2019
05/15
K7D Tape Delay Effect
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K7D Tape Delay Effect For iOS

K7D is a powerful and affordable, vintage tape delay effect plugin for iOS. K7D recreates the hardware echo machines of the past using Imaginando’s signature style of obsessive analog emulation, but with an enhanced level of control from a sleek, modern interface. Using this approach allows a whole new world of creative possibilities, while still retaining a warm, full-bodied analog sound, bursting with character and personality.

To give K7D it’s distinctive analog flavour, we studied and analysed the tiny details of what makes classic hardware delays great, and painstakingly recreated every subtle nuance for a fantastically authentic sound.

Available as a standalone app and audio unit plugin, you can use it digital audio stations for iOS such as Garage Band, AUM, Cubasis, Auria, Audiobus, etc.

Features

– 1ms to 1 sec. dual playhead analog modeled delay with noise, tape distortion and mechanical vibration models
– Modeled microphone input with pre-amp saturation
– Normal and Ping Pong modes
– Optimized gain staging and saturation algorithms for very musical results
– Delay time spread between heads and stereo width control
– High pass and Low pass filter on feedback path
– Powerful LFO bipolar time modulation with multiple waveforms (sine, triangular, saw, square, sample and hold and filtered sample and hold) and possibility of inverted LFO phase on second play head (for added stereo imaging)
– Delay time syncable with BPM
– Possibility of delay time modulation via incoming midi notes
– Oscilloscope visualisation of audio waveform and LFO waveform
– Built-in patch manager
– Audiounit compatible

Get K7D HERE

2019
05/15
Stellr Shimmer Reverb AU
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Stellr Shimmer Reverb AU

Stellr is a pitch-shifter/delay/reverb sound processor aimed to recreate the classic shimmer effect. It makes deep ethereal ambiance on top of your sound, providing you with a wide variety of sonic possibilities. Add a new dimension to your music.

The effect features 15 ready to use presets which can be shared between devices as well as randomize button for endless variations.

When loaded as Audio Unit effect, all parameters can be automated via host app.

Stellr main features:
– Pitch shifter which can be fine-tuned or snapped to semitone
– Two separate delays for creating a complex feedback effect
– LFO modulation and different types of reverb
– Set pre-gain and dry/wet levels
– Audio Unit Extension, Audiobus, Inter-App Audio support
– 15 built-in presets
– Ability to save and randomize parameters
– Import and export of user presets
– Realtime frequency spectrum visualizer

Get Stellr HERE

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
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

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