2018
08/31
Audio Evolution 2 DAW Update
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Audio Evolution 2 iOS DAW

Wicked new update for Audio Evolution! This version 2.0 is looking better than Cubasis now with MIDI AU effects and bus routing.

Record your ideas on the go or create entire music productions from scratch, we’ll leave it up to you! This app is a portable multitrack audio and MIDI recording studio featuring virtual instruments, editing with unlimited undo/redo, mixing, real-time effects, automation and much more!

What’s New
Version History
Aug 31, 2018 Version 2.0.2
* Added support for AU MIDI plug-ins
* Added virtual MIDI input port
* Tempo sync did not work for AUv3 effects. Solved.
* IAA and AUv3’s are now sorted by name
* The Roli Seaboard Block did not work. Solved.
* Channel pressure is now recorded on MIDI input, unless switched off in the preferences
* Solved issue with SynthMaster One AU
* Added support for the Files app in iOS11

Features:
• Multitrack audio recording / playback
• MIDI sequencing with piano roll editor
• Drum pattern editor
• Inter-app audio effects and instruments
• AudioBus support (including AudioBus remote)
• Audio Unit instruments, effects and AU MIDI
• Non-linear editing with move, trim, split, cut/copy/paste, remove, cross-fade, time-stretching etc. with full undo/redo
• Virtual instruments (comes with free instruments and more instrument packs to download)
• Clip volume and fade points
• Loop playback
• Automation of mixer and effect parameters
• Mix-down to WAV, AIFF and ALAC
• Metronome
• Punch in/out
• Zoom down to the sample
• Each track has controls for volume, panning, mute, solo, arm, 3-band EQ with mid-sweep, 3 insert effects, 2 effect sends and output bus selection
• Unlimited number of tracks and groups
• Real-time effects including: chorus, compressor, delay, dual delay, reverse delay, reverb, flanger, noise gate and many more!
• Offline effects: fade in/out, normalize, reverse, pitch shift, time stretching
• Several grid options for aligning your samples (with tempo and time signature settings)
• Export to other DAW’s by rendering all tracks to separate audio files (stems)
• Media server to access your files easily from a desktop computer
• AudioShare support
• Cloud sync using Google Drive and Dropbox

In short: a complete portable multitrack music studio that will replace your fourtrack recorder or tape machine!

(*) The following in-app purchases are available to expand your studio:
• FX pack 1 (distortion, overdrive, speaker sim, wah wah, phaser)
• FX pack 2 (10-, 15-, 30-band graphic EQ)
• ToneBoosters effect pack 1 (Barricade, DeEsser, Gate, Reverb)
• ToneBoosters EQ with frequency analyzer
• ToneBoosters Compressor
• ToneBoosters Ferox
• Vocal Tune with two-voice harmonizer
• Soundfont instrument packs
• Loop packs from Function Loops

The ‘PRO’ in-app purchase is only for people who downloaded version 1.x and is not applicable to version 2.0 or higher.

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2018
08/30
Xequence Update Audiobus 3 Support
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Xequence is a highly professional, fast & stable MIDI sequencer, arranger & controller for iPhone & iPad.

What’s New
Version History
Aug 28, 2018 Version 1.8

COMPLETE AUDIOBUS 3 SUPPORT:

– SIDEBAR: Audiobus sidebar for switching between connected apps, with access to all Xequence transport controls (Play, Stop (the Rewind icon) and Record) from any other Audiobus app.

– SYNCHRONIZATION: Full synchronization (Start, Stop, Tempo, Phase). Please note that Ableton Link has to be enabled in Xequence, all participating apps, and Audiobus.

– MIDI OUT: 16 Audiobus MIDI Out ports for connecting up to 16 Xequence instruments to 16 separate Audiobus MIDI lanes or apps. Displays connected apps’ names inside Xequence.

– COMPATIBILITY NOTE: Some apps hosted in Audiobus as a MIDI receiver might not work correctly due to implementation issues in these apps. In these cases, please send the MIDI directly to the app (do not put the target app on Audiobus’ MIDI screen. Instead, put it as a source on the Audio screen and select the app itself as the MIDI Destination on Xequence’s instruments screen). This problem can only be fixed by the receiver app developers.

– MIDI IN: Audiobus MIDI In port for recording the MIDI output of other Audiobus apps. (all input will currently be merged to a single track, i.e. multitrack MIDI recording is not yet supported, but will be in a future update.)

– MIDI THRU: Xequence’s usual MIDI Thru will also work inside Audiobus, passing whatever is received from the MIDI lane OR from any other source selected in Xequence’s settings to the current track’s instrument, which can be an Audiobus destination, hardware, OR another app.

– STATE SAVING AND RESTORE: Xequence will save the current project, including all modifications done since the last save, in the Audiobus preset, and restore it when a preset is recalled.

– MIDI MERGE: Xequence merges all MIDI input both from the Audiobus lane AND any other MIDI sources, both hardware and software, and can record it or send it to the current track’s instrument (MIDI Thru).

– Please note that Audiobus MIDI and State Saving still are very new and evolving technologies, and you may encounter issues which are caused by problems in third-party apps. However, please do let us know if you have a problem that you suspect might be due to a Xequence bug, and we’re happy to investigate.

IMPROVEMENTS:

– MIDI Input has been cleaned up: The “Any” source has been replaced by “Xequence Destination” and can be enabled alongside the other available sources. To send MIDI to “Xequence Destination”, most apps have a menu that will list “Xequence Destination” so you can send to it. Of course, the other way around (Xequence actively connects to other sources) is still available by enabling one of the other sources in the “Select MIDI sources” panel.
– Better contrast for instrument colors in “Light” theme.
– Pianoroll: When switching between note and velocity editing, scroll and zoom are now preserved.
– Various optimizations.

FIXES:

– Pianoroll: Fix vertical scrolling of keys on the left sometimes not in sync with scroll position of editor.
– Pianoroll: Fix slightly wrong vertical zoom in Drum editor mode when using “Zoom All” with the ruler enabled and “Ruler Auto-Dismiss” disabled.
– Keyboard: Fix sliders with “Return” option sometimes not returning to their zero position.

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2018
08/30
Analog Rytm iPad Controller
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Collider Analog Rytm Controller App

Collider is a performance and control surface for Elektron’s Analog Rytm drum machine. Unlock the full potential of your drum machine with minimal effort and programming.

UPDATE 4.8 Aug 28, 2018

– New Mode allows you to launch Patterns using Program Changes
– Resetting a Track / Kit will no longer reset the Track’s Engine
– Added ALL toggle on Mixer Page which lets you affect parameters across all tracks at once
– The Mixer will now show if a Track is locked with a red border
– Receiving and Sending Kits will now correctly save / encode Pad Retrig settings, Legacy FX Toggle, Sound Chromatic Mode & Sound Vel to Vol Toggle
– Track Selection on the Pattern Page has been improved. You can now glide your finger across to toggle instead of having to individually select.
– New Pattern function under Retrig & Tools called “Offbeat Trigs” will move some Trigs off the beat (forward or back 1)
– Added Purge function to Pattern Side Controls
– Improved Drum Pattern Population. Less Sequences will be empty when loading Patterns from Genres.
– Improved algorithm for AutoFilling Pattern snapshots (more variation)
– Improved Trap algorithm
– Improved Cross Rhythms algorithm
– Improved Random 808 Kits

Features:

– Intelligently randomize and morph Parameters, Pages, Tracks, FX, Patterns, Trigs and Parameter Locks
– Randomized Kits of a certain flavor + sound design functions
– Control common parameters across ALL tracks
– Scene and Performance Controls Randomization
– Pattern Mode: Euclidean patterns, humanization, randomization, pattern algorithms and much more!
– Over 300 drum grooves from various genres are included to kickstart your production
– Use Physics to control Performance and Aftertouch
– Automate the addition of TRC conditions and P-Locks, Randomize Retrig Rates and Sequence Lengths creating interesting and evolving patterns
– Save and Load Kits, Tracks, MFX, Mixer Settings, Kit Snapshots & Pattern Snapshots
– Mixer Mode
– Chromatic Mode
– XY Pads to control Master Filter, FX, Drive
– Link multiple tracks to single pads for layering

*Not compatible with Overbridge

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2018
08/05
FAC Envolver Ver 2 Noise Gate
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Being a MIDI effect in its essence, controlling your synthesizers parameters (e.g volume, cutoff, res) with MIDI CC and notes, FAC Envolver is also able to transform the input audio via two exclusive effects: a Noise Gate and a Trance Gate. This combination is the key to breathe life into your sound, providing interesting natural modulation and sequences that will always be different by nature.

What’s New
Version History
Aug 3, 2018 Version 2.0
• Two circuits: Env Follower and Trigger Gate (Audio/MIDI fx)
• Each circuit provides MIDI out (CC/Note) and optional audio transformation
• Env Follower provides a Noise Gate with threshold, hysteresis and curve smoother
• Trigger Gate provides a Trance Gate Style fx with optional resolution and patterns
• Stereo/Mono processing – a slot per channel
• Fine tuning of each slot; rising and falling time, bias, depth and inverter
• MIDI IN/OUT support: CC#, channels, int/ext note pitch and scale progression
• Multi-waveform graph: input signal, env contour, gate signal and threshold
• Host tempo sync

Under the hood, FAC Envolver is an envelope follower delivering MIDI data generated from the contour of a signal. The source of this signal may come from two distinctive circuits: the first one is a classic envelope follower and the second one is a rythmical pattern called trigger gate. Both circuits are responsible for providing a signal envelope that can be altered by a set of parameters and delivered as MIDI control change messages (CC).

The generated signal envelope also passes through a gate detection mechanism driven by a threshold. When the signal goes above the threshold, the gate is open and when the signal goes below, the gate is closed. This open/close sequence provides a second envelope which is delivered as MIDI CC (on/off) and notes. The pitch of the note may be set within the effect or from an external value provided by MIDI input. Both may follow a particular scale progression.

The envelope follower circuit also provides a noise gate to control precisely the level of your audio signal. This uses the same open/close sequence built by the gate detection mechanism that delivers MIDI data but acts on the audio. Following the same logic, when the second circuit – the trigger gate – is engaged, the open/close sequence provides a trance gate style effect to the audio.

FAC Envolver is a stereo effect and provides two slots, one slot per channel. Both can be linked to facilitate the manipulation. The audio can also be turned to mono and the dry and wet audio can be mixed.

Note: The MIDI/AUDIO combo makes FAC Envolver usable in every host, even the ones that still do not provide MIDI out support, in this case the MIDI generator is disabled and the fx can be used as standard AUDIO fx.

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2018
08/02
Ribn MIDI controller with ribbons
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Ribn is a MIDI controller with 8 assignable ribbons. What makes Ribn unique is its ability to record and loop your finger movement. This allows you to add organic repeating modulation to your synths and effects, kind of like complex LFOs. You can assign a unique MIDI channel and CC# to each ribbon. As long as your gear responds to MIDI CC messages you will be able to control it with Ribn.

** FEATURES **
• 8 MIDI CC ribbon pads
• Add modulation to your MIDI hardware synths, effects, eurorack modulars, drum machines, etc.
• Configurable MIDI channel and CC# per ribbon
• Ribbons record and loop your finger movement
• Looping can be turned off to enable standard ribbon sliders
• Choose 2, 4 or 8 ribbons
• Use a wired MIDI interface, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
• All settings are saved automatically
• Works on iPhone (including iPhone X) and iPad

** EXAMPLE USES **
• Control hardware MIDI synths parameters like the filter cutoff frequency, resonance, oscillator octave, etc.
• Control any soft synth in Ableton Live (or your favorite DAW) by connecting your iOS device to your Mac via Wi-Fi and choosing “Session 1” as the MIDI output in Ribn.
• Control your Eurorack modules by running Ribn through a MIDI to CV converter.
• Control drum machines and effects. For example, try controlling the room size of a reverb effect unit with a looping ribbon or the snappiness of a snare drum on a drum machine. The possibilities are endless.
• Daisy chain your MIDI hardware using MIDI Thru ports and assign each ribbon to a different MIDI channel. This way you can control more than one piece of hardware at a time. For example, you can assign the first 4 ribbons to a synth and the last 4 to an effect unit.

** HOW IT WORKS **
• Connect your MIDI gear (like a synth) to your iOS device using a MIDI interface (wired or bluetooth)
• Launch Ribn and select your MIDI interface in the settings page.
• Find out which CC# and MIDI channel your gear responds to (usually at the end of the manual) and enter this information in RIbn’s edit view.
• Slide your finger on a ribbon to send CC values and control the parameters on your MIDI gear.

** WHAT IS MIDI AND CC? **
• MIDI is just the way electronic musical instruments talk to each other.
• CC (Continuous Controller) is just a way to control various parameters using MIDI. For example, a synth’s filter cutoff frequency can be controlled using a MIDI CC signal.

** NOTE **
• Ribn is a MIDI controller and doesn’t produce any sounds. To use Ribn you must connect it to a device that responds to MIDI CC signals (check your gear’s manual to be sure).
• Ribn doesn’t send note data, it only sends CC signals (you can’t play melodies with it, but you can control various parameters like synthesizer filters, or effects settings).
• To connect your iOS device to MIDI gear you will need to buy a MIDI interface. A MIDI interface typically connects to your iOS lightning port and provides standard MIDI DIN ports to connect to your hardware. There are also bluetooth MIDI interfaces that connect wirelessly. Alternatively, you can connect to your Mac over Wi-Fi and control software synths that way. This setup is a little more complex but totally doable (I’ve tested controlling Ableton Live plugins over Wi-Fi with Ribn and it worked perfectly).

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