Saturday, February 6, 2016

Good ol’ GarageBand gets updated

Posted by Mikers On January - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (14)Apple’s much loved family-friendly GarageBand has just been given a sprinkle of new features. The two main additions are the new Live Loops feature and the Virtual Drummer feature that exists already in Logic Pro X and the Mac version of GarageBand. Naturally, the update is free to current owners, or USD$4.99 for new purchases.

What’s New in Version 2.1

• Use Live Loops to create music by triggering instrument loops and DJ-style effects in real time using Multi-Touch gestures*
• Add a virtual Drummer to your song who takes direction and performs realistic acoustic & electronic drum grooves
• Record adjustments of any Touch Instrument control knob in real time
• Create and edit automation curves to control the volume of any track
• Shape the sound of a Touch Instrument or audio recording using Simple EQ and Compressor
• Plug in a bass guitar and play through vintage and modern bass amp rigs
• Adds over 1,200 new Apple Loops and sounds
• Record up to 32 tracks simultaneously**
• Use third-party instrument apps in your song with Audio Unit Extensions***
• Directly import or export GarageBand projects using iCloud Drive
• Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch****

Get a full rundown here – http://www.apple.com/au/ios/garageband/

GarageBand (AppStore Link) GarageBand
Developer: Apple Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Cream Mobile

Posted by Mikers On January - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (4)The world’s best software arpeggiator is now available as an iPad application.

Kirnu Cream Mobile is a very powerful MIDI performer music application for iPad.
This version is almost identical to the plugin version except the mobile version includes internal synthesizer and single drum track.
Mobile version also has only one arpeggiator track by default. If needed, the rest three tracks can be purchased separately with in-app-purchase option.

This version can open plugin version presets and vise versa.

– 4 independent tracks (One track available by default. Other can be added via IAP)
– 12 patterns per track
– Very powerful internal 2 OSC synthesizer FOR EVERY 4 TRACKS
– Two different views: Classic and quick edit view.
– Live Keyboard, Chord Memory and Pattern Sequencer sections.
– Sample accurate MIDI engine.
– Easy to use note hold mode with transpose and bypass functionality.
– Presets are compatible with the plugin version.

– Powerful Pattern Step Data Section:
– Tool section enables easy data editing.
– All data sections are independent from each other.
– Data sections can be looped with several different loop modes.
– Chord memory section enables different chords to be used in every step.
– Sequencer section enables sequencing the notes.
– Accent, order, gate, accent, transposition, note divide, note shift.
– 8 CC controls in each pattern.

– MIDI learn for all knob controls.
– Control Zone for changing most important parameters via external keyboard or MIDI events.
– Audiobus (generator) support
– MIDI sync with host and slave mode

– And lots of more

With Cream Mobile it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination :)

Cream Mobile isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Kirnu Cream is good for everybody; hobbyists, professionals, producers, composers, mamas, papas… whoever needs a good MIDI performer to make their songs PERFECT!

If you are sick and tired of conventional MIDI arpeggiators, performers, sequencers you should try Cream and see yourself how it differs from the rest.

For more details – http://www.kirnuarp.com/mobile

Cream Mobile (AppStore Link) Cream Mobile
Developer: Arto Vaarala
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here


Posted by Mikers On January - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Introducing Modstep, Modulation Monster and the first full-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad. Modstep allows you to create music and jam with your iPad and your favorite IAA Apps, Mac and PC software and MIDI hardware as well as the internal drum sampler and synth. Use it as the centerpiece of your setup to create and perform music on the go, in the studio and on stage.

-Full-blown MIDI sequencer with Step Sequencer and Piano Roll
-Unlimited MIDI tracks
-Audio and MIDI streaming directly via charger cable to Mac and PC using studiomux technology
-Up to 128 MIDI CCs per Track can be modulated
-Built-in drum sampler with filter, delay and reverb, fully modulateable
-Built-in synthesizer with filter, delay and reverb, fully modulateable
-Templates to control external MIDI hardware
-Template editor to create your own templates for IAA Apps, desktop Apps and external MIDI devices
-Supports all MIDI interfaces for the iPad
-Core functionality controllable via external MIDI controllers
-Works on all iPads (iPad 1 restricted to MIDI only)
-Trigger out
-Integrated IAA mixer
-Step Sequencer with active steps
-Use third party IAAs as instruments and effects within one app

iOS 8 or later
for audio and MIDI streaming to a Mac or PC, the studiomux server software is required: get the latest for free at studiomux.net

modstep (AppStore Link) modstep
Developer: Christian Blomert
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here


Posted by Mikers On December - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen322x572 (1)MAKE YOUR MUSIC
Auxy brings real music creation to iPhone in a simple and inspiring format. By removing unnecessary distractions it lets you focus on your musical ideas and be more creative.

Create drum beats and synth melodies by drawing notes on the grid. Find the perfect sounds for your tracks and tweak the effects in realtime to get the right vibe. Record your performances to capture tracks.

Upload and share your tracks or export them as high quality audio files. Projects can be exported as MIDI files and opened in apps like Logic or Ableton Live.

Behind the minimalist interface runs a powerful sound engine with state-of-the-art effects by Sonic Charge and FXpansion. The sounds are designed by producer 7 Skies and routed through a series of carefully tuned master effects to make your music sound fantastic.

If you have an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, you can jump straight into editing by pressing loops, or start a new project by pressing the app icon.

We’re a small team in Stockholm, Sweden, dedicated to building the best instruments for mobile creators. Connect on social media and send your love and feedback. You can also reach us via feedback@auxy.co.

Auxy (AppStore Link) Auxy
Developer: Auxy AB
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Rytmik Ultimate arrives

Posted by Mikers On December - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

rytmikultimate-scr-001Rytmik is a powerful pocket music station allowing you not only to play with samples and musical instruments but also to mix them together, shape them and create music clips or tracks for your Friday night set-list.

Thanks to new features, Rytmik Ultimate takes music creation to a whole new level. Rytmik allows you to share your songs with other users through the Rytmik Cloud and can also serve as a music player for songs uploaded on Rytmik Cloud with it. On top of that, users can exchange their songs and cooperate on their composing.

Another new feature, which is also the most desired one among fans, is exporting and saving music to a local storage. Once your work is complete, you can save it in WAV format.

And that’s not all! Every instrument is now a wavetable synthesizer. With the advanced effect module, you have more power to shape sounds with the ADSR envelope, vibrato, portamento, noise shaper, or digital delay. In addition to that, the drawable waveform synth module allows users to draw and modify their own wave and use it as a sample oscillator – with that you can use Rytmik Ultimate as a sonically unique chiptune synthesizer.

Rytmik Ultimate comes with a sound library of more than 750 instruments containing the libraries of the previous Rytmik series (Rytmik, Retrobits, Hiphop King and World Music) and adding a brand new set of samples ranging from deep dubstep kicks and basses to cutting synth leads and special effects.

Rytmik Ultimate with Rytmik Cloud will of course include more features and additions to the popular series to enrich your experience with playing with sounds and creating music on the go.

Key Features
– Share your songs via Rytmik Cloud
– Export your music in the WAV format
– More than 750 musical instruments
– A drawable waveform synth module
– Advanced effects like the ADSR Envelope, Digital Delay, Noise Shaper, Sample Offset and Loop Definition and more
– Almost every effect parameter can be modulated via the step sequencer
– Drag&drop powerful interface
– Rytmik Ultimate is a powerful pocket music station.

Rytmik Ultimate (AppStore Link) Rytmik Ultimate
Developer: CINEMAX, s.r.o.
Rated: 4+
Price: $17.99 Download Here

Song Creator Professional 2.1

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (10)A brand new exclusive version, optimized for the iPad Pro, that uses its new fantastic sound- system and the powerful processor. It feels like working on a desktop. Create a song in just a second with Song Creator.

This app will be your best friend along your daily exercises. It´s got lots of helpful features to raise your guitar skills to a pro level. Create backing tracks and export them to your Mac, learn scales, practice taps, slow down you favorite song, loop parts of it, make a song with a single tap, and much more …

1. Backing track creation machine with key detection, live like playing band
2. Guitar tap creator, to compose, view and play guitar taps
3. Lot´s of styles from country, blues and jazz over pop, rock hardrock to reggae and techno
4. Create and edit your song text with the help of Song Creator (iPadPro)
5. A build in real guitar
6. Scales and chords are shown to play and sing along with your tracks
7. Music slow downer for solo exercises
8. Record real audio with a headset – singing or instrument (iPadPro)
9. Build in help function

Song Creator is easy to use, sounds fantastic and makes lots of fun. This is the full version with all features and styles !

With Song Creator you can easy write down your chord progressions, licks and riffs and let them play by real musicians. You need a song or a backing track? Just tap a button and Song Creator creates a whole song for you and export it to iTunes (via file exchange). Work on it in your favorite desktop DAW or use it as a music track for your game development or anything else, e.g. Song Creator is perfect for singers, who need backing tracks. Just type in your chords, choose your style and you are good to go.

Song Creator shows you what notes are matching on the fretboard. You decide how complex your training will be. From easy beginner chords up to professional arpeggios.

You can play your song in different styles, tempos and keys. Transpose up and down without loosing the excellent sound quality. Song Creator tracks the key and presents always matching notes on the fretboard, while the band sound excellent realistic.

Compose a guitar solo and loop it, than use guitars trainer tap composing possibilities.

1. programm your guitar by a stepper input
2. compose chords on your virtual fretboard
3. record a solo by playing the virtual fretboard along with the band

An expert system, that is based on proven information of artists, creates popular chord progressions on a touch. We even developed a whole new sound engine, to let the Song Creator sound like a live playing band. You just need to play around with chords, stiles, structures and guitar taps.

If you need a personal guitarist to play chords or a guitar solo – may be right from a song book -, than Song Creator is the right app for. If you want to play around with your lick, riff and song ideas, than it is a “must have”.

Load songs of your iTunes library. Song Creator Trainer is able to slow down the song or parts of it, without loosing the pitch.

Song Creator is perfect for:

– transpose and play given chords and let them play by a band in different styles
– try out different structures
– gives you some popular chord – progressions
– try out your chord progressions in different styles
– the creation of backing tracks for musicians
– playing chords of songbooks by a whole band
– type in riffs and licks
– doing excises with songs of your iTunes library
– improving you guitar skills
– learning improvisation with build in scales

Some special features are:

– edit every single song part and let Song Creator build the song
– try out different structures and keys
– transposition on a touch with out loosing quality
– let Scale Trainer create popular chord progression for your exercises
– save and load song and song parts and taps
– create guitar taps by recording a solo, compose chords, use a stepper

Styles and variation:

– Country
– Blues
– Jazz
– Pop
– Rock
– HardRock
– Reggae
– Techno

Song Creator Professional 2 - next generation DAW with tap creator and virtual guitar (AppStore Link) Song Creator Professional 2 - next generation DAW with tap creator and virtual guitar
Developer: Ingo Wandschneider
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here

Mixtikl 7 Generative Sequencer

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (7)Mixtikl 7 Generative Music & Loop Mixer with 12 Track Cell Sequencer

It’s a dedicated multi-platform generative music editor, mixer, arranger and cell sequencer. It includes many modifiable generative music templates that you can easily mix together. Sound generation is via the Partikl Sound Engine, a powerful stereo sound source comprising a modular synth with Soundfont (SF2)/DLS support + live FX.

Generate high quality, user-customisable, royalty & loop free background music from ambient (relaxation / drone / sleep / meditation etc.) right through to more intense melodic and beat-based loop-tastic EDM mashups using your own or 3rd party loops.

• Many gorgeous new templates that take advantage of the uprated Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3)
• Major PSE 3 enhancements:
– Now supports stereo and more advanced synth & fx networks, allowing richer & more interesting sonic capabilities and complete sound “presets”
– Network Editor and all 17 PSE Sound & FX unit UIs have been significantly reworked for much easier use, control and accessibility
– Greatly improved Wavetable Sound Unit now supports stereo SF2 (SoundFont) samples (up to 24bit), allows modulation of pitch, pan, amp & portamento parameters + has integrated envelope editor (linear/log) – all useful for sound shaping
– Improved the PSE-included IM SF2 wavetables with extended “IM Synths” and all new “IM NT3-MT7”
– Amp and Pan controls added to several PSE Sound Units allowing more compact synth networks
• Major useability improvement through combining Mixtikl Sound and FX Attacher screens one Generator Network screen (accessed via Content Cell > Synth & FX button)
• Support for AudioBus 2 and Audiobus Remote Trigger and transport control

• Total of 48 independent content cells in 12 tracks for mixing/cell sequencing + many customisable generative music templates (“parts”) [For older Tiklpaks see: Menu > Settings > Show MT6 Tiklpaks]
• Integral “Partikl Sound Engine” (PSE) featuring a SF2/DLS MIDI & modular synth, many high quality wavetables + wide range of Tone Generators, FX units & control units
• Mix in your own / 3rd party WAV / Ogg audio loops (loops not included, but see Tiklpaks below)*
• Transfer in/out recordings, loops, mix files + your own content Paks**
• Play & record (live or mixdown) at up to CD quality (device dependent)
• Edit / customise generative rules & sound networks; adjust mix tempo/root
• Add in pieces you’ve created with Noatikl (not included)
• MIDI out via CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI (so you can drive external synths)
• Support for Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, Retronyms AudioCopy & AudioPaste

More details – http://intermorphic.com/mixtikl/

Mixtikl 7 Generative Music & Loop Mixer with 12 Track Cell Sequencer (AppStore Link) Mixtikl 7 Generative Music & Loop Mixer with 12 Track Cell Sequencer
Developer: Intermorphic Limited
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here


Noatikl 3 Generative System

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480Noatikl 3 Generative Music Composer & MIDI Generator System
It’s a 16 track MIDI generating powerhouse with 120+ parameters & many included generative music templates. Sound generation is via the integral Partikl Sound Engine, a powerful stereo sound source comprising a modular synth with Soundfont (SF2)/DLS support + live FX, but Noatikl also supports MIDI out if instead you want to drive external MIDI synths/samplers etc.

• Use it to help break composer’s block with new melodies & ideas
• Experiment with generative (MIDI) music composition and sound design
• Create high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, relaxation, experimental etc.
• Play / control external MIDI synths, samplers and other MIDI controllable units
• Use your own SF2 in the Partikl Sound Engine
• Create / share / edit Noatikl pieces for use in Mixtikl (not included)

• Many gorgeous new templates that take advantage of the uprated Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3) [Note: For older Tiklpaks see: Menu > Settings > Show NT2 Tiklpaks]
• Major PSE 3 enhancements:
– Now supports stereo and more advanced synth & fx networks, allowing richer & more interesting sonic capabilities and complete sound “presets”
– Network Editor and all 17 PSE Sound & FX unit UIs have been significantly reworked for much easier use, control and accessibility
– Greatly improved Wavetable Sound Unit now supports stereo SF2 (SoundFont) samples (up to 24bit), allows modulation of pitch, pan, amp and portamentp parameters + has integrated envelope editor (linear/log) – all useful for sound shaping e.g. nice smooth ambient sounds
– Improved the PSE-included IM SF2 wavetables with extended “IM Synths” and all new “IM NT3-MT7”
– Amp and Pan controls added to several PSE Sound Units allowing more compact synth networks
• Support for AudioBus 2 and Audiobus Remote Trigger and transport control

• Voice types: Ambient, Rhythmic, Repeat, Follows, Fixed Pattern – used to generate MIDI notes
• Rules: Scale, Harmony, Rhythm, Next Note – used to constrain and filter the notes composed
• Chords: Many parameters for controlling chording and arpeggiation
• Controllers & Micro controllers: Many parameters for controlling MIDI
• Note to MIDI CC Mapping: Used to emit MIDI controller data instead of MIDI events, useful for controlling synths and other parameters
• Many more … see the extensive Noatikl Music Engine Guide for detailed information on all parameters

Generative music is “endless music created by a system”. People want to explore it for a whole host of reasons – from wanting to create new ideas to break creative block to a curiosity to try something different.

More details – http://intermorphic.com/noatikl/

Noatikl 3 Generative Music Composer & MIDI Generator System (AppStore Link) Noatikl 3 Generative Music Composer & MIDI Generator System
Developer: Intermorphic Limited
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

iMaschine 2

Posted by Mikers On December - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Produce tracks on the go with iMASCHINE 2 and share your creations with the world.


Create a beat on 16 pads with hundreds of professional sounds. Use the Smart Play keyboard to add melodies and basslines that are always in-key. Spice up your track with vocal and field recordings or sample directly from iTunes. Use Apple’s 3D Touch technology to optimize your workflow and get even more creative.

The Arranger in iMASCHINE 2 lets you turn your loops and scenes into full tracks with the swipe of a finger. Add parts quickly and easily. Change the color of your pads or groups to see your entire arrangement at a glance – rearranging and editing tracks on-the-go has never been quicker or easier.

Share your creations with the world by uploading them directly to Soundcloud. Or export your projects to the MASCHINE 2 software and continue working on them in the studio with your full MASCHINE hardware setup.


– Use 16 pads for real-time drum sequencing on your iOS device
– Quickly create beats without finger drumming using Step Mode
– Use the Arranger to structure your track by adding, moving, and deleting different patterns on the fly
– Play always-in-key melodies and basslines by combining Chord, Scale, and Arpeggiator features with the Smart Play keyboard
– Use Note Repeat in Keyboard and Drum Pad Modes to create rolls, fills, and fast note attacks with note ranges from 1/4 notes to 1/32 notes
– Better organize your sounds using multi-colored pads and groups
– Optimize your workflow using Quick Actions with Apple 3D Touch for app and pad shortcuts*
– Control the velocity or rate of note repeat depending on how hard you press the screen using 3D Touch*
– Capture vocals, field recordings, or any audio from the microphone on your iOS device
– Sample directly from your iTunes library
– Mix your sounds and choose from professional audio effects
– Open your existing iMASCHINE projects effortlessly in iMASCHINE 2
– Start building tracks immediately with the included extended iMASCHINE 2 library, featuring over 300 MB of content: 19 projects, 38 drum kits and over 750 samples
– Choose from a huge collection of additional drum kits, projects and instrument sounds from top sound designers and renowned artists with iMASCHINE Expansions – available at the In-App Expansions Store
– No matter which iOS device you use, iMASCHINE adapts to your screen size – a compact workflow for iPhone and an optimized iPad workflow for two-handed groove production
– Learn how to use the app and discover helpful tricks with the New Features Notification function
– Export your mix as an audio file or directly upload it to SoundCloud and share it with the world
– Export your project (including samples) to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. Projects exported to MASCHINE support multiple Scenes as well as Pad and Group colors.
– Universal App. Purchase the app and iMASCHINE Expansions once and use them on all iOS devices registered to that iTunes account

*iPhone 6s and 6s Plus only


Requires iOS 8.0 or higher.


iMASCHINE is based on MASCHINE – the renowned groove production system from Native Instruments, used by professional producers all around the world. MASCHINE is available in three different hardware versions: MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. All come with the same cutting-edge software including professional sound library, drum synths and melodic synthesizers, and effects. The software also features a cutting-edge sampler, mixer, clip-based arranger, and visual browser.

More info – http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/maschine/maschine-for-ios/imaschine-2/

iMaschine 2 (AppStore Link) iMaschine 2
Developer: Native Instruments GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here


Posted by Mikers On October - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The full version of this chiptunes creator arrived to much acclaim back in June. With it’s hefty price tag (for an app anyway), some may have not dipped their toes in the water. Now there is no excuse not to with this ‘time-restricted’ free version, that offers full access to all the features for a couple of hours, before it times out. Read on for the full details –

screen480x480SidTracker64Free is a time limited free version of SidTracker64:

SidTracker64 is the ultimate chiptune production package tool for the iPad. It emulates the SID sound chip from the dominating home computer of the 80s – The Commodore 64.

Get started immediately with the bundled songs and sounds in various styles, from old skool bleeps n blips to new school with multi speed and advanced table editing. Explore, remix and make new songs based on the old classic c64 game tracks “Commando” by Rob Hubbard or “Blood Money” by Fredrik Segerfalk, and the brand new youtube remix hit of the “True Survivor” Kung Fury soundtrack, all included in the app.

SidTracker64 is a retro-style music creation tool and synthesizer combined with modern features such as midi keyboard and controller input, Audiobus 2 and Inter App Audio for recording in your favourite DAW-app. Midi clock in lets you sync to other apps and hardware drum machines and synthesizers, such as the Elektron Analog Four.

SidTracker 64 can be used for live looping, making complete songs, and the minimum latency makes it suitable for live use. Export your music to Dropbox and e-mail as audio or .sid and even .prg files which you can run on a real Commodore 64.

Editing is based on hands on touch interaction or midi input instead of the hardcore style of direct data editing. Record live to a metronome or input notes step-style. Real SID-composing has never been simpler and more fun!

SID synthesizer engine specs:
· Fully emulated SID 8580 R5 chip.
· 3 separate voices
· 8 waveforms – tri, saw, pulse with pwm, noise, trisaw, tripulse, sawpulse, nowave
· Wavetable editing
· 3 volume envelopes
· Dedicated vibrato controls
· 1 multimode filter LP/BP/HP (12/6/12db) with sweep envelope
· Filter table editing. Change filter cutoff and modes up to 1/240
· Hard sync and Ringmod per voice
· PWM sweep envelop
· PWM table editing
· Hard restart
· Variable emulation speed from 25-240hz (standard 50)
· 32 instruments per song (copy/paste/rename)

Tracker (sequencer):
· 3 voice patterns
· Mute voices on/off
· Change instrument per step
· FX pattern – change volume/filter/speed per step
· Loop pattern
· Song building
· Live or step recording
· Metronome / count in
· Follow mode
· Note effects (Glide/sustain/vibrato/filter & pulse reset/tie)
· Song mode with transpose

· Keyboard input 1-3 voices (mono, duo and polyphonic)
· CC-assignable synth parameteras
· Modulation wheel vibrato
· Pitch bend
· Midi Clock in
· Selectable input channel

· .s64 – native SidTracker 64 file
· .m4a – audio
· .sid – for use in sidplayer
· .prg – exports play data for a real Commodore 64

For more details – http://sidtracker64.com/

SidTracker64Free (AppStore Link) SidTracker64Free
Developer: Daniel Larsson
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here
SidTracker64 (AppStore Link) SidTracker64
Developer: Daniel Larsson
Rated: 4+
Price: $12.99 Download Here
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