2019
03/25
Fugue Machine Now Audio Unit!
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A wicked update for our beloved Fugue Machine!! Now an audio unit and supports chromatic mode!

iPhone support, AUv3 support, more scales, piano roll gesture improvements, and more! See below for more info…
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// NEW FEATURES
Fugue Machine now works on iPhone!

Fugue Machine now includes an AUv3 MIDI App Extension! Open your favorite AUv3 MIDI Host and run as many Fugue Machines as you’d like! Requires iOS 11.0 or later.

The Scale parameter now includes Wholetone, Whole Half, Major Blues, Minor Blues, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, and Chromatic.

Fugue Machine now properly adapts to the size of the view it’s in, with pixel-perfect detail for all devices.

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// USABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
The Piano Roll now responds significantly better to gestures. Most noticeably with one-finger note-panning, one-finger note-length changes, and one-finger pan-right note creation.

You can now copy/paste Fugue Machine patterns. This works within the standalone app, between the standalone app and AUv3 instances, between AUv3 instances, and between devices. To copy/paste in the standalone app, go to More Menu > Patterns, and long-press on any pattern. To copy/paste in an AUv3, go to the More Menu, scroll to the bottom, and use the copy/paste buttons.

When moving notes in the Piano Roll, the Keyboard View and Overview View now show the same notes moving in real time. This is useful while moving notes beyond the visible boundary of the Piano Roll.

The View Braces (located in Keyboard View and Overview View) can now have each side moved independently, making it much easier to navigate/zoom the Piano Roll.

Until now, when you’d perform a gesture on the Piano Roll and move beyond its boundary, the Piano Roll would automatically scroll in the direction of your fingers. No more! Much more usable now I think. However, if you enjoyed this feature, you can reenable it in Settings.

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// ABOUT THIS UPDATE
To be honest, most of this update was unexpected! About a month ago, I decided to venture out on a small FM update to take a break from my main project (a new app I’ve been working on for over 2.5 years!). My only intention was to update the UI to accommodate the new iPads — more specifically, to handle the Home Indicator and the new aspect-ratio of the 11″ iPad.

Regarding the new aspect-ratio, I realized that the best way to handle it was to completely refactor the UI to handle any aspect-ratio. This was tedious, but eventually led to the idea of supporting iPhone and AUv3, which, after the UI refactor, was surprisingly trivial! The refactor also led to allowing scales of various sizes (making chromatic possible, finally!). Lastly, supporting iPhone meant supporting smaller screens, which inspired most of the usability improvements.

Regarding the Home Indicator, the best way I found to handle that was to just make it go away completely! And the only way to do that is with Guided Access. Not only does Guided Access remove the Home Indicator, but as you may know (I had no idea!), it also disables all other OS edge gestures, essentially isolating your app from the OS. So no more accidentally swiping the control center or notifications! For me, for the way I use iOS to make music (one app per iPad), this is the absolute ideal configuration.

Get Fugue Machine HERE

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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2018
04/24
Ruismaker FM Mapping In Fugue Machine
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Use this image as a guide to show you where all six of the Ruismaker FM drums live in regards to midi mapping when using Fugue Machine as a drum sequencer. Click the image to enlarge it. Ruismaker FM mapping in Fugue Machine. In the pic I have all the play heads set to octave -1 you can set that to 0 but you’ll just have to move the piano roll up and octave. Make sure pitch is set to 0 and key is C# Ionian Major.

The following video is a demonstration that uses Fugue Machine as drum sequencer for Ruismaker FM.

The four play heads in Fugue Machine can change a simple beat into something a bit more complex.

Apps used:
AUM https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aum-audio-mixer/id1055636344?mt=8

Fugue Machine https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fugue-machine-multi-playhead-sequencer/id1014191410?mt=8

Ruismaker FM https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ruismaker-fm/id1143644577?mt=8&at=10laUK

SHOOM https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shoom-synthesizer/id1086363141?mt=8

Turnado https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turnado/id614418823?mt=8&at=10laUK

2017
08/14
Cinematic Fugue Machine Jam
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PerplexOn took the iPad outside on a rainy day for jamming with a minimalist piano sequence, combined with the sound of rain and a touch of gritty synth. Controlled with a Korg nanoKONTROL.

Apps in use:

Fugue Machine | multi-playhead sequencer – Alexandernaut

iGrand Piano – IK Multimedia

iSEM Synthesizer – Arturia

Eos 2 – Audio Damage, Inc.

AUM – Audio Mixer – Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl)

BeatMaker 3 – INTUA

While iGrand Piano was used on location, the piano track was replaced with the beautiful and more nuanced Una Corda Piano by Native Instruments afterwards. This was done by recording the actual midi output of Fugue Machine live with Beatmaker 2 in the background and then exporting this midi track to the DAW.

This track is a free download:
https://soundcloud.com/perplex-on/flowing

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2015
10/08
Fugue Machine Baroque and Serialism For iPad
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Fugue Machine Baroque and Serialism For iPad

FUGUE MACHINE is like “Bach In A Box”. It is a musical tool inspired by composition techniques used in Baroque music and Serialism — e.g. Bach’s canons and fugues, and Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique. The idea was to design a tool to manipulate a melody’s speed, direction, and pitch, as well as play multiple variations of the melody simultaneously.

As it turned out, the best implementation for this was to reimagine one of the most fundamental building blocks of all music sequencers: the piano roll.

Fugue Machine

THE PIANO ROLL, REIMAGINED.

FUGUE MACHINE is the world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a musical sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches. You see the playheads dance over the music sequence, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.

It’s mesmerizing.

Fogue Machine

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