2018
03/06
FM Player DX Synth Update
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Beautiful Free iPad instrument featuring the classic sounds of famous 80s FM Synthesizers.

AWESOME FEATURES:
• Faithful recordings of famous classic presets from original retro 80s FM Synthesizers
• Over 65+ presets included, completely free!
• Beautiful Reverb, Auto Pan, Bit Crush, Stereo Fatten, and more!
• MIDI in (Play with a MIDI Keyboard)
• Low-pass Filter: Cutoff, Rez, and Filter LFO
• Analog Tape Style Ping-Pong Delay
• Attack/Release envelopes
• GREAT for playing Live with a Keyboard: MIDI Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Program Change, Velocity sensitive sounds, and Sustain Pedal support already added
• Audiobus 3 support. Use these amazing sounds w/ other apps that support AB3 audio & midi. We love Audiobus!
• Basic Inter-App Audio (IAA) integration to work with GarageBand.
• All Knobs have MIDI Learn!

NOTE: This app is intended to be a live instrument controlled with a MIDI Keyboard. The IAA integration is very basic. Thank you. The app does NOT work well with iOS DAWs like Cubasis. We are working on future apps that will work better in DAWs using AUv3.

What’s New:

V1.1.4: New warm tube-drive algorithm. The “Overdrive” knob gives you some nice crunch. Turn it up halfway, and turn on the Auto Panner for a nice “Rotary Speaker” effect. It adds character while retaining the sonic characteristics of the source tone. This is great for a nice, vintage EP drive. BTW, thanks for all the emails. We are still working on FM Player, and have many more free upgrades planned… Stay tuned! And, please tell your friends! 🙂 You can reach me directly at matthew@audiokitpro.com

Includes all the v1.1 stuff: ATTACK & RELEASE knobs. Plus, beautiful new MIDI velocity handling. Why so much attention to detail? You’re a musician who cares about sound quality. This free update gives you a dramatic increase in realism while playing with a MIDI keyboard. Please leave a good review, We’re still working on FM Player. We think you are all GREAT and we appreciate all your kind words

• We spent weeks coming up with beautiful velocity curves individually tailored to each sound. This was done with code. Meaning, we did not increase the storage space!
• Better MIDI keyboard velocity. Each preset has a unique velocity response, inspired by the original hardware.
• We found that Attack/Release controls are the most useful envelopes for a sample-based instrument like FM Player. Turn up the Release knob all the way for beautiful and floating sounds.
• We updated the GitHub source-code repo with these new Attack/Release controls. Plus, there is a new programming tutorial video on our website, audiokitpro.com
• We are all volunteers, working hard for you. We do not get paid anything. And, we make FM Player free so musicians all over the world can enjoy it!

Get FM Player

2016
07/21
Free FM Synthesizer For iOS By Yamaha
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FM Essential Free FM Synthesizer For iOS By Yamaha

Featuring an FM tone generator, FM Essential is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real-time synth performances and also lets you edit voices.

[Spec]
-FM sound
・Tone Generator: FM
・Part: 1
・Polyphony: 16
・Preset Voice: 271
・Arpeggiator patterns: 64
・Chord pads: 20
・Scales: 25

-Drum Part
Tone Generator: Audio
Part: 1
Drum Pad: 16
Drum Pad Set: 3

Functions
Plug into MX!
-You can play full 271 voices and voice store function if you connect your iOS with Yamaha music synthesizer MX BK/BU series.

Effects/EQ edit
-You can adjust parameters to edit effects and equalization.

Ball controller
-Touch and drag in ball controller to modulate the sound by simultaneously changing multiple parameters based on the ball position.

Step sequencer
-We can store the ball position in the currently selected scene box.
Arpeggiator and chord pads
-You can play Arpeggiator and Chord pads in addition to keyboard with various scales.

What’s MX BK/BU/WH series? Find more here:
http://jp.yamaha.com/products/music-production/synthesizers/mx_bk_bu/?mode=series

[Support]
-Compatible with Audio Bus、Audio Unit Extentions

-Compatible devices:
iPhone 5S, 6/6 plus, 6s/6s plus and SE, iPod touch 6th Generation or later, iPad Air 1st Generation or later, iPad mini 2nd Generation or later,iPad Pro

Get FM Essential

2015
05/07
Free Yamaha AN1X For iPhone
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Yamaha-Synth-Book

Yamaha celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Yamaha Synthesizers with the Yamaha Synth Book. This app features a complete history of Yamaha Synthesizers, an integrated virtual analog soft synth, and serves as a portal to Yamaha’s online synth communities.

6 FEATURES:

– HISTORY features detailed, behind the scenes information about the 40-year design and development history of Yamaha synthesizers. This fascinating historical accounting of the technological breakthroughs behind some of the most innovative, musical and successful Yamaha synthesizers is a must-read for all synth fans.

– AN2015 features virtual analog modeling like the AN1x. It also features a drum part that can keep the beat going while you perform and control the main synth part.

● Use case 1: Enjoy it as a standalone iOS app
There are 2 modes available, SYNTH mode and Drum mode that work at the same time, e.g. when drum phrase is playing, Analog sound can be selectable and playable with the drum phrase, and vice versa without stopping ongoing music.

● Use case 2ÅFUse it with a MOXF as an external tone generator!
When connected to the Yamaha MOXF Music Production Synthesizer (OS version 1.10) using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter by Apple, the MOXF becomes the MIDI/Audio interface for the iOS app creating a very powerful music production system.

● Specs
Analogue Synth
-Tone Generator: Virtual Analogue Modelling
-Polyphony: 8
-Preset voice: 128
-Arpeggiator: 1
-Scale: 1
-Polyphonic Pad

Drum Part
-Tone Generator: Audio (Drum loop and time stretch function included)
-Part: 1
-Polyphony: 1
-Drum Pad: 16
-Drum Pad Set: 5

– NEWS provides you with information such as driver updates, local event and sales campaign.

– PORTALS features links to Yamaha’s online communities. Connect with other Yamaha Synth fans around the world on Facebook or Yamaha’s own online synth community: yamahasynth.com.

– PRODUCT LINE-UP is showing video of current product line-up:
MOTIF XF Series
MOXF Series
MX Series
CP4 STAGE
CP40 STAGE

– YAMAHA APP CATALOG introduces other Yamaha Synth iOS Apps.

Yamaha Synth Book is FREE

2013
05/09
UPDATE: Synth Arp and Drum App Ver 1 2 0 Adds AudioBus
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iPad Groovebox App

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is an iPad app with arpeggiator and drum pad that allows you to easily play the internal synthesizer or any connected MIDI device and produce music with phrases having an abundant variety of musical styles.
(The arpeggiator automatically plays the individual notes of a chord in a selected pattern.) The latest version of the Yamaha app that lets you create fabulous phrases and beats of your own design! It’s more powerful than ever with these new features.

What’s New in Version 1.2.0
– Audiobus support (input only)
– Perform an audio mixdown of recorded songs
– Audio library (compatible with SoundCloud and AudioCopy)
– MIDI channel is displayed when initializing the DrumPad EDIT settings
– An additional 19 tones and 24 arpeggiator patterns

There are 342 arppegiator patterns that can play phrases from all kinds of music genres like dance music, hip-hop, rock, pops, with one finger.

* This application is Core MIDI compatible. Wi-Fi communication possible with Yamaha MOTIF XF (body version 1.2 or above) Alternatively, use the MIDI Interface i-MX1 to communicate with all MIDI devices.
* A USB Wi-Fi adaptor, sold separately, is necessary for Wi-Fi communications.

Functions
Software Synthesizer
– Choose from 61 high-quality voices from a variety of instruments including 7 drum kits.
– Cutoff, resonance, attack, release, and portamento can be adjusted with the knob control. Setting tonal qualities is easy.
– Reverb, chorus, and variation effects can also be applied individually.

Keyboard Arpeggiator & Scale
– Choose from 342 arpeggio patterns from a variety of instruments.
– Control the swing, note length, octave range, and other characteristics for each arpeggio phrase in real time.
– Select and change the scale being played. That allows you to use Touch Control Function and you can modify the sound by sliding your finger vertically or vibrating your finger horizontally on the Keyboard.
– The velocity can be changed depending by adjusting the strength of the tap on the iPad screen, or use the ribbon controller displayed on the left-hand side of the screen.

Drum Pad
– For each of the 16 drum pads, you can assign 5 notes at a specific velocity which allows you to play chords with one finger as well as multiple percussion instruments.
– Separate notes can be assigned to the left and right sides of a pad along with their velocities for more intricate performances. The velocity can be controlled by the strength of the tap on the iPad screen.
– You can also use the built-in step sequencer of each pad, to easily create a rhythm track.
– The Learn function can be used to easily assign a chord to a pad using the keyboard displayed at the bottom of the screen or using the keyboard of an external MIDI device.
– There are 64 user templates that can be customized and saved.

Ribbon Controller
– Use the ribbon controller to change velocity, pitch, and assignable parameters.

MIDI Loop Sequencer/Recorder
– Overdubbing enables the blending of various layers of sound in one recording.
– In addition to standard recording, you can also record loops of varying lengths.
– Quantizing and recording speed can be adjusted, and a pre-count can also be set.
– It can be stored up to five songs.
– Recorded data can be mixed down into an audio file.
– Recorded data can be uploaded as audio to SoundCloud.
– Compatible with AudioCopy. Songs and patterns created with Synth Arp & Drum Pad can be passed to apps that are compatible with the audio data format (such as TNR-i and GarageBand)

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is available for $7.99

2012
07/06
Synth Arp & Drum Pad App By Yamaha
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Synth Arp & Drum App By Yamaha

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is an iPad app with arpeggiator and drum pad that allows you to easily play the internal synthesizer or any connected MIDI device and produce music with phrases having an abundant variety of musical styles. (The arpeggiator automatically plays the individual notes of a chord in a selected pattern.)

There are over 340 arppegiator patterns that can play phrases from all kinds of music genres like dance music, hip-hop, rock, pops, with one finger.

Use Synth Arp & Drum Pad to easily create fabulous phrases and enjoy a performance freely!

* This application is Core MIDI compatible. Wi-Fi communication possible with Yamaha MOTIF XF (body version 1.2 or above) Alternatively, use the MIDI Interface i-MX1 to communicate with all MIDI devices.
* A USB Wi-Fi adaptor, sold separately, is necessary for Wi-Fi communications.

New features in Version 1.1
– Audio mixdown of recorded songs
– Audio library (compatible with SoundCloud and AudioCopy)
– An additional 19 tones and 24 arpeggiator patterns

Functions:

Software Synthesizer
– Choose from 61 high-quality voices from a variety of instruments including 7 drum kits.
– Cutoff, resonance, attack, release, and portamento can be adjusted with the knob control. Setting tonal qualities is easy.
– Reverb, chorus, and variation effects can also be applied individually.

Keyboard Arpeggiator & Scale
– Choose from 342 arpeggio patterns from a variety of instruments.
– Control the swing, note length, octave range, and other characteristics for each arpeggio phrase in real time.
– Select and change the scale being played. That allows you to use Touch Control Function and you can modify the sound by sliding your finger vertically or vibrating your finger horizontally on the Keyboard.
– The velocity can be changed depending by adjusting the strength of the tap on the iPad screen, or use the ribbon controller displayed on the left-hand side of the screen.

Drum Pad
– For each of the 16 drum pads, you can assign 5 notes at a specific velocity which allows you to play chords with one finger as well as multiple percussion instruments.
– Separate notes can be assigned to the left and right sides of a pad along with their velocities for more intricate performances. The velocity can be controlled by the strength of the tap on the iPad screen.
– You can also use the built-in step sequencer of each pad, to easily create a rhythm track.
– The Learn function can be used to easily assign a chord to a pad using the keyboard displayed at the bottom of the screen or using the keyboard of an external MIDI device.
– There are 64 user templates that can be customized and saved.

MIDI Loop Sequencer/Recorder
– Overdubbing enables the blending of various layers of sound in one recording.
– In addition to standard recording, you can also record loops of varying lengths.
– Quantizing and recording speed can be adjusted, and a pre-count can also be set.
– It can be stored up to five songs.

Ribbon Controller
– Use the ribbon controller to change velocity, pitch, and assignable parameters.

Synth Arp & Drum Pad is available for $3.99 for a limited time.

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