Mod Phon Ltd has introduced Voxen – a new voice synthesizer for iPad. Voxen is a voice synthesizer. It’s designed not for realistic text-to-speech vocal effects, but for creating synthesized ‘singing voices’.
Voxen is *not* a text-to-speech system. You cannot provide it with lyrics and expect it to sing them. Voxen is a synthesizer that acoustically simulates a glottis and vocal tract, allowing you to manually control the sound. It synthesizes sounds, not words.
Because a human voice is more complex than nearly any other musical instrument, a synthesizer of human voices is also very complex. To control one can require the real-time manipulation and coordination of dozens of separate parameters.
If you are looking for something that creates a musical performance from a piece of sheet music and some lyrics on a scrap of paper, hire a good vocalist. On the other hand, if you are looking some new and different sounds, use Voxen.
- Eight note polyphony
- Keyboard range of more than ten octaves
- Three X-Y touchpads
- Twenty-eight vertical linear knobs
- Choice of dark or light background colour
- Eight choices of foreground colour
- Save and load user-defined patches
Voxen is a polyphonic formant synthesizer. There are three banks of knobs which control, respectively, the voice, the voice envelope and the formants. The six voice knobs control provide a modified Klatt 1989 voicing source.
The ten voice envelope knobs control master amplitude and ADSR envelope for the voicing source and for a separate aspiration source. The remaining twelve knobs control the centre frequencies and bandwidths of the first four formants and the centre values and differences (spread) for a nasal formant/antiformant pair.
Each of the three X-Y touchpads controls a pair of parameters, f1 & f2, b1 & b2 and vibrato rate & vibrato depth.
Spectral tilt (or voice brightness) is controlled by the height you are touching the keys.
The overall aim of the user interface is to make it simple to control the many parameters in a live setting.
Voxen is available now for US $7.99 in the App Store.
This is a track that was made using the Scape iPad app by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers. The track is made up of three recordings. The parameters were manipulated in real time during recording. The recordings were edited and manipulated in various ways for the sake of the composition. For example, some parts were slowed down, others were reversed. Some outboard effects were used in post production.
First jam using the Yamaha Tenori-on as a MIDI sequencer. The iPad (running Cubasis) and the iRig MIDI are working only as MIDI router and interface.
Primeira jam usando o Yamaha Tenori-on como sequenciador MIDI. O iPad (rodando o Cubasis) e a iRig MIDI estão funcionando somente como roteador e interface MIDI.
Final Touch – Maximizer – In this tutorial we introduce you to the Maximizer module in Final Touch for iPad.
Final Touch is a complete audio post production system for iPad. Combining Maximizer, Pre and Post Equalizer, 4-Band Dynamics, Stereo Imager, Reverb and Dithering into one integrated app, it gives your mixes a huge, balanced, polished and professional sound.
Download it on App Store: http://bit.ly/1iW4Bgl
Omenie has released M3000 Free Edition – a ‘freemium’ virtual Mellotron for the iPad.
M3000 Free Edition is a fully-functional recreation of Streetly Electronics’ M4000 tape-replay instrument. Compared to the full version, the app offers just 5 tapes from Streetly Electronics’ production library, all authentic mellotron voices. In-App Purchases allow the full voice set of the 50th Anniversary Edition to be downloaded, and many other voices as well.
Apart from the limited voice set included with the app, no functionality is removed in this free edition. MIDI and AudioBus is fully functional, including ‘Two Trons’ mode where 2 different MIDI channels can control the A/B/C and D voices.
M3000 Free Edition is a free download
A Tour and Demo of this amazing simulation of the classic synth from EMS, the VCS 3.
The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.
The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3′s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.
The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
DK1 keyboard controller
Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.
The first fully functional professional quality audio mastering application for iPad. For everyone who wants to take their final mixes to the next level. Precise control of all parameters and highest quality audio processing, the most important part of any mastering, is the base of this application.
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Track “Spiel Struktur 92″ by Marc Bestgen
Monoplugs has announced the release of B-Step Sequencer for iPad, a melodic, chord based step sequencer inspired by a bass guitar.
The sequencer comes with native support for one or two Novation Launchpads. B-Step supports CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI ports, Network MIDI and a lot of MIDI hardware devices. It also supports MIDI Learn, so you can control B-Step’s user interface with any MIDI controller you like.
B-Step can work as MIDI clock master or you can sync it to another clock master.
B-Step Sequencer for iPad features
- Native Novation Launchpad support.
- Advanced MIDI learn.
- 3 color profiles.
- Clean and simple user interface.
- Run in background.
B-Step Sequencer for iPad is available for purchase at the introductory price of $16.99 USD until May 15th, 2014.
B-Step on iPad controlled with a Novation Launchpad MINI and the black Micro Kork produces the sound. This is a blues chord progression and I’m just edit one bar that i copy every loop to the others and playing around with some octave shifts. You can get B-Step Sequencer for Linux, Windows, Mac and iPad as VST plugin or standalone.
An introduction to the user interface of Audulus for iPad.
Taylor Holliday has announced that Audulus for iPhone will be available Tues, April 22nd. Audulus is a graphical modular audio environment, currently available for Mac OS X and iPad. The iPhone version will be fully patch compatible with the existing versions. Audulus for iPhone will be free to all current users of Audulus for iPad, and will be available at a ‘special introductory price’ for everyone else.
The built-in modules in Audulus:
Virtual Analog Oscillator (4 classic waveforms)
Sample Player (coming soon to iPad)
Mathematical Modules: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Sine, Modulo
Random Number Generator
MIDI controlled Keyboard
MIDI assignable trigger
Low Pass Filter
High Pass Filter
Piecewise-linear Spline Curve
Sample and Hold
Scrolling Waveform Meter
Polyphonic to Monophonic signal mixer
Audio Unit Plug-in (Mac Only)
Math Expression Node (In-App Purchase Upgrade)
Omenie has updated its virtual Mellotron for iPad, Mellotronics M3000 HD, with new ‘tapes’ from the Streetly Electronics archive. The additional libraries are available as in-app purchases, details below:
Now your Mellotronics M3000 can be boosted with dozen of original voices from the Streetly archive – including Harry Chamberlin’s original voice tape – as well as some freshly-recorded voices, very clean and very flexible, designed for performance and articulation.
Mike Pinder Smooth Organ
Clare Lindley Violin Collection