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Axon 2

Posted by Mikers On November - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bb (3)Axon 2 is a drum synth driven by artificial intelligence. (Well, “intelligence” might be a strong word. Artificial something-or-other.) An experimental instrument, Axon uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer, and features seven FM-based percussion voices, that are really a single 18-operator FM voice.

If that sounds weird, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It is surprisingly intuitive once you get the knack of it, and is capable of all-new, complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. It often gets referenced as a “random sequence generator,” but there is nothing random in Axon; it is entirely determinative.

The sequencer features seven “neurons” that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback), and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a “learning” phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has a HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually, while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.

Features

• Artificial Neural Network sequencer features seven neurons, and is easily programmed to create strange new repeating rhythms.

• Seven FM percussion voices that also buss together to create a single monolithic complex percussion synthesizer.

• Full mixer with pan, level, mute, and solo on each voice.

• Built-in stereo delay with X/Y pad control over feedback and filter frequency, for live playability.

• MIDI input, including Bluetooth MIDI, for driving Axon from DAW and hardware sequencers, and Virtual MIDI Output (standalone only) for driving other software with the Axon sequencer.

• Inter-App Audio, including transport synchronization, in standalone mode.

• Internal transport for non-synchronized playback.

• Resizable vector-based user interface.

• Drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration.

• XML-based cross-platform, human-readable preset system, with copy/paste, for easy transferring of your own presets and third-party offerings.

Axon 2 (AppStore Link) Axon 2
Developer: Audio Damage, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here

BeatMaker 3

Posted by Mikers On September - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bb (5)BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation.
Look no further, the power of traditional desktop software and real hardware is now united into one single production studio.

▸ PLAY • PERFORM • RECORD

Its streamlined workflow lets you perform and shape your ideas quickly and effectively, turning your instruments into full productions. Inspirational performance tools such as repeat, roll, swing, key scales & chords and macro controls will boost your creativity tenfold.
Take control of it all with your MIDI gear and the new smart binding system.

▸ CRAFT YOUR OWN INSTRUMENTS

8 banks of 128 pads, where each one of them is a full-fledged instrument with multiple dimensions.

Record and chop live, assemble, mangle and resample: our state of the art sampling engine will sculpt your ideas, giving life to your instruments with a full modulation and layering system.
With ZPlane’s Elastique live stretch and pitch shift, adjust your loops and instruments to match the tempo or go experimental.
You can even integrate your favorite synth & effect apps with full AUv3 and IAA support.

▸ PRECISE SEQUENCING

The classic timeline based pattern & song editor gives all the modern sequencing features you‘d want to arrange complete tracks.
Adding to this foundation, the new flexible Scene Mode opens up opportunities for remixing and live performances, looping and arranging clips in new ways.

All the patterns, automations and sequencing tools are available right where you would expect.
Add audio tracks to the mix, stretch them, turn your arrangements into a complete masterpiece.

You can even play in sync with other software using Ableton Link.

▸ INSPIRATIONAL LIBRARY

The ever growing sound store will bring premium and exclusive content to your own library. The genius of our sound designers will enhance your productions instantly, whether you’re looking for a classic 808 bass or exploring new musical genres.

▸ FULL FLEDGED MIXER

Multi-channel recording & input/output routing is now a reality with the support of USB audio interfaces. Fine-tune your mix with the modern mixing board: every track, every pad has its own channel with unlimited effects and up to 8 sends.
Add new depths to your sound with our palette of effects (internal or external AUv3/IAA).

▸ EXPORT AND SHARE

Export your compositions and separated elements into single stems to share, re-use, re-work, re-master within a traditional studio setup

Read the full specs on http://intua.net !

▸ COMPATIBILITY
– Works with 32-bits and 64-bits iPads.
– Native iPad Pro support
– iOS 9.3+ required
– Best experience on newer models
– iPhone version coming later

BeatMaker 3 (AppStore Link) BeatMaker 3
Developer: INTUA
Rated: 4+
Price: $39.99 Download Here

Groovebox

Posted by Mikers On September - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bbGroovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

• A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO
Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

• SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION
Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

• EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER
Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.

FEATURES
• Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
• Three powerful instruments – Drumbox, Retrobass and Poly-8
• Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Mix your music – 8-track mixer on iPad. Instrument focus mixer on iPhone.
• Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

ADVANCED FEATURES
• Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Swing – Instantly add swing to your session.
• Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported

Groovebox (AppStore Link) Groovebox
Developer: Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free 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: Songwriting Tool (AppStore Link) X Drummer: Songwriting Tool
Developer: Positive Grid Inc
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 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

Drum Session

Posted by Mikers On January - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414-1With a library of 3600 editable patterns, loops, and fills, Drum Session is a very fast, simple way to put together a complete drum track.

Workflow
1. Select a pattern
2. Drag it onto the timeline
3. Press play

Features:
– 3600 preset patterns
– 30 complete sets of acoustic drum samples
– Record your own beats
– Piano roll style editing
– MIDI in / out
– Inter-app-audio (IAA)
– Audiobus
– AudioCopy
– Export beats as MIDI or audio files
– Connect to external drum kits or keyboards by MIDI

For more details, videos and updates – http://drumsession.org/

Drum Session (AppStore Link) Drum Session
Developer: Ngo Minh Ngoc
Rated: 4+
Price: $24.99 Download Here

Jack the beat maker

Posted by Mikers On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc1024x768Pocket size drum machine, perfect for making beats.
You can record live with the drum pads and even add simple bass line to the beat.

2 drum kits with 12 tweakable drum sounds and customisable bass sound
Easy to use!

– real synthesised bass sounds
– sampled drum sounds
– export to WAV or MIDI
– metronome
– real-time parameters

Jack the beat maker is simplified but yet powerful rhythm greater tool.

Jack the beat maker (AppStore Link) Jack the beat maker
Developer: Aleksandar Mlazev
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here

Frum

Posted by Mikers On October - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414-1Unlocking new potentials of FM synthesis.

Frum is a radically new FM Drum Synthesizer, incubated after many years of research and development into FM synthesis. You may imagine FM sounds to be clear and harmonic, but those are just the start of the possibilities FM has to offer. More potential is unleashed by harnessing the unlimited, free power of complex sound waves.

Close sound encounters of the third kind.

Traditionally, FM synths are overwhelming, with too many parameters to control the sound texture. Frum bundles many of these parameters together in the BUG button, offering entirely new textures each time the button is pressed. It’s easy to find and tweak these sounds to make drums, other percussion, fat bass, organic noises such as insect songs, environmental sounds, human screams, as well as all sorts of intriguing melodies.

Features

• The sounds are at your fingertips.
With Frum, we had to rethink the existing UI design for hardware and software synthesizers, bringing the power of FM to the iOS touch screen. The vertically scrolling sequencer allows you to enjoy single-handed, stress-free control of the UI.
• Rearrange blocks to compose music.
Entire songs can be composed by rearranging pattern blocks with your fingers. Complex arrangements and organisation is possible with the user having control over song name, pattern block colors, loop counts and durations.
• Share your song on the timeline.
From incorporates SNS technology, allowing you to listen to hot new tracks from around the world, as soon as somebody shares them. Let people know what you think, and get feedback on your own tracks, via the like button, and comments section.

Specifications

• Sound engine
Oscillators : FM/PM synth with 4 operators( sine, square, triangle )
Tracks : 4 ( can extend to 4×4 pads using the ‘Pad division’ function )
Filter : High, Band and Low pass filter
Effectors : Overdrive, Auto Pan
Features :
Generating BUG, Pad division, UNDO, REDO, Live edit, Save and load presets (factory/private)

• Pattern Sequencer
Step resolution : 1/16
Maximum step: 64 (4 bars)
Features:
Gate input, Keyboard input, parameter input in Motion edit mode, Copy and paste, Step shift

• Song (Pattern Block)
Maximium patterns : 150
Pattern Block Properties : Name, Color, Loop count, Mute
Features :
Drag & drop, Duplicate, Delete, Delete All

• Settings
BPM Stepper
Mixer : 4 track volume faders + 1 master volume fader with a limiter
Other Features :
Shuffle, Mute, Pad Division, Pad sound switch, and so on

• Other functions
SNS (Timeline, Popular, Recommended, Demo)
Account management, Account synchronization, Create account
MyData

For more details – http://frum.jp/

Frum (AppStore Link) Frum
Developer: TORICO Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

GoBeats

Posted by Mikers On September - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Here’s an interesting new release from Positive Grid, and something of a teaser for another drum app currently under development!

screen696x696The World’s First Artificial Intelligence Drum App

Create full drum tracks with just a few finger taps! GoBeats has the most advanced artificial intelligence for drums – our artificial intelligence technology listens to your guitar playing and learns your song structure, BPM, time signature – it then gives you the best possible drum beats with the feel of a real drummer. It’s designed to help you create the music you ever wanted to, so now there are no excuses. GoBeats: Play. Tap. Ready.

Top Features:

– Smart drums: it learns your playing and automatically generates the proper drum pattern
– Easy to use: just tap on the recording icon and start playing, GoBeats will learn your playing
– Thousands of drum beats: it comes with thousands of different drum patterns
– Fully featured: you can adjust BPM, time signature, and drum feel

GoBeats (AppStore Link) GoBeats
Developer: Positive Grid Inc
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Ruismaker

Posted by Mikers On August - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen520x924The first drum synthesizer plugin for iOS. Works conveniently inside your sequencer and Audio Unit Instrument hosts so you can focus on making electronic music without app switching and screen juggling like before.

*IMPORTANT* Audio Units are plug-ins that need a compatible host app to work. Ruismaker has been tested to work beautifully with Steinberg Cubasis, Apple Garageband, Modstep, AUM and MultitrackStudio.

– Audio Unit Instrument: making music on iOS doesn’t get more convenient
– Each sound is modeled using authentic analog and FM algorithms;
– Comes with dozens of unique customizable models, more to come
– Does not use any samples; all sounds are synthesized in realtime, on the fly
– Emulates analog components, introducing subtle, natural fluctuations in the sound
– Replicates the Ruismaker Annabella hardware drum machine
– Light on the CPU, so you can run lots of Ruismakers simultaneously
– Has an extra compact 4″ UI mode; especially for iPhone SE and iPhone 5S
– Fully automatable parameters (requires host support)
– Fully MIDI controllable using MIDI CC
– Download the advanced guide on ruismaker.com for more details about parameter automation, available instruments and MIDI implementation

For more details – http://ruismaker.com/

Ruismaker (AppStore Link) Ruismaker
Developer: Bram Bos
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here
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