This tutorial demonstrates how to use Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’ App as a creative music production tool in Pro Tools. Utilising the WI-FI options on the iphone/ipad and a computer, users can lean how to create a connection between both devices, and compose or produce sound in Pro Tools using the Biophilia app. In the Composition and Music Production department at AIM, students can utilise this process to produce and create their own sound and music.
Biophilia is the musical project and overall eighth full-length studio album by Icelandic recording artist Björk. The album was released on 10 October 2011, over four years after her previous studio album, Volta (2007). The album is “partly recorded” on an iPad and, as well as a standard CD release, was released in the form of a series of apps. Biophilia is the world’s “first app album” in collaboration with Apple. Björk has described the project as a multimedia collection “encompassing music, apps, Internet, installations, and live shows”. Material from the album debuted during a concert series which was held in the summer of 2011 at the Manchester International Festival.
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Mode Machines App is used as a MIDI controller with virtual instruments.
Koushion is a MIDI Step Sequencer iPad app that allows you to easily program drum patterns, melodies, and more using your existing hardware synthesizers, softsynths, samples, and other electronic music gear. In this video we use Koushion to sequence a variety of Moog analog synths, using Ableton Live. Look for Koushion in the Apple App Store.
The MIDI Designer app for iPad / iPhone (support coming soon) allows you to design the perfect MIDI controller to fit your needs. This is quick demo of the iPhone version which will be available soon as a free update. What really sets this app apart from the Lemur iOS app is that you can design ON YOUR DEVICE. Lemur does feature the physics engine but I’ve gotten word from the developer that we may see that at some point: http://twitter.com/MIDIDesigner/status/250668991553626112
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According to Kevin McCoy this really prevents iOS from being a serious platform for software instruments, despite its merits of having a touch interface and amazing sounding apps.
“Please comment if you have a solution!”, says Kevin
Geert Bevin has been helping Wolfgang Palm with adding a new feature to PPG Wavegenerator that allows per-note expression over MIDI by implementing a voice-per-channel MIDI mode. This is a quick test of the first fully working version he sent me today. It’s short, but he hopes it shows the possibilities of this feature with new electronic instruments like the Eigenharp.
Note that this demo is only using one single sound that has independent expression in three axis for each individual note.
Geert is using a modified version of the standard ‘Jigsaw Lead’ patch that has up-down movement mapped to per-note filter cutoff (Y movement in PPG), pressure (X movement in PPG) to note volume and left-right movement to per-note pitch with a 5 semitone interval.
More information about this excellent iPad synth here:
This new feature is probably going to be available as an additional in-app purchase.
The TRAX RetroWave desktop monosynth was designed for musicians who want the warmth and raw power of classic analogue sound, created by a real analogue instrument, as opposed to a digital system or computer emulation. This compact unit is great for use in studios, with your home computer programs, in live performances, and for creating sound effects for film, TV and theatre.
In this video, you will hear just a small selection of the sounds the unit is capable of – many others are available, and some no doubt have yet to be discovered!
The opening title music was created by setting the filter to oscillation mode, and tuning it to play along with the VCO, effectively giving a two-note chord.
True analogue oscillators, filter, sample and hold, noise generator, VCA and signal path
Log VCO with square, ramp, triangle and sine outputs, and PWM control of square wave
24dB/octave, 4-pole lowpass filter with oscillator function, log response
Two triangle and square Low Frequency Oscillators with waveshape controls
Built-in MIDI to CV unit, with 5V gate and velocity output, 1V/octave CV response
Built-in overdrive circuit for epic distortion effects
No menus, no software, just switch on and play
Supplied with 1/4″ patch and output jack leads
BassBoy is a monophonic digital MIDI controlled bass synthesizer. Device receives all information via MIDI input. The unit consists of oscillator which generates SAW & SQUARE WAVE using 16-bit band-limited wavetables, thus making the number of harmonics limited. After that, the signal itself goes through a simple implementation of MOOG filter, whose frequency range is chosen by MIDI commands and which is affected by the level of the envelope. The filtered signal then comes to the controlled amplifier, which creates the signal shape, and in the end through DAC (WM8762) and pre-amp circuit goes to the audio jack 6.35mm.
Right channel – drums and other things, left channel – BassBoys…
Midi: Children – Robert Miles (rearranged)
Cosmic fantasy with midi controller “slidesounder” and midi keyboard.
Ribon potentiometer with microcontroller & software synthesizers.
Description in Googlish from Latvian:
Slīdskanis is an electronic musical instrument, MIDI controller, device which sends information to a sound synthesis devices or programs, led by their sound.
Unlike conventional synthesizer, which sounds different heights obtained by pressing different keys,
slīdskanim the neck with a special ribbon, a pushing and pulling with your finger, you can move from one sound to another without skip it,
slid smoothly from one sound to another, just as bezladu instruments such as violin, guitar, or play with a slide.
Slīdskanim related is one of the first musical instruments that originated in the 20th century 20-30 years-Theremin and Ondes Martenots, which is characterized by the vibrating vocal ghost-like sound. .
Is it possible to create a wide variety of timbres and sound hues, depending on which is controlled synthesizer.
For example you can record a voice sound and turn it into a unique musical instrument.
It is possible to add various additional audio effects that can be controlled with the addition of the pedal.
The slīdskaņa can experiment with non-traditional sound intervals, and not mikrotoņiem-key limit.
Design is based on the STM32-Olimexino mikrokontrollieris and meter Symbol Spectral company produced softpot, or touch-tape potentiometer.
Creators: Amber Stag-idea and design. Arthur Gailitis-oriented programming.
Danse Macabre – Camille Saint-Saens
MIDI file sequencing – Jason M. Stone
MIDI player – Sequetron
Colours – TonE
Visualisation – Sequescope (Cartesian mode, vertical octaves)
Sounds – Korg Karma (GM sound set)