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Ableton Link v3 brings Start/Stop Sync, and now it’s in Audiobus too

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 21 Feb 2018 12:28 am

It’s only fair to say that Ableton’s Link technology has been a big deal from day one. It’s been taken up by a huge number of apps in the iOS world, on Android, macOS, and even in hardware too. I’d go as far as to say that Link is now a hygiene factor for any new app. You just have to have it.

Of course, one thing that it’s been missing is the ability to manage start and stop commands. That is, up until now. With the latest version of Link comes exactly that. Start and stop built right in, and as of today Audiobus has added support for Ableton Link Start/Stop Sync, so when Start/Stop Sync is enabled, Audiobus will forward start and stop messages from Link to apps connected to it.

So Link just makes itself even more important and indispensable.

If you don’t have Ableton Link in your app as yet then you might want to consider adding it. Developers can find documentation here. The site gives more details about v3 start/stop:

“As of Version 3, Link allows peers to share information on the user’s intent to start or stop transport with other peers that have the feature enabled. Start/stop state changes only follow user actions. This means applications will not adapt to, or automatically change the start/stop state of a Link session when they are joining. After a peer joins a session it exposes and listens to all upcoming start/stop state changes. This is different to tempo, beat, and phase that are automatically aligned as soon as an application joins a session. As every application handles start and stop commands according to its capabilities and quantization, it is not expected that applications start or stop at the same time. Rather every application should start according to its quantum and phase.”

Personally I’m really glad to see Audiobus get this update straight away. It makes Audiobus even more useful again.

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Xequence MIDI controller expands with a new drum maps feature and more

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 20 Feb 2018 12:32 am

Xequence MIDI Workstation refers to itself as an advanced linear MIDI Sequencer and Keyboard / Controller. It’s universal app, so it runs on both iPhone and iPad, and if MIDI control is your thing then it’s probably an app you should take a closer look at. Xequence’s latest update brings a wealth of new features, the biggest of which is a new drum maps IAP, but that’s not all, version 1.6 significantly improves the app in a number of other areas and makes it a very compelling controller.

Here’s all that’s new:

DRUM MAPS (In-App Purchase):

  • Every instrument can now have a fully customizable drum map (up to 8×8 or 64 pads, any other sizes like 3×4 or 5×2 etc. are also supported).
  • Access drum maps by tapping the former “Dual keyboard” toggle button at the bottom left of the keyboard screen, and selecting the pads icon.
  • Drum maps can be edited via drag and drop
  • Drum pads support positional velocity sensitivity (highly configurable), and glide from pad to pad
  • Drum names are shown instead of notes in the pianoroll editor.
  • Various layout editing functions like flip, compact, etc.
  • Preset system: Drum map layouts can be saved and retrieved across projects and devices.
  • 9 factory map presets included, more in a free update.

SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED SCALES SUPPORT:

  • Over 70 new scales from all around the world added.
  • Enhanced scale selector, organized into 10 categories and with visualization of current scale.

GREATLY ENHANCED CONTROL ON THE KEYBOARD SCREEN:

  • Selectable linear or S-shaped velocity curves.
  • New controller input mode “Key position”: When enabled, sets the controller value when a key is struck, depending on the vertical position on the key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Very useful and expressive, especially if a synth doesn’t support mapping velocity to a control.
  • New controller input mode “Key slide”: When enabled, the controller’s value can be changed by moving your finger up and down while holding a key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Again, lots of expressive possibilities. This mode can also be combined with the aforementioned “Key position” for even more control.

OTHER NEW FEATURES:

  • “Auto-add controllers” option (enabled by default). When recording via MIDI and receiving a controller (CC) that does not yet exist on the current instrument, it will be automatically added.
  • Added “Prevent display lock” option to settings.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Keyboard: Changed the way the keyboard mode (scroll, glide, locked) is selected (reduced to two toggle buttons).
  • Keyboard: Added Undo and Redo buttons in the bottom toolbar, no more switching back and forth while recording.
  • Various user interface improvements.
  • Various optimizations to make the app even faster and more resource efficient.

FIXES:

  • Controller editor: Velocities sometimes didn’t update immediately while playing after changing them in “Draw” mode.
  • Keyboard: Fix occasional wrong note velocities when playing chords.
  • Fix wrong display of project names that contain dots.

Xequence is available on the app store and costs $4.99 (IAPs for Drum Maps, unlimited tracks, and up to 12 controllers)

It’s worth checking out this video of the very first version of the app to get a feel for it, although it has moved on from there quite a bit now.

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Xequence MIDI controller expands with a new drum maps feature and more

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 20 Feb 2018 12:32 am

Xequence MIDI Workstation refers to itself as an advanced linear MIDI Sequencer and Keyboard / Controller. It’s universal app, so it runs on both iPhone and iPad, and if MIDI control is your thing then it’s probably an app you should take a closer look at. Xequence’s latest update brings a wealth of new features, the biggest of which is a new drum maps IAP, but that’s not all, version 1.6 significantly improves the app in a number of other areas and makes it a very compelling controller.

Here’s all that’s new:

DRUM MAPS (In-App Purchase):

  • Every instrument can now have a fully customizable drum map (up to 8×8 or 64 pads, any other sizes like 3×4 or 5×2 etc. are also supported).
  • Access drum maps by tapping the former “Dual keyboard” toggle button at the bottom left of the keyboard screen, and selecting the pads icon.
  • Drum maps can be edited via drag and drop
  • Drum pads support positional velocity sensitivity (highly configurable), and glide from pad to pad
  • Drum names are shown instead of notes in the pianoroll editor.
  • Various layout editing functions like flip, compact, etc.
  • Preset system: Drum map layouts can be saved and retrieved across projects and devices.
  • 9 factory map presets included, more in a free update.

SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED SCALES SUPPORT:

  • Over 70 new scales from all around the world added.
  • Enhanced scale selector, organized into 10 categories and with visualization of current scale.

GREATLY ENHANCED CONTROL ON THE KEYBOARD SCREEN:

  • Selectable linear or S-shaped velocity curves.
  • New controller input mode “Key position”: When enabled, sets the controller value when a key is struck, depending on the vertical position on the key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Very useful and expressive, especially if a synth doesn’t support mapping velocity to a control.
  • New controller input mode “Key slide”: When enabled, the controller’s value can be changed by moving your finger up and down while holding a key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Again, lots of expressive possibilities. This mode can also be combined with the aforementioned “Key position” for even more control.

OTHER NEW FEATURES:

  • “Auto-add controllers” option (enabled by default). When recording via MIDI and receiving a controller (CC) that does not yet exist on the current instrument, it will be automatically added.
  • Added “Prevent display lock” option to settings.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Keyboard: Changed the way the keyboard mode (scroll, glide, locked) is selected (reduced to two toggle buttons).
  • Keyboard: Added Undo and Redo buttons in the bottom toolbar, no more switching back and forth while recording.
  • Various user interface improvements.
  • Various optimizations to make the app even faster and more resource efficient.

FIXES:

  • Controller editor: Velocities sometimes didn’t update immediately while playing after changing them in “Draw” mode.
  • Keyboard: Fix occasional wrong note velocities when playing chords.
  • Fix wrong display of project names that contain dots.

Xequence is available on the app store and costs $4.99 (IAPs for Drum Maps, unlimited tracks, and up to 12 controllers)

It’s worth checking out this video of the very first version of the app to get a feel for it, although it has moved on from there quite a bit now.

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Aleksandar Mlazev increases his app portfolio with another new FX app, Alien Box

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 13 Feb 2018 9:15 pm

Only yesterday I was posting about another new from Aleksandar Mlazev, REMAKE, and now here’s another, Alien Box.

Aleksandar claims that Alien Box is a completely new kind of audio effect that you have never heard before, which is a very big claim indeed. According to him it makes the “sound big and slightly increases the sustain while adding gentle vibes to it”, although I’m not quite sure that I can imagine what that’s like or what I would actually want that for.

Apparently in the app the vibes are LFO modulated and the effect uses a very complex resonator system to achieve the effect. Also according to Aleksandar it’s a modulation effect that you might want to compare to a flanger, phaser or chorus but it is not like any of them, which isn’t too helpful really. I guess that if it really is that new then it’ll be very difficult to put into words what it actually does.

Unfortunately Alien Box looks remarkably like many of Aleksandar’s other apps as the pretty much all seem to share very similar UI elements. This makes it even more difficult to fathom what the app does or get a sense of what it might do for you.

Alien Box is an Audio Unit Effect AUv3 so it can be used inside GarageBand or any other AU host that you favour. The app can also run as in stand alone mode adding this new effect to the audio input of your choice, so you can play your guitar, bass or synth directly through the app if you have the right connector to do it.

Alien Box features the following controls:

– Gain – you can use it increase the gain and sustain
– Vibe – main tone and background vibes balance
– Depth – controls the modulations depth
– Reverb – adds reverb to the background vibes

Alien Box is available on the app store and costs $2.99:

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If you’re looking for a granulator then Moonshine AU could be just what you’re after

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 12 Feb 2018 11:41 pm

Luis Felipe Vieira Damiani has brought us quite a few unusual AUv3 plugins for iOS. Apps like Nimbus AU, Ringabell AU, and Csound on iOS app RunloopSound. Now he’s brought another AUv3, Moonshine AU.

This is a stereo granulator effect that works both as an AUv3 plugin, and as a standalone iOS app. If you’re not familar with the term, granulation is the process of taking tiny snapshots of your sound at random deviations from a certain position in time, then combining those grains to form anything from rhythmic patterns to dense and involving clouds of sound.

The effect can also add some shimmer to a vocal track, act as an out-of-the-box guitar delay, or be used to transform synth sounds into the most uncanny and very interesting pads.

Moonshine AU features 13 parameters per channel, including four parameters to automate the interval at which grains are triggered, in a total massive 26 parameters to tweak and make totally original sounds. All that within the comfort of your preferred digital audio workstation on iOS.

Moonshine AU is a universal app and costs $5.99:

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Aleksandar Mlazev brings us another new FX app, here’s REMAKE a multiband effect

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 12 Feb 2018 11:08 pm

From prolific app creator Aleksandar Mlazev comes another iOS FX app that works as a stand alone or as an AUv3 plugin in a host of your choice. This latest creation from Aleksandar is Remake.

This new app is a multi-band effect designed for a rich and crisp sound. The input signal is split into 3 parts. Then resonances are added to the low frequencies (under 100Hz) and at the same time two harmonic voices are added to the mid frequencies only.

One unison voice and one on perfect fifth interval. These 2 voices have their own positions in the stereo field. Then the original mids are mixed with the additional voices and the signal goes through warm and gentle overdrive / gain booster effect with a gain control. The high frequencies of the sound are sent through slight vibrato effect. All these signals are finally mixed on the output to form the result sound.

The effect can work as a stand alone app and as an audio unit AUV3 plug-in.

The app features these controls:

  • Bass Vibe – amount of resonances on the low frequencies
  • Mid Gain – gain on the midshipmen’s
  • Voices – level of the additional mid voices
  • Reverb

Remake is available on the app store and costs $1.99:

If you’re interested in Aleksandar’s other apps then take a look at this AU bundle.

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Two new GeoShred apps arrive, let’s say hello to GeoShred Play and GeoShred Control

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 12 Feb 2018 11:41 am

GeoShred has expanded its universe and added two new apps GeoShred Control, and GeoShred Play. If you don’t already know GeoShred, or rather GeoShred Pro as it is now, it is an expressive musical instrument with a multi-touch performance surface, coupled with an advanced physical model of a guitar.

First let’ take a look at GeoShred Control:

GeoShred Control is a stand alone MIDI/MPE controller based on GeoShred. You can use GeoShred Control to perform MIDI/MPE synthesizers. Seamlessly move between fretless and diatonic modalities in a magical musical way using our isomorphic and diatonic playing surface and groundbreaking intelligent pitch rounding.

GeoShred Control is highly expressive when controlling instruments that use the upcoming “MPE” MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It’s a formidable iPad/iPhone based MIDI/MPE controller!

GeoShred Control has an arpeggiator, support for temperaments/world scales, backing tracks and 3D touch (on devices that support 3D touch) and you can upgrade to Geoshred Pro with it’s powerful physical model of stringed instruments.

GeoShred Control Version 2.6 Features Include:

  • A fluidly expressive playing surface
  • Intelligent pitch rounding
  • A diatonic keyboard where every key on the screen is in the scale.
  • MIDI and MPE
  • MIDI control using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, virtual MIDI and all digital interfaces
  • MIDI configuration presets
  • 3D touch on iPhones that support 3D touch
  • Customizable control surface can be mapped to MIDI Controls
  • Backing tracks from the iTunes library
  • Built in Arpeggiator
  • Alternative tunings
  • Support for world scales and temperaments including Indian Ragas, Arabic and Balinese scales.
  • Easily share presets with friends

Next here’s what GeoShred Play is all about:

With GeoShred Play, everyone can shred using the the new diatonic playing surface! You can Shred the Blues and never hit a wrong note. Slide your finger in any direction and let the magic happen using a scale that fits perfectly against a backing track. Seamlessly move between fretless and diatonic modalities in a magical musical way using our isomorphic and diatonic playing surface and groundbreaking intelligent pitch rounding.

GeoShred Play is a play-only version of the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. GeoShred Play can be used to perform GeoShred Pro presets.

It’s a great way to get started with GeoShred, AND it can be upgraded to ALL of the powerful GeoShred Pro features like preset editing, MIDI/MPE and setlist editing.

GeoShred Play is an expressive musical instrument with a multi-touch performance surface, coupled with an advanced physical model of a guitar. A fusion of Wizdom Music’s Geo Synthesizer user interface (Jordan Rudess), and moForte’s powerful, modeled guitar and effects chain based on the next generation Physical Modeling research of Dr. Julius O. Smith III of Stanford/CCRMA. Add to that, incredible support for MIDI/MPE which makes GeoShred both a powerful synth and a formidable MIDI/MPE controller!

GeoShred Play Features Include:

  • A fluidly expressive playing surface + a Physically modeled guitar
  • A diatonic keyboard where every key on the screen is in the scale.
  • Support for backing tracks
  • 3D touch on devices that support 3D touch.
  • Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support.

GeoShred Control costs $9.99 on the app store:

GeoShred Play costs $9.99 on the app store:

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FAC Chorus 1.3 brings more features to this excellent chorus

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 12 Feb 2018 12:05 am

If you don’t know FAC Chorus, it’s a quite versatile chorus effect emulation designed to simulate the characteristics of classic chorus modules with the flexibility of customising the parameters of the main components involved in the signal path, all wrapped up in a handy iOS app.

FAC Chorus works by the effect being built upon two individual delay line paths controlled by common parameters. The behaviour of each delay signal path is defined by the chorus type parameter. Thick type means warm characters and emulates the behaviour of the BBD. Clean type, as the name says, provides a cleaner sound with a larger modulation.

FAC Chorus is suitable for any situation requiring chorus effects and can go from subtle to drastic changes, the factory presets provide an overview of the sonic panel you can obtain.

Here’s what’s new in version 1.3:

  • Addition of a new BBD character (THICK is now noise free)
  • Support of the view configuration management
  • Input source button has been moved to the left bottom corner (main app only)
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

FAC Chorus costs $3.99 on the app store now

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ChordFlow 2.3 brings a whole new sound engine to this sketchpad

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 7 Feb 2018 12:30 am

ChordFlow has been around for just under a year now, and in that time it’s had a regular set of updates. This is a really significant update and I think it’ll help ChordFlow get recognised as a serious sketch pad for mobile musicians.

Back in the early days of mobile music mobile apps were often seen as just sketchpads that you could perhaps take on further on a desktop computer. Obviously we’ve moved on from that situation, but musical sketchpads are still valid and very useful depending on your own personal workflow. ChordFlow pitches itself as just that, and with this update it becomes a much more powerful and useful sketchpad.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.3:

New multi-timbral sound engine and new sounds
The previous version of ChordFlow had just a very simple and mono-timbral sound engine and only had the one internal sound, which wasn’t really conducive to use as a musical sketchpad. With this update, ChordFlow gets a whole new multi-timbral sound engine with 25 build-in sounds. Each of the app’s 8 tracks can be assigned any of the new internal sounds.

The new available sounds include:

  • Grand Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Electric Piano FM
  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba
  • Rock Organ
  • Pipe Organ
  • Accordion
  • Acoustic Bass
  • Slap bass
  • Synth Bass
  • Pizzicato String
  • Harp
  • Strings
  • Strings Slow
  • Choir
  • Synth Voice
  • Trumpet
  • Brass section
  • Oboe
  • Flute
  • Square lead
  • Saw lead
  • Solo vox
  • Polysynth

It’s not a bad set of sounds, and certainly a big improvement from the original position for the app, but I’d really like to see some actual synthesis in here, and I’m hopeful that the app is going to move in that direction with subsequent updates.

Ability to pre-hear chords
When you’re in the chord sequence editor view while the sequencer is not playing, if you select a chord or change the selected chord, the chord will be played shortly. This new feature allows you to quickly examine the chords in your sequence without need to play the full sequence.

Export all sections as a single MIDI file
You can now choose whether to export the entire song into one MIDI file or into multiple MIDI files, one per each song’s section.

Support iPhone X
Interface layout is now adjusted propertly for the iPhone X screen. Not so important to me, but will be to some I’m sure.

ChordFlow costs $9.99 on the app store

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Groove Rider GR-16 1.2.5 brings more new features than are easy to list in a title

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 6 Feb 2018 12:53 am

Groove Rider GR-16 only arrived at the end of December and already it’s had a bunch of updates, this being the 6th, and all in less than 2 months. I think that’s pretty impressive by any standards. This update comes with what looks like a load of user requested updates and features, plus the usual big fixes, although there aren’t too many of those to be honest.

Anyway, here’s the full list of what’s new in Groove Rider GR-16 1.2.5:

  • added IAA host sync with transport control support;
  • added an icon on the display, indicating that either Link or IAA sync is currently active;
  • velocity pads feature added (vertical and radial type), which can be turned on for specific part in the Part parameters menu;
  • SHIFT button’s touch area expanded;
  • now you can press Shift+Play to immediately play newly selected (blinking) pattern during playback without having to wait for current pattern to end;
  • added: in the Patterns selector, left-swipe pattern’s name to reveal the red “Init” button;
  • added: chain stop option for patterns chaining;
  • added: arpeggiator hold, tap the TouchPad with the second finger while holding the first one (or tap Shift+TouchPad as an alternative);
  • added step trigger conditions in the notes editor. They can be assigned to every note by changing the “Condition” parameter (previously called “Chance”);
  • tapping the BPM in the top header of display now immediately opens the pattern’s tempo parameter menu for convenience;
  • part color icon in the bottom right corner of display is replaced with the Mute icon, which indicates, if selected part is currently being muted or not. Tapping this icon will mute/unmute selected part without needing to enter the MUTE mode;
  • fixed: arpeggiator was gradually going out of sync with the pattern, if was played in the long run;
  • fixed: stems/audio export was incorrect when the Link sync was on and connected;
  • 8 new factory patterns added (“Back to the Roots” track), which contains new step trigger conditions written in its notes as an example;
  • lots of minimal bug fixes.

Groove Rider GR-16 costs $18.99 on the app store:

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DJ Player Professional 9.7.3

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 4 Feb 2018 11:48 pm

DJ Player Professional 9.7.3 arrives and once again brings us a big batch of updates and tweaks. If DJ apps are something that you’re interested in then it’s almost certainly worth knowing about DJ Player and its current status. It’s one of those apps that has been around for quite some time, in fact from almost the very start of music apps on the app store. So it’s stayed the distance, and what’s more it still gets regular and very full updates, as is shown by the latest version.

So, here’s all the details of what’s in 9.7.3:

Portablist Output Mode

  • Route the players to each side of an external crossfader, while keeping every other mixer features in the app.

Waveform

  • Better readability.
  • New, colored waveform option (how to use: shift + pencil, then tap on waveform icon).

Sync

  • Quantize option for SYNC. In this mode the player is quantized, but its tempo is not synchronized to the master deck.
  • Half Beat quantize option (in Player Settings).

Mixer

  • External mixer modes keep the equalizer, filter and channel fader. Useful for many cases, such as temporarily solving a broken filter knob on your hardware mixer or post-fader FX.
  • The only features not available in external mixer modes: recording, crossfader, headphones (pre-listening).
  • Enabling pre-listening on a channel will re-route effects to pre-fader on that specific channel only, other channels will not be affected.
  • Track preview for external mixer configurations. Preview plays on the channels of paused players. (Can be disabled in Config Settings.)
  • Simpler configuration options in settings.
  • Pre-listening to a post-fader or post-crossfader fx: close the channel fader or the crossfader.

Other

  • Play button icon changes for reverse playback direction.
  • Items in the history are selectable for playlist creation.
  • The big channel volume meter is back in the classic layout.
  • Improved time-stretching audio quality for the extreme slow-down range (-20% to -50%).
  • Reduced GPU load for longer battery life.
  • Improved compatibility with older DJ controllers having issues with iOS (such as glitching audio).
  • Fixed: MIDI Clock.

DJ Player Professional is on the app store and is free but with IAPs

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DJ Player Professional 9.7.3

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 4 Feb 2018 11:48 pm

DJ Player Professional 9.7.3 arrives and once again brings us a big batch of updates and tweaks. If DJ apps are something that you’re interested in then it’s almost certainly worth knowing about DJ Player and its current status. It’s one of those apps that has been around for quite some time, in fact from almost the very start of music apps on the app store. So it’s stayed the distance, and what’s more it still gets regular and very full updates, as is shown by the latest version.

So, here’s all the details of what’s in 9.7.3:

Portablist Output Mode

  • Route the players to each side of an external crossfader, while keeping every other mixer features in the app.

Waveform

  • Better readability.
  • New, colored waveform option (how to use: shift + pencil, then tap on waveform icon).

Sync

  • Quantize option for SYNC. In this mode the player is quantized, but its tempo is not synchronized to the master deck.
  • Half Beat quantize option (in Player Settings).

Mixer

  • External mixer modes keep the equalizer, filter and channel fader. Useful for many cases, such as temporarily solving a broken filter knob on your hardware mixer or post-fader FX.
  • The only features not available in external mixer modes: recording, crossfader, headphones (pre-listening).
  • Enabling pre-listening on a channel will re-route effects to pre-fader on that specific channel only, other channels will not be affected.
  • Track preview for external mixer configurations. Preview plays on the channels of paused players. (Can be disabled in Config Settings.)
  • Simpler configuration options in settings.
  • Pre-listening to a post-fader or post-crossfader fx: close the channel fader or the crossfader.

Other

  • Play button icon changes for reverse playback direction.
  • Items in the history are selectable for playlist creation.
  • The big channel volume meter is back in the classic layout.
  • Improved time-stretching audio quality for the extreme slow-down range (-20% to -50%).
  • Reduced GPU load for longer battery life.
  • Improved compatibility with older DJ controllers having issues with iOS (such as glitching audio).
  • Fixed: MIDI Clock.

DJ Player Professional is on the app store and is free but with IAPs

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Audulus kicks off 2018 with version 3.5: New UI, iOS 11 Files Integration, and more

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 29 Jan 2018 12:21 am

Audulus have started off 2018 with a significant update to Audulus 3. Version 3.5 integrates iOS11’s new file system / browser, which will make moving patches around far more fast and convenient. Coupled with that is a new streamlined patch browser, giving users the ability to sort patches into folders, mark favorites, and more easily share patches.

The Module Library now arranges modules in a folder hierarchy, which makes finding modules much faster. And now you can search for modules and nodes by name, as well as drag and drop patches from iCloud storage. On your iPad, the Module Library remains open as you patch. This can save time, especially when building large patches.

Automatic highlighting is new to Audulus 3.5, simplifies understanding patches. Select a node or group of modules, and their output wires highlight while all others dim. Audulus 3.5 comes with an expanded library of examples accessible from the create document menu. The new examples include previews of an upcoming module library redesign. This massive expansion uses graphical symbols instead of text abbreviations for control labelling.

Under the hood Audulus 3.5 has been redesigned to make it easier to release smaller updates such as adding new patches, tutorials, and modules. And finally, Audulus now runs in portrait mode on iPhone!

Audulus is on the app store now:

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Auxy 5 brings a new drum instrument and whole new model too

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 25 Jan 2018 7:30 am

I’ve been an Auxy user since version 1. Since then I’ve seen it grow and develop in a lot of different directions and do some very interesting things too. I may not have agreed with it all, but I have seen this app get consistent and high quality updates, and version 5 is exactly consistent with what’s gone before. In fact, I’d probably say that goes in a new direction for Auxy, and one that I think makes a lot of sense, but more of that in a minute.

Let’s start by talking about Auxy’s redesigned drum instrument. This new instrument allows Auxy users to build custom drum kits with their favorite samples, browse through samples and import their own too. A user can now start with an empty kit or one of the new presets that Auxy has on offer. But it goes further than that too. With the new drum instrument a user can adjust pitch, reverb, pan and other settings for each individual sample. Samples can be added to favorites for quick access, and you can now have up to 20 instruments in your project.

Also in version 5 Auxy adds a new sample library. The library is available through a premium subscription model, which gives users access to all the available sound packs as well as new content that will be added every month. To kick off their new model Auxy is offering a free trial period, and, if you already own some of their sample packs your free trial period could be extended.

There’s a few other bits and pieces in version 5, here’s a quick list.

  • Samples with meta data will auto tune to key setting and pre-trig if they have a pre-roll
  • Redesigned sound browser
  • All sounds and samples now live in the cloud and can be accessed dynamically
  • Decide which sounds you want to download to your device
  • Only download the sounds you need when opening a shared project
  • Remove unused sounds to clear space on device
  • Two new sound packs available today:
  • Boom Bass (bass patches based on tuned kick samples)
  • Destiny (synth sounds for future bass type music by 7 Skies)

Now to the financial stuff. The Auxy subscription is USD 4.99 for the monthly plan, but you can pay for a full year and get 20% off the monthly price. There’s a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, and current sound pack owners get to keep their sound packs indefinitely and get an extended free trial.

As it goes I think that this subscription model is pretty good value. If you think about all of the existing packs in the app and what you’ll get going forward it makes a lot of sense, and I can see myself going for this.

Auxy is free to download on the app store:

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Ampify Novation adds a lovely new member to the Groovebox Synth Family

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 24 Jan 2018 11:33 pm

Groovebox is an interesting app. On the one hand it has a major appeal to completely new users who are looking to start making electronic music on their phones. It’s a good place to start. You can get going almost immediately with no previous musical experience or learning.

But that’s not all. You can do lots more. In amongst its IAPs Groovebox has some very advanced features which would appeal to anyone who is familiar with regular synth and sound design concepts. From that stand point it’s usable for a beginner and a seasoned user. There aren’t many apps you can say that about.

Today Ampify Novation have added a new member to the Groovebox synth family. MiniMon is a contemporary synth for punchy bass riffs and rich detailed leads. It has powerful wavetable modulations generate a broad spectrum of inspiring sounds. The free MiniMon Essentials 1 soundpack includes 20 presets and over 100 patterns.

Also in this release is the ‘Pro Features Collection’, in which you can get all four Groovebox instruments in one easy-to-get bundle.

Groovebox is free on the app store (with IAPs)

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