2018
04/19
LayR Synth Now Audio Unit
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LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iPad and iPhone, optimized for modern 64 bit devices delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

LayR’s primary sounds are called Performances: A Performance is a set of Instruments where each instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of over 100 instruments each with it’s own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Voices are assigned to each layer in each instrument until the audio engine runs out of available voices. This means that with normal playing technique it is possible to create extremely complex texture on each note or even to have a single insane monophonic instrument equivalent to 100 synths all playing at once!

Every Layer has a dual oscillator which can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters and a mixer to blend the oscillator with filters in any serial/parallel combination. For modulation (Frequency, Amplitude and Phase) there are two aux oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. 2 loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a millisecond to 100 seconds, a volume level ADSR and a random level generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.

LayR version 1.2 update (available Friday April 20th 2018) :

Audio Unit: LayR now includes a fully functional audio unit version with a dynamic user interface that adapts to the available screen space.

Ableton Link for built in sequencer.

PDF Manual: The old help system is replaced by a comprehensive manual which can be read in-app or exported to your preferred PDF reader.

Improved User Interface: The entire UI has been given a modern facelift including pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and fully labelled controls in the Layer Editor.

Instrument Mixer Drag & Drop: Instrument and Layer strips can now be re-arranged in the Instrument Mixer. Layers can be converted to new Instruments or copied between instruments with drag and drop.

MIDI Controller Mixer: A new panel that sports optional sliders for Channel Volumes and every MIDI cc that’s been assigned to the current performance. Allows users to perform live MIDI controller mixing in-app. Can also be used to query which parameters have been assigned to MIDI and in which Instrument/Layer they are located.

Arpeggio Sequencer: The arpeggiator gets a more descriptive name and some cool additions including new eventtypes, new playback modes and the ability to set mode, speed and length per track.

Modulation Matrix: Modulation sources in the Layer Editor can now be routed to any destination.

Improved Oscillator: The oscillator gets Coarse/Fine tuning and “Fixed Mode” which decouples the oscillator from the MIDI keyboard. Also FM has been greatly improved with a new mode allowing modulation over the full audio range.

LFO Sync Mode: Keeps LFOs in all playing voices synced to the same phase as each other.

Wave Folder Pitch Adjust: The amount of folding is now reduced as notes get higher, this helps reduce aliasing artifacts that may be introduced by the folder when processing high frequency content.

Legacy Mode: A experimental option that keeps LayR’s engine to a fixed lower CPU usage, this will hopefully extend LayR’s lifetime for users with older, lower powered iOS devices.

Light Colour Scheme: An optional lighter colour scheme for use in bright daylight conditions.

2nd MIDI Input Port: For stand-alone app: A port which listens on all channels for MIDI Bank Select/Program messages, this port can be used to select Performance presets while allowing the other input port to use all 16 channels for multi-timbral use.

New Presets: A whole new bank of 36 presets by Sky Runner and another new bank dedicated to individual user presets.

and the list goes on…

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2018
03/27
Cubasis Supports MIDI Audio Unit
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Cubasis 2 equals ease of use and is as powerful as a fully featured iOS-based music production system can be pushing your capabilities out of limits. Whether you’re capturing simple ideas or complex musical masterpieces — It ships with outstanding, touch-optimized tools carrying you into the fun of recording, editing, mixing and sharing your music with the world right away. Get fascinated by the brand new features that Cubasis 2 comes with such as real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting, a studio-grade channel strip, pro-sounding effects, massive instrument refills, a refreshed MIDI Editor and many more powerful features. Put hands on three internal instruments, numerous loops and instrument sounds to creatively lift your music to perfection using the included mixer and effects. Once recorded, share your music with the world via a simple tap or transfer it directly to Cubase.

What’s NEW:
• Audio Unit MIDI support – Playfully integrate third-party AU MIDI plug-ins such as arpeggiator, step sequencer and others*
• Files app support – Easily browse, search and organize all your Cubasis files – on your iPad, in iCloud Drive and across other cloud services*
• Maintenance and support – For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions please visit us at www.steinberg.net/cubasisforum

If you like Cubasis, please support us by rating this app on the App Store!

* iOS 11 required

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2018
03/17
Virsyn MicroTera Now Audio Unit
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Waveshaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping, it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.

These simple method creates an astonishing variety of sounds which are very unique and can’t be reproduced by any other contemporary synth!

microTERA gives you also a method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice! Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised.

ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

What’s New:
Version 1.4.0
– AUv3 AudioUnit with parameter automation (requires iOS10)
– Audiobus 3 support

Above is my MicroTera as an audio unit demo. 5 instances of MicroTera. Fun automating the shaper input knob in MicroTera now that it’s an audio unit. I call this one TeraBeat because every sound in it is from the MicroTera including drums and effects. I made my own drum presets because well I love synth drums.

Features:
• Wavehaper with user programmable shape
• Spectral shape specification
• Three sine oscillators
• Feedback input for noise components
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Envelopes with tempo sync
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with 16 voices.
• Over 150 factory sounds

• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Can trigger single notes and chords.
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible.
• For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order

Effects

• Chorus
• Phaser
• Distortion (Tape/Tube/…)
• Echo/Delay
• Reverb

Global

• Audiobus compatible (Input slot) with state saving
• Support for Ableton Link.
• Inter App Audio compatible.
• CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI
• Audio recorder with Metronome.
• Upload to SoundCloud and File Export.
• Audio pasteboard.

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2018
03/09
FS Refraktor Modulation Effects
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FS Refraktor is an innovative twist on modulation effects, inspiring the exploration of new sonic territory. Sitting somewhere between a delay and a flanger, FS Refraktor offers endless possibilities, from rhythmic flanging to chaotic pitch modulation and unpredictable stuttering.

Whoa this is such a cool multi effects app! I’m loving it so much. Thanks FutureSonic. – Jason

The highly flexible sixteen step sequencer and LFO rhythmically warp sounds beyond recognition – standard drums beats become bleeping basslines and synths gain a mind of their own, generating melodies from thin air.

The sequencer’s Slew control varies the speed at which the delay time changes – low settings produce sudden jarring variations while higher settings transition smoothly between delay times.

Bypass the sequencer, and FS Refraktor will add metallic overtones and strange resonances to your sounds, similar to a short, reflective reverb.
Carve Revolutionary Sounds
The dedicated filter section makes it simple to sculpt your sound. Select from a range of versatile filter types: Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch and FS Refraktor’s unique Carve mode.

Features:
– Delay section with delay time, feedback, modulation and mix controls
– A highly customizable sequencer for rhythmic modulation of the delay time
– Slew control to vary the speed of delay time changes.
– A versatile filter section with Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch and Carve filter options
– Stereo spread control for creating wide out of phase sounds.
– Runs as both a standalone app and an AUv3 extension
– Ability to save presets when run as an AUv3 extension

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2018
03/06
Bram Bos Kosmonaut Multi Tap Delay
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*** Note: this is an Audio Unit Effect Plugin (AUv3) which requires a compatible host or DAW to work. ***

Kosmonaut is Multitap Delay with a twist. In addition to adding echoes to your audio, it packs a bunch of extra tools to put your music in space:

– Tape looper with with variable sound-on-sound decay level
– 4-Tap Delay (placed in series for complex feedback loops)
– LP/HP filters with LFO
– Autopanner
– Ambiance Generator
– Haas Effect Processor (aka ‘wavefront precedence effect’)

All features are demonstrated extensively in a ton of factory presets, and you can easily add your own user presets, which will automatically carry over across different host apps.

All variables are exposed as AU Parameters in hosts which support automation.

It also has a smart Random-feature, which may come up with usable results 🙂

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