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.

2011
12/25
Yamaha TNR-i Tenori On For iPad
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Yamaha TNR-1 Tenori-On For iPad

The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface. Even if you don’t know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed.

What’s new:

File Share Function: Share your TNR-i saved files with other TNR-i users. You can now make a new song with other TNR-i users by exchanging your “Block” data or your “Layer” data. You can also add comments to your files. View the data on the server by either uploaded order or popularity order (Note: a Twitter account is required to login the server).
Additional Multi Player Session Functions: View the location of the session members on a map.
Chatting history list is now available.
16×16 Buttons Brightness Control Function: You now have the ability to control the brightness of the 16×16 buttons.
External Display Function: Using the Apple VGA adaptor you can view the 16×16 buttons on an external display.

On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch.By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.

New Features:

* Record TNR-i 2-mix output and share it on SoundCloud.
* Copy & Paste audio files between iOS apps (AudioCopy)
* Assign your own waves to user voice 1,2,3. Each wave max is 5seconds.
* Record waves using iPhone/iPad built in mic.
* Easy wave editing function (trimming, normalizing)
* TENORI-ON User Voice Manager file (.tnw) is compatible.
* Available 3 sample files. Loading the file: From the menu (touch the display), touch Preference menu, touch User Voice Settings, touch User1, touch File mark (right, bottom), and then select 01_Voice, 02_Synth, or 03_SE.
* Twitter posting is available at the beginning of the session.
* Message exchange, like a chatting, is available during the session.
* Can select to start or stop the session from the menu.
* WIST (Wireless Sync Start Technology) is available. You can easily make sync start with the other iOS apps that have WIST function.

TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time (16 layers), and it can remember up to 16 song patterns produced using those sounds (16 blocks). By switching between song patterns in real time, you can produce a rich variety of musical expressions.
There are six different types of performance modes that you can select for each layer. You can make elaborate music by combining different modes. In score mode, the most fundamental of the modes, you can arrange sounds horizontally (temporally) and vertically (by pitch). In the exciting random mode, the sounds that you arrange are not just played in order—the melody and rhythm constantly change as twists are added. In draw mode, you can perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if drawing a picture. In bounce mode, the glowing lights are like bouncing balls that produce sound when they fall. In push mode, you can continuously change the sound as you perform. In solo mode, which is fun for solo performances, you can easily adjust the speed of repetition and the pitch.

First, please try the demo. You can experience the joy of performance just by switching layers.
– Loading the Demo: From the menu (touch the display), touch All Blocks, iD-Xtra_uncTK, and then Load.
– Switching layers: Press R5 and the area that the 16 × 16 buttons are in at the same time. (You can double-tap R5 to hold it and make it easier to switch layers.)

The appeal of TNR-i isn’t just limited to its faithful duplication of the TENORI-ON concept and its design and interface, which were developed under the supervision of Toshio Iwai.
If you are connected to a network, you can participate in TNR-i sessions with distant friends and others. Up to four people can connect to each other over a network and enjoy performing together at the same time. First, tap Clear and the display at the same time to activate the Game Center feature. Then, invite your friends, or use the auto-match feature to automatically select a partner, and start your session.
For more details, see page 23 of the internal manual.
Manual: From the menu (touch the display), touch System Menu and then Manual.

If you update the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o) to version 2.1 and use it with TNR-i, you can participate in sessions using the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o).
For details, see the TENORI-ON webpage at http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/.

The preset sounds of TNR-i are the same as those of the TENORI-ON, and the performance files are also compatible. You can use iTunes to transfer performance files saved on your TENORI-ON SD card to TNR-i. Of course, the reverse is also possible.

Please enjoy the world of TENORI-ON.

TNR-i is available for $9.99 in the US for a limited time.

  • 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 Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix 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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