2016
04/04
Free Ambient Bansuri Indian Flute Sample
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Bansuri iPad sample

Today I recorded a couple notes from my Bansuri to my iPad. I ran the condenser mic through a tube pre and then through a Strymon Big Sky reverb. The file was then recorded and shared via iPad to Dropbox. You can download the sample here. Feel free to use it in your music!

Bansuri sample https://www.dropbox.com/s/w8za6na6h7hz9uu/Indian%20Flute%20Strymon%20Big%20Sky.wav?dl=0

Listen to what iPad Musician Grant Basma Horsnell did with it!

Apps used:

Audioshare

Borderlands Granular

Dadelus

2015
09/29
How To Open Patterning Kits From The Internet
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How to open Patterning kit from the internet

Hello all, here are the simple steps to open a patterning kit from an address on the internet. The simplest and most common way to share Patterning kits is to export/upload them to Dropbox and share the url. Follow these simple steps to download a Patterning .onps kit.

STEP 1 Click on the Dropbox link. When someone uploads a kit to Dropbox and links to it on a website like Facebook for example it will look like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2w83beyj8umvosh/tempest1.onps?dl=0

(YOU WILL NEED THE DROPBOX APP ON YOUR DEVICE Click to get Dropbox)

Now a window will open like the one in the image below. Simply click “save to my Dropbox” (you may have to sign in to your Dropbox account).

Patterning Dropbox

STEP 2 Open your Dropbox app and select the kit then click the little box/arrow in the upper right hand corner and choose “open in” Patterning.

Dropbox to import Patterning kits

Step 3 Now in Patterning hit the Drum Kits tab and select the kit you just imported. That’s it!

Alternate instructions for storing locally and organizing your files with Audioshare:

STEP 2 (alternate for storing locally in audioshare) Open the Audioshare app and click the little green box with a down arrow in it. The one at the bottom left next to the web browser icon. Now select “Dropbox”.

Patterning Tutorial 2

STEP 3 Import the kit, the file with .onps file extension.

Patterning Tutorial 3

STEP 4 Once imported you select the .onps file and then you will get an option to open in “copy to Patterning” and from there you can select Patterning.

Patterning Tutorial 3

STEP 5 Now you can open the kit with bonus beat patterns by using the File/Open. It will not appear in the kits section unless you save it as a kit on your own.

Patterning 4

That’s it!

Get the Audioshare app here if you don’t already have it AudioShare – audio document manager – Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

More info about Patterning here Patterning : Drum Machine – Olympia Noise Co.

2012
02/24
Stochastik Drum Machine App
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Stochastik

Stochastik is a full-featured Drum Machine with one outstanding difference. Unlike any other Drum Machine, Stochastik lets you set a *probability* that a note will trigger for each step. So, your basic beat can rock steady while accents and syncopation only happen every so often.

Once you add chance into the mix, you can generate thousands of unique variations *automatically* in the time it takes to sequence (one, two or four) bars. It’s as easy as programming a static loop but it generates a dynamic track — no more repetitive beats! Over a thousand of high-quality samples are included, from classic analog drum machines of the past to pristine acoustic jazz and rock kits. You can mix and match samples to create the perfect kit for each song. Plus, you can import your own samples through iTunes File Sharing, email or the Dropbox iPad App.

Stochastik was made to share, so you can collaborate with your friends by emailing or uploading your song, pattern and kit settings.

Stochastik plays well with other apps. When you bounce your pattern to a wav file, it’s automatically put in the clipboard for pasting into other apps. With WIST, you can wirelessly sync with other devices. With background audio, you can let Stochastik lay down the beat while you use a synth. MIDI is coming soon.

★Supports Dropbox

☞ Audio Features:
★ 15 Samples at a time, arranged in 3 banks of 5
★ Over a thousand included drum, cymbal and percussion sounds — acoustic, analog and digital. Learn more at http://stochastik.xitive.com/samples.html
★ 32 Voices so you will have plenty of polyphony
★ Bounce to 44.1Khz/16bit wav audio files
★ Background Audio – the audio will continue to play when you switch apps.
☆ Coming Soon: Export each drum as a separate track for mixing in your digital audio workstation

☞ Sequencing Features:
★ Stochastic programming of dynamic beats
★ As many Patterns, Songs and Kits as you can fit on your device.
★ Patterns can be 16, 32 or 64 steps long, and you can easily copy them to make tweaks.
★ Quick touch pads on sequencer screen for jamming, recording your beats and making quick tweaks
★ Sliders instead of knobs. I wish every music app got rid of knobs
★ Precise Entry (tap a number to bring up the keyboard) for maximum control over volume, pan, bpm and shuffle
☆ Coming Soon: Mute / Solo, Set Volume per step.

☞ Integration Features:
★ Import/Export wav files, songs, patterns and kits through Email, iTunes File Sharing, the Dropbox iPad App and more
★ AudioCopy & Pasteboard support to use your drum patterns in GarageBand, BeatMaker and other compatible apps.
★ Full “Open In…” support for working with other apps
★ WIST so you can wirelessly sync Stochastik with other devices – http://www.korguser.net/wist/
☆ Coming Soon: Virtual MIDI & MIDI File Export

☞ Learning/Help Features:
★ Screen overlay for quick reference of where everything is
★ Full PDF Manual that introduces drum machines and describes how Stochastik’s features work, in-depth
★ Tutorial videos on YouTube
★ Full E-Mail Support – support@xitive.com

Xitive Inc Web SiteStochastik Drum Machine Support
What’s New in Version 1.0.2
Fixes the iOS6 Slider issue for BPM, Gain and Swing

Stochastik is NO LONGER AVAILABLE

2011
10/27
Free iPad Synth Sylo Synthesizer
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Free Synth For iPad Sylo Synth

I can NOT believe this synth is free! •• As used by Gorillaz on their album The Fall ••

Sylo Synthesiser allows you to play music, or create sound effects, using sounds you can design yourself. Sylo Synth includes a collection of pre-designed sounds which you can use as they are, tweak them to your heart’s desire, or you can make new sounds from scratch.

Build sounds from basic waveforms, or capture them from the world around you using the iPad’s built-in microphone. Then, tinker with Sylo Synthesiser’s filters and other settings to make a sound all your own.

Sylo Synthesiser features live time-stretching technology based on granular synthesis and a suite of filters:
• Speed up or slow down a recorded sound to use as an instrument
• With a regular wavetable synthesiser, higher-pitched notes are also faster, like chipmunks, and lower-pitched notes are also slower, as though they are moving through treacle
• But enable Sylo’s “Sync Speed” feature, and lower or higher-pitched notes still play back at the same speed, keeping them in sync with each other
• Fiddle with the speed control even while you’re playing notes: Slow, stop or even rewind the sound in the middle of notes — without changing the pitch
• Granular synthesis allows you to create instruments or effects from a recording, that do not sound like the original, yet retain its realistic, natural sound
• FX units: Frequency modulation, ring modulation, echo/delay, distortion, and a low-pass filter with resonance control

Sylo Synthesiser also supports Core MIDI: play music from another device via MIDI.

Upgrade to Sylo Synthesiser Pro and you gain these additional features:

• Use existing audio files as the building-blocks of your instrument: import audio from wave, aiff, mp3 and aac/m4a files
• Save recordings to your iPad or to Dropbox* online storage
• Save your new instruments to the preset list for quick access
• Exchange audio with other apps via AudioCopy/AudioPaste or “Open in…” (where supported)

Now supports Dropbox

Please note: The microphone button in Sylo Synthesiser is for recording sound into the synth, to use as the basis for new instruments — not for making a permanent record of what you play! (We’ve heard from a couple of people confused about this so we thought we’d make it clear!) If you wish to record your performances, Sylo Synthesiser Pro adds a Record button to the toolbar for this purpose.

Sylo Synthesizer is available for free

2010
02/09
Intua BeatMaker 2 App
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Beatmaker 2 Screenshot

BeatMaker 2: One of the most useful mobile music workstations out there. Combining music production tools that were behind the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 is a powerful, easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike. Build your own virtual home-studio, create multiple instruments and connect them to a full-range of audio effects.
Compose, record, arrange and transform your ideas into complete songs, ready to be shared with others. Import your own sounds or use the sound library provided: more than 170 high-quality instrument and drum presets from synthesizers to realistic orchestral sounds. You can even import songs from your iPod library! Connect your MIDI accessories for an external control of BeatMaker’s instruments, effects and mixer, ideal for home-studio productions and live performances.

BeatMaker 2 is a universal application. Works on all iPhone, iPod and iPad models starting with third generation devices (iPhone3GS, iPod3G 32GB, iPad 1 & 2).

Beatmaker 2.3 Screenshot

Beatmaker 2.3 Screenshot

What’s New in Version 2.3.1

New features
►Audio tracks with disk streaming support
►Support for USB class audio interfaces on iPad via Camera Connection Kit
►Record up to 8 audio tracks simultaneously (current iOS limitation)
►Gain and noise gate on audio inputs
►Sample drag’n’drop on drum machine via “Quick Load” feature
►Event recording is now allowed anywhere in the app
►Patterns can be dragged directly on the song editor
►Sample streaming in drum and keyboard samplers (samples are not loaded in RAM)
►Automatic audition of samples in browser
►New auto-loop mode for pads (quantized)
►Revamped iPod Library import
►Sustain pedal is now supported in the keyboard sampler and is editable in the pattern editor
►Keyboard sampler now supports layers
►Revamped sampler mapping editor
►Retina graphic content for the 3rd generation iPad
►Receive MIDI clock messages for tempo synchronization
►App Settings: Added OMNI and input clock
►More automatizable parameters: Auto-pan sync and sync toggle / Effects bypass / LFO sync rate / Invert ADSR / Tune, Fine-Tune / Filter key / Pads reverse and mute / Mixer track mute and solo / Sustain pedal

Improvements and bug fixes
►Fix crash when resetting auto-scale on an empty pads
►Fix noise when looping very small samples
►Fix issue with installing BeatMaker 1 ‘bmkz’ files
►Fix sampling rate issue with some accessories (ie. Apple Digital AV Adapter)
►Fix behavior of MIDI virtual input ports
►Install BMKZ kits when using Dropbox
►Other minor fixes and engine improvements
►Update to Dropbox SDK v1.2.2
►Improve preset/projects file format (quicker load/save)

2.3.1:
► Fix a bug where the polyphony was not correctly reloaded
► Add background mode as an option (Settings)
► Fix audio export offset when MIDI OUT was active
► Improve tempo handling while receiving MIDI clocks
► Fix pads in auto-loop when loading a preset or project
► Fix sustain pedal behavior with volume and filter envelopes

Features:

* STUDIO:
– Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine or Keyboard interface
– 10 effects: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive.
– 3 effect slots for each instrument, unlimited global effects racks, with customizable cross controllers.
– CoreMIDI support: connect your MIDI accessories to control instruments, effects and mixer.

* DRUM MACHINE:
– 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 banks
– Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
– Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
– Low/high pass filter per pad
– Pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
– ADSR Envelope ADSR control for each pad
– Exclusive groups and polyphony management
– “Live” modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.
– Pad copy & paste

* KEYBOARD SAMPLER
– 128-key keyboard with pitch wheel, double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
– Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
– Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
– Low/high pass filter with key tracking
– 2 LFOs to control volume, pitch and filter parameters
– Polyphony control, up to 32 voices
– Legato play mode with glide

* MULTI-TRACK SEQUENCER
– Create unlimited instrument and FX tracks
– Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
– Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
– Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters and automations.
– Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.

* WAVE EDITOR
– Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive interface for manipulating samples
– Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with undo/redo
– High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
– Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
– Record new samples from microphone or instruments
– Loop points and tempo/signature editor

* MIXER CONSOLE
– Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
– Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for each track

* LARGE SOUND BANK INCLUDED
– 68 Drum Machine presets from all genres
– 111 Keyboard Sampler presets, from synthesizers to realistic orchestral instruments.
– More than 1800 quality samples available

* SHARING & GLOBAL OPTIONS
– Native iPad & iPhone interfaces, Retina display
– Import MIDI files
– Export your songs to Audio or MIDI files
– MIDI Out, Sync, Thru support
– Virtual MIDI support: connect multiple music iOS apps together
– Korg’s WIST support
– Transfer and manage your files from your computer
– Import songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
– Upload songs to your SoundCloud account
– DropBox support
– Share audio content with other music applications using the iOS pasteboard

Beatmaker 2 is available for $19.99

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