2017
07/25
SynthDrum Pads Version 2
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SynthDrum

SynthDrum Pads 100% synthesized signal path, Virtual Analog Drum Synthesiser, with 64 step sequencer, Audiobus and Inter-app audio.

What’s New in Version 2.0.0
– 64 step sequencer
– Ableton Link support
– Audiobus 3 support
– Amplitude modulation for pads 1 and 2
– EQ on each drum
– 5 new send effects (distortion, delay, reverb, bit crush, chores/flanger)
– 2 new master out effects (Soft clip, 4-pole low-pass filter)
– Mixer with panning
– 99 save slots
– New save and reload button
– New GUI
– Audiobus Remote support
– Background audio

The step sequencer has been extended to 64 steps.

Now SynthDrum Pads can make use of 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.

Audiobus 3 suport has been added.

Amplitude modulation for pads 1 and 2 opens vast opportunities for making metallic sounds.

EQ on each drum makes it that much easier to reach the sound you want.

Five new send effects can be used on each drum (distortion, delay, reverb, bit crush, chores/flanger)

A 4-pole low-pass filter and soft-clipper have been added before the master output along with the original delay.

A new mixer with pan control.

Now you can save more. Up to 99 save slots can now be used.

A new GUI overhaul makes it easier to navigate multiple bars and effects.

Now with 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. It lets you play devices
together with the freedom of a live band.
Anyone can start and stop their part while
others keep playing, and anyone can adjust
the tempo and the rest will follow.
You can use Link to play with several instances
of Ableton Live, with Live and iOS apps, or
even without Live in your setup: using Link-
enabled apps on multiple devices, or multiple
apps on the same device.

SynthDrum Pads has an audio engine and clean interface that makes it a breeze to make the drum sounds you want; weather it be classic 80s transistor drum sounds, warm bass and ambient tones or modern percussive elements for modern EDM, Electronica and Dance.

Whether you’re looking for a chilled out feel to soothe, or a big fat bass to really turn heads SynthDrum Pads is exactly the addition you need to your audio arsenal to provide you with the variety of mood and texture you want, giving you an awestruck audience every time.

Get hands-on with your beats…
Sculpt the sound you want with VA tone generators, LFOs and EG. Perform on 4 pads or compose on the 64 step sequencer. A ‘one knob per parameter’ makes it easy to quickly tweak your sounds during live sets.

Connectivity and Versatility…
SynthDrum incorporates Audiobus 3 support, allowing audio connection and recording to 100s of great music apps including GarageBand.

Download it today and add some synthesised percussion to you music.

Main Features
– 100% synthesized signal path
– 64 step sequencer
– 4 Multi-touch Pads
– 4 Drums
– 3 Signal generators per voice; Noise, Click and Tone
– Frequency modulation (on pads 3 and 4)
– Amplitude modulation (on pads 1 and 2)
– Delay unit (with infinite looping capabilities)
– Audiobus 3 support
– IAA (Inter-app audio)
– Ableton Link
– 4 taps average tap tempo
– One knob per parameter
– EQ on each drum
– 5 new send effects (distortion, delay, reverb, bit crush, chores/flanger)
– 2 new master out effects (Soft clip, 4-pole low-pass filter)
– Mixer
– 99 save slots
– New save and reload button
– Swing control

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2017
07/25
Infinite Looper Update Adds Takes
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From the stage to the studio, Infinite Looper will let you capture musical ideas, and can provide the framework for songwriting, all in a single integrated app. Loop MIDI phrases easily, control six different instruments, and quickly assemble loops into full songs. Visit the Secret Base Design web site for details and demonstration videos.

What’s New in Version 2.3
A new loop-record mode lets you play along, and capture each loop as a separate take. Pick the take that you like best, and insert it into your project with a single tap. Because the app records MIDI, you don’t have to worry about running out of space; just let the loops run, focus on playing, and then go back and find the performance that captures the magic!

The loop import and export functions have been enhanced; you can import tracks easily from MIDI files, export a loop as a MIDI file, or export an entire project as multi-track MIDI. You can also import loops from other Infinite Looper projects quickly.

And because many people have been asking for a Twitter Step Sequencer…. you can now tweet loops out, or import loops that others have tweeted. Seriously. And ok, no one asked for this, but now that you know you can do this, you will, right? Of course you will.

* MIDI Looping
There are dozens of audio looping apps; Infinite Looper expands on this idea, allowing you to quickly select different synthesizers, and loop the MIDI to each with perfect synchronization. Each of the instruments can have up to eight simultaneous loops. The loops can be of different lengths, up to sixtyfour measures long.

* Internal SoundFont Engine
Built into the app is an extensive SoundFont library with hundreds of instruments, and multiple drum kits. Pianos, strings, guitar, brass, synthesizers — it’s all there. Everything you need to get going right away.

* Inter-App Audio
Infinite Looper can host IAA-compatible synth apps — take advantage of the wide range of innovative synths.

* MIDI In and Out
The app recognizes MIDI from other apps, over Bluetooth connections, and from hardware controllers. Secret Base Design is the developer of the innovative Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth — the first Bluetooth MIDI solution for iOS. We’re also partners in the musicIO app, which allows both audio and MIDI to be sent over an ordinary iOS sync cable. The app is built using the excellent MIDIbus library — the Secret Base Design team has been at the forefront of MIDI on iOS for years.

* More that just loops. Songs.
Built into the app is a loop sequencer — select different sets of loops for each section of a song, and the app will step through them automatically. You can build complex compositions, so that your songs evolve and breathe.

* MIDI Export
The iPad is an excellent music sketch pad, but it’s not the end of the road. Infinite Looper will export a MIDI file for a song, which can be loaded into professional desktop DAWs. Use your iPad to put together a demo, and then bring in the full set of studio tools to finish your masterpiece.

* Keyboards and Pads
The app features a responsive piano-style keyboard — adjust note velocity by touching towards the tops of the keys. And because on-screen keyboards can be hard to play, there’s also ten pages of programmable pads. You can quickly assign notes or chords to pads, making it easy to capture the progression for a song idea, and bring the whole thing into focus.

* Quantization and MIDI Latency
To lock down timing, you can toggle on quantization — or leave it off, for a loose, natural feeling. If you use external MIDI controllers, there can be latency in the MIDI messages — the app can time shift slight to account for the delay of Bluetooth connections or WiFi. And if you use an audio-to-MIDI converter app like MIDImorphosis, latency compensation can tighten up the timing.

* All the standards
Infinite Looper supports Ableton Link, making it easy to synchronize the app with other Link-enabled apps. There’s full support for Inter-App Audio and IAA MIDI, and Audiobus too.

* MIDI Learn
If you’re playing live, your hands might be busy with a keyboard or a guitar. With MIDI learn, you can control the app with a foot controller. Toggle on and off recording, switch tracks, and more. Infinite Looper is ready to be taken on stage, and used live.

* Import and Export
Easily share projects with friends using AirDrop, Dropbox, or by email.

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Infinite Looper uses the Ableton Link library, the Audiobus library, and the MIDIbus library. Internal sounds are from the SoundFont set by Christian Collins.

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2017
07/25
Elastic Drums Adds Futuristic Synths
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Elastic Drums is a music app showcasing an interactive drum kit, that enables to create a huge range of rhythmic grids, ranging from classical analog drumkits up to experimental soundscapes.
It contains six channels of high quality synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels. All important control parameters are automatable. The result: Elastic drum composition with a unique character!

What’s New in Version 2.1
– 4 new IAP „Futuristic synths“ – that enhance the sonic possibilities
– Simplified Midi assignment
– Possibility to Restore In-App Purchases
– New equalizer in Master Section
– Newest Audiobus SDK
– User-samples get zipped now when sending a user preset via email
– Automation is recordable via Midi CC now (only one CC at a time)
– Midi Send is now also sending triggers of jam page
– New Samples and Presets by Servando
– New Presets by Deadfader

Features:
– 6 synth channels with 13 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hihat, clap, tom, wobble, fm, fm4, square, grain, synth, drone, sampler)
– 12 parameters for each synth engine
– automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity
– 4 send effect channels with 2×13 mono effects and 2×11 stereo effects
– automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad
– master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
– 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length
– record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare
– email audio recordings and presets
– Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support
– Midi learn/Midi implementation of the most important parameters

Because all sounds get generated in realtime, the app is cpu heavy! iPhones 5 and greater can handle it with no problem, on iPhone 4s effects 3 and 4 get switched off by the engine automatically to save some cpu power. iPhone 4 and iPad1 are NOT recommended!

Elastic Drums is published by MoMinstruments, the instruments app label of Mouse on Mars and friends.

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2017
07/21
Beatonal is like Figure but better
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Much like Figure but better in some ways. Free version and IAP on sale 20% off.

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2017
07/20
Phaserings iPad Ensemble
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A studio performance of an RNN-controlled Touch Screen Ensemble from 2017-07-03 at the University of Oslo.

In this performance, a touch-screen musician improvises with a computer-controlled ensemble of three artificial performers. A recurrent neural network tracks the touch gestures of the human performer and predicts musically appropriate gestural responses for the three artificial musicians. The performances on the three ‘AI’ iPads are then constructed from matching snippets of previous human recordings. A plot of the whole ensemble’s touch gestures are shown on the projected screen.

This performance uses Metatone Classifier (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.51712) to track touch gestures and Gesture-RNN (https://github.com/cpmpercussion/gest…) to predict gestural states for the ensemble. The touch-screen app used in this performance was PhaseRings (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.50860).

This work is supported by The Research Council of Norway as a part of the Engineering Predictability with Embodied Cognition (EPEC) project, under grant agreement 240862. Citable at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.831910

PhaseRings is a musical instrument for performing expressive music with touch gestures. Anyone can create a beautiful piece of music with our sound schemes and generative composition engine!

Each ring on the screen represents a different pitch, and you can tap and swirl on each ring to create combinations of long and short notes. The angle and size of your tap will change the timbre of the notes you create!

PhaseRings includes seven expressive “sound schemes” featuring percussive sounds like marimba and singing bowls as well as pure synth sounds like phase and string synthesis.

Three “compositions” of pitches are included in the app, but you can also create your own custom composition by choosing three base notes and scales, PhaseRings will do the rest, generating a series of great setups from the harmony you choose!

Features:
– 7 sound schemes
– 4 built-in setups
– Custom generative composition
– 11 scales and modes
– Core MIDI support for iOS MIDI Accessories and MIDI enabled apps
– AudioBus Support with state saving
– Inter-App Audio Support

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