2019
10/15
Playbeat Groove Randomizer
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Playbeat groove randomizer app for iOS

Playbeat is a creative groove randomizer plugin that generates beats and patterns for you.

Unlike an ordinary step sequencer, Playbeat creates patterns using algorithmic and random procedures for generating notes by combining Steps, Pitch and Volume.

Load, or import your own sounds and generate up to four patterns simultaneously to get polyrhythms. You can generate as many patterns as you want and never get the same one twice. That’s because there is essentially an infinite number of different possible combinations.

New ways of creating grooves help to break new ground in music and sound design

Quick-fire Unique Rhythm patterns and discover New ways of creating beats on the spot.

Playbeat has been designed to promote music creation both in studio and live performance with a simple and convenient user interface. Endlessly variable and Endlessly interesting.

Playbeat comes also as AUv3 plug-in and supports Ableton Link for tight sync between apps on the same network and MIDI Support.

Get Playbeat HERE

2019
10/15
Digitstix Drum Audio Unit
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Digistix Drum Audio Unit For iOS

DigiStix Drummer is an AUv3 compatible drum machine / sampler plugin for your favourite DAW.

The program has a host of features which allow you to sample your own drumkits and trigger them either using a host application via MIDI or using the inbuilt pattern and song editor which automatically syncs tempo with your DAW.

There as so many great sources of professionally recorded drum kits these days which can be imported into DigiStix allowing you to build a catalog of your favourite sounds. Alternatively use the built in sampler to record your very own kits.

DigiStix has 16 assignable pads which can be quickly mapped to individual drum samples or recordings. Each pad has it’s own volume level, panning, reverb, delay, reverse and sample length settings. You can assign each pad to a mute group which allow for instance a closed hi-hat to mute an open high hat etc. Each pad can be assigned a one shot or looped sample. This enables you to import pre-looped samples at a specified BPM and have them play when a pad is pressed. You can also import up to 3 samples per pad and use in multi-sample mode which allows different velocity levels to trigger different pads etc.

One great feature of DigiStix is the ability to none destructively assign samples from different kits to the pads for live performance and song creation. We also provide an intelligent melodic mapping mode which maps selected samples over all 16 pads tuned to a selected key and scale.

The inbuilt sequencer allows patterns of up to 64 beats in length. Each pattern can have it’s own time signature allowing complex arrangements can be constructed. Up to 256 patterns can be chained together to make a soung which are saved independently of the kits. The pattern editor also allows you to enter 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16th note triplets as well as reverse sample and accented notes. We provide easy velocity editing with ‘draw in’ drum rolls etc.

DigiStix also features a 16 channel mixer, configurable digital delay, reverb, chorus / flanger, bit crunch, overdrive, 8 band EQ and digital filtering options (HP and LP filters).

Each drum pad can be mapped to an external MIDI trigger allowing external drum pads to be connected if you wish.

Features:

• 16 assignable Pads.

• Mix and Match different kits.

• Up to 64 beats per pattern.

• Songs up to 255 patterns in length.

• Reverse Mode, Triplets and Accents.

• Supports Mute Groups.

• Multi-layer and Round Robin modes.

• MIDI Mapping.

• 16 channel Mixer.

• 8 band EQ.

• Looping Mode with Time Stretching.

• Build in Delay, Reverb, Overdrive, Bit Crunch and LP/HP Filters.

• Paramter Automation from your DAW.

• Local and Remove MIDI Sync.

• Built in Sampler.

• Multiple Import options.

• Melodic Remapping.

• Real time and Step pattern recording.

• iTunes and Filer importing of samples.

• Files App Drag & Drop Support

Get Digistix HERE

2019
10/08
EG Pulse Drum Machine AU
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EG Pulse iOS Drum Machine Audio Unit

EG Pulse is the ultimate Drum Machine / Sampler for iOS.

It can be used both in standalone or hosted as AudioUnit AU3 inside apps like GarageBand, AUM, BeatMaker3, NanoStudio2, n-Track9 and others.

The solid ElliottGarage sequencing engine has been updated and expanded, and you can now create ultra precise trap rhythms, hip hop grooves, electronic beats, rock and acoustic drum tracks and more.

EG Pulse comes with more than 40 drumkits and more than 180 grooves already included to cover many different genres from EDM, House, Trap, Hip Hop and Electronic Music to Rock, Metal, Reggae or Jazz; moreover, you can create your custom drumkit importing samples with simple drag & drop or combining the builtin kits, and you can modify them inside the app with the sample editor (sample start, attack time, release time and sample length).

Each of the 16 pads can be also pitched and panned in the mixer section of the app and also reverb, delay, bitcrusher and eq can be set individually.

Each pattern can be automated to obtain dynamic changes and with the probability mode you can create always new grooves adding randomization and human feel to them.

EG Pulse contains drumkits and presets created by some of the best iOS Beat Makers and Producers like SoundOfIzrael, Soundtrack Loops, the Beat Community and more.

What’s new 1.07

– Chromatic Pads – Play melodic line like on a keyboard

– Kit sharing (left swipe on a kit to access additional menu)

– Improved sample edit view and pads edit view

– Option to slice sample in equal parts

– Slices will inherit retriever and hold from parent

– Copy will copy pattern length too

– Option in settings to avoid device goes to sleep

– Song max length set to 200 patterns

– Song start playing from selected pattern (unselect all to start from beginning)

– Added import of AIFF audio files

FIX

– pad highlight on wrong step

– iPhoneX family AU3 visualization

– AU3 audio performance improved

Full feature list:

– Standalone & AU3 Audio Unit

– Pads View, Grid View, Mixer, Automation View, FX View & Song View

– Chromatic Pads – Play melodic line like on a keyboard

– 64 step audio engine

– 1/8, 1/12, 1/16, 1/32 & 1/64 quantization

– Samples Drag & drop from File App (supports multiple files import)

– Import of Wave, AIFF, M4a audio files or MOV and MP4 video screen recording (audio will be extracted)

– Kit sharing (left swipe on a kit to access additional menu)

– Fill & Autofill (every 2, 4, 8, 16 bars)

– Custom drumkit & user banks save

– Song view

– Pad Roll (with 1/8, 1/12, 1/16, 1/32 & 1/64 quantization)

– Ableton Link

– Step recording into grid view

– Polyrhythms

– Choke groups

– Mixer with Solo, Mute, Volume, Gain, Pan, Pitch

– Automation of Pitch, Volume and Pan for each pad and pattern dependant

– Probability to create unpredictable and random patterns

– Samples editor (Start offset, attack time, release time, length)

– Time stretching

– Loop bpm detection and automatic sync to tempo (works with 4 bar loops)

– Transient detection and audio slice

– Bank import/export

– Midi In with MIDI learn to control pads

– MIDI out to host (AU3 version)

– Midi Program Change to switch patterns

– FX (Reverb, Delay, Bitcrusher and EQ) for each pad

– Tap tempo & Swing

– More than 40 drumkits and 180 grooves created by iOS Producers and Beat Makers

– Bank presets covering several genres

Get EG Pulse here

2019
07/26
Elastic Drums Adds Outs
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Elastic Drums got a major update with a feature people were asking for a long time already:

With update 2.3 you can now route up to 6 Elastic Drums channels separately into your preferred InterApp Audio host, to use InterApp Audio or AUv3 effects on top of them. You might want to add some great sounding reverbs or delay on a synth of Elastic Drums, or you might want to add some extra compression to the kick, a great room effect on the snare, whatever … with the free update you can do that now 🙂

What many people love about Elastic Drums is, that it already comes with tons of great internal effects (2×13 Mono, 2×11 Stereo), which are playable in a very creative way via the built in XY pad (Kaoss Pad style) and that you can automate/record your tweakings even. But now with Eventide entering the iOS platform with 3 effects, iOS effects are definitely becoming studio-quality. With update 2.3 you can still use Elastic Drums internal effects and go crazy on the XY pad, but now you can also combine that with an Eventide Blackhole reverb on a channel of your choice. When you route an individual channel directly to the host, this channels gets disconnected form ED’s master out and from ED’s effects, to avoid phase shifting effects and audio chaos. Sounds complicated? It’s not not at all …

Version History
2.3 Jul 18, 2019
– Multiple outputs for Inter-App Audio sessions: In Inter-App Audio sessions you can now route the 6 instrument channels of Elastic Drums to external outputs, to add additional effects to them. When routed to an external output the signal is removed from the master output.

– Update to Audiobus 3.0.7 SDK

Get Elastic Drums HERE

2019
03/04
6×806 drum synth for iOS
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6X806 Drum Synth For iOS

A 6 channel drum synthesiser & sequencer for creating beats, electro rhythms or just wacky drum synth blips. Using synthesizer controls you shape each sound on each channel to create various electro synth drum & percussion sounds. Create drum patterns using standard xox steps as seen on various drum synthesisers, drum machines & sequencers or they can be generated randomly. Independent effects, GarageBand routing, Ableton Link, IAA, & Audiobus 3 support. Easily capture whatever you hear and export to AudioShare, Audio-Copy, Email or iTunes Shared Folder.

DRUM SYNTHESIS features:
Choose between various waveform with noise balance.
3 Filter modes to choose from: Low, High & Band Pass + resonance & side-pass high pass level.
Filter Envelope amount & decay time.
Adjust pitch from a wide range.
VCA decay time with PUNCH effect for extra kick on the velocity.
Create almost any imaginable drum synth sound

SEQUENCER features:
Swing effect for groove
Dynamics. Each step can also have an accented dynamics level if pressed twice (yellow light). This can accentuate pitch, filter & amplitude (enabled or disabled per track channel). Dynamics level controls accent level passed to the dynamics.
RANDOM FILL: From zero to 100 percent this will create random non accentuated steps in mealtime so you can create free flowing dynamic drum synth sequences.
Adjust number of steps & offsets in each track to create complex poly rhythms
INIT starts over with a blank pattern.
Find this in Settings/System.
BPM control +/-1 or double tap for +/-5 increments.

MOD SECTION:
LFO low pass CUT-OFF & PITCH. The pitch level can give a vintage effect subtly detuning with low SPEED or faster for ring modulated effect.
Trig forces reset on step to provide pitch or filter envelope.

CHAIN MODE:
Press P+1, P+2, P+3 for automatically switching to next 1,2, or 3 patterns at each loop end.
Changing pattern manually will reset.
Drum step edits cant be made during this mode.
LIVE CONTROL feature:
Use the pattern play section for the following cool tricks:
[Sequence/Control/Pattern]: Instantly switch to a saved sequence while playing. Keys correspond to available programs, starting from the current program thats loaded (key 1 is your current program, key 2 is current program+1 etc). Highlighted keys show stored programs. Blue tint shows if your are in Pattern Play still. This is great for building up live tracks and can be cut instantly like DJ cross-fade.
With P-Lock enabled, loading patterns locks parameters & just loads the patterns.

EFFECTS (Global/master are in yellow.)
OVERDRIVE.
SPRING REVERB
ECHO tempo synced with feedback & wetness.

MIXER section:
fade in and out each track, mute/ unmute tracks
Bass boost and pan on each track (This is not stored)

SYNCING
Ableton Link syncs with other Link apps .Enable for precise timing without syncing. Press LINK button at the bottom for settings. You can link to our other apps like 2XB303
MIDI sync with External, Virtual or Audiobus. 6X806 can be master or slave. ( any simple class-compliant USB should work but some may need to be power assisted)
Virtual MIDI In is always on. If you send from another app AND receive MIDI clock then you will be receiving both MIDI CLOCKS.
While Ableton Link is enabled you can send clock. This means you can use one app to control 6X806 with external hardware
MIDI note data is sent out on each channel

AUDIO
Record a fixed length, default to 32 steps. Can be changed in settings.
Arming the sampling with CAPTURE (flashing). Starts at counter 1 (ON).
PLAY CAP to listen to your sample loop.
Audio can be routed via IAA (Inter App Audio) into apps like Apple’s Garageband. Garageband will also sync your sequence for excellent multi-track recording.
Audiobus 3. Route audio to mix or record into other applications

To save you press “Save To”, it then flashes. Now choose destination (“!” means its occupied ) then press “Save All” to confirm.

Get 6X806 drum synth HERE

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