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Intermorphic gives us a visual history of their involvement in Generative music over almost 30 years

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Fri 23 Mar 2018 12:22 am

It’s only fair to say that Intermorphic have been in the generative music business for a very long time, I mean a really long time. They started with SSEYO Koan back in 1990, and dipped their toes in the emerging world of mobile music in 2004 with miniMIX, which ran on Windows Mobile. I still have a copy of that on my old Dell Axim PDA, and it still works.

I think that this is where I first came into contact with Intermorphic, or SSEYO as they were then. miniMIXA was one of the first things I used on Windows Mobile, and it was an eye opener into what could be done on mobile. If you read their site, and in particular the page about their history, you’ll find out what a difficult time they had before they became Intermorphic.

But for many of you, you’ll have started your journey with Intermorphic with apps like Mixtikl and Noatikl, both of which are now subsumed into Wotja, both as iOS app and also on macOS.

If you do head over to the Intermorphic site you’ll be interested to see the entry about Brian Eno and his involvement with the story too. In fact there’s a huge wealth of information about Intermorphic and generative music as a whole. For example, you probably didn’t know that Intermorphic had won a BAFTA for their software?

So, go take a look, and see just how much Intermorphic have achieved in their various forms over the years.

Wotja is available on iOS

Wotja is also available on macOS

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Now there’s an app that will store the presets of all the synths that don’t have presets

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Fri 23 Mar 2018 12:00 am

Or at least so it would seem. It’s a good idea in many ways, and a refreshingly simple idea too. One that you might be wondering why it wasn’t done before. I think that’s a good question. The app has an almost non-existent description on the app store. It simply states:

Don’t forget another setting on your non-preset synthesizer again. Quickly input your favorite synth sounds in a compact, intuitive way with SynthPatch.

SynthPatch currently supports patch creation (not synthesis) for Minimoog, SH-101, and Pro One synths.

Of course, the idea of storing synth presets in iOS isn’t a new one. There are some great apps for doing this for a wide variety of hardware synths. Once of my favourite apps in this category is Patch Base (and it’s companion for anyone who needs SysEx, SysEx Base). Patch Base is great for hardware that can transfer patches via MIDI, but of course there are plenty of synths that don’t or can’t do that, and that’s where SynthPatch comes in. Without it you’d have to use pen and paper, or take a picture.

I’d like to see this app add a lot of other synths to make it much more useful. That would seem well worth investing in, I hope that happens. Ideally I’d like it be a way of capturing presets for stuff like the Bc16 / Bc8 and even the Olegtron! We’ll see.

For now you can get SynthPatch on the app store for $3.99

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RouteMIDI is a MIDI AUV3 Audio unit that lets you take MIDI out of your iOS DAW to external gear

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 22 Mar 2018 12:15 am

RouteMIDI is an AUV3 Audio unit which will allow you to direct the output of your DAW tracks to external hardware Synthesizers via MIDI. Which is in itself a very cool thing. The app has come out of the developer’s own personal musical needs, and I think that the best apps come about that way.

RouteMIDI is available on the app store and costs

The developer has also left some useful instructions for set up, which might be helpful in deciding if this app is for you or not


Before diving into the actual guide to operating RouteMIDI, a few words regarding MIDI interfacing the external Synthesizers and modules you will be controlling are in order. MIDI devices go back decades, and so do the interfaces that Computers and Sequencers have employed to connect with them. USB MIDI Interfaces are the most common devices today that you can use to connect your IOS device (iPhone/iPad) to your external Synth/Module – either directly, or even using a Mac as a USB MIDI hub. Some newer MIDI Synths and devices have a choice of either USB “B” type connectors, Micro USB connectors and even the original 5-pin DIN In/Out connectors. The simplest connection, for example, that I have tested RouteMIDI with is a single Lightning-USB cable. Google will be your friend in researching what’s available, but I do promise to attempt to compile some sort of guide resource to point you to sources of MIDI interfacing Hardware/Software.

Setting up…

1. Once you have downloaded RouteMIDI from the App Store, you will notice a new App Icon on your device screen labeled “RouteMIDIApp”. This App is what actually creates the RouteMIDI Audio Unit and installs it on your system. So, go ahead and run this App and after a short time you should see a screen that displays a message “RouteMIDI Audio Unit is now ready for use in a Host App of your choice”. You can now dismiss/exit RouteMIDIApp

2. Since the IOS DAW that most evoked the desire in me to “play” my new Roland D-05 Synthesizer module from tracks of my DAW was Garageband, I am going to write the rest of this guide with Garageband as the DAW we will be using. So then, let’s fire up Garageband and start by creating a new song by tapping “+” in the top right. The first thing to do now is to choose one of the Instrument sources that are displayed when “TRACKS” is highlighted top center screen. Swipe left or right until the “EXTERNAL” panel is showing. Now, tap the “Audio Unit Extensions” icon, and the screen should change to display Icons for all of the compatible Audio Units that are available on your system. Among these Icons you should see the Icon for “RouteMIDI”. Tap it and you should be taken to Garageband track view screen. You should see the first track, which will be displaying the RouteMIDI Icon. Below, you should see the usual Garageband Keyboard, and also the two controls for RouteMIDI.

3. The first control, labeled “MIDI Out” consists of a text field, which displays the names of compatible MIDI destinations or “OUT” devices that RouteMIDI finds interfaced to your system. At the right-hand end of this box there is a “Stepper Control” that enables you to step forward/backward through the available destinations. Assuming that your desired destination is displayed in this text field, you are pretty much done and anything you play or record on this Garageband track will be sent as MIDI to the selected destination/device. If you do not see the destination/device you are searching for despite using the stepper control forward/backward, you should investigate and check that your cables are correctly connected and your external Synth/module is powered up and receiving MIIDI signals using whatever you may have at your disposal.

4. Below the “MIDI Out” control section you will see the “Out Channel” cluster of 16 buttons, each one representing a MIDI channel. Only one button at a time can be highlighted, and the default MIDI channel is 1. You would typically use these buttons when assigning multiple Garageband tracks to a Multi-Timbral Synthesizer where different tracks would be assigned to different MIDI channels in order to acess the different “parts” or “voices” within the Multi-Timbral device.

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If Modular Synthesis is something you’re interested in, here are 3 ways to get started cheaply

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 21 Mar 2018 12:50 am

Modular is popular, and if anything it’s getting more popular in all areas of of electronic music making. But it isn’t cheap, not by a long way, and as such it probably isn’t something you might want to spend a lot of money on without being sure that it’s for you. I’ve known quite a few modular converts who’ve described buying modules as more of a habit than a hobby, and that doesn’t make me entirely confident about stepping down that path.

Also, it always seems to me that a modular system is never complete. In fact, from the friends I have who have trodden this path, they mainly say that they’re always either in the process of filling their current case, or, when it’s full, deciding on a new case to buy, and then embarking on filling that.

Having said all of that, there are quite a few ways that you can dip your toe in the water without breaking the bank, and I’m going to talk you through them in cost order, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Let’s start with apps

Yep, apps are by far the very cheapest way of starting to play with anything modular, and when I say apps I don’t just mean iOS apps, although they certainly play their part of course. The very cheapest way to get going with modular is on your computer with the VCV Rack system, much of which is completely free. To find out all about VCV, just start here.

Of course, if iOS is more your platform of choice, then there are quite a few options to take a look at, and they’re all cheaper than starting to buy modules. I’ll start with a list of the modular apps that are essentially my go to apps, and then we’ll go over their relative merits.

  1. zMors – Probably my current favourite modular synth in iOS
  2. Audulus 3 – Almost certainly one of the most complete, and also complex modular synths for iOS
  3. Moog’s Model 15 – A virtual representation of the model 15 and it runs on iPad and iPhone
  4. iVCS3 – A loving recreation of this classic modular
  5. RippleMaker – A much easier to use modular
  6. Jasuto – I couldn’t make a list of modulars for iOS without including Jasuto. It’s out of date and hasn’t seen an update in way too long, but it’s a personal fav.

There are more, not a huge number, but there are others, notably Caustic (which also runs on Android) which is really a lot more than a modular, as it contains multiple synths, drum machines and FX, but its modular it pretty good too. Next let’s have a brief look at each.

zMors Modular synth

I’ve been a big fan of this app since its launch. It’s universal now and in my view is one of the easiest to put together your own synth ideas rapidly. If you’re completely new to modular synthesis then this isn’t a bad place to start at all. It’s only $9.99 on the app store too.

Audulus 3

This is a big app and a massively capable app too. Users have made some truly amazing patches for Audulus. If you check the forum there’s well over 600 there which you can download. There’s also lots of tutorial videos and even live streams too. But this is a complex app and you will need to take time to learn how it works to get the best value for your $19.99 on the app store.

Moog’s Model 15

This is an interesting idea for a modular app. It is essentially a full representation on iOS of Moog’s iconic Model 15 modular. Moog have taken a lot of trouble to make the app as close as possible to the original hardware. It’s certainly fun, but it is the most expensive of the batch at $29.99.


Continuing the theme of vintage recreations, the iVCS3 is a very carefully made iOS version of the original hardware. 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 app version is certainly more affordable than trying to buy an original as it’ll only set you back $14.99.


This app from Bram Bos is, in my view, one of the most straightforward ways to dip your toe into modular synthesis in iOS. It refers to itself as a West Coast Flavored Modular. With modules, such as complex oscillator, lowpass gate, FM, mathematical utilities and slope generator, are designed for exploration and experimentation. All modules are prewired; offering a powerful monosynth without using a single cable. Ripplemaker is designed for fun – big enough to lose yourself into, yet intuitive enough to not get lost. RippleMaker is one of the cheapest iOS modulars at $8.99.

Finally, Jasuto

Jasuto was the very first modular on iOS, and in fact well before iOS was called iOS. It saddens me to say that it hasn’t been updated in a long time now, but it was a great app, and way ahead of it’s time.

So, that was apps, what next?

Let’s talk about Nano-Modulars

Apps are great, and whether you go for VCV Rack or any of the iOS options above it’ll never be quite the same as have real patch cables to plug in, but you still don’t have to go the whole way and spend a fortune to sample some modular delights. There are cheaper options than modules themselves. My personal favourite is the Kastle synth from Bastl Instruments. This is a delightful little instrument that will give you a good taste of using patch cables and won’t cost you the earth. Bastl have recently released a new version of the Kastle synth. Version 1.5 boasts a lot of additional features over the 1.0 version, including USB power.

I’ve now got both versions, and one thing that is really useful is being able to patch them together. Version 1.5 is certainly a step up from the original, but both are a load of fun to play around with, and eminently affordable.

And finally …

I did say there were three options. The first was apps, the second was the Kastle above. Last but not least is the lunchbox modular. This is the most expensive of all 3 options, but it is viable. The best example I’ve seen so far is Tom Whitwell’s lunchbox modular. He brought this to the Ableton Loop festival in 2016 and I’ve been slowly putting my version together ever since.

You should read the whole story from Tom. It’s pretty interesting. Of course, this is the most expensive option and does involve getting real modules, but it’s cheaper than buying a full rack and all that goes with it.

So there you have it. If the modular bug has been eating away at you for a while, try these options, and if none of them work, then sadly, my diagnosis is that you’re going to end up hooked. It could be worse! At least you’ll have some fun!

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Groove Rider GR-16 1.4 brings another huge batch of updates, changes and fixes

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 20 Mar 2018 12:38 am

Groove Rider GR-16 has now had 11 updates (including this one) since it arrived on the app store back in December. That is, by any measure, really impressive. In this latest update there’s a wide range of relatively small and yet, important changes, improvements and fixes.

  • iPhone X display support added;
  • Midi Out & VIrtual Midi Out ports added (need to be enabled in Settings menu);
  • Pitch knob behavior changed: now it changes pitch by semitones; hold SHIFT for precise pitch adjustment;
  • added one-shot mode for user samples. Use “Sample Mode” parameter in Part settings menu to select One-Shot mode for specific part;
  • “Sample Loop” parameter is now renamed to “Sample Mode” and represents 3 states: Off, Loop and One-Shot;
  • new buttons on the sample view. These parameters are now accessible from the sample view screen as small buttons: Edit Controls Type (Dist / Smpl), Sample Mode (Loop / One-Shot), Sample Re-Pitch;
  • added new utility function: Empty Current Pattern. It clears all notes and automation data on all parts of current pattern, but leaves any sound settings intact. This is useful to quickly make blank-templates out of factory preset patterns from Bank A;
  • fixed: Midi Input port events jitter (inaccurate notes timing);
  • fixed: bug with “short C-1 note”, which sometimes could appear at empty steps in your patterns;
  • fixed issue, when, if used with AUM, the skin settings were always resetting to default skin;
  • new behavior in EDIT+SEQ mode: tapping any note in the Step Editor will remember it; you can then use Shift+Pad to insert remembered note to another steps. It can be used, for example, to copy individual steps/notes inside one Part track;
  • new behavior in SEQ mode: tapping pads (steps) now acts like muting/unmuting them, not entirely deleting like it was before. So, you can tap the step again to get it back. However, when you save your pattern, all currently muted steps will not be saved. Also, you can tap Shift+Pad to clear the step and place a note with default values;
  • fixed “Render Pattern Stems” issue: parts with Haas effect assigned are now exported in stereo;
  • new factory patterns added (6 patterns demo called “Transparency”);
  • for those brave people, who still dares to use GR-16 on iPhone 4S: user interface is slightly optimized to better fit the screen

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

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SynthScaper update brings the neural networking designer tool to iPhone users

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 13 Mar 2018 11:00 pm

SynthScaper is one of 3 experimental music apps from iMusicAlbum, the other two being FieldScaper and SoundScaper (both worth checking out by the way). In version 1.3 of SynthScaper, the developer added a new tool, Designer, which was for iPad only initially. Designer is intended to automatically generate and tweak new presets and scenes. Using a neural network the Designer generates new presets based on already existing presets by adding some random variations and checking the result so that the new preset remains similar to the selected pattern.

This update (version 1.4) adds the Designer tool to iPhone version.

Also in this update:

  • Added new scenes and presets.
  • Added a lot of new samples in the built-in library.
  • The Designer tool now available for iPhone version.
  • Improved the option autotune for samples.
  • Optimization for use on iPhone X.
  • Audiobus SDK updated.
  • Several minor bugs were fixed.

SynthScaper is available on the app store and costs $14.99

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Roli updates their Noise app and makes it easier to use and easier to learn

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 13 Mar 2018 10:33 pm

Since Roli launched their Noise app back in December 2015 they’ve consistently brought updates to it. They now refer to it as an instrument and a studio all in one, and I guess that it is. You can use Noise all by itself as a stand alone app for making music, and if you have a device with 3D Touch then you’ll get even more out it. If you have any of Roli’s Blocks units then the app is even more useful.

In this latest release Roli have added:

  • New Tutorial Videos located in the new Learn tab in Discover where you can get tips and tricks suggest as how to play and record loops
  • New Extended Tool Tips Roli have now added these throughout the app so if you ever get stuck, all you need to do is to just tap the ‘?’ icon to learn what’s what

Plus they’ve added a few other improvements and fixes include:

  • Updated accounts settings page to show which account you are logged in with
  • Fixed pitch range issue with drum sounds
  • Fixed issue with undo during overdubbing
  • Various other small bug fixes

Roli’s Noise app is free on the app store with an in app store for content packs

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Fred Anton Corvest is the first to bring a transient designer to iOS with FAC Transient

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 11 Mar 2018 11:28 pm

This is kind of a big thing. Up until now we haven’t had a transient designer in iOS, but as of now there’s FAC Transient, which is a dynamics processor providing precise design and control of the attack and sustain stages of your instruments. If you’re not sure what a transient designer or shaper does, they are often associated with drum enhancements. FAC Transient includes, in addition to classic amplification or attenuation of the attack and sustain portion of your instrument, a fine control of the detection circuit involved in the processing.

Basically there are three envelopes built from their respective detection circuits. The first one is the contour of the input signal, this includes similar processing available in FAC Maxima and brings you control of the threshold, time and detector algorithm. The second and third one define the contour of the attack and sustain portions and brings you a total control of the depth and duration of each stage.

FAC Transient gives you all you need to design the shape of your instruments and provides them the place they deserve in your mix.

Here are the main features of the app:

  • Design the attack and sustain stages of your instruments
  • Adjust the depths to bring them to the front or to the background of your mix
  • Fine tuning of the envelope detection circuits; time, algorithm and threshold
  • Threshold provides an accurate control of what to keep in the input detection circuit
  • Suitable for any situation: drums, guitars, bass, vocal and much more
  • Mix parameter to blend the effect into the original signal
  • Audio Unit V3 iOS
  • Host app provided (iOS: Supports most of your input devices – mic and USB devices)
  • iOS AuV3 supported in GarageBand, AudioBus3, AUM, BM3, ModStep…


  • Gain (up to 15db) Use it carefully

Main contour

  • Threshold sets the level at which the detector starts working
  • Time the detector takes to return to the detected level
  • Detector algorithm: SLOW and FAST

Attack Designer

  • Depth defines the amplification or attenuation of the attack portion of the signal
  • Time is the duration the attack envelope detector takes to return to the main contour

Sustain Designer

  • Depth defines the amplification or attenuation of the sustain portion of the signal
  • Time is the duration the sustain envelope detector takes to return to the main contour


  • Dry/Wet mix signal control
  • Gain (up to 15db) Use it carefully
  • Stereo input and output VU Meter
  • Bypass

As with all FAC products the value of each knob can be monitored at any time and two VU meters provide an accurate visual monitoring of the input and output signal levels. The knobs are very responsive, natural and follow a specific curve according to the parameters type.

Preset Management

Transient also comes with some factory presets to provide you a source of inspiration to satisfy your needs in any situation you might require.

The preset button provides common management features: loading, organization, and saving. The left and right arrows allow fast navigation short cut among all the presets (factory + user), a short press on the center label provides a detailed list of all the available presets, select the one you want to work with. On the other hand a long press (hold) provides contextual operation. For factory presets it’s possible to save the current preset to a user preset, for user presets it’s possible to rename, save and delete the current preset.

FAC Transient is available on the app store and costs $8.99

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Bang Means Do It Software brings us an innovative new flanger effect in FS Refraktor

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 11 Mar 2018 5:46 pm

Bang Means Do It Software have been bringing us interesting apps with their FS Reverser Delay, FS FreezeVerb, and now the FS Refraktor, a new and innovative new flanger effect. According to the developer FS Refraktor is a twist on modulation effects, inspiring the exploration of new sonic territory, which is a big claim to say the least. They see the app as sitting somewhere between a delay and a flanger, and that it offers seemingly endless possibilities, from rhythmic flanging to chaotic pitch modulation and unpredictable stuttering.

FS Refraktor also features a highly flexible sixteen step sequencer and LFO. Both of which allow you to rhythmically warp your sounds. According to the developer this can make standard drums beats become bleeping basslines and synths can gain a mind of their own, generating melodies from thin air. The sequencer’s Slew control varies the speed at which the delay time changes, low settings produce sudden jarring variations while higher settings transition smoothly between delay times. Of course if you bypass the sequencer, FS Refraktor will add metallic overtones and strange resonances to your sounds, similar to a short, reflective reverb.

Carve Revolutionary Sounds
The dedicated filter section makes it simple to sculpt your sound. Select from a range of versatile filter types: Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch and FS Refraktor’s unique Carve mode.


  • Delay section with delay time, feedback, modulation and mix controls
  • A highly customizable sequencer for rhythmic modulation of the delay time
  • Slew control to vary the speed of delay time changes.
  • A versatile filter section with Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch and Carve filter options
  • Stereo spread control for creating wide out of phase sounds.
  • Runs as both a standalone app and an AUv3 extension
  • Ability to save presets when run as an AUv3 extension

FS Refraktor costs $6.99 on the app store now:

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Bram Bos brings another high quality AU FX plugin to iOS with Kosmonaut Multitap Delay

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 6 Mar 2018 6:51 pm

Bramm Bos have made a name for themselves in bringing high quality audio apps to the iOS world. Starting with Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM and followed by their modular playground Ripplemaker. Today they bring us their new ‘Space Exploration Effect’ (their words and not mine), to your iOS device. The app is Kosmonaut, and they refer to it as a multitap delay with a twist. Why? Well apparently it isn’t just a delay but has a load of additional tools that come with it.

These are things that you might not expect from a regular delay fx app. For example:

  • Tape looper with with variable sound-on-sound decay level
  • 4-Tap Delay (placed in series for complex feedback loops)
  • LP/HP filters with LFO
  • Autopanner
  • Ambiance Generator
  • Haas Effect Processor (aka ‘wavefront precedence effect’)

According to Bram Bos all of the above features are demonstrated extensively through a large number of factory presets, which is always useful, and of course you can easily add your own user presets, which will in turn automatically carry over across different host apps.

All of the app’s variables are exposed as AU Parameters in hosts which support automation, and the app also has a smart Random-feature, which may come up with usable results, although you can never tell right?

Additionally the app is universal so it’ll work in whatever set up you’re using, iPhone or iPad.

Note: this is an Audio Unit Effect Plugin (AUv3) which requires a compatible host or DAW to work.

Kosmonaut is available on the app store now and costs $3.99:

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Elastic FX goes universal, adds new FX options and more

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 6 Mar 2018 2:57 pm

Hopefully you’ve already heard of Elastic FX. If not, then you’re about to hear about how much more awesome it’s just become, because the app just got a huge update and is now a universal iOS app. It’s something that I’ve been hoping would happen for a while now and my wish has been granted. Mainly I wanted to be able to use Elastic FX on my iPhone as its sibling, Elastic Drums does such a good job there.

But that’s not all that comes with this update. There’s a bunch of new features for existing users.

  • The app now has a Repeater effect, so if you liked the kinds of effects you could get with the Korg Kaoss Pad, then this is for you
  • Also there is a new “touch” Button which can be used to switch the behavior of each of the 4 effect channels. With touch (Mode) activated, the effects wet signal is manipulated by your touch behavior: When you touch down the XY Pad and fool around the effect is on, when you touch Up you finger the effect is off, which is pretty useful
  • What’s more there are new Tremolo and Vibrato effect to get some vintage Guitar/Piano sounds
  • Plus a new distortion effect (Chunk)
  • This brings the total number of effects in the app to 40 in every one of the 4 channels

Whilst they were at it the developer also reworked all demo presets, and added an audio file as an input source to every demo, to give users an immediate idea of what kind of sounds you can create with certain effects and routings. To make this easier they’ve added the demo (Mode) button in the demo presets overlay: If demo Mode is set to “Allowed”, each demo will play a prepared audio loop to listen to the effect. This is great to step through the demo presets (in standalone) and listen to them. If you already know the app, you can switch demo Mode off (“Disallow”) and use your own audio files as input, or a microphone as input or an external line in as input. With demo Mode disallowed you can then switch through the different presets without changing the input source and the choose audio file. When Elastic FX is in an Audiobus or InterApp-Audio session this is the default behaviour, demo Mode is deactivated automatically.

Elastic FX costs $6.99 on the app store now:

Here’s the developer’s pre-release video showing what version 1.1 brings:

And here’s Doug from the Soundtestroom showing what Elastic FX is capable of:

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Aleksandar Mlazev adds a new delay AUv3 to his range with Stone Echo

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 6 Mar 2018 12:41 am

Prolific audio app developer Aleksandar Mlazev has added a new AUv3 app to his growing range of FX apps for iOS. You may remember Aleksandar from posts about his previous apps such as “Vibrato“, “REMAKE” (a multiband effect), and most recently “Alien Box“.

His latest creation was apparently inspired by the mayan pyramids acoustic echo. Which isn’t something I’m particularly familiar with, but it sounds intriguing. The app is an echo effect Audio Unit V3. According to Aleksandar

“I come up with a complex phase modulated frequency of the echo so you can change it’s frequency signature. It is kind of changing the material of the reflective surface and I called it “Stone F”.
I have made the echo to sound more music friendly to me but there is button called “UFO” and if you press it the effect is more close to the mayan just shifting the frequency backwards (I liked that better). You can also control the feedback of the phase modulation.”

Stone Echo can work as a stand alone app and also as an audio unit AUV3 plug-in, but comes with a warning that Stone Echo is an effect that is heavy on the CPU.

The app features the following controls:

  • Time – time offset of the echo
  • Stone F – frequency response of the echo
  • Feedback – echo feedback
  • Level – the volume of the echo
  • UFO – heavy modulated echo

Whilst it does sound like an interesting idea, my main issue with Stone Echo and the other apps from this developer is that they all do look the same. They’re all based around the same UI and it isn’t particularly easy to tell one from another. This may seem like a somewhat minor point, but it is important in my view, and, with a little design work, I think all of these app would benefit.

Stone Echo is on the app store now and costs $1.99:

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MIDI Designer Pro 2 adds its own inbuilt programming language with Stream Byter II

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 5 Mar 2018 12:58 am

MIDI Designer Pro has been a go to app for many users who want or need to create bespoke interfaces for almost any MIDI purpose. It’s an app that continually gets improved on, so in some ways this update wasn’t a surprise. On the other hand, it’s a step forward that’s so big that I almost can’t believe it. Whilst it’s a big update, it’s probably going to be of most benefit to those users who are at the most advanced end of the spectrum. So what is it?

MIDI Designer Pro version 2.96 is now embedding the Stream Byter Plugin by Audeonic. This Plugin provides MIDI manipulation in two places: before MIDI Designer processes the MIDI, and before the MIDI produced by MIDI Designer gets sent to a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Virtual or Hardware target via CoreMIDI.

Stream Byter itself was initially released in May ’13 as a way to extend Audeonic’s MidiBridge 1.5 ‘out in the field’ for customers and has been continuously improved since then. The Stream Byter in Midi Designer is the ‘Stream Byter II’ version that exists in Audeonic’s MidiFire app (iOS/macOS).

What does Stream Byter do? It allows you to make custom MIDI processing modules that you design yourself using a concise programming language made up of rules. There are simple rules for matching and transforming MIDI events and more complex rules for writing modules that behave conditionally, set/examine variables, perform math/timing operations, and of course, generate MIDI messages themselves.

For example here is a very simple case: you are playing a keyboard and you decide that you want to turn a single knob (“reverb,” for instance). The higher (to the right) you go on the keyboard, the louder the reverb gets.

That’s a single line match/transform Stream Byter Input rule:

9X = BX 5B X2

The above rule can be summarized as follows: For every note event received, set the value of the ‘reverb’ controller number (on same channel as note) to the MIDI note number of the note.

Rules can be joined. Imagine you want to toggle the value of another knob from top to bottom every time you hit an A3 on the keyboard, but you don’t want the message to go out for 10 seconds? That’s another rule. Generally rules do one or more of these things, and often combine them:

  • decompose and recompose longer MIDI messages
  • filter MIDI messages
  • transform MIDI messages
  • produce more MIDI messages

The first case, decompose MIDI messages, will be useful for parsing incoming sysex dumps for hardware synths that produce parseable sysex dumps for patches.

Writing Stream Byter rules does require knowledge of the MIDI protocol and how to construct rules correctly. There is an introductory tutorial on the Audeonic site and the full Stream Byter manual is available there too. There is also a dedicated section to the Stream Byter on the Audeonic forum. Midi Designer customers are welcome to post questions or requirements there where the developer and other Stream Byter users will help out.

Stream Byter input and output rules are saved and shared with your layout. Any MIDI Designer Pro 2 user may open a layout with rules someone else has authored free of charge. There’s an in-app purchase to author or edit Stream Byter rules. This IAP will be available upon release of MIDI Designer Pro 2.96. It will be priced at $1.99 for the first three months, and then return to its normal price of $8.99.

In addition to the Stream Byter Plugin, Version 2.96 provides Slow Reset to Default. When a supercontrol button is set to “Reset to Default,” it can now also snap the subcontrol to its value over time. This gives you a slow reset and a precursor of what’s to come with presets.

MIDI Designer Pro 2 is available on the app store for $24.99, and the Stream Byter IAP will cost $1.99 for the next 3 months

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Mr HumbleTune brings us his newest creation, Tardigrain, a granular synth for iOS

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Fri 2 Mar 2018 9:45 am

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Erik’s work. Since his first app’s like shapesynth and Sinusoid right up to his amazing and truly unique FX apps like nils and frekvens (which you should seriously check out if you’re looking for iOS FX that are different from the norm).

But his inventiveness really knows no end. He’s experimented with integrating Sphero into his apps for motion control, and built and app for Gameboy called chord. I’ve also been experimenting with his chip / PocketChip / Raspberry Pi app phase, which is well worth a look if you have any of those devices.

Now he’s launched a new app for iOS. Tardigrain is a granular synthesiser for iOS that runs as a standalone app or as that can be integrated with your existing host of choice as an AU plugin. Sounds are created by taking smaller fragments of a sample and playing them back in a non linear fashion, with settings for grain size, direction, step size and more. Process the sound further through effects like reverb, wave shaper and sample crush.

Tardigrain supports connections with AudioCopy, AudioBus, Inter App Audio and AUv3. Plus all audio parameters can be modulated by MIDI, as AU parameters and by aftertouch on the build in keyboard.

Here are some of the key features of Tardigrain

  • Audiobus and Inter App Audio
  • AUv3
  • Core MIDI, Inter App Audio MIDI and AUv3 MIDI
  • Factory presets
  • Record custom samples or import using AudioCopy
  • Save and load state and samples
  • Full modulation of audio parameters

Tardigrain is on the iOS app store now and costs just $4.99

You can see Tardigrain in action in this video:

And if you’re really interested, here’s Erik’s shapesynth app being used with a sphero:

And finally, one that I made along the same lines

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Klevgränd unveils their latest creation, Grand Finale – Audio Finalizing Tool for iOS

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 27 Feb 2018 11:47 pm

Klevgränd have released their latest creation for iOS. Grand Finale is a multi effect audio processing application designed for finalizing complete mixes, stems, voice overs, buses and/or individual audio tracks. The plug-in offers several modules in a pre-routed configuration. Each module has parameters to alter, and most modules offer a set of algorithms to select. These features come together to make Grand Finale a powerful tool for quickly finalizing a track, bus or mix.

Grand Finale can import audio from iTunes, AudioShare, or extract audio from a video in the camera roll, which is pretty cool, and also I think fairly unique. Audio can also be imported by using the “Open In..” option in any other app that can export audio. You can use the app’s playback controls to start and stop playing, and alter the module knobs/options to change how the audio itself is processed. When you’re satisfied with the result, you just tap Export to render and save the finalized audio file. That’s it.

The app has the following included DSP Modules:

Main bus processing

  • High Pass filter
  • Compressor
  • Multiband Compressor
  • MS Stereo Tool
  • Equalizer
  • Limiter

Additive/parallel processing

  • Compressor
  • Distortion

Other features:

  • Accurate RMS and LUFS metering (tap the meters to swap)
  • 37 professionally made factory presets.
  • Load / Save custom user presets
  • Project manager (load / save full state including audio file data)
  • User manual bundled inside app.
  • Parallel processing is phase linear.
  • Exports to WAV/AIFF/AAC at 16, 24 or 32 bits (sample rate is preserved)

Grand Finale is a stand alone application and will only run on a 64 bit CPU. Supported devices are iPad Air (or later), iPhone 5S (or later), iPod Touch gen 6 (or later)

Grand Finale for iOS costs $7.99 on the app store now:

Here’s a video showing the desktop version of Grand Finale

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