2019
05/15
Kymatica AUM Update!
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Kymatica just updated AUM – Audio Mixer with a whole bunch of MIDI improvements! There is a new MIDI channel strip to hold MIDI-only AUv3 plugins. There are a lot of features in AUM that can now be controlled via MIDI. The update also includes Ableton Link 3 start/stop support.

MAJOR NEW FEATURES

• Finally, updated to Ableton Link 3 with start/stop support!
• Add new “MIDI strip” channel type to hold MIDI-only AU plugins.
• Allow importing channels from another session. (Tap IMPORT add-button, or long-press a session file and choose ‘Import channels’)
• Allow easy duplication of channel strip.
• Allow loading sessions via MIDI actions. Its configuration is saved globally instead of in the session.
• Add MIDI program change as recognized MIDI control messages.
• Add MIDI ctrl for tap tempo.
• Add MIDI action ‘Show Plugin’ for AUv3 nodes.
• Add MIDI actions for AUv3 preset-loading.
• Avoid stuck notes when bypassing/disconnecting MIDI sources or changing MIDI destination filter/transpose
• Show AU contextName (if set) in plugin title and as node icon subtitle, long-press AU plugin title bar to edit.

IMPROVEMENTS

• Re-apply preferred samplerate on audio interface route change.
• Remember preferred sample rate on app launch.
• Save preferred instead of current sample rate in session.
• Bring keyboard to front if currently behind the plugin window when tapping plugin window keyboard button.
• Send error string to Audiobus if preset load failed.
• MIDI matrix: highlight source and dest on touch-down.
• Support upside-down portrait on iPhone.
• Improve display of long names in MIDI control table.
• MIDI learn consistency: always ignore the message that triggered the learn.
• Tweak node param-knob and menu button layout for consistency.
• Only update latency compensation on node-bypass if the node has latency.
• Save project: save when tapping Return on keyboard.
• Various minor UI and layout tweaks.
• Keep connections to MIDI Control from permanent MIDI sources on load/new session.
• Minor optimizations for MIDI Control.

BUGFIXES

• AUv3 Transpose: ignore extra bytes in note messages (hello Thesys).
• Clear MIDI matrix when loading session so it isn’t keeping connections from previous session.
• Don’t crash when trying to MIDI-control parameters of a crashed AU plugin.
• NodePicker: avoid keyboard on iPhone.
• NodePicker: fix memory leak if dismissed while in search mode.
• NodePicker: hide ‘remove slot’ button while searching.
• NodePicker: hide search if collection empty.
• Make sure we don’t free MIDI sources/destinations too early. Hopefully avoids rare crash…
• Improve MIDI safety when AU plugin was invalidated (crashed).
• Update MIDI matrix correctly if visible while loading session.

Get AUM HERE

2019
01/29
AUM Updated With Bug Fixes
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The flexible audio mixer, plugin host, recorder, and connection hub. Multi-channel interface support, busses, fx sends, built-in EQs, and much more.

This is a quick 1.2.7 update that fixes a crash when trying to present the available parameters of certain AUv3 plugins.

Full list of improvements, fixes, and new stuff for the recent 1.2.6 update below:

User Interface:
– Speed up app launch
– New Save UI with folder picker navigation
– Add search bar to node picker (drag down to reveal it) where you can search for plugins and IAA apps, etc
– Append current date and time to ‘Untitled’ session name
– Use title of source node for unnamed channels.
– FilePlayer preview: auto-play when tapping preview button
– Tapping ‘home’ button in chan bookmark menu when already at the start now scrolls to the end
– Bus sends: show amount in dB as well as percent
– Show parameter min/max in MIDI control list for built-in filters etc
– Add time and date in engine status view (tap DSP/battery indicator)
– Various UI layout and transition improvements
– If main audio engine is not running, color play button red and show warning message when tapped
– Allow access to transport controls while Clock Options menu is open
– Use numbers and punctation keyboard for value edit popups
– Various graphics optimizations and pixel-level tweaks
– Sort folders first in file lists
– Various users guide updates

Engine:
– Add 8 more mix busses
– Add metronome pre-roll-only toggle in Clock Options menu.
– Automatically reset transport when changing pre-roll if not running
– Deactivate audio session when going background and stopping audio. fixes unresponsive audio engine in some cases after switching between apps
– Don’t stop engine if disconnected from host unless running in background

MIDI:
– New optimized MIDI engine, with sample accurate timing for AUv3 and IAA midi
– Many improvements for the MIDI matrix: full screen, color coding, icons, activity indicators
– Add MIDI route button in the main top bar for quick access to MIDI matrix
– MIDI source lists: add activity indicators and icons
– Allow swiping to clear an assigned MIDI parameter, swipe on a subpage for ‘CLEAR ALL’
– Handle MMC deferred play message (same as play)
– If AUv3 plugin has only one MIDI out, don’t name it
– Various fixes for MIDI SysEx

Audio Unit Extensions:
– Allow plugins to expose a single main parameter to display next to the node. (default to first parameter returned from parametersForOverviewWithCount)
– Use the parameter tree hierarchy when listing parameters
– Add ‘last time used’ sort mode for AU plugin node picker
– Add show-own-controls toggle (for plugins built-in keyboard etc)
– Show param min/max in MIDI control list
– Allow plugins to update their shortName dynamically
– Clip plugin MIDI output timestamps in case they are out of bounds
– Call selectViewConfiguration after resize

Bugfixes:
– Avoid crash when removing channel with a node that receives MIDI from an AU and has a bus output/send.
– Fix occasional crash when MIDI learning parameter
– Use actual filename as title when loading session from file. Avoids confusion after renaming files
– IAA nodes: fix rare crash after ejecting node
– Various layout fixes for recent iOS device models
– Fix crash when Link tempo drops fast in some configurations
– Fix crash when enabling MIDI clock send while already running
– Bus Sends: fix double-tap for default value

MORE INFO HERE http://kymatica.com/apps/aum

2018
06/15
[Video] Rozeta Scaler + Fugue Machine
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Rozeta Scaler Fugue Machine Demo

Running Fugue Machine through Rozeta Scaler will give you instant access to manipulate those scales and keys. Fun experimentation! I was having fun with this combo and wanted to share. Also shown, Rozeta LFO slowly modulating the filter cut off in BS-16i. ApeFilter and EOS2 take it to another sonic level.

Apps used:

Rozeta https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rozeta-sequencer-suite/id1292546479?mt=8&at=10laUK

Fugue Machine https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fugue-machine/id1014191410?mt=8&at=10laUK&ct=FUGUE

BS-16i https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bismark-bs-16i/id388149926?mt=8&at=10laUK&ct=BS16i

ApeFilter https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apefilter/id903006632?mt=8&at=10laUK&ct=APEFILTER

EOS2 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eos-2/id1252122327?mt=8&at=10laUK&ct=EOS2

AUM https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aum-audio-mixer/id1055636344?mt=8&at=10laUK&ct=AUM

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2017
09/10
AUM Adds MIDI Clock Send
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AUM is the flexible audio mixer, recorder, and connection hub for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Connect hardware inputs and outputs, Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio apps, Audiobus, soundfile players, built-in signal processing and filters, in any configuration you want. Route anything to anywhere with mix-busses, effect sends, audiobus ports, and external multi-channel audio interfaces. Play hosted synths and instruments using the built-in keyboard or external MIDI controllers, or sequence them from other apps using Virtual MIDI. Record mixes, individual tracks, or both, straight into the storage space of AudioShare (no copying of files needed), with synchronized start and end for perfect loops. Play back recordings, sound files and loops as channel sources in the mixer for backing tracks, further processing or mixing. Route MIDI in any way you like using the MIDI matrix. Synchronize everything with the transport clock and play in time with other apps or devices using Ableton Link, a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless network. Connect external music machines and synchronize them with MIDI Clock. Includes built-in processing nodes for various stereo processing, Mid/Side balance and conversion, EQs and filters, limiting, clipping and saturation. Or use any 3rd party Audio Unit extension or Inter-App Audio effect. All controls in the mixer can be controlled via MIDI, including parameters of hosted and built-in plugins.

What’s New in Version 1.2.1
• Implement MIDI Clock Send for synchronizing your external hardware.
• Add Bluetooth LE MIDI to Settings menu.
• Show indicator dot on NOTES icon in menu if there are session notes.
• Finish recording directly if stopping transport while waiting for synchronized record-stop. (Fixes rare missing recordings!)
• Add workaround for AU plugin memory allocation iOS bug.
• Fix an issue restoring MIDI mapped AU parameters for some plugins.
• Fix a bug in IAA MIDI parsing.
• Avoid rare crashes caused by malformed MIDI packets.
• Updated Audiobus SDK to 3.0.3b3.
• Tweaked splash animation, less delay, show no version string.
• Various minor fixes and tweaks, as always

FEATURES

• High quality audio up to 32-bit 96kHz
• Clean and intuitive user interface with crisp vector graphics
• Extremely compact and optimized code, very small app size
• Unlimited number of channels
• Unlimited number of effect slots
• Inserts and sends are configurable pre/post-fader
• Internal busses for mixing or effect sends
• Supports multi-channel audio interfaces for both inputs and outputs
• Supports Audio Unit extensions, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
• Audiobus state saving
• Highly accurate transport clock
• Metronome with selectable output and optional pre-roll
• Sends host sync to Audio Unit plugins and IAA apps
• Play in time with Ableton Link
• Synchronize external hardware via MIDI Clock
• FilePlayer with sync and looping with access to all AudioShare files
• Records straight into AudioShare storage space
• Record synchronized beat-perfect loops
• Built-in nodes for stereo processing, filtering and dynamics
• Latency compensation makes everything align at the outputs
• Separate Inter-App Audio / Audiobus output ports
• Built-in MIDI keyboard
• Fully MIDI controllable
• MIDI Matrix for routing MIDI anywhere

BUILT-IN SIGNAL PROCESSING

• Stereo balance
• Stereo to mono
• Stereo panning
• Mid/Side balance
• Mid/Side – Stereo convert
• Invert Phase
• Parametric EQ
• Low-shelf filter
• High-shelf filter
• Low-pass resonant filter
• High-pass resonant filter
• First order All-pass filter
• Second order All-pass filter
• Gain
• Hard clip
• Saturation
• Lookahead peak limiter

Get AUM

2017
09/07
iPad Music Production Introduction
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So you’re a musician and you just got an iPad. At this point you probably want to know how to get started with iPad music production but don’t know where to start. The following quick start guide will give you the basics to get started without overwhelming you with the thousands of different apps available. I’m breaking it down into four simple items considering you CAN do everything within the box (pad) so to speak therefor I will not get into midi controllers and audio interfaces as that is taking things to another level and will be good for an additional topic of discussion.

I’d like to start by telling you a little about my self. I’m a composer with over 20 years in the music industry. I got my start producing royalty free loops for software companies (currently producing for Retronyms and Mixcraft) which led to a career in production music. Production music is music typically used for TV, film advertising, and video games otherwise known as sync. I got my first iPad for music production back in 2010 which is when I started this blog. At the time I was creating loop content for an iOS app that is no longer with us. The app was called Looptastic. Since then producing music on an iPad has become just as real as producing music on a desktop and laptop. iPads now have fast powerful processors and there are literally thousands of cool music creation apps out there. So with that said I would like to help you get started.

I know what you’re thinking. Where do I start? Well you might be following a popular blog such as my own and you’re probably aware of the many apps out there which is overwhelming I know. Don’t worry I’m here to break producing music on an iPad down to the core essentials. It’s really that simple.

1) Choosing your DAW – For those who are totally new to music production in general a DAW (digital audio workstation) is often times the central hub of your workflow. The DAW allows you to record, multi-track, sequence, arrange, and mix your music. Seems simple enough right? Well there are several options out there so you will want to spend a few hours researching the different DAWs available. Some DAWs are very open in regards to integration of other apps like Beatmaker 3, Cubasis and Auria for example where as some are a closed one stop shop type situation like Korg Gadget. I’ll get into that a bit later as you might want to look into getting both Korg Gadget AND an open DAW because Korg Gadget is really awesome. Most DAWs feature things like IAA (inter app audio), AU3 (audio unit 3), and Audiobus support as well as MIDI (musically integrated digital interface/instrument). MIDI is the language that allows synthesizers and drum machines to communicate with each other. It is also note information sent from those instruments as well as a few other things. I suggest googling MIDI if you want to know more about it. Eventually you will know everything about MIDI but honestly you can still write a wicked song with just the basics. Inter App Audio is a feature designed by Apple and it allows you to integrate apps from different sources and developers into your DAW much like a VST except you can ONLY integrate one instance of that app in a project unlike Audio Unit (also by Apple) which allows you to load multiple instances of an app within your project (DAW) similar to what we know as VST technology in the desktop world. Again if you are totally new and these terms confuse you PLEASE don’t hesitate to message me and google them. We will get you on the right path. I’m going to leave it at that because like I said I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. These are the core essentials of what to look for in a DAW. To summarize does this DAW support IAA, AU, and MIDI.  SOOOOO to simplify things I want you to look and see if you got Apple Garageband with your iPad for free. You probably did. Garageband is a great place to practice and get your feet wet without having to spend any money or time researching other apps. You can do a lot with Garageband but it does have it’s limitations and you might want to expand your iPad production suite by investing in a totally different app like Auria, Cubasis, FL Studio Mobile, or Caustic to name a few. Will you also need to sync to hardware or other apps? If so there is a thing called MIDI sync (MIDI Clock) which until recently was the best way to sync BUT there is now a thing called Ableton Link which most DAWs support. Choosing the right DAW is really a matter of preference after you decide what is important to you. I used Cubasis because I use Cubase on my desktop DAW but I also have AUM and Audiobus at the center as well. Contact me http://ipadloops.com/about-ipad-loops/

2) Choosing a virtual mixing/routing app. iPad music production is quite unique because well you get a touch screen but it’s also unique because now you can have an additional hub to your workflow something to work beside your DAW. I’m referring to apps that act as extended routing and mixing. There are two popular apps for this at the moment and they are Audiobus 3 and AUM. These apps do similar things but they also have some features which are different from one another. Most iPad music producers own and use both apps!

 

 

3) File management – Apple did a great job of making the iPad file system unreachable so this really cool app came along and it’s called Audioshare. Audioshare is ESSENTIAL to all iPad music production studios. Why? It will help you record, manage, share, and organize your project files and samples. Go ahead and just buy it now you’ll thank me later

4) Your virtual sound palette – This is where things can get hairy. There are literally thousands of synths, drum machines, and instruments out there. Most of them are IAA instruments which means you can easily integrate them into your studio and SOME are also AU3 audio units which is even better. Those are two terms that will really mean a lot when choosing your sound palette. DAWs like Garageband and Cubasis come with a vast selection of virtual synths and drums so I suggest you start there. You will easily get buried in a sea of virtual instruments when you decide to step outside of your DAW for more sounds and inspiration which is actually a lot of fun but it’s only fun when you already have had time to wrap your head around the basics so don’t worry just take is slow. Try writing a song first with the sounds from your DAW then when you get comfortable dive into the sea of sound and choose your weapons of music construction wisely as they can really start to add up in regards to financial investments.

So there you have it. My intro to iPad music production in a nutshell. There is a lot more to it BUT this will get you started no doubt as these are the basic core essentials. Eventually when you get comfortable you will want to improve your workflow so it could take a bit of a little here and a little there. Don’t think about that yet. Remember it’s not the tools it’s what you do with them you can get the job done with these 4 essential items!

Recommended apps:

DAW BeatMaker 3 – INTUA

DAW Auria Pro – Mobile Music Production – WaveMachine Labs, Inc.

DAW Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System – Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

DAW GarageBand – Apple

Vrouting/Vmixing AUM – Audio Mixer – Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

Vrouting/Vmixing Audiobus 3 – Audiobus Pty Ltd

File management AudioShare – audio document manager – Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

My artist spotlight on Retronyms:

http://blog.retronyms.com/2017/04/artist-spotlight-dj-puzzle.html

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