Aurora – an app that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a Tenori On style matrix synthesizer. New lower price! Aurora HD only $13.99
Whether you are an experienced musician or dont have a musical bone in your body, you can make great music on your iPhone, with Aurora our pattern based musical sequencing software.
At the time I was probably the first and only person in Chicago to own a Tenori-On. It was a lot of fun but expensive or what it was and I couldn’t justify keeping it around. I ended up selling it on Ebay for $400 more than what I originally bought it for.
Now this on the other hand looks like it takes the Tenori-On to a whole other level.
As this is quick and dirty the sound is via the camera so the quality is not the greatest.
Beatwave offers a comprehensive range of instrument samples, and endless ways to mix n match them, all wrapped in a stunning visual interface that gives even the most tone deaf would-be Dj the ability to visually create perfectly in sync hit tunes.
✔ Kaleidoscopic Beat Visualizer
10 years of piano lessons? No way man. Lay down your music the touch way. FEEL the music flow from your fingers and see the patterns performing before your eyes.
An assortment of High-Quality samples of garage, hiphop and funk keyboard & synth sounds to get you started.
Accurately mix the levels of your tracks including adding effects such as reverb.
✔ Tone control
Variable pitch control lets you adjust your sounds on the fly.
✔ Tempo control
Adjustable speed settings to let you move your tunes from the dancefloor to setting a more intimate mood.
✔ Unique “Layers” Feature.
Lay down up to 4 seperate tracks allowing you to have multiple instruments playing at once.
✔ Tune Sharing.
Created the next No.1 smash hit? Don’t keep it to yourself!
Invite others to get onboard and enjoy your masterpiece or create their own for FREE.
✔ Enhanced iPad visuals.
Built-in support for the iPads large higher resolution display.
✔ SoundCloud.com support
Upload your tracks directly to SoundCloud.com from within the app.
Extra Features (requires purchase)
✔ Additional Instrument Packs.
Choose from an ever increasing library of super hi-quality digital samples available individually or as packs via in-app purchase, giving you virtually unlimited ability to create custom sounds.
✔ Audio export.
Have your wicked beats prepped for their debut in the real world. Beatwave exporter creates .WAV , .MP4 and even Ringtones (M4R) for your iphone!
This is a fun little app. It is free and can be upgraded for a small fee. It’s similar to the Tenori-On.
iPad Networked-MIDI Touch Controller: midipad for iPad, iPhone
* It uses network-MIDI: connect and play. With support for the Zeroconf standard (what Apple calls Bonjour), and MIDI over network communication, the midipad can appear as another network device on the Mac. (It sounds as though you still need software to translate the network MIDI data on Windows, though more on that thought in a separate story.)
* Pre-built layouts and controls: Buttons, trigger pads, sliders, ribbon controllers, rotary knobs, and pre-defined macro “blocks” like transport control combine to form studio, DJ, launching (as in Live), and effects layouts.
* Submixes/multiple setups It’s a little sketchy in the description, but it sounds as though you can also combine different layouts.
SynthStation v3.0 is all about streamlined workflow. You’ll find a totally refreshed user interface that’s easy to navigate and instinctual to use. Optimized for the larger screen of your iPad, the new UI spreads out the controls, dramatically reduces the need to shuffle through menus, and lays out all the synth parameters on a single screen. The leading music production app just got more powerful.
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• Three virtual-analog synthesizers, each with three oscillators
• More than 50 drum kits, plus a built-in sequencer
• Create melodic and accompaniment parts using arpeggiator with preset patterns
• Core MIDI-compatible: works with any Core MIDI device as a synth module on your iOS device
• Real-time recording
• Unlimited creativity with effects and filters
• Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
• Requires iOS 4.2 or later
Transform your iPhone into a music production studio. SynthStation transforms your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. SynthStation gives you three powerful synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords, and bass lines. Built around Akai Professional’s history in synthesis and drawing on the newest MINIAK synth, SynthStation sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesis.
From the moment you start SynthStation, you’ll know your way around. It is jam-packed with tools to help you create music with the convenience of your touch screen and each section works the way you work. With SynthStation, you can create and save sequences and complete songs. The app contains three different three-oscillator synths and a range of drum kits you can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters, and an XY touch control interface for expressive control of key parameters.
Play with keys, XY and arpeggiator controls. This is perfect place to make magic happen because it gives you access to all the common controls you’ll need in a performance or creation setting.
Complete synthesis controls from oscillators to LFOs, envelopes, and more. You can control a wide range of filters to dial in exactly the sound you need. Choose from Sine, Triangle, Square or Sawtooth on your VCO and start creating your own signature sounds from scratch. Filter Cutoff and Resonance are just two taps away.
In addition to SynthStation’s three synthesizers, we’ve included drum kits and a visual representation of the most iconic beat making tool in the world – MPC pads. Just pick your kit and start tapping beats anywhere, anytime. Includes:
Drum Kit – select the drum kit and play it with onscreen pads.
Drum Edit – tune, mix, and customize your drums.
Keyboard grid – see your keyboard sequencing and edit notes easily.
Drum grid – build and modify drum tracks with a visible sequencer grid.
Select and save your Song/Sequence projects. You can recall your Songs and work on them later, and even export them for further editing in your desktop audio applications.
XY – two axes of control for hands-on, real-time control. Just like a joystick, the XY controller can snap back to the zero point.
Tempo – control tempo and even tap in the tempo you want.
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The Mixer in SynthStation includes touch-controlled faders for each of the three synthesizers and the drum section as well as FX send for each.
Mixer – mix all the levels of the parts and effects. Just like a hardware mixer, there are faders, mutes, and effect routing.
Effects – select and control FX type and parameters.
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