2018
04/12
iVCS3 Adds Audiobus 3 MIDI input
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The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.

The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3’s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.

What’s NEW:

+ Audiobus 3 New MIDI Receiver Port
+ New Slider/Knobs resizable range for the LFO/MIDI/Accel etc…
+ New Quick View for the Presets Manager, simplify the Presets navigation while playing the Keyboard
+ Fixed: Samples re-trigger when playing via MIDI Keyboard
+ Fixed: Samplers Speed Scanning when the SR is changing
+ Fixed: MIDI Program Change (presets selection) will not affect the incoming MIDI note on/off
+ New implementation for LFO which improve performance when you put app in background or switch app etc..
+ Flanger/Echo Toggles removed clicks
+ MAIN Start/Stop audio fade
+ AUv3: LFO Start/Stop bug fixed for multiple instances
+ Midibus 1.39 SDK
+ Audiobus 3.0.3 SDK
+ Ableton LINK 2.1.2 SDK
+ New Send/Receive jitter-free MIDI clock
+ Disable Auto-Lock Screen
+ iPhone X compatibility
+ MIDI Channel for note on/off/pg, fixed
+ Joystick MIDI Range, fixed
+ Some minor iPhone UI bugs, fixed

Description

The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
Keyboards controller

DK1 keyboard controller

Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.

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2018
02/21
Audiobus 3 Adds Link Start Stop
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Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Last update: Added support for Ableton Link Start/Stop Sync: When Start/Stop Sync is enabled, Audiobus will forward start and stop messages from Link to connected apps.

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2018
01/03
Refraktions Ambient Jam
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Refraktions is an 8-track generative MIDI sequencer with artificial intelligence that processes input over time to create loops tailored to each individual user.

I have to admit I was really excited to purchase this app and then when I did it was a tad disappointing (sorry dev) BUT this new update came today and solved a lot of the issues so I just had to publish a video. I hope you enjoy it!

What’s New in Version 2.2
• Audiobus 3.0.2 added. Refraktions is available as an Audio Source, MIDI Source, and MIDI Filter.
• App can now receive note input from external MIDI controllers or other iOS apps (as destination “Refraktions”).
• Play / pause functionality added by tapping center circle.
• Added 8th synth, “Coastal Synth.”
• Added ability to change root key in musical scales.
• Added per-track customization of playback, composition, volume, and pitch.
• Added global and per-track customization of MIDI sources and destinations.
• Added shake detection, which rearranges the composition.
• Improved note creation, including fixes to MIDI on / off for each tap.
• Rebuilt internal metronome with average drift variance of < 0.7 ms. • Switch from UserDefaults to CoreData for data storage. Get Refraktions

2017
08/31
Egsy01 Ver 2 Audiobus 3 and Presets
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ElliottGarage presents EGSY01 analog synth v2.0, featuring InterApp audio, CoreMIDI, Audiobus and much more! With EGSY01 you can create sounds without any limit, from modern ones to vintage analog ones, working with arpeggiator, step sequencer and FM, addictive and subtractive synthesis. The totally brand new audio engine generate your sound mixing 2 oscillators with 4 selectable waveforms, and you can watch the sound created on the oscilloscope screen.

What’s New in Version 2.3.4
– New presets browser
– 20 new presets by Red Sky Lullaby
– Audiobus 3 support
– Design optimization for iPhone screen

You can set the sounds through the panels “Oscillators”, “ADSR/LFO”, “FM”, “FX” and “Settings”, and play with any master keyboard or MIDI controller (CORE MIDI), or creating a wireless MIDI network, or again sending the audio signal to other apps with InterApp audio or AUDIOBUS.

The keyboard is touch sensitive, and you can modulate the sound by sliding your finger up and down on the keys or moving the pitch modulation (assignable to various parameters of the synth from “Settings” panel). You can also set your favorite musical scale on the keyboard and easily play over your songs.

Stereo delay and Arpeggiator steps time can be synchronize in the BPM tempo panel, to generate incredible rythmic figures.

Features:

– 2 oscillators with selectable waveforms, volume, octave e detune
– InterApp Instrument
– MIDI In from other app and MIDI controllers
– 4 Waveforms (Sine, Saw, Triangle, PWM)
– Core midi/Network midi
– MIDI Learn functionality to map all knobs and slider to your external MIDI controller
– Vca / Vcf
– Evenlope ADSR
– FM Synthesis panel (with 2 operators)
– Panel BPM tempo, with tap tempo, tempo sync for Delay & Arpeggiator, and subdivisions (4/4, 6/8 and 8/8)
– Arpeggiator – 4 different types of arpeggiator, gate, selection arpeggio octaves
– Step sequencer with selection from 4 to 16 steps and pitch values ​​root, fifth, 1 octave, 1 octave fifth, 2 octave
– Setting for keyboard and arpeggiator portamento
– Stereo delay (can be synchronized with the arpeggiator)
– Panel FX (delay + crush + noise)
– VoiceSynth effect with Keyboard Controlled option
– Granular effect
– High Pass and Low Pass Filter
– Keyboard with 6 octaves and control on filter cutoff
– Keyboard musical scales (56 different types)
– Modulation wheel can be assigned to different parameters
– Oscilloscope
– Presets save – overwrite
– LFO with selectable amplitude and frequency
– Audiobus
– Polyphony
– Universal App

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2017
08/27
SALE – Tera Synth – More Polyphony – Link
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Explore new sound spaces with Tera Synth that go beyond the emulation of synthesizer legends. Use the power of analog and digital synthesis combined with new modules for physical modelling. Wireless patching of modules combined with an intelligible modulation routing simplifies the development of new synthesizer designs from scratch. Distortion effect, Delay/Chorus/Phaser and Reverb effects give your sounds the final polishing. Tera Synth gives your music an individual character with its unique fat sound. The well-designed algorithms and the economical modular structure provides you with a comparatively high voice yield. Precise timing with the unique built-in Arpeggiator let you feel the rhythm.

What’s New in Version 1.5.0
– Audiobus 3 compatible
– Ableton Link compatible
– Polyphony now up to 32 voices

Modular Analog Synthesis
• Modular synthesizer with free connections between modules.
• 25 Sound Modules
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Standard ADSR Envelope generators.
• 4 Multi Segment Envelopes with tempo sync.
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with up to 32 voices.
• More than 920 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.

FX
• Chorus with four delay lines.
• 8 pole Analog Phaser.
• Distortion effect with Tube/Tape emulation
• Stereo Echo/Delay effect.
• Hi end reverberation unit.

Live
• Play melodies live with the onscreen keyboard. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
• Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.
• Dozens of scales selectable
• Variable Keyboard layout for scale optimized playing

Full featured programmable Arpeggiator
• 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

Global
• Audiobus 3 compatible (Input slot) with Preset saving.
• Inter App Audio
• Ableton Link compatible
• Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps
• Exchange user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.
• Support for MIDI input/output connections.
• MIDI learn functionality.

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