the same in all keys. One only needs to learn a chord shape once to use it in any key.

You can press the Horizontal/Vertical buttons to change your pitch space.

Guitar/bass players can change the pitch space to 5:1 (fourths by chromatic) for their familiar layout, while cello players can use 7:1 (fifths by chromatic).

Other notable spaces are 4:7 (Longuet Higgins) and Gerald Balzano’s 4:3. In 4:7, a square is a major 7th. You can move this square one step at a time to the left to do a very John Coltrane like progression: transposing a major 7th down by major 3rds.

MIDI input allows one to visualize existing music in this space to understand it easier. One can jam along with another musician, or existing MIDI chords and never get lost- because you can see what is going on.

It also works wirelessly via OSC, which will be explained on our website. This will allow for music theory lessons to be taught remotely, or notes to be sent across the stage.

For more details, check the app’s site - http://www.migamo.net/

csGrain

Posted by Mikers On March - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

I’m loving the look of this new app, and look forward to more from this developer! It’s getting some great feedback already too…

csGrain is a real-time audio processing and recording tool that lets you create new sounds and new musical textures by transforming your voice, your instrument, or your favorite songs from your iTunes library in subtle or dramatic ways – all with the power of CSOUND. Under the hood is a stereo granular sound processor and 10 additional professional audio effects – all realized through a single Csound orchestra that is simultaneously: rendering, processing, sampling, resampling, synthesizing, resynthesizing, playing, reversing, delaying, triggering, gating, compressing, limiting, chorusing, flanging, echoing, filtering, pitch-shifting, harmonizing, granulizing, and recording – in any combination – all in real-time, and all 100% being done with the power and exquisite sound quality of CSOUND – the world’s premier software synthesizer and signal processor.

Features:

A Live Audio Multi-Effects Processor
Import and Remix Songs from iTunes or “myTunes” (your Tunes!)
Audio Processing
Live Recording
Soundfile Editing
DropBox Integration
Email-based File Transfer
AudioCopy/AudioPaste to/from other iPad Apps
MIDI Trigger and Control of All Paramaters
Support for Professional External Audio and MIDI Interfaces
Sample Loops
Exquisite and Imaginative Presets
A Comprehensive User Manual

csGrain (AppStore Link) csGrain
Developer: Richard Boulanger
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

Strange Attractor

Posted by Mikers On March - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This unique sound maker looks like it could be a nice addition to your arsenal of sound making apps!

Strange Attractor is a truly novel sound generator based on chaos theory.

The outcome of PhD research, it uses a feedback system to process and generate sound.

Unlike conventional synthesis techniques, sounds emerge in surprising and unexpected ways, almost having a life of their own.

By moving your finger on the screen, you can navigate through a space of evolving sounds, that build-up, pulsate, and decay.

Sound input through the microphone or headphone socket can be processed into fractal textures, or will trigger and control oscillations.

Strange Attractor (AppStore Link) Strange Attractor
Developer: Jonathan Mackenzie
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Exclusive – Wave Machine Labs Auria Q&A

Posted by Mikers On March - 27 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

One of this year’s most anticipated apps for the music making world is Wave Machine Labs’ Auria, with its traditional looking user interface, 64-bit architecture, 48 audio tracks, VST effects, and much more.

Chris Miller from WaveMachine Labs was kind enough to answer a few of my questions on this very promising looking iPad app.

 

What was the inspiration/motivation behind developing Auria?

The mobile recording community was in need of a professional-grade recording app.

 

How long has Auria been in development for? And how many are on the team that worked on it?

Auria has been in development for a year, done mostly by our President, Rim, and with lots of contributions from the PSP team.

 

Auria’s UI looks more like a traditional DAW system than any other iPad multitrack apps before it, what was the thinking behind taking this approach?

Auria is meant to be a serious, professional app. We tried to recreate as close to a fully functional DAW on the iPad as we could.

 

Multitrack recording is obviously dependant on the audio interface available to users. Which model(s) have you had the best success with?

A list of tested and compatible interfaces is available at our website, auriaapp.com.

 

The specs state it’s possible to record up to 24 tracks at once. What hardware have you been able to do this with?

So far, the most we’ve gotten to record at once is 18 (limited by the interface), but the software supports more.

 

Why hasn’t VST been done in DAW apps for iPad until now? Was this particularly tricky to implement?

It wasn’t particularly tricky; it just feels that the requirement that all code be pre-loaded (and therefore not technically plugins in the sense that they’re not cross-platform) onto an Apple app has disenfranchised Plugin developers to developing version for the iOS platform.

 

What sort of limitations (if any) are there on the number of effects plug-ins and mix bus routing you can do per track?

Plugins add a few percentages of CPU each, but with the ability to freeze tracks, the effects can be printed and the plugins removed to free up processing power.

 

How many plug-ins will ship with Auria, and can you provide details on the plans to offer more in the future as in-app purchases?

Auria will ship with a handful of plugins built in, and there will be 10-20 available for in-app purchase. We will certainly add more with future updates.

 

Will Auria offer support for virtual instruments?

There will not be any MIDI or VSTi support in the first release.

 

I’m guessing there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing a version of Drumagog available at some stage, yes?

Drumagog will be available as an in-app purchase.

 

Are there any differences between the existing PSP plug-ins and the versions available in Auria?

There are slight differences, mostly to make them simpler and more efficient for the iPad.

 

What sort of compatibility is possible between Auria and external DAW software?

Auria supports full AAF Import/Export, so session data can be exchanged between Auria and virtually every major DAW.

 

For people who work with other iPad music apps, what type of support does Auria offer? AudioPaste? External syncing? WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)?

Auria supports AudioPaste.

 

There looks to be a comprehensive list of audio editing options. Will you be able to scrub back and forth over single and multiple tracks of audio?

Scrubbing is not an option in this release.

 

Is the rendering of stereo mix downs done in real time, or faster?

Faster than real time.

 

Have you noticed any performance differences in running Auria on iPad 1 and iPad2?

The iPad 1 has been limited to 24 tracks, but other than that it’s pretty similar.

 

Is Auria Optimised for the new iPad?

Auria will run the same on the new iPad.

 

Wave Machine Labs Auria still doesn’t have a confirmed launch date. When it was first announced, it was expected to arrive in the first quarter of this year, which expires this weekend, so we should be expecting to see it appear in the very near future. For the latest on Wave Machine Labs Auria, head to the official site - auriaapp.com

 

SpaceLab

Posted by Mikers On March - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

There’s certainly no shortage of powerful, programmable synth apps for iOS these days, but this stylish new one offers a unique take on the user interface with four ways to play it. At 99 cents, you can’t really go wrong, so check it out.

SpaceLab is a monophonic synthesizer. It has four ways to play: keyboard, graph, guitar, and wind controller.

Underneath those interfaces is a fully programmable subtractive synth with oscillators, filters, envelopes, effects, FM, presets, an arpeggiator, full MIDI control, and much more!

 

 

 

SpaceLab (AppStore Link) SpaceLab
Developer: daniel Iglesia
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

Alesis is back with iO Mix

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Alesis has done it again. The company has developed another IO dock for the iPad, this time with the focus on tactile mixing thanks to the inclusion of a 4 channel mixer. Read on for a full run down.

The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio, allowing you to record multiple mics or instruments directly into GarageBand or any other compatible Core Audio app.

With the iO Dock, Alesis was the first to make your iPad studio-compatible. Now with the iO Mix, your iPad becomes your studio. All the connections you need are onboard, including four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels and balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs. The iO Mix also has a video output, making it perfect for everything from presentations and corporate meetings to home entertainment and live performance visuals.

ROOM FOR FOUR 
With the iO Mix’s four-channel capability you finally have everything you need for mixing and recording on your iPad, all in one device. There’s no more clunky dongle connections or USB cables needed. Your iPad is seamlessly integrated into a compact mixing console that will be immediately familiar and easy to use. When you close iO Mix’s hinged door, your iPad is completely enclosed and secure — you’ll hardly be able to tell that they’re separate devices.

CONNECT & CREATE
iO Mix allows you to connect virtually any piece of recording gear to your iPad: microphones, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels are exactly where you need them on the rear of the unit. Each has trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ controls located right in front of you. Push-button High Pass Filters are also available on each channel to eliminate low-frequency interference in live mixing and recording situations.

STUDIO TO GO
With its compact design, iO Mix is the perfect portable studio. Bring it to your band’s practice space, coffeehouse gig or weekend recording session. Switchable 48V phantom power allows you to use studio condenser microphones and iO Mix’s guitar-direct switch makes guitar recording easy. You don’t even need an amp! Simply connect your guitar or bass, flip the switch and use your iPad to add effects like reverb and delay. Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output are also onboard along with a switchable limiter for clip-free recordings.

WIRELESS WHENEVER
iO Mix is Core Audio-compliant, allowing you to use it with virtually any app in the App Store. Plus, your iPad’s WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and 3G connectivity, allow you to tailor your sound at a moment’s notice or playback audio through compatible wireless speakers. Download new effects or filters to deal with unexpected live sound needs, or download songs, videos or entirely new applications to keep your audience entertained during a gig or the band’s creative energy flowing during a recording session.

VIDEO VERSATILITY
Along with its four-channel mixing and recording capability, the iO Mix’ s ability to playback video makes it ideal for applications that were previously impossible. You can use the iO Mix to not only mix and record, but also playback live performance visuals behind the band. The iO Mix is also great for corporate presentations and business meetings, allowing up to four speakers to be mic’d and have video playing back simultaneously. With the optional Alesis Module Mount, you can attach the iO Mix to a nearby mic stand and have easy access to instantly adjust any mixing, recording or video-playback parameter.

Turn your iPad into a portable mixer and flexible recording studio, with the iO Mix, only from Alesis.

For more details - http://www.alesis.com/iomix

Addictive Synth v.2 arrives

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Addictive Synth for iPad has just received a host of added features, including an exciting new spectral noise generator. Read on for a run down on this update.

The new spectral noise generator adds a new dimension to the already huge sound universe of Addictive Synth. This generator is the first of its kind and allows for extraordinarily detailed control over the dynamic spectrum of the noisy part of sounds. Despite its complexity it’s pretty easy to use and integrates naturally into the sound design philosophy of Addictive Synth.

With the integration of a hi end reverb we closed the last gap to get fully addicted.

One more thing…

…the revised GUI is now compatible to the retina display of the new iPad !

It was never so easy to create beautiful sounds and driving loops. The unique dynamic wavetable synthesis allows you to explore an unprecedented wide range of sonic territory. From acid loops, crystal clear percussions, realistic human choirs to complex musical sound scapes nothing seems impossible with only a handful parameters to tweak.

New in version 2

Spectral noise generator with dynamic filter structure.
Hi end reverberation unit.
revised GUI with retina support for new iPads
32 new sound presets.
Many MIDI controllers added.
revised PDF Manual.

Addictive Synth (AppStore Link) Addictive Synth
Developer: VirSyn Software Synthesizer
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

AudioBox 1818VSL app inbound

Posted by Mikers On March - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

PreSonus™ has announced StudioLive™ Remote 1818VSL software, a free, dedicated wireless-control app for the PreSonus AudioBox™ 1818VSL audio/MIDI interface.

The AudioBox 1818VSL USB 2.0 interface’s 26 x 18 mixing and processing features are controlled by AudioBox VSL software for Mac® and Windows®. It provides a computer-based ultra-low-latency mixer with two stereo effects buses for reverb and delay plus theFat Channel processing from the StudioLive 16.0.2. The Fat Channel includes a compressor, limiter, downward expander, high-pass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ that are available on every input, DAW return, and bus.

Now, with StudioLive Remote 1818VSL, you can control all features of AudioBox VSL software (except Solo and Channel Link) wirelessly from an iPad. The new app provides multiple views of the key AudioBox VSL mixer and processing controls. The Overview displays the most-used parameters, such as channel levels, mutes, panning, EQ curves, and more for multiple channels at once. Tap a microview to zoom in on the Fat Channel processing, then navigate between the processors with the flick of a fingertip.

“Because the AudioBox 1818VSL has a built-in 26 x 18 mixer, it can be seriously considered as a live mixer for small groups,” notes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “StudioLive Remote 1818VSL iPad control makes this even more convenient.”

An AudioBox 1818VSL firmware update will be required in order to use StudioLive Remote 1818VSL. Registered owners will be able to download this update at www.presonus.com/technical-support/downloads/drivers-software.

StudioLive Remote 1818VSL is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2012 and will be a free download from the Apple App Store.

For more information, please visit www.presonus.com.

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