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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2017
07/20
Amazing Noises Brick Wall Limiter
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A brickwall peak limiting app, for the complete control of your audio volume. New Sampler! Now you can use the app as a standalone. Audiobus and Inter-App Audio Effect.

The Amazing Noises Limiter it has a wide range of dynamic processing: from very gentle volume attenuation to heavy distortion (if you want it!).

Main Features:

+ AudioUnit V3, Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support
+ Brickwall Limiter
+ Live Normalizer
+ Built In Stereo Sampler with varispeed
+ Control Manager LFO for Parameters
+ Midibus, Virtual Midi and Network: 14 bit NRPN controllers
+ Snapshots Presets Morphing Pad

Tech Requirements:

– iOS8 or later
– iPad 2 or later

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2017
07/20
Yonac Kaspar Synthesizer For iPad
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Harness the enormous power of 8 polyphonic synths: meet KASPAR Supersynthesizer! Featuring our cutting edge Multi-Engine Automorphing SuperSynthesis technology, KASPAR is a gigantic machine. A total of 24 oscillators, 8 filters, 8 arps; extensive morphing, automorphing, and layering abilities; a powerful modulation system; poly aftertouch; 2 FX Busses filled with fully stereo Yonac effects — just a few of the amazing features of this behemoth synth!

KASPAR comes with tons of pro features. In addition to extensive MIDI capabilities, Inter-App Audio, and Audiobus, it also works as an Audio Unit plug in. Just fire it up in GarageBand or your favorite DAW for even more KASPAR goodness.

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Top Notch Sound Generation

• 8 fully-featured polyphonic synth engines, each with,
— 3 oscillators (24 systemwide total!)
— Over 20 unique waveforms per oscillator
— Special 6-stage ‘dADSHR’ envelopes
— 14 types of filters to choose from
— Dedicated filter envelope
— Arpeggiator with multiple modes
— Chordmaker – easily program & play chords by touching a single key
— Powerful modulation features (see below)

Extensive Modulation

• Each synth has a dedicated mod assign matrix with 6 slots
• 20 mod targets to choose from, including pitch, timbre, filters and more
• Each target can be modulated by a continuous signal, as well as a control signal
• 2 LFOs per synth
• Modulation envelope
• Poly aftertouch
• Velocity, Mod Wheel & Key Tracking

Morphing

• 4 morph groups with onscreen control pad
• Automorphing: simply draw a figure on the pad and KASPAR automatically tracks it
• Modulate the morph using the x- and y-controls
• 6 automorph trigger modes
• 4 automorph looping modes
• Adjustable, beat-syncable pathread & modulation speeds

Layering

• Combine the 8 KASPAR synth engines in infinite ways
• Each synth comes with dedicated volume and panning, as well as FX1 & FX2 send controls
• Conveniently map the synths to regions of the keyboard: great for ‘splitting’ or ‘layering’ multiple synth patches
• Each engine has its own transpose & drift controls, as well as adjustable pitch bending, velocity, and aftertouch ranges

Professional FX

• Two independent FX busses
• Each bus contains 8 state-of-the-art stereo FX specially designed for KASPAR
• Simply drag-and-drop to change FX signal flow
• FX include:
— Analog-modeling compressor
— 6 band parametric EQ with 9 filter options per band
— Stereo chorus with 10 parameters
— Stereo phaser
— Stereo flanger
— Amplifier with 4 virtual circuit types and 4 cabinet types
— Stereo delay with BPM syncing
— Algorithmic reverb with 14 parameters

Professional Features

• Standalone app features Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, and Ableton Link
• Comes packaged with FREE Audio Unit plugin, with native processing at any standard sample rate
• Crystal clear, super high quality audio generation
• Virtual ribbon control with polyphonic aftertouch, as well as classic keyboard
• Virtual KB velocity with adjustable sensitivity
• Extensive MIDI Learn options
• MIDI Maps manager with MIDI CC profile saving
• Over 300 high quality presets, including an exclusive bank by New Wave Presets
• Powerful preset management system: save, share & edit presets

System Requirements

• Recommended for iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 2, or newer

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2017
07/17
Poly Update Adds Link and more
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Poly Generative Sequencer For iPad

Back in July of 2013 I reviewed a cool generative app called Poly on my Youtube channel. Several years later this fun and cool app has an update and it’s an important one!

Poly is a unique generative sequencer that harnesses the power of poly-rhythms to create intricate and exciting patterns.

Different coloured nodes are added to a circular area. The closer a node is to middle, the faster it repeats. Each node has its own sample, FX settings and keyboard. There are five available colours and up to 12 nodes maximum.

Poly comes with over 40 preset sounds, including a selection of awesome 808 samples

Other features include:

– Audiobus integration
– Audio Copy and Paste
– AudioShare file sharing
– Virtual / Hardware MIDI
– Saving and Loading of Patterns
– Recording of performances
– Dropbox upload and download

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2017
07/17
Korg nanoKontrol Elastic Drums Jam
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Servando Barreiro is showcasing how he is using Elastic Drums together with a Korg NanoKontrol 2 Midi Controller. You can do this with the current version of Elastic Drums already, but the upcoming update will improve Midi Learning to do such setups also a lot. In his setup Servando basically connected the midi controller to some instrument parameters and to some master effects of the Jam page.

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ED Update 2.1 should be out this week or next week latest.

Korg nanoKONTROL 2

Convenient, compact control surface, with easy setup for immediate use

In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The nanoKONTROL2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles – including major DAW programs – are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings.

Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There’s also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production.

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