2018
07/20
Layr Synth Update and Overview
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Layr overview

LayR is a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iOS devices, optimized for modern 64 bit CPUs and capable of delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds.

LayR’s primary sound components are called Performances where a Performance is a set of Instruments and each Instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of any number of instruments each with its own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Each Instrument can consist of any number of Layers to a maximum of 128.

Each Layer has a dual oscillator that can morph with modulation between two shapes and phase states, two rich and warm state variable filters, a wave folder and a mixing section to blend oscillators and filters in any serial/parallel combination.

For modulation (frequency, amplitude and phase) there are two Low Frequency Oscillators ranging from DC to audio frequency switchable to optionally follow keyboard pitch and restart phase when a note is started. Two loopable ADSR envelopes ranging from fractions of a second to over 100 seconds, an amplitude ADSR and a random number generator with a smoothing filter. With stereo delay, reverb and EQ on the output section LayR excels at not only emulating normal analog synth sounds but also at creating massive pads and huge spacy ambient textures with extremely long evolution cycles.

Focused at keyboard players looking for a mobile synth that can be reliably used live on stage LayR is equally at home in the studio. An extensive selection of usable instrument and performance presets are included which can be loaded using MIDI bank select and program change messages in the same manner as hardware synths.

LayR sports almost unparalled and extremely flexible MIDI control. Every parameter in the synth engine can be assigned to any MIDI Control Change number and parameters spread across multiple Layers can be grouped and controlled by a single MIDI cc with assignable range and direction.

There is also an 8 track, 16 step Arpeggio Sequencer which can be used to create all sorts of exciting polyrhythmic looped patterns or even ambient generative music. Each track can have it’s own speed, playback mode and length.

On top of all that LayR has a MIDI Controller Mixer that can be used during performance to control the synth engine in real time and can also transmit MIDI cc’s from LayR’s output port to other destinations.

Full IAA, Audiobus, Audio Unit and Link compatibility means LayR can be used with all hosts and other music apps on iOS and desktop DAWs.

Changes:
– Macro Control Panel: A new panel that lets you change assigned synth parameters globally across an entire performance.
– Link Assign Panel now has an extra section for assigning Layer parameters to Macro controls.
– You can now assign any MIDI controller to Instrument Volume Sliders. ( defaults to cc 7 ).
– Load Preset panel now updates it’s selection if a MIDI bank or program change is received while it’s visible.
– New option in settings: Don’t Start Voices When Volume is Zero: Prevents voices being started if Instrument or Layer volumes are zero.
– New option in settings: “Multi Out: FX Only in Stereo Output”, converts the IAA Stereo Mix output to an effects return if any of the 8 aux audio outputs are in use.
– Dials will now always show at least 1 degree of coloured arc unless their value is equal to zero.
– Increased fall time for peak hold metering in master strip.
– Updated PDF manual.

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2018
01/22
Poison 202 Adds Random Button
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Poison-202 is a professional Vintage Midi Synthesizer. Made by musicians for musicians, it is inspired by famous classic hardware synthesizers of 80’s and 90’s and has all the main sound creation blocks you can imagine: oscillators, cutoff Filters, ADSR-envelopes, ring, cross modulation, LFOs, sync, super-saw oscillator and more! Unlike many other software synthesizers at the market, which can reproduce only limited family of sounds, Poison-202 is designed to be able to reproduce almost any classic synthesizer timbre!

– supported AudioBus SDK updated to version 3.0.3;
– added “Random” button (on the Patch page of the standalone currently): now you can randomize current patch with built-in pseudo randomizer to achieve interesting unpredictable sounds;
– added support of Files.app on iOS 11 to ease access to imported/exported p202 user bank files, located in Documents folder;
– added support of iOS share sheet to ease importing and exporting of p202 user bank files from external locations;
– fixed crash on some devices with iOS 11 when locking the screen/fetching app to the background;
– fixed bug when playing patch in Solo mode, some notes sometimes could rip off without release;
– other minor improvements.

The library of 420 built-in factory presets includes famous patches that can be heard in the compositions of such electronic and rave scene music performers as The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Azzido Da Bass, Darude, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and many others!

You can play it with your fingers on iPhone / iPad, or you can plug-in your favorite USB MIDI keyboard into your device using Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and turn Poison-202 into a real synthesizer module!

Features:

• Audio Unit Extension (AUv3) support
• Audiobus support
• Inter-App Audio support
• Virtual Midi support
• can work either as standalone synth app, or as plug-in inside Cubasis, Garage Band, AUM, ModStep and other hosts
• 2 oscillators, 5 waveforms: Saw, Pulse (with adjustable Pulse Width), Sine, Triangle and Super-Saw
• one Super Saw oscillator generates 7 individual saw oscillators at the same time, with adjustable Mix and Detune parameters, reproducing famous classic analog strings and hoover sounds
• additional sub oscillator + noise generator
• 2 TVF (time variant filter) modules with Cutoff, Resonance, Keyboard tracking and ADSR envelope, 12 dB/octave
• 2 TVA (time variant amplifier) modules with ADSR envelope
• It is possible to pair two 12 dB filters to get one 24 dB/oct filter
• Pitch envelope (Attack/Decay) for each oscillator
• Ring, Sync, PW, XFM oscillator modulation
• 2 LFO modulation sources with Frequency and Fade-In parameters
• LFO’s and Delay tempo sync
• LFO cross-modulation
• 6 waveforms of LFO: Triangle, Sine, Saw, Square, Trapezoid and Random (S&H)
• 4 LFO modulation destinations: Pitch, Filter, Amplifier and PWM
• 3-band EQ for each patch
• Digital realtime effects: Distortion, Bit-Crusher, Chorus, Flanger, Delay, Panning Delay and Reverb with adjustable parameters
• Master brickwall Limiter (can be switched on/off)
• Two signal flow connection structures: Parallel and Series
• Portamento, Solo playing mode with Legato switch
• Pitch Wheel with adjustable pitch bend range
• Modulation Wheel with assignable controls
• Arpeggiator with 6 modes and 12 rhythm patterns with tempo and swing feel control
• Scale play mode when playing onscreen keyboard with over 40 different scales to select from
• Voice polyphony up to 24 (device dependent)
• Up to 300 user presets to store
• Import/Export user preset banks via iTunes File Sharing
• Scalable and movable onscreen keyboard with key velocity control and Hold button
• Show Oscillogram feature
• Midi Learn feature
• Arabic quarter-tone microtuning option

Minimum requirements:
• iPhone 4S and up
• iPad 2 and up

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2017
09/27
iTalizer Dub Siren Mono Synth
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Dub Siren | Performance Synth – Designed to deliver authentic dub sounds and effects, iTALIZER at it’s heart is a monophonic synthesizer paired with an authentic tape echo emulation. iTALIZER comes with customizable X/Y pad and standalone application, making it a complete solution for live sets and performances. What’s more, with full support for Audio Unit V3 Extensions, Audiobus, Interapp-Audio, MIDI and Ableton Link, iTALIZER is equally suited for live as well as studio use.

Overview:
* Monophonic Virtual Analog Synth Voice
* Authentic Tape Echo emulation
* Performance oriented touch controls
* Tempo Sync (syncs both LFOs & Delay Time)
* Standalone operation support for USB audio interfaces
* Audio Unit Extension
* Inter App Audio support
* Audiobus support
* MIDI Remote Control
* Ableton Link
* Tap Tempo

Synth Voice
* 5 Waveforms (Sine, Saw, Square, Triangle, Noise)
* 4 Pole Lowpass Filter for further sound shaping
* 2 LFOs ranging from 0.01Hz to 25Hz (1x Sine, 1x Square)
* Fixed Env/VCA triggers via touchpad, MIDI or manually

Tape Echo
* Authentic Tape Echo Emulation
* Effect Send control
* Delay Time and Feedback controls
* Loop mode
* Capable of self-oscillation
* 8x oversampled

Touch Controls
* X/Y Pad Performance Control
* Both axis can be mapped to any parameter
* Voice triggers automatically when using the touchpad

Requirements:
* iOS9+
* iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

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2017
09/08
iDensity Granular Synth Update
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iDensity is a new real-time software designed for asynchronous sound file granulation, a genuine granular playground able to generate a wide range of usual and not so usual effects: time/pitch shifting, time/pitch jittering, intricate textures, grain fountain/pulverizer, recording and manipulation of buffers, complex scrub pad exploration, dynamic envelope shape and many more. iDensity for iPad will give you all the basic and advanced tools you need to manipulate sound in subtle and surprising ways. All these features are packed in an optimized, user-friendly, visually sharp interface that is easy to access when fast-improvising live, composing in a studio, or sound designing at home and on the go! You will have the power, freedom, and flexibility to create like never before – on your iPad! Control and shape grains, anytime, anywhere with Density for iPad.

What’s New in Version 3.1
+ Audiobus 3 SDK updated
+ Audiobus New MIDI Receiver Port
+ New Audio Patchbay Matrix
+ New Stereo Delay Sync BPM
+ New Sampling Rate Setting (up to 96 kHz)
+ New Quick View for the Presets Manager, simplify the Presets navigation while playing the Keyboard
+ New AUv3/App Presets sharing
+ AUv3: Fixed Sporadic Crash when deleting some instances
+ Live/Restore Last Sample Fixed
+ Added Inter-App Audio Transport
+ Live Button Long Tap Gesture to show Actions Menù
+ New Direct Gain for Matrix Passthrough Audio

+ Six Granular Streams
+ Full Instr and FX AudioUnit (AUv3) support
+ High Density Granulation
+ Sampled and Live granulation
+ In-Stream Echo and RM post Fx
+ Multichannels Audiobus Inter-App Audio support
+ MIDI, Virtual Midi and Network
+ Sharing common audio files via iTunes, Dropbox AudioCopy etc…
+ Snapshots Presets Morphing Pad
+ Post Fx chain: Parametric and High Shelf Filters, Classic Reverb and Dynamics Processor
+ Scrub Recording and playback

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2017
09/01
SyndtSphere Synth By Klevgrand
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Klevgränd SyndtSphere. This synthesizer offers a brand new way of finding the optimal sound. By rotating a sphere that consists of more than 70 professionally created states anyone can dial in the perfect sound. In addition to the sphere, a ping-pong delay and a few more global settings are available.

SyndtSphere is based on the more traditional polyphonic synthesizer Syndt (also available on the App Store).

Features:

• AUv3 Compatible – use it as a plugin inside Garageband or any other AUv3 compatible host app.
• High quality internal audio engine.
• Stereo ping-pong delay
• Optional legato mode with glide speed setting.

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