MIDImorphosis – an audio-to-MIDI app for iOS

July 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Audio MIDI Connect has transformed into MIDImorphosis – an audio-to-MIDI app for iOS.

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Here’s what’s new in MIDImorphosis:

  • In this version, the speed and accuracy of pitch detection has been greatly improved.
  • MIDI output now supports multiple destinations, both CoreMIDI and Virtual MIDI, as well as DSMIDI Wifi.
  • Audiobus support has been added, for both input and output slots.
  • Audio can be imported or exported using audio copy and paste. The app supports off-line conversion of audio to MIDI, with MIDI files being available using the “open in” method, or through iTunes file sharing.
  • Pitch detection now supports polyphonic playing. A toggle button selected between monophonic, small intervals, and chords.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audio…
Introductory pricing — ends July 28th

MIDImorphosis captures the pitch of incoming audio, and converts it into MIDI notes that can be used to control iOS synthesizers or external equipment. With support for CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, DSMIDI Wifi, Audiobus, and background audio, connecting MIDImorphosis is a snap. Connections to laptop and desktop computers can be made using WiFi or with MIDI adapter cables.

The app performs both monophonic and polyphonic pitch conversion, and is designed to work best with a guitar or bass. We recommend dock-based instrument adapters; connections through the headphone jack frequently have crosstalk and poor frequency response. We also recommend running MIDImorphosis on an iPhone4s or better, or an iPad2 or better (this is especially true when using Audiobus).

Complex sounds can be created by combining a typical guitar effects app along with MIDImorphosis and a synthesizer app. The guitar effects app can provide tone control and immediate response, while the synthesizer can augment this with a deep, evolving sound.

With any conversion system, there is latency between a note played on an instrument, and when the note can be correctly identified; the slight delay motivates the combination of guitar effects and synthesizers. MIDImorphosis should be fast enough to work well for playing at moderate speeds. For guitarists in need of a system that can handle “shredding,” we would recommend hardware converters by companies such as Roland or Fishman.

A number of videos are available on the app web page, to illustrate typical performance, and playing techniques to get the most out of the app. For guitarists, a light palm mute should be used to prevent unwanted notes from ringing. Pitch detection is typically best with the bridge pickup, and with a clean tone.

In addition to live conversion, MIDImorphosis can also convert recordings into MIDI (avoiding latency issues). The app can record audio; audio can also be imported using either Audio Copy or iTunes File sharing. Audio can be exported with Audio Paste. MIDI can be exported to other apps using the “open in” feature, or through iTunes. The app also allows scanning through audio files, to see the detected pitch at any given moment; this feature should be particularly useful to musicians interested in transcribing a recording. Recorded audio and converted MIDI can be played back through the app. The app is compatible with the Audiobus input and output slots.

For polyphonic pitch detection, the app supports both intervals and chords. Many guitarists play small intervals on adjacent strings; pitch detection has been optimized for this case. When set to chord detection, the app can find additional notes, but is less accurate.

mikrosonic RD4 Groovebox for Android

June 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Get the free demo version on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…

Turn your phone or tablet into a musical instrument! RD4 – Groovebox is a music making app with virtual analog synthesizers, drum machines and effects.  Compose and arrange your music in real-time. Choose instruments individually for the 4 channels. Record live or set notes with the dedicated sequencer or piano roll of each instrument. This multi-touch enabled app makes it simple to invent unique loops and musical phrases. Manipulate the sound of the synthesizers by tweaking the oscillators, resonant filters and audio envelopes. Add audio effects like reverb, distortion, phaser, filter and delay to your sounds. Appropriate both for experienced musicians and beginners. Loops you’ve created and exported with RD4 can also be automatically integrated into mikrosonic’s audio mixer app SPC – Music Sketchpad.

Feature Overview

Mixer:
– 4 channel rack mixer
– Instrument selection for each channel
– Volume control with level meter per channel
– Direct audio effect channel assignment
– Tempo control with tap tempo
– Channel mute and solo

Sequencer:
– 2 banks with up two 8 bars per instrument
– Adjustable play modes from 1 to 8 bars and random modes
– Song Mode with a length of up to 99 bars

Choose between two virtual analog synthesizers and the drum machine for each channel:

Analog
– Modeled after legendary monophonic synths of the ’70s
– For fat sounding bass and powerful lead sounds
– 3 oscillators with 6 different waveforms
– Each oscillator can be tuned precisely and has a warmth control for the typical analog sound
– Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release envelope generator
– Pitch wheel
– Low-pass filter (24dB/oct, 4-pole) with knobs for cutoff, resonance and an Attack/Decay/Sustain envelope generator

– Recording of played notes in real-time (depending on devices capabilities)
– Piano roll for editing recorded notes comfortably
– Or compose by drawing notes directly with the piano roll in 1/16 or 1/32 resolution
– Piano roll editing features: Transpose Pattern, Shift Sequence and Quantize Pattern

Bassline
– Reminiscent of the legendary 303 synthesizer
– Create bubbling basslines and screaming lead sounds
– High-quality low-pass filter with resonance, cut-off, and envelope controls
– Oscillator with 4 types of waveforms
– Real-time step sequencer with accent and slide

Beats
– Program beats with 10 classic drum kits: 808, 909, 606, CR-78, Linn, KR55, RX11, RZ1, DMX, DPM48
– Booming kick drums, snappy snares and throbbing percussions
– 8 channels per drum kit
– Punch control for volume and envelope adjustments
– Accent programmable for each drum channel
– Free assignable effects for each drum sound
– Channel mute, Closed Hi Hat can mute the Open Hi Hat
– Real-time pattern based step sequencer

Audio effects:
– 5 effects: Reverb, distortion, filter, phaser and delay
– Real-time controllable
– X/Y control field for each effect
– 4 effect sends
– Chaining of 2 effects

Technical features:
– Customized layouts for phones, 7 and 10-inch tablets
– Special additional rack view in portrait mode for 10-inch tablets
– Multi-touch control
– Live session recording
– Audio loop export feature
– SoundCloud Sharing Kit integration
– Session save capability
– Cut/copy/paste pattern
– OpenSL support for low latency*
– App2SD

System Requirements:
– Android 4.0 or higher
– Screen resolution 800×480 (WVGA) or higher
– 1 GHz CPU or faster supporting ARMv7

* Please note that for recording in real-time with the Analog synthesizer you will need a low latency Android device with Android 4.2 like the Google Nexus 4 or 10 or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Read more about audio latency on our FAQ: http://www.mikrosonic.com/faq

More details at: http://www.mikrosonic.com/rd4

Yello: The Yellofier App – Anything becomes music

June 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yello’s Boris Blank has teamed up with Swedish producer Håkan Lidbo for the new Yellofier app, which can turn any sound into music.

Use preinstalled tracks by music giants like Carl Craig, Trentemøller, Booka Shade, Matt Johnson and many more and take them to where you like or upload and mash your own tracks!

Head over to the App Store and try it out!

For everything else, head over to electronicbeats.net, follow us on facebook or Twitter @EBnet !

Checking out CasioTron Beats

June 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CasioTron Beats re-creates the rhythm patterns found on the vintage home keyboards of the 70’s and 80’s. These popular keyboards were analogue and have now become collectors items because of their warm sound.
This particular version takes the drum sounds from the then popular Casiotone MT-70 which although was more modern than the earlier models, it is still analogue as you will be able to tell from the sound.
Remember those bossa-nova and samba beats? Well here they are!

Get it here >>

Fingerlab releases Musyc music app

May 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Fingerlab has announced Musyc, the a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music, details below:

Discover the new music application by Fingerlab, winner of the Apple Design Award 2012 for DM1 – The Drum Machine.

Musyc on the AppStore :
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/musyc…

Musyc is a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music.
No use of piano keyboard or partitions, draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen.
Enjoy the 64 instruments (organized into 16 groups) exclusively created and produced at Fingerlab music studio as well as all the exciting and new physical and music tools provided in Musyc.

Musyc is free and its full version is available through in-app purchases.

WARNING: Musyc is not compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3 and iPod touch 4.

Features:
-Graphic design by Jonas Eriksson
-Retina Display
-Optimized for iPhone 5 and new iPad
-High quality sound engine
-Ultra-realistic physical engine
-Audio track mixer (level, pitch, length, pan, mute)
-2 effect channels with 5 effects (Delay, Overdrive, Reverb, Dalek, Compressor)
-Physical sequencer
-Motion recorder
-Advanced physical objects (planet, black hole, modulator, …)
-Real-time audio recording
-High-quality or compressed exports (DropBox, SoundCloud, Mail, AudioCopy and iTunes)

Watch Musyc video trailer:
http://vimeo.com/channels/musyc

Coming soon in next updates:
-iPhone4 & iPodTouch optimization
-Import & Export song project (DropBox, Mail, iTunes)
-User sound kit with samples import
-Audio background support
-Wist synchronization
-Midi synchronization
-AudioBus support

Additional info here >>

Placebo Battle for the Sun – Remix with 9 Apps

May 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

BitWiz Audio Synth / Gestrument / Audiobus / Anytune Pro+ – Music Practice Perfected. / Genome MIDI Sequencer / DrumsLive — touch and MIDI multisample drums / DrumJam / ThumbJam / LiveFX • DJ Effects Kit / Brian Molko – Placebo – Battle for the Sun

Touchscreen Sequencer Test

May 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a quick demo of Yet Another Touchscreen Music App.

“I’m trying to come up with a global live performance / songwriting app for the touch interface, and this is my seventh attempt. Definitely getting closer. Still have to add the sound-sculpting interface; this is just a quick demo of the step sequencer scene switching.”

“Fair Light” – original composition by Andy Barrow on the Fairlight IOS App

May 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

This is “Fair Light” – original composition by Andy Barrow on the Fairlight IOS App. First attempt at sampling, sequencing and creating my own instrument inside the Fairlight App from Peter Vogel Instruments – the creator of the legendary Fairlight CMI 1 – 3. And now up for grabs is the latest CMI 30AX – upgraded from the 30A. still an expensive tool, but no where near as much as its predecessors (approx $60,000 or more… ish maybe, give or take a few cents, pennies Gold Bullion…quite a few years ago…1980’s)

So, first time at really getting to grips with this IOS App, I sampled my Voice into the Fairlight, adjusted the trim, saved the sample and imported that into my New instrument in the App, Then set about playing with Page R – yep the Sequencer. Once you get used to the way it is laid out in the app, its fairly easy to use.

Recorded into Garageband and added the Orchestra Hit as a latter addition to the track. This is available as a download from my Soundcloud Channel should you desire.

Please note, all the images were taken from Screenshots on My iPad 3 and imported into the video editor. This is an original composition by me.

If you get a feeling that the Voice beat sounds familiar, I remembered a certain group of Gentlemen, who did a Soundtrack for Ferris Bueller’s Day off…remember that.???..

Sadly I do, however, the app also contains a certain Racing Car engine sound from another Track that “Yello” Did..”The Race” yes the sound is in there…I am not going to try and recreate that…they used real Fairlight equipment, sadly I have about as much chance as owning a Fairlight as I have Angels flying out of my ass…

So, until such time that I see a winged creature of heavenly persuasion flying from the darkest regions of me, I will have to make good with the IOS App… Enjoy

Music and Video is sole property of ©2013 Andy Barrow

iPad Mini Oscilloscope Test

May 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a test! For more info see:

http://www.apple.com/ipad/
http://www.faberacoustical.com/ios_ap…
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/…
http://cs80-com.myshopify.com/product…
http://www.synthtech.com/motm.html

And ALL your questions can be answered on the best forum on Earth (especially for modular synthesizers and cats . . . . but mostly cats . . . ):
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/inde…

Dubstep Maker for iPad – Review

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Go here for more information and CODE to unlock more sounds: http://synthuniverse.com/dubstep-maker/
Go here to listen to app: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OSDd…

Dubstep Maker is an iPad app for making dubstep music. It features 38 assignable PADS,
a 8 note keyboard and a synth wobble modulator. There are over 100 drum loops, synth loops, vocal samples and fx sounds.

Dubstep Maker is an iPad app for creating dubstep music. It features 38 assignable PADS, a 8 note keyboard and a synth wobble modulator. The wobble modulator is placed where you would normally find a mod or pitch wheel. Next to that you have a selection of 6 synth sounds to modulate and create wobble sounds.

There are over 100 drum loops, synth loops, vocal samples and fx sounds. From a design point of view it’s is simply laid out. Buttons are as big as a finger tip and spread out nicely.

The edit screens are where you assign different sounds to different pads.This is simply done by selecting a button to edit and pick your sound by touching the + button.

The only other functions available to change is the master volume, the tempo and the rate of the synth wobble using the sliders.

While there are lots of dubstep apps available none of them really stand out. WHOMP is perhaps the best and oldest of them but still not a stand out app one might expect. Dubstep Maker is an intriging app that it is well laid out (perhaps too simply? I’m not sure.) Its sounds are your standard dubstep sounds that doesn’t set itself too far apart from the rest although there is a lot of variation.

The synth wobble section is probably where it will find its fans. Fair enough playing a wobble sample but to actually adjust
the wobble to suit is great. Maybe more sounds to play around with would not go amiss, or a dedicated page just to create wobbles would be nice.

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