2019
04/11
Atom MIDI Piano Roll AU
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MIDI Piano Roll audio unit for iOS

Atom Piano Roll is a sequencer for iOS, and the first in our Atom series of modular sequencer plugins. Record, replay, loop and manipulate MIDI notes anywhere.

The MIDI audio unit can be loaded in compatible hosts (AUM, ApeMatrix, Audiobus, BeatMaker 3, Cubasis 2, etc.). Make sure your host is capable of loading, transmitting to, and receiving MIDI from audio unit MIDI plugins.

It’s intended to augment existing MIDI processing capabilities, or in scenarios where a host doesn’t provide sequencing functionality out of the box.

Features:

1) Loop record
Grow your ideas over any number of bars. Overdub drum loops, layer complex melodies, or even record an entire track. Arm recording in multiple instances, in the background, receiving from hardware or even other audio units. Piano Roll is always sample accurately synced with the host.

2) Step input
Quickly create sequences. Insert notes respecting grid length, and resize them to any duration. Layer chords in one operation. Just send the notes, Piano Roll takes care of the rest.

3) Extensive editing tools
All the standard editing tools you are used to are implemented, pen for entering notes at any length, brush for painting continual notes at grid size and scissors for slicing.

Advanced tools allow you to be productive. Grow notes backwards or forwards. Group notes with additive selection. Select rows or chords in one operation. Time and pitch flip. Velocity editing is precise and unobtrusive. With Piano Roll, anything you need is a tap, hold, or swipe away.

3) Non destructive quantize
Quantised or not? You decide when, and how much! Enable full quantisation beforehand with grid snapping. Turn it back off, or adjust the strength afterwards on an already recorded sequence. Choose the quantisation percentage for note starts, note ends and even note durations. In Piano Roll, you have full control over timing precision.

4) Dynamic stretching
Stretch a clip from 4 bars to 8. Fix the note lengths or extend them in harmony. In Piano Roll, your sequences are elastic.

5) Advanced time signatures
Does 4/4 sound boring to you? Create complex polyrhythms by choosing any timing. From 3/8 to 11/8. From 2/1 to 17/16. Piano Roll lets you invent your own rhythm.

6) Advanced tempo settings
Negative BPM? No problem. Pick a tempo for every clip and play backwards or forwards. Multiply host tempo or choose something arbitrary, all with extreme accuracy. Piano Roll gives you control over tempo like never before.

7) Scales
Never go outside a scale, or go chromatic and add spice to the melody. With scale overlays, your music isn’t forced to sound in a predetermined way, and you aren’t forced to be a music theory genius to sound the way you want. Piano Roll gives you the ability to decide in which key to be and when.

8) Visibility layers
Aid composition by overlaying other clips from other plugin instances over the one you’re editing. Make sure your chords are in harmony with the melody, visually. Piano Roll roll helps you focus where you need, when you need it.

10) Sate saving
Your sequences are saved alongside the project you already work with. And they’re loaded back automatically when opening up a project. Clips can be saved as host presets. Piano Roll is in perfect harmony with the host you already use.

Get Atom Piano Roll HERE

2019
03/25
Chameleon AU Sampler
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Chameleon Audio Unit Sampler For iOS

Chameleon is an AUv3 compatible sampler instrument plugin for your favourite DAW. The program can run as a standalone app in order to record audio samples from the internal microphone or professional audio interface. It also supports incoming Inter-App Audio connections for sampling directly from other iOS applications, however it is primarily intended to be used as an AUv3 Instrument plugin for applications such as Cubasis, AUM, Auria, Meteor, Gargeband etc. The plugin can additionally be loaded as an AUv3 effect in order to record audio passing through it from other AUv3 Instrument sources, which makes it a very versatile and useful tool.

So what is a sampler? A sampler is a device that allows you to imitate other instruments with just a few short audio snippits. Although it comes with a library of presets it also allows you to create your own. You do this by recording multiple audio clips and mapping them to the notes on a MIDI keyboard and Chameleon does the rest using a sophisticated pitch shifting algorithm to fill in the blanks. Recorded samples can either be layered or mapped freely over a 7 octave range and saved as individual presets. Presets are then organised into custom categorised banks which can be exported and shared with others.

Just think, you can sample all your favourite synth sounds and carry them around on your iPhone/iPad without the inconvenience of lugging heavy gear around with you. Sample anything from musical instruments to vocal snippits, drum machines or ambient noises. The possibilities are endless.

Recording is incredible easy. Just create a New Patch and press record. Chameleon will wait for you to play a note before recording begins. Once recorded press the LEARN button and tap the note range on the virtual or MIDI keyboard to map the sample. Repeat this as many times as required, tweak the settings and save your patch. Additionally you can setup loop points with the ability to apply crossfade.

Chameleon also has a quite sophisticated arpegiator which allows you to create complex mixtures of notes and chords with glide, hold and re-triggering options.

On board reverb, digital delay and chorus effects are available to give your samples a more polished touch. We also include 4 touch pads for quickly dialing in on a sound or for easy effect automation. Configurable touch ADSR and modulation options are available too.

Chameleon can also import audio samples using iOS Files integration or you can make use of Copy / Paste to quickly drop one of more samples into a patch. You can also freely edit samples using the built in tools such as normalise, fade in, fade out, crop, clear options etc.

You can run Cameleon as a standalone app and map external MIDI keyboards (Bluetooth MIDI support also included) and perform audio sampling outside of your DAW. This is provided for convenience since you can’t record input when hosted as an AUv3 Instrument plugin. As mentioned earlier you can also load the app as an AUv3 Effect plugin too which allows you to record directly from other AUv3 instruments.

Yes some DAW’s have built in samplers which only have the ability to playback libraries provided with the software. Chameleon allows you to built your own libraries of sounds and share them with others. There’s a budding rapper in you dying to get out and we have just the tool!

Features:

AUv3 Instrument and AUv3 Effect compatible
Runs as a standalone app for sampling purposes.
Supports incoming IAA connections to compatible apps..
ADSR touch envelopes and modulation.
ARP – Sophisticated programmable arpegiator.
Reverb, Chorus and Digital Delay Effects with BPM sync.
Backup and Restore patches and banks.
Create your own user banks.
4 Touch Pads for automation.
iOS Files App support for import and export.
MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI and virtual keyboard support as a standalone app.
Loop Points and optional Crossfade supported.
Monophonic and Polyphonic modes
iPhone and iPad supported.

Get Chameleon HERE

2019
03/04
Xequence AU Drum Pads
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Xequence AU Drum Pads

Xequence AU | Pads is an expressive and fully editable (drum) pad surface for use inside AU (Audio Unit) hosts like AUM, Cubasis, apeMatrix, etc.

It features the same, widely acclaimed pad editor that users of Xequence, our advanced MIDI workstation, have grown to love.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Very playable, fully editable drum pads
– Comes with 29 factory drum maps for popular apps / hardware
– Custom maps can be created and saved as user presets
– Freely adjustable map size, from 1 x 1 all the way to 8 x 8 (64 pads) and anything in between
– “Glide” mode for triggering pads by sliding between them
– Velocity emulation (via tap position, several modes and curves to choose from)
– Configurable global color and MIDI channel
– Each pad can also be assigned its own color and/or MIDI channel
– “Zoom to pad” feature to make any single pad fullscreen temporarily for more expressive playing
– Automatically adapts to nearly any plugin window size or aspect ratio
– Extremely fast and light on resources
– Unlimited instances
– Very robust MIDI and touch implementation, copes easily with aggressive playing styles
– Full support for AU presets (and state saving / restoration) in the host

CONTROLLERS:

– Any number of MIDI CCs (controllers) can be freely configured and shown as touch ribbons next to the pads
– A number of standard controller numbers (such as 74 = Cutoff, 7 = Volume etc.) are included and can be set with a single tap

SPECIAL CONTROLLER MODES:

The following special modes can be set per controller:

– DEVICE ROTATION – controller moves according to device rotation
– GATE – controller can be set to a default position, and then tapped anywhere to toggle it to that position and back (think “Trance gates”)

Get AU Drum Pads HERE

2019
01/29
Wilsonic Adds Audiokit Integration
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Ervin Wilson app

Wilsonic is your portal to new musical universes. Ervin Wilson’s 65 years of tuning research and discovery are now at your fingertips. By touching, hearing, and feeling Wilson’s designs you can intuitively break free of the limits of the 12 note scale used by historical musical instruments such as the piano and guitar to pioneer new music never-before heard by mankind.

UPDATE 1.8.1 Jan 8, 2019
* “AudioKit TuneUp”: Wilsonic can now share tunings with AudioKit Synth One (free) and Digital D1 Synth (paid):
Select the Wilsonic “Instrument” popover and choose Synth One or D1. If you have the app installed and running it will load the tuning.
Synth One will save the tuning in the User Tuning Bank.

No previous knowledge of music theory is required. These tonal worlds are based on an entirely unique mode of thought that has little to do with historical musical thinking.

The app features Wilson’s most profound scale designs. Your hands and ears naturally find new melodic patterns and harmonies that touch on those feelings and emotions you couldn’t find before. When you find that perfect scale export it as a Scala file to tune up your favorite software synthesizers. Share your favorite scales with your friends. This version of Wilsonic has the scales “Moments Of Symmetry”, Co-Prime Grid, Tetrany Major, Hexany, Tetrany Minor, Mandala (Hexany Stellate), Tetradic Diamond, Hexany Diamond, Aggregate Rotations of Euler Genus 4, Eikosany, Partch 43, Harmonic Spiral, Highland Bagpipes, and Recurrence Relations.

Wilsonic is Audiobus 2.3.x compatible.

MORE INFO HERE https://itunes.apple.com/app/id848852071?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

2019
01/19
Keystage Master Controller App
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Master instrument controller

KeyStage is a master controller app designed mainly for keyboard players. With KeyStage, you can simultaneously control any number of hardware and software instruments using any number of MIDI controllers in an organized way.

Each project consists of sections (which corresponds to sections of a song). In each section you can change sounds and sound parameters of connected instruments, create complex splits and layers of your keyboard(s), change the functionalities of sliders/knobs/pedals of your MIDI controllers by creating advanced MIDI mappings, view PDF and JPG files (e.g. sheet music) and lyrics, and much more.

1.2 Jan 18, 2019
• Instrument presets database with auto suggestions
• Setlist management
• Virtual MIDI ports
• Default track color and channels for each MIDI alias
• You can mute/unmute tracks by double tapping on them
• You can control master volume multiplier using custom translators and X/Y console
• Custom translators can now manipulate program change messages
• You can use program change messages to change sections and songs (in setlist mode)
• Portrait mode now shows the control console for parts, tracks, section and the song
• Master volume multipliers lower range is changed to 0
• Bug fixes involving detailed view, undo/redo operations and the solo button

The live console of KeyStage is optimized for live performances. For each section, you can view one of the five live units in the live console:

1. Info Unit, which show an overview of the section including the keyboard ranges, volumes and pitch translations of each instrument
2. XY Touch Surface, where you can assign control change or pitch bend parameters to x and y axis
3. Lyrics Unit, where you can show the lyrics for the section
4. Media Unit, where you can view PDF and JPG files
5. Piano Unit, which is a virtual MIDI piano with a pitch bend

Try the free Lite version! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keystage-lite/id1437899019?ls=1&mt=8

LIST OF FEATURES
• Connect any number of MIDI controller to any number of MIDI instruments by creating tracks.
• Assign any region of your keyboard(s) to any connected instrument.
• Change velocity curve and velocity limits, and create velocity splits and layers.
• Transpose notes and restrict notes to any key using pitch shifter.
• Send program change, bank select and control change messages to connected instruments.
• Create instrument presets to easily change sounds of instruments
by choosing patch names from patch lists. KeyStage can also import Cubase Patch Scripts to automatically create instrument presets for your MIDI instruments.
• KeyStage automatically detects new MIDI connections and recommends matching instrument presets from a database.
• Simulate auto-sustain on any connected instrument.
• Change or filter any MIDI signal using custom translators. Use “Relative Control” switch to smoothly change the parameters of your instruments without any jumps.
• Use XY control unit to send control change and pitch bend messages to any connected MIDI instrument.
• Create setlists, quick access all the songs in a setlist from a setlist bar, move to previous/next songs from live console or using external MIDI.
• Create virtual MIDI inputs/outputs for KeyStage.
• Use virtual MIDI piano controller to play connected instruments.
• View PDF and JPG files. Link any page or region of any file to any section.
• Backup and restore your songs and global properties to Dropbox.
• Map special actions (like changing octaves, switching sections, changing pages of a PDF file) to notes and controllers using custom translators.
• Use MPE routing to control any MIDI instrument using MPE controllers like Seaboard. Use custom translators to change the functionalities of each MPE dimension.
• KeyStage supports smooth transitions between sections. Pressed notes will continue to sound when you switch sections.

More info and download here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keystage/id1406132634

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