2011
11/30
iKaossilator 2 For iPad
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iKaossilator iPad App

iKaossilator by Korg

Audio export, iPad full-screen support, and many more new features.

NOW SUPPORTS AUDIO IMPORT & AUDIO COPY/PASTE!

iKaossilator Version 2.1 Highlights
● Audio Loop Import
● Seamless operation in tandem with the Kaossilator 2
● Support for “AudioPaste”

☐ New Audio Loop Import function
Audio loop files can now be imported into each part of the sequencer. iKaossilator v2.1 has evolved into an app that provides not just MIDI loop sequencing, but also audio loop sequencing! To import, simply send your audio loop* via iTunes to iKaossilator and load it via the import menu in the sound list (the sound selection screen).

In addition to simply playing an imported audio loop, you can use a filter effect assigned to the touch pad to vary the character of the song just as you would on the Kaoss Pad. This represents a nearly infinite expansion of iKaossilator’s track-making and performance potential.

* Supported file formats: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC

☐ Seamless Integration with Kaossilator 2
The Audio loop import feature also enables closely coupled operation with iKaossilator’s sibling — the “Kaossilator 2″. Loop recorder data created with a Kaossilator 2 can be imported into iKaossilator, or an audio loop created in iKaossilator can be loaded into a loop recording bank of the Kaossilator 2. When you do this, data such as the loop length and the BPM of the loop that you created is also loaded; resulting in a seamless transfer between the software and hardware.

☐ Support for “AudioPaste”
iKaossilator now supports the “AudioPaste” function that was developed by Sonoma Wire Works, which allows audio data to be copied and pasted between iOS apps. You can export audio data from the Korg iELECTRIBE or iMS-20, or from any “AudioCopy” compatible app, and then import it into iKaossilator with ease.

● Audio Export records and saves your performance, just as you heard it
● iPad native support allows the iKaossilator to fill the iPad’s large 9.7″ screen
● “SoundCloud” allows users to share and remix loops with other users worldwide
● “AudioCopy” provides an easy way to copy audio data between musical instrument apps
● Flex Play makes it easy to generate fills and breaks

☐ Audio Export saves your performance as a file
Now you can record your performance in real time, or export a completed loop as an audio file. By sending your creations to a Mac or PC via iTunes, you can share them with your friends or use them in a full-fledged music production. You can also upload them directly to SoundCloud.

☐ iPad native support provides full-screen (9.7″) iKaossilator enjoyment
Now you can perform taking full advantage of the iPad’s large 9.7″ display. Enjoy iKaossilator on your iPhone while riding public transportation, and on your iPad while performing live!

☐ “SoundCloud” allows sharing or remix loops with users worldwide
“SoundCloud” is a music distribution and sharing service that’s very popular among musical creators. The loops you create can now be uploaded directly to “SoundCloud” from within the app. If you attach the loop data when doing so, it will be shared to other users’ loop lists. Users worldwide will be exposed to new loops they’ve never heard, and can combine them with their own loops to create remixes. It’s a new way of enjoying music by and unleashing your iKaossilator’s potential throughout the world.

☐ “AudioCopy” lets you share audio data between musical instrument apps
Newly added support for “AudioCopy” from Sonoma Wire Works means that you can copy and paste audio data between apps. Audio data you export from iKaossilator can be sent to apps that support AudioPaste.

☐ Flex Play makes it easy to generate fills and breaks
Designed for live performance, the Flex Play feature makes it easy to generate fills or breaks. Touch and hold Length or Tempo buttons, and then try stroking the touchpad. Movement in the X-axis will change the Length of all parts, and movement in the Y-axis will change the Tempo, allowing you to add dynamic changes to your song that will further expand your performance possibilities.

What’s New in Version 2.0.1

● You can now paste exported audio directly into Apple GarageBand, etc. using the AudioCopy feature.
● Reloading shared loops has been stabilized.
● New functions have been added to the shared loop list.

Korg has revolutionized the musical instrument world with their dynamic line of Kaoss products, using an intuitive X-Y pad to provide expressive musical control. The palm-sized KAOSSILATOR synthesizer placed modern music-making in the hands of thousands of musicians and non-musicians alike. Now that same excitement has been captured in the iKaossilator app for iPhone!

iKaossilator for iPhone Highlights :
● Play sounds by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the screen with your finger
● Bold Visual Effects move along with your performance and add excitement
● 150 diverse built-in sounds cover any style of dance music
● Scale/Key settings allow anyone to perform with musical precision
● Easily create tracks with the loop sequencer using up to five parts
● Control loops in real time for DJ-Style live performances
● WIST capability allows wireless sync-start with other apps such as the iELECTRIBE

☐ Perform Using A Single Finger
iKaossilator uses the unique X-Y interface made famous by Korg’s entire Kaoss Line, including the original hand-held KAOSSILATOR. Create melodies and phrases simply by stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touch screen with your finger; no musical knowledge is required.

☐ Bright, Colorful Visual Effects
iKaossilator is also focused on its graphic design, which shows up beautifully on the iPhone’s high-quality display. The visual effects on the iPhone’s display move along with your performance and add excitement. These bold, colorful graphics provide an exciting performance experience.

☐ 150 Diverse Sounds Covering Many Musical Styles
Use the 150 built-in sounds to perform and produce a broad range of dance music styles including hip-hop, house, techno, dubstep, nu-disco, and electro. Enjoy the synth leads and synth bass sounds you expect from a synthesizer, as well as acoustic sounds that simulate piano or guitar chords, even the popular sound effects used by DJs. The drum sounds let you play and manipulate various patterns simply by moving your finger.

☐ Loop Sequencer
The built-in loop sequencer lets you layer up to five musical parts. To create a track, simply assign a loop such as synth, bass, chords, sound effects, or drums to each part. Fifty loops created by professional musicians are built-in to help you get started quickly. In addition to its track-making capabilities, this loop sequencer is also a great feature for live performance. The Mix Play feature makes it easy to enjoy live remixing; you can switch seamlessly to another loop or extract a specific part from another loop while the playback continues.

iKaossilator is available for $19.99

2011
11/18
Free SSSSynth For iPad iPhone and iPod
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Free Synthesizer For iPhone

SSSSYNTH is Monophonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer. This is a basic monophonic synth app and it’s free. Version 1.0 does not support CoreMidi. You also can not store any of your settings or patches. Filter section is not smooth. You can hear stepping. Weird white keys, not typical length. Nice delay with filter effect. Oh yeah it’s free!

– OSC x 2
– MODULATION
RING MODULATION
OSC SYNC
– GLIDE
– FILTER x 1
– EG x 2(AMP,FILTER)
– LFO x 2
– FX
DELAY
OVER DRIVE
– KEYBOARD(SCALE) x 35

SSSSynth is available for free

2011
11/18
iSynth AirPlay For iPad Review
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Wireless Synthesizer For iPad

iSynth (not to be confused with the iPhone photo editing app) is a virtual monophonic analog-synthesizer for your iPad. iSynth is designed and optimized for live performances. So far NOT my favorite synth. This is version 1 and there is no support for CoreMidi. The key selling point to this synth is the fact that you can stream the audio from it to an AirPlay device. I do not have an AirPlay amplification system so I could not test this feature. Other than that it’s pretty much your basic monophonic dual oscillator synth for the iPad. I did not like how the knobs behaved. They were difficult to control. I also did not like the fact that this synth can not be flipped horizontally. I use an Alesis iO Dock and it is designed to be used horizontally.

Features At A Glance:

✔ Dual Oscillator:
– Generating square, triangle, saw tooth and reverse saw tooth waves.
– Octave selector
– Lag processor
– Cross-Fader
– Oscillator fine-tuning
– Oscillator synchronization

✔ LFO Filter:
– Supporting square, triangle, saw tooth and reverse saw tooth waves.
– Filter, vibrato and tremolo modulation

✔ ADSR Volume Envelope Generator:
– Control attack, decay, sustain and release

✔ ADSR Filter Envelope Generator:
– Control attack, decay, sustain and release

✔ Low Pass Filter:
– Frequency cutoff from 10 kHz

✔ Arpeggio Modul:
– Up to five notes
– Select between up, down, up/down and random playing

✔ Keyboard:
– Switch between 4 octaves

✔ Patches:
– Shiped with default patches
– Save unlimited user defined patches
– Share your patches with others via iTunes filesharing

✔ AirPlay:
– Stream directly from iSynth to any AirPlay compatible device

iSynth is available for $1.99 for a limited time

2011
11/05
Seline Ultimate iPad Synthesizer
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Seline HD iPad Synthesizer

Seline 2.1 Ultimate is based upon the award-winning concept of the original Seline HD. The application has evolved from the “concept” to the “real workhorse” level and is now a very powerful musical tool, for instant production of tons of first-class musical ideas. The melodies can now be recorded to .WAV/.M4A and MIDI simultaneously. Hardware, virtual, wireless MIDI in/out, as well as Audio Copy/Paste are fully supported. There are 30 built-in instruments, 6 drones, 8 drumloops, and more downloadable content is available through in-app purchase.

Seline is a great live performance and improvisation music instrument that will keep you playing for hours, even if you haven’t touched any music instrument before. The sound is altered on the fly with a dozen of subtle AI algorhythms that add unbelievable expression, character and life to your music. Drones (chorded synth pads) are generated on-the-fly based on the complex analysis of your melody line and provide an excellent background layer for your melody.

Seline features a completely new, ergonomically designed playing surface called ioGrid, suitable for players with all hand sizes. The melodies are played with two hands, while keeping the iPad on the knees or on the table. Fully adjustable 16-note scale is divided into 2 parts (odd and even), which are then mapped on the left and right grids. Such way of note mapping is beneficial to the existing linear scale mapping solutions as it allows many more improvisation possibilities. And, of course, the player is never out of tune.

The completely redesigned, realistic-looking interface called ioGrid 2.0 brings many improvements to the original ioGrid. The white keys now represent the opposite part of the scale, thus all the scale is available for performance using only one hand. The variable-length note-to-note pitch slides are performed just by sliding between the yellow and the white keys with different speed. Resting your palm on the “pads” at the bottom of the screen allows to pitch-bend each note as on a regular controller.

Symbiosis of research, technology, and passion… Seline is the latest, most innovative and best-sounding music instrument for the iPad, aimed at easy creation of complicated, soulful, intricate melodies, backed with lush soundscapes. Record them all, and you’ll never run out of musical ideas!

What’s New in Version 2.1

Classic sounds & drones are now a free download (we are really sorry if their removal offended you!)
Returned Classic scales
All IAP instruments & loops are now minimal price

+ Now a serious tool in every musician’s arsenal
+ Redesigned, unique realistic-looking interface ioGrid 2.0
+ Easy note-to-note pitch bends and velocity/filter controls
+ Full MIDI functionality (record, hardware, virtual, wireless)
+ Instant transposition controls, A/B setup switching
+ 30 bundled instruments, 6 drones, 8 drumloops
+ In-app SHOP with 12 additional content packs
+ MeloDist – Advanced “singing distortion” feature
+ 4 effects, LP filter, customizable Arpeggiator
+ 30 scales with Randomize feature
+ File Manager, .M4A converter
+ Share Audio/Midi via PlayMe.CC

LEGACY FEATURES:

+ Advanced CrystalClarity HD sound engine
+ ioGrid – ergonomically designed playing surface
+ Playing expressive, soulful melodies has never been so easy before
+ 23 instruments and 9 drone sounds
+ Automatic backing track – drones (chorded pads) generation
+ Grand stereo reverb, dub delay FX
+ 25 included scales + custom scale creation
+ Record to .WAV, overdub, file manager
+ Find your recorded .wav files in iTunes / Apps / Seline HD page
+ Wi-Fi MIDI IN via DSMIDI (experimental but working)

Position iPad firmly on your knees or table and put your both hands on the surface in the way that is shown on the picture.

Index, middle and ring fingers are generally responsible for their respectable column, but baby finger can also be used in many cases.

Aim for the center of the key for more volume, slide to the outer region of the key to lower the volume of the sustained sound.

Arrows indicate that for every grid, higher notes are achieved by moving upper and closer to the center. The scale is divided into the odd (pink) and even (blue) part. They are represented on the upper keyboard so you can always see what you’re actually playing. Combine playing notes from different hands to achieve great results.

Use thumbs to tap the “tone-down” zone at the bottom of the screen, while holding any note, to go down 1 position in the scale. Use index/middle fingers to tap any of the “tone-up” buttons, to go up 1 position in the scale. These methods can also be used to create easy trills.

Use index fingers to move the combined pitchbend/vibrato joystick. Up/down is the pitchbend (+/- 2 semitones) and left/right is vibrato (center is no vibrato, sides are 100% vibrato). You can also tap anywhere in the zone of the modifier and the joystick will move to that position.

Tap and drag the attack joystick to modify the attack of the sound on the fly. Center is the quickest attack, sides are the longest.

Tap the drone indicator to start/stop drone. Drones are 100% automatic and can be only turned on and off. Tap only once and wait, since drones can have slow attack/release. While transposing, the first drone can be a bit off due to the rebuilding of the generation algorhythms.

Seline HD is available for $9.99

2011
11/05
Geo Synthesizer For iPad
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Geo Synthesizer For iPad

Geo Synthesizer is a musical instrument and MIDI controller. A collaboration of Wizdom Music’s Jordan Rudess and Kevin Chartier (MorphWiz, SampleWiz) and Rob Fielding (Mugician), Geo Synthesizer is an incredibly expressive musical instrument specifically created for a multitouch surface.

A comprehensive Geo Synthesizer manual is available at: http://www.wizdommusic.com/GeoSynth/manual.html

Jordan says: “Since touching a preliminary piano keyboard on an iPhone screen and realizing the amazing potential for musical expression on a multitouch device, I have been inspired to create next-generation musical instruments for iOS. Geo Synthesizer is a dream come true in many ways. It is the fastest truly playable iOS instrument that I have put my hands on to date. I can fly through the range of an instrument while expanding on the kind of advanced pitch control we introduced in MorphWiz. As someone who grew up with synthesizers, I can tell you that pitch bending has never been this good!

“Geo features many of my custom sounds and in addition, Geo is also a MIDI controller, so you can use it with any external midi instrument or virtual MIDI. Virtual MIDI allows you to control an app running in the background on the same device! A great feature of Geo is that internally and externally we send independent voices on each note played, so as an example, you can pitch bend one note and not the other, or add unique expression on every note! I can’t wait to see the YouTube videos of all of you guys rocking out with Geo Synthesizer!!!”

Features:
– ability to load waveforms from SampleWiz presets
– octave rounding for effortless soloing over large ranges
– whammy slider with absolute and relative modes
– 12ET, 24ET, 53ET, and 665ET temperament options
– mono, string, and full-polyphony modes
– tuning and transposition controls
– snap speed control to affect how quickly the instrument pulls notes in tune
– playing surface options for number of rows and columns on screen
– octave and fifth harmonics synthesis options to rich, organ-like sounds
– gain control to add distortion to the sound
– FM and touch FM controls for timbal variation
– mono out for use with guitar amps
– sine, sawtooth, square, and custom (SampleWiz) wave options
– attack and release controls
– synthesis body control
– lowpass filter with resonance
– stereo delay
– reverb
– MIDI output with polyphonic note bending and multiple configuration options to allow compatibility with a wide range of hardware and software synthesizers
– performance menu lets you make your own custom menu so all the controls you need are always right at your fingertips
– 40 presets carefully selected by Jordan Rudess, including patches from Jordan’s personal sound library

Geo Synthesizer is available for $9.99

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