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MiniReview – Unique for iOS

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (3)Berlin based music software ninjas, Sugar Bytes have ported yet another of their delicious desktop computer synths to iOS, with both an iPhone and iPad version of Unique now available in the App Store.

Fans of the company’s back catalogue of highly original music making software, will know this isn’t exactly a new product, in the sense that the desktop version has been out for a number of years. The converted of us will also know that, compared to most of Sugar Bytes’ other offerings, this is much more conventional in design and operation. And that’s not a bad thing either.

Since Unique has been available for desktop users for quite some time now, there is already a wealth of information, videos, and reviews covering its features readily available online. But for those discovering it for the first time, and also as it’s debuting on iOS, here’s the key features.

At its core, you get a classic, familiar sounding analogue synth, warm enough to funk up any 80s inspired disco track, right through to some of the grittiest grim bass sounds I’ve ever heard…. And that’s just trawling though the 300 odd presets that are included.

When you’re ready to jump in and get your hand dirty with your own sound design, Unique offers 2 oscillators featuring 5 configurable waveforms, 2 effects engines with 5 settings, as well as mix and master sections for getting the sound just right. However, the synth’s most entertaining feature for me at least (and many others I expect), is its Vowel Filter which presents users with some truly ‘unique’ sound mincing options. This creative section serves up familiar high/low pass filters, configurable trigger options, and up to four playable vowel formants at once.

Last but not least is Unique’s control section, featuring an LFO with configurable triggering options, a recordable motion ‘X/Y’ pad which is also configurable (of course), and not forgetting the 8-step duophonic arpeggiator.

The move to iOS, as expected, means Unique plays nicely with a host of other music making apps and controllers, thanks to its support for MIDI learn and automation, as well as AudioBus and Inter-App Audio, plus it even supports Ableton Link Kit.

At just 30Mb in file size, and half that figure to purchase for iPad (even less for the iPhone version), Unique is a worthy addition to your iOS synth collection. The top notch library of sounds aside, the user interface is inviting and logically laid out, and this beast of a synth is simply pleasant to drive.

Official app homepage – https://sugar-bytes.de/en/unique-ipad

Unique for iPad (AppStore Link) Unique for iPad
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here
Unique for iPhone (AppStore Link) Unique for iPhone
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

GridComposer

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (1)Create and explore musical phrases and rhythmic patterns with GridComposer, an experimental musical sequencer. Arrange blocks on the grid to create notes and combine them to short phrases. Experiment with the timings and harmonies to explore variations of your composition. No musical knowledge is needed to start playing.

• Contains four build-in, polyphonic synthesizer presets.
• Notes are automatically assigned from a global musical scale.
• Save and load your compositions.
• Ability to adjust the musical scale, key and octave on the fly.
• Volume mixer to adjust your tracks.
• Advanced options to create custom scales.
• Set the tempo and individual trigger speed for each track.
• Ability to add delay and reverb effects.
• Output midi notes to your audio software via wifi.
• Adjust the playhead for each grid.

For more details – http://www.gridcomposer.net

GridComposer (AppStore Link) GridComposer
Developer: Christian Gwiozda
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

ARP ODYSSEi

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (8)The legendary ARP sound, exquisitely reproduced in software.
ARP ODYSSEi – A mobile analog synthesizer for iOS.

The ARP Odyssey of 1972 has earned an unshakable position as a classic analog synthesizer. In 2015, KORG produced the ARP ODYSSEY, a complete reproduction of the original. The ARP genes that shook the worldwide music scene are being passed on, and its history continues.

The next platform for the ARP ODYSSEY is iOS. We want the unforgettable ARP sound to be easily available on a device that as many as possible of today’s players can obtain; this resulted in the “ARP ODYSSEi” app for iPad / iPhone. Based on the revived ARP ODYSSEY, we used KORG’s proprietary CMT circuit modeling technology to reproduce the analog feeling and sound of the original as closely as possible. We’ve also given it numerous enhancements that are possible only with software, such as long-awaited polyphony and built-in effects.

The real analog ARP ODYSSEY, and now the uniquely evolved ARP ODYSSEi, brings the universal fascination and inimitable sound to every device.

* Due to differences in CPU speed of iPads / iPhones, iPad 3rd gen/2/iPad mini/iPhone 4s are not supported, only iPad Air/iPhone 5s or later is recommended.

[ Features ]

– Faithfully models the circuit of the ARP ODYSSEY: The circuitry has been reproduced using KORG’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology), developed over the years starting with the KORG Legacy Collection.

– New functions to create all-new ARP sounds: Added a voice assign mode that allows you to play chords, an arpeggiator that can be programmed in detail like a step sequencer, and effects that can transform the sound in diverse ways.

– Get all three of the sought-after revisions: In addition to the standard design of the Rev3 with its black panel and orange silk-screening, you can optionally obtain the white-paneled Rev1 and the black-paneled gold silk-screened Rev2 designs, together with fifty new preset sounds that take advantage of the distinctive filters of those models.

– Produce music together with KORG Gadget: ARP ODYSSEi can be used in conjunction with the “KORG Gadget” music production DAW app that has won numerous awards around the world. If both apps are installed, it can be used as the “Lexington” gadget inside the KORG Gadget app.

More info at korg.com

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

Oval Synth

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (6)The Oval App is a music, synthesis and effects platform designed from the ground-up
to revolutionize music creation, learning and live performance.

When paired together with the Oval physical controller, the App allows you to take full
advantage of each subtle gesture, combining the expressiveness
of an acoustic instrument with the flexibility of modern digital synthesis.

A NEW ESSENTIAL FOR MUSIC CREATORS
Tweak your favorite sounds from the growing collection of high quality instruments by adding effects such as filters, delays, and reverb. All the instruments in the library have been carefully crafted by professional sound designers, making the most of the Apps powerful gesture mapping functionality.

HOT FOR MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS
The Oval is also designed for those new to music creation. The intuitive layout will make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the music, and the large built-in scale collection allows you to explore different moods while always staying in key.

SHARE YOUR CREATIONS
When inspiration strikes, record your creations and share them with your friends, or export them to another music app and take them to the next level.

TECHNICAL FEATURES
– Exclusive sound libraries
– X/Y sensitive performing pads
– Large (and growing) list of scales from around the world, including microtonal scales
– Customizable filter, delay, reverb and dynamics effects
– Recording feature with simple editing capabilities like trim and fade in/out
– Compatible with other apps that use MIDI
– Customizable A4 frequency
– Audiobus compatible

Oval Synth (AppStore Link) Oval Synth
Developer: OVAL SOUND, SL
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

LayR – Multi Timbral Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (4)LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

LayR’s primary sounds are called Performances: A Performance is a set of Instruments where each instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of over 100 instruments each with it’s own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Voices are assigned to each layer in each instrument until the audio engine runs out of available voices. This means that with normal playing technique it is possible to create extremely complex texture on each note or even to have a single insane monophonic instrument equivalent to 100 synths all playing at once!

Every Layer has a dual oscillator which can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters and a mixer to blend the oscillator with filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (Frequency, Amplitude and Phase) there are two aux oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. 2 loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a millisecond to 100 seconds, a volume level ADSR and a random level generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.

Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage it is equally at home in the studio. LayR is provided with an extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths. There is also an 8 channel arpeggiator with a 16 step event sequencer for creating exciting polyrhythmic patterns. Full IAA and Audiobus compatibility means LayR can be used with hosts and other music apps on iOS.

FEATURES
– Optimised 32 bit Audio Engine.
– Up to 128 Voices ( 256 on iPad Pro ).
– Multi-Timbral with 8 individual stereo instrument outputs + full mix output.
– Multi Channel Arpeggiator with 16 step event sequencer.
– Stereo Delay, Reverb and EQ on output section.
– Ranged MIDI control for all parameters.
– AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatible.
– Performance and Program preset import & export via iTunes.
– Performance and Program preset sharing via iCloud Drive.
– Built-in Help

For more details – http://livingmemorysoftware.com/layr

LayR - Multi Timbral Synthesizer (AppStore Link) LayR - Multi Timbral Synthesizer
Developer: Living Memory Software
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here

Concentric Rhythm

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc1024x768 (2)Concentric Rhythm is an interactive tool for generating, developing, and combining musical patterns. It uses geometric transformations and many other simple processes to create, develop, and evolve music. It provides a unique way to look at and explore musical ideas.

The looping musical timeline is visualized as a circle, which allows you to treat musical patterns as concentric shapes. This makes performing geometric transformations such as rotations, reflections and folding very natural and intuitive.
It also provides tools for melodic lines such as random-walk generation and scale-based inversion and transposition.
You can generate rhythmic lines using cross-rhythms or the Euclidean algorithm, and allows for great visualisations of complex polyrhythms.

Concentric Rhythm was originally developed as a new way to improvise electronic music, but it is also a great tool experimenting with and developing musical material, or just for casually playing with music in a unique, hands-on, way.

Many of the ideas here were inspired by the book ‘The Geometry of Musical Rhythm’ and this app is a powerful tool for anyone who is interested in exploring these ideas. But at the same time is easy enough to use that anyone (even with no musical or mathematical background) can make interesting musical patterns and think about the musical world a little differently.

Concentric Rhythm (AppStore Link) Concentric Rhythm
Developer: Jeff Holtzkener
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Baervaag – FM Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (3)Baervaag brings FM synthesis to the masses! An easy to use but still powerful and tweakable synthesizer, accessible to everyone. Several parameters are sensitive to velocity which makes Baervaag very expressive and fun to play.

The additional LP filter, ”Wobbler”, and a simple stereo chorus makes this synthesizer versatile and a joy to tweak.

Noteworthy features:

• AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc.

• 77 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians

• FM Feedback, Filter, ADSR Attack and Volume can be modulated by velocity

• Tempo synchronised stereo delay effect (with sync to host option)

• Oscillators can be shaped between sine, square and PWM

• One ADSR for each oscillator.

• Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability.

Important: Baervaag in stand-alone mode does not support IAA or MIDI. You can try it out using the keyboard at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Baervaag with AUv3 compatible hosts.

iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
iPad Air 1 or later is recommended.

A full documentation is available at https://klevgrand.se/products/baervaag

What’s New in Version 1.1.0

• Added a tempo synchronised delay effect (with sync to host option if launched as AUv3)

• New preset system allowing users to save presets in standalone mode. If you’ve saved presets in AUv3 mode, these will be synced after the first launch in AUv3 mode.

• UI Updates

Baervaag - FM Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Baervaag - FM Synthesizer
Developer: Klevgrand Produkter AB
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

Pads – Lush Pad Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On January - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414Pads is basically a wavetable synthesizer with a noise/grain generator and a high cut filter. With a carefully developed ”wobbler” that detunes the waveforms and makes small inconsistencies to several internal parameters and a nice sounding chorus, this synthesizer is able to create some really interesting and non-statical pad sounds.

Noteworthy features:

• AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, AUM etc.

• 30 handcrafted presets created by professional musicians

• Filter, Attack and volume can be modulated by velocity

• Controllable grit/grain level, sampled from a real hammond organ with a broken tone wheel

• Controllable wobble factor that adds analogue unpredictability

Important: Pads in stand-alone mode does not support IAA, Audiobus or MIDI. You can try it out using the keyboard at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Pads with AUv3 compatible hosts.

For further details – https://klevgrand.se/products/pads/

Pads - Lush Pad Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Pads - Lush Pad Synthesizer
Developer: Klevgrand Produkter AB
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

Redshrike Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Here’s another likely to highly addictive synth from the team at IceGear

screen520x924Redshrike Synthesizer – Polyphonic Subtractive Synthesizer

* Oscillator
– Waveform Morphing: Saw – Triangle – Pulse
– Frequency Modulation: Type, Frequency, Depth
– ENV(AD)/LFO
– Detune (3xOSC)
– Sub Oscillator
* Pitch
– Octave
– ENV(AD)/LFO
– Drift
* Noise
– Type: White, Pink, Blue, Pitched, Digital, Glitch
– ENV(AD)
* Resonator
– Pitch/Feedback/Routing
– ENV(AD)/LFO
* Filter
– Type: 24dB/Oct, 12dB/Oct
– Cutoff Frequency
– Resonance
– Drive
– Low
– ENV(ADSR)/LFO
– Velocity
* AMP
– Level
– ENV(ADSR)/LFO
– Velocity
* Effects : Chorus, Delay, Reverb

* Programmable Arpeggiator
You can easily create your own pattern.

* Inter-App Audio
You can stream live audio directly to other Inter-App Audio host applications.

* Audiobus
You can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. See http://audiob.us for more information.

* Ableton Link
Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network.

* MIDI
* CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI Input
* MIDI Controller Mapping with MIDI Learn
* External MIDI sync

* Resizable Keyboard
You can change which octaves are shown by dragging on bottom of keyboard.

For more details – http://www.icegear.net/redshrike/

Redshrike Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Redshrike Synthesizer
Developer: iceWorks, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

Sound Maker Synth

Posted by Mikers On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc1024x768This app is capable and complex FM synthesiser that can create rich and very strange sounds combining up to 10 sound generators. Every generator can be adjusted up or down from the main frequency almost without restrictions in range. There are 4 possible wave forms for the generator output and you can tweet the volume, modulation and add some tremolo effect. You can listen to the result sound while you are adjusting the new generator and just add it to the result when it sounds good.
With the Sound Maker Synth you can also add reverb and then play it as a one voice synth using the one octave keyboard at the top. The app is very capable to create some strange and alien like pad sounds as some dubstep bass.

Sound Maker Synth (AppStore Link) Sound Maker Synth
Developer: Aleksandar Mlazev
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here
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