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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 (AppStore Link) Syntorial
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

KORG iM1

Posted by Mikers On June - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Korg fans rejoice! One of the all time classic hardware synths of the 80s has made its way onto iPad. Get it while it’s on sale!!

screen480x480 (13)Since it went on sale in 1988 the legendary M1 music workstation rapidly achieved record-breaking sales, becoming a mainstay of the music scene from the late 1980s and beyond. The common element of electronic instruments that have left their name in history is that they had a unique sound that was difficult if not impossible to replicate. Sounds such as the “M1 Piano” is instantly recognizable and have appeared on countless hit records over many years, and yet these are sounds that could only be produced by the M1. And that’s what you can now have on your iPad!

● A faithful reproduction of the original M1 Sound
The PCM data provides the library of the original M1. For the hardware, we analyzed the circuit diagram of the original design, and completely replicated it in software down to the last detailed parameters. Engineers with an exhaustive knowledge of the M1 made careful adjustments in order to obtain the sound of the original unit, something that cannot be obtained simply by sampling the original sounds.

● A continued evolution of the M1
Not content with simply reproducing the original, iM1 provides further evolutionary developments. Synth parts now have the Filter Resonance that was requested at the time of the original. The effect parts, originally consisting of only two effects, have been powered-up to 18 effects. The user interface has also been refreshed with additions such as a KAOSS pad. iM1 is the ultimate version of the KORG M1.

● A gigantic library encompassing 3,300 sounds and 34 cards*
In addition to all 19 of the ROM cards originally released for the M1, iM1 also covers the sounds of the M1EX which expanded the internal PCM of the M1, as well as the sounds of the T-series which appeared as an evolution of the M1. There’s also “BEST OF M1”, a selection of 100 great M1 programs. The new “Smart Sound Browser” makes it quick to find the desired sound. You can also view the sounds ranked by how often they are selected by iM1 users around the world.
*with all the expansion card installed via in-app purchase

● KAOSS pad lets anybody perform
iM1 features a KAOSS pad from the popular KAOSSILATOR, allowing you to perform intuitively just by touching the screen. By using the dual KAOSS pads to play phrases or adjust the sound, even people who are not accustomed to keyboard instruments or knowledgeable about synthesizers can enjoy performing the iM1. There’s also a conventional keyboard, as well as the “Smart Keyboard”, which lets you specify a scale setting and play phrases with a single finger.

● Use with KORG Gadget for song production
iM1 can be used together with Gadget, the music production DAW app that won the App Store Best App of 2014 award in Japan. If both apps are installed, you can use iM1 as a sound module within Gadget, taking advantage of the program sounds in iM1 for music production. iM1 also supports Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, so it can also be used for GarageBand etc.

● Connect a MIDI keyboard and use as a sound module
In addition to enjoying iM1 on its own, you can connect a USB MIDI keyboard* via a Lightning adaptor and play the iM1 as an external sound module. You can easily take along an even more powerful workstation sound module as part of your iPad-based compact mobile system.
*microKEY-25, nanoKEY2 etc.

● Interchangeable with the KORG Legacy Collection and the original M1
Sounds that you create in iM1 can be sent from your iPad via iTunes to a Mac/PC. If you have the Legacy Collection M1, you can use those sounds in a DAW. Data compatibility is maintained not only with the plug-in but also with the original M1; this means that you can transfer data in system exclusive format from the original M1. It’s a dream come true! from Korg has made its way onto iPad, and it sounds every bit as authentic as the original beast of a synth.

KORG iM1 (AppStore Link) KORG iM1
Developer: KORG INC.
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

SynthMaster Player

Posted by Mikers On June - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480SynthMaster Player for iPad is the mobile player version the award winning SynthMaster software synthesizer.
It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds during music production. Although it is a preset based player, users can edit the following preset parameters:

1) 8 easy parameters assigned by the sound designer
2) 2 XY Pads assigned by the sound designer
3) Effect bypass states and send amounts
4) Layer bypass states and volumes
5) Master volume, polyphony

The free app comes with 100 factory presets. When users complete registration by entering their names and email addresses they receive another 100 factory presets as a bonus!

After completing registration, users can upgrade to the Pro version of the app by purchasing the “Factory Presets” bank via In-App-Purchase (IAP). With the Pro Upgrade all of the 800 factory presets are loaded and also the following features are unlocked:

1. Users can save the changes they have made to the presets.
2. Users can purchase additional preset banks via In-App-Purchase (IAP). We currently have 28 additional preset banks that contain 1750 presets for various genres/styles.
3. Existing SynthMaster users can download their previously purchased SynthMaster preset banks inside the app, so that they don’t have to purchase them again.
4. Existing SynthMaster users can export their own presets in SynthMaster v2.7 and import them into SynthMaster Player for iPad using iTunes.

BUILT-IN KEYBOARD

The built-in 2 octave keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels lets users play notes without having to connect an external MIDI controller to their iPad. With its Scale functionality, it shows the users the notes on the scale, and with its Chord functionality the user can play a certain chord by pressing a single note.

MIDI SETTINGS

SynthMaster Player for iPad supports CoreMIDI and also virtual MIDI. It acts as a virtual MIDI destination for other DAW apps. Midi input device, midi input channel, and receive midi beat clock settings can be adjusted from the MIDI Settings window.

INTERAPP AUDIO

SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as an source/instrument in InterApp Audio. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to InterApp enabled DAW apps.

AUDIOBUS

SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as a source/instrument in AudioBus, with state saving enabled. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to AudioBus enabled DAW apps.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Operating System Supported: iOS 7.0
Minimum Hardware Supported: iPad 3rd Generation
Recommended Hardware: iPad Air and above

More details here – http://www.kv331audio.com/synthmasterplayerios.aspx

SynthMaster Player (AppStore Link) SynthMaster Player
Developer: KV331 YAZILIM LTD STI
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Tin Pan Rhythm

Posted by Mikers On May - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Not much of a description provided (by the dev) on this new app, however the demo video does a great job of showing what is possible with Tin Pan Rhythm. Enjoy!

screenshotArrangementBring song ideas to life with Tin Pan Rhythm.

Compose and arrange short musical phrases through a process of play and discovery.

The simple interface guides you along: create a chord progression, then arrange the band in real time.

Use your creations as background music, inspiration for songs, or as practice loops for your real-life instrument.

Record and share your music or use it inside your favorite apps.

Nerdery: Audiobus, InterApp audio, Dropbox, AudioCopy, Audioshare.

Demo video

Find more info @ http://www.tin-pan.com/

Tin Pan Rhythm (AppStore Link) Tin Pan Rhythm
Developer: make all llc
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

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