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Posted by Mikers On April - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Noisemusick app is a collection of THREE controllable synthesizers that generate interesting chaotic sounds. Have fun creating sonic bedlam, exploring weird soundscapes, or use it to GREAT EFFECT in your live performances and recordings. It’s squonky electric FUN for the whole family!

With Noisemusick you can:

* Choose a sound to match your mood: blue, green, or pink!
* Practice and probe to find interesting interactions of sound!
* Discover weird oscillations!
* Use it as a raw input to other filters and effects!
* Run on an iphone or iPad; it’s a Universal app!

To start making sounds with the Noisemusick app, your body has to complete the circuit between the touch pads. Pressing the pads in different combinations will generate different frequencies and modulations. By lifting a finger or sliding the hold switch you can create rhythmic patterns of noise. Move your fingers to change the resistance between your finger and the pads, which changes the frequency and beating of the tone. On each board the knobs change the quality of the tone in different ways.

Noisemusick (AppStore Link) Noisemusick
Developer: Shawn Wallace
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here


Posted by Mikers On April - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Voco is a touch-controlled phase vocoder for manipulating sampled sound.

The sound is mapped onto the screen, with time running left to right, and pitch up and down. By touching the screen the sound can be manipulated and played like an instrument.

Sounds can be loaded as wav files through iTunes or sampled directly via the microphone or input socket.


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

Smart Sliders

Posted by Mikers On April - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The creator of the DMX Assistant & MIDI Friend, both for Mac, has combined his experience developing both these apps, and just launched a universal iOS MIDI controller app, albeit a tad on the pricey side.

Really well designed MIDI slider controls.
Behave how you’d expect – always nice and smooth.
Connects via WiFi to OS X with Network MIDI.

Can send Control Change, Note On and Pitch Bend Change MIDI messages.

Smart Sliders (AppStore Link) Smart Sliders
Developer: Douglas Heriot
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

OSC comes to TB MIDI Stuff…and more

Posted by Mikers On April - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The team behind TB MIDI Stuff and it’s smaller brother, TB MIDI Tiny Stuff, have been busy at work on a host of new features for these flexible MIDI controller apps.

The key additions for both apps, include OSC support, bi directional SysEx messages, and built-in Missing Link™ drivers, plus there’s also New Horizontal gesture on Knobs & Jog Wheels, Pre defined scales on Value Notes, New Jog Wheel Control, and some system memory improvements.

Here’s a clip showing the bi-directional feature

TB MIDI Stuff (AppStore Link) TB MIDI Stuff
Developer: Fabien MANCHEC
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

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bs-16i update arrives

Posted by Mikers On April - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Bismark’s bs-16i, multi-timbral playback sampler, has just received some new features by way of v.1.4 update.

For those not familiar with this universal iOS app, which has been around since 2010, the sampler engine is ported from bs-1 / bs-16, which is developed as professional plug-in for Logic (Audio Units) and Cubase (VST instrument). Using SoundFont libraries, you can play with your great number of Instruments. It supports all standard MIDI messages, using pre-installed GeneralUser GS SoftSynth v1.43.sf2 (S. Christian Collins), your iPhone and iPad can be used as a GM (General MIDI) sound module.

What’s new in v.1.4

– Allowed loading 4 SoundFont files
– Added Virtual MIDI Port / Background support
– Integrated CoreMIDI implementation
– Added pre-install SoundFont by S. Christian Collins

Here’s video of it running with iRig MIDI

Check the official site for more details – http://www.bismark.jp/bs-16i/index.html

bismark bs-16i (AppStore Link) bismark bs-16i
Developer: Shun Murabayashi
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

BASE Pack arrives for Animoog

Posted by Mikers On April - 1 - 2012 1 COMMENT

ASHEVILLE, NC – April 1, 2012 – Moog Music today announced the release of the BASE Pack for Animoog, the World’s first professional mimetically mephitic sound set designed for a synthesizer. In honor of the release of the BASE Pack, Moog is offering Animoog for iPad, their groundbreaking synthesizer technology for iOS devices, for only $2.99 (regular price $29.99). Animoog for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch will be offered for only $1.99. This offer is only good for 7 days (April 1-April8, 2012). The BASE Pack is available for $.99 in the “Animoog Store” found in the Animoog app.

The BASE Pack is born from a quest Moog engineers embarked on with help from researchers at The University of North Carolina at Asheville to discover the most primordial sounds known to man. The result is the Biomimetically Augmented Synthesis Expansion Pack (BASE Pack) for the Animoog synthesizer.  The BASE Pack is a collection of timbres and presets that radically extends the sonic capabilities of Animoog from the purely electronic realm of its Moog ancestry into a richly organic world of biological sound.

The unique timbres of the BASE Pack are drawn from the sounds of the human body itself.  UNC-Asheville professor Dr. Wayne Kirby explains the significance of this sonic spelunking: “Our gastric activity in our body is really a microcosm of what we are as humans. The BASE Pack allows us to utilize the essence of this gastric activity to mold an expression of our external reality and internal reality.”

In addition to the over 40 new Timbre files, Moog recruited top sound designers to craft 25 powerful new presets which demonstrate the range of BASE sounds that Animoog can now emit. Some of the Presets included are Extravasation, Eructations, Bad Beans, Bathtub Bubbles, and Oops Sorry Excuse Me. Some of the Timbres included are Sploot2, WetGas1, Dribbly, WetSquish2 and Excuse Me.

“Only a professional synth engine like Animoog could render these organic timbres with such pungent detail,” said Moog Product Development Specialist, Amos Gaynes. “You can really feel the natural movements of the sound.”  UNC-Asheville professor Dr. Wayne Kirby is similarly enthusiastic: “Exploiting the rich character of the expulsion of bodily gas is the pinnacle of engineering success.”

Animoog is available for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch in the iTunes Store.  Animoog version 1.0.2 includes the new “Animoog Store” where users can purchase new Timbres and presets from within the app itself.  The BASE Pack is only the first in a series of wide-ranging, boundary-pushing sonic updates to come.

Animoog for iPad Price:$2.99 in the App Store for 7 days (April 1 –April 8)

Animoog for iPhone & iPod Touch Price:$1.99 in the App Store for 7 days (April 1 –April 8)

BASE Pack price:$.99, available as an in-app purchase in the “Animoog Store”.

Check out the entertaining promo video for for the BASE Pack

Animoog (AppStore Link) Animoog
Developer: Moog Music Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

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/


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/


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.


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
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