2017
07/17
Poly Update Adds Link and more
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Poly Generative Sequencer For iPad

Back in July of 2013 I reviewed a cool generative app called Poly on my Youtube channel. Several years later this fun and cool app has an update and it’s an important one!

Poly is a unique generative sequencer that harnesses the power of poly-rhythms to create intricate and exciting patterns.

Different coloured nodes are added to a circular area. The closer a node is to middle, the faster it repeats. Each node has its own sample, FX settings and keyboard. There are five available colours and up to 12 nodes maximum.

Poly comes with over 40 preset sounds, including a selection of awesome 808 samples

Other features include:

– Audiobus integration
– Audio Copy and Paste
– AudioShare file sharing
– Virtual / Hardware MIDI
– Saving and Loading of Patterns
– Recording of performances
– Dropbox upload and download

Get Poly

2017
01/04
Moodscaper Generative Music For Meditation
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Moodscaper is a generative music app and a great personal companion for studying, providing non-intrusive headphone music at work, relaxing, meditating and even sleeping. Just launch the app, tap automatic play, and moodscaper will produce melodic, atmospheric and evocative ambient music in a “light”, “dark”, “space”, “happy” or “sad” mood.

Moodscaper is also an easy to use instrument for creating epic-sounding pads and effects as part of a larger iPad-based music-making setup. You can even create your own custom instrument by loading your own samples, and taking advantage of moodscaper’s generative engine.

Main features:

· Unique generative atmospheric sample-based instrument
· Simple user interface
· Five scale-based moods
· Variable dynamics – from mellow and sparse to full-on drama!
· Five loopers with optional sync
· Provides tasteful auto-accompaniment to your playing in realtime or in loops
· Hints displayed on keys that should sound good with root notes or chords
· Samples are randomly stacked for a bigger sound with more variation
· Effects section with filter, dual-delay and reverb
· Effects tweaks can be recorded in loopers
· Additional 20 key instrument for each mood
· Add your own samples and create your own mood-based instrument
· Additional instruments available as free downloads at moodscaper.com
· IAA support (as a generator) with no special setup required

Get Moodscaper

Check out Pianoscaper while you’re at it!!

2012
07/01
Cryptoclash Synthesizer For iPhone
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Cryptoclash Generative Vowel Synth For iPhone

“Cryptoclash is a strange generative synthesizer, which translates letters into sound. By typing in a string of up to 20 letters (a-z), you set up the states of the sound engine, which are represented as roaming particles. Every time they collide, things can change. Use the accelerometers to change gravity, and tap on a ball to give it a velocity boost. Each time you choose the source string, you create a new sounding patch. Some sounds are noisier, and others more meditative; keep exploring and you’ll hear interesting new tuning systems (such as 26 notes per octave), and different amounts of synthesizer feedback.”

The description makes it look good. I put it to the test in the video below. Kinda lame but hey it’s free if you have a couple minutes to waste check it out.

“The central idea behind this work is that of the musical cryptogram, where letters are turned into notes; but the sound engine here avoids such a direct and obvious mapping for a combination of physics engine (thank you Box2D), live coding, sonification, finite state machines, Markov models and feedback FM.”

CryptoClash is NO LONGER AVAILABLE

2012
06/05
Ambient Music Generator For iOS
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Ambient Music Generator For iOS

Mobile Mood Machine (aka MoMoM ) is a brand new app by French IDM artist and programmer Julien Bayle aka Protofuse. Mobile Mood Machine provides a musical playground you can touch with your fingers.

Rules are really easy and minimalistic:
– touch the screen to create spherical creatures popping out sine waves sounds
– the more the touch is made at the top, the more the creatures pop out high pitched sounds
– the more the touch duration is, the more the sound popped it will have a long decay
– choose a Mood which consists in color gradient, sequences rules, scale
– choose to listen special designed soundscapes in the background or not
– adjust the delay and the effect of time over the age of those digital creatures
– enjoy !

Minimalism, Zen & Quietness are the main words that could describe this iOS application.

The Mobile Mood Machine ‘s engine works with circular buffers recording til 8 sequences represented by 8 colors.
Each sequence is repeated according to specific rules related to the current chosen Mood.
Some Moods are minor, some are major with a lot of time between sequence repetitions, some are hypnotically repetitive.

You can choose to make creatures becoming old. In that case, they will progressively disappear and their sounds will have a bigger attack til their end, when they will completely disappear.
Some Moods make them to be old faster, or slower.

You can also start it and choose the automatic induction mode of the Mobile Mood Machine
In that case, you just have to close your eyes, to let those waves envelope you into a sweet bubble of zen protection.
These sounds can cancel all annoying aggressive noises surrounding us every time.

Here are some possible uses:
– walking in the street
– being in the train
– trying to sleep
– before going to a boring meeting
– together with your loved one in relaxation or possibly romance

Mobile Mood Machine IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

2012
03/29
Ambient Soundscapes For iPad
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Ambient Soundscapes For iPad

Waviary is an interactive musical artwork that is part instrument, part generative ambient music machine, and part virtual wind chimes.

What’s New:
5 new tone sets!
New Pitch Cycler effect!
New visual fx when audio fx are engaged
Reduced app size
New pitch ramp up/down buttons!
New wow and flutter effect!
New choppy/tremolo effect!
Save/recall current settings as user snapshots/presets
Tone sets are now selected via popup row/table for quick access
Background color now changes color with pitch change
Bugfix: pitch and volume sliders now respond correctly to multi-touch

Simple multi-touch control allows anyone to effortlessly create lush ambient soundscapes and environments, or simply listen as Waviary generates it’s own “forest-like” sonic environments.
The generative player can run while you play as well, allowing for a randomized ambient jam session.

A sleep timer is included…put on headphones and let Waviary’s weird, wonderful sounds lull you to sleep.

Features:

– Rich ambient tones and textures
– Multi-touch controls allow expressive creation of rich ambient soundscapes
– Generative mode creates endlessly evolving sonic environments
– 10 Tone sets (more added with free updates)
– pitch control
– octave up/down buttons
– lock button to lock orbs in place, or unlock to move freely
– Sleep Timer

Waviary is NO LONGER AVAILABLE

  • iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle). You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.
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