2020
02/13
Bram Bos Mononoke
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Bram Bos Mononoke App

Mononoke is an unconventional synthesizer, designed to compose evolving soundscapes and musical textures.

Feedback routing

What sets Mononoke apart from other synths is that its voices (4 in each section) can be routed back into each other in multiple ways, creating all sorts of overtones and pulsating resonant frequencies. Sometimes harmonic, sometimes weirdly atonal. Sometimes clear and delicate as icicles, sometimes harsh as metallic blades, sometimes soft as fresh snow. This interaction between voices helps fuse all layers together into a coherent musical landscape.

A tale of two engines

The synthesizer engines (each of the two sections has its own independent engine) have relatively simple controls, which influence a complex system of many invisible, interconnected LFOs. But this is not your bread-and-butter general purpose synthesizer: think of Mononoke as one huge FM synthesizer where each voice is an independently playable operator. Together all operators contribute to a single soundscape.

Expressive pads

Complex soundscapes can be created live, using the 8 performance pads which let you modulate each voice independently in several dimensions. Your interactions with the pads will also be sent out as MPE/MIDI (when loaded as an AU plugin in a compatible host) so you can record and tweak your session. The onscreen pads can be latched individually so some voices can be used as drones, while others as can be added and removed as extra sonic layers. The pads are fully integrated in the Audio Unit plugin.

Connectivity

Mononoke is designed as an AUv3 plugin, with advanced Audio Unit features such as MPE input and output (!), a fully exposed array of AU parameters for automation and all the connectivity and scalability you can expect from modern plugins.

The standalone mode is basic (just meant for jamming and creating presets) and does not offer any connectivity, so if you want to use Mononoke in conjunction with other apps and effects you’ll need to load it into a host, such as Garageband, Audiobus, AUM or Cubasis.

Summary:

– Audio Unit (AUv3) plugin

– 8 voice polyphony, 2 independent engines with 4 voices each

– Compatible with MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) and MIDI

– MIDI Input and Output (only available when used as an Audio Unit plugin)

– Limited standalone mode for jamming (full screen, no connectivity)

– 8 independently tunable performance pads for expressive interaction

– Universal, fully scalable to any screen size, supports fullscreen mode in AU hosts

– Freely tunable voices, or quantized to semitones (with overall finetuning)

– iOS10 (MIDI/MPE output from the plugin requires iOS11) or higher

Also contains Mononoke Pads: an extra AUv3 MIDI controller plugin for playing MPE compatible synths using Mononoke’s pads. Note: this is a separate plugin which will be installed in your MIDI Plugin collection. Mononoke Pads requires iOS 11.

Get Mononoke HERE

2020
02/13
Audio Damage Continua iPad
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Audio Damage Continua Synth For iOS

Continua is a three-oscillator / dual-filter six-voice virtual analog synth, with fully polyphonic modulation sources and built-in custom-designed effects, for everything from complex, evolving chill-out soundscapes to New Wave synth stabs

Full PDF manual available at the Audio Damage website.

• Standalone Version w/ IAA and AUv3

Your Continua purchase comes with a standalone version (with Inter-App Audio) and an AudioUnit V3 for using with an AUv3 host like GarageBand, Cubasis, or AUM.

• Three Flexible Oscillators

Continuously variable morphing waveform, with warp, shape, and skew controls.

• Dual Morphing Filters

Filters can be used in serial or parallel modes, and morph from lowpass through bandpass and highpass to notch in 2-pole and 4-pole configurations.

• Noise Source

Noise source features a “color” control that affects tonal characteristics of the noise.

• ADSR x 2

Continua has two ADSR-style envelope generators, with curve on attack, decay, and release.

• Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG) x 2

The two FEGs are arbitrary function generators, with up to 99 steps, curve and step level control, arbitrary loop points, and host tempo sync.

• Flexible Low-Frequency Oscillator (FLFO) x 4

The four FLFOs utilize four controls (phase, shape, skew, and warp) to access a virtually limitless palette of waveforms, and feature host tempo sync and retrigger.

• Sample And Hold

The S&H mod source can sample noise (random) or any of the other mod sources, at either a user-defined rate or a musical division, and includes built-in smoothing and distance limit (for a “walk” effect).

• Modulation

Every knob in Continua is a mod destination, with a very fast and simple assignment matrix access with a right-click on the knob (double-tap on iOS).

• Tuning Tables And Global Tuning Offset

Re-tune Continua to new intonations and temperaments using the open-source and easy-to-use TUN file format. A global tuning offset (default to A=440) allows you to easily retune the entire synth to match a different A frequency without using a tuning table.

• MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression)

Continua understands both “legacy” MIDI and MPE. Use your Linnstrument, Roli Seaboard, Haken Continuum, Madrona Labs Soundplane, or Sensel Morph (among others) to directly access per-note pressure, pitch bend, and modulation.

• Per-Instance Settings

Continua utilizes a per-instance customization method: set MPE mode, aftertouch smoothing, pitch bend range override, tuning table, and global tuning offset for each instance in your DAW, with an option to save any state as your global starting point.

• Factory Presets

Continua comes with a substantial collection of factory content, including Designer Presets from Red Means Recording, Glitch Machines, Red Sky Lullaby, and SonalSystem.

• Cross-Platform Preset Format

Continua utilizes an XML-based preset manager. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle to sell.

Get Continua HERE

2019
12/16
Mela Synth For iPad
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Mela Synth Virtual Analog Synth for iPad

Mela is an intuitive virtual analog synthesizer with a streamlined interface. It works as an Audio Unit extension (AUv3) inside host applications such as AUM, Auria Pro, Cubasis, GarageBand and NanoStudio.

Mela Synth Virtual Analog Synth

Key features

• 3 tone oscillators with adjustable shapes
• Noise oscillator
• 2 virtual analog style filters with flexible routing options
• 3 envelopes with adjustable level, time and curve parameters
• 2 flexible LFOs
• Fully featured modulation matrix
• Build-in effects: distortion, phaser, chorus, delay
• Voice modes: monophonic, polyphonic, legato, glide
• Preset management inside the app
• Numeric pad for entering exact parameter values

Get Mela Synth HERE

2019
12/16
ShockWave iPad Synth
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Shockwave Synth Module

ShockWave is a monophonic Synthesizer designed to bring modular style workflow to the world of iOS & AUv3 plugins.

Built around the concept of Phase Distortion (PD) Synthesis, Shockwave includes a pair of PD Oscillators each capable of creating everything from pure Sine Waves over smooth Sawtooth and Square Waves to Resonance & Sync sweeps, filtered Noise and more.

In addition to the Synth Voice, ShockWave includes a dedicated control section housing a pair of 8 step sequencers, a sample & hold module as well modules for trigger divisions, logic comparisons and controlled randomness.

A pair of Low Frequency Oscillators and 2 Attack/Sustain/Release (ASR) Envelopes serve as main modulation sources and can be used in a number of ways. Envelopes can be triggered from a number of internal sources including other modules such as trigger divider, logic or chance module but can also be connected to each other allowing for a wide range of patches usually only possible in large modular systems. LFOs are individually tempo sync-able and capable of producing total of 5 different waveforms each.

The two sequencers can run independently or combine to one 16 step sequence where rate and length can be controlled independently for each of the two.

In true modular nature almost any control within ShockWave can be modulated with up to 11 sources – simultaneously. Modulations are setup simply by holding a control and dialling in the desired amount in a list of all available sources. A special X-Ray mode adds a realtime display of all currently active modulations right at their corresponding control making it easy to understand what’s happening inside the synthesizer at any given time.

Synth Voice and Control Section are accompanied by built-in Delay and Reverb sections placed on send busses with all of their controls including the send levels being available as mod destinations.

Last but not least, ShockWave features a solid MIDI implementation including support for, aftertouch, velocity, wheels, custom CC mappings and up to 4 dimensions of expression when using MPE compatible controllers, such as the Roli Seaboard, Linnstrument, Geoshred, KB-1 and others.

MIDI Output is supported as well and includes Note and Control Change output generated from various internal sources including Sequencers, Envelopes and LFOs making it possible to control external MIDI gear or chain multiple plugin instances for advanced, self driving patches

ShowckWave Synth For iPad

Overview:
– Semi Modular Monophonic Synth Voice
– Phase Distortion Synthesis (PD)
– Dual PD Oscillators with 5 Waveforms + Noise
– Dual ASR Envelopes with variable trigger source
– Dual LFO with Tempo Sync
– Cross Modulation with Linear/Exp. FM, PM, AM & RM
– Mixer section with individual pan and level controls per oscillator
– Output VCA with variable control source
– Pattern Generator for generating sequences from various internal sources
– Quantizer to force note input into a specific scale (19 Scales + User Scales)
– Step Sequencer with 2×8 or 1×16 steps, individual rate and number of steps per row
– Trigger Divider for dividing internal trigger sources
– Probability Gate for adding controlled randomness
– Sample & Hold for additional randomness
– Logic Module to create triggers from various internal sources
– Built-in Delay & Reverb Effects
– MIDI Note and CC output for controlling external gear or chaining multiple instances
– Semi Modular Architecture
– 11 Modulation Sources
– 40 Modulation Destinations
– 2 Color Themes

MIDI Input:
– 4D Expression (Glide, Slide, Pressure & Velocity)
– Mod & Pitch-Wheel
– Tempo Sync
– Custom CC Control

MIDI Output:
– Note
– Control Change

Connectivity:
– Standalone
– AUv3
– AudioBus
– IAA

Get ShockWave HERE

2019
12/16
Klevgrand Hillman Synth
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Hillman Synth For iPad

Hillman is a synthlike instrument inspired by old combo-organs, string machines and similar vintage gear.
4 voices per note, each with selectable waveform (transistorish, tubeish, sine and special plasma), octave switch and a level control.
Sounds are generated with an analog approach, but does not use samples or sampled wavetables.

User interface
— Voices
Level – Level control.
Type – Select between Transistor, Tube, Sine-wave or a special plasma oscillator.
Octave – Octave offset for each note voice. (-1 to +2).
— ADSR

Envelope controls
— FXs
Ensemble – A classic ensemble chorus with 3 different modes
Phaser – 4 pole phaser with 2 different modes with different frequency ranges and notch depths.
Reverb – Lush reverb which ranges from small room to churchlike halls.

Output level – Overall level control

Get the Hillman Synth HERE

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