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LayR Multi Timbral Synthesizer 1.3 brings lots of useful new features to this 256 voice synth

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 11:44 pm

LayR first arrived in March last year and has been consistently well received. The app is described as “a massively polyphonic, multi-timbral synthesizer for iOS devices, optimized for modern 64 bit CPUs and capable of delivering up to 256 voices of rich, multi-layered and textured sounds”.

LayR’s primary sound components are called Performances where a Performance is a set of Instruments and each Instrument is a set of Layers and each Layer is a complete synthesizer. A performance can consist of any number of instruments each with its own MIDI channel and crossfading keyboard span. Each Instrument can consist of any number of Layers to a maximum of 128.

Whilst the latest version of the app hasn’t added anything radically new, it has made a lot of changes that make it easier to use and improve the overall user experience. Here’s what’s new:

Changes:

  • Macro Control Panel: A new panel that lets you change assigned synth parameters globally across an entire performance.
  • Link Assign Panel now has an extra section for assigning Layer parameters to Macro controls.
  • You can now assign any MIDI controller to Instrument Volume Sliders. ( defaults to cc 7 ).
  • Load Preset panel now updates it’s selection if a MIDI bank or program change is received while it’s visible.
  • New option in settings: Don’t Start Voices When Volume is Zero: Prevents voices being started if Instrument or Layer volumes are zero.
  • New option in settings: “Multi Out: FX Only in Stereo Output”, converts the IAA Stereo Mix output to an effects return if any of the 8 aux audio outputs are in use.
  • Dials will now always show at least 1 degree of coloured arc unless their value is equal to zero.
  • Increased fall time for peak hold metering in master strip.
  • Updated PDF manual.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a common crash during audio unit initialisation.
  • Fixed crash when long pressing on A to B range buttons.
  • Fixed: Potential crash when saving performances if poly aftertouch is assigned.
  • Fixed: Audio Unit now respects all persistent preferences set in the IAA app.
  • Fixed an audio spike when an AU is loaded in a certain state from a host. Could cause a loud reverb explosion.
  • Fixes a rare problem where an AU host could start to load a preset before the Audio Unit had completed initialisation.
  • Fixed: Current bank is now properly set when selecting a bank in the load preset panel.
  • Fixed a state where MIDI controller values for the CC Mixer would fail to be loaded from a saved preset.
  • Fixed: UI crash when tapping on AB-Range modifier tempo button after previously setting time to maximum ( 100s ).

LayR costs $25.99 on the app store

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Put some physics in your MIDI with this iOS Audio Unit

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 11:25 pm

We seem to be getting more and more unusual and interesting audio units these days. Which, in my view, can only be a good thing. It reminds me that these days you can do almost everything that you might want to do on a desktop, but now on mobile. A new audio unit I’ve just noticed is Physicles. The app is a container of physics-based MIDI Audio Unit plugins. These AU MIDI plugins generate MIDI messages through the use of an underlying physics engine, which models the physical interactions between various entities.

In some ways it shares some similarities with Bram Bos Rozeta Sequencer Suite.

In the current version, only the following plugin is included:

  • Physicle Bouncy: In this playground, multiple balls bounce inside a polygon. MIDI messages are generated whenever a ball collides with the side of the polygon.

I’m guessing that the developer is planning on adding additional units / functionality over time. The app’s description sort of suggests that.

Physicles is currently free on the app store

Please Note:

  • The plugin requires a compatible AU Host to work. You could use AUM, AudioBus 3, apeMatrix, Beatmaker, Cubasis 2, or Sequencism
  • The plugin does not generate any sound at all, and only creates and sends MIDI messages

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The mixing powers in MOTU audio interfaces are now on iOS, Android

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 10:15 pm

High-end audio interfaces often have the equivalent of virtual mixing desks packed inside. But most of us fail to take advantage of that, because it means switching to a software window. MOTU just put its console on iOS and Android – and that makes life way easier.

MOTU’s interfaces are popular for their I/O configurations and reliability in common use cases. And they’ve always been one of the leaders when it comes to packing mixing functionality inside.

But… having to access mixing features from desktop software is frankly a pain. You know the drill: you’re in your DAW. Now you switch over to some mixing app. Then you fumble around with your mouse trying to find what you need. You can’t adjust more than one fader at a time, because you can only mouse around to one at a time. Then you need to switch back to your DAW.

In fact, half the time, it seems this ritual takes place because you’ve accidentally set some setting wrong in said mixing app and need to go back and fix it.

So that’s why MOTU’s Touch Console is a very big deal. It isn’t the first remote-control touch app for music gear. But it fits a very popular set of audio interfaces in a very crucial set of use cases.

Touch Console runs on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, so you’ve likely already got gear it can use. And it gives you access to the full 4-channel mixer in your interface. That means you effectively have a full mixing desk on the go wherever you can bring your MOTU box.

And apart from basic mixing, you get:
12 buses, with 7 stereo aux buses
Effects (4-band parameteric EQ, dynamics processing, reverb
A model of the vintage LA-2A – the legendary tube compressor or “Leveling Amplifier” as Teletronix called it

Compatible MOTU boxes: 1248, 16A, 8M, 112D, 828es, UltraLite-mk4, UltraLite AVB, Monitor-8 and Stage-B16, plus the 8pre-es. (8pre-es already has that pre-installed; everyone else will get a free firmware update, which you can install online or offline.)

Here’s an overview:

And here’s a look at how the effects work. You might want to mute the cheesy hold music, but … the interface looks fluid and slick:

By the way, if you’re on RME, they have a wireless app for their TotalMix app, plus an app with FX support. RME’s offering is crude by comparison, though; MOTU deserves credit for building something from the ground up that feels touch native. (Also, RME is iOS-only – it’s nice to see MOTU support Android.)

Touch Console [MOTU.com]

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Scottish Album of the Year: Mogwai and Young Fathers among nominees

Delivered... Laura Snapes | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 9:40 pm

The Scottish music industry’s long list recognises 20 contemporary albums

Mogwai, Young Fathers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 20 acts long-listed for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) prize. Now in its sixth year, the Scottish alternative to the Mercury prize awards £20,000 to the winning artist, with nine runners-up each receiving £1000.

Related: Safe Mercury shortlist once again raises questions about prize's purpose

Related: 'We like a party!' – why is Scottish pop so potent?

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The retro-futuristic Apparatum draws from Polish electronic music history

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 5:55 pm

It’s equal parts Polish Radio Experimental Studio and starship control panel. The Apparatum by Warsaw’s panGenerator proves that not only can everything old is new again – maybe it’s even newer.

Take a look:

The Apparatum is a new installation that reboots Communist-era work from the space age, bringing visual and optical and magnetic concepts into a playful synthesizer concept. It’s the latest work from interactive/media shop panGenerator from Warsaw.

In the early adventurous work in electronic music, there was nothing to take for granted. So it makes sense that Polish pioneer Bogusław Schaeffer would imagine an entirely new visual language to accompany the new sounds humans were hearing from their circuits. His Symphony – electronic music cued the engineer with those hieroglyph-like visuals, and inspires the sounds and visual language here.

But maybe that’s what modernity is now: now that we’re no longer wowed by digital, we’re sophisticated enough to see new potential for magnetic and optical techniques that had been discarded in the march to the new. Artists/researchers like Andrey Smirnov, who delve into the world of Soviet optical synthesis and Theremin, have regularly wondered what an alternate future would be like if radical optical and electro-magnetic techniques had continued to develop. Now, in works like this (and work by artists like Derek Holzer) make that alternate reality our own.

The work also draws from the design aesthetics and the engineering of the original, legendary Polish studio:

The physical form is inspired by the general aesthetics of the Studio’s famous “Black Room” designed by Oskar Hansen. The electroacoustic generators and filters were arranged in a modular fashion inside two steel frames – the construction element that we’ve referred to in our design.

Magnetic tape was the primary medium used in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. We’re also using two types of “tape samplers” – two 2-track loops and three one-shot linear tape samplers. To obtain noise and basic tones we’re utilising purely analog optical generators based on spinning discs with graphical patterns.

This may just look like digital tech aping the original, but they’ve genuinely made a hybrid. DC motors spin discs made of plexiglass, covered in opaque black foil on one side, with an LED and photoresistor. That optical detector feeds an analog signal, fed directly to the mixer. They’re real, opto-analog oscillators.

The magnetic part is real, too. 2-3 second tape loops record samples, with variable-speed playback, on top of 3 one-shots that move the magnetic head along the tape (with in turn varies pitch). So you have digitally-controlled magnetic tape and opto-analog synthesis – a fusion of past and present tech. It takes the historical sound techniques, but produces a more accessible, dynamic interface with the computer – digital input, analog output.

And visitors to the exhibition get real recorded results, too – just as they would if they stepped into the historical electroacoustic studio. There’s a printout of the score, plus a digital record uploaded to a server.

The Apparatum will make the trip this weekend to Karlsruhe, Germany, where it will accompany an exhibition on now through the start of next year on the historical Polish studio:

Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio

Apparatum is there from the 4th to the 12th:

https://zkm.de/en/exhibition/2018/08/apparatum

If this has picqued your interest, you can learn a lot more about the studio in this series of articles:

Polish Radio Experimental Studio: A Close Look

And the design aspect specifically:

Spatial Music: Design and the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

Now let’s check some more pr0n of the installation:

This work nicely echoes what curator Natalia Fuchs argued in our interview earlier this week – that media archaeology could lead artists to new innovations:

Between art tech and techno, past and future, a view from Russia

Previously, panGenerator on CDM:

FEEDBOXES are autonomous sound toys that play along with you

MICKEYPHON is a terrifying giant robot head that’s also a musical instrument

http://pangenerator.com/projects/apparatum/

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Sleepover Drone Is The Ambient Rave That Wants To Put You To Sleep

Delivered... By Sophie Harkins. Photos by Yacoub Chakarji. | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 10:42 am

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Patterning 2 arrives with a host of new features to play with

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 1 Aug 2018 5:55 am

I posted about the then imminent arrival of Patterning 2 (the all new app succeeding the original Patterning) back in May, and that original post still has all the detail on what is in the new version. Now it’s arrived I think it’s worth singling out a couple of areas that I think (or rather, I hope), will probably be of most interest to me (and then hopefully to you too).

The first is randomisation. You might think that that’s a strange area to focus on. However, for me it’s a feature that I love to make use of as a way of almost starting a creative conversation with myself. It is essentially a jumping off point for when I have none of my own, and, unless I’m totally unique in this area, I believe that a lot of people will also find this useful.

The all important factor in randomisation is how it is implemented. I haven’t had a chance to play with that area in Patterning 2 as yet, but I’m hopeful that it will live up to the rest of the app’s features and be a source of creative inspiration. I’ll let you know when I get there.

The second important feature for me is automation, and in many ways what I’m really interested in seeing is how these two features work together as I think that there are some really unique creative possibilities by combining them. Again, I haven’t had a chance to play as yet, so I will report back when I get my hands dirty.

For now, here’s a link to Patterning 2 on the app store, which costs $14.99.

You can also check out the original post from May which has a full feature list if you prefer.

And here are a couple of handy videos of Patterning 2 in the wild to give you some flavour too.

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