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
07/05
Spectrum Free Synthesizer App
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Spectrum free synth for iOS

Spectrum is a collection of Audio Unit ports of popular eurorack synthesizer modules. To use Spectrum, load the Audio Units in your DAW or AU host of choice, like Audiobus, GarageBand or AUM. The app itself makes no sound.

Included are:

Spectrum – Multi-mode 8-voice polyphonic oscillator featuring 14 high quality oscillator algorithms
Modal – Modal synthesis. Bowed, Blowed, and Struck sounds through a 64-band resonator. Also included as an effect.
Resonator – 7 beautiful string generation algorithms. Also included as an effect
Granular – Granular sampler, looper, pitch shifter, reverb effect.

Each audiounit also features:

– modulation LFO
– modulation ADSR envelope
– XY touchpad (except on Modal)
– 2-source modulation matrix allowing for complex and evolving patches.
– MIDI CC control of parameters
– Loadable as an AudioUnit effect (except Spectrum)

Spectrum contains DSP code provided under the MIT open source license by Mutable Instruments.

Get Spectrum for free HERE

2019
06/06
Dexed FM Synth AU
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Dexed FM Synth for iPad

An iOS port of Dexed, an FM Synthesizer. Comes with AudioUnit AUv3 plugin for GarageBand and other apps like AUM. iOS Midi, bluetooth MIDI supported, get a camera kit and plug in through USB. Dexed is a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Dexed is also a midi cartridge librarian/manager for the DX7. More information on the original Dexed soft synth here https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/

Multi platform (OS X, Windows or Linux) and multi format (VST, AU, LV2)
The sound engine music-synthesizer-for-android is closely modeled on the original DX7 characteristics
144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters available from one single panel
Fully supports DX7 input and output Sysex messages; including controller change. This means that you can use this with a native DX7/TX7 as a patch editor and sysex manager
Each operator have a realtime VU meter to know which one is active
Can load/save any DX7/TX7 sysex programs. It is also possible to save a single program into a different sysex file.

Get Dexed HERE

2019
05/15
Stellr Shimmer Reverb AU
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Stellr Shimmer Reverb AU

Stellr is a pitch-shifter/delay/reverb sound processor aimed to recreate the classic shimmer effect. It makes deep ethereal ambiance on top of your sound, providing you with a wide variety of sonic possibilities. Add a new dimension to your music.

The effect features 15 ready to use presets which can be shared between devices as well as randomize button for endless variations.

When loaded as Audio Unit effect, all parameters can be automated via host app.

Stellr main features:
– Pitch shifter which can be fine-tuned or snapped to semitone
– Two separate delays for creating a complex feedback effect
– LFO modulation and different types of reverb
– Set pre-gain and dry/wet levels
– Audio Unit Extension, Audiobus, Inter-App Audio support
– 15 built-in presets
– Ability to save and randomize parameters
– Import and export of user presets
– Realtime frequency spectrum visualizer

Get Stellr HERE

2019
04/11
Stark Guitar Amps and Effects
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Klevgrand guitar effects and amps

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Get Stark HERE

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