2019
08/28
Update: Keystage Midi Controller
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Master instrument controller

KeyStage is a master controller app designed mainly for keyboard players. With KeyStage, you can simultaneously control any number of hardware and software instruments using any number of MIDI controllers in an organized way.

Each project consists of sections (which corresponds to sections of a song). In each section you can change sounds and sound parameters of connected instruments, create complex splits and layers of your keyboard(s), change the functionalities of sliders/knobs/pedals of your MIDI controllers by creating advanced MIDI mappings, view PDF and JPG files (e.g. sheet music) and lyrics, and much more.

What’s New
Version History
Aug 26, 2019 Version 1.3

• Global panel in the Live Console
• In portrait mode, customizable view options in the info unit of the Live Console
• MPE vertical splitting and layering
• Additional advanced MPE control
• You can now change the colors of sections just like tracks
• You can now choose to reset pitchbend signals when a section is activated
• Global Custom Translators with special actions now works even of there are sections with no parts
• Songs and folders are now listed in alphabetical order
• Bug fixes involving accessing the instrument database and reading patchscripts

The live console of KeyStage is optimized for live performances. For each section, you can view one of the five live units in the live console:

1. Info Unit, which show an overview of the section including the keyboard ranges, volumes and pitch translations of each instrument
2. XY Touch Surface, where you can assign control change or pitch bend parameters to x and y axis
3. Lyrics Unit, where you can show the lyrics for the section
4. Media Unit, where you can view PDF and JPG files
5. Piano Unit, which is a virtual MIDI piano with a pitch bend

Try the free Lite version!

LIST OF FEATURES

• Connect any number of MIDI controller to any number of MIDI instruments by creating tracks.
• Assign any region of your keyboard(s) to any connected instrument.
• Change velocity curve and velocity limits, and create velocity splits and layers.
• Transpose notes and restrict notes to any key using pitch shifter.
• Send program change, bank select and control change messages to connected instruments.
• Create instrument presets to easily change sounds of instruments

by choosing patch names from patch lists. KeyStage can also import Cubase Patch Scripts to automatically create instrument presets for your MIDI instruments.

• KeyStage automatically detects new MIDI connections and recommends matching instrument presets from a database.
• Simulate auto-sustain on any connected instrument.
• Change or filter any MIDI signal using custom translators. Use “Relative Control” switch to smoothly change the parameters of your instruments without any jumps.
• Use XY control unit to send control change and pitch bend messages to any connected MIDI instrument.
• Create setlists, quick access all the songs in a setlist from a setlist bar, move to previous/next songs from live console or using external MIDI.
• Create virtual MIDI inputs/outputs for KeyStage.
• Use virtual MIDI piano controller to play connected instruments.
• View PDF and JPG files. Link any page or region of any file to any section.
• Backup and restore your songs and global properties to Dropbox.
• Map special actions (like changing octaves, switching sections, changing pages of a PDF file) to notes and controllers using custom translators.
• Use MPE routing to control any MIDI instrument using MPE controllers like Seaboard. Use custom translators to change the functionalities of each MPE dimension.
• KeyStage supports smooth transitions between sections. Pressed notes will continue to sound when you switch sections.

Get Keystage HERE

2019
08/22
Phawuo Ver 3 Now AU
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Phawuo synthesizer for iOS

Phawuo is an experimental monophonic virtual-analog synth with “dirty” oscillators. Good for bass sound and effects.

New in version 3:

– OSC support
– AUv3
– Available for macOS (as a separate version); presets can be shared across devices

It features:

– Two special oscillators. Each one has two modes playing more rough (though antialiased waveforms with inharmonicity in higher pitches) or “cheezy” sound. Plays sawtooth / square waveform and is capable of pulse width modulation.

– distortion and feedback ring modulation for each oscillator
– 24 dB/octave state-variable filter (LP-BP-HP)
– two ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter
– LFO to modulate the frequency and pulse width of oscillators’ waveforms
– Effects section: two channels of delay + frequency shifter with feedback with some flexible routing. Also includes basic reverb
– Precise parameter editing: tap and hold finger on the slider.
– Audiobus support. Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information.
– Inter-App Audio support
– Background audio support: enabled when connected to Audiobus and user switchable otherwise.
– CoreMIDI support – virtual midi input

Get Phawuo HERE

2019
08/22
Micro SD Adapter For Blackbox
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1010 Music Blackbox

1010 Music Blackbox owners, if you’re like me you don’t have a micro SD card slot on your laptop or desktop. Instead you have a standard SD card slot so you’ll need an adapter. I recommend this one pack from Amazon. It’s only $3 USD.

micro SD to SD card adapter
Built-in write protection switch
For use in devices with a standard Secure Digital slot
SanDisk micro SD to SD Memory Card Adapter

Buy the Sandisk Micro SD Adapter HERE

2019
08/16
Label Printer For Cables
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If you’re like me you have lots of wall warts, AC cables, and patch cables in your studio. I suggest getting a nice label maker! It’ll help keep things tidy. This is the one I use.

DYMO Label Printer | LabelWriter 450 Direct Thermal Label Printer, Great for Labeling, Filing, Shipping, Mailing, Barcodes and More, Home & Office Organization

ELIMINATE THE WASTE AND HASSLE OF SHEET LABELS: The LabelWriter? 450 prints precise quantities without difficulty
NEVER BUY INK AGAIN: Direct Thermal printing technology eliminates the cost of ink and toner
SPEEDY LABELING: Use the included DYMO software to quickly create and print address, file folder, and barcode labels? up to 51 labels per minute
EASILY CUSTOMIZE AND PRINT LABELS: Create labels directly from text in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Google Contacts
USE WITH AUTHENTIC DYMO LABELS: For best performance, use DYMO LabelWriter? Labels in a variety of sizes.Not compatible with Dymo Stamps

Get it here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027JBLV4/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=peacloveprod-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0027JBLV4&linkId=60a0db5ce059cc144008854a1a286b4f

2019
08/13
Yonac Roxsyn Guitar Synthesizer
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Yonac Roxsyn Guitar Synth

Introducing a revolutionary new way to turn your guitar or bass into a fully featured polyphonic synth: Roxsyn, the world’s first metamorphic guitar synthesizer. Expressive, fast and responsive to every nuance, it is a league apart from all other guitar synths to date.

Unhappy with cold and temperamental guitar-to-MIDI synths that dominate the market, we developed a completely new approach to guitar synthesis. Our all-original technology synthesizes your guitar directly, without the use of MIDI notes. Rescued from being a poor keyboard substitute, your guitar suddenly becomes an integral part of the synth. It’s alive!

There is no pitch tracking involved. There are no pitch estimation errors, octave glitches, or garbled chords. There is no over-complicated G2M between your guitar and synth to destroy everything human about your playing. Instead, Roxsyn’s metamorphic sound generation technology retains all the personality of your sound: vibrato, slides, bends, dynamics, even extended technique. The result is a polyphonic synthesizer that is as fast and accurate as it is richly expressive.

No need for special MIDI pickups or hardware, either: just plug into your favorite Lightning/USB audio interface, and start synthing!

::Powerful Synth Engine::

Roxsyn’s big synth heart is its three metamorphic signal generators (AKA oscillators). Each generator offers 5 unique waveforms, and has a 4+ octave range to cover a wide spectrum of frequencies. They also feature stereo panning, and can route into either of Roxsyn’s dual filter banks. You can even dial in your guitar directly into the synth engine for even bigger sounds.

::Dual Filter Banks::

Each containing four custom virtual-analog filter types and dedicated envelopes, the filter banks help sculpt the synth generators in countless new ways. The envelopes are specially designed for the guitar, and are driven by a fully adjustable automatic trigger generator controlled by your playing dynamics. Envelopes offer original features like finite-duration sustain stages, as well as the ability to receive or ignore trigger-off messages. They can also be triggered externally via MIDI controllers like an expression pedal.

An additonal envelope controls the amplitude of the signal, giving you even more options in creating synth sounds.

::Arpeggiator::

Instantly transform sustained guitar notes into fast (or slow), complex patterns with Roxsyn’s powerful yet easy to use arp. There are 8 stepping algorithms to choose from, as well as settable note value, swing, and note repeats. You can even route the arp to any combination of the 3 voice generators — enabling you to layer a non-arpeggiated sound with an arp pattern. What’s more, the arp can send trigger signals into any of Roxsyn’s 4 envelopes, and even reset the LFOs. So it’s also a handy rhythmic / trance tool as well!

::Modulation & FX::

Roxsyn’s user friendly modulation matrix lets you manipulate parameters (pitch, amplitude, filters, etc) using its two LFOs and mod envelope. Add subtle vibrato, even glide simulation, or go full-on berserk. LFOs each have 9 waveforms, and feature beat syncing. Each matrix row can take LFOs or the mod envelope as a modulator or control, and can even use external control sources.

And if you like your synths on the spicy side, Roxsyn comes with top-notch stereo FX specially developed to evoke extra synthiness: Powerful algorithmic reverb with the sound of countless rooms, phasing, modulating, 2-channel delay, and graphic EQ.

::Pro Features::

500+ factory presets with bass, lead, pad, arp sounds & more. Easily create & share your own presets. Audio Unit v3, IAA, Audiobus, Ableton Link. 64-bit processing at up to 96kHz. 160+ MIDI controllable parameters; MIDI learn & map save/share. Tapedeck (in the app), so you can record, loop & share your ideas on the go. Just some of Roxsyn’s professional features that make life and music a little bit easier.

Get Roxsyn HERE

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