Moon Beam Synth/Sampler inspired a classic Casio

January 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Inspired in part by the Casio Sk-1’s lo-fi sonics/sampling and Sequential Circuit’s Pro-One synth, the Moon Beam also adds features only possible in the touch screen world: bend keys independantly!!! You can of coarse also bend all voices in sync using the touch pad. Also, for those of you Baroque sticklers… you can switch to Well-Tempored mode!

The Moon Beam Synth/Sampler gives you:
-Unique key independant pitch bending
-2 sample/oscillator layers for each voice… or split them to top and bottom keyboards.
-Effects (Delay/Reverb, Filter, Tremelo, Vibrato, Vinyl Noise, Distortion)
-Easy sampling for each audio source
-Easy editing of audio sample start/loop points
-4 octave keyboard + 2 pitch ribbons
-1 assignable effects touch pad

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More info here >>

VOSIS – turn photos into music

January 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ryan McGee has released a new sound design app for iOS, VOSIS, that synthesizes sound based on the greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.

Description:

OSIS is an interactive image sonification interface that creates complex wavetables by raster scanning greyscale image pixel data.

Using a multi-touch screen to play image regions of unique frequency content rather than a linear scale of frequencies, it becomes a unique performance tool for experimental and visual music. A number of image filters controlled by multi-touch gestures add variation to the sound palette. On a mobile device, parameters controlled by the accelerometer add another layer expressivity to the resulting audio-visual montages.

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Brute LFO – iOS App Demo

December 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Brute LFO is an iOS App for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch, which outputs control voltages (CV) from the device’s headphone output. Connect it to your Arturia Microbrute or other analog gear, like a Modular Synthesizer, to modulate your sounds. The headphone output voltages aren’t very high on iOS devices, so it’s more of a subtle modulation, but Brute LFO also sounds awesome when pushed into audio range. There are two simultaneous oscillators and a third one to modulate the other two’s frequency. Switch on “Brute” mode to dirty the waveforms up some more. Not shown in the video: The performance pad mode, in which you can use two touch pads to adjust four parameters simply by swiping your fingers on the screen.

Visit the Brute LFO website here:
http://www.justuskandzi.com/brute-lfo…

“The Brute LFO is a powerful low frequency oscillator that modulates your analog gear. If you have a hardware synth that allows you to use external gear to modulate the pitch, the filter, or any other parameter, just plug the Brute LFO into the CV in and start playing. It consists of three separate LFOs. LFO 1 and 2 can be controlled using the control elements in the top half of the screen. The big knob in he middle sets the rate of both the LFOs. Additionally you can change the waveforms of the LFOs, detune LFO 2 and change its phase. The amount knob in the top half also sets the overall amount of the modulation. The elements on the bottom half (LFO 3) can be used to modulate the frequency of LFO 1 and 2. And the brute switch destroys everything!”

Checking out the latest version – Caustic 3 for iPad

December 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Caustic 3 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs.
Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of:
Subsynth – Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
PCMSynth – Multi-sample wave synthesizer
BassLine – 303-like monosynth
BeatBox – 8-channel sampling drum machine
PadSynth – Harmonic table pad synthesizer
8BitSynth – 8bit equation solver synthesizer
Modular – Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
Organ – Hammond-like tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
Vocoder – 8-band harmonic vocoder
FMSynth – DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer

The app also includes:
* Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine. (16 effect types)
* Mixer desk with global Delay/Reverb effects
* Master section with parametric EQ and limiter
* Song sequencer

Supports automation on most controls and includes powerful editors for modifying recorded automation curves.

All files are stored on the user-accessible storage, and users can supply their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder.
Supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate).
The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2) and FL Studio mobile instruments (.instr, .ZIP)
Class-compliant USB MIDI controllers can be connected via USB OTG cable on devices running at least Android 3.2 and supporting USB host mode.

Voice Synth – create new voices, choirs, sounds and soundscapes, based on your own unique voice

December 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Voice Synth is a professional live instrument to create incredible new voices, choirs, sounds and soundscapes, based on your own unique voice. Includes a free trial and two in-app packages with inter-app audio, three 24-band live vocoders, AutoPitch, multiple voice harmony arranger, spectrum stroboscope, pitch and formant shifter, sampler, 24-band equalizer, distortion, delay, chorus and reverb. Paid version selected by Apple in USA Music App Collection “Vocals”.

Take a journey into sound design and discover the endless possibilities: Speak, sing, hum and beatbox in the mic, to turn your voice live into a baby or tenor, a popstar on AutoPitch, a robot from Cylon to iDalek, a church or close harmony choir, animals from birds to dogs and lions, musical instruments from organs, guitars and a groovy bass to percussions and rich 70’s vocoders, amazing effects and ambient, lush string/storm soundscapes. To get you started, we included over 100 factory presets!

This free version offers a try-out of all presets in live mode, so have your headset ready! The in-app instrument package offers the full Voice Synth sound engine at a reduced price, plus a free try-out of the in-app pro package that includes additional pro features such as sampler, inter-app and background audio, midi, noise gate and more.

For musicians, DJs, sound designers, voice artists: Voice Synth is a must-have in your audio toolbox. Voice Synth has a dedicated interface designed for iPad, and a compact interface for iPhone and iPod that includes all features so you can create anywhere you go.

VOICE SYNTH INSTRUMENT SPECS

  • Sound engine 2×32 bit at 44.1 kHz
  • All effects simultaneous, 12-voice polyphonic, live, real-time, low-latency
  • Auto engine sleep to save battery power
  • In-app help, tutorial video and email support
  • Audio dock compatible
  • Audio export in WAV/M4A format, iOS pasteboard, iTunes File Sharing and email
  • VoiceOver support
  • 2 play modes: Live and Repeat
  • Performance recorder to record, play and export your creation
  • 100 factory presets, unlimited user presets, 8 quick presets, import/export
  • Keyboard 2.5 octaves (iPad), 1 octave (iPhone/iPod)
  • 3 vocoders with 24 bands, 5th order filters (Natural, Robot and Breath voice)
  • Low/high register (add voice brilliance)
  • • Equalizer, 24 bands +/- 12 dB, VU 0 to -80 dB, stereo VU meter, with 8 presets (loudness, low-pass, telecom voice, etc)
  • Pitch Shifter 8 octaves (e.g. for lion voice, tenor, gender change, child, baby, duck, squeak)
  • Formant Shifter adapts voice spectrum, range +/- 1 octave, (change headsize from child to giant)
  • Tune modes to alter pitch: fixed, free, inverse, double, auto
  • AutoPitch (always sing in tune)
  • Harmony synthesis of multiple voices in all 12 major/minor musical scales (choirs and rich 70’s vocoder sounds)
  • Autogain, distortion, stereo panning, delay, chorus and reverb
  • Slew rate: special vocoder reverb (plucked strings, wind, thunder, storms)
  • Stroboscopic gate: special vocoder effect to sample and hold your voice spectrum

PRO PACKAGE

  • Background audio
  • Apple inter-app audio input/instrument with midi, host with recorder
  • CoreMidi support
  • Additional Sampler play mode: Record, import and play with your voice, with instant zoom, start/end, loop/hold, extensive trigger methods
  • Keyboard hold on/off, mono/poly
  • Noise gate, input & output mute/volume, engine bypass

Note: iPhone 4 does not support inter-app audio

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Droner and Echo Pad via Audiobus for iPad

December 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Droner is a nice little drone generator but put this through Echo Pad and some fantastic effects can be achieved

Recommended: Star Trek Vulcan Harp – Feature overview

December 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video illustrates the Star Trek™ Vulcan Harp features.

Fans of Star Trek™ can now play Mr. Spock’s Vulcan harp on their iPad! Replicating the alien instrument from the classic Star Trek™ series, the app is fully functional and features multi‐level sounds, cool effects, and the iconic design of the original harp. Use the sleekly styled controls to compose spacey music or play fascinating songs.

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Whether you’re a Trek fan, musician, or just interested in playing a unique instrument, the app’s richly detailed appearance and wide‐ranging musical abilities make for an instrument unlike any other!

Features:
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• 15 vibrating strings – each identified, making it easy to play songs
• Distinct pluck dynamic where the sound occurs on release of a touch similar to a harp
• 5 instrument sounds from futuristic to the classic harp
• Large 6-and-a-half octave range in 5 octave banks
• Custom multi-level distortion and reverberation controls give you a wide range to experiment with
• Ability to select pentatonic scale (five notes per octave)
• One button background arpeggio (sequence chords)
• Rich, inlaid wood detail appearance on the harp and moving starfield background
• SoundCloud recording to share your creations
• Concise tutorial to locate controls

Looking for more information about the Vulcan harp app?
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Visit us online: startrekvulcanharp.com
Follow us on Twitter: @StarTrekHarp
YouTube video: youtube.startrekvulcanharp.com
Join us on Facebook: fb.startrekvulcanharp.com
Questions or suggestions? Email us at vulcanharp@shiverware.com

Vulcan Harp Background:
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The Vulcan harp is also called a Vulcan lyre, lute, lyrette, and lytherette.

The Vulcan harp is played in four episodes in Star Trek™: The Original Series: “Charlie X”, “Amok Time”, “The Way to Eden” and “The Conscience of the King”.

Spock and Uhura both play the Vulcan harp. Tuvok owns one in Star Trek: Voyager™, Melian owns one in Star Trek: The Next Generation™, and (mirror universe) Kira Nerys owns one in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine™.

Spock plays “Row-Row-Row Your Boat” on the Vulcan harp in the film “Star Trek: The Final Frontier™”.

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Swoopster – new wild, fuzzed out Flanger/Vibrato

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Swoopster is a wild, fuzzed out Flanger/Vibrato effect designed for Audiobus and Inter-app audio.

Process synths, drum machines and hundreds of other apps by connecting through Audiobus. Use Swoopster as an effect inside Garageband, Auria, Cubasis, and AudioShare using Audiobus or Inter-app audio.

Swoopster features two distinct modes:
PERFORM and TWEAK.

  • PERFORM mode is focused around four XY touch pads. Touch to control flanger speed, manual, feedback and fuzz amount independently for left and right channels.
  • TWEAK mode features large expressive sliders and additional effect parameters, allowing you to fine tune your sound.

The center panel of Swoopster’s interface is part of the instrument and meant to be played in real-time, including the scrollable preset list. Tap a preset to instantly load it’s settings, play different presets in rhythmic patterns, or re-trigger the current preset to restart the sweep of the Flanger. The MUTE and BYPASS buttons function as momentary switches for DJ mixer style control.

Echo Pad users loved the creative stereo imaging possible with its effects, and this approach continues with Swoopster. Both Perform and Tweak modes allow you to control the left and right channel’s effect parameters independently for wide stereo sound design. You can easily toggle between linked and unlinked channel parameters by tapping the LINK button.

In addition to Audiobus and Inter-app Audio support, Swoopster can also process external instruments such as guitar, voice and synths by connecting a microphone or professional audio interface such as the Apogee Jam, ONE, or any iOS compatible USB audio interface.

For more info visit www.swoopsterapp.com

New Minimoog Model D Expansion Pack for Animoog

November 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Moog Music today introduced the Minimoog Model D Expansion Pack for Animoog, their software synthesizer for iOS.

“Taking timbres from a Minimoog and placing them in Animoog creates very distinctive sounds that are advanced and invigorating,” said Moog Chief Engineer Cyril Lance. “This isn’t an emulation of a Minimoog. It is actually a new way to experience it.”

The expansion pack includes 69 Timbres extracted from a vintage Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer, and 213 presets designed for Animoog’s Anisotropic Synthesis Engine.

Features:

  • 68 Timbres extracted exclusively from the Minimoog Model D
  • 213 Presets
  • 38 Presets designed by Dom Kane
  • 41 Presets designed by Sascha Dikiciyan
  • 50 Presets designed by Kevin Lamb
  • 41 Presets designed by Drew Neumann
  • 43 Presets designed by Adam Holzman

The Minimoog Model D Expansion Pack is available now as an In-App-Purchase within Animoog for iPhone & iPad for $6.99.

Apollo – MIDI over Bluetooth for iOS and OSX

November 23, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth provides MIDI connections for controllers, synthesizers, and sequencers, connecting a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apoll…
http://www.secretbasedesign.com/apps/…
The Mac version of Apollo should be available shortly.

We are waiting for approval from Apple for the OSX version (which will be free). In the mean time, you can download this version. Once the OSX version is released, we would encourage you to download the one from the Mac app store (this will make updating the app much easier).

Connecting synthesizers and sequencers across multiple iOS devices has been challenging, and there have been few options. For wired connections, you need multiple MIDI adapters (either dedicated iOS devices, or a Camera Connection Kit and generic USB MIDI). WiFi MIDI can have too much latency and jitter, making it unusable for music applications.

With Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, you can easily connect a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac, using Bluetooth LE. Bluetooth LE is designed for low latency — ideal for music applications.

Simply start the app on each device, select an “A” endpoint for one, and a “B” endpoint for the other, and then press search on both devices. They should detect each other, and connect quickly. Once they are connected, MIDI from one device will be sent to the other — the connection is bi-directional. On each device, you can select the MIDI destinations that you wish to forward messages to.

When connecting to a Mac, select the “A” endpoint for the iOS device; the Mac will be a “B” endpoint. Just as with the iOS set-up, press search on both devices, and they should connect quickly. With MIDI routing on a Mac, there is a danger of creating a loop in the routing (where MIDI messages get sent and relayed repeatedly). To avoid this problem, Apollo on the Mac either sends MIDI from iOS to the Mac, or vice versa — make sure that you toggle on the direction you need.

The apps require Bluetooth LE — this is available on the iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. iPhones starting with the iPhone4S support Bluetooth LE. Newer Macs also support Bluetooth LE; older Macs may require a USB Bluetooth LE adapter (we have had good luck with the adapters from IO Gear and Ciraco).

Apollo has been designed to be simple to install and configure, and it should expand your MIDI capabilities easily.

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