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

2019
04/11
Bleass Reverb With Filter and Ducker
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Bleass Reverb with Filter and Ducker

The BLEASS reverb is a unique sounding plugin effect bringing your music production and live performances towards new soundscapes!

The BLEASS reverb is composed of 3 different stages:

1/ A first stage modifies the input source by correcting the gain and setting up early reflections pre-delay in order to re-create distant walls.
This first stage also contains a filter to modify frequencies. Switch between two different filter types:
– the Low-Shelf filter can reduce or boost your basses.
– the High-Pass filter cuts the low part of the signal and creates a resonant peak on interesting frequencies.

2/ The second stage offers a unique-sounding reverb with size modulation and length controls. It also contains a high frequency damping control in order to re-create plate reverb effects, as well as a freeze toggle button for infinite sound soaring and exploration.
This reverb offers also an X/Y panel which applies a set of fine-tuned frequency shifter as well as a wave shaper in order to mutate your reverb space on the go!

3/ The third stage offers a duck effect made of a compressor side-chained on the dry input in order to bring clarity to heavy kicks and basses

Finally, a dry-wet controller offers control over the reverb level.

All these features are shown within the factory presets, and you can save your own presets which will automatically carry over across different host apps.
All variables are exposed as AU parameters in hosts which support automation.
BLEASS reverb can also be used as a standalone app using headphones and mic or an external sound card.

Get Bleass Reverb HERE

2019
03/25
Fugue Machine Now Audio Unit!
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A wicked update for our beloved Fugue Machine!! Now an audio unit and supports chromatic mode!

iPhone support, AUv3 support, more scales, piano roll gesture improvements, and more! See below for more info…
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// NEW FEATURES
Fugue Machine now works on iPhone!

Fugue Machine now includes an AUv3 MIDI App Extension! Open your favorite AUv3 MIDI Host and run as many Fugue Machines as you’d like! Requires iOS 11.0 or later.

The Scale parameter now includes Wholetone, Whole Half, Major Blues, Minor Blues, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, and Chromatic.

Fugue Machine now properly adapts to the size of the view it’s in, with pixel-perfect detail for all devices.

// ==================================
// USABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
The Piano Roll now responds significantly better to gestures. Most noticeably with one-finger note-panning, one-finger note-length changes, and one-finger pan-right note creation.

You can now copy/paste Fugue Machine patterns. This works within the standalone app, between the standalone app and AUv3 instances, between AUv3 instances, and between devices. To copy/paste in the standalone app, go to More Menu > Patterns, and long-press on any pattern. To copy/paste in an AUv3, go to the More Menu, scroll to the bottom, and use the copy/paste buttons.

When moving notes in the Piano Roll, the Keyboard View and Overview View now show the same notes moving in real time. This is useful while moving notes beyond the visible boundary of the Piano Roll.

The View Braces (located in Keyboard View and Overview View) can now have each side moved independently, making it much easier to navigate/zoom the Piano Roll.

Until now, when you’d perform a gesture on the Piano Roll and move beyond its boundary, the Piano Roll would automatically scroll in the direction of your fingers. No more! Much more usable now I think. However, if you enjoyed this feature, you can reenable it in Settings.

// ==================================
// ABOUT THIS UPDATE
To be honest, most of this update was unexpected! About a month ago, I decided to venture out on a small FM update to take a break from my main project (a new app I’ve been working on for over 2.5 years!). My only intention was to update the UI to accommodate the new iPads — more specifically, to handle the Home Indicator and the new aspect-ratio of the 11″ iPad.

Regarding the new aspect-ratio, I realized that the best way to handle it was to completely refactor the UI to handle any aspect-ratio. This was tedious, but eventually led to the idea of supporting iPhone and AUv3, which, after the UI refactor, was surprisingly trivial! The refactor also led to allowing scales of various sizes (making chromatic possible, finally!). Lastly, supporting iPhone meant supporting smaller screens, which inspired most of the usability improvements.

Regarding the Home Indicator, the best way I found to handle that was to just make it go away completely! And the only way to do that is with Guided Access. Not only does Guided Access remove the Home Indicator, but as you may know (I had no idea!), it also disables all other OS edge gestures, essentially isolating your app from the OS. So no more accidentally swiping the control center or notifications! For me, for the way I use iOS to make music (one app per iPad), this is the absolute ideal configuration.

Get Fugue Machine HERE

2019
03/25
Chameleon AU Sampler
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Chameleon Audio Unit Sampler For iOS

Chameleon is an AUv3 compatible sampler instrument plugin for your favourite DAW. The program can run as a standalone app in order to record audio samples from the internal microphone or professional audio interface. It also supports incoming Inter-App Audio connections for sampling directly from other iOS applications, however it is primarily intended to be used as an AUv3 Instrument plugin for applications such as Cubasis, AUM, Auria, Meteor, Gargeband etc. The plugin can additionally be loaded as an AUv3 effect in order to record audio passing through it from other AUv3 Instrument sources, which makes it a very versatile and useful tool.

So what is a sampler? A sampler is a device that allows you to imitate other instruments with just a few short audio snippits. Although it comes with a library of presets it also allows you to create your own. You do this by recording multiple audio clips and mapping them to the notes on a MIDI keyboard and Chameleon does the rest using a sophisticated pitch shifting algorithm to fill in the blanks. Recorded samples can either be layered or mapped freely over a 7 octave range and saved as individual presets. Presets are then organised into custom categorised banks which can be exported and shared with others.

Just think, you can sample all your favourite synth sounds and carry them around on your iPhone/iPad without the inconvenience of lugging heavy gear around with you. Sample anything from musical instruments to vocal snippits, drum machines or ambient noises. The possibilities are endless.

Recording is incredible easy. Just create a New Patch and press record. Chameleon will wait for you to play a note before recording begins. Once recorded press the LEARN button and tap the note range on the virtual or MIDI keyboard to map the sample. Repeat this as many times as required, tweak the settings and save your patch. Additionally you can setup loop points with the ability to apply crossfade.

Chameleon also has a quite sophisticated arpegiator which allows you to create complex mixtures of notes and chords with glide, hold and re-triggering options.

On board reverb, digital delay and chorus effects are available to give your samples a more polished touch. We also include 4 touch pads for quickly dialing in on a sound or for easy effect automation. Configurable touch ADSR and modulation options are available too.

Chameleon can also import audio samples using iOS Files integration or you can make use of Copy / Paste to quickly drop one of more samples into a patch. You can also freely edit samples using the built in tools such as normalise, fade in, fade out, crop, clear options etc.

You can run Cameleon as a standalone app and map external MIDI keyboards (Bluetooth MIDI support also included) and perform audio sampling outside of your DAW. This is provided for convenience since you can’t record input when hosted as an AUv3 Instrument plugin. As mentioned earlier you can also load the app as an AUv3 Effect plugin too which allows you to record directly from other AUv3 instruments.

Yes some DAW’s have built in samplers which only have the ability to playback libraries provided with the software. Chameleon allows you to built your own libraries of sounds and share them with others. There’s a budding rapper in you dying to get out and we have just the tool!

Features:

AUv3 Instrument and AUv3 Effect compatible
Runs as a standalone app for sampling purposes.
Supports incoming IAA connections to compatible apps..
ADSR touch envelopes and modulation.
ARP – Sophisticated programmable arpegiator.
Reverb, Chorus and Digital Delay Effects with BPM sync.
Backup and Restore patches and banks.
Create your own user banks.
4 Touch Pads for automation.
iOS Files App support for import and export.
MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI and virtual keyboard support as a standalone app.
Loop Points and optional Crossfade supported.
Monophonic and Polyphonic modes
iPhone and iPad supported.

Get Chameleon HERE

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