2017
07/20
Phaserings iPad Ensemble
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A studio performance of an RNN-controlled Touch Screen Ensemble from 2017-07-03 at the University of Oslo.

In this performance, a touch-screen musician improvises with a computer-controlled ensemble of three artificial performers. A recurrent neural network tracks the touch gestures of the human performer and predicts musically appropriate gestural responses for the three artificial musicians. The performances on the three ‘AI’ iPads are then constructed from matching snippets of previous human recordings. A plot of the whole ensemble’s touch gestures are shown on the projected screen.

This performance uses Metatone Classifier (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.51712) to track touch gestures and Gesture-RNN (https://github.com/cpmpercussion/gest…) to predict gestural states for the ensemble. The touch-screen app used in this performance was PhaseRings (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.50860).

This work is supported by The Research Council of Norway as a part of the Engineering Predictability with Embodied Cognition (EPEC) project, under grant agreement 240862. Citable at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.831910

PhaseRings is a musical instrument for performing expressive music with touch gestures. Anyone can create a beautiful piece of music with our sound schemes and generative composition engine!

Each ring on the screen represents a different pitch, and you can tap and swirl on each ring to create combinations of long and short notes. The angle and size of your tap will change the timbre of the notes you create!

PhaseRings includes seven expressive “sound schemes” featuring percussive sounds like marimba and singing bowls as well as pure synth sounds like phase and string synthesis.

Three “compositions” of pitches are included in the app, but you can also create your own custom composition by choosing three base notes and scales, PhaseRings will do the rest, generating a series of great setups from the harmony you choose!

Features:
– 7 sound schemes
– 4 built-in setups
– Custom generative composition
– 11 scales and modes
– Core MIDI support for iOS MIDI Accessories and MIDI enabled apps
– AudioBus Support with state saving
– Inter-App Audio Support

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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

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2017
07/17
Korg nanoKontrol Elastic Drums Jam
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Servando Barreiro is showcasing how he is using Elastic Drums together with a Korg NanoKontrol 2 Midi Controller. You can do this with the current version of Elastic Drums already, but the upcoming update will improve Midi Learning to do such setups also a lot. In his setup Servando basically connected the midi controller to some instrument parameters and to some master effects of the Jam page.

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ED Update 2.1 should be out this week or next week latest.

Korg nanoKONTROL 2

Convenient, compact control surface, with easy setup for immediate use

In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The nanoKONTROL2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles – including major DAW programs – are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings.

Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There’s also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production.

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2017
07/11
Cubasis Update Adds Drum Machines
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Cubasis 2 equals ease of use and is as powerful as a fully featured iOS-based music production system can be pushing your capabilities out of limits. Whether you’re capturing simple ideas or complex musical masterpieces — It ships with outstanding, touch-optimized tools carrying you into the fun of recording, editing, mixing and sharing your music with the world right away. Get fascinated by the brand new features that Cubasis 2 comes with such as real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting, a studio-grade channel strip, pro-sounding effects, massive instrument refills, a refreshed MIDI Editor and many more powerful features. Put hands on three internal instruments, numerous loops and instrument sounds to creatively lift your music to perfection using the included mixer and effects. Once recorded, share your music with the world via a simple tap or transfer it directly to Cubase.

What’s New in Version 2.2
• Classic Machines (in-app purchase) — Refill Cubasis with the unmistakable sounds of the ten most wanted iconic drum machines of the ’80s
• Note repeat — Program beats and chords the easiest way
• Track duplicate — Simply tap a button to create exact track copies
• Pad mapping copy & paste — Transfer your favorite drum and chord pad mappings to other tracks smoothly
• Cubasis reset option — Flick a switch to solve unexpected issues on the fly

*** Cubasis special price valid from July 4 to July 18, 2017: €27.99/$24.99 (regular price: €54.99/$49.99).
Special price for Classic Machines, FX Pack 1 and FX Pack 2 (exclusively available through in-app purchase) valid until July 18, 2017: €4.49/$3.99 (regular price: €7.99/$6.99). ***

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2017
07/10
Audio Damage Dubstation 2 For iOS
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The original dub delay effect, Dubstation has been a go-to effect in the production toolbox for over a decade and a half with good reason. Now available on iOS, this 1:1 code-identical port of the desktop version of Dubstation brings this classic effect to the mobile production studio.

Easy to use and understand, Dubstation works just like a hardware delay pedal. True stereo operation and a nice saturated feedback path provide an instant-classic delay effect that has been used in thousands of commercial tracks.

Features

>> Tempo-synchronized or millisecond timing.

>> True stereo dual time mode, single time mode, or ping-pong.

>> EQ and saturation control on the feedback path, for tonal control.

>> LFO to delay time, for chorus and tape effects.

>> Tempo-synced stereo looping (“infinite mode”) with sound-on-sound and reverse.

>> Heavily optimized for extremely low CPU usage. Use as many as you want, even on an older device.

>> Factory and user presets that can be copied to and from the desktop version.

>> Audio samples and manual available at the Audio Damage website.

Get Dubstation 2

Listen to the album “ADO36 Dubstation 2 Audio Demos” by Audio Damage.

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