2017
12/11
Beatmaker 3 Now AUv3 MIDI Host
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This update of Beatmaker 3 adds AU Midi plug in support. This means you can route AU Midi plugins to other tracks/instruments within Beatmaker 3. Here is an example of Bram Bos Rozeta Particles running inside Beatmaker 3.

BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation. Look no further, the power of traditional desktop software and real hardware is now united into one single production studio.

What’s New in Version 3.0.8
Sound store downloads issue now fixed! Enjoy this amazing update!

[Overall improvements]
– Song position readout, in the transport bar, can be switched between BAR:BEATS, MM:SS.MS and SMPTE, simply by pressing it.
– Support of MIDI knob increment/decrement (“infinite” encoders), via MIDI RPN/NRPN.
– The transport bar record button will now be red when recording.
– Added an option, in the recording panel (press the ‘Q’ label on the transport bar), to disable minimal note length quantization.
– It is now possible to show/hide the left global navigation bar while displaying the AUv3 keyboard screen. This gives access to effects and macros from that view.
– It is now possible to tag packs & categories on a selection of files and directories, recursively from the Browser in files mode.

[Sampler & Plugins]
– Support of AUv3 MIDI plugins. Now, BeatMaker 3 will create virtual input MIDI devices for each AUv3 that supports MIDI out. This way, you can route MIDI messages to other plugins and the sampler.
– Added a ruler button on the full-screen sample editor to switch the time reference of the bottom grid between seconds, samples and bars/beats.
– When using the “Add to existing layer” sample load method, get the currently selected layer rather than the last one. The layer can be selected from the editor screen > SAMPLES tab, just below the small pads selector.
– Added move left/right and zoom in/out tools on the mapping editor toolbar.
– The “Stereo to Mono” sample process tool now offers the possibility to use only the left or right channel.
– When selecting a sample from the mapping editor, highlight it as well in the “SAMPLES” listing.
– When drag’n’dropping a sample that is added to an existing layer, auto-select it in the “SAMPLES” listing.
– Added tooltip next to sample markers when moving them, that will follow the current ruler unit (seconds, beats and samples).
– Improvements on the “Zero Snap” tool: adapt scan size to the currently visible range and find the closest zero-cross against all channels.
– Sample editor zoom in/out is now behaving more naturally.
– Sample editor move left and right buttons will now behave more naturally.
– Double-tapping the sample editor “START/END” or “LOOP” button will focus and recenter.
– In the full-screen sample editor, added a marquee above sample & loop start/end markers to make it more obvious the area can be dragged.
– Zoom in/out and move functions are now consistent on all three modes: select, slice and normal.
– “Grid Snap” can now be used in Slices mode in the sample/slice editor.
– Long press on [-] and [+] on the sample editor will resp. fully zoom out or in.

[Sequencer]
– Added a setting for the transport stop behavior: it can either go back to the start of the track, or on the latest position (by pressing the bar / position in SONG mode).

[Bug fixes & engine improvements]
– When drag’n’dropping a sample onto the mapping editor, follow the browser load method.
– Fixed an issue where it was not possible to drag’n’drop a sample after C5 on the mapping editor.
– Fixed Modulation Delay effect that would still apply processing when depth was set to 0%.
– Fixed an issue where exporting sliced sample to Apple Loop will not preserve number of beats and tempo.
– Fixed an issue in the browser where sharing a file from a group would bogusly pick another file.
– Fixed the Auto-Scale feature.
– Fixed a crash that could happen when using samples with bogus metadata.
– Fixed an issue with the validation of purchases on iOS 11.2.
– Fixed double tapping of a value in the parameter panel.
– Fixed an issue where the mixer would not show any level.
– Fixed an issue where audio recording wouldn’t start or record anything.
– Fixed a crash that would happen when exporting slices to a new bank.
– Fixed a browser issue that would happen when dropping a file back onto itself.
– Fixed a crash that would happen when duplicating pads with AUv3.

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2017
12/09
Guitarscaper Generative Mood App
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Guitarscaper is a generative music app and virtual instrument that’s easy on the ears and fun to play. Launch the app, and with a single tap of the auto-play button, guitarscaper will create evolving and ambient guitar-based soundscapes that are unique every time.

While all of the guitarscaper sounds originated from a single electric guitar, many have been extensively processed to create an “impossible guitar” that can morph between orchestral-type swells and ethereal choir-like sounds. Think of it as guitar DNA taken to the next level!

Guitarscaper in auto-play mode is the perfect companion for relaxing, studying or providing non-intrusive headphone music at work or on your commute. You can even set a timer so you can fall asleep to its gentle and soothing tones.

You can also play guitarscaper as a virtual instrument using the dedicated keypads and performance loop recorders, and tailor the sounds with built-in reverb, delay and “character” effects parameters. And while you’re playing, guitarscaper can lend a hand by adding auto-accompaniment parts and even provides hints for notes it thinks might sound good depending on which notes you play!

As a sample-based instrument, guitarscaper currently supports two “moods” – a light mood, based on the E major / pentatonic Yo scale, and a sad mood, based on the Em pentatonic scale.

Please note that guitarscaper is not a chromatic or MIDI-compatible instrument, and it is unlikely to become one.

You can also record and process the audio output of guitarscaper using any Inter-App Audio host that supports IAA Generators.

You are free to use guitarscaper in your own recordings or live events and installations on a royalty-free basis. All I would ask for is a simple credit that includes the name of the app – “guitarscaper”.

I hope you will agree the guitarscaper interface, while minimalist and a perhaps a little cryptic initially, will eventually become very easy to use. Please do take the time to read the quick-start guide which can be found on the guitarscaper.com website. This is also the best place to ask questions, get technical support or report any issues.

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Happy guitarscaping!

2017
12/04
Soda Modular Dj App
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Introducing soda dj app. Finally you may leave out the bloat: It’s customisable Interface let’s you focus only on the features that are important to you. You’d want more easily accessible Cue-points? A longer volume fader? A secondary waveform that is completely zoomed in? Not an issue – soda will adapt to your needs. From a basic single-deck to sophisticated looping setups with up to 8 decks, beatjumps and FX – soda can serve any requirement. Get creative with your Music right here on your iPad / iPhone.

Features:

Freely customisable Interface
Up to 8 Decks
Up to 16 nameable Cue-Points per Deck & Track
Cue points can either be Hot-Cues or Loop-Cues. The latter can enabled to automatically kick in once the playhead passes the Cue.
Zoomable color-coded Waveforms
Ableton Link support
2 Send FX Chains
AUv3 Effect support – include your favorite AUs into the set.
5 internal Effects (Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Flanger, EQ 3)

Sample Import via Apple Document Picker & Files app.
Browser access to your iTunes Library.
Easy setup & management of playlists.

BPM & Key detection.
Time-stretch (Key-Lock)
Fully MIDI mappable

Sync or manual pitch – get the best of both worlds.
Variable Launch-quantization for synced Tracks.

Split Output via compatible split-cable.
Pre-Cue your tracks via Headphone while recording your sets on the go – no special hardware or cables needed.
Compatible with any iOS-compatible audio & MIDI interface

designed for all ipads and iphones 4.7″ and larger.

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2017
11/01
iOptigan Optigan Organ For iOS
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This is the Optigan for iOS. The Optigan, short for Optical Organ, was a chord organ from the early 1970’s. It is remembered today for its unique system of sound reproduction using optical discs. These LP-sized film discs were optically encoded with 57 concentric tracks, which contained loops of musical combos playing chord patterns in different styles. Each disc contained a specific style of music (Bossa Nova, Big Band etc) which the user could control by pressing the chord buttons. Changing the discs was as simple as putting a new record on your turntable. Think of it as the 1971 version of GarageBand.

Despite this novel technology, the scratchy sound of the Optigan left a lot to be desired.

The iOptigan we present here truthfully recreates that lo-fi sound.

25 of the original 40 discs are included, the remaining 15 can be purchased individually or all together in the Complete Pak.

Specifications and Features:
• Disc loading rigth-side-up or upside-down
• Spring Reverb (virtual)
• Optical Metronome
• Audio Demo for each Disc
• MIDI in/out
• MIDI chord detection
• MIDI File Import
• Sequencer with Record and Playback
• Sharing for songs as Audio and MIDI File
• iTunes File Sharing
• Inter-App Audio
• Smart background audio
• Help overlay
• Headphone optimised stereo (optional)
• Radio Mode for Chord Buttons or Keyboard
• Comfortable speed control in semitones or BPM

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2017
10/29
DirectionalEQ Spatial Equalizer
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Traditional EQs influence the spectrum of the whole stereo field simultaneously. L/R or Mid-Side-EQs allow you to treat the two channels or the mid and the side signal simultaneously. DirectionalEQ takes this concept one big step further: now you can equalize all directions in the stereo field independently! With five bands, each of them providing state-of-the-art filter types (including 64 bit processing and 2x oversampling) plus the unique ability to specify the direction in which the channel is operational. So you need more bass at 2 o’clock, less midrange at 11 o’clock and a bit more treble from the left? No problem at all, that’s exactly what this EQ has been made for.

This app is intended to work as an Audio Unit plugin within a compatible host app like Garageband, Cubasis or Auria.

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