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Looptical

Posted by Mikers On September - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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Moo Cow Music have been quiet for awhile, and now I know why! They’ve been working on this comprehesive band-in-a-box music production app! Looks very interesting indeed.

Ever wanted a recording studio in the palm of your hand? Looptical is a complete music production solution for iPhone and iPod touch.
Record your musical ideas on the go and mix them into a finished track, or use them as the basis for a new project back at your studio. Create looped sections of music and combine them to form larger musical sections until you have a finished song. Going from an initial riff idea to full track is easy with Looptical. Then mix the track with comprehensive effects and fully automated mixer controls, or export the MIDI and component audio tracks to your DAW when back at the studio to take your song one step further.
PLAY INSTRUMENTS
– Play keys with a single or dual 128 key keyboard layout, complete with pitch/mod wheel.
– Use the Scale Keyboard to play scales effortlessly by sliding a finger up and down the screen.
– Strum your way through your own palette of chords with the Chord Guitar.
– Use the Latched Arpeggiator to turn simple chords into sequences of notes.
– Use Quantize to tidy up your performance, and Undo any mistakes.
GO FROM RIFF TO FULL SONG
– Songwriting in Looptical involves creating Loops: building blocks for a song that could be a one bar bassline, an 8 bar chorus, or a 100 bar indulgent guitar solo.
– Use the Loop Bank to combine, merge, repeat, and insert these Loops to form larger riffs, and ultimately a complete song.
– Use the Event List to perform mass edits of notes, such as tweaking velocity, quantize or transpose.
MIX THE TRACK
– Add and mix up to 24 stereo tracks with Looptical’s Mixer.
– Add up to 5 Insert effects (Overdrive, Bit Crusher, Compressor, EQ, Filter, Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Trance Gate, Delay) to each track, and a single Reverb Send effect.
– All mixer and effect parameters are automated and changes are recorded directly into the song.
ADD VOCALS AND GUITARS
– Record vocals with the iPhone internal microphone or compatible audio interface and add your own effects with live monitoring.
– Control input with an intuitive preamp-style gain and noise gate.
INTERACT WITH OTHER APPS
– Record audio tracks directly from any Inter-App Audio (iOS7) Instrument app.
– Use Audiobus (requires purchase from third party) to send and receive live audio to other Audiobus-enabled apps.
MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENTS
– If the 95 keyboard and 50 drum presets (including 600 individual drum hits) are not enough, create your own from scratch.
– Import samples via iTunes Shared Folder, from another iPhone music app via the clipboard, or resample the current song.
– Effortlessly create an entire new instrument from a single sample, or add further samples for a multi-sampled instrument.
– Edit your sample to trim, chop, loop, amplify, fade or reverse sections.
– Export your instrument to use again, or even share with others via the Looptical forum.
USE AN EXTERNAL KEYBOARD
– Plug in an iPhone-compatible MIDI keyboard and you can break out of the iPhone screen and compose using a full hardware piano keyboard.
– Play drum parts by assigning piano keys to each pad, or effortlessly noodle a solo by playing the Scale Piano from the major keys.
– Assign spare MIDI controllers such as Pan or Modulation to directly control automation parameters in Looptical insert effects.
For moew details – http://moocowmusic.com/Looptical/

Looptical (AppStore Link) Looptical
Developer: MooCowMusic Ltd.
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

RD4 – Groovebox

Posted by Mikers On September - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (6)Turn your iPhone or iPad into a musical instrument! RD4 – Groovebox is a music making app with virtual analog synthesizers, drum machines and effects.

Compose and arrange your music in real-time. Choose instruments individually for the 4 channels. Record live or set notes with the dedicated sequencer or piano roll of each instrument.

“This is no desktop app crammed onto a touchscreen. It seems the interface has been designed around your fingertips.” Peter Kirn from CDM (createdigitalmusic.com)

This multi-touch enabled app makes it simple to invent unique loops and musical phrases. Manipulate the sound of the synthesizers by tweaking the oscillators, resonant filters and audio envelopes. Add audio effects like reverb, distortion, phaser, filter and delay to your sounds.

Appropriate both for experienced musicians and beginners.

Feature Overview

Mixer
– 4 channel rack mixer
– Instrument selection for each channel
– Volume control with level meter per channel
– Direct audio effect channel assignment
– Tempo control with tap tempo
– Channel mute and solo

Sequencer
– 2 banks with up two 8 bars per instrument
– Adjustable play modes from 1 to 8 bars and random modes
– Song Mode with a length of up to 99 bars

Choose between two virtual analog synthesizers and the drum machine for each channel:

Analog
– Modeled after legendary monophonic synths of the ’70s
– For fat sounding bass and powerful lead sounds
– 3 oscillators with 6 different waveforms
– Each oscillator can be tuned precisely and has a warmth control for the typical analog sound
– Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release envelope generator
– Pitch wheel
– Low-pass filter (24dB/oct, 4-pole) with knobs for cutoff, resonance and an Attack/Decay/Sustain envelope generator

– Recording of played notes in real-time
– Piano Roll for editing recorded notes comfortably
– Or compose by drawing notes directly with the piano roll in 1/16 or 1/32 resolution
– Piano roll editing features: Transpose Pattern, Shift Sequence and Quantize Pattern

Bassline
– Reminiscent of the legendary 303 synthesizer
– Create bubbling basslines and screaming lead sounds
– Successor of the famous synthesizer Rubberduck from d-lusion
– High-quality low-pass filter with resonance, cut-off, and envelope controls
– Oscillator with 4 types of waveforms
– Real-time step sequencer with accent and slide

Beats
– Program beats with 10 classic drum kits: 808, 909, 606, CR-78, Linn, KR55, RX11, RZ1, DMX, DPM48
– Booming kick drums, snappy snares and throbbing percussions
– 8 channels per drum kit
– Punch control for volume and envelope adjustments
– Accent programmable for each drum channel
– Free assignable effects for each drum sound
– Channel mute, Closed Hi Hat mutes the Open Hi Hat
– Real-time pattern based step sequencer

Audio effects:
– 5 effects: Reverb, distortion, filter, phaser and delay
– Real-time controllable
– X/Y control field for each effect
– 4 effect sends
– Chaining of 2 effects

Technical features:
– Multi-touch control
– Live session recording
– Audio loop export feature
– SoundCloud Sharing Kit integration
– Session save capability
– Cut/copy/paste pattern

For more details and updates – http://www.mikrosonic.com/rd4

RD4 - Groovebox (AppStore Link) RD4 - Groovebox
Developer: Nils Krüger und Toine Diepstraten
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

iMPC for iPhone

Posted by Mikers On August - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Now your iPhone can join in the beat making fun with this pocket friendly version of iMPC!

screen568x568Turn your iPhone into an MPC. With more than 600 samples, 47 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring the look and feel of the classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPhone. iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPhone, using the line input on the iPhone, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.

• More than 600 samples, 47 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
• Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
• Sample from iPhone mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
• Exciting “3D Perform” controls — use your iPhone’s motion sensors to control parameters!
• Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
• In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
• Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
• 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
• Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
• Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
• Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
• Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
• Simple drag and drop program creation
• Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
• Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
• Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
• AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
• AudioPaste samples from compatible apps

For more info – http://www.akaiprompc.com/impc-for-iphone

Teaser video

iMPC for iPhone (AppStore Link) iMPC for iPhone
Developer: Akai Professional
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

Studio 1111

Posted by Mikers On July - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.dhmeuwnj.480x480-75Love the sound of the 303 acid bass lines?

Can’t resist the BOOM of the the classic 808 drum kit?

Here’s a formula to consider: 303+808=Studio1111

Studio1111 is an all-in-one workstation and composing environment offering a wide selection of tools and modes to effortlessly build awesome acid bass lines and drum patterns. This one goes up to 1111!

FEATURES:

303 BASS SYNTH:
-De-tuneable to 3 voices (FAT)
-Waveform mix between Square/Saw
-Resonant Acid Low Pass filter with envelope and decay that 303 fans will love.
-sequence up to 16 patterns per song

DRUM MACHINE:
up to 15 kits available including:
-808
-909
-8 BIT
-505
-KASIO
-DUBSTEP
-DISCO
-iHANG
-606
-BEATBOX
-MPC2000
-707
-ELECTRO
-HIPHOP
-SPEAKSPELL

You Have full control over the mix of the drum kit to get the balance perfect!

XY FX PAD:
The effects pad enables you to ad cool FX to both drum and synth channels. Effects include:
-Vowel formant filter
-Low Pass filter
-Hi Pass filter
-Bitcrushing distortion
LOAD/SAVE:
You also have the ability to load and save up to 8 songs n the fly

AUDIO EXPORT:
Record your performances to WAV, downloadable via the iTunes sharing page

MIDI IN/OUT
Trigger your drum kit and synth with an external keyboard or sequencer!

You can also you Studio1111 pattern sequencer to trigger external midi modules – both drums and synth sequencer have midi out!

Studio 1111 - 303 + 808 (AppStore Link) Studio 1111 - 303 + 808
Developer: alexander smith
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

CAUSTIC 2 = Wow!

Posted by Mikers On July - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

I realise the Android platform is way behind in the music making scene, but this impressive new music workstation app is a step in the right direction for sure!

Clipboard01Caustic 2 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

Create your rack by adding any 6 of these machines:

* Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
* PCM synthesizer
* BassLine synthesizer (303-like synth)
* Sampling drum machine

The app also includes
* Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine. (8 effect types)
* Mixer desk with global Delay/Reverb
* Song sequencer

All files are stored on the user-accessible storage, and users can supply their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth and BeatBox. The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2)

USB MIDI controllers can be connected on devices with Android 3.2 or greater that support USB host mode.

See the in-app help section for tutorial videos and full online manual.

Come visit www.singlecellsoftware.com to keep up with the latest news and beta software, request features, share your tracks and see what others are making with Caustic 2.
There is also a free (full version) companion PC version available for download on the product website.

Minimum device specs are:

– 800 MHz ARMv7 processor
– 800 x 480 resolution screen
Headphones or external speakers recommended

This is a demo version of CAUSTIC. There is no time limit in demo mode but save/export are disabled. The app will automatically save your current song between sessions.

Unlock the full version buy purchasing the “CAUSTIC Unlock Key” (sold separate). The full version enables song saving as well as exporting to WAV, Ogg and MIDI

If you have an Android device, check this one out for sure – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.caustic

Thesys

Posted by Mikers On June - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.mvkgepjt.480x480-75Thesys is an extremely powerful and intuitive MIDI stepsequencer app, giving you control over just about all aspects of your favorite MIDI devices. Use Thesys to create varied and organic bass lines, screaming leads, pulsating chords, and organic pad sounds in the studio or on stage. For live musicians, Thesys provides an extremely versatile palette of performance options which can be triggered right from your MIDI keyboard: you can transpose, manipulate, twist up, mutate, and mangle your patterns without even getting near your iPad. No other MIDI sequencer plugin offers you the ease and power of Thesys. It is 100% MIDI compliant and therefore provides the ultimate MIDI sequencing solution.

iPad Edition Features:
– Midifile Export
– Integrated Synth
– Audiobus Support (Sender)
– Full Midi Support (Virtual, Network, Extern)
– Midi Clock Sync (Master & Slave)
– Action Section (Gatetime, Looper, Slowdown…)
– Pattern Sequencer
– Jack iOS Support
– Zoom

More details – http://sugar-bytes.de/content/products/ThesysIOS/index.php?lang=en

Thesys (AppStore Link) Thesys
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

Thor Polysonic Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On June - 21 - 2013 1 COMMENT

mzl.mavrytfx.480x480-75Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips. Reason’s legendary flagship synth delivers a thunderous sound, god-like sound sculpting capabilities and an innovative, lighting-fast keyboard designed for iPad. Thor is a synthesis playground, a flexible sonic workhorse, but above all, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad.

Thor highlights
• Play Reason’s Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on the iPad.
• Load any of the 1000+ expertly crafted synth patches, or create your own from scratch.
• Create your sounds using a palette of multiple oscillator and filter types.
• Play Thor using an expressive touch interface keyboard with aftertouch and strumming.
• Collapse the keyboard to a key and scale of your choice, just like in Figure.
• Move your favourite patches from the iPad to your computer and use them with Thor in Reason

Thor sounds like no synthesizer you’ve ever heard before – and every single one of them. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilizes synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.

On the iPad, Thor comes with a specially designed interface that’s optimized for touch control and the iPad screen. Cleverly designed panels expand and fold at the touch of a button to hide or reveal oscillators, filters, envelopes and more.

The app is divided into three main screens: Keyboard, Knobs and Routing.

Keyboard mode features:
• Piano keyboard with transpose and range control
• Modulation and pitch bend controls
• Assist function lets you select key and scale to highlight chord notes or to collapse the keyboard to only show the chord notes of the selected scale.
• Strum function lets you play arpeggios by holding a chord while strumming across the strum control.
• Two assignable knobs and buttons acts like performance controls
• Settings for polyphony and portamento

Knobs mode features:
• Access to all of Thor’s synthesis features
• Three oscillator slots for Thor’s six oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, FM Pair, PhaseMod, Multi Osc and Noise
• Three filter slots for for Thor’s four filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb and Formant
• Three envelopes
• Dual LFOs
• Delay and Chorus
• The Knobs screen is divided into panels that expand and collapse at the touch of a button
• Miniature keyboard to audition your sounds as you are working on them

Routing features
• Comprehensive but easy to use routing matrix lets you create complex modulation and signal flow setups
• Step sequencer with 16-steps and six channels: Note, Velocity, Gate length, Step duration, Curve 1, Curve 2

General App features:
• Patch compatible with Thor in Reason on your computer
• Move patches to and from your iPad using iTunes
• Sound bank with more than 1000 Thor patches from leading artists & sound designers (Kill the Noise, Richard Devine, Chris Petti and many more)
• Gorgeous retina display interface
• MIDI in – play Thor from an external MIDI source or from another app on the same iPad
• Audiobus compatible – stream audio from Thor to another audio app on the same iPad
• Audio in background option lets Thor keep playing in the background when working with other apps.

Note: We recommend using Thor for iPad with iPad 2 or later.

Teaser video

Thor Polysonic Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
Developer: Propellerhead Software AB
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

SoundBrush

Posted by Mikers On June - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.uenpfhff.480x480-75SoundBrush is the easiest way to create music on an iPad. Create full featured songs by drawing, as SoundBrush converts the lines into musical notes. Share your songs with people around the world using Discover, a place to inspire and be inspired. Try it free and buy additional instruments from the In-App Store.

MUSIC CREATION MADE EASY
SoundBrush is a fun way to create music without learning an instrument. SoundBrush works the way you think, placing a focus on the creative process, rather than the techniques required to play an instrument.

GESTURES: SIMPLE YET POWERFUL
SoundBrush has 3 basic gestures to draw, scroll and zoom. SoundBrush also includes an additional 9 advanced gestures to give more control over your song, ranging from moving a single line to copying a large section of your song.

RANGE OF INSTRUMENTS
SoundBrush offers 33 instruments, including guitars, drums, and 11 synthesizers, providing a variety of sounds, all easily accessible and interchangeable. Recognize which lines belong to an instrument by assigning each instrument one of 12 colors.

THE RIGHT TOOLS
Take control of your song through a variety of beat and scale settings. Use the instrument mixer and sound effects to perfect your vision.

SHARE & DISCOVER
Discover is our song sharing platform, where you can publish your songs, view and downloads others’ songs. You can also find tips and tricks, up-to-date news, and compete to win cool prizes. To find Discover, press on the cloud icon. All content in Discover is under the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

SoundBrush (AppStore Link) SoundBrush
Developer: LeafNotes Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

BeatPad™ – Trance

Posted by Mikers On May - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.xzhvluit.480x480-75Produce High-End Trance and HipHop tracks with BeatPad – Trance

Features:
– Audiobus Support: Allows you to send audio from this app to other audiobus supported apps for effects and realtime recording.
– Beautiful & Easy-To-Use Interface
– Sequence with Dozens of SoundKits, high quality Reverb & Delay effects for each track.
– Export Your Songs as mp3s, project files to collaborate with friends, upload to YouTube and Facebook & open into other apps.
– Edit each individual note in the “Sequencer”
– Tap the tempo of your choice for each song
– Unlimited Songs
– Solo + Mute each track
– Copy/Paste Note Recordings from one track to another
– Tap the metronome dots to activate the Metronome
– Set a note Pattern then just hold your fingers to the notes and let BeatPad – Trance play the pattern for you.
– Quantize settings place your recorded notes on beat/in sync automatically.
– Several Polyphony Settings

Sound Kits:
– Beat Collection 130BPM
– Bent Synth Chords
– Deep Bass
– Distorted Lick
– FX Collection
– FX1
– Piano Arp
– Piano Chords
– Piano Chords 2
– Piano Melody
– Piano Octave
– Piano Octave Low
– Short Drop
– Synth Arp
– Synth Chord Pattern
– Synth Chords
– Synth Collection 130BPM
– Synth Lead
– Synth Pattern
– Trance Kit 1
– Trance Piano 1
– Trance Piano 2
– Trance Piano 3
– Trance Piano 4
– XME Kit 6
– XME Kit 7

*More Kits and Features coming

BeatPad Trance (AppStore Link) BeatPad Trance
Developer: XME Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Music composition aid

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.dxlqjabn.480x480-75This is an awesome tool to learn music composing using your iPad! Please access below Youtube video guide to show you how to use this apps.

Whether you are an experienced musician, or someone just starting to make your own music, Music Composition Aid is here to inspire your talented creation

The music composition aid is based on templates derived from an analysis of a set of pop songs regarding their chord progression in terms of functional theory. The interface and the music composition aid were evaluated in a Thinking-aloud study with six users and analyzed with a qualitative approach.I use the sample-based audio library SoundBankPlayer by Matthijs Hollemans

This music learning apps come with following features :

•Selections of keys (C,C#,Db,D,D#,F,F#,Gb,G,G# etc.)
•Selection of templates (Creepy,Energetic Rock,Religious, American Folk etc.)
•Selection of modulate
•Metronome
•Chord progression
•Interactive graphical blinking chord to guide
you on next step

Music composition aid.Learning music composition with your iPad (AppStore Link) Music composition aid.Learning music composition with your iPad
Developer: Iapps Technology

Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

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