2016
07/28
Retro Tape Echo Audio Unit For iOS
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Lofionic Duplicat Icon

Lofionic Duplicat is a warm and lush tape delay effect for iOS, supporting AudioUnit Extensions, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.

In addition to the Swell and Sustain controls found on the hardware equivalents, Duplicat introduces a tape Speed control, for fine tuning the rate of delay in realtime, and a tape Effect control which emulates the deteriorating effect of using worn tape by gradually introducing degradation to the feedback.

Duplicat is perfect for adding lush, organic sounding delay to your mixes ranging from trashy lo-fi grungy tones, through psychadelic swirls, to subtle slap-back.

Lofionic Duplicat

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2016
01/18
Arturia iSEM with AudioUnit Support
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iSEM Oberheim SEM iPad

iSEM is a recreation of the classic 1974 Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), one of the world’s first self-contained synthesizer modules and the first to bear the “Oberheim Electronics” name. Based on the TAE® technology found in our Oberheim SEM V software, iSEM brings back the sound and special characteristics of this iconic synth in an sonically accurate and expanded touch-based emulation.

This extremely popular synthesizer by Arturia is now an AudioUnit plug in. iSEM is compatible with iPad 2 and later, iPad with Retina Display and iPad mini.
Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity, AudioBus, Korg’s WIST and Apple’s CoreMIDI are all supported.

**CURRENTLY HALF PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME

The iSEM is a powerful instrument capable of producing a wide range of warm analog sounds. Reproducing the unique SEM architecture, with its oscillator sync, characteristic filter shape and specific envelope response, the iSEM is able to generate the fat basses that have made the Oberheim brand so popular. Thanks to its simple and clever PW and pitch modulations, it is also very easy to produce moving and lively leads.

Its remarkable 12 dB/oct multimode filter is a real blast from the past, becoming an awesome weapon in the context of current electronic music. This unique module can instantly tailor your sound to fat, crisp, or spectral textures with access to all the nuances in between…

iSEM comes with over 500 sounds that you can browse through and play. You can also easily create your own sounds with the easy to use interface.

Play iSEM’s numerous sounds from the iPad keyboard or control iSEM from a MIDI keyboard or other app via CoreMIDI and integrate it into your studio or live performance.

If you are an owner of of the Arturia SEM V software on your Mac or PC, you can even import and export sounds between your laptop or desktop SEM V and iSEM.

FEATURES
All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM: two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators.

Added functionalities: New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, Arpeggiator, Portamento.
Polyphonic playability
8 Voice Programmer module allows each voice to have different settings
HOLD and CHORD modes.
Virtual Analog Chorus.
Virtual Analog Delay.
Full user MIDI mapping of panel controls.
Supports WIST sync to other iOS devices.
Support of Audio Unit Extension, AudioBus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity.

iSEM

2015
12/24
Midisteps MIDI Sequencer Supports AU Audio Units
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midiSTEPs

As of today (the day I’m posting this) Midisteps is the second app to host AU Audio Unit extensions. One advantage using AU instead of Coremidi is that with AU you can use multiple instances of an AU app for example in this case you can get up to four iSEM synths running at once!

midiSTEPs is a powerful and fun MIDI step sequencer app that sends MIDI note and CC messages to other music apps and external synthesizers. It was designed to be super easy to use in a way that’s similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you’re ready to hit play and hear your sequence. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences.

midiSTEPs was designed from the ground up as a touch-based iPad sequencer app, so it’s super easy and intuitive to enter, edit and play sequences.

What’s New in Version 1.1

New:
Set random trigger probability, per step
Set randomization of velocity and length of notes, per part
Keyboard can be limited to a major or minor scale
Keyboard goes two octaves lower
Auto-hold option for press step screen, set in Settings app
Audiobus

Bonus feature: AU Extension hosting!

iSem and Midisteps Audio Unit

Please note:
– this is an experimental feature for a new iOS 9 API, keep expectations in check
– that said, it’s a whole lot of fun…
– there is currently only one released synthesizer AU Extension, iSEM
– you can run multiple instances of iSEM within midiSTEPs, automate parameters per step, and more
– AU extension effects are not currently supported, just synths
– certain things can sometimes cause clicks with iSEM: fast runs of notes, ties with some patches, etc
– if using multiple AU parts, use the audio mixer popup to lower individual parts and overall volume to avoid clipping
– experiment with audio buffer size, other AU extensions when they’re released, recording via AB and let me know what works and what doesn’t
– this is a step towards the future but it’s not ready for your live set yet… experiment in your spare time and have fun

Legacy midiSTEPs features:
64 step sequencer based on the classic SH-101 sequencer
Set note, chord or rest per step
Set accent and tie per step
Set CC, velocity, length parameters per step
Mute and skip individual steps
Set start and end points within sequence
Edit individual steps
Transpose, loop or one shot, start and pattern sync options
Four independent sequencer parts with 16 patterns each per set
Parts can have different speeds, lengths, sync and trigger options
Pattern Mix page with clip-launcher style pattern triggering
External MIDI clock sync with clock shift adjustments and swing
Easy to set up CoreMIDI configuration and MIDI mapping
Easy to use touch interface designed specifically for iPad

midiSTEPs

2015
12/14
Votan Telepathy iOS Synth Version 2 Audio Unit
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Votan Telepathy

Votan Telepathy v2.0 is a groundbreaking multi-purpose synthesis engine, harnessing cutting edge technologies with traditional sound sculpting techniques. The power beneath Votan Telepathy is its cloud and communication platform within which you can create sounds and instantly share between your devices (iPad/iPhone/Mac), or even with friends.

The Votan Telepathy Synthesis Engine is also available as an 32/64 bit Audio Unit plugin. The iOS app can then act as an ultra low latency touch controller for multiple instances of the synth in your favourite DAW (Logic, Ableton etc). You can create new sounds on your iPad/iPhone, that magically appear in the Audio Unit to be used in a professional DAW environment.

What’s New in Version 2.0

** We’ve given Votan Telepathy a full service and upgrade to v2.0 **

New Features:
– Hyper Oscillators
– Noise Oscillators
– Extra Filter Types
– Refined Modulation Matrix now with 8 slots, new destinations to all synth/fx parameters.
– New FX Types – FrequencyShifter, Reverb, Flange, Destroy, Buffer Glitch
– New Delay Types
– New Perform Assign
– iPhone Version

** Old presets from v1.5 do NOT load into new engine **

Votan Telepathy iOS Synth

*Oscillators:
4 x Free Range Oscillators
– Band-limited Virtual Analogue waveforms. Free-range means they can be unlocked from key frequencies, and then used intelligently as audio rate modulators for FM and Ring Modulation. You can also morph between the different wave-shapes (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square).
– Hyper Oscillators with up to 7 x Detuned Saw/Square waves.
– 3 x Noise Oscillators (White, Pink and Purple).

*Filters:
4 x Multi-filters
– Virtual Analog(Moog Ladder, MS20, TB303 emulations)
– Digital IIR and Formant Phase filters
– 2/4 Pole with standard filter types
– Low Pass, High Pass, Band Reject, and Band Pass.
– Internal filter routing with Parallel, Series and Stereo, and Binaural routings

*LFOs:
4 x LFO’s
– Transitional and morphing wave shapes.
– Fade in envelope
– Note-on trigger

*Envelopes:
4 x Envelopes
– ADSR & Filter envelope
– 2 x assignable envelopes.
– Note on trigger.

*Modulation:
– 8 x Modulation Matrix Slots for extensive modulations.
– Assign almost every synth or FX parameter from within the matrix.
– Modulate Slot amount.

*FX:
– 4 x FX Slots
– Delay,
– Reverb,
– Distortion,
– Chorus,
– Flange,
– Frequency Shifter,
– Phaser,
– 4 Band EQ,
– Decimator,
– Glitch algorithms.

*Performance Control:
8 x controls with direct assignment of ALL parameters for in-depth performance control.
User assignable Keyboard with key selector(select the keys you need to play, not the rest)

*Binaural Beat Generator:
Votan Telepathy has been built with binaural synthesis in mind. You can assign each oscillator to play through Left or Right channels to create binaural beats with extended synthesis capabilities. The system can create all brain frequencies from 0.01hz up to megahertz. Get experimenting with the invisible frequencies of the mind.

*Votan Telepathy Audio Unit:
Votan Telepathy is also available an 32/64 bit AudioUnit and is a direct mirror of the iOS app and fully compatible with all presets. Your preset library is synced over all devices and apps.
Imagine the power of being able to create new soundscapes on your iDevice, then they magically appear in the DAW work session. Tweak sounds on the fly, then polish them into your productions.

*Votan Connect:
The iOS app of course can also act as a touch controller for the audio unit offering almost zero latency control of multiple instances of the audio unit plugin. Totally integrated synthesis and control like never seen before.

*Votan Cloud:
The Votan Cloud is a powerful integrated Preset Management System. Users can create soundscapes and store them in their own device or in the Votan Cloud. In the Votan Cloud patches can be instantly shared with other users. The VotanDSP team will be in constant creation of new sounds so they will be instantly available for all users of the system. You can chose to make your preset library public or private.

iPad 4+ recommended for iOS synthesis.
iPad 2+ for controlling the Audio Unit.

Votan Telepathy

2015
11/05
AU Audio Unit Reverb For iPad
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Zero-Reverb-AU

Zero Reverb is an extremely good sounding Audio Unit Reverb that works as a plug-in inside host apps. Just open up your favorite host that supports Audio Units and add it as an effect. The controls expand when touched so they can be easily seen while tweaking. Zero Reverb will soon become your go-to reverb plug-in on iOS.

Zero Reverb

Picture above is from using MultiTrack DAW as a host.

Zero Reverb is a high quality Feedback Delay Network reverberator in the Audio Unit Extension format. The algorithm has rich feedback with smooth decay for a modern hall-like reverb character. Blamsoft brings their experience creating high quality plug-ins for the desktop to iOS. The same algorithm is found in the popular Zero Hybrid Synthesizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. The available parameters allow you to dial in a wide variety of reverb textures.

Zero Reverb

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