2017
03/11
Orsilus iOS DAW With Online Collaboration
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Orsilus is new DAW for iOS that integrates a powerful yet streamlined solution for collaborating online. Korner Stone is the hub of collaborating with other users over the internet. With Korner Stone you can add friends, bandmates and remote collaborators to your friends list so that you can share presets, audio files, bounces and even your entire project. Use the instant messaging based conversation system to communicate with your collaborators. Don’t worry your music is secure with a HTTPs file transfer via Dropbox.

Features:
Visual Mixer – A Unique visual representation of your song’s space.
Traditional Mixer – The old school knob and fader based mixer with effects per channel.
Qwarts Beat – A new circular take on the drum machine and sequencer.
Collaboration – Korner Stone is the new home of collaboration.
Song Arranger – A basic audio and event clip arranger.

The Orsilus audio engine provides support for iOS Class Compliant Audio interfaces. It’s 64-Bit floating point mix engine is practically limitless in terms of head room and precision. You can record up to 48 Audio Channels with up to 16 Aux Channels. Each channel has it’s own effects rack.

What really makes Orsilus stand out from the rest is it’s unique visual mixer interface. The visual mixer allows you to control instrument volume with the vertical axis and pan with the horizontal axis. A color spectrum helps visualize track volume and frequency.

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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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2017
02/08
MIDISTEP UPDATE IS PACKED WITH FEATURES
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Wicked new update for midiSTEP!! midiSTEPs is a powerful and fun MIDI step sequencer app that sends MIDI note and CC messages to other music apps and external synthesizers. It was designed to be super easy to use in a way that’s similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you’re ready to hit play and hear your sequence. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences.

What’s New in Version 1.5.0
iOS 10 update
Added Ableton Link support
Added AU effects support
Added multiple audio outs via AB or IAA
Added email/airdrop set sharing
Added Bluetooth MIDI support
Added MIDI program change support
Added AU/CC parameter lock midi map
Added ability to trigger steps with midi note or other notes from other part
Added more per step probability options: skip, tie, accent, reset
Changed randomize pattern to use only visible keys for better results
Bug fixes and minor improvements

midiSTEPs was designed from the ground up as a touch-based iPad sequencer app, so it’s super easy and intuitive to enter, edit and play sequences.

midiSTEPs features:
64 step sequencer based on the classic SH-101 sequencer
Set note, chord or rest per step
Set accent and tie per step
Set CC, velocity, length parameters per step
Mute and skip individual steps
Probability options for individual steps
Set start and end points within sequence
Edit individual steps
Transpose, loop or one shot, start and pattern sync options
Four independent sequencer parts with 16 patterns each per set
Parts can have different speeds, lengths, sync and trigger options
Pattern Mix page with clip-launcher style pattern triggering
External MIDI clock sync with clock shift adjustments and swing
Ableton Link syncing support
Easy to set up CoreMIDI configuration and MIDI mapping
Easy to use touch interface designed specifically for iPad
Audio Unit instrument and effect hosting of external apps for easy, powerful synthesis within midiSTEPs

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2017
02/06
Chronium Synth Price Drop
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MN Signal Processing dropped the price of their app Chronium to $4.99. Chronium is a sequencer/synthesizer app for creating, recording, and sharing complex melodies simply by a few finger touches. The main user interface consists of a fingerboard and a control bar. Touch the fingerboard to start, stop, or modify a voice. The horizontal axis of the fingerboard corresponds to different frequencies, similar to a guitar fingerboard. The vertical axis corresponds to different sounds and rhythm patterns which you can configure. When a voice is playing, the corresponding rhythm pattern is shown as a loop around the touch position, along with the red play cursor. On 3D Touch devices (for example iPhone 6S), the pressure applied to the fingerboard affects the sound by changing filter parameters or modulation depths. On other devices, the same parameters are controlled by an estimate of the surface touched by your finger.

The rhythm patterns are produced by thresholding a weighted sum of binary signals. The weights and thresholds can be set using sliders in the pattern editing interface. 7 basic binary signals are available with periodicities ranging from whole notes to sixty-fourth notes. 5 thresholds are used to determine the timing of the notes, the octave, and whether the notes should be accented or not. The weights and thresholds can be set for 3 different locations along the vertical axis of the fingerboard. Patterns in intermediate locations are obtained by interpolating the weights and thresholds.

Up to 7 different sounds can be placed on the fingerboard and sounds in intermediate locations are obtained by morphing between the two nearest sounds. For this app, an advanced virtual analog sound synthesis engine was developed to enable morphing between classic analog and FM synth sounds.

Chronium can record what you play and share it with other apps as a lossless 32-bit audio file. On devices with an A7 processor or higher (iPhone 5S or higher, iPad Air or higher, iPod Touch 6th Gen or higher), you can also record what you are playing as a video and share it on social media, via email, or to the device’s camera roll.

Use Audiobus to connect to other apps. Chronium supports Audiobus state saving so you can load and store your Chronium settings directly from the Audiobus app. Furthermore, Chronium settings can be saved to and annotated in the built-in iOS Notes app and shared via email.

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2017
01/18
Stranger Things theme on ROTOR by reactable
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ROTOR is the new app that turns the iPad into a complete music performance suite. Using the optional ROTOR controllers, which can be purchased separately, it also brings the reactable tangible music experience that has captivated musicians such as Björk, Coldplay or Gui Boratto, for the first time into the iPad.

Check out this cool cover of the Stranger Things theme on Rotor!

**PLEASE NOTE: This App is officially supported on the following devices: iPad Air/Air2, iPad Mini 2/3/4, and iPad Pro.**

NOT A CONVENTIONAL SYNTHESIZER, NEITHER A SEQUENCER OR DAW…
… although it includes components from all of them. ROTOR incorporates dozens of modules, among instruments, audio effects, modulators and controllers, all interconnectable between them, which can be used for creating the most expressive and intricate patches in a unique way. It is an unprecedented multitouch/tangible instrument specially designed for live interaction and performance.

TANGIBLE CONTROL
With our exclusive physical control objects especially conceived for the iPad, and which can be purchased separately, ROTOR brings the unique tangible experience of the reactable for the first time to the iPad! This means that while all standard multi-touch capabilities are preserved, the ability to control any parameter by moving and twisting our tangible pucks over the iPad’s surface, brings 3 additional degrees of freedom to each hand!

ROTOR can be perfectly used without the controllers. Controllers will be available for purchase on November 2016.

ALWAYS IN SYNC AND IN KEY
ROTOR comes with automatic real-time key detection and time stretching algorithms that allow for samples, loops and sequences to stay not only in sync but also in harmony with each other. All wavefiles can be configured either as masters, thus determining at any instant the tonality of the whole session, or as slaves, thus adapting automatically to this computed tonality.

WORKFLOW INTEGRATION AND COLLABORATION
ROTOR MIC/LINE IN module and its panoply of effects and modulators allows to process voice, guitars, or any other instrument, in unheard ways. With Audiobus, ROTOR can be used as an input/output device in combination with any other compatible music apps. Any ROTOR module can also receive external MIDI control from any user-selectable MIDI port/channel. Moreover, its integration of Ableton Link allows ROTOR to play in perfect sync with Ableton Live and other Ableton Link compatible iOS apps running in other devices.

FROM COMPLETE CONTROL TO INSPIRING SERENDIPITY
ROTOR includes dozens of multi-touch control panels such as virtual keyboards, polyphonic and monophonic step-sequencers, envelope generators, or 2D panels, which empower to control in real-time, every detail or nuance of the performance. On the other hand, interconnecting less linear and less predictable modules, such as the accelerometer input, the beat slicer or the feedback delay, opens a whole universe of generative and serendipitous creations. This, combined with ROTOR’s live recording capabilities, which simplifies the capturing of loops on-the-fly and always in sync, turns ROTOR into the ULTIMATE LOOP CREATOR MACHINE.

SONIC VERSATILITY
ROTOR also comes with 100+ high quality loops and sessions created by professional music producers. Along with these loops, users can import their own ones and combine them with ROTOR’s advanced synthesis and processing capabilities. From House or EDM to the most experimental generative soundscapes, ROTOR sonic versatility is unparalleled.

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  • 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 LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Sony Creative, 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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