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Zed Synth

Posted by Mikers On February - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (11)Zed Synth is easy to learn, with live graphs throughout and built-in help for every knob, but it’s a real powerhouse synth combining virtual analog synthesis with physical modelling. This innovative blend of technologies allows you to create rich and immersive sounds, ranging from bright electronic dance music patches to subtle and expressive solo instruments.

Zed Synth is also a unique audio effect processor: you can route external sounds through the synth and completely transform them: use the microphone and transform your voice, turn drum machines into strummed guitars, or radically transform the sound of any other Audiobus-compatible app!

Over 140 presets covering a wide range of styles provide a great starting point to making your own music. And you can easily share your patches with friends and other IOS musicians.

Key features:

– Wave-Shaping oscillators: inspired by 1950s vacuum-tube technology, 4 parameters allow you to create a vast array of original oscillator shapes which can be modulated in real-time.

– Physical Modelling: a sophisticated resonator can be either struck by a mallet or excited by the synth section (including external audio) with different forms of interaction to simulate blown, bowed or struck models.

– Unique Audio effect: the Zed Synth can process external audio via Audiobus and pass it through its string model. This unique effect can turn unpitched sounds, such as beats, into pitched sounds, akin to what you could do with a vocoder, only more responsively and with a much richer timbre. Using this approach, Zed Synth can radically transform the sound of any other Audiobus-compatible synth on IOS.

– A unique “Spring Box” effect capable of emulating the full 88-string sympathetic resonance of a piano soundboard, or simulating the body resonance of a musical instrument.

– Oscilloscopes throughout the user interface provide clear visual feedback and ease of use.

– Built-in Help system throughout the app to explain each of the modules and all the parameters.

– A Powerful Modulation system makes it incredibly easy to add modulations from a variety of sources to any of the synth’s parameters.

– The Granulator: a different take on the ubiquitous arpeggiator, the granulator can periodically or randomly retrigger the sound, and also vary the pitch. This makes it possible to create rhythmic chorded sounds with a human feel to them, or completely chaotic sounds like raindrops on a tin roof.

– Synth Overview displays the signal path and routing of the various modules, as well as making it easy to jump around sections when editing.

– Effects to further enhance the sound, including a stereo expander to enrich the spatial complexity of the signal.

– iPhone support: Zed Synth has been specially developed to run on both iPhones and iPads. Actual polyphony will depend on the speed of the device and older devices will not be able to recreate a full 88-string piano reverberation effect.

– Patch Sharing: Zed synth makes it easy to import & share patches with friends via e-mail.

– MIDI Learn mode so you can quickly & easily map your MIDI controller’s knobs to the synth’s parameters.

– Audiobus (including presets), Inter-App Audio and Core MIDI.

– 4x Oversampling: this greatly increases the quality of the sound and reduces aliasing at high frequencies. It can be disabled to reduce CPU utilisation.

Headphones, an external controller keyboard and a sustain pedal are highly recommended to get the most out of Zed Synth. Older devices will have reduced polyphony.

Full support and user manual provided online.

Zed Synth is a true innovative powerhouse – get jamming!

Zed Synth (AppStore Link) Zed Synth
Developer: Richard Meyer
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

Chordana Composer

Posted by Mikers On February - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen640x640An easy way to create your own original tunes!

Chordana Composer makes it easy for you to write your own tunes, even if you don’t know how to compose music.
You can enter a motif (two-bar melody) using your choice of 3 input modes. There’s no need to enter the melody for the entire tune.
You just enter one motif and Chordana Composer automatically creates a whole tune, so you don’t have to spend ages composing the music.

Product Features

1. Three ways to enter your motif (2-bar melody)

A melody that comes to you in the middle of an ordinary day…
Have you ever thought: “This would make a really great tune.
But I need to know how to compose, and it’s no good if I can’t read music. And that all takes time to learn”?
Chordana Composer will take care of all those concerns.
Just enter 2 bars of the motif you thought of.
Chordana Composer will automatically make it into an entire tune.
You can choose from 3 types of input method.
In “Keyboard input mode” you use a virtual keyboard, in “Notation input mode, you paste the notes into a sheet of music, and in “Microphone input mode”, you just sing the motif into the microphone.

2. Automatic composition by choosing “Genre” and “Concept”

Once you’ve entered the melody using one of the modes above, you’re ready for automatic composition.
Choose whichever combination of “Genre”, “Concept”, “Range of melody movement” and “Level of melody tension” creates a tune that best matches what you’ve imagined.

3. Your own editing using the Hints function
In Notation input mode, you can edit the the created melody yourself.
If you enable the Hints function when you’re editing the tune, the notation is color coded as a reference for your edits (notes that match the chord, notes in the same scale, notes that increase the tension and other notes you need to be aware of).

【Operating requirements】
iPhone 5, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6 Plus
iPod touch (5th generation)
※ iOS8 or later required.
It’s also easy to share finished tunes.

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Zillidrone groovebox

Posted by Mikers On February - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (8)Zillidrone is a sample-based groovebox for creating, performing and interacting with 32-step sequences for snares, kicks, hi-hats, sampler and two multioscillator synthesizers. With Zillidrone you can easily create, modify, save sequences and arrange them on the fly during a live performance. Use drum pads for making extra drum shots over the saved drum patterns. Shuffle samples, randomize patterns, use synth preset sequencers, apply DSP effects with automations to produce a wide range of sound transformations for your composition. Upload your own samples and use the magic of randomization without any editing to discover more ideas for your music. Record loops or full tracks in real-time, export recordings to other applications or share them via dropbox or email.

Features:
– Drum machine and drum pads for real-time groove production with 4 types of touches. Tap or swipe drum pads within different areas to produce different shots.
– Change samples manually or shuffle samples randomly during performance.
– Two oscillator synth with 5 presets, preset sequencers and automations for each controller.
– Sampler with piano keyboard (6 octaves).
– 5 real-time DSP effects: distortion, free verb, pitch shifter, wah-wah, ring modulator , one non-realtime “looper” effect and global delay effect.
– Mixer for panning and sending to global delay effect for each instrument and DSP effect.
– Arrangement editor for storing 16 different scenes. Each scene saves all states of controls, sequences, automations. You can change scenes manualy, randomly or create a song arrangement.
– Included library of 397 samples (99 per each drum instrument and 100 for sampler).
– Upload sample packs (wav, aif, aiff formats) via iTunes and assign them to each instrument separately.
– Real time recording for loops or long tracks. There’s an option to record instruments and effects into different WAV files.
– Export recordings to Dropbox or open in applications with audio file import support.
– MIDI input and output. MIDI Sync input.
– Demo projects, help and video tutorial are included.

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SOUND Canvas for iOS

Posted by Mikers On February - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (5)The good old sound module “SOUND Canvas” has come back for iPhone and iPad!

SOUND Canvas for iOS is the software synthesizer built-in SMF *1 player.
It is based on Roland GS standard that has been de fact standard sound source,
“SOUND Canvas” of Roland Desk Top Music (DTM).

It is compatible with the sound for “GS”,”GM2″, and “GM”.
It includes Reverb, Chorus, Delay, and 2 Band EQ, plus 64 types of insertion effects *2.

In addition, it plays SMF for “SC-88Pro” and “SC-8820”. *3

You can enjoy the old data created by SOUND Canvas series and a variety of GS
data on the market from Roland with high quality sound.

*1: SMF:Standard MIDI File with extension “.mid”.
*2: This utility canNOT edit the tone nor insertion effect.
*3: Subtle nuance of Tone color, Volume balance, trigger timing of note on may vary depending on the data.

[ Features ]
-Two types of graphical user interface: “Sound Canvas skin” for music data creation and “Player skin” for practicing with instruments or karaoke application.
*Swipe left or right(up or down for iPhone) with two fingers to switch between the skins.

– High quality MIDI file sounds by its 1,600 tones and 63 factory drum presets.

– Convenient functions:”LOOP” mode to repeat your specifying region, “SONG LIST PLAY” to play sequentially plural songs, and more multifunction.

– MIDI interface (separately sold) connection enables to receive MIDI data from the external devices to play sounds.

– Available with a music application compatible for the Core MIDI.

[Compatibility]
– Requires iOS : 8.1 or later
– Works on : iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6 Plus, iPad Air or later, iPad mini2 or later

For more details – http://www.roland.com/products/sound_canvas_for_ios/

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FM4 Lite

Posted by Mikers On February - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (4)FM4 is a four operator FM synthesizer for iPad.

The lite version is fully functional except for the following limitations:

– MIDI is disabled
– Inter-app Audio is disabled
– Audiobus is disabled
– Saving is disabled
– Only 40 factory presets are included

Features:

– Four operators configurable in eight different routings
– Three sound engines modelled on 1980s hardware units
– Eight waveforms derived from classic FM synths
– 2x, 3x, and 4x polyphonic unison
– Tempo-syncable arpeggiator with up, down, up-down, and random patterns
– Microtuning with eight different temperaments
– Up to 24 voices of polyphony

Modelled on the popular DX series from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units.

Every aspect of the hardware — from envelope curves to sine-table sizes and quantisation errors to digital-to-analogue converters — has been meticulously analysed, in order to recreate the raw and dirty sound of the original units.

The interface has been carefully thought-out and is simple and intuitive, yet powerful — with every parameter being available on a single page. No menus, tabs, or jumping from page to page.

FM4 is capable of producing a multitude of sounds, ranging from punchy basses, crystal-clear bells, and lush pads, to organic textures, striking drums, and piercing leads.

All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and reference to these here in no way constitutes an association or affiliation with Primal Audio. All trademarks are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during the development of FM4.

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BeatHawk

Posted by Mikers On February - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

header_UI-1_lrgBeatHawk is a portable music production studio adapted from UVI’s professional product line, delivering studio-quality sound and a lightning-fast workflow. Utilize a vast library of sounds, instruments and effects to create beats, sample, time and pitch stretch, layer melodies, mix and arrange songs and more. Export songs, stems and MIDI in one touch. Supports external MIDI devices, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, WIST and AudioCopy.

Introductory price of $4,99 (regular price $9,99)

PROFESSIONAL QUALITY
Built on the UVI Engine™, BeatHawk delivers extremely high sonic fidelity competitive with desktop products used in professional studios. Built-in sounds and instruments, effects and rendering algorithms have been all been adapted from UVI’s professional product line and optimized to give you the utmost quality in a convenient, hand-held package.

CRAFTED FOR SPEED
With BeatHawk we’ve tried to balance the extreme flexibility of digital environments with the focus and efficiency of hardware, providing the most important elements at the highest quality possible. The result is an uncluttered and lightning-fast workflow that helps you get your ideas out quickly and efficiently, no matter where you are.

SOUND EXPANSIONS
BeatHawk offers up a large selection of included sounds and instruments, but for those of you who need more you’ll find an ever-expanding selection of downloadable libraries. Multi-sampled instruments, drum kits, phrases and more and are available whenever you need them directly from the in-app sound browser, all with the outstanding sound quality UVI is known for.

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
BeatHawk offers full support for CoreMIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, Audio Copy and WIST allowing you to create with your favorite tools in whatever way you like. Play your tracks with an external MIDI keyboard or sequence them over Wi-Fi from your computer. If you want to wrap up a track in your favorite DAW just export the stems or MIDI files, it couldn’t be simpler.

FEATURES & COMPATIBILITY:
» 16 track sequencer with up to 16 patterns
» 780Mb sound and instrument library included
» Trigger via. pad mode, keyboard mode or with external device
» Edit and tweak sounds with high-quality effects and ADSR envelope
» Sample from iPad built-in mic, line-in or external devices
» High-quality pitch and time stretching
» Choke groups and One-Shot sample modes
» Perform and record arrangements realtime
» Integrated sound browser with realtime preview
» Includes EDM Factory and URBAN Factory libraries with 2,000+ samples, 290 presets and dozens of loops
» Additional libraries available via in-app purchase include: Acoustic Grand, Atlanta Urban, Brass Riffs, Choirs, Disco, Electric Piano, Electro Pop, Funk, Guitar Loops, Latin Percussion, Scratch, Talk Vox, Trip Hop, West Coast Urban and World Percussion
» Jam with multiple iPads using WIST Sync over Bluetooth
» Export stereo mix, stems or MIDI files with one touch
» Easily transfer files via. iTunes App
» External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI
» Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, Audio Copy and WIST compliant
» Export: 44.1kHz 24-bit WAV
» Import: FLAC, WAV, MP3, MP4, or AIF
» iPad 2 or newer (iPad 4 or newer recommended)
» 1024 MB RAM recommended
» iOS 7+

www.beathawk.com

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Yamaha Synth Book

Posted by Mikers On February - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen322x572Yamaha celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Yamaha Synthesizers with the Yamaha Synth Book!!!!!!!!!
This app features a complete history of Yamaha Synthesizers, an integrated virtual analog soft synth, and serves as a portal to Yamaha’s online synth communities.

5 FEATURES:

-HISTORY features detailed, “behind the scenes” information about the 40-year design and development history of Yamaha synthesizers. This fascinating historical accounting of the technological breakthroughs behind some of the most innovative, musical and successful Yamaha synthesizers is a must-read for all synth fans.

-AN2015 features virtual analog modeling like the AN1x. It also features a drum part that can keep the beat going while you perform and control the main synth part.

●Use case 1: Enjoy it as a standalone iOS app!
There are 2 modes available, SYNTH mode and Drum mode that work at the same time, e.g. when drum phrase is playing, Analog sound can be selectable and playable with the drum phrase, and vice versa without stopping ongoing music.

●Use case 2:Use it with a MOXF as an external tone generator!
When connected to the Yamaha MOXF Music Production Synthesizer (OS version 1.10) using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter by Apple, the MOXF becomes the MIDI/Audio interface for the iOS app creating a very powerful music production system.

●Specs
Analogue Synth
-Tone Generator: Virtual Analogue Modelling
-Polyphony: 8
-Preset voice: 64
-Arpeggiator: 1
-Scale: 1
-Polyphonic Pad

Drum Part
-Tone Generator: Audio (Drum loop and time stretch function included)
-Part: 1
-Polyphony: 1
-Drum Pad: 16
-Drum Pad Set: 5

-PORTALS features links to Yamaha’s online communities. Connect with other Yamaha Synth fans around the world on Facebook or Yamaha’s own online synth community: yamahasynth.com.

-PRODUCT LINE-UP is showing video of current product line-up:
MOTIF XF Series
MOXF Series
MX Series
CP4 STAGE
CP40 STAGE

-YAMAHA APP CATALOG introduces other Yamaha Synth iOS Apps.

For more details and videos, check here – http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music-production/synthesizers/synth_40th/yamaha_synth_book/

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Figooroo

Posted by Mikers On February - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Figooroo is a simple yet powerful editor for Figure songs. It’s able to import, modify and export .figure files. It doesn’t produce sound, but it allows you to:

• open up to 4* songs at once
• copy instruments, patterns, tweaks (defaults & motions), mixer levels between songs
• join songs together
• shift songs with or without wrapping
• resize songs by trimming/repeating bars or shrinking/stretching them
• convert rhythms to notes
• email songs or open them in other apps at any time

*There are 2 slots (A & B) with each one able to hold 2 songs.

By switching from one slot to another and alternating between shift, resize, copy and join, you can combine songs in many ways.

Converting rhythms is a very useful function allowing you to alternate between different rhythms in the same song and also slowdown/speed-up a song keeping the rhythm intact.

8 bar songs are too short for you? In Figure you can simulate a 16 bar song by halving the tempo, but the rhythms are also slowed down, making them more or less useless. Now, with Figoroo you can take two 8 bar songs recorded at normal tempo (even with different rhythms), resize each of them to 4 bars and join them together. All you have to do is open the new song in Figure and halve its tempo.

Wanna record those perfect notes in Figure, but the song is too long and you have to wait yet another 30 seconds for another chance? Why not open the song in Figooroo, split it into pieces, open a piece in Figure, record the notes and then go back to Figooroo to join the pieces together.

Recording really really fast arpeggios is not easy in Figure, but Figooroo can help you achieve that. Record a song in Figure and open it in Figooroo to shrink it to fewer bars, thus increasing its playback speed.

You can also loop certain sections of the song and do many other things that you’ll discover along the way.

Note: This app is not affiliated in any way, nor endorsed by Propellerhead.

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MonoStereo Synthesizer

Posted by Mikers On February - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480MonoStereo Synthesizer is a free full-featured analog mono synth with oscillator panning.

Why another mono synth?
Well, because I thought it would be fun to make one! This one does have one thing you rarely find, and that’s oscillator panning. With this you can create some nice effects using an LFO for the pan and also create wide stereo lead sounds easily!

The synth is completely free with no in-apps. If you feel the need to pay something for it, go see a gig by a local band! If that doesn’t cover it, buy their t-shirt! (or their CD if you have one of those CD-players we used to have 3 years ago)

Features:
* Minimalistic size, fast loading time and CoreMIDI Support!
* 3 Oscillators with customisable waveform (sine, square, saw), phase, level, detune and pan
* Lowpass and Highpass filters
* 2 LFO’s with customisable targets from filter values to oscillator panning and detune
* Filter and Amp Envelopes
* Portamento (almost named that ‘Glide’ but came to my senses. Portamento is portamento!)
* Delay and Chorus effects (very basic, I know)
* A few presets
* Saving and loading your own sounds
* Virtual keyboard

What’s New in Version 1.1

– New completely updated interface!
* All sliders replaced with knobs
* New visual style
* Smaller version of the keyboard available always at the bottom of the screen!

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Motion Synth

Posted by Mikers On January - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

AUUG Motion Synth - standalone synth - 269

This is one of the coolest controllers I’ve seen for awhile. Although the app is free, it’s the physical controller that you’re gonna want to get your hands on, literally!

The AUUG Motion Synth transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a new kind of musical instrument.

Your iPhone or iPod touch becomes an expressive controller that lets you play notes via touch and shape their sound through motion.

Select “Settings” > “Help / Upgrade” > “Quick Start Guide” in the Motion Synth App for instructions on how to get set-up to make sound.

Play any sound:

The AUUG Motion Synth tracks your movements and screen touches to ‘play’ other iOS sound apps, giving you access to a vast array of sounds and effects.

You can also play external devices like hardware synths or vocal harmonizers as well as control audio or visual software on a laptop (via wifi or cabled connections).

Use the Motion Synth App by itself or with a Motion Synth Grip:

The Motion Synth App has two modes:

1) Single-key mode: This Motion Synth App mode allows you to quickly engage with motion-based music control, and includes setup instructions for motion-controlling GarageBand (while GarageBand runs in ‘background mode’ on your iPhone/iPod touch). Note: Garageband is now free for most iOS users.

Select “Settings” > “Help / Upgrade” > “Quick Start Guide” in the Motion Synth App to get started using the Motion Synth with Garageband.

2) Multi-key mode: This Motion Synth App mode is designed to work with the AUUG Motion Synth Grip: a physical holder that securely attaches your iPhone or iPod touch to your hand, thereby improving the dexterity and accuracy with which you can trigger notes via the touch screen.

For the latest, check the official site – http://www.auug.com

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