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MiniReview – Unique for iOS

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (3)Berlin based music software ninjas, Sugar Bytes have ported yet another of their delicious desktop computer synths to iOS, with both an iPhone and iPad version of Unique now available in the App Store.

Fans of the company’s back catalogue of highly original music making software, will know this isn’t exactly a new product, in the sense that the desktop version has been out for a number of years. The converted of us will also know that, compared to most of Sugar Bytes’ other offerings, this is much more conventional in design and operation. And that’s not a bad thing either.

Since Unique has been available for desktop users for quite some time now, there is already a wealth of information, videos, and reviews covering its features readily available online. But for those discovering it for the first time, and also as it’s debuting on iOS, here’s the key features.

At its core, you get a classic, familiar sounding analogue synth, warm enough to funk up any 80s inspired disco track, right through to some of the grittiest grim bass sounds I’ve ever heard…. And that’s just trawling though the 300 odd presets that are included.

When you’re ready to jump in and get your hand dirty with your own sound design, Unique offers 2 oscillators featuring 5 configurable waveforms, 2 effects engines with 5 settings, as well as mix and master sections for getting the sound just right. However, the synth’s most entertaining feature for me at least (and many others I expect), is its Vowel Filter which presents users with some truly ‘unique’ sound mincing options. This creative section serves up familiar high/low pass filters, configurable trigger options, and up to four playable vowel formants at once.

Last but not least is Unique’s control section, featuring an LFO with configurable triggering options, a recordable motion ‘X/Y’ pad which is also configurable (of course), and not forgetting the 8-step duophonic arpeggiator.

The move to iOS, as expected, means Unique plays nicely with a host of other music making apps and controllers, thanks to its support for MIDI learn and automation, as well as AudioBus and Inter-App Audio, plus it even supports Ableton Link Kit.

At just 30Mb in file size, and half that figure to purchase for iPad (even less for the iPhone version), Unique is a worthy addition to your iOS synth collection. The top notch library of sounds aside, the user interface is inviting and logically laid out, and this beast of a synth is simply pleasant to drive.

Official app homepage – https://sugar-bytes.de/en/unique-ipad

Unique for iPad (AppStore Link) Unique for iPad
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here
Unique for iPhone (AppStore Link) Unique for iPhone
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

X Drummer

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (2)LIKE PLAYING WITH A SESSION DRUMMER
X Drummer will be your best songwriting partner. With a few finger taps, it quickly learns your song. You can even change the feel of each drummer depending on your personal taste. AI Drums will intelligently search through hundreds of drum patterns and drum kits and virtually match your songs. The more you play with AI Drums, the better it gets at learning your preferences.

THE MOST ADVANCED AI TECHNOLOGY
X Drummer lets you play, write, and rehearse with a virtual drummer, powered by the latest AI technology and deep machine learning. It works like magic; AI Drums listens to your guitar pattern and sorts out a matched drum pattern that best suits your compositions. Just tap to record and the app will learn and play the right drum pattern.

CREATE YOUR DRUM TRACK IN A MINUTE
Our super intuitive browser and drum track editor lets you easily search and preview drum grooves matched with your music. With a simple tap of your finger you can easily arrange and edit your drum track in a seconds.

DESIGN YOUR DRUM KIT
Change any and every drum component.X Drummer let’s you edit the basic parts of the kit, like the drum head and damping ring. You can go into deeper drum customization by changing the individual instrument options such as pitch, attack and resonance. In addition to designing your drum sound, you can also design the look and feel of your drum kit to make it as unique as your sound.
THOUSANDS OF DRUM KITS AND PATTERNS ON THE CLOUD(COMING IN Q2, 2017)
X Drummer gives you instant access to dozens of cloud-based drum kits and drum patterns created by professional drummers, plus thousands more created by X Drummer users just like you. With a simple finger tap, an infinite cloud-based drum kit and pattern library will be available to preview and download.

Feature Highlights:
– Super Intuitive Browser and drum track editor
– Audio file export
– Advanced search function to sort out your drum groove in a second
– Hundreds of onboard drum grooves
– Drum sound customization to design your drum sound
– AI Drum to learn your guitar and feedback matched drum track

For more details head over to – https://www.positivegrid.com/x-drummer

X Drummer (AppStore Link) X Drummer
Developer: Positive Grid Inc
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

Vatanator SX

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

screen520x924Vatanator SX is a unique drum machine with advanced MIDI functionality. It features 140 built-in presets emulating every classic vintage hardware.
It is aimed for simplicity and instant rhythm creation.

Vatanator SX features:

– iOS 7.1 and up compatible
– Record patterns in real-time with quantization, MIDI assignable
– 16/32 steps sequencer with advanced MIDI options
– Fast loading of presets on the fly
– Full MIDI implementation
– Background audio
– Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support
– Ability to import samples via AudioShare, AudioCopy, Dropbox or iTunes Share
– Real-time effects with XY pad, MIDI assignable and automation
– Song arranger, ability to store a sequence of patterns and play them in order
– 8 channel mixer with volume control and mute/solo for any individual instrument

Vatanator SX (AppStore Link) Vatanator SX
Developer: Georgi Georgiev
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

GridComposer

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (1)Create and explore musical phrases and rhythmic patterns with GridComposer, an experimental musical sequencer. Arrange blocks on the grid to create notes and combine them to short phrases. Experiment with the timings and harmonies to explore variations of your composition. No musical knowledge is needed to start playing.

• Contains four build-in, polyphonic synthesizer presets.
• Notes are automatically assigned from a global musical scale.
• Save and load your compositions.
• Ability to adjust the musical scale, key and octave on the fly.
• Volume mixer to adjust your tracks.
• Advanced options to create custom scales.
• Set the tempo and individual trigger speed for each track.
• Ability to add delay and reverb effects.
• Output midi notes to your audio software via wifi.
• Adjust the playhead for each grid.

For more details – http://www.gridcomposer.net

GridComposer (AppStore Link) GridComposer
Developer: Christian Gwiozda
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

Audiobus 3

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414Open up new worlds of creative music making possibilities with Audiobus, the app that lets you use your music apps together, just like virtual cables.

Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Then save your setup in a preset to be restored with one touch later on.

With a completely new MIDI routing system, support for Apple’s new Audio Unit Extensions standard, a new built-in mixer, and huge new workflow improvements, Audiobus 3 represents a big step forward for mobile music making.

Audiobus has a rich community of over 900 great compatible apps, including:

– Korg Gadget
– GarageBand
– Launchpad
– Animoog
– Loopy HD
– Cubasis
– Amplitube

and many more. See the full list at http://audiob.us/apps.

Audiobus 3 (AppStore Link) Audiobus 3
Developer: Audiobus Pty. Ltd.
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

ARP ODYSSEi

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (8)The legendary ARP sound, exquisitely reproduced in software.
ARP ODYSSEi – A mobile analog synthesizer for iOS.

The ARP Odyssey of 1972 has earned an unshakable position as a classic analog synthesizer. In 2015, KORG produced the ARP ODYSSEY, a complete reproduction of the original. The ARP genes that shook the worldwide music scene are being passed on, and its history continues.

The next platform for the ARP ODYSSEY is iOS. We want the unforgettable ARP sound to be easily available on a device that as many as possible of today’s players can obtain; this resulted in the “ARP ODYSSEi” app for iPad / iPhone. Based on the revived ARP ODYSSEY, we used KORG’s proprietary CMT circuit modeling technology to reproduce the analog feeling and sound of the original as closely as possible. We’ve also given it numerous enhancements that are possible only with software, such as long-awaited polyphony and built-in effects.

The real analog ARP ODYSSEY, and now the uniquely evolved ARP ODYSSEi, brings the universal fascination and inimitable sound to every device.

* Due to differences in CPU speed of iPads / iPhones, iPad 3rd gen/2/iPad mini/iPhone 4s are not supported, only iPad Air/iPhone 5s or later is recommended.

[ Features ]

– Faithfully models the circuit of the ARP ODYSSEY: The circuitry has been reproduced using KORG’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology), developed over the years starting with the KORG Legacy Collection.

– New functions to create all-new ARP sounds: Added a voice assign mode that allows you to play chords, an arpeggiator that can be programmed in detail like a step sequencer, and effects that can transform the sound in diverse ways.

– Get all three of the sought-after revisions: In addition to the standard design of the Rev3 with its black panel and orange silk-screening, you can optionally obtain the white-paneled Rev1 and the black-paneled gold silk-screened Rev2 designs, together with fifty new preset sounds that take advantage of the distinctive filters of those models.

– Produce music together with KORG Gadget: ARP ODYSSEi can be used in conjunction with the “KORG Gadget” music production DAW app that has won numerous awards around the world. If both apps are installed, it can be used as the “Lexington” gadget inside the KORG Gadget app.

More info at korg.com

ARP ODYSSEi (AppStore Link) ARP ODYSSEi
Developer: KORG INC.
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

Oval Synth

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (6)The Oval App is a music, synthesis and effects platform designed from the ground-up
to revolutionize music creation, learning and live performance.

When paired together with the Oval physical controller, the App allows you to take full
advantage of each subtle gesture, combining the expressiveness
of an acoustic instrument with the flexibility of modern digital synthesis.

A NEW ESSENTIAL FOR MUSIC CREATORS
Tweak your favorite sounds from the growing collection of high quality instruments by adding effects such as filters, delays, and reverb. All the instruments in the library have been carefully crafted by professional sound designers, making the most of the Apps powerful gesture mapping functionality.

HOT FOR MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS
The Oval is also designed for those new to music creation. The intuitive layout will make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the music, and the large built-in scale collection allows you to explore different moods while always staying in key.

SHARE YOUR CREATIONS
When inspiration strikes, record your creations and share them with your friends, or export them to another music app and take them to the next level.

TECHNICAL FEATURES
– Exclusive sound libraries
– X/Y sensitive performing pads
– Large (and growing) list of scales from around the world, including microtonal scales
– Customizable filter, delay, reverb and dynamics effects
– Recording feature with simple editing capabilities like trim and fade in/out
– Compatible with other apps that use MIDI
– Customizable A4 frequency
– Audiobus compatible

Oval Synth (AppStore Link) Oval Synth
Developer: OVAL SOUND, SL
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

FuxEQ

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

screen520x924 (1)FuxEQ is a new 7-band parametric equalizer (audio unit) plugin for your music or sound production environment. A bunch of exceptional features, some of them not found in any other EQ software makes it truly unique:

* The (high and low) shelving bands have a unique “asymmetry” parameter which allows finer control of the frequency curve around the edge frequency. This new feature is especially powerful for balancing frequency content of complementary sounds such as bass drum/bass guitar or different vocals and harmony instruments. For example, use it to “thin out” your bass drum in the lower mids/upper bass range, making room for your bass guitar… (Please compare the respective screenshots.)

* A special “High/Low Balance” filter band is extremely useful for quick yet subtle and gentle adaptation of the warmth or brightness of a sound. (Please compare the screenshots.) This filter allows to tune the sound very smoothly without dominant coloring.

* Filter frequencies can be adjusted up to 20000 Hz without any compromise in quality or bandwidth. Unlike many other equalizers FuxEQ does not “squeeze” frequency curves when approaching the 20000 Hz area. (Please compare the screenshots.)

* A fully compatible Mac OS plugin will be available soon, making your workflow seamless across both platforms by transfer of parameter settings.

* Each filter band has its own gain compensation parameter, allowing for loudness correct A/B comparison FOR EACH BAND — without interrupting your listening experience by necessary gain adjustments.

FuxEQ (AppStore Link) FuxEQ
Developer: Matthias Rath
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here

RF-1

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (5)RF-1 is a collection of algorithmic reverbs capable of creating a variety of effects ranging from small rooms to huge, heavily modulated spaces and everything in between.

RF-1 comes packed with multiple reverb algortihms, a solid standalone application, carfully tuned factory presets and a plethora of tweak-able controls.

What’s more, RF-1 integrates with everything from AudioUnit Hosts over Audiobus to Inter-App Audio, Guitar- and USB Interfaces.

Features:
* 5 unique reverb programs (see below)
* Continuously variable size
* Variable pre-delay
* Diffusion control
* Damping control
* Width control
* High- and Low shelves (+/- 6db pre effect)
* Mod section with depth and speed controls (Sine LFO 0.01hz to 5.0hz)

Programs:
1. Hall
Clean and bright sounding space with subtile modulation and gradually building density.

2. Plate
Dark, highly diffused sound with high initial echo density and dark modulation.

3. EnsembleVerb
Capable of huge, wide spaces with deep modulation.

4. TremoloVerb
Large, bright and always moving with amplitude modulation at the output.

5. VintageVerb
Dark, noisy and wonderfull sounding reverb modeled after the first digital reverbs from the late 70s. (10khz bandwidth / 12bit processing)

Connectivity:
* AudioUnitV3 Effect
* Inter-App Audio Effect
* Audiobus (Filter)
* Ableton Link
* USB Audio Interface (Standalone)
* Guitar Interface (Standalone)
* Microphone (Standalone)

RF-1 (AppStore Link) RF-1
Developer: Kai Aras
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here

LayR – Multi Timbral Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (4)LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

LayR’s primary sounds are called Performances: A Performance is a set of Instruments where each instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of over 100 instruments each with it’s own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Voices are assigned to each layer in each instrument until the audio engine runs out of available voices. This means that with normal playing technique it is possible to create extremely complex texture on each note or even to have a single insane monophonic instrument equivalent to 100 synths all playing at once!

Every Layer has a dual oscillator which can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters and a mixer to blend the oscillator with filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (Frequency, Amplitude and Phase) there are two aux oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. 2 loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a millisecond to 100 seconds, a volume level ADSR and a random level generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.

Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage it is equally at home in the studio. LayR is provided with an extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths. There is also an 8 channel arpeggiator with a 16 step event sequencer for creating exciting polyrhythmic patterns. Full IAA and Audiobus compatibility means LayR can be used with hosts and other music apps on iOS.

FEATURES
– Optimised 32 bit Audio Engine.
– Up to 128 Voices ( 256 on iPad Pro ).
– Multi-Timbral with 8 individual stereo instrument outputs + full mix output.
– Multi Channel Arpeggiator with 16 step event sequencer.
– Stereo Delay, Reverb and EQ on output section.
– Ranged MIDI control for all parameters.
– AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatible.
– Performance and Program preset import & export via iTunes.
– Performance and Program preset sharing via iCloud Drive.
– Built-in Help

For more details – http://livingmemorysoftware.com/layr

LayR - Multi Timbral Synthesizer (AppStore Link) LayR - Multi Timbral Synthesizer
Developer: Living Memory Software
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here
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