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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

KORG iWAVESTATION

Posted by Mikers On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414KORG iWAVESTATION – A wave sequence synthesizer for iOS.

The WAVESTATION synthesizer went on sale in 1990. This instrument featured an advanced vector synthesis system which created new sounds by combining and connecting multiple waveforms; it provided a mix/morphing function that let you use a joystick to change the balance of four oscillators, and a distinctive wave sequence function that allowed you to place waveforms in a desired sequence to create sequence patterns. To this day, it continues to be considered a legendary and still-unique instrument.

Now in 2016, the WAVESTATION has been reborn as “KORG iWAVESTATION,” an app for iPad/iPhone. In addition to completely reproducing the programs, it also features a renewed design that lets everyone experience the stupendous sound-shaping potential of the WAVESTATION. It features touch-based operation that’s distinctive of iOS, in conjunction with a new graphic interface that allows you to visualize and edit the time-varying timbral changes that are distinctive of the WAVESTATION.

[ Features ]

– A faithful reproduction of the original WAVESTATION sound: In addition to providing the sounds from all PCM memories of the WAVESTATION, the new iWAVESTATION also reproduces in software every detail of the parameters, based on an analysis of the original hardware circuit diagram.

– A new wave sequence view that can be graphically controlled: The iWAVESTATION, we advance another step with a graphical user interface that takes advantage of the touch operations that are a characteristic of iOS. Even more than ever, we’ve updated the screen design with an emphasis on creating sequences.

– 1,500 sounds, more than 700 waveforms, 55 effects, and a powerful random sequence engine: This new instrument includes a stupendous number of presets and waveforms, covering all models of the series. iWAVESTATION also provides a new random sequence function which will give you different perspectives to inspire new sounds.

– Produce music together with KORG Gadget integration: iWAVESTATION 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 “Milpitas” gadget inside the KORG Gadget app.

More info at http://www.korg.com

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

Synth Automata

Posted by Mikers On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc1024x768-1Synth Automata is an app designed for making Generative music.

Synth Automata achieves Algorithmic composition via the uses of an interactive Cellular Automata (Conway’s Game of Life) as a tigger for notes. The user can select what scale the Automata maps to, The generated notes are then passed on to the synthesizer and onboard effects.

It was inspired my a talk given by Brian Eno and Will Wright

Specs
– 8×8 Cellular Automata
– 64 oscillators
– Ladder style resonant low-pass filter
– Onboard effects; reverb, delay
– Tempo control
– Programable scale
– AHD amp envelope
– 3 waveforms
– High-pass filter

– Made in Cornwall, UK

Synth Automata - Automata Controlled Synthesizer (AppStore Link) Synth Automata - Automata Controlled Synthesizer
Developer: Paul Betowski
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

Phasemaker

Posted by Mikers On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414-1A full-blown 6-Operator FM Synth on iOS, building on the legacy of the classic synthesizers that defined the digital era of the 1980s.

It also happens to be the first FM Audio Unit instrument (AUv3), offering tight integration in many leading mobile DAWs, such as Auria, Garageband, Cubasis, Modstep and AUM.

(Note: due to a known bug in GarageBand there may be issues when loading AUs. Apple have promised a fix soon).

Frequency Modulation brings rich timbres and dynamic evolving sounds full of personality which are impossible to create with analog modelling. The 6-Operator architecture allows for lively multi-layered sounds with lots of expression and playability.

Phasemaker’s characteristic FM sound will add classic digital character to your mobile sonic arsenal which no other analog synth can bring.

System requirements: iPad 4+, iPad Mini 2+, iPhone 5S+, iOS 9 or higher

– Universal: runs on iPad (Air recommended), iPhone and iPod Touch
– Audio Unit v3 compatible
– Audiobus 2.3 compatible
– CoreMidi compatible standalone mode (with background audio)
– Bluetooth MIDI compatible
– Custom preset management; user presets available across AU hosts
– Dozens of factory presets
– 42 FM Algorithms (including all 32 DX7 layouts)
– 12 Oscillators, including the 8 original TX81z waveforms
– All 106 parameters can be automated using MIDI CC and AU Parameters
– Vintage sounding chorus and reverb effects for classic ambiance
– User manual available on www.ruismaker.com

Phasemaker (AppStore Link) Phasemaker
Developer: Bram Bos
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

Frum

Posted by Mikers On October - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414-1Unlocking new potentials of FM synthesis.

Frum is a radically new FM Drum Synthesizer, incubated after many years of research and development into FM synthesis. You may imagine FM sounds to be clear and harmonic, but those are just the start of the possibilities FM has to offer. More potential is unleashed by harnessing the unlimited, free power of complex sound waves.

Close sound encounters of the third kind.

Traditionally, FM synths are overwhelming, with too many parameters to control the sound texture. Frum bundles many of these parameters together in the BUG button, offering entirely new textures each time the button is pressed. It’s easy to find and tweak these sounds to make drums, other percussion, fat bass, organic noises such as insect songs, environmental sounds, human screams, as well as all sorts of intriguing melodies.

Features

• The sounds are at your fingertips.
With Frum, we had to rethink the existing UI design for hardware and software synthesizers, bringing the power of FM to the iOS touch screen. The vertically scrolling sequencer allows you to enjoy single-handed, stress-free control of the UI.
• Rearrange blocks to compose music.
Entire songs can be composed by rearranging pattern blocks with your fingers. Complex arrangements and organisation is possible with the user having control over song name, pattern block colors, loop counts and durations.
• Share your song on the timeline.
From incorporates SNS technology, allowing you to listen to hot new tracks from around the world, as soon as somebody shares them. Let people know what you think, and get feedback on your own tracks, via the like button, and comments section.

Specifications

• Sound engine
Oscillators : FM/PM synth with 4 operators( sine, square, triangle )
Tracks : 4 ( can extend to 4×4 pads using the ‘Pad division’ function )
Filter : High, Band and Low pass filter
Effectors : Overdrive, Auto Pan
Features :
Generating BUG, Pad division, UNDO, REDO, Live edit, Save and load presets (factory/private)

• Pattern Sequencer
Step resolution : 1/16
Maximum step: 64 (4 bars)
Features:
Gate input, Keyboard input, parameter input in Motion edit mode, Copy and paste, Step shift

• Song (Pattern Block)
Maximium patterns : 150
Pattern Block Properties : Name, Color, Loop count, Mute
Features :
Drag & drop, Duplicate, Delete, Delete All

• Settings
BPM Stepper
Mixer : 4 track volume faders + 1 master volume fader with a limiter
Other Features :
Shuffle, Mute, Pad Division, Pad sound switch, and so on

• Other functions
SNS (Timeline, Popular, Recommended, Demo)
Account management, Account synchronization, Create account
MyData

For more details – http://frum.jp/

Frum (AppStore Link) Frum
Developer: TORICO Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

Cubasis 2 update drops

Posted by Mikers On October - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414One of the most fully fledged music workstations for the iPad comes from Steinberg in the shape of Cubasis, and just recently version 2.0 arrived with a host of new features and improvements…

What’s New in Version 2.0

• A Refreshed User Interface – Enjoy profound usability by straightforward workflows
• Real-time Time-Stretch – Tempo match audio loops to your song’s tempo in a snap
• Pitch shift with formant correction – Easily change keys of any tracks and tune them to perfection
• A studio-grade channel strip – Reach true sound perfection for all channels
• Spin FX – Tweak and mash-up your tracks with DJ-like breaks, stops and stutters
• MicroSonic TAPE instruments – Perfectly recreate trademark sounds from the ’60s era
• 76 new Micrologue presets – Lay down your tracks with cutting-edge modern synth sounds
• Factory loops tempo match – Enjoy the freedom to use included audio loops at any tempo
• MIDI Auto Quantize – Sync MIDI tracks with the beat while recording
• Ready for iOS 10 – Cubasis 2.0 is fully tested and proven iOS 10 compatible

For a full rundown on the app’s features, head to the official website – http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/mobile_apps/cubasis/start.html

Don’t forget, there’s an LE version you can try out to see if it suits your needs

New features – highlights

Cubasis 2 (AppStore Link) Cubasis 2
Developer: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Rated: 4+
Price: $49.99 Download Here

Cubasis LE 2 (AppStore Link) Cubasis LE 2
Developer: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

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