2017
07/26
UPDATE KRFT Modular Groovebox
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KRFT is a modular instrument for expressive music production that we built to challenge the two decade old paradigm of the multi-track DAW. Designed from the ground up with a focus on live experimentation and expressive interactions, KRFT will inspire you to make music that would normally be out of reach. Rather than being confined to a fixed interface KRFT lets you create a surface that suits your musical needs whether you’re building an experimental groove box or composing an entire track. Use it standalone with its powerful internal audio engine or with your studio & MIDI enabled gear, such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro X.

What’s New in Version 1.6.0
** Transform Cells **
– An amazing new way to explore musical ideas, the Transform Cell takes a Timeline and transforms its notes in real time.
– The transforms available are Note Repeat, Arpeggiate, Rhythmize, Harmonize, Beat Repeat, Quantize, Reverse, Invert, Rotate, Random Key & Random Time
– Apply the same transform to multiple timelines and combine multiple transform cells for wild results!

** Sync: Step **
– Setting a timelines sync to “step” will make a timeline start from the next note in its sequence.
– Use this with the hold interaction to step through a melody or drum beat with every tap.

** Cell => Explode **
– The new explode function allows you to split an existing timeline into multiple cells.
– You can split a timeline either using a slice length or per key.
– Use this function to split out a drum kit into its individual parts or to easily create a keyboard.

** Matrix 2.0 **
– Now you can multi-select notes. Just long hold on the matrix and then drag over notes to select them.
– Selections can be moved, deleted, resized, copied & pasted – even into other loops.
– You can also apply transforms to these selections, such as invert, reverse, humanize and more!
– Added an undo button!

** Save user presets **
– Now you can save your user presets and use them across your projects.

** Minor Improvements **
– Added 4 new scales => Major Blues, Minor Blues, Whole Tone, Klezmer
– Added INIT patch for bass and lead synths
– Added noise param on synth engine
– Improved menu speeds
– UI Improvements
– Bug Fixes 🙂

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2017
07/25
Infinite Looper Update Adds Takes
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From the stage to the studio, Infinite Looper will let you capture musical ideas, and can provide the framework for songwriting, all in a single integrated app. Loop MIDI phrases easily, control six different instruments, and quickly assemble loops into full songs. Visit the Secret Base Design web site for details and demonstration videos.

What’s New in Version 2.3
A new loop-record mode lets you play along, and capture each loop as a separate take. Pick the take that you like best, and insert it into your project with a single tap. Because the app records MIDI, you don’t have to worry about running out of space; just let the loops run, focus on playing, and then go back and find the performance that captures the magic!

The loop import and export functions have been enhanced; you can import tracks easily from MIDI files, export a loop as a MIDI file, or export an entire project as multi-track MIDI. You can also import loops from other Infinite Looper projects quickly.

And because many people have been asking for a Twitter Step Sequencer…. you can now tweet loops out, or import loops that others have tweeted. Seriously. And ok, no one asked for this, but now that you know you can do this, you will, right? Of course you will.

* MIDI Looping
There are dozens of audio looping apps; Infinite Looper expands on this idea, allowing you to quickly select different synthesizers, and loop the MIDI to each with perfect synchronization. Each of the instruments can have up to eight simultaneous loops. The loops can be of different lengths, up to sixtyfour measures long.

* Internal SoundFont Engine
Built into the app is an extensive SoundFont library with hundreds of instruments, and multiple drum kits. Pianos, strings, guitar, brass, synthesizers — it’s all there. Everything you need to get going right away.

* Inter-App Audio
Infinite Looper can host IAA-compatible synth apps — take advantage of the wide range of innovative synths.

* MIDI In and Out
The app recognizes MIDI from other apps, over Bluetooth connections, and from hardware controllers. Secret Base Design is the developer of the innovative Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth — the first Bluetooth MIDI solution for iOS. We’re also partners in the musicIO app, which allows both audio and MIDI to be sent over an ordinary iOS sync cable. The app is built using the excellent MIDIbus library — the Secret Base Design team has been at the forefront of MIDI on iOS for years.

* More that just loops. Songs.
Built into the app is a loop sequencer — select different sets of loops for each section of a song, and the app will step through them automatically. You can build complex compositions, so that your songs evolve and breathe.

* MIDI Export
The iPad is an excellent music sketch pad, but it’s not the end of the road. Infinite Looper will export a MIDI file for a song, which can be loaded into professional desktop DAWs. Use your iPad to put together a demo, and then bring in the full set of studio tools to finish your masterpiece.

* Keyboards and Pads
The app features a responsive piano-style keyboard — adjust note velocity by touching towards the tops of the keys. And because on-screen keyboards can be hard to play, there’s also ten pages of programmable pads. You can quickly assign notes or chords to pads, making it easy to capture the progression for a song idea, and bring the whole thing into focus.

* Quantization and MIDI Latency
To lock down timing, you can toggle on quantization — or leave it off, for a loose, natural feeling. If you use external MIDI controllers, there can be latency in the MIDI messages — the app can time shift slight to account for the delay of Bluetooth connections or WiFi. And if you use an audio-to-MIDI converter app like MIDImorphosis, latency compensation can tighten up the timing.

* All the standards
Infinite Looper supports Ableton Link, making it easy to synchronize the app with other Link-enabled apps. There’s full support for Inter-App Audio and IAA MIDI, and Audiobus too.

* MIDI Learn
If you’re playing live, your hands might be busy with a keyboard or a guitar. With MIDI learn, you can control the app with a foot controller. Toggle on and off recording, switch tracks, and more. Infinite Looper is ready to be taken on stage, and used live.

* Import and Export
Easily share projects with friends using AirDrop, Dropbox, or by email.

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Infinite Looper uses the Ableton Link library, the Audiobus library, and the MIDIbus library. Internal sounds are from the SoundFont set by Christian Collins.

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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
07/10
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.

2017
06/29
Goose EQ A New EQ for iOS
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The mission for Goose EQ is to manipulate audio with 21st century tools, instead of limiting ourselves with 20th century hardware and concepts. Goose EQ discards the limitations of past hardware and harnesses the future’s computing power. We have designed the UI with only the the physics of audio and the current touch interface in mind,dropping all the baggage of the past. One thing to keep in mind is this is a subscription based app so you will pay a small annual fee to keep it working on your device.

Goose EQ is the next generation of equalizers. It is a sleek stereo equalizer with 11 different types of filters for fine grain audio control. Designed especially for touch screens, no effort was made to recall EQ hardware of the past. Without the limitations of old hardware, Goose EQ takes a bold step into today’s world of touch gestures and high powered processors. As a result, it looks and feels great on any iOS device.

It’s not just good looking and easy to use; there’s power behind this clean user interface. It boasts:
– As many bands as your hardware can handle
– Linked or independent stereo control
– Analyzer for each channel
– Precise control of Gain, Frequency, and Bandwidth with gestures and text input
– Multiple EQs at once
– Hardware inputs & outputs
– AudioUnit v3
– Save your own presets
– Built in Presets
– Bypass a single band or a whole EQ.
– Multiple filters:
– Parametric
– High & Low Pass
– Resonant High & Low Pass
– Band Pass & Stop
– High & Low Shelf
– Resonant High & Low Shelf

To get full use of the EQ there is an auto renewing subscription with the following details:
“One Year Equipment Rental”

What you get:
– Unlimited custom presets
– Unlock all factory presets
– Concurrent equalizers

How it works:
– Starting a subscription will give you the full version of the app
– There is a 2 week demo period in which you can cancel and never get charged anything
– Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
– The rental automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
– Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
– Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your iTunes Account Settings after purchase

Revenue model:
We believe that iOS hardware is good enough to do great things with audio, yet there is very little good software to run on it. We believe this is because of the current revenue model: pay once and expect updates for life. No one expects to buy a pair of shoes once and have them replaced every year for free. So we are going to try subscription with various checkpoints along the way.

We will be doing a yearly subscription. We will continue fixing bugs, adding features, and updating for the first ten months after first release. At that point we will look at our current active subscriptions. If there are enough to support further maintenance we will continue to keep the app working on the latest OS and hardware. If we do not get enough revenue, we will set the subscription price to $0 a year, and stop development. This means that the people who got on board will be able to use the app until it does not work anymore because of OS updates. Because this pricing model is so different than anything else on the App Store, let’s describe it another way (as a list):

– Subscription-based revenue model.
– If sustainable, we will continuously and features and update (The app will not be abandoned like so many in the current transition to 64 bit).
– If it still proves unsustainable, then current subscribers will be able to continue to use as if they had paid upfront like the typical revenue model.
– Bonus: the subscription will be about 1/4 the price that we would have charged if we were using the old revenue model.
– Bonus: Free trial. Start the subscription. If you don’t think the app is for you, cancel the subscription, and you will not be charged anything.
– Cancel any time.

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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 Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix 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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