2019
05/15
Kymatica AUM Update!
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Kymatica just updated AUM – Audio Mixer with a whole bunch of MIDI improvements! There is a new MIDI channel strip to hold MIDI-only AUv3 plugins. There are a lot of features in AUM that can now be controlled via MIDI. The update also includes Ableton Link 3 start/stop support.

MAJOR NEW FEATURES

• Finally, updated to Ableton Link 3 with start/stop support!
• Add new “MIDI strip” channel type to hold MIDI-only AU plugins.
• Allow importing channels from another session. (Tap IMPORT add-button, or long-press a session file and choose ‘Import channels’)
• Allow easy duplication of channel strip.
• Allow loading sessions via MIDI actions. Its configuration is saved globally instead of in the session.
• Add MIDI program change as recognized MIDI control messages.
• Add MIDI ctrl for tap tempo.
• Add MIDI action ‘Show Plugin’ for AUv3 nodes.
• Add MIDI actions for AUv3 preset-loading.
• Avoid stuck notes when bypassing/disconnecting MIDI sources or changing MIDI destination filter/transpose
• Show AU contextName (if set) in plugin title and as node icon subtitle, long-press AU plugin title bar to edit.

IMPROVEMENTS

• Re-apply preferred samplerate on audio interface route change.
• Remember preferred sample rate on app launch.
• Save preferred instead of current sample rate in session.
• Bring keyboard to front if currently behind the plugin window when tapping plugin window keyboard button.
• Send error string to Audiobus if preset load failed.
• MIDI matrix: highlight source and dest on touch-down.
• Support upside-down portrait on iPhone.
• Improve display of long names in MIDI control table.
• MIDI learn consistency: always ignore the message that triggered the learn.
• Tweak node param-knob and menu button layout for consistency.
• Only update latency compensation on node-bypass if the node has latency.
• Save project: save when tapping Return on keyboard.
• Various minor UI and layout tweaks.
• Keep connections to MIDI Control from permanent MIDI sources on load/new session.
• Minor optimizations for MIDI Control.

BUGFIXES

• AUv3 Transpose: ignore extra bytes in note messages (hello Thesys).
• Clear MIDI matrix when loading session so it isn’t keeping connections from previous session.
• Don’t crash when trying to MIDI-control parameters of a crashed AU plugin.
• NodePicker: avoid keyboard on iPhone.
• NodePicker: fix memory leak if dismissed while in search mode.
• NodePicker: hide ‘remove slot’ button while searching.
• NodePicker: hide search if collection empty.
• Make sure we don’t free MIDI sources/destinations too early. Hopefully avoids rare crash…
• Improve MIDI safety when AU plugin was invalidated (crashed).
• Update MIDI matrix correctly if visible while loading session.

Get AUM HERE

2019
05/15
Bassilicious 2 Synth Bass App
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Synth Bass app for iPad

The ultimate Synth Bass Application for your iOS Device. In fact, we would venture to say that BASSaicious 2.0 is probably the best synth bass plugin ever created for your iOS device. We’ve employed not only analog and wavetable oscillators, but we’ve also included 470 high quality streaming samples that you can mix and match. With up to 4-oscillators per sound, you can only image how warm and big your synth bass sounds will be. We’ve also added many high quality analog modeled multi-mode filters, feedback, 22 digital effects, and an extensive modulation system to make BASSalicious 2.0 the end all be all synth bass plugin.

Highlights:

• 400 Presets.
• 470 Sounds/Sample Streaming (1.6GB).
• 14 Analog Modeled Waveforms.
• 894 Wavetables.
• Analog Modeled Synthesis with PWM.
• Wavetable Synthesis with PWM.
• Warm Table Technology
• 22 Digital Effects.
• Right+Click/Tap-n-Hold easy assign modulation.
• Analog modeled multi-mode filters with Ladder filter emulations.
• Easy search and Favorites for Presets.

iOS Features:

• iOS 11+.
• AUv3 Support with Full View.
• IAA Support.
• Background Audio Support.
• Separate MIDI Channel Selection.
• MIDI Learn any Parameter.
• Virtual MIDI.
• Background Audio.
• Full 2732 x 2048 HD View.

NEW in This Version:

• 458 Brand New Sounds and 8,315 Samples.
• 165 NEW Wavetables, including Warm Wavetables.
• Added new electric and acoustic bass samples as well.
• Band NEW Easy to Use Preset System
• Quick saving, Favorites, searching and recall.
• Ported over Version 1 Presets.
• Version 1 Presets are 100% compatible.
• NEW SubHarm module to mangle the subharmonics.
• NEW Detune module for subtle analog detuning.
• NEW Feedback module for instant warming.
• NEW Multimode Ladder filters with added drive effect.
• NEW EASY Modulation System.
• NEW Favorites Option to recall favorite presets.

New Architecture and Synthesis:

• New easier and flexible Preset System
• New Lightening Fast Loading Streaming Engine
• Brand New optimized and better quality sample-set
• Warm Wavetable Technology
• Modulation System with easy modulation assignments
• A VA circuit modeled State Variable Filter.
• A Classic Ladder Filter emulation
• Double+Click and select multiple oscillators in which to edit.
• JP-8000 Supersaw Unison/Detune with blend option
• Scales the detuning in a unique and playable ways.
• Brand New FX System.
• Featuring Overloud’s VKFX Suite.
• New Dattorro’s figure-of-eight Algorithmic Reverb.
• New Schroeder Algorithmic Reverb.
• New Soft Master Limiter with Tube Saturation.
• New Stereo Spread/Widener with Safe Bass.
• Custom Impulse Responses taken from high quality reverbs.

Get BASSilicious 2 HERE

2019
04/22
StepBud MIDI Sequencer AU
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AU midi sequencer app

StepBud is a MIDI Sequencer with Audio Unit AUv3 plugin, Audiobus and Ableton Link.

Add an unlimited number of steps to your sequencer.
Your steps appear with a LED and a fader on top of your screen.
You can change the active mode that your step faders displaying/controlling.
– Set the current note or chord in range of the scale and key you selected with respect the range of the octave you want to focus,
– Set the velocity, rate, gate time, modulation, pitch bend, portamento for each step,
– Try increasing the rate and repeat count your steps if you want to add more flavor.

Below the step faders, you have a master fader where you can control your entire sequencer. It has two modes which you can change from the settings strip on the bottom of the app.
– In copy mode, it assigns its value to each step.
– In shift mode, it shifts up or down each step.

If you want to go off-scale or try some crazy chords on some of your steps, or maybe on all of them, you can go to the Step Editor by double tapping the LED of the step you want to edit.

In StepBud’s powerful Step Editor, you can set your step’s notes either from the virtual keyboard or your connected MIDI keyboard. Don’t forget to enable MIDI in port of your MIDI keyboard or the you want to receive MIDI from the settings menu. You may also preview the selected notes by pressing the preview button in Step Editor for making sure you created the perfect sound for your particular step.

You can also toggle the steps you want to disable by tapping its LED.
If you long-press the LED, you can access a menu where you may copy/paste the steps around, remove them or edit them.

If you enable the lock mode from the settings strip on the bottom of the app, you may adjust each visible step fader on the screen by a single swipe gesture without having to lift your finger up.

Try to change your arppegio mode from the settings strip. You can sequence your steps up, down, up-down or random order.

StepBud is a MIDI sequencer app and it does not generate sounds itself. You need to route its MIDI out port in the settings menu to the audio app you want to sequence.

Please note that you need to have an iOS 11+ device and an Audio Unit host application such as AUM, apeMatrix, Cubasis, BeatMaker or Audiobus in order to use the StepBud as an Audio Unit plugin. And don’t forget to route StepBud’s MIDI out to the app or audio unit you want to sequence.

StepBud’s MIDI layer powered by free and open-source project AudioKit
https://github.com/AudioKit/AudioKit

Get StepBud here

2019
04/11
Stark Guitar Amps and Effects
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Klevgrand guitar effects and amps

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

STARK is a fully fledged amplifier simulator consisting of four modules: Amplifier, Cabinet, Room and effects slots. These modules are processing audio separately, which makes it possible to combine different amplifiers with different cabinets and rooms.

The amp module offers 12 different amplifier profiles. It has both a clean mode and a overdrive mode, an equalizer functionality (including presence), and a booster controlling the end stage amplification saturation.

Cabinet simulation consists of 10 different cabinets of various sizes and sound. This module also offers a stereo width knob that simulates the distance between two microphones put in front of the cone.

Room simulation offers 6 different kinds of rooms, where each room size can be changed between Small, Medium and Large. There’s also a decay parameter controlling reflectivity of the walls and a dry/wet mix.

The pedal board contains 4 slots where any of the 14 effects can be inserted. The order of the pedals can easily be changed using drag and drop.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Available amps

• American Guitar 1 – An edgy amp that rounds of nicely at the top
• American Guitar 2 – Similar to American Guitar 1, but with some more presence
• British Guitar A 1 – Gives a full sound with crisp
• British Guitar A 2 – Similar to British Guitar A 1, but with more body
• British Guitar B 1 – A slightly saturated amp with nice character in the high mids
• British Guitar B 2 – Is just like British Guitar B 1 a bit saturated, but with a more linear frequency response
• Vintage Guitar – Gives that perfect thickness when playing jazz and soul
• General Tube Amp – Low saturation with a fairly linear frequency response
• Garage Sale Amp – Limited frequency response and saturates. The obvious LoFi choice
• American Bass – A versatile pro bass amp
• British Bass – Works fine for more edgy bass playing
• Vintage Bass – Perfect for soul/jazz/RnB

Available cabinets

• Wide Small – Small speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Small – Small single speakers, few resonances
• Wide Combo – Medium speakers, lots of resonances
• Tight Combo – Medium speakers, few resonances
• Wide Normal – Medium speakers, moderate resonances
• Tight Large – Full range speakers, few resonances
• Wide Large – Full range speakers, lots of resonances
• Radiola – Small (broken) speakers, moderate resonances
• Bass – Low end speaker/Medium speakers, few resonances
• Passthrough – Full range speakers, no resonances

Available ambiences

• Normal – A good sounding recording room
• Dark – A room that gives attenuated high frequencies
• Bright – More significant reflections at higher frequencies
• Cold – A room with attenuated low frequencies
• Warm – Gives a livingroom:ish sound
• Boomy – Loud and lots of resonances

Available FX pedals

• Delay – Digital stereo delay
• Chorus – Classic chorus
• Flanger – Flanger with feedback, tone, speed, mix and amount
• Phaser – Classic phaser with the option to decide how many stages to be used
• Reverb – Digital reverb
• Vibrato – A stereo vibrato with reshapeable curve
• Tremolo – A stereo tremolo with reshapeable curve
• Equalizer – 6 band peak filter with fixed frequencies
• Compressor – Simple one-knob compressor
• Booster – Signal booster (gain, bass and treble)
• Distortion – Simple distortion pedal with tone control
• Distortion+ – Complex distortion pedal with optional distortion algorithms
• Gate – Simple gate
• Multiband Gate – Four band spectral gate

There are also about 100 predefined factory presets covering most scenarios.

Full documentation available inside the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/stark-docs/

Audio examples and more info at https://klevgrand.se/products/stark

Obs! STARK consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, so if you’re having trouble using multiple instances at the same time, try to freeze some tracks and/or increase the buffer size.

STARK is an AUv3 plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc.

Get Stark HERE

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

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