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.

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// 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.

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// 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

2019
02/17
PolyPhase AU Generative Sequencer
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PolyPhase MIDI Sequencer Audio Unit

PolyPhase is a generative sequencer. Melodies on a Master Track are created on the fly & copied, with phase offsets, to Slave Tracks. This structure, along with the interplay of various probabilities, leads to unique melodies and rhythms.

You can disable the generation of notes & draw your own Sequences, or select some of the randomization functions

Sequence external hardware, other iOS synths, or use the included Wavetable Synthesizer!

PolyPhase AU Generative Sequencer

– 4 independent Sequencers with their own rate, direction, transposition & other properties
– Disable the generation of notes to draw your own, or use some of the intelligent functions provided
– Random Euclid & Drum Sequences
– The Wavetable Synth + FX lets you use PolyPhase even if you don’t own any external Instruments
– Filter notes to a Global Key / Scale and selectable Chord Masks
– Save / Load Presets
– Snapshots for install recall of your Sequences
– Intelligently Randomize and Morph your Sequences & Synth sounds
– Accepts external MIDI clock & can provide clock to other devices
– Audiobus (Audio / State) & Inter-App Audio support

More info HERE

2019
01/29
BLEASS Update Adds New Sounds
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Bleaas app for iPhone and iPad

BLEASS brings music production and performance to its very core: play, perform, compose beats, chords and melodies in a new yet intuitive way thanks to its multitrack sequencer, monophonic & polyphonic synthesizers and drum machines.

What’s new:

1.3.1 Jan 10, 2019
Some UI improvements have been added for a smoother live music making experience.
Two brand new sample packs are now available:
> “CHIPTUNE” : A fine selection of noises, glitches, snares and kicks directly from old dirty chipsets.
> “SPORT” : boxing, kung-fu or formula 1 samples for your sporty tracks.
You can now rate the app or send us feedback through the ABOUT page!

1.3.0 Dec 29, 2018
We’ve added a brand new instrument: CHORDS!
CHORDS is a virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer dedicated to customize, perform and sequence chords on the fly.
Also, many new presets are now available for an improved sonic experience.

FEATURES :

GENERAL FEATURES :
> low-CPU and low-latency iOS-dedicated audio engine
> up to 16 steps per bar
> up to 8 bars per sequence
> separate groove settings per track
> live and song modes
> tap tempo
> speed control for each sequence ( x 0.5 / x1 / x2 )
> solo button for each track
> 2 FX sends
> 4 tracks sequencer
> optimized workflow for a smooth live/studio experience

DRUM MACHINE
> 6 user-customizable samples per track
> sample length, attack, release and pitch settings
> low pass and high pass filters
> post and pre- drive and bitcrusher settings
> velocity settings per step (with random velocity option)
> sample importation via iCloud or Files

MONO SYNTH
> up to 9 virtual-analog synthesizers for each track
> 2 oscillators + 1 noise
> 1 amplifier enveloppe
> 2 filters with 1 enveloppe
> post and pre- drive and bitcrusher
> 2 LFOs
> presets loading

CHORDS
> on the fly chords performance with scales
> up to 4 virtual-analog synthesizers for each track
> 2 oscillators + 1 noise
> amplifier and pitch enveloppe
> 2 filters with 1 enveloppe
> strumming
> bitcrusher
> 2 LFOs
> presets loading

ADVANCED FEATURES
> expression panels (pads or keyboard) with beat repeat
> on the fly sequence recording with automatic quantization
> sample recording (using built-in mic or external sound card)
> iCloud automatic synchronization
> live audio export
> Ableton Link compatibility
> Audiobus 3 & Inter-App Audio compatibility

PRO FEATURES (ONE TIME PURCHASE OR SUBSCRIPTION NEEDED)
You can access all the BLEASS PRO FEATURES either by purchasing the full unlock (pay once and own forever) or by subscribing to BLEASS.
As a PRO user, you gain access to all premium features, all samples and all presets packs, as well as upcoming new features and instruments added continuously:
> Access to all samples packs
> Projects files management : load, save, import, export…
> MIDI in/out
> MIDI LEARN (control changes)
> MIDI sync out
> Presets saving
> MIX panel
> FXs parameters customization : reverb, delay, ping pong delay

SUBSCRIPTION TERMS
By subscribing to the pro features, either for a monthly or yearly period, you agree to our Terms of Service. Your subscription will auto-renew and payment will be charged to you iTunes account unless you cancel it in your Account Settings at least 24-hours before the end of the free trial or current billing period. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase.
Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.

MORE INFO HERE https://www.bleass.com/

2018
09/24
Senode Update Adds New Features
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SENODE – GRAPHICAL STEP SEQUENCER – SENODE is a new music composition app for iPad. It extends the concept of linear step sequencers to a graph with unlimited directions and instruments. The simple “finite state machine” model allows you to create complex polyphonic sequences and play them in real-time!

1.0.3 Sep 22, 2018

– new emitter settings panel
– added MIDI bindings for emitter actions
– added generic MIDI CC bindings for synth and clock control
– added support for Bluetooth LE MIDI devices
– improved MIDI device selection
– performance and stability improvement

CREATE COMPLEX SEQUENCES WITH RANDOMIZATION

The core of Senode is a graph of Nodes connected by Edges. You decide if it behaves like a simple vending machine or a complex pinball game. Each Node triggers a sound when activated, while Edges determine the direction of travel. Instruments are controlled by Emitters which send their Tokens onto the graph. That means, you can compose a generative music piece for a whole orchestra using the graph notation and a couple of Emitters! It gets more interesting if you add random directions or emit multiple Tokens at different time positions.

GRAPHICAL MULTI-TOUCH INTERFACE

You can compose and perform your music live using the intuitive multi-touch interface. The on-screen keyboard helps you to visualize and edit notes assigned to the currently selected Node. Drag and connect Nodes with multiple fingers or use the lasso tool. Activate a sequence by sending Tokens onto the graph. Use your fingers to step through sequences manually or tap the master clock. All synth parameters are accessible from the main panel with multi-touch as well.

INTEGRATED SYNTHESIZER

Each Emitter contains a simple but powerful subtractive synthesizer with main OSC (sine, saw, square), sub OSC (sine), 1-pole lowpass filter, stereo reverb and ADSR envelope. Try the demo patches to get inspired!

MIDI CONTROL

Use a drum kit, wearable sensors or any other MIDI device to control the steps of Senode. Enjoy the unique experience of being your own master clock!

CONTROL MUSIC APPS AND EXTERNAL DEVICES

Senode is the perfect sequencer for all MIDI-capable apps. If you connect a MIDI interface, you can even control your hardware synths with the app.

EASY COMPOSITION WITH MIDI INPUT AND STEP RECORDING

Use the step record function to create new nodes on the fly, either from single notes or with chord detection. For advanced compositions, we recommend to connect a MIDI keyboard via lightning adapter and capture your song ideas as you play.

REALTIME CONTROL

Senode is made for live music performance. There are no default “beats” or “bars” and all actions are performed in real time. However, Tokens can be quantized to a master clock (16th resolution) and support catch-up, which means you can hit all functions like a drummer “on the spot” and stay in sync, even if you’re too early or a little late. By the way, the really cool stuff will happen if you break free from 4/4 bar schemes, start your sequences on off-beat timings or create crazy polyrhythmic cycles…

KEY FEATURES

– innovative non-linear graphical sequencer with draggable multi-touch interface
– integrated polyphonic synthesizer with sine wave, square, saw and noise oscillators, ADSR, filter, reverb
– unlimited number of steps and directions: cycles, randomized, one-shot
– real-time sequencer control with master clock and catch-up quantization
– full MIDI binding support for all sequencer operations like step, emit, tick, trigger or clear
– support for single notes or chords with velocity, legato or fixed-length notes
– chord detection, hold and replace modes
– transpose and clock divide functions
– polyphonic traversal with unlimited number of tokens and different instruments on the same graph
– quickly record nodes or chords via on-screen keybard or MIDI input
– control other music apps or external gear via MIDI
– comes with tutorial and example patches that you can instantly play

Get Senode

2018
09/21
Yuri Turov Xynthesizr Update
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iOS Midi sequencer

Xynthesizr is a streamlined yet capable 32-step matrix sequencer/monotimbral synthesizer with generative features and MIDI.

Version History

Sep 21, 2018 Version 1.6

– Reworked Inter-App Audio sync
– Ableton Link Start Stop Sync support
– Updated Audiobus SDK to 3.0.5
– Fixed song and preset sorting order issue with iOS 11
– Reworked song, preset and recording export UI
– Updated UI for iPhone X, 10.5” and 12.9” iPads
– Other tweaks and bug fixes

iOS MIDI sequencer

Create patterns and modify them in real time, or let Xynthesizr do it for you using its morphing algorithms. Change scale and key, or transpose within a scale on-the-fly. Tweak parameters of the internal synthesizer or output MIDI to your favorite apps and devices. Record and share your creations.

General features:
◦ MIDI support for syncing and sending notes to synths, samplers and drum machines
◦ Notes to MIDI channel mapping for driving multiple apps or devices simultaneously
◦ MIDI input to control transposition with note messages and synthesizer/sequencer parameters with CC messages
◦ Ableton Link support
◦ Audiobus 3 support
◦ Inter-App Audio support
◦ 40+ bundled presets
◦ Save, export and import your own patterns and presets
◦ Record and export audio

Sequencer features:
◦ Gestures to easily edit patterns on-the-fly
◦ [Conway’s Game of] Life-like cellular automata and probability-based pattern morphing
◦ Limit pattern morphing to a selected area of the grid
◦ Variable tempo, step length subdivision and pattern length
◦ Variable velocity per step
◦ Selectable keys and scales with ability to transpose in real time
◦ An option to tie consecutive notes of same pitch to make longer notes
◦ Shift and flip patterns
◦ Create and use your own scales and Life-like cellular automata rules
◦ Color-coded octaves

Synthesizer and FX feature:
◦ 32-bit floating point sound engine
◦ 16 voice polyphony
◦ 2 antialiased oscillators per voice
◦ 4 waveforms (sine, triangle, sawtooth, square)
◦ 4-pole (24 dB/oct) low-pass resonant filter
◦ 2 ADSR envelope generators (amplitude and filter cutoff frequency)
◦ 2 LFOs to modulate 4 selectable LFO targets (filter frequency, pitch, amplitude, second oscillator detune)
◦ Stereo delay, reverb and randomized panner

Get Xynthesizer

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