2018
04/15
Moog Model D App Update
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The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D®. Optimized for use on all 64-bit iOS devices, anyone can jump in and play with over 160 included presets or lay fingers to the controls and begin exploring vast magical realms of creative potential.

Taking full advantage of the iOS platform, the Minimoog Model D App incorporates a number of inspiring sound creation tools and capabilities not present on its analog antecedent. New functions include the ability to play chords with up to four-note polyphony, an easy-to-use arpeggiator for rhythmic pattern creation, a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubbing capacity, a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping pong delay module, and the Bender — a wide-range stereo time modulation effect module.

What’s New

1.1.0
• Added Velocity and Aftertouch modulation options to Settings menu.
• Added ModWheel range control to settings.
• Added feature that always stores CC Maps in presets when saved.
• Added option to load CC Maps when opening a Preset.
• Added support for being a drag & drop destination for Preset, Bank, CC Map and .WAV files on iOS 11.
• Improved voice selection in Polyphonic mode.
• Improvements to Save process when no Bank or Preset is selected.
• Improvements to the Preset Browser.
• Consolidated Synth and Modulation parameters into Advanced Settings panel.
• Updated application manual with new features.
• Added Tap Tempo button to iPhone5/6/X configuration panel.
• Added Volume control to iPhone AUv3 settings.
• Added sample rate option to the Model D iOS preferences.

The Minimoog Model D App also supports AUv3 Audio Unit extensions, which allows multiple instances of this powerful instrument to be used simultaneously within compatible iOS apps like Apple’s GarageBand®.

A BRIEF HISTORY
Introduced by Moog in 1970, the Minimoog Model D served as the archetype for all electronic keyboards that followed. It gave users the ability to design their own sounds, translating imagination into reality. The Minimoog’s portability, affordability and accessibility made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time. Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog Model D to establish Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound. Kraftwerk employed the Minimoog Model D on the successful concept album Autobahn, sparking an entirely new genre. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoog Model Ds, creating the prototype for industrial music. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic; Detailed in the mini-doc series “A Brief History Of The Minimoog”.

FEATURES
• Ships with over 160 presets (Hundreds more available in the Minimoog Model D App Store)
• Up to 4-notes of polyphony
• Easily share presets and audio recordings with friends
• Arpeggiator module with note-hold capability
• Stereo ping-pong delay effect
• Bender time modulation effect
• Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing
• Selectable envelope shapes and triggering behavior
• Effortless MIDI CC mapping
• Seamlessly backup presets to iCloud
• Play mode for easier panel and keyboard interaction
• A new take on the classic feedback/overload path

SUPPORTS
• All 64-bit iOS devices
• AUv3 Audio Unit Extensions (Including GarageBand)
• Note-per-channel MIDI controllers (MPE)
• Ableton Link
• Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
• 7 and 14-Bit MIDI
• MIDI Program Changes
• Bluetooth LE MIDI controllers
• Share over AirDrop, Mail or other iOS applications

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2018
04/12
iVCS3 Adds Audiobus 3 MIDI input
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The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.

The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3’s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.

What’s NEW:

+ Audiobus 3 New MIDI Receiver Port
+ New Slider/Knobs resizable range for the LFO/MIDI/Accel etc…
+ New Quick View for the Presets Manager, simplify the Presets navigation while playing the Keyboard
+ Fixed: Samples re-trigger when playing via MIDI Keyboard
+ Fixed: Samplers Speed Scanning when the SR is changing
+ Fixed: MIDI Program Change (presets selection) will not affect the incoming MIDI note on/off
+ New implementation for LFO which improve performance when you put app in background or switch app etc..
+ Flanger/Echo Toggles removed clicks
+ MAIN Start/Stop audio fade
+ AUv3: LFO Start/Stop bug fixed for multiple instances
+ Midibus 1.39 SDK
+ Audiobus 3.0.3 SDK
+ Ableton LINK 2.1.2 SDK
+ New Send/Receive jitter-free MIDI clock
+ Disable Auto-Lock Screen
+ iPhone X compatibility
+ MIDI Channel for note on/off/pg, fixed
+ Joystick MIDI Range, fixed
+ Some minor iPhone UI bugs, fixed

Description

The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
Keyboards controller

DK1 keyboard controller

Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.

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2018
04/11
Navichord Chord App Update
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Are you struggling with chords for your track?
Get inspired and start writing chords like a pro with Navichord. Navichord is a musical instrument and a songwriting tool making music theory a breeze.

Create lush chord progressions.
Loop progressions in sync with other apps.
Trigger chords from your MIDI footswitch.

What’s new:

Workflow improvements
– Voicing is preserved when changing chord root from the chord picker
– Midi out notes sorted by pitch (Voice1 contains lowest note)
– Chord octave control made visible in Pads mode for iPad
– Added audio latency control (set to maximum to avoid audio artifacts)

Other
– Added new purple theme
– Switched to standard app review dialog

FEATURES

• Play simple chords (minor, major) with one finger from any root
• Play complex chords (sevenths, ninths) with just two or three fingers from any root
• Play 28 musical scales from any key
• Compose easily with Roman numeral chord names
• Use the same chord shape for any root
• Discover interesting chord progressions
• Find chords matching a melody
• Find a melody matching chords
• Learn chord structure from the piano keyboard and play along
• Quick save discovered chords to chord pads
• Save chord progressions
• Find chords matching selected scale

Ableton Link:
• Loop progressions in sync with many apps supporting Ableton Link

Audiobus and Inter App Audio:
• Record to GarageBand, Loopy, Beatmaker 2 and many more

MIDI support:
• Connect to soft synths via virtual MIDI (Animoog, Thumbjam, Magellan, Sampletank and many more)
• Connect to hardware synths and external keyboards
• Send MIDI control messages from keys and pads

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2018
04/05
MixVibes Beat Snap Makes Beats
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Looking for a fun and inspiring way to make your own beats? Incredibly intuitive and powerful enough to keep you playing for hours, Beat Snap is your new tool of choice. Pick your favorite style among a catalogue of packs inspired by tracks that shaped pop culture, from Hip-Hop to Rock or Electronic music. Record sequences in a few taps by playing with sounds made by international producers. Easily visualize instruments on each pad. Give it a try and you’ll make amazing beats before you know it!

FEATURE HiGHLIGHT
• Jam on 32 pads.
• Record up to 4 sequences to make beats step by step.
• Get inspiration from a large catalogue of sound packs*.
• Shape your sound with 6 live-controllable FX.
• Send tracks to your friends or play them live.

MAKE BEATS, PLAY LIVE
• 2 grids of 16 responsive pads each.
• 35 kinds of instruments.
• Make beats in seconds thanks to an intuitive design.

RECORD YOUR OWN BEATS
• Record up to 4 sequences, one at a time.
• Use the metronome to play on beat.
• Loop sequences or play them one after another. ”

POWERFUL LIVE FX
• 6 live-controllable FX, including Delay and Reverb.
• Launch two FX simultaneously – one on each grid.
• Activate each FX from the grid.”

ENTER A WORLD OF SOUND
• Pick your favorite styles among 40 packs (more to come)*.
• Features packs inspired by popular songs.
• Create pro-sounding tracks with high-quality sounds.

SHARE WITH THE WORLD
• Record your tracks in M4A.
• Share your tracks to SoundCloud, or via email, cloud or messaging apps.
• Get tips to build your skills in the News section.

*requires a subscription

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION PLANS
The app offers weekly and yearly subcription plans to unlock all sound packs.
Please note that subscription will auto-renew unless cancelled. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period at the cost of the chosen subscription plan.
To stop your subscription, go to Account Settings and turn off Auto Renewal at least 24 hours before the end of the current billing period.
Even if Auto Renewal is cancelled, currently active subscription will continue until the end of the current billing period.
Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.

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