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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eera

Posted by Mikers On June - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (9)Eera is a monophonic synth, designed for everyday in-studio and on-the-stage situations, when you need space effects, rich and deep basses and unusual or classical leads.
Thanks to X/Y control at the heart and the X/Y bindings, people compare expressiveness of Eera with singing.
While it has modulations for each of the key parameters, it’s simple to use. In fact, for getting different timbre characteristics there is only one slider! Which in turn possible thanks to the unusual parabolic oscillator with width modulation.
And you can be sure that Eera does not prevent you to get your own, your personal sounds.
Eera was created with professional production in mind. The synth has the high quality tube amplifier on the out and supports sample rate up to 96 kHz.

Features:
– no need for external MIDI controllers – Eera is an expressive instrument out of the box;
– unusual parabolic oscillator with width modulation;
– vintage reverb;
– tube-saturated amplifier (with overdrive possibility);
– state-variable filter;
– chorus;
– LFO modulations as well as parameters dependence on keyboard’s X/Y;
– sample rate up to 96 kHz;
– factory presets designed for your inspiration;
– Audiobus and Inter-App Audio ready.

Eera is equally good for a wide range of musical genres: from techno, IDM and house to rock, classical, microtonal and experimental music.

Eera (AppStore Link) Eera
Developer: Aliaksandr Tsurko
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

BASSalicious

Posted by Mikers On June - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (8)Dedicated monophonic synth bass synthesizer featuring the NEW iOS AudioUnit Version 3 plugin architecture.

– 21 VA Wavetable Waveforms with PWM
– 4 Oscillators
– AMP with 4 Modulators
– Circuit Modeled Filter Section with Velocity
– LFO with Aftertouch

BASSalicious is a dedicated monophonic synth bass plugin with a single focus on sound. All of the synthesis and filters are custom tweaked with our own personality and our urban ear. When we first set out to produce BASSalicious, it came from a need we had. All of our plugins come from a musical need first. We noticed that there were a ton of synth bass libraries out there that focused solely on dubstep and wobble bass sounds, but not that much out there for the urban community and that pure synth bass classic sound. Sure there are the sample based ones, but you run into problems with samples when trying to produce a realistic glide effect that is so essential to urban synth bass music. The other thing we were dissatisfied with were the oscillators themselves. You see, in order to reduce aliasing, most wavetable synths reduce the bandwidth and filter out frequencies so it doesn’t alias. The problem with this is that you filter out the good stuff along with it. We figured out a unique compromise, where we can give you the full band of the wavetable, while at the same time reducing aliasing. Our method is very unorthodox, but it works, because the technology will always take a back seat to the sound, and not the other way around: “If it sounds good, then it is good.”

Furthermore, we used an analog modeled filter that was approximated using real circuit designs. The complete topology was modeled with all of the aspects of the electronic components involved, and then converted over to source code. The result is a very organic sounding synth bass plugin, which has no hint of that cold digital wavetable sound. This is what we mean when we say it has an “organic sound.” This is what you hear in urban music. Each key piece has it’s own sound, color, and character to it. It’s not trying to be something else. It’s it’s own individual and we achieved this with BASSalicious. Remember the first time you heard Neo-Soul Keys® and your ears were suddenly opened to the sound you always wished you had, but could never achieve.

IAP:
The first oscillator is free. You will have access to all of the synth functions. After you purchase, you will get access to the other 3 oscillators as well as the 63 high quality custom synth bass presets.

BASSalicious (AppStore Link) BASSalicious
Developer: MIDIculous LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

SoundFont Pro for iPhone

Posted by Mikers On June - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen640x640 (1)SoundFont Pro is now available for iPhone. With all the functionality and features of the iPad version, SoundFont Pro for iPhone brings you even greater mobility in a compact form. With a slide-in and slide-out keyboard, the screen real estate is used in an optimal fashion to give you the greatest flexibility.

Make high quality music on the road with your favourite soundfonts. SoundFont Pro is the next generation soundfont player with a host of features that make your existing soundfonts sound like you have never heard them before. Record your music as well as vocals and share them from anywhere you are. You can overdub repeatedly in a non-destructive manner and build your composition over time.

SoundFont Pro is equally suitable for studio use as well as for live gigs.

SoundFont Pro is multi-timbral, multi-layered, and multi-zonal. This means that you can take an ordinary MIDI keyboard and assign key-ranges on the keyboard to different presets from different soundfonts and play the resulting arrangement much as you would play an arranger keyboard! Or set up different zones and assign input MIDI channels to receive MIDI from an external controller or from another MIDI app to specific zones.

The app comes with a selection of soundfonts. In addition to these, you can add user soundfonts from thousands of freely available soundfonts on the web as well.

Features:
• A 4-mode frequency filter including Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Band Reject Filters
• Reverb Filter
• Delay Filter
• Volume Envelope
• Voice Recording with filtering
• Import Audio from your iPad library and overdub with your own music and vocals
• Live Effects with the Modulation Grid. The effects include Pitch Shifter, Bit Crusher, Phasor, Flanger, Tremolo, Stereo Chorus, and Auto Pan.
• Freely modulate while playing/recording to get some amazing sounds and effects.
• All the Live Effects are available while you are recording your voice as well!

Compatibility:
• Inter-App Audio Compatible
• Audiobus compatible
• AudioCopy2 compatible
• Fully MIDI compatible

SoundFont Pro for iPhone (AppStore Link) SoundFont Pro for iPhone
Developer: Azfar Jafri
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

M/S Proc – Mid/Side Level & EQ

Posted by Mikers On June - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480M/S Proc is a tool for M/S Processing that enables Mid/Side level adjustments and EQ.

***What is M/S Processing?***
While standard audio processing is done through the Left and Right(L、R) channels, M/S processing divides elements into those at the center(Mid) and those on the left or right(Side). For example, it allows you to adjust the effect of the centrally located vocals or make nuanced changes to the width of the mix.
In addition, tracks with sound pressure levels raised to the maximum in stereo processing can often be found to have additional headroom in the Sides when separated into M/S elements. This means you can increase the sound pressure just by enhancing the Sides.
M/S Proc allows individual level adjustment and EQ processing for Mid and Side channels.

***Main features***
+ Mid/Side level adjustment.
+ Mid/Side EQ control with three bands (High, Mid, Low). The Mid is a parametric equalizer.
+ In addition to standalone usage, compatible with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio. Can be combined with other apps.
+ Can adjust sounds brought in from external devices and apps. Also works with WAV and AIFF formats.
If applying to files, you can export your processed tracks as a WAV file.
Exported files can be exported to other apps using the “Open In” function.
+ Also lets you import files from other apps (“Open In” function)
+ You can also import tracks from your Music Library.
+ Presets allow you to save your parameter settings in the file.
+ A universal app that can be used with both iPhone/iPad.

***Other uses***
Although M/S processing is most often used for mastering, in principle by lowering the Mid you can apply a “center cancel.” In this way you can prepare tracks for karaoke or “learning by ear.”
We also recommend sending your file to mimiCopy, our “learning by ear” music player app.

M/S Proc - Mid/Side Level & EQ (AppStore Link) M/S Proc - Mid/Side Level & EQ
Developer: ART Teknika, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here

MiniReview – Pro Series EQ Plug-ins

Posted by Mikers On June - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

EQ-Series-1San Diego-based purveyor of pioneering music software and hardware, Positive Grid, has released a fresh suite of effects plug-ins, which are built on the company’s revolutionary analog sound modelling tech smarts and component level customisation.

Following on from the release of its Pro Series Studio Compressor plug-ins earlier this year (and reviewed here), Positive Grid has just launched a follow-up collection of professional sounding effects, this time focusing on EQ plug-ins designed to work with all major DAW software, and available in VST, RTAS, and AAX native formats.

The new trio of EQ plug-ins provide a similar palate of tonal themes as the suite of compressors, in that there is a Tube EQ, Digital EQ, and Passive EQ plug-in.

Harnessing the same technology already found in Pro Series Studio Compressor plug-ins, not to mention its BIAS amp modelling software, Positive Grid’s new Pro Series Studio EQ suite is designed to deliver the unique sonic differences between tube, digital and passive EQ, through the use of analog filters to replicate the familiar frequency response of hardware based EQ counter parts in the real world. The company claims this ‘EQ Match’ process is made possible by analysing both the input track and side chain signals, and by detecting the difference between the two, it automatically adjusts the EQ parameters to match the different curves. So it will be interesting to see if we see some updates in the future that are ‘sound-a-likes’ of famous brand EQ products, since it sounds like it possible to replicate almost any audio source.

Another of Positive Grid’s unique additions is component level customisation of the EQs. This feature is not nearly as extensive here as found on the compressor plug-ins, but there are still switchable pre-amp tubes on two of the EQ plug-ins, which is not something you can expect to find on most EQ plug-ins.

DIGITAL-EQThe first in the suite that I fired up was the Digital EQ, which its creator describe as ‘the most clear and transparent digital EQ sound ever in a plug-in’. The overall sound is definitely pure in quality, with and interface much akin to a 5-band parametric EQ. The plug-in displays a left and right side of dials, and each of the sweepable bands of EQ has individual gain and Q curve control dials. There also independent high pass and low pass control, plus main input, output, and balance controls. You can also unlink the left and right sides if one of the sides need independent EQing. The top of the interface displays a live frequency display of the input signal, along with an EQ curve showing the adjustments you’ve made to the sound. This is a great feature that can be found on all three plug-ins. Overall this the more straightforward and honest sounding EQs of the three, which worked well on the vocal, and acoustic guitar tracks I tested it on.

PASSIVE-EQThe next plug-in I looked at was the Passive EQ. Positive Grid say this is your go-to EQ if you’re after ‘an authentic analog sounding EQ for a more musical mix’.  There is definitely plenty of control here to add extra colour to your sound. This three-band EQ offers 4 preset frequencies per band, ranging from 32Hz to 58kHz. The Q curve dial works in a similar way, offering three bell curves from wide to narrow, plus a high and low shelf setting. Where the additional colour can be applied, is though the tube pre-amp section, which features the classic 6L6GB and EL34 vacuum tubes. By adjusting both the input and output gains, you can drive the tubes hard or soft to get the desired sound you like. As with this tube emulation feature on Positive Grid’s other software, it’s great how these glow brighter and pulse in time with the audio signal, the harder they are working. I found this EQ sounded great on drum mixes, bass guitar, and backing vocals, but I certainly wouldn’t limit its uses for just these.

TUBE-EQThe last in the trio, and my personal favourite, is the Tube EQ. Not only do I really like the sound of it, but the overall functionality, as well as the great vintage style visual design. Positive Grid claim this EQ ‘captures  the  essence  of analog EQ found in the best professional studios in the world,  giving you the ultimate solution to add color and warmth’. I can attest that of the 3 plug-ins, this offers the more interesting EQ parameters by far. Unlike the previous 2 EQs in the suite, the Tube EQ is split across two main areas that you switch between, the Hi/Lo and Mid EQ controls. The concept and controls are not unlike that found on the legendary Pultec EQs, where you have a boost and attenuation dial for these main bands of EQ. And it’s this unique ability to merge and mangle both the bump and dips in the EQ that makes this plug-in fun to play with. The low band offers preset frequencies to cut or boost from 20Hz to 220Hz, while the high band frequencies start at 3KHz and go right up to 160KHz. There’s also independent low and high cut dials, with sweepable frequency ranges. Flipping over to the mid EQ controls, you’re presented with three customisable bands for the mid-range. Each band has individual balance control, a bandwidth control to adjust the shape of the Q curve, and then a preset dial of frequencies, starting at 220Hz up to 48KHz, spread across the three bands. The interesting way they work  is, the dials on the left are designed to boost frequencies between 220Hz to 1KHz, and the dials on the right picks up at 1.2KHz through to 48KHz, while the dials in the middle attenuates frequencies from 360Hz to 100KHz. I’m sure it’s possible to replicate the same crazy EQ patterns made here on the other plug-ins in the suite, but for me it’s just more enjoyable operating this one. The final important feature is the inclusion of three different pre-amp tubes, that emulate the popular 12AU7, 12AT7, 12AX7, which can be used to give the EQ settings some extra colour and warmth. Unlike the Passive EQ, though there is no input or output control on this pre-amp stage. One other small thing to note about the Tube EQ is, it’s the only one of the three that doesn’t allow independent EQ control of the left and right signals. This isn’t a major issue besides, the majority of EQ plug-ins don’t offer this anyway.

As I’ve said the Tube EQ actual design is great, but the other two look good two, and they’ve all been designed to look photo realistic, like real world hardware.

As with the suite of compressors, the Pro Series Studio EQ plug-ins come with a pretty disappointing list of just three factory presets per plug-in, and of course the ability to save your own presets. Though as with the compressor suite, Positive Grid says we can expect a growing list of downloadable EQ profiles created by music industry professionals to be available, but The Pro Series EQ Plug-Ins are now available for download on the Positive Grid store for $99. the is no word on when this might be.

While it’s fair to question, does the music world really need another suite of EQ plug-ins, when there are literally dozens and dozens already out there that do a great job. I will say, Positive Grid has at least come at it from a fresh angle, with their EQ Match technology, and added pre-amp tubes for extra control. As with all plug-ins and software in general, it comes down to personal choice. So if you like the way any product sounds, functions, and looks, and it gets the job done, then it’s the right product for you.

The Pro Series EQ Plug-Ins are now available for download on the Positive Grid store for $99.

Teaser video

 

DM2

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (7)DM2 is a Synthesis Drum Machine. It has been made by the core team that brought you DM1, one of the first Drum Machine for iPad, that won an Apple Design Award in 2012. Special 40% OFF price for the first week!

DM2 brings a new approach to Drum Synthesis with a powerful and easy to use graphic editor to create and manipulate sound. It it packed with ready-made factory Drum Kits. You can mix and match any sound from any drum kits to any track of your song. Play a song and load any drum kits (from factory kits or from any other songs) to listen to a completely new song every time.

As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Audionomy, have developed DM2 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy interfaces.

DM2 offers 6 main sections:

1 – THE STEP SEQUENCER takes advantage of the iPad multi-touch screen for fast and creative patterns drawing. The Sequences handles 16 or 32 steps patterns and is polymetric (just gently tap and drag the blue handle at the right end of each track).

2 – THE DRUMS PAGE is a powerful graphic Audio Synthesis editor. Play, experiment and discover new sounds with the 6 graphs. Tap the little magnifying glass each title bar, it will expand the graph to a bigger size for extra precision.

3 – THE PADS PAGE simply lets you play and record any beat that tickles your fingers, with automatic quantize so that you don’t miss a beat. With a Beat Repeat effect for extra fun.

4 – THE MIXER PAGE for quick and subtle sound mixing of your drum kits. Large and spacey so that you can get the big picture. Pan and Solo included.

5 – THE FX SECTION offer a powerful Quad Pads Effect processors. Refine or super charge your sounds with this powerful Master effect chain.

6 – THE SONG PAGE allows you to quickly build a song with the patterns you have created. Just drag and drop the patterns onto the timeline. Each pattern in a song can be repeated for compact Song composition.

One more thing, DM2 is Ableton Link compatible.

Specifications:

• Retina Display
• Graphic design by Jonas Eriksson
• Pure Data powered audio engine with dynamic rendering
• Ready-made electronic drum kits
• Step Sequencer with multi-touch matrix
• 16 or 32 Steps per patterns
• Polymetric Sequencer
• Powerful graphic editor for Audio Synthesis
• That offers for each sound:
• A mix of an oscillator (Sin|Triangle|Sawtooth|Square) and a noise generator
• Two self-oscillating filters (lowpass|bandpass|hipass)
• Two volume envelopes (exponential|linear|clap)
• A pitch modulator for the oscillator (exponential|lfo|random)
• A distortion effect to boost or crush your sound
• A stereo switch
• Copy and Paste sounds
• Swap sounds between two tracks
• 9 Pads to play and record patterns
• With Beat Repeat effect
• Full screen Mixer with volume, pan and solo mode for each track
• 4 FX Pads for your Master Effects chain : Compressor | Overdrive >>> Phaser | Chorus >>> Delay >>> Reverb
• Mode song with fast editing and patterns repeat
• Audio background mode
• Audiobus support
• Full Midi implementation
• Inter-App Audio support
• Ableton Link compatible

For more details – http://www.audionomy.fr/

DM2 (AppStore Link) DM2
Developer: Pascal Douillard
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Model 15

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (6)The Moog Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Each facet of the Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer has been meticulously recreated in this application to ensure the power and transcendent sound quality of each module remains intact. The character, harmonic complexity and mystique of the Moog Model 15’s modules, from the legendary Moog 921–series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank have been painstakingly preserved.

In order to develop the most immersive and expressive modular interface possible, the Model 15 App has been designed utilizing Apple’s new Metal advanced graphics engine. This ensures that all zooming, panning and modular patching throughout the application feels completely natural, something that would have been impossible otherwise.

The Model 15 App features both monophonic and 4-voice polyphonic operation is easily commanded via 4 seamlessly integrated controllers. Simple swipes and taps provide instant access to a traditional Moog keyboard, 1150 ribbon controller, 8-step sequencing arpeggiator and the award-winning Animoog keyboard with 22 built-in scales and polyphonic modulation capabilities.

Also included are extended features which expand the capabilities of the app beyond the traditional offerings of the hardware Moog Model 15. These include total MIDI integration, assignment for external control, use as a MIDI controller, dedicated Audio Bridge and MIDI Bridge modules, looping recorder module with overdubbing, a master ping-pong delay module and a new extension cabinet that includes additional amplifiers and voltage-controlled reversible attenuators that can be used for effects like ring-modulation.

Because the Model 15 App utilizes Apple’s Metal technology, only 64-bit devices are supported. Compatible devices include iPhone 5s or newer, iPod touch 6 or newer, iPad Air or newer, and the iPad Pro.

The Model 15 App requires iOS version 9.3 or later to work.

Additional Features
• Ships with over 160 unique presets
• Recreates the sound of a hardware Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer
• Easily share presets and recordings with anyone
• Tutorial patches to assist all experience levels
• Intuitive patching and cable coloring
• Support for landscape and portrait modes
• Voltage-controlled stereo ping-pong delay
• Expressive sequencing arpeggiator
• Moog 1150 Ribbon controller
• Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing
• Up to two controllers on-screen (iPad only)
• Optional left-handed UI operation

Supports
• 3D Touch and Apple Pencil integration for after pressure
• Note-per-channel MIDI controllers
• Ableton Link
• Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
• MIDI Bridge and Audio Bridge
• 7 and 14-Bit MIDI
• MIDI Program Change
• Bluetooth LE MIDI controllers
• Typing keyboards for shortcuts and musical typing
• AudioCopy, AudioPaste and AudioShare

Model 15 (AppStore Link) Model 15
Developer: Moog Music Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

Chronium

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (5)Chronium is a sequencer/synthesizer app for creating, recording, and sharing complex melodies simply by a few finger touches.

The main user interface consists of a fingerboard and a control bar. Touch the fingerboard to start, stop, or modify a voice. The horizontal axis of the fingerboard corresponds to different frequencies, similar to a guitar fingerboard. The vertical axis corresponds to different sounds and rhythm patterns which you can configure. When a voice is playing, the corresponding rhythm pattern is shown as a loop around the touch position, along with the red play cursor. On 3D Touch devices (for example iPhone 6S), the pressure applied to the fingerboard affects the sound by changing filter parameters or modulation depths. On other devices, the same parameters are controlled by an estimate of the surface touched by your finger.

The rhythm patterns are produced by thresholding a weighted sum of binary signals. The weights and thresholds can be set using sliders in the pattern editing interface. 7 basic binary signals are available with periodicities ranging from whole notes to sixty-fourth notes. 5 thresholds are used to determine the timing of the notes, the octave, and whether the notes should be accented or not. The weights and thresholds can be set for 3 different locations along the vertical axis of the fingerboard. Patterns in intermediate locations are obtained by interpolating the weights and thresholds.

Up to 7 different sounds can be placed on the fingerboard and sounds in intermediate locations are obtained by morphing between the two nearest sounds. For this app, an advanced virtual analog sound synthesis engine was developed to enable morphing between classic analog and FM synth sounds.

On devices with an A7 processor or higher (iPhone 5S or higher, iPad Air or higher, iPod Touch 6th Gen or higher), you can record what you are playing as a video and share it on social media, via email, or to the device’s camera roll.

For more info and videos – https://www.facebook.com/ChroniumApp

Chronium (AppStore Link) Chronium
Developer: Fritz Menzer
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here

iConvolver – Impulse Response Reverb

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (4)iConvolver is an app for conveniently utilizing convolution reverb on an iOS device.

Convolution is an effect that adds sampled reverberative properties to a sound to recreate the original properties of that sound. The data of these reverberative properties are called the Impulse Response(IR), and can record the properties of not only acoustic space but also from such things as hardware and speakers. By recording the properties of reverberation from acoustic spaces such as halls and studios, high grade hardware reverb, spring reverb, speaker cabinets and microphones, etc. to Impulse Response files, they can be reproduced in iConvolver.

As iConvolver comes with several Impulse Response files included, you can immediately test out those sounds.

***Main features***
+ Equipped with an original convolution engine.
+ Actualization of zero latency.
+ Compatible with external Impulse Response files(WAV/AIFF formats(1ch,2ch,4ch)). Open In is compatible with Zip files, and can extract Zip files as well. (Not compatible with password-protected Zip files)
+ Equipped with low pass and high pass filters for adjusting reverb sound.
+ Can be used in combination with other apps compatible with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio. Standalone operation also possible.
+ A universal app that can be used with both iPhone/iPad.
+ Comes with several original IR files(over 100) included.

iConvolver - Impulse Response Reverb (AppStore Link) iConvolver - Impulse Response Reverb
Developer: ART Teknika, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

MIDI Enabled

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen322x572MIDI Enabled – Virtual MIDI Output

Turn your acoustic instrument into MIDI controller. Most of the world musical instruments are analog. And MIDI guitar, violin and flute are very expensive. MIDI Enabled app quickly adds MIDI feature to your musical instrument and open a world of digital music creation, recording and performing.

How it work?

As you play on your musical instrument, MIDI Enabled converts your playing into MIDI notes instantly and feed them to your DAW/synth/practice apps or any app that accepts virtual MIDI.

Feature:

– Decode polyphonic and monophonic music.
– Instant key response on your DAW or Synth app.
– Accurate in the octave range from 3 to 5.

Quick demo video –

MIDI Enabled - Virtual MIDI Output (AppStore Link) MIDI Enabled - Virtual MIDI Output
Developer: yong chong loh
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

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