2019
04/22
StepBud MIDI Sequencer AU
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AU midi sequencer app

StepBud is a MIDI Sequencer with Audio Unit AUv3 plugin, Audiobus and Ableton Link.

Add an unlimited number of steps to your sequencer.
Your steps appear with a LED and a fader on top of your screen.
You can change the active mode that your step faders displaying/controlling.
– Set the current note or chord in range of the scale and key you selected with respect the range of the octave you want to focus,
– Set the velocity, rate, gate time, modulation, pitch bend, portamento for each step,
– Try increasing the rate and repeat count your steps if you want to add more flavor.

Below the step faders, you have a master fader where you can control your entire sequencer. It has two modes which you can change from the settings strip on the bottom of the app.
– In copy mode, it assigns its value to each step.
– In shift mode, it shifts up or down each step.

If you want to go off-scale or try some crazy chords on some of your steps, or maybe on all of them, you can go to the Step Editor by double tapping the LED of the step you want to edit.

In StepBud’s powerful Step Editor, you can set your step’s notes either from the virtual keyboard or your connected MIDI keyboard. Don’t forget to enable MIDI in port of your MIDI keyboard or the you want to receive MIDI from the settings menu. You may also preview the selected notes by pressing the preview button in Step Editor for making sure you created the perfect sound for your particular step.

You can also toggle the steps you want to disable by tapping its LED.
If you long-press the LED, you can access a menu where you may copy/paste the steps around, remove them or edit them.

If you enable the lock mode from the settings strip on the bottom of the app, you may adjust each visible step fader on the screen by a single swipe gesture without having to lift your finger up.

Try to change your arppegio mode from the settings strip. You can sequence your steps up, down, up-down or random order.

StepBud is a MIDI sequencer app and it does not generate sounds itself. You need to route its MIDI out port in the settings menu to the audio app you want to sequence.

Please note that you need to have an iOS 11+ device and an Audio Unit host application such as AUM, apeMatrix, Cubasis, BeatMaker or Audiobus in order to use the StepBud as an Audio Unit plugin. And don’t forget to route StepBud’s MIDI out to the app or audio unit you want to sequence.

StepBud’s MIDI layer powered by free and open-source project AudioKit
https://github.com/AudioKit/AudioKit

Get StepBud here

2019
04/11
Stark Guitar Amps and Effects
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Klevgrand guitar effects and amps

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Get Stark HERE

2019
04/11
Atom MIDI Piano Roll AU
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MIDI Piano Roll audio unit for iOS

Atom Piano Roll is a sequencer for iOS, and the first in our Atom series of modular sequencer plugins. Record, replay, loop and manipulate MIDI notes anywhere.

The MIDI audio unit can be loaded in compatible hosts (AUM, ApeMatrix, Audiobus, BeatMaker 3, Cubasis 2, etc.). Make sure your host is capable of loading, transmitting to, and receiving MIDI from audio unit MIDI plugins.

It’s intended to augment existing MIDI processing capabilities, or in scenarios where a host doesn’t provide sequencing functionality out of the box.

Features:

1) Loop record
Grow your ideas over any number of bars. Overdub drum loops, layer complex melodies, or even record an entire track. Arm recording in multiple instances, in the background, receiving from hardware or even other audio units. Piano Roll is always sample accurately synced with the host.

2) Step input
Quickly create sequences. Insert notes respecting grid length, and resize them to any duration. Layer chords in one operation. Just send the notes, Piano Roll takes care of the rest.

3) Extensive editing tools
All the standard editing tools you are used to are implemented, pen for entering notes at any length, brush for painting continual notes at grid size and scissors for slicing.

Advanced tools allow you to be productive. Grow notes backwards or forwards. Group notes with additive selection. Select rows or chords in one operation. Time and pitch flip. Velocity editing is precise and unobtrusive. With Piano Roll, anything you need is a tap, hold, or swipe away.

3) Non destructive quantize
Quantised or not? You decide when, and how much! Enable full quantisation beforehand with grid snapping. Turn it back off, or adjust the strength afterwards on an already recorded sequence. Choose the quantisation percentage for note starts, note ends and even note durations. In Piano Roll, you have full control over timing precision.

4) Dynamic stretching
Stretch a clip from 4 bars to 8. Fix the note lengths or extend them in harmony. In Piano Roll, your sequences are elastic.

5) Advanced time signatures
Does 4/4 sound boring to you? Create complex polyrhythms by choosing any timing. From 3/8 to 11/8. From 2/1 to 17/16. Piano Roll lets you invent your own rhythm.

6) Advanced tempo settings
Negative BPM? No problem. Pick a tempo for every clip and play backwards or forwards. Multiply host tempo or choose something arbitrary, all with extreme accuracy. Piano Roll gives you control over tempo like never before.

7) Scales
Never go outside a scale, or go chromatic and add spice to the melody. With scale overlays, your music isn’t forced to sound in a predetermined way, and you aren’t forced to be a music theory genius to sound the way you want. Piano Roll gives you the ability to decide in which key to be and when.

8) Visibility layers
Aid composition by overlaying other clips from other plugin instances over the one you’re editing. Make sure your chords are in harmony with the melody, visually. Piano Roll roll helps you focus where you need, when you need it.

10) Sate saving
Your sequences are saved alongside the project you already work with. And they’re loaded back automatically when opening up a project. Clips can be saved as host presets. Piano Roll is in perfect harmony with the host you already use.

Get Atom Piano Roll HERE

2019
04/11
Bleass Reverb With Filter and Ducker
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Bleass Reverb with Filter and Ducker

The BLEASS reverb is a unique sounding plugin effect bringing your music production and live performances towards new soundscapes!

The BLEASS reverb is composed of 3 different stages:

1/ A first stage modifies the input source by correcting the gain and setting up early reflections pre-delay in order to re-create distant walls.
This first stage also contains a filter to modify frequencies. Switch between two different filter types:
– the Low-Shelf filter can reduce or boost your basses.
– the High-Pass filter cuts the low part of the signal and creates a resonant peak on interesting frequencies.

2/ The second stage offers a unique-sounding reverb with size modulation and length controls. It also contains a high frequency damping control in order to re-create plate reverb effects, as well as a freeze toggle button for infinite sound soaring and exploration.
This reverb offers also an X/Y panel which applies a set of fine-tuned frequency shifter as well as a wave shaper in order to mutate your reverb space on the go!

3/ The third stage offers a duck effect made of a compressor side-chained on the dry input in order to bring clarity to heavy kicks and basses

Finally, a dry-wet controller offers control over the reverb level.

All these features are shown within the factory presets, and you can save your own presets which will automatically carry over across different host apps.
All variables are exposed as AU parameters in hosts which support automation.
BLEASS reverb can also be used as a standalone app using headphones and mic or an external sound card.

Get Bleass Reverb HERE

2019
03/26
Bleass Groovebox Audio Routing
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Bleaas app for iPhone and iPad

BLEASS groovebox brings music production and performance to its very core: play, perform, compose beats, chords and melodies in a new yet intuitive way thanks to its multitrack sequencer, monophonic & polyphonic synthesizers and drum machines.

Check out this new tutorial showing you how to route audio and MIDI in Bleass!

GENERAL FEATURES :
> low-CPU and low-latency iOS-dedicated audio engine
> up to 16 steps per bar
> up to 8 bars per sequence
> separate groove settings per track
> live and song modes
> tap tempo
> speed control for each sequence ( x 0.5 / x1 / x2 )
> solo button for each track
> 2 FX sends
> 4 tracks sequencer
> optimized workflow for a smooth live/studio experience

DRUM MACHINE
> 6 user-customizable samples per track
> sample length, attack, release and pitch settings
> low pass and high pass filters
> post and pre- drive and bitcrusher settings
> velocity settings per step (with random velocity option)
> sample importation via iCloud or Files

MONO SYNTH
> up to 9 virtual-analog synthesizers for each track
> 2 oscillators + 1 noise
> 1 amplifier enveloppe
> 2 filters with 1 enveloppe
> post and pre- drive and bitcrusher
> 2 LFOs
> presets loading

CHORDS
> on the fly chords performance with scales
> up to 4 virtual-analog synthesizers for each track
> 2 oscillators + 1 noise
> amplifier and pitch enveloppe
> 2 filters with 1 enveloppe
> strumming
> bitcrusher
> 2 LFOs
> presets loading

ADVANCED FEATURES
> expression panels (pads or keyboard) with beat repeat
> on the fly sequence recording with automatic quantization
> sample recording (using built-in mic or external sound card)
> iCloud automatic synchronization
> live audio export
> Ableton Link compatibility
> Audiobus 3 & Inter-App Audio compatibility

PRO FEATURES
You can access all the BLEASS PRO FEATURES by purchasing the full unlock (pay once and own forever).
As a PRO user, you gain access to all premium features, all samples and all presets packs, as well as upcoming new features and instruments added continuously:
> Access to all samples packs
> Projects files management : load, save, import, export…
> MIDI in/out
> MIDI LEARN (control changes)
> MIDI sync out
> Presets saving
> MIX panel
> FXs parameters customization : reverb, delay, ping pong delay
> External Audio Routing

Get Bleass HERE

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