2019
05/30
Mozaic MIDI Creator
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MIDI script app creator

Create your own MIDI plugins: MIDI filters, generative music tools, basic sequencers, MIDI control panels, chaos experiments… Let your imagination take you places.

Mozaic runs inside your favorite AU MIDI host, and gives you practical building blocks such as LFOs, pre-fab GUI layouts, musical scales, AUv3 support (with AU Parameters, transport events, tempo syncing, etc.), random generators and a super-simple yet powerful script language. Mozaic even offers quick access to your device’s Tilt Sensors for expressive interaction concepts!

The Mozaic Script language is designed from the ground up to be the easiest and most flexible MIDI language on iOS. A language by creatives, for creatives. You’ll only need to write a few lines of script to achieve impressive things – or to create that uber-specific thing that was missing from your MIDI setup.

Check out the Programming Manual on Ruismaker.com to learn about the script language and to get inspiration for awesome scripts of your own.

Mozaic comes with a sizable collection of tutorials and pre-made scripts which you can use out of the box, or which can be a starting point for your own plugin adventures.

Check out this cool example of a custom app designed in Mozaic:

Download Chordulator for free (requires Mozaic) https://patchstorage.com/the-chordulator/

Features in a nutshell:

– Easy to learn Mozaic Script language: easy to learn, easy to read

– Sample-accurate-everything: the tightest MIDI timing possible

– Built-in script editor with code-completion, syntax hints, etc.

– 5 immediately usable GUI layouts, with knobs, sliders, pads, etc.

– In-depth, helpful programming manual available on Ruismaker.com

– Easy access to LFOs, scales, MIDI I/O, AU parameters, timers

– AUv3; so you’ll get multi-instance, state-saving, tempo sync and resource efficiency out of the box

Mozaic opens up the world of creative MIDI plugins to anyone willing to put in a few hours and a hot beverage or two.

Practical notes:

– Mozaic requires a plugin host with support for AUv3 MIDI plugins (AUM, ApeMatrix, Cubasis, Auria, Audiobus 3, etc.)

– The standalone mode of Mozaic lets you edit, test and export projects, but for MIDI connections you need to run it inside an AUv3 MIDI host

– MIDI is not sound; Mozaic on its own does not make noise… so bring your own synths, drum machines and other instruments!

– AUv3 MIDI requires iOS11 or higher

Get Mozaic 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
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
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

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