2013
09/12
Modular Synthesizer For iOS
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Modular Synthesizer

• High fidelity virtual analog synthesis using band limited oscillators and oversampled filters
• Audiobus and background audio modes
• CoreMIDI control with external devices or internal sequencers
• Beautifully rendered graphics
• Dynamic workspace with intuitive navigation
• 10 octave keyboard with classically styled arpeggiator
• Extensive in app help with detailed module descriptions and guides
• Record and export live performance to Soundcloud, Sonoma Audio Copy, email and iTunes file sharing

Modular is a powerful sound design tool which allows you to build your own custom synthesizer by connecting different sound modules together. By separating each synthesis process, modules can be connected in any way. You are no longer limited to fixed synthesizer design, you are now in full control of your sound. This is the beauty and power of modular synthesis. Whether you are a professional musician or a beginner who just loves sound, modular offers you an incredibly powerful synthesizer experience.

Modular looks, acts, and sounds like a hardware modular synthesizer to give you features that musicians want such as pulse width modulation, oscillator sync, 4 pole ladder filters, and 1v/oct filter tracking. Traditional modular systems are expensive and out of reach for the average artist. Modular is here to bridge that gap and allow everyone the opportunity to use these powerful synthesizers.

Modular provides modules in every category for free. Enough to build a vast array of sounds. Buy only the modules you need or get the bundle which includes all modules including future modules. Owning a module means you use as many as can fit in the modular rack. You want to build a monster 6 oscillator synth? You can.

What makes modular special is the audio and visual experience you have with it. Beautifully minimal menu systems and interface along with ultra realistic synthesizer graphics are just the beginning. The real beauty is not what you see, but what you hear. Pristine and punchy oscillators that sound great, even at the extreme ends of the frequency spectrum. It starts with band limited oscillators. Not just traditional methods of band limiting, but band limiting that enables each note you play to have the maximum number of harmonics without distorting.

Every detail of the audio has been analyzed to provide you the most amazing sound possible such as buttery smooth filter sweeps and resonance so stable you can use the filter as an oscillator!

Modular goes a step further with connectivity and supports Audiobus, Soundcloud, CoreMIDI, as well as Sonoma Audio Copy so that your music making workflow is streamlined and integrated.

Modular is FREE

2011
11/20
Thumbjam Instrument App For iPhone and iPod Touch
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Thumbjam Instrument App For iPhone and iPod Touch

Thumbjam – probably one of the best iPhone apps ever. Amazing sounds and performance features.

Even if you’ve only played air guitar, ThumbJam lets you sound like a pro. Pick an instrument and jam — with all the scales to choose from you’ll never hit a wrong note. The high quality instrument samples will make you sound like you just skipped years of music lessons.

New Features:

• Allows background recording, when TJ is being controlled by other MIDI-enable software or hardware, records both the generated audio and the incoming MIDI.
• MIDI Thru mode option (translates scale lock mode if enabled)
• Added Instrument Mute option which silences instrument audio output (Sound->Volume), useful when using ThumbJam as a MIDI controller
• MIDI file export of active loops with ‘Open In’ in another app, or via email. Now puts all loops into a single Type 1 MIDI file, one track per loop.
• Now responds to MIDI bank and program change messages, to change the loaded instrument, or quick key/scale slot (see manual for details)
• Export/Import of user presets added (for backup purposes), accessible via Wifi Transfer interface
• VoiceOver support improved dramatically: on iOS5 you can now play the instrument on the main play area without switching out of VoiceOver mode. Sliders are now more accessible, properly announcing their name and value, as well as being swipe adjustable.
• Split multi-instrument presets can now be saved
• Can now specify category for user-created instruments
• Added options parameter to specify the concert A reference tuning in Hz

For the performing musician, this app is awesome for soloing on an instrument you didn’t bring along. Play in any key, any style — go from a string ensemble to a wailing guitar. ThumbJam was developed and tested by musicians to feel and sound like a real instrument. You’ll be surprised at how expressive it can be, make sure to check out the videos and audio at thumbjam.com.

ThumbJam makes use of tilt and shake to add vibrato, tremolo, note bends, and volume swells for more realistic and expressive results. It supports up to five (eleven on iPad) simultaneous touches and up to 24 voice polyphony. Delay and stereo reverb add depth to the sound, and a resonant lowpass filter gives you more tone shaping power. Put on your headphones or plug in to your home stereo to experience some of the highest quality instruments in the App Store.

Build your own loops from the ground up or import your favorites and jam from there. Layer as many loops as you want, with different instruments for each. Export your loops as audio files or Ardour DAW sessions via WiFi. Copy and paste audio from other apps using Sonoma Wire Works AudioCopy/Paste as well the general pasteboard used by BeatMaker, via email, or iTune Document Sharing.

Want to jam with your friends? ThumbJam lets you broadcast tempo, key, and scale to other nearby devices via Bluetooth so you can play together live. Even better, you can use it as a MIDI or OSC controller over WiFi, with any CoreMidi compatible device to control software instruments on your computer, or play ThumbJam with hardware MIDI controllers!

The app includes a huge variety of scales, from western to eastern. Save your favorites for quick access, or create your own in-app. You can even import new scales in the Scala format for complete flexibility.

You can also record your own samples using a built-in or attached microphone and play them instantly. Create your own presets with different settings, scales and keys based on the existing instruments. You can even import samples from other apps using audio copy and paste!

Included instruments:

+ Cello, Violin, Viola
+ Upright Bass (plucked and bowed)
+ Several drumkits
+ Darabukka
+ Djembe
+ Electric Guitar
+ Electric Bass
+ Trumpet
+ Trombone
+ Tenor Sax
+ Flute
+ Low Whistle
+ Acoustic Guitar
+ Hammered Dulcimer
+ Mandolin
+ Cittern
+ Grand Piano
+ Drawbar Organ (2 types)
+ Rhodes
+ Pipe Organ
+ Synth Strings
+ Synth Choir
+ Theremin
+ Sawtooth Waveform
+ Sine Waveform
+ Triangle Waveform
And from Jordan Rudess:
+ JR Zendrix
+ JR Smooth Steel

Many more for immediate free download in the app including several drumkits, Mellotron instruments, slap bass and more! New instruments posted regularly.

Thumbjam is available for $6.99

2011
08/23
Electro Music On iPhone
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bleep!BOX Electro Music App

Ever want to become an Electro producer? Well it’s pretty simple nowadays if you have an iPhone and this cool little app called Bleep!BOX *also available for the iPad!

bleep!BOX is a drum machine, synthesizer and sequencer for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

bleep!BOX has NO SAMPLES – every sound is generated in realtime, so you can tweak to your hearts’ content and kiss repetitive, cookie cutter drum beats and loops goodbye. bleep!BOX is not a simple toy – it’s powerful enough for you to make real music. Great for house, hip hop, R&B, electronica, drum’n’bass, trance, techno, IDM and more.

New: You can now take patterns you make on your mobile device and load them up on your desktop using the bleep!BOX Plugin (VST / AU compatible). See our website for details.

bleep!BOX is the mobile app that musicians, DJ’s, and producers have been waiting for. Check it out and see why Computer Music Magazine gave it 5/5 stars!

Looking to try out bleep!BOX? Check out bleep!BOX Player for free, which will let you get a feel for the app without having the full feature set.

bleep!BOX iPhone Performance from White Noise Audio on Vimeo.

Features:

* Works on both iPhone and iPad (with a custom interface on the iPad)
* Audio copying via the General Pasteboard method.
* Realtime processing – NO SAMPLES
* Classic, tweakable x0x drum emulations
* Analog style 2-Osc synths
* 10 parts (voices)
* 50+ Parameters
* Ringmod, FM, PhaseMod, Sync, Distortion
* Global delay FX
* 8 Waveforms
* Tempo, swing, pattern length
* Save patches and presets
* Live performance modes
* Step sequencing + recording modes
* Parameter automation
* Song Mode: make a song from several patterns.
* Record songs or Patterns to .WAV
* VST / AU plugin is available for integration with your DAW (please see our website for details)

bleep!BOX was made by White Noise Audio Software (http://www.whitenoiseaudio.com/), makers of Zero Vector, Additive and Doppelmangler. We have over a decade of experience coding synthesizers and effects!

2011
08/17
Beatmaker 2 Beatpacks
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Beatmaker 2

Beatmaker 2 by Intua is a complete electronic music production studio for iPad. It was also the very first app to do this when the iPhone first came out.
Beatmaker 2 Screenshot

UPDATES:
– Native iPad interface
– Support for MIDI controllers through CoreMIDI, with MIDI learning and templates
– Instruments parameters automations (LFOs, envelopes, pads settings, etc.)
– MIDI export improved with Control Change (MIDI CC) messages
– New Master track with volume, pan, and 3 FX slots
– Audio input monitoring while recording
– New “Note Repeat” mode
– Pad copy & paste on the drum machine
– Improved memory management
– Info window for monitoring CPU, memory usage, battery and controlling the audio device
– SoundCloud API now uses OAuth2
– Reduce application binary size
– Add support for bluetooth speakers and headphones (A2DP compliant)
– Many improvements in every aspect of the application

Download Beatmaker Beatpacks

Here is a full list of features.

STUDIO:

– Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine or Keyboard interface
– 10 effect units to choose from: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive.
– 3 effect slots for each instrument, unlimited global effect racks
– Customizable Cross Controller for all effects, to manipulate multiple parameters at once
– CoreMIDI support: connect your MIDI accessories to control instruments, effects and mixer.

DRUM MACHINE:

– Up to 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 different banks
– Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
– Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
– Low/high pass filter per pad with cutoff and resonance control
– Choose between various pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
– Customizable envelope (ADSR) control for each pad
– Exclusive groups and polyphony management
– “Live” modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.
– Pad copy & paste

KEYBOARD SAMPLER:

– 128 keys keyboard with pitch wheel, double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
– Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
– Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
– Low/high pass filter with cutoff, resonance and key tracking
– 2 LFOs with customizable amplitude, offset and rate (synchronizable), controlling volume, pitch and filter parameters
– Polyphony control, with up to 32 voices per keyboard sampler
– Legato play mode with customizable glide
– Keygroup controls: volume, pan, semitones, fine-tune, reverse and one-shot, hold, hold & loop trigger modes

MULTI-TRACK SEQUENCER:

– Create unlimited instrument and FX tracks
– Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
– Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
– Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters, and automations.
– Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.
– Includes multiple convenient tools such as zooming

WAVE EDITOR:

– Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive pinch and selection for manipulating samples
– Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with 8 levels undo/redo
– High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
– Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
– Record new samples from device microphone or plugged instrument
– Loop points and tempo/signature editor

MIXER CONSOLE:

– Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
– Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for individual tracks

LARGE SOUNDBANK INCLUDED:

– 68 Drum Machine presets from all genres
– 111 Keyboard Sampler presets, from synthesizers to realistic orchestral instruments.
– More than 1800 quality samples to choose from

SHARING & GLOBAL OPTIONS:

– Native iPad & iPhone interfaces, Retina display
– Export your songs to Audio or MIDI files
– Transfer and manage your files from your computer using the integrated FTP server
– Import any songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
– Share audio content with more than 20 other music applications using the iOS pasteboard
– Upload your songs directly to your SoundCloud account
– User friendly file browser and manager, with sample, preset and project tagging for quick lookup
– Supports BeatMaker 1 kits and projects
– Compatible with iRig Mic and iRig Plug Interface for professional audio and vocal recordings

2011
08/15
Mixtikl Music Lab For iPad And iPhone
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Mixtikl Music Lab For iPad

Create magical music with Mixtikl, the most powerful generative music app for mobile devices. Available for iPad and iPhone.

A powerful, deep & unique music lab / instrument.
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– Start with a random mix (Menu > New > Random); keep the “parts” you want & add more.
– Customise sounds, FX & Noatikl generative rules & (new) parameters including note patterns.
– Tweet your “mixtikl” for others to enjoy and play / remix / retweet, too!
– Record your mix, copy/paste into e.g. GarageBand or other apps; try out mic recordings.
– From the devs of the SSEYO Koan (1990-2007) & Noatikl (2007-) Generative Music systems.

Computer Music Magazine Review:
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“Mixtikl’s end results … are really in a class of their own when it comes to generative music.”

Key features of Mixtikl:
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• A unique 12 track cell-sequencer, mixer & “generative music” lab with integral synth
• Includes Tiklpaks with over 380 customisable “parts” & 30 audio loop beats + 50 FX presets
• Includes integral Partikl MIDI DLS wavetable / modular synth for Mixtikl sounds / FX:
– Tone Generators (Oscillator, Particle, Dsynth, Wavetable)
– FX units (Chorus, Reverb, Filter, Distortion, ODrive, Delay, EQ, Compressor, Amp)
– FX control units (LFO, Envelope, Amp);
• Create or customise Partikl synth sounds and FX (synth, cell, track, global) networks
• Includes integral Noatikl generative music engine with ability to customise rules & params
• Use your mix recordings royalty free in films, videos, presentations, cds etc.*
• Copy / Paste audio files via Sonoma AudioCopy & AudioPaste + Apple General Pasteboard
• Export / import fun music mix “mixtikls” – for tweeting, email etc – share your mixes!
• Transfer in / out your own loops, recordings & mix files via iTunes App File Sharing
• Transfer in your own zipped content Paks via iTunes App File Sharing
• Make microphone audio recordings for use in mixes (external mic required if no internal mic)
• Auto time stretch & pitch shift Tiklpak content, plus change mix tempo & root settings
• Set individual track volume & pans, global volume & solo / mute tracks
• Play and record (live or mixdown) at up to CD quality (user configurable, device dependent)
• Extendable with in-app purchasable Tiklpaks of additional audio loops (if required)
* Improved access to mixer from Message / Display Settings Screen
o First top button changed to Vis (tap) and Menu (tap/hold)
o Second top button changed to Mixer (tap) and New Random (tap/hold)
* Fixed: Option to export via Sonoma clipboard re-activated (was always sending to General Pasteboard)
* Fixed: Export to Clipboard: changed to export the Mix URL, not the tweet string

Important: Mixtikl 5 for iOS is for iOS 5+ only. iOS 3.x or iOS 4.x users: If you wish to continue using an earlier version of Mixtikl and cannot update your device to iOS 5, then you should not delete it from your device or from iTunes.

Mixtikl is available for $6.99

  • iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle). You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Sony Creative, Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.
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