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Umlaut Audio Motors for Kontakt Generates Loop Based Pulse Layers for Picture Scores

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Los Angeles, CA - Umlaut Audio is delighted to announce Motors, the fourth in its virtual instrument range following Pads, Arps, and uBEAT, which has been acclaimed by film and game composers worldwi..

Audio Damage brings Axon 2 drum synth to iOS, complete with neural network sequencing

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 11:27 pm

With only a very recent iOS presence Audio Damage has already made a significant mark on the mobile community. Axon 2 is the 10th app that Audio Damage has brought to the platform in what seems to me to be a very short period of time.

As for the app itself it actually looks completely up my street. I’m a big fan of drum synths, and Axon 2 is a lot more than that. It’s a drum synth driven by artificial intelligence. Axon uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer, and has seven FM-based percussion voices, that are in effect a single 18-operator FM voice.

Audio Damage goes on to say:

If that sounds weird, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It is surprisingly intuitive once you get the knack of it, and is capable of all-new, complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. It often gets referenced as a “random sequence generator,” but there is nothing random in Axon; it is entirely determinative.

The sequencer features seven “neurons” that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback), and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a “learning” phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has a HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually, while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.


• Artificial Neural Network sequencer features seven neurons, and is easily programmed to create strange new repeating rhythms.

• Seven FM percussion voices that also buss together to create a single monolithic complex percussion synthesizer.

• Full mixer with pan, level, mute, and solo on each voice.

• Built-in stereo delay with X/Y pad control over feedback and filter frequency, for live playability.

• MIDI input, including Bluetooth MIDI, for driving Axon from DAW and hardware sequencers, and Virtual MIDI Output (standalone only) for driving other software with the Axon sequencer.

• Inter-App Audio, including transport synchronization, in standalone mode.

• Internal transport for non-synchronized playback.

• Resizable vector-based user interface.

• Drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration.

• XML-based cross-platform, human-readable preset system, with copy/paste, for easy transferring of your own presets and third-party offerings.

Please Note: This application will work fine on an iPad Mini, but the user interface may be difficult to use due to the size.

I have to say that Axon 2 looks pretty amazing, so I expect I’ll be spending a fair amount of time with it in the coming weeks.

Axon 2 costs $5.99 on the app store now

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QuantumSequencer approaches composition with an interactive creation process

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 11:02 pm

Or at least that’s what it says it does. The app comes from a developer who brought us midiSequencer back in 2014. The new app, which shows a striking similarity (at least in terms of its UI) to midiSequencer claims a very different approach to making or composing music. According to the developer:

Quantum is a performance midi sequencer which approaches music composition with an interactive creation processes – sometimes referred to as ‘noodling’

Where pattern or piano-role sequencers are good for music forms (intro/verse/chorus etc) or grid entry, Quantum’s approach is built around the idea of a step being the focus – think of the step as a single note or chord written on a music sheet then add a lot of extra notation (like probability of playing or ornamentation say).

These highly detailed steps are then aligned into sequences (think melodies) that loop. You can have any length up to 64, but these can be further split into 4 sub-sequences that have their own set of sequencer parameters (like tempo, play direction, transpose etc).

To enter step parameters such as note pitch, velocity, gated length etc, 16 general faders are available which allow you to draw, drag, select copy/paste, inc/dec & link together to edit values. These are also midi learnable (midi cc or nrpn) to allow you to use control surfaces or midi controllers.

To aid you with faster control Quantum has loop actions which you can program in to carry out tasks when a sequence loops – e.g. transpose, randomise, start or load another sequence etc.

With up to 24 sequences playing Quantum introduces a mixer page allowing you to blend midi velocities. Built on the MidiSequencer engine, midi FX, devices & Controllers are now possible per sequence.

So why would Quantum be good for your setup? There are many midi enabled IOS & hardware synths that produce exotic timbres if you send them fast & varied midi controls that you just would not hear with keyboard playing or slow tempo tunes. Also, Quantum, embraces experimentation in melody creation and by copy/pasting allowing quick setup of arpeggios & counterpoint tunes that you can create & manipulate on the fly!

note : This app sends midi information – you need to use it in conjunction with any midi enabled iOS synth app (e.g. Sunrizer) to hear sounds

Now this could be just the app you’re looking for if you are looking around for a new MIDI sequencer. But if you are searching you should probably also take a look at modStep at the very least, and also Genome MIDI sequencer too.

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Propellerhead Offers Rack Extension Plug-in Subscriptions for Reason

Delivered... Emusician RSS Feed | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 11:00 pm
Stockholm, Sweden, October 2017 – Propellerhead has launched Rack Extension plug-in subscriptions for Reason. In addition to Rack Extensions being sold separately, the new Rack Extension subscription..

ZVEX Effects TB-1 Tea Ball Specialty Microphone Will Not Feed Back

Delivered... Emusician RSS Feed | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 6:38 pm
Introducing the model TB-1 Tea Ball Microphone ($249) by ZVEX Effects, designed for specialty use on stage and in the studio. The special circuitry of the TB-1 causes it to reject sound from sources ..

Dreadbox Hades analog monosynth is yours to assemble, or not

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 5:38 pm

Dreadbox, purveyors of gnarly electronic synths and effects, have come back with a modular-friendly analog synth, which you can assemble – if you dare.

The core synth itself is simple – just a single-oscillator synthesizer, to which you can add two suboctaves for lots of low end bass punch, and three waves (pulse with width, double saw with width, saw). In the tradition of Dreadbox and their love for edgy distortion, you can add some angry sounds with the drive circuit and 3-pole resonating filter.

And, mostly, you’re likely to appreciate this thing for its modulation and patchability. There are some 13 patch points, which you can use with Eurorack or other analog circuits, external audio input, a triangle and square wave LFO, and two separate envelope generators.

You can stick this on your desk and patch into stuff. Or you can bolt it into a Eurorack.

Now, here’s the somewhat bonkers bit. If you’re sensible, I think you’ll just buy this thing pre-assembled, and think hard about finding space in a Eurorack. It’s a nice 250€ buy.

Or, if you’re a bit bored, you’ll DIY the kit version. It’s all through-hole parts, so it’s not a difficult build. It’s just a lot of them. Expect to … free up some time to put this together.

Also cute but not totally practical, they’ve decided that the box is a case. And it is kind of a nice cardboard box. I mean, sure, why not, but … it’s not so much a selling point as it is a cute way around the fact that it doesn’t have a case. It doesn’t have a power supply, either, so figure that into the purchase price.

Don’t get me wrong, though – I think this thing is terribly clever as a synth. And Dreadbox are making some utterly genius distortion, based on the couple I’ve played with.

If you’re looking for a cheap buy that’s fun to patch into other stuff – really desktop or Euro – this isn’t a bad buy at all. And maybe save yourself the time on the busywork of assembling the kit version, and put that time into making a nice wooden case for the assembled version.

Though, while we’re at it, technically every product I’ve ever owned has come with a free enclosure / kid’s playhouse / pencil case / advanced part storage / tiny spaceship for paper people … uh, you know, box.

Also, you can turn a lot of the manuals into really ace paper airplanes.

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DJ NYK Is Looking To Revolutionize The Dance Music Scene In India With His Play Life Project! – The Bangin Beats

Delivered... "Indian Electronic Music" - Google News | Scene | Tue 10 Oct 2017 1:24 pm

The Bangin Beats

DJ NYK Is Looking To Revolutionize The Dance Music Scene In India With His Play Life Project!
The Bangin Beats
One of the most recognizable names in the Indian electronic music industry, DJ NYK is back on production duties for his brand new single 'Wild Horses' featuring Addie Nicole. Following the massive success of his last single 'Living Kings', Nikhil's ...

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