2017
08/24
Free Groovebox Update Adds Bluetooth
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Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

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What’s New in Version 1.4
This free update allows you to play Groovebox instruments using your USB or Bluetooth MIDI keyboard. It also adds a chromatic on-screen keyboard, full-range pattern editing and multi-step pattern undo. Thanks for supporting Groovebox.

1.4 Improvements:
• MIDI support – Play Groovebox with your MIDI controller
• Chromatic on-screen keyboard
• Full-octave pattern editing
• Multi-step pattern undo
• Fine-tune volume for notes in pattern editor
• Fixed bug whereby first drum hit sometimes wouldn’t play
• Various bug fixes

Other Recent Improvements:
• Ducker. Easily add Pump your mix using either Kicks, or two preset patterns.
• Swing. Make your tracks bounce with either 16th or 8th note swing.
• Much improved performance, which takes far less power from your phone.

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2017
07/26
UPDATE KRFT Modular Groovebox
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KRFT is a modular instrument for expressive music production that we built to challenge the two decade old paradigm of the multi-track DAW. Designed from the ground up with a focus on live experimentation and expressive interactions, KRFT will inspire you to make music that would normally be out of reach. Rather than being confined to a fixed interface KRFT lets you create a surface that suits your musical needs whether you’re building an experimental groove box or composing an entire track. Use it standalone with its powerful internal audio engine or with your studio & MIDI enabled gear, such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro X.

What’s New in Version 1.6.0
** Transform Cells **
– An amazing new way to explore musical ideas, the Transform Cell takes a Timeline and transforms its notes in real time.
– The transforms available are Note Repeat, Arpeggiate, Rhythmize, Harmonize, Beat Repeat, Quantize, Reverse, Invert, Rotate, Random Key & Random Time
– Apply the same transform to multiple timelines and combine multiple transform cells for wild results!

** Sync: Step **
– Setting a timelines sync to “step” will make a timeline start from the next note in its sequence.
– Use this with the hold interaction to step through a melody or drum beat with every tap.

** Cell => Explode **
– The new explode function allows you to split an existing timeline into multiple cells.
– You can split a timeline either using a slice length or per key.
– Use this function to split out a drum kit into its individual parts or to easily create a keyboard.

** Matrix 2.0 **
– Now you can multi-select notes. Just long hold on the matrix and then drag over notes to select them.
– Selections can be moved, deleted, resized, copied & pasted – even into other loops.
– You can also apply transforms to these selections, such as invert, reverse, humanize and more!
– Added an undo button!

** Save user presets **
– Now you can save your user presets and use them across your projects.

** Minor Improvements **
– Added 4 new scales => Major Blues, Minor Blues, Whole Tone, Klezmer
– Added INIT patch for bass and lead synths
– Added noise param on synth engine
– Improved menu speeds
– UI Improvements
– Bug Fixes 🙂

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2017
06/13
Novation Groovebox For iOS
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If you love making electronic music, you’ll love Groovebox. Enter an inspiring world of music production on your iPhone & iPad.

Groovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

• A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO
Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

• SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION
Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

• EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER
Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.

FEATURES
• Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
• Three powerful instruments – Drumbox, Retrobass and Poly-8
• Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Mix your music – 8-track mixer on iPad. Instrument focus mixer on iPhone.
• Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

ADVANCED FEATURES
• Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported

SUPPORTED DEVICES
Groovebox is compatible with iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7/12.9, iPad Mini 2/3/4, iPod Touch 6th Generation, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus. Requires iOS 10.

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2017
05/13
Dhalang Microtonal Groovebox For iOS
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Dhalang Microtonal Groovebox is a standalone music software accessible use of alternative tuning systems in electronic music composition, production and performance. Dhalang offers internal synthesizers and samplers with multitrack mixing and effecting possibilities that can be controlled with internal sequencers, touch screen or standard MIDI input. In addition to it’s traditional multitrack piano roll editing and sequencing, Dhalang also features several generative and algorithmic methods for more experimental sequencing of ((micro)tonal) music.

What’s New in Version 3.0

Audiobus 3

Synths:
– Envelope modes for analog synth: Rising (old) and Diving (new).

Sequencing:
– Vector and Matrix views update from state machine changes (in Instant mode)
– State machine state delay countdown shown also as number.
– When a vector turns off on a state change, it sends note off message to it’s target synth.

Other:
– New engine sample rate: Amiga NTSC Frequency.

Features in short:

– Various preset tuning systems and scales with a custom tuning editor.
– Analog-style, physically modelled, additive and FM method monophonic and polyphonic synths,
– Audio sample player with mini granulizer and audio data auto-segmentation.
– Piano roll and control automation sequencers.
– Algorithmic/generative sequencers: vector, matrix and particle.
– Mixer with four stereo buses and many sound effects.
– Offline and online rendering to stereo file.
– MIDI file import and export.
– Dropbox file transfer interface.
– Audiobus and IAA multi port support.
– Ableton Link support.
– Audiocopy support.
– iOS document interaction between apps.
– Internal filesystem with basic operations.
– Realtime MIDI input and output.
– IAA MIDI support.
– Network synchronisation of various cross-platform Dhalang instances.
– Many UI colour themes and support for various languages.

Supported devices:
iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.
Recommended devices:
iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.

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2017
02/17
KRFT Music Creation App For iOS
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KRFT is a new approach to music creation. Build beautiful interfaces from a toolset of musical cells. Make anything from a funky groove box to a full composition, and everything in-between. Open the door to new workflows and inspiration.

*** LAUNCH DISCOUNT – 40% OFF UNTIL 20TH FEB ***

Moving away from the typical 80s multi-track paradigm found in most music making software, KRFT is a unique and inspiring way to create music. By combining a variety of loops, dials, effects and more, you build your own customized musical Surface. These interfaces are a collection of musical functions and ideas that can be controlled and interpreted in real time.

The nature of this workflow allows you to make expressive decisions on-the-fly and create dynamic compositions that would be difficult to achieve in typical music software.

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MODULAR MUSIC MAKING
Don’t be confined by pre-defined interfaces, make your own rules! Want to build a song? Add loops and groups to build a structure. Need to add a layer of jam-ability? Add drum fills, live effects and filters. Now get jamming!

POWERFUL SOUND ENGINE
A highly optimised and high quality custom sound engine is at the core of KRFT. Choose from 50 Bass presets, 50 Lead presets, 14 Drum Kits & over 50 Sound Effects to make your creations. Go deeper and tweak filters, effects and more to make the sound your own.

NON-LINEAR COMPOSITION
Rather than writing a song from start to finish, KRFT lets you play and re-interpret your composition giving you the opportunity to experiment and add flair in real time. Record multiple takes and export them to your favourite audio software or upload online.

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