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bent.fm – circuit bending

Posted by Mikers On July - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480bent.fm is a full FM model of a circuit-bent synthesizer. bent.fm allows the user to tweak classic circuit bending modifications like fine and octave-decimated clock bends, and experiment with more esoteric bends. Circuit-bent distortions and algorithmic sequences can be created by (im)proper connections on the bend matrix. Reroute digital serial information through the base chip set (a numerically controlled oscillator) and extra logic gates (NAND and XOR, binary counters), and experience architecture-level bit crushing. For anyone interested in circuit bending, glitch sounds, industrial music, and post-procedural art.

The soundtestroom walk through video –

 

bent.fm - circuit bending (AppStore Link) bent.fm - circuit bending
Developer: Mayank Sanganeria
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

Seline Redux Synth

Posted by Mikers On July - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Seline Redux Synthesizer 3.0 is the revitalization and continuation of the Seline line. A feature rich synthesizer for hours of fun or making incredible tracks. MIDI and AudioBus 2 support included. Now with 3 keyboards, categorized sounds, and Dual Multi-FX controller.

“…Gorgeous, futuristic music making app… one of the most ambitious apps I’ve seen on the iPad, period.” – Gizmodo

The Seline synth is a very powerful musical tool, for instant production of tons of first-class musical ideas. The melodies can now be recorded to .WAV/.M4A and MIDI simultaneously. Hardware, virtual, wireless MIDI in/out, as well as Audio Copy/Paste are fully supported. There are 14 bundled instruments, 3 drones, and 4 drum loops.

Seline is a great live performance and improvisation music instrument that will keep you playing for hours, even if you haven’t touched any synth before. The sound is altered on the fly with a dozen of subtle AI algorhythms that add unbelievable expression, character and life to your music. Drones (chorded synth pads) are generated on-the-fly based on the complex analysis of your melody line and provide an excellent background layer for your melody.

***** Seline 1.0 was the iPad App of the week by Gizmodo & CultOfMac *****
***** Seline 1.0 has been featured by Apple as New & Noteworthy *****

Keyboards:
・Seline Redux Swing for incredible runs
・Standard Piano for trained musicians
・Seline Ultimate Ergo for the classic users

Fully adjustable 16-note scale is divided into 2 parts (odd and even), which are then mapped top/bottom (Redux Swing) and on the left/right (Seline Ultimate Ergo). Such way of note mapping is beneficial to the existing linear scale mapping solutions as it allows many more improvisation possibilities. And, of course, the player is never out of tune.

Symbiosis of research, technology, and passion… Seline is the latest, most innovative and best-sounding music instrument for the iPad, aimed at easy creation of complicated, soulful, intricate melodies, backed with lush soundscapes. Record them all, and you’ll never run out of musical ideas!

FEATURES

+ Advanced CrystalClarity HD sound engine
+ ioGrid 2.0 – ergonomically designed playing surface
+ 30 factory instruments, 6 drones, 8 drumloops
+ More than 1 GB of instruments are available for purchase
+ Easy note-to-note pitch bends and velocity/filter controls
+ Playing expressive, soulful melodies has never been so easy before
+ Automatic backing track – drones (chorded pads) generation
+ Support of playing drumloops for overdubbing or just having fun
+ Instant transposition controls, A/B setup switching
+ 4 FX: Grand Stereo Reverb, Dub Delay, Filter, Lush Chorus
+ MeloDist – Advanced “singing distortion” feature
+ 30 included scales + custom scale creation
+ Record to .WAV/.M4A/MIDI, overdub, file manager
+ Find your recorded files in iTunes / Apps / Seline Ultimate page
+ Full MIDI compatibility (Record to file/Hardware/Virtual)
+ Advanced File Manager
+ Audiobus2

official link – http://www.zcage.com/seline.html

Seline Redux Synth - Scale based dubbing keyboard with Lead, Drone, Beat and FX (AppStore Link) Seline Redux Synth - Scale based dubbing keyboard with Lead, Drone, Beat and FX
Developer: zCage.com Apps LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here

MiniReview – Cyclop

Posted by Mikers On July - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480German based developer of all things innovative sounding, Sugar Bytes, continues the platform porting of its highly respected desktop audio mincing software to the iOS space. The low frequency, speaker popping, bass synth, Cyclop, is the latest arrival for iPad.

At its core, Cyclop for iPad is pound for pound a replica of its older brother for desktop pcs, released a few years back. It’s a monophonic bass synth, meaning only one note is playable at a time, and although gritty basslines are not the sole function for this synth engine, that’s definitely where it’s subby pounding heart is at.

The Cyclop plug-in has already seen plenty of coverage since it was first released, such as the great overview by the soundtestroom here, so I’m not going to delve too much into the inner workings, for the sake of repeating what has already been reported and reviewed elsewhere online.

But at the very least, for those that still aren’t too sure what Cyclop is, here’s a brief overview of the key features.

At the top left of the app, is the first of four unique dials, the wobble knob, which is a controllable parameter allowing Cyclop to generate complex LFO modulations. Of the 12 available slots here, up to 16 different waveforms can be selected, one in each slot.

At the bottom left side are the two main sound makers, which are both packed with 6 synth engines each, including Saw Regiment, Analog Sync, FM, Transformer, Spectromat, and Phase Stressor. Further tweaking of each synth can be made with a series of colourfully labelled knobs such as Syncfreak, Stab, and Digitize. My favourite it the transformer synth, which is combo of a granular synth and wavetable synth, which has some cool vocal samples you can mess around with.

On the opposite side, also at the bottom of the screen, are two filters and a routing section. The router can send the two synths to independent filters, or plus there’s parallel or series mode. There are 10 filter types to choose from, plus the usual cutoff, resonance, and wet/dry mix controls. A unique feature in the filter section is the ‘vowel’ option, which can give bass sounds that ‘mouthing’ style bass effect.

screen480x480 (2)Another key sound shaping component is the distortion knob next to the sub-oscillator, with its 9 different modes, which can really drive new character into a sound. Playing with the sub-osc and bass controls let you dial in additional lows, and the stereo knob, as it sounds, adds a widening effect.

Naturally, modulation is the main drawcard of Cyclop, and the centre of the screen offers access to a customisable envelop, LFO and step sequencer as sources for synths and filters. The same area is where you assign modulation targets for the wobble and sound knobs.

For anyone already familiar with Sugar Bytes previous products, you’ll know they excel at pattern-based effects sequencing, check out Effectrix if you need a refresher. So they’ve been kind enough to pack this same functionality into Cyclop. The dial in the top right corner, in combination with the effects sequencer section in the middle of the screen, allow you to add a variety of programmable effects, ranging from phasing, chorus and looping, to vinyl effects and classic delays and reverbs.

And like all of the key knobs and parameters in Cyclop, these can all be automated for finite control over your sound.

As I said, this was merely a brief overview of the key features of Cyclops, and I haven’t even touched on the excellent preset browser and the cool arcade game style patch preview option.

screen480x480 (1)Most importantly for iOS users are the features that have been included with the iPad version of Cyclop. These include a wonderfully slick touch user interface, and  full MIDI support for using external controllers. You can also access audio from your devices music library. iTunes File sharing is available for importing/exporting files, and last but not least the all important Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support for talking with other music making/recording apps.

If a bass line is serious business for you, from cranking EDM to gritty dubstep, there isn’t a better iPad app for creating truly original, sub-ulicious sounds, with almost limitless possibilities, that Cyclop.

Cyclop iPad Edition (AppStore Link) Cyclop iPad Edition
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH

Rated: 4+
Price: $24.99 Download Here

Update for Music Studio

Posted by Mikers On July - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Another golden iOS oldie, but favorite iPad music making gem of mine, has received some welcome enhancements.

Music Studio v2.6 brings full Inter-App Audio and iCloud Drive support to your audio production workflow!

The free update is available on the App Store as of today.instr_iaa_1136
Here is the list of new features:
• Inter-App Audio audio recording, instruments and effects
• iCloud Drive support
• Music Studio is now a 64-bit app
• Akai SynthStation is no longer supported
• Minimum iOS requirement is now iOS 7.0
• Bug fixes and stability improvements
For further details, check the xewton official website – http://www.xewton.com/musicstudio/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2605
Music Studio (AppStore Link) Music Studio
Developer: Alexander Gross
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

New sounds for NanoStudio

Posted by Mikers On July - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Good ol’ Nanscreen480x480 (29)oStudio has been on the iOS scene coming up to 5 year now, and still holds fond memories in my music making heart as one of the early virtual synths/workstations I fell in love with first. You can find out more about this great app by typing ‘NanoStudio’ in the search bar at the top of this page, or heading over to http://www.blipinteractive.co.uk.

While NanoStudio’s collection of on-board sounds and patches are great, additional sound banks are always welcome. In the past, Matthias from app-sound has offered up his own contribution, and now there are two extra collections available courtesy of sound designer, Harison Zamperla.

Harison has created 2 collections of 64 patches/presests that cane easily imported into NanoStudio.

nanoHarision describes his first release, CrystalMATH, as 64 patches created from scratch, covering a broad spectrum of sounds from beautiful soaring appeggiators to broken carousels to grimey bottomed out leads. The collection is US$3.99, and can be downloaded from https://sellfy.com/p/KPCy/.

Harison’s latest release, SINElanguage, offers another 64 sounds, which he describes as dreamy ambient synths, pads, complex arpeggiated synths, organ and gritty bitcrushed basses. All instruments have XY functionality and we’re made specifically for IOS music making needs. This collection is also US$3.99 and can be downloaded from https://sellfy.com/p/Ii0m/

Each page offer a video, demoing the sounds, thanks to the team at the soundtest room.

If you like both collections, you can save money by purchasing them as a bundle on the same website.

Note: Just in case it’s not obvious, you will need to own NanoStudio before you can use these, or any other, patch libraries.

 

 

NanoStudio (AppStore Link) NanoStudio
Developer: Blip Interactive Ltd
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here

AIRA Modular Customizer

Posted by Mikers On June - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

I’ll bet we all wish we had these bad boys in real life, but if you do, then editing just got a whole easier with this new app from Roland….

screen480x480 (28)With AIRA Modular Customizer you can fully re-program the internal signal path of Roland AIRA Modular effects. Compatible with TORCIDO, BITRAZER, DEMORA and SCOOPER, the AIRA Modular Customizer lets you re-patch an array of virtual sub-modules for complete control of each effect’s signal path.

– Flexible and infinite signal path
You can fully customize the internal signal path of AIRA Modular effects with an array of virtual sub-modules. Saving and recalling patches is possible in realtime and you can even share patches with other AIRA Modular effect users.

– Variable virtual sub-modules
AIRA Modular effects include 15 virtual sub-modules with more available through future expansion.
They include:
LFO, ADSR, NOISE, SAMPLE & HOLD, RING MOD, FILTER 6 dB, FILTER 12 dB, TONE, AMP, MIXER, STEREO MIXER, CURVE CONV, GATE DIVIDER, TRIG TO CV DELAY TIME, MIDI CLOCK TO GATE

– Re-patch via audio signal
Connect the headphone jack of your tablet to the REMOTE IN jack on any AIRA modular effect module and you can customize the signal path in realtime. Make sure to set the volume level of your mobile device to maximum.

Please note the maximized volume level of your mobile gear.

*Compatible models: TORCIDO, BITRAZER, DEMORA, SCOOPER
*Make sure your model is updated with the most current system program. The latest system program and setup instruction can be found at the support pages at www.roland.com.

AIRA Modular Customizer (AppStore Link) AIRA Modular Customizer
Developer: Roland Corporation
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Syntorial

Posted by Mikers On June - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

I know is not strictly a noise making app, but it is one of the most original apps I’ve seen this year, and is sure to be a handy tool to any budding synth app users. As the name eludes, it teaches users how to go about crafting synth sounds, by breaking down how sounds are constructed and tests users on how certain sounds have been created. It’s a refreshing approach to teaching and on top of that, you get to try a bunch of ‘lessons’ for free!

screen480x480 (27)Syntorial is video game-like training software, that will teach you how to program synth patches by ear. By combining video demonstrations with interactive challenges, you’ll get hands on experience programming patches on a built-in soft synth, and learn everything you need to know to start making your own sounds with ease.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Interactive Learning: Syntorial doesn’t just show you how synth programming works. It engages you in Interactive Challenges in which you program patches on a built-in synth. You aren’t just learning how to design sound, you are becoming a sound designer.

– For Musicians, Not Physicists: Instead of talking about the science and physics behind synthesizers, Syntorial will show you how each control effects sound, as well as when, why and how you would use them when designing sounds. This is information that you can immediately apply to real-life situations.

– It’s All About The Ear: One step at a time, Syntorial trains your ear to recognize how each control shapes and manipulates sound. By the end of the program you’ll be able to take the sounds you hear and re-create them, completely by ear.

LESSON SPECS

– Challenges: Learn by doing! Complete challenges by programming patches with Syntorial’s built-in synth.

– Videos: Everything is taught through video demonstrations using the same synth that you’ll use in the challenges.

– Patches: Program, program, program. After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? By the end you will have programmed tons of patches, from simple to complex, familiar to strange.

– Quizzes: Multiple choice questions to help you retain and remember everything you learn.

– On Your Own: Syntorial will give you periodic tasks to be carried out on your own with whatever synth(s) you use.

SYNTH SPECS
– Subtractive synthesis
– Three Oscillators (Two with Waveform, Pitch, Pulse Width, and Mix controls, and a Sub oscillator with Waveform and Volume controls)
– Saw, Pulse, Triangle and Sine waveforms
– FM knob
– Noise Oscillator
– Oscillator Sync
– Filter (Low, Band and High Pass) with Resonance and Key Tracking
– ADSR Filter Envelope
– ADSR Amp Envelope
– AD Modulation Envelope
– LFO with four waveforms, seven destinations, rate, amount, trigger, and mono/poly modes
– Mono and Poly Voice Modes
– Portamento
– Unison with Voice, Detune and Spread controls
– Ring Modulation
– Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, Delay, and Reverb effects
– Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel and Velocity controls
– Audiobus, Inter App Audio, and Virtual Midi enabled.

FREE VS UPGRADE

The free app comes with the first 22 lessons, as well as Syntorial’s fully featured synth (see above). Upgrade to get:

– All 199 Lessons, including 129 Challenges, 147 Videos, and 706 Patches covering the most common synthesis parameters.

– Additional Lesson Packs covering Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 and Minimoog Voyager, each containing 30+ videos. More Lesson Packs planned for the future.

– Pay once and get access to all of the above on iPad, Mac and PC. Sync your progress across all 3 platforms. Train where you want, when you want, and how you want.

– Plugin version of Syntorial’s synth, Primer. Program, record and play Primer in your favorite desktop recording software. VST (Mac/PC) and AU (Mac).

For more details – http://www.syntorial.com/

 

Syntorial: Synthesizer Training App - Learn Synthesis (AppStore Link) Syntorial: Synthesizer Training App - Learn Synthesis
Developer: Audible Genius, LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

 

TC-Performer

Posted by Mikers On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (23)Explore unreal synthesis with the most unique performance control on iOS! TC-Performer presents a multi-touch performance environment unlike any other synthesizer. Simply touch the screen; there are no buttons, keys, or sliders to hit. The sounds are generated entirely by your touch movements.

Each patch has a unique method of control. Pull, tap, drag, twist, and stretch your touches on the screen. There is no wrong way to play! Every instrument is a new landscape of sound creation. Pads, leads, effects, and indescribable oddities await.

You can download more patches in packs inside the app. There is also a transposition section available to change the key of the patch to fit your song, and Audiobus compatibility to record via inter-app audio.

Start exploring touch synthesis with TC-Performer!

More details – http://www.bitshapesoftware.com/instruments/tc-performer/

TC-Performer (AppStore Link) TC-Performer
Developer: Kevin Schlei
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

SidTracker64

Posted by Mikers On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (22)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

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

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

For more info: sidtracker64.com

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

iDousyn Lite

Posted by Mikers On June - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Grab a free ‘lite’ version of this accessible synth. Also check below for a link to the paid version which offers over 500 patches.

screen480x480iDousyn turns your iPad into a polyphonic synthesizer to create perfect music anywhere and anytime, packed with hundreds of high quality presets for continuous improvement in music production.

iDousyn is ideal as an electronic musical instrument designed to produce artificially generated sound, using techniques zoals additive synthesis, substantive synthesis and frequency modulation to create electronic sounds.

iDousyn is ideal as an instrument of rhythmic, melodic support, and harmonious.

– Key Features:
User-friendly keypad on the screen
Easy to use
Animated graphical interface

– Oscillators
Two oscillators (Sine, Square, Triangle, Noise)
Two Halftone
Two Cents

– Filters
Band-pass filter
Low-pass filter
High-pass filter
filter mod

– EQ
Parametric EQ
Peak limiter

– Effects
delay
reverb

– DRC (Compressor)
Threshold
Headroom
ratio
Exthreshold
Attack
release

iDousyn Lite (AppStore Link) iDousyn Lite
Developer: Jorge Lozada
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here
iDousyn (AppStore Link) iDousyn
Developer: Jorge Lozada
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here
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