2017
08/17
DM2 Update Adds Drone Machine
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DM2 is a synthesis-based drum machine with a dedicated graphic editor, for the creation and manipulation of sound. DM2 is fully MIDI-mappable with more than 130 assignable parameters that can be controlled by an external MIDI controller.

What’s New in Version 1.6
Introducing the “DRONE MACHINE”. With the brand new “Drone Machine” mode DM2 turns into an instant Ambient machine. All 9 tracks play continuously regardless of what the sequencer plays. Switch it on and drive a powerful Dream Machine at the tips of your fingers. Extremely versatile when used with a MIDI controller and MIDI Learn mode. Dark Ambient admirers, Space Rock lovers, Dream Music adorers, Minimal fetishist are welcome.

** AMENDED**
+ AUDIO ENGINE : Improved CPU management when idle in the background
+ Faster loading time

A BIG, BIG STEP SEQUENCER. 16 or 32 step patterns. Or why not 7 or 25 steps? Or even polymetric tracks (poly what? no worries, just a fancy word for complex rhythms, yet super easy to make). And while we are at it, steps can also be singles, duplets, triplets or quadruplets for even sophisticated rhythms. Again it is all about drawing funny objects to make funky beats.

THE DRUMS PAGE. Where the sonic magic happens. Six touchable graphs to create sounds. Oscillators, LFOs, filters, noise generators, all the usual suspects in a drawable interface. This may look a tiny bit daunting at first, but the beauty is that whatever you touch, you’re not going to break anything. So give everything a whirl, and get experimental. And if you need some inspiration, DM2 contains plenty of ready-made sounds too.

THE PADS PAGE. Maybe you prefer finger-drumming? Sure, go ahead. Press REC and record your rhythms. Of course, there is an automatic quantize function, so that you’ll never miss a beat again.

THE MIXER PAGE. Big and beautiful, it will transform your iPad into a professional mixing desk for the price of a magazine.

THE FX SECTION. A powerful Effect processor. Just switch everything on and see where it takes you.

THE SONG PAGE. Last but not least, put all your hard work in the previous pages together in a shiny song.

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2017
08/16
This Seaquence Update Is Amazing!
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Seaquence lets you create, modify, and share musical compositions of swimming “planktone” creatures in a stereo-spatialized mixing dish. Each creature has a voice and a sequencer, and only the closest are heard as they swim around your view. With Seaquence’s fully capable audio engine, you can create layered and dynamic compositions with a wide range of sounds ranging from ambient drones to intricately layered rhythms and transients. With its playful and colorful interface, even composers who are brand new to synthesis will be able to unlock their synesthetic creativity. You can save your sessions, post and share them, and explore the Seaquence Galaxy to listen what others have shared to get inspired.

What’s New in Version 1.1.0
v1.1.0

• Built-in audio AND video recording/export using Apple Replay-Kit. Export audio and video to other apps.
• Enhanced MIDI support: Sources/Destinations can now be selected individually.
• Settings are now accessible in-app! No more iOS settings panel
• Tweaks to compressor settings resulting in larger dynamic range when lots of voices are playing. Experience greater fidelity in complicated mixes!
• Faster session loading
• Pinch Zoom
• New filter control which allows you to morph between the 4 different filter types dynamically, allowing for more expressive spectral control
• BPM and Transpose are now included in the free download
• Tap Tempo on BPM
• Play Audio in Background (option)
• Max Active voices — set how many voices can play at once (option)
• Showing/hide note names in sequencer (option)
• MIDI Enable/Disable (option)
• More accurate and consistent MIDI clock / note timing
• MIDI latency adjustment
• Improved IAP purchase flow and messaging
• Updated graphics / icons
• UI Tweaks
• Various Bug Fixes

Features included in download

• Polyphonic synth engine
• Dynamic spatial mixer and stereo-panning engine
• Up to 5 note polyphony per voice
• Up to 8 voices can be heard simultaneously (user settable)
• Up to 64 unique voices in a composition (only the closest voices are heard)
• A true multitouch experience, up to 11 simultaneous touch points supported
• Intuitive visual multitouch voice editor
• Unique swimming physics and swim behaviors — swim patterns are based on synth and sequencer parameters per-voice
• 16×16 multitouch step-sequencer matrix
• Radial chromatic scale editor with octave
• Amplitude envelope generator + length (ADSR+L) with curves and hold
• Precision, sample-based clock and sequencing engine
• Variable tempo, supporting 1 to 360 BPM with tap-tempo.
• Global session transpose
• 5 waveform shapes: Square, Saw, Tri, Sin, Noise
• Save your own session presets
• 30+ included session presets
• Social sharing features – post and share links to sessions
• Session links are maintained — trace back the history of a composition, see who remixed a session
• Audio and Video recording and export using Apple ReplayKit. Share performances!

Features of Seaquence Complete (unlocked with a single In-App Purchase)

• Per-voice state-variable filter with morphable hi-pass, band-pass, lo-pass, and notch modes
• Filter attack envelope generator with resonance (Q) and curve
• Swing/Shuffle
• Step length subdivision: 1/1 to 1/64, including triplets
• Portamento/Glide with curve editor
• Additional monophonic voice modes: Sub-Oscillator tuned to a 5th and Detuned Unison
• Delay effect on the master channel with feedback and individual voice fx-send
• MIDI notes i/o per voice
• MIDI cc i/o per voice
• MIDI clock sync
• Assignable MIDI notes/cc/clock in/out per MIDI device
• User-adjustable MIDI Latency
• Optionally enable/disable Audio engine when using MIDI

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2017
08/16
KRFT UPDATE ADDS NEW FEATURES
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KRFT is a modular instrument for expressive music production that we built to challenge the two decade old paradigm of the multi-track DAW.

ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Designed from the ground up with a focus on live experimentation and expressive interactions, KRFT will inspire you to make music that would normally be out of reach.

Rather than being confined to a fixed interface KRFT lets you create a surface that suits your musical needs whether you’re building an experimental groove box or composing an entire track.

Use it standalone with its powerful internal audio engine or with your studio & MIDI enabled gear, such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro X.

What’s New in Version 1.6.0
** Transform Cells **
– An amazing new way to explore musical ideas, the Transform Cell takes a Timeline and transforms its notes in real time.
– The transforms available are Note Repeat, Arpeggiate, Rhythmize, Harmonize, Beat Repeat, Quantize, Reverse, Invert, Rotate, Random Key & Random Time
– Apply the same transform to multiple timelines and combine multiple transform cells for wild results!

** Sync: Step **
– Setting a timelines sync to “step” will make a timeline start from the next note in its sequence.
– Use this with the hold interaction to step through a melody or drum beat with every tap.

** Cell => Explode **
– The new explode function allows you to split an existing timeline into multiple cells.
– You can split a timeline either using a slice length or per key.
– Use this function to split out a drum kit into its individual parts or to easily create a keyboard.

** Matrix 2.0 **
– Now you can multi-select notes. Just long hold on the matrix and then drag over notes to select them.
– Selections can be moved, deleted, resized, copied & pasted – even into other loops.
– You can also apply transforms to these selections, such as invert, reverse, humanize and more!
– Added an undo button!

** Save user presets **
– Now you can save your user presets and use them across your projects.

** Minor Improvements **
– Added 4 new scales => Major Blues, Minor Blues, Whole Tone, Klezmer
– Added INIT patch for bass and lead synths
– Added noise param on synth engine
– Improved menu speeds
– UI Improvements
– Bug Fixes 🙂

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2017
08/16
Audiobus 3 Now With Link Support
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Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Then save your setup in a preset to be restored with one touch later on.

With a completely new MIDI routing system, support for Apple’s new Audio Unit Extensions standard, a new built-in mixer, and huge new workflow improvements, Audiobus 3 represents a big step forward for mobile music making.

What’s New in Version 3.0.5
– Audiobus 3 now has tempo controls, and Ableton Link support! Keep Audio Unit Extensions in sync with your other apps, and control your session tempo right from within Audiobus.
– Bypass Audio Unit Extension effects with the press of a button

Other improvements:

– Show more detailed progress when clearing big sessions
– Fixed launch issues with apps like SynthMaster Player.
– Active session did not recover on incoming telephone call or Siri interruption. Fixed!
– Fixed endless spinning wheel on MIDI hardware output after loading a preset.
– Fixed some stuck note bugs.
– Fixed a crash when saving a preset while a filter keyword has been entered into the search field.
– Fixed a launch issue when switching between very complex presets.
– Fixed a “Tap to Fix” issue when many ports of an app were added to a connection graph
– Require user to reboot the device, if intermediate port cannot be connected.
– Fixed graphical glitches when switching between presets.
– Instances of Audio Unit Extensions were not sorted by alphabet in connection panel. Fixed!
– Fixed an audio glitch when ejecting an input app currently emitting sound.
– We now automatically remove added pipelines on removing a MIDI output port.

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2017
08/15
Beat Mirror Detects Tempo From External Sound
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Beat Mirror uses your device’s built-in microphone to detect your tempo *while you play*. Set a target tempo with the special tap-for-tempo feature and then start playing your instrument! A real-time graph of your tempo will appear right away, guiding you towards your best playing yet. Perfect for drummers looking to build their internal rhythm.

Good music needs good rhythm. But learning to stay on beat—learning to groove—isn’t always easy. Build your inner metronome with Beat Mirror and catch yourself when you’re speeding up or slowing down.

What’s New in Version 2.0.0

Version 2.0 introduces a scrollable graph of your tempo, plus support for background audio.

Here’s what BeatMirror has to offer:

– Wide tempo range. Tempo detection between 40 bpm and 208 bpm.
– Fast. A *fast* response time: tempo is detected quickly and accurately.
– Flexible. Accurate across time signatures (e.g., 4/4, 6/8) and rhythm styles (e.g., swing).
– Real-time, scrollable graph. Current tempo and tempo history are displayed real-time.
– Easy-to-read interface. Optimized for various light environments, such as stages and practice spaces.
– Tap pad. A special tap pad lets you set a target tempo easily and intuitively.
– Versatile. Perfect for solo practice, band rehearsals, and you can even use it at concerts!

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