2011
07/02
Sunrizer Synth For iPad
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Horizon Synth

Sunrizer, otherwise known as Horizon, synth is a virtual analog synthesizer that takes the definition of iOs synthesizer to the next level. Thanks to carefully designed architecture and heavy usage of coprocessor it blurs the boundaries between iOs and hardware synthesizers. Sunrizer was built to perform and works perfectly with any MIDI keyboard or sequencer. A lot of research has been done in order to achieve unheard warmth and clarity.

What’s New in Version 2.5
* Update requires minimum iOS 5.0 *

– New effects: rotary speaker, equalizer as a separate module
– Dual band effects processing
– New filter types: Analog LP12, Waveshaper, Resonator, Resampler, LPF + Resampler, Frequency shifter. Filter key tracking for filter B.
– Stereo filters in parallel mode
– Phrase sequencer
– Keyboard velocity simulation
– ARP: random mode added
– Recordings export via DropBox
– Support for AudioBus v.1.0.1
– 2 banks added: New Horizon and app-sound.com ( 135 new presets )
– Adjustable polyphony
– Bug fixes and performance improvements

Kinda looks like a Roland JP8000

Demo of some presets:

HIGHLIGHTS
· True SuperSaw sound emulation, first found in the legendary Roland JP-8000 synthesizer. SuperSaw is a layered waveform consisting of multiple saw waves which are detuned to create an extremely full and epic sound.
· Two filters per voice with configurable routing. 15 filter types available, including less common like Comb, Formant or Frequency shifter.
· The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.
· Full support for CoreMidi, MIDI mapping, Virtual Midi Ports and background audio.
· Multi mode lets you multiply oscillators to get unbelievably fat and full sound.

OSCILLATORS
· 2 warm-sounding analog modelled oscillators, 2 sub-oscillators (except SuperSaw). Available waveforms: Saw, PWM pulse,Triangle, SuperSaw, FM (frequency of phase modulation). 6 oscillators per voice in multi-sono mode.
· Oscillator 2 hard-sync and configurable routing
· FM (true frequency modulation) and PM mode
· Osc-mix, ring modulator
· White noise oscillator

FLEXIBLE MULTI FILTERS
· Two independent filters per voice with configurable routing. Filter types: LPF, HPF, BPF, Analog LPF, Notch, Comb, All pass, Power LPF, Power BPF, Wave shaper, Resonator, Resampler, LPF+Resampler, Frequency shifter.
· Configurable routing: serial or parallel with bypass option.
· ADSR envelope, keyboard tracking and full LFO control.

MODULATION
· Two LFOs per voice. It’s possible to assign each LFO to almost any parameter. 3 LFO running modes: trigger, 1 shot, global. 6 waveforms, phase and fade-in knobs.
· The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.
· Two Modulation ADSR Envelopes for amplitude and filters cutoff.
· Pitch and modulation wheels.

EFFECTS
· A number of effects are built in: distortion, hi-q reverb, chorus, rotary speaker simulation, equalizer, phaser and stereo delay. Dual-band FX processing.

ARPEGGIATOR
· Sunrizer incorporates very powerful programmable arpeggiator. You should think of it more like a small step sequencer.

OTHER FEATURES
· Over 380 presets, 7 additional banks available for FREE in web library (more coming soon)
· Hold button allows you to to keep notes sustaining until you play new notes
· With Chord Memory function you can play the chord by only pressing single keys
· Phrase sequencer
· Compatible with AudioBus
· Adjustable polyphony: 6-20 voices
· Playback modes: poly, solo, arp
· Built-in recorder supporting AudioCopy, DropBox and iTunes file sharing.
· Supports CoreMidi and MidiMobilizer. MIDI key velocity can affect up to 3 parameters.

Sunrizer is available for $9.99

2011
03/24
Crystal Synth XT For iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Crystal Synth iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Crystal XT Synthesizer for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Crystal XT is a full featured semi-modular synthesizer, ideally suited to creating lush evolving soundscapes. Crystal VST has long been a popular synthesizer on the desktop. Crystal XT brings that same powerful synthesis engine to the iPad and iPhone. Crystal XT features MIDI keyboard input via the iPad’s camera adapter or any CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI interface such as the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer and sharing of sounds with the desktop version of Crystal.

What’s New in Version 1.6

Multitasking – Use the Settings app to turn on the CrystalSynthXT Background Audio mode if you’d like Crystal to play audio when in the background, for example to play from a virtual midi controller app.

Note on Virtual MIDI: While this version works with controller apps like StepPolyArp and Genome, we’ve learned there are other controller apps with which it is incompatible. We will have an update with wider compatibility in just a few days.

Positive reviews are always welcome and encourage us to provide updates!

Browse through the included sounds and use the 2 octave keypad to trigger notes to produce evolving, rhythmic, or melodic sounds. Create your own sounds with a single button press using the breed feature. When using an iPad, you can delve into a tweaker’s dream by using the extensive editing features to sculpt sounds to your heart’s content (editing features are only available when used on an iPad).

Crystal features both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lfo rates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing and granular synthesis. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.

With MIDI keyboard input, you can connect a MIDI keyboard to your iPad and play Crystal XT like a hardware synth. Or use a CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI interface such as the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer and connect your MIDI keyboard to Crystal XT on an iPhone.

With patch sharing you can create sounds on your iPad or iPhone while away from the studio, then transfer them to the desktop Crystal when you get back to the studio to use in recording projects. Or, create banks of sounds on the desktop Crystal, then transfer them to the iPad/iPhone Crystal to use in a live performance for a truly portable rig. Use Audio copy/paste to record your performance on Crystal and transfer that performance to another app.

If you don’t need all the features of Crystal XT, try the basic version of Crystal, also available in the app store from Green Oak Software. With the basic version you can browse sounds, play notes, and create new sounds, taking advantage of its powerful semimodular synthesis engine. Crystal XT adds MIDI keyboard input via the iPad’s camera adapter and sharing of patches with the desktop version. Choose the app that is best for you!

Important note for iPhone and iPodTouch users: Crystal XT runs on both the iPad and the iPhone/iPod Touch. Because of the limited screen space on the iPhone however, the editing pages, which contain the edit controls, are not available when running on that device. But on the iPhone you can still browse sounds, play notes from the keypad, create new sounds with the Breed feature, modify patches with the Design feature, and share sounds with desktop Crystal VST.

Crystal Synth is available for $4.99

2011
03/24
Koushion iPad Midi Controller
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Koushion iPad Sequencer

Time to ditch my Tenori-On =)

New iPad MIDI Controller called Koushion. Giving the Tenori-On a run for it’s money.

Koushion (literally “grid sound” in Japanese) is a new kind of MIDI controller for your iPad. While it looks deceptively similar to a simple Tone Matrix, this is no toy. This video demonstration was completely improvised.

Compatible MIDI Connections:

– Automatic integration with other apps via Core MIDI virtual ports

– Control of external MIDI devices via Core MIDI-compatible devices such as the iRig MIDI and Alesis I/O dock

– MIDI over Wi-Fi via Core MIDI network sessions (we DO NOT suggest this method due to latency issues)

Core Features:

– 16 steps per scene – up to 128 steps in chain mode

– 8 scenes with independent MIDI channel per scene, independent key, quantization, and playback mode

– MIDI clock send/receive

– 4 playback modes – single, simultaneous, chain, rebound

– Scale – switch between any major, minor, pentatonic, or chromatic scale

– Adjustable step quantization – 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32

– Quantized scene switching

– Tap to set tempo – great for syncing with a live band

– Velocity and gate control

– Monophonic drawing mode – only allows one note per step; great for programming leads

– Optional Dark Theme – reduces eyestrain when working in low-light environments

Kushion is available for $7.99

2011
03/24
Fairlight iPad App!
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Fairlight for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Travel back in time to the dawn of electronic music with this strange retro app – a MIDI player preloaded with 500+ legendary Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument sounds.

The first byte-perfect re-issue of the classic CMI sounds of the 80s, immortalized by artists including Alan Parsons, Jean Michel Jarre, Trevor Horn, Thomas Dolby, Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder and so many more.


This app includes a play-only demo of the famous ‘Page R’, which was the world’s first screen-based rhythm sequencer. Today every sampler, digital synthesiser, sequencer and audio workstation can trace its lineage back to this legendary machine.

Now you can have, in your pocket or on your iPad, a piece of history developed by Fairlight staff who worked on the CMI in the ’80s. 


BUILT-IN FEATURES


- browse and play the entire original Fairlight CMI IIX Sounds floppy disk library

– 564 voices imported digitally.

– play the CMI voices from an external MIDI input (supports Core Midi, Line6 MidiMobilizer or Akai SynthStation), or use the on-screen keyboard

– display voices graphically using the iconic Page D, and change your viewpoint by tilting your iPhone/iPad.

– play built-in CMI Page R compositions or import and play compositions sent to you by others. 


– authentic CMI user interface experience, including floppy disk quirks. 




UPGRADE to PRO VERSION


Use the in-App upgrade process to add “pro” features for an additional $39.99. Vogel CMI Pro App includes CMI III voices, the ability to compose 8 track songs using the Page R pattern sequencer, sampling your own voices from the microphone or line in and much more. See the “Vogel CMI Pro” app description for details.

REVIEWS 


I would have never dreamt in a million years to own a Fairlight. It is the stuff of legends! Beyond any ordinary man’s budget! And for this day to come a reality for a mere $10!! I am in awe and shock! I cannot emphasize how thankful I am to you for releasing this Iconic and Legendary instrument as an iPhone application!! (Imad Hamadieh, Dubai, UAE)

When I saw it yesterday and found out about it, I just about fainted!!
Very nice app! A complete revival / reissue of the best computer musical instrument ever in a tiny but very useful format. It is a joy to see an epic piece of synthesizer/sampling history as an app for the millions. Finally you can take your Fairlight wherever you are! A Fairlight to go-go-go! (Freek Roffel, Netherlands)



Again I would like to take a moment and extend a huge THANK YOU to the entire Fairlight team. … You have taken the time and patience to create an affordable solution for the masses. … You have given us a gift. I am truly excited to see what users will do with this App to change the future of music once again. Sincerely, thank you. (Zacharia Malakai, USA) 


All I can say is WOW!! I have put this thru my BIG speakers in my studio and put a little reverb on and the sound is stunning – SO what am I going to do with my Fairlight CMI-IIx now?? (Howard J Smith, USA)

DEVICE REQUIREMENTS



This App will work on any device running iOS 5 or later. However, if you want to use Audiobus or do heavy performance and composing work with the Pro upgrade, we recommend a minimum of iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

Peter Vogel CMI is available for $9.99

2011
03/18
MiniSynth Pro iPad Synth
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MiniSynth Pro

BIGGER and BETTER than ever before! The ORIGINAL iPhone synthesizer now upgraded for the iPad.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, miniSynth PRO will make the rich tones of analog synthesis come alive on your fingertips.

miniSynth PRO is a fully-featured, professional-grade virtual analogue synthesizer. It can work as a polyphonic or a monophonic synthesizer at the flip of a switch. It incorporates an improved version of the time proven zero latency “push-pull” Yonac keyboard algorithm that powers our existing synthesizers, and features a highly customized version of our original analogue-clone “Vincent” tone shaping filter. More importantly, it marks the debut of our brand new cutting-edge YASSE (pronounced “Yah-See”) modular sound sequencing and synthesis engine, developed in our labs over the last three years.

As a step up on its predecessors, miniSynth PRO is designed as an FM / Subtractive hybrid synth. Among other innovations, it features our special dynamic waveform selection algorithm, individually parameterized voice processing, and carefully selected waveforms driving its dual interactive oscillators and its five-destination LFO.

miniSynth PRO offers many other features to render music making easier. They include a dedicated arpeggiator module, dual individually adjustable keyboards, user control matrix with configurable assignments, and 82 presets designed by actual musicians. Did we also mention that users are able to record their own performances, as well as save and recall any number of their own presets in our brand-new patch design format?

Selected Specs

• Dual Subtractive / FM virtual-analogue polyphonic / monophonic synthesis
• Fully configurable FM, filter or modulation based tone shaping
• Up to 12-voice polyphony with individual voice parameterization and processing
• 44100, 16-bit CD-quality stereo audio output
• Zero latency sound processing
• Dual syncable oscillators
• 6 optimized, custom waveforms per oscillator
• Dedicated oscillator octave, fine tune and mix
• Osc 2-to-1 adjustable frequency modulation
• Custom VCF (“Vincent”) w/ adjustable quadruple (Initial, Peak, Sustain, Final) stages and dedicated envelope
• VCA (Amplifier) ADSR envelope
• Noise generator w/ adjustable mix
• LFO with 8-octave range and 6 waveforms
• Dedicated LFO fine tune
• Five individually adjustable LFO destinations (Osc1, Osc2, FM, VCF, Amp)
• LFO key syncing
• Control matrix w/ configurable axes, including pitch bend, LFO modulation, filter parameters and more
• Adjustable continuous glide
• Faithful “latest-priority” keyboard control algorithm in monophonic mode
• Adjustable dual keyboards w/ individually settable key width, position & size.
• Custom arpeggiator module w/ 4 different note orderings; hold, track or trigger modes; 5-octave stepping w/ up to 5 repeats-per-octave
• Option to control the Arp w/ upper KB only
• BPM-based arp timer w/ settable note value
• Custom analog-tone stereo reverb w/ individually adjustable channels
• Recording module w/ file saving and playback
• Export/import recordings and patches via iTunes or Wi-Fi
• 82 carefully engineered presets, including retro, basses, arpeggios and more
• Users can save unlimited presets
• Metronome
• Audio Copy/Paste
• USB MIDI Support for external controllers (requires OS 4.2+ & USB adapter available in the Camera Connection Kit)
• Virtual MIDI IN
• Audio Backgrounding

MiniSynth Pro is available for $2.99

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