2016
11/03
Elastic Drums Synth Adds Sampler Feature
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Elastic Drums drum synth app now has a sampler! The sample feature is an in app purchase and will cost you $4.99.

Elastic Drums is a music app showcasing an interactive drum kit, that enables to create a huge range of rhythmic grids, ranging from classical analog drumkits up to experimental soundscapes. It contains six channels of high quality synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels. All important control parameters are automatable. The result: Elastic drum composition with a unique character!

What’s New in Version 1.9
– New SAMPLER engine, with sample pitch, reverse, envelope, and a genuine looper function !!!
– Sample import via iTunes, eMail or AudioShare after purchasing the “sample import” option
– Record your microphone input after purchasing the “sample import” option
– Velocity/Automate edit view on iPad, via longtap velocity/automat button
– Copy instr + seq in Instr option sub screen
– Fixed badly working Midi Sync out start/stop behavior
– DoubleTap on instr parameters will set knob to default
– Mute/solo labels on instr. buttons
– Selecting + longtap on an instruments preset or user sample will open a delete overlay
– Warning, if you really want to change to another preset, if you made edits to the current one
– Updated to newest libPD version 0.10
– Version info in info overlay screen

Elastic Drums With Sampler Feature
(click to see sample feature up close)

Features:
– 6 synth channels with 12 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hihat, clap, tom, wobble, fm, fm4, square, grain, synth, drone)
– 12 parameters for each synth engine
– automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity
– 4 send effect channels with 2×13 mono effects and 2×11 stereo effects
– automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad
– master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
– 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length
– record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare
– email audio recordings and presets
– Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support
– Midi learn/Midi implementation of the most important parameters

Because all sounds get generated in realtime, the app is cpu heavy! iPhones 5 and greater can handle it with no problem, on iPhone 4s effects 3 and 4 get switched off by the engine automatically to save some cpu power. iPhone 4 and iPad1 are NOT recommended!

Elastic Drums is published by MoMinstruments, the instruments app label of Mouse on Mars and friends.

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2013
04/12
UPDATE: Grain Science Ver 1 4 Adds Audiobus
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Grain Science is a beautiful synthesiser for iOS. Designed for musicians, soundscape artists and SFX engineers who want to go beyond our Sylo Synthesiser, Grain Science is built on similar principles of granular synthesis, but is vastly more powerful. Unlike many “experimental” granular apps, Grain Science mixes it up with traditional synthesis techniques to bring you an exciting hybrid synthesiser.

What’s New in Version 1.4

NEW: Introducing Audiobus support — now you can stream live audio directly from Grain Science to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information

Use the built-in waveforms, or record or import your own — then use the sophisticated grain engine to create something completely new from them! Grain Science is easy to get to grips with, but offers lots of depth to explore: instead of offering one or two LFOs, almost any parameter in the system can be programmed to vary over time in complex ways.

Using careful optimisation techniques we provide two grain units per voice, which you can combine for morphing or complex modulated sounds, then send through a configurable FX chain. Pick any 4 from the collection of FX units (including various types of distortion, high- and low-pass filters, phaser, flanger, chorus, resonance and echo), and connect them up in any order. Other audio tweaks include soft loop, reverb, glide and supercharger controls, and the ability to affect granular synthesis in realtime (live grainbending).

Also featured are an arpeggiator with both chord and step-sequence modes; Core MIDI support, including Virtual MIDI, background audio, and “tap & twist” learning for setting up controls; and a customisable performance screen with a collection of XY Pads and wheels.

Rounding it off, Grain Science plays nicely with others: Dropbox, Twitter and email integration are all included, for sharing or exporting your waveforms, recordings of your performances, and instrument (patch) designs. And now featuring Audiobus support to stream your performance live to other compatible apps!

Hear Grain Science in action at http://soundcloud.com/wooji-juice

Grain Science is available for $9.99.

2012
08/07
Simple Sound File Player For iPhone
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Simple Sound File Player For iPhone

SAMPL is a free app that simply allows you to play your own sounds from a customizable button interface. Sound files can be easily added to the app via iTunes file sharing.

Main features;
• Easy to use, hardware-like user interface
• Customizable button assignment
• Switchable button labels
• Wooden side panels

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Supported audio file formats/extensions:
• AAC (.m4a)
• MP3 (.mp3, obviously)
• AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)
• WAVE (.wav, .bwf)
• Core Audio Format (.caf)

SAMPL is available for FREE

2012
06/19
Simple iPhone Sampler
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Simple iPhone Sampler

I Am Sampler is a very straight forward grab and go sampler for the iPhone and iPad. The UI is very minimal yet to the point.

Features include:
NEW – auto trimming
-up to 10 sec sampling via mic
-4 sample banks
-Lo-Fi effect
-LFO for pitch : sine,saw,pulse,noise
-envelope for amplitude : attack time,release time
-delay : up to 2 sec , it can be also used for looper
-keyboard : shake for ribbon controller mode which you can play forward or reverse your sample at your favorite speed
-import wavs (mono,44.1khz,16bit) via the sharing folder on iTunes

I Am Sampler is available for $1.00

2011
11/10
iMaschine HD iPad
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I was bummed to learn that iMaschine on an iPad uses iPhone resolution. My guess is NI was in a hurry to get this app out. Ok I promise to be patient. =) In the meantime I’m getting use to the iPhone version. Unfortunately it does not support audio copy paste yet. 🙁 Stay tuned for more info regarding the iPad version of iMaschine !

iMASCHINE is an intuitive and powerful beat sketch pad for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad perfect for developing song ideas anytime, anywhere.

Play and record drums on the 16 pads, jam a melody on the keyboard, sing on top of your loops via the built-in audio recorder or create your own unique sample banks from any source – With iMASCHINE the focus is always on the music. And when you’re done, you can directly upload your track to SoundCloud and share with your friends, or finalize it in the studio if you own Native Instruments’ MASCHINE hardware.

iMASCHINE is a professional instrument designed for beat producers of all levels – you don’t need to have experience to create fresh beats. With its intuitive threshold-based pad sampling, note repeat, auto-loop length feature, professional onboard mixer with six studio effects and the unique audio recording function, iMASCHINE makes it easy to instantly create grooves whenever the mood hits.

Use the included drum kits and melodic sounds, all in professional WAV-format, or expand your library with the iMASCHINE Expansions – available directly from your device via the in-app store.

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iMaschine For iPhone Screenshot

About MASCHINE – the computer-based groove production studio

Create tight rhythms, harmonies and melodies in moments with MASCHINE – the highly enjoyable computer-based instrument that combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit and VST/AU plug-in host. Everything is intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware – once you touch the tactile controller the fun and intuitive workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters – the music.

MASCHINE is constantly evolving; the latest 1.6 free update makes it possible to plug any VST® or Audio Unit™ plug in into MASCHINE, with parameters auto-mapped to the controller so you can immediately start tweaking your sounds.

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Key Features of iMaschine:

* 16 pads for playing the included drum and one-shot samples
* Library includes 10 projects, 26 kits and 466 individual samples (170MB of WAV sounds)
* Pad sampling mode: record your own one-shot sample through the built-in iPhone microphone
* Keyboard mode with two manuals for playing chords, bass and melodies
* Note repeat function with 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets, 32th for keyboard and drum pad mode
* Audio recorder mode lets you record vocal ideas through the built-in iPhone microphone
* Assign any of the 4 groups to pad, keyboard or audio recorder mode (i.e. have a pocket 4-track recorder)
* Mixer page includes two send effects with Delay, Flanger, Chorus, LoFi, HP, BP and LP filters
* The live-mode sequencer automatically detects the recorded loop length
* Finished song idea can be exported with one touch as an audio file or uploaded to SoundCloud
* Project (including samples) can be exported to MASCHINE for finalizing in your studio environment
* Additional drum kits and instrument sounds can be easily purchased through the in-app store

iMaschine is available for $4.99

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