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FS FreezeVerb isn’t your ordinary reverb app, it has a couple of features you need to check out

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 1:13 am

Bang Means Do it software have brought us another FX app to add to their portfolio. FS FreezeVerb is a lush sounding stereo reverb, useful for both subtle ambience and cavernous reverberation. The app features a clear and simple design, FS FreezeVerb aims to make it easy for users to dial in their ideal reverb settings – complete with a visualisation of the virtual room, which is one of the most interesting features from my perspective.

The Dampen function lets users vary the damping within their virtual room – lower settings mean less damping, making the room’s walls more reflective.

The other feature that has really caught my attention is the Freeze Mode. When this mode is turned on, the reverb signal at that particular moment is ‘frozen’ and continues indefinitely, which sounds like something that could be used in some really creative ways.

FS FreezeVerb can be used as standalone application or can be used as an Audio Unit.

Main Features:

  • Stereo Width control
  • Room Size slider with room size visualisation
  • Freeze Mode
  • Dampen control to alter the reverb’s tonal characteristic
  • Wet/dry mix control
  • Clean and simple design
  • Runs on both iPad and iPhone
  • Selection of factory presets (when used as an Audio Unit)

FS FreezeVerb costs $3.99 on the app store:

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KQ Dixie could be the closest you’ll get to a DX7 on your iOS device

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Tue 16 Jan 2018 12:52 am

Ryouta Kira, the developer behind KQ MiniSynth has now brought us his latest creation, KQ Dixie, probably the closest you’re going to get to having a DX7 in your iOS device. Early indications are that it’s pretty good.For a start it’s a universal app, which is always a big tick in my book, and, the app even acts as a controller for the real thing if you have one.

Here’s the app developer’s description:

KQ Dixie is a 6-Operator FM synthesizer that is modeled on the synthesizer which appeared on the 1980s. FM synthesizers make sounds with Frequency Modulation. FM brings rich and brilliant sounds which are impossible to create with analog one. It makes very complex waves with simple modulations. The same method is used for a radio. The synthesizer gained much popularity in the 1980s.

This app lets you make sounds freely with 156 voice parameters. Almost all parameters are compatible with DX7.

  • Audio Unit v3 compatible.
  • Audiobus compatible.
  • 32 algorithms included.
  • You can manage the hardware DX7 when it is connected with external MIDI cables.
  • Supports DX7 System Exclusive Messages (SysEx) and syx files.
  • Supports Zip files.
  • You may be able to find a lot of patches on the internet.

The developer also points out:

“Yamaha DX7 is a trademark of Yamaha Corporation. I have no business relations with Yamaha.”

Which is good to know.

KQ Dixie is on the app store now and costs $3.99:

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Roland R-07 wants to be your next recorder – and your phone’s friend

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 8 Jan 2018 8:22 pm

Smartphones have already changed how we think about cameras. So what about recording? The newest handheld in Roland’s poopular line has one answer to that.

The R-07 is a handheld recording gadget, in the tradition of Roland (and Edirol) recorders past. That already suggests it could be a good choice. This year’s model has various high-quality modes and stereo recording, including built-in stereo operation.

Now, that already can best the internal mono mics in your smartphone. Plus, add-on mics are kind of a pain – they require different connectors, may make you worry about battery life, and then require you to position your phone in the recording location. Plus, phones generally speaking lack tripod mounts (even if there are some solutions to that).

So the R-07’s innovation is to both respond to the sleek, small design of modern phones, and to couple with your iPhone or Android phone for added functionality.

This doesn’t look quite like any handheld recorder we’ve seen yet from Roland or anyone else. It’s incredibly tiny, with a sleek design that seems more consumer gadget and less chunky pro audio device. It still manages to include one-touch access to important features, plus USB connectivity, audio jacks, and a built-in stereo mic. But it does so in a pocket form factor.

Work with the R-07 and your smartphone (hey, trousers have two pockets for a reason?), and the device expands in power. First, there’s remote control functionality. You can stick the R-09 where you want it to go – especially important if you’re using that built-in mic – then record and play and manage recordings and set levels wirelessly, over Bluetooth. (They’ve even got a nifty Apple Watch app.)

The R-07 can also stream audio from the record to your phone, via Bluetooth. And refreshed technology can mean the fidelity of that is higher than you might expect. That’s thanks to new tech from chipset maker Qualcomm called aptX. Basically, it’s a higher-quality codec optimized for improving sound quality while simultaneously improving low-latency reliability. There’s a good writeup on Android Authority covering both aptX and aptX HD variants. (iPhones don’t support aptX natively, but some dongles do; I don’t know yet if the R-07 will be compatible with those.)

You can also use Bluetooth to monitor your R-07 with Bluetooth wireless headphones – and again, if those headphones support aptX, you’ll get higher-quality, lower-latency sound. (Now we’re beginning to see some added tax to living in the Apple ecosystem, since it seems Apple is going their own way with this.)

Apart from the phone features, the R-07 looks like a darned cute little pocket recorder – like one that would actually fit in your pocket. It also solves a really big problem that may be more important than wireless operation or how it works with your phone, and that’s that it has some features to prevent you accidentally recording at a volume that’s too high.

Each time you record, the R-07 actually makes not one but two recordings – one at full level, and one at a lower level. So when the full-level recording clips, you can go back to the lower-level recording that has more headroom – even just for the portion that clips. If you’d prefer this process to be automatic, something called Hybrid Limiting automatically splices in the lower-level bits you need. Neat. I’m curious to try this in practice.

(This is hardly a pro or consumer issue. For instance, I was once in a taxi racing to the Philadelphia airport and learned my taxi driver was frustrated with Zoom’s recorders because he kept clipping his recordings when he was playing drums with a heavy metal band. This is probably potentially relevant to half the world’s population. There you go. And obviously, pros and consumers have all screwed this up at one time or another.)

The R-07 can make two simultaneous recordings—one at full level and another at a lower level with increased headroom. If there’s unexpected clipping in the main recording, you can replace that section with a portion of the lower-level backup recording. Hybrid Limiting can even handle this automatically, so you get all the safety of limiting with none of the downsides.

Features:

Stereo WAV recording, up to 24-bit/96 kHz
MP3 recording, up to 320 kbps
Included stereo mics
One-touch access to scene setups (oh, lord, having done a lot of menu diving on Zoom devices, this is welcome)
microSD slot
USB connectivity, with USB class compatibility (so you can mount it on any computer, mobile device)
Jacks: headphone out, mic/line in (that’s a stereo minijack – it disables use of the mic, but it means you can use the R-07 for external line recordings, like from a mixer in a show)
Powered by two AA batteries or USB bus power
Black, white, or red, optional bags available

With the splashy marketing materials and a launch this week at the Consumer Electronic Show, it’s clear Roland hopes this recorder will reach out to a wide, wide audience. Hope we get to try one.

Watch the overview here:

More:

https://www.roland.com/us/products/r-07/specifications/

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Roland R-07 wants to be your next recorder – and your phone’s friend

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 8 Jan 2018 8:22 pm

Smartphones have already changed how we think about cameras. So what about recording? The newest handheld in Roland’s poopular line has one answer to that.

The R-07 is a handheld recording gadget, in the tradition of Roland (and Edirol) recorders past. That already suggests it could be a good choice. This year’s model has various high-quality modes and stereo recording, including built-in stereo operation.

Now, that already can best the internal mono mics in your smartphone. Plus, add-on mics are kind of a pain – they require different connectors, may make you worry about battery life, and then require you to position your phone in the recording location. Plus, phones generally speaking lack tripod mounts (even if there are some solutions to that).

So the R-07’s innovation is to both respond to the sleek, small design of modern phones, and to couple with your iPhone or Android phone for added functionality.

This doesn’t look quite like any handheld recorder we’ve seen yet from Roland or anyone else. It’s incredibly tiny, with a sleek design that seems more consumer gadget and less chunky pro audio device. It still manages to include one-touch access to important features, plus USB connectivity, audio jacks, and a built-in stereo mic. But it does so in a pocket form factor.

Work with the R-07 and your smartphone (hey, trousers have two pockets for a reason?), and the device expands in power. First, there’s remote control functionality. You can stick the R-09 where you want it to go – especially important if you’re using that built-in mic – then record and play and manage recordings and set levels wirelessly, over Bluetooth. (They’ve even got a nifty Apple Watch app.)

The R-07 can also stream audio from the record to your phone, via Bluetooth. And refreshed technology can mean the fidelity of that is higher than you might expect. That’s thanks to new tech from chipset maker Qualcomm called aptX. Basically, it’s a higher-quality codec optimized for improving sound quality while simultaneously improving low-latency reliability. There’s a good writeup on Android Authority covering both aptX and aptX HD variants. (iPhones don’t support aptX natively, but some dongles do; I don’t know yet if the R-07 will be compatible with those.)

You can also use Bluetooth to monitor your R-07 with Bluetooth wireless headphones – and again, if those headphones support aptX, you’ll get higher-quality, lower-latency sound. (Now we’re beginning to see some added tax to living in the Apple ecosystem, since it seems Apple is going their own way with this.)

Apart from the phone features, the R-07 looks like a darned cute little pocket recorder – like one that would actually fit in your pocket. It also solves a really big problem that may be more important than wireless operation or how it works with your phone, and that’s that it has some features to prevent you accidentally recording at a volume that’s too high.

Each time you record, the R-07 actually makes not one but two recordings – one at full level, and one at a lower level. So when the full-level recording clips, you can go back to the lower-level recording that has more headroom – even just for the portion that clips. If you’d prefer this process to be automatic, something called Hybrid Limiting automatically splices in the lower-level bits you need. Neat. I’m curious to try this in practice.

(This is hardly a pro or consumer issue. For instance, I was once in a taxi racing to the Philadelphia airport and learned my taxi driver was frustrated with Zoom’s recorders because he kept clipping his recordings when he was playing drums with a heavy metal band. This is probably potentially relevant to half the world’s population. There you go. And obviously, pros and consumers have all screwed this up at one time or another.)

The R-07 can make two simultaneous recordings—one at full level and another at a lower level with increased headroom. If there’s unexpected clipping in the main recording, you can replace that section with a portion of the lower-level backup recording. Hybrid Limiting can even handle this automatically, so you get all the safety of limiting with none of the downsides.

Features:

Stereo WAV recording, up to 24-bit/96 kHz
MP3 recording, up to 320 kbps
Included stereo mics
One-touch access to scene setups (oh, lord, having done a lot of menu diving on Zoom devices, this is welcome)
microSD slot
USB connectivity, with USB class compatibility (so you can mount it on any computer, mobile device)
Jacks: headphone out, mic/line in (that’s a stereo minijack – it disables use of the mic, but it means you can use the R-07 for external line recordings, like from a mixer in a show)
Powered by two AA batteries or USB bus power
Black, white, or red, optional bags available

With the splashy marketing materials and a launch this week at the Consumer Electronic Show, it’s clear Roland hopes this recorder will reach out to a wide, wide audience. Hope we get to try one.

Watch the overview here:

More:

https://www.roland.com/us/products/r-07/specifications/

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Filterstation2 arrives from Audio Damage Inc

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 7 Jan 2018 9:47 pm

Since Audio Damage started moving into the world of iOS we’ve seen some really cool apps arrive, and now we can add Filterstation2 to that list. Filterstation2 is the Audio Damage take on the classic serial / parallel / stereo dual filter topology, made famous (and some would say “indispensable”) by the Sherman Filterbank and its many clones. With twelve filter algorithms, an envelope follower with stereo sidechain input, a full FSU section for extra signal hacking, and an easy-to-use interface, Filterstation2 is a valuable addition to any producer’s toolkit.

Features

  • Twelve different filter algorithms, including MS20 emulation and our classic 914 bandpass and Filterpod lowpass models.
  • VCA mode for tremolo and gate effects.
  • LFO with twelve different patterns, and both internal and tempo sync modes.
  • Envelope follower for dynamic control of filter frequency.
  • Serial, parallel, and true stereo operating modes.
  • Easy-to use interface for quick programming.
  • Vector-based resizable GUI. Use just the filter screen, slide the controls over it, or (in hosts that allow it) open up the whole UI.
  • Cross-platform XML-based preset manager; copy your desktop presets to the iOS version using Handoff, or share them with your friends and in forums.
  • Full PDF manual available at Support link.

Filterstation2 costs $4.99 on the app store now:

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How to make the free VCV Rack modular work with Ableton Link

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 4 Jan 2018 9:35 pm

VCV Rack, the free Eurorack modular emulation software, is a perfect match for wireless sync. Here’s how to do it, step by step.

Why Link? Link has already made itself known as a godsend. Not only does it work in Ableton Live, but Traktor, Serato, Reaktor, and Reason, and others. It works with numerous iOS apps, too. Get those tools on the same network (probably via wifi router), and all of them can use the same tempo and transport. There’s no master, no slave – in the style of a jam session, everything follows a shared tempo – which also means you don’t lose timing if one drops out.

And Link is a logical choice for VCV Rack. Both have an open source base. And whereas you own physical analog gear and modulars, you’d use clock signal by connecting a cable, here in the software domain, wireless, networked clock is just as useful.

Think modular. Even with the latest copy of VCV Rack, you don’t see a big, friendly “Link” button in the corner. Remember that the whole metaphor of Rack is that you have a virtual rack of modules. You’re going to have a module doing the Link synchronization – and you’re going to be able to use Link in some more modular ways.

To add Link support, you install a free, virtual module. (It’s the on-screen equivalent of coming back from the synth shops with a new bit of kit and bolting it in with a screwdriver, only this will be faster and … won’t cost anything or take up space in your studio.)

You may want to review our more in-depth guide to getting up and running with Rack:

Step one: How to start using VCV Rack, the free modular software

That article also includes instructions for building from source, though here we’ll use pre-built software for ease.

Installing Link on Rack

1. Grab a copy of the Stellare Link module. Link comes from Ableton, but it’s open and available to developers. So our friends Sander and Enzo (Stellare Modular) made their own virtual module for Rack. To get it, head to vcvrack.com and select the Plugin Manager. Type “Link” into the search box, then click “Free” to highlight it. This adds the Link module to your account, and will synchronize it to any Rack setup.

2. Synchronize your Rack. Now with Stellare’s module attached to your account, you need to install it to your machine. Launch VCV Rack (you need a current version), and click Update Plugins. You should see a progress bar appear, and you’ll be prompted to restart Rack.

3. On Windows, move one file. On Mac and Linux, you’re done with installation. Windows users need to add one additional step, because as of now, the Plugin Manager isn’t yet fully able to locate one needed file. (This feature is in development, so this may be addressed.)

After running ‘Update Plugins,’ locate the installed directory (using C: as an example):

C:\Users\[yourusername]\Documents\Rack\plugins\StellareModular-Link

Copy link-wrapper.dll from that directory to the directory where your Rack.exe executable is located:

C:\Program Files\VCV\Rack\plugins

— so that link-wrapper.dll is on the same level as Rack.exe.

Restart Rack.

Wire up Link

4. Add the Link module. If you’ve performed the above steps correctly, you can now add the Stellare Link module to any rack. Right click in a blank space, then choose Stellare, then Link. On Windows, you may be prompted to enable access for Rack on your network; make sure to check both boxes, and then choose Allow Access.

5. Get something to sync. Any iPad on the same network, running an app like Modstep or Elastic Drums, or any local desktop software (Ableton Live, obviously, but here for fun I chose Serato DJ instead) can now jam along with VCV Rack in perfect timing.

Make sure “Link” is enabled (highlighted) in the associated software.

6. Play with clock! We’re on to the fun part!

The “/4” output jack on the Link module represents quarter divisions of the current Link clock. Reset sends a pulse on each subsequent downbeat. You could obviously get fancier than this, but you don’t need the Link module to do much more – you can divide or multiple that beat with other modules.

Here are two free modules (both installable from plugin manager) you can try out as gateways from Link to other stuff.

Add Grayscale > Algorhythm. Try connecting from the “/4” output on Link to the “CLOCK” input on Algorhythm. Click the start/stop at the top left of the Algorhythm module, and you’ll see Link advance the clock.

Now add Fundamental > SEQ-3. (As the “Fundamental” name implies, you should almost certainly install this selection of modules.) Connect from “RESET” out on Link to “EXT CLK” on SEQ-3. Now, the bottom row will advance at the same rate.

What’s actually happening here, respective to the master tempo? Well, the “/4” in Rack represents quarter-subdivisions of the beat – so think sixteenth notes, since the Link beat is a quarter note. (You’ll get four subdivisions for each kick drum in four-on-the-floor techno, etc.!)

Try moving the patch cable on the SEQ-3. Drag on the end connected to “/4” – move it so it’s connected from ‘RESET’ on Link to ‘EXT CLK’ on the SEQ-3. Now, the sequencer advances on every downbeat.

7. Keep on ticking:

From here, you can experiment with other modules that take signal, clock dividers for transforming metrical divisions of the signal, and more.

A great place to start is by installing the Simple modular pack, then selecting Simple > Clock Divider. This will give you some different, musical divisions of that incoming clock.

Ted Pallas, who has been contributing our tutorials so far, uses that 1/16th signal to drive the VCV Pulse Matrix modules.

You can also make creative use of the useful ‘Offset’ knob – something missing in a lot of other Link implementations. Offset simply dials in a continuously controllable amount of time added or subtracted from outgoing clock signal. And that can be used as groove, as Ted explains:

A super cool feature I hope to see repeated next to every Link button I ever encounter is seen here for the first time: there’s an offset knob, and if you spin you’ll shove the link signal forwards and backwards in time. This knob allows you to really dial in the perfect sync between Rack and the larger system you’re trying to lock to. I’ve also used to Offset knob as something of a “swing designer,” placing my sequencer rhythm ever-just-so alongside a Tr-09.

Here’s a sample from Ted:

Oh, and another thing: there’s a lot of room for happy accidents and mistakes that wouldn’t make sense in another context. Because you’re just messing with signals, you may discover that something that isn’t theoretically what you intended is something you musically like. And since music is about making decisions based on taste, that opens up possibilities.

In Core, you’ll find a bunch of objects for routing MIDI signals – including clock – to modules. That may make a good future tutorial, and it’s where you’ll want to start if you have hardware or software sending MIDI clock in place of Ableton Link. (Hey, MIDI clock still has its place!)

The Link module isn’t a complete implementation of everything Link can do. There’s no way to transmit clock from VCV Rack using it, to adjust the tempo of other connected hardware and software on your Link session. And there could be additional rhythmic options built in.

But it’s free – so if you are already enjoying it or if you want to encourage such features, here’s a thought: donate to the developers!

More:

https://github.com/stellare-modular/vcv-link/ (though you don’t need this site to install automatically, source and documentation live here)

Donate:

https://paypal.me/stellaremodular

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Refraktions 2.2 brings you a lot more MIDI

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 4 Jan 2018 2:02 am

It feels like there’s been a lot of generative stuff so far in 2018. Ok, it’s only two posts, but they’re both about generative apps. First Wotja, now Refraktions. If you don’t know what Refraktions is, it’s an 8-track generative MIDI sequencer with ‘artificial intelligence’ (whatever it is that that really means), that apparently processes input over time to create loops tailored to each individual user. I’ve not tried it, so I can’t comment personally on that front.

Anyway, in version 2.2 the developer has added quite a lot of new stuff, and a lot of it is centred around MIDI. Here’s all that’s new:

  • Audiobus 3.0.2 added. Refraktions is available as an Audio Source, MIDI Source, and MIDI Filter.
  • App can now receive note input from external MIDI controllers or other iOS apps (as destination “Refraktions”).
  • Play / pause functionality added by tapping center circle.
  • Added 8th synth, “Coastal Synth.”
  • Added ability to change root key in musical scales.
  • Added per-track customization of playback, composition, volume, and pitch.
  • Added global and per-track customization of MIDI sources and destinations.
  • Added shake detection, which rearranges the composition.
  • Improved note creation, including fixes to MIDI on / off for each tap.
  • Rebuilt internal metronome with average drift variance of < 0.7 ms.
  • Switch from UserDefaults to CoreData for data storage.

Refraktions is on the app store and costs $6.99:

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Intermorphic work their generative magic once more with the latest iteration of Wotja

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 1 Jan 2018 10:31 pm

I have been both a fan of and a friend to the chaps at Intermorphic for a long time now. I still have a copy of one of the earliest versions of their generative app for Windows Mobile (remember that?), and I ended out 2016 with an interview with Tim Cole from Intermorphic, which is still worth a read).

Today they release the latest version of their all round generative music system, “Wotja”. This is version 5, and effectively is the consolidation and evolution of Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl, Tiklbox & SSEYO Koan. So that’s a lot to like up to in a single app.

If you don’t know what Wotja is about, then have a read of this …

Create ideas for music, melodies, MIDI & lyrics… or one-press make beautiful ambient generative music albums for sleep & relaxation. Users say of this powerful & unique creativity system: “hands down the best generative software that I have ever used”, “Brilliant”, “Extremely musical”, “Deep and professional”, “best MIDI composition tool”, “Love Wotja!”.

There’s lots to explore, but you don’t need to be a musician or expert to use Wotja, the evolution of Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl & SSEYO Koan. Anyone inquisitive can learn to master its power; see our video tutorials.

WHAT’S NEW IN WOTJA 2018 (SO FAR!)

  • One-press creation of Albums of mixes (fast, very useful and fun!)
  • Album randomization settings
  • Auto-generated mix icons
  • BP3 Backing Template Pak
  • Two new in-built cut-up rules
  • Numerous other improvements

CREATIVE RELAXATION

Generate a live stream of music or create a stimulating cut-up and enjoy it as you would enjoy freshly brewed coffee – there’s nothing quite like it!

MANY USES

  • Create & record your own custom, high quality, license/royalty free background music for videos, CDs etc.
  • Playlist live background music for meditation, sleep, relaxation, yoga, art etc.
  • Create “reflective music” melodies using “Text-to-Music”; use text in ANY language and/or emoji
  • Experiment with generative music & sound design, MIDI input interactivity etc.
  • Drive other MIDI synths via MIDI Out
  • Use the ‘Cut-Up’ Technique to help break writer’s block; discover new ideas for lyrics, songs, poems, haiku, stories etc.

KEY FEATURES/CAPABILITIES

  • Includes hundreds of editable “generative music” templates
  • Use up to 48 independent content cells in 12 tracks for mixing/generative cell sequencing
  • Make + export/share mixdown recordings (48Khz Stereo WAV, MIDI)
  • Adjust mix tempo, root, randomisation settings etc.
  • Create automatic albums (new for 2018) + playlists
  • Play music continuously for up to 1 hour [Music Play Time], press play to restart
  • Use your own SF2 wavetables or WAV/Ogg loops [2]
  • Multi-channel MIDI Out/In via CoreMIDI & Virtual MIDI
  • Inter-App Audio & Audiobus 2/3 support
  • iCloud & iCloud Drive support
  • Open Noatikl, Mixtikl & Liptikl files
  • “IME” Generative MIDI Music Engine with 130+ user-editable parameters including “Text-to-Music”
  • “ISE” Sound Engine with powerful multi-unit modular synth, FX, General MIDI set + several high quality SF2 files
  • “ITE” Cut-up Text Engine featuring word locking, syllables, word alternatives, 5 source fields, user editable word library & word bank

Wotja 2018 for iOS costs $14.99:

Wotja 2018 for MacOS costs £38.99:

IMPORTANT
“Wotja 2018” is the ‘annual’ **non-subscription** version of “Wotja”. It has the same capabilities as Wotja with an active “Wotja Unlocked” In-App Subscription. It will be updated in tandem with Wotja during 2018 only. At the end of 2018 it will be removed from sale and no further updates will be made available for it – for further updates simply get a later annual version. [1]

Alternatively, get Wotja and purchase one of the In-App Subscription tiers. These are: “Wotja Unlocked” or, for extended Music Play Times, a range of “Wotja XT” tiers.

NOTES
[1] The annual version will likely continue to work just fine if you subsequently update the operating system on your device but if you find you require further updates, perhaps because of an operating system or 3rd party component update, or if you want to get and use the cool new features, content and capabilities as Wotja evolves, then simply purchase a later annual version (e.g. 2019).
[2] FREE Loop Paks – https://intermorphic.com/pak

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Grid Music goes beyond traditional synths sequencers through its unique generative propagation model

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sat 30 Dec 2017 8:21 pm

It’s always great to see an app return to the app store. Especially after a very long gap. So it is with Grid Music. It was around in its original form around 5 years ago on the app store, and at that point was for iPhone only. Now it’s back, it’s better, it’s universal and it is quite different from a lot of other synths and sequencers.

Way back then I made a small (and slightly awful) video of it.

However, it appears that my video could be the only one of the original app. That in itself would be weird.

Anyway, the original app was pretty cool in my opinion. I enjoyed it a lot, so when I heard from the developer that he intended to bring it back in a new form, I was so pleased. The new Grid Music is even better than the original, and, what’s more, I know it’s going to get even better. I’ve been testing Grid Music for several weeks now. It’s stable, it’s fun, it is quite different to other sequencers and synths and it can generate some really unusual and interesting patterns.

In the words of the developer …

Grid Music is a flexible, generative step sequencer and synthesizer. It’s an easy way to make music that has a mind of its own. It offers creative possibilities beyond traditional step sequencers by using a propagation model: pulses follow connections around a grid, triggering notes and timbre changes.

  • Simple pattern editing. Easily adjust pitches, modulation, and rhythmic intervals. Easily modify pattern layout to create multiple tracks, random branches, and loops.
  • Pitch quantization. Notes are quantized to a key, scale, and octave range and can be instantly transposed.
  • Pattern queueing. Easily perform a sequence of patterns in time.
  • PWM synthesizer with pulse width ramping, vibrato, and envelope settings.
  • Supports Ableton Link for tempo, beat, and phase synchronization with other apps and devices.
  • Supports the iOS Files app.

You can find Grid Music on the app store. It costs $4.99:

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Holiday App Sales!

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Fri 29 Dec 2017 1:12 am

After letting you know about Black Friday Sales we thought we’d bring you some handy post holiday app sales too. Here’s what’s on sale, and, where possible, when the sale period ends (if we know it). You’ll find a bargain in here for sure!

iOS DAWs and Sequencers:

Steinberg’s Cubasis 2 + all it’s IAPs are half price. Main app is now $24.99 (was $49.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
BeatMaker 3: is 33% off right now at $24.99 (was $39.99)
Korg Gadget: now $19.99 (was $39.99, IAPs on sale too) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
FourTrack: now $2.99 (was $4.99)
StudioTrack: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
KORG iELECTRIBE for iPhone: now $9.99 (was $19.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition: now $9.99 (was $19.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
Fugue Machine: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
Genome MIDI Sequencer: now $5.99 (was $9.99)
Egoist: now $13.99 (was $29.99)
iMIDIPatchbay: now $6.99 (was $12.99)
Thesys: now $8.99 (was $14.99)
BeatHawk: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
iSyn Poly: now $1.99
Arpeggist: now $5.99 (was $7.99)
Arpeggionome Pro | matrix arpeggiator: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
Arpeggionome for iPhone | matrix arpeggiator: now $1.99 (was $4.99)

iOS FX apps:

GuitarTone: now $1.99 (was $2.99)
Final Touch – Audio Mastering and Post Production: now $2.99 (was $19.99)
JamUp Pro: now $9.99 (was $19.99)
ToneStack: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
Effectrix: now $8.99 (was $17.99)
VC-1 (excellent chorus FX): now $2.99 (was $5.99)
Turnado: now $13.99 (was $19.99)
WOW Filterbox: now $8.99 (was $14.99)
Sliver: now $2.99 (was $5.99)
Italizer: now $4.99 ($9.99)
Bark Filter: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
BandShift: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
AudioEffX: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
Tap Delay: now $4.99 (was $6.99)
Harmony Voice: now $4.99 (was $6.99)
Deregulator: now $0.99
3oomph: now $0.99 (was $1.99)
ZhSh: now $0.99 (was $2.99)
6144 equalizer by DDMF: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
FuxEQ: now $4.99 (was $6.99)
NYCompressor: now $3.99 (was $8.99)

iOS Synths:

KORG iWAVESTATION: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iMono/Poly: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
Korg’s ARP ODYSSEi: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iDS-10: now $9.99 (was $19.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG Module: now $19.99 (was $39.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iM1: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iMS-20: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iKaossilator: now $9.99 (was $19.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG Module Standard for iPhone: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iELECTRIBE for iPad: now $9.99 (was $19.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
KORG iPolysix for iPad: now $14.99 (was $29.99) … On sale until the 9th of Jan
miniSynth 2: now Free
Magellan: now $4.99 (now $9.99)
VoxSyn: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
dot Melody: now $1.99 (was $4.99)
Kauldron: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
Addictive Pro: now $11.99 (was $19.99)
S-Modular: now $2.99 (was $5.99)
KASPAR: now $9.99 (was $19.99)
Unique for iPad: now $8.99 (was $14.99)
Unique for iPhone: now $0.99 (was $4.99)
Cyclop for iPad: now $13.99 (was $24.99)
Galileo Organ: now $4.99 ($9.99)
Magellan Jr: now $1.99 (was $4.99)
Addictive microSynth: now $2.99 (was $4.99)
Addictive Synth: now $4.99 (was $6.99)
Tera Synth: now $11.99
Cube Synth: now $6.99 (was $9.99)
76 Synthesizer: now $0.99 (was $1.99)

iOS Drums:

DrumKick: now $2.99 (was $5.99)
DrumKick for iPhone: now $0.99 (was $2.99)
DM1 for iPhone: now $0.99 ($2.99)
Drummy – Get Started Making Beats: now $0.99 (was $1.99)
Patterning Drum Machine: now $7.99 (was $9.99)
synthQ: now $2.99 (was $5.99)

Instruments:

Steel Guitar: now free
AirVox: now $0.99 (was $2.99)
Chordion : Musical Instrument & MIDI Controller: now $2.99 (was $4.99)
SpaceVibe: now $2.99 (was $3.99)
Ribbons : Expressive Electronic Instrument: now $3.99 (was $5.99)

Others:

KORG cortosia – GOOD SOUND TUNER: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
iAudioGate: now $9.99 (was $14.99)
sir Sampleton: now $0.99 (was $1.99)
GlitchBreaks: now $2.99 (was $4.99)
ChordFlow: now $4.99 (was $9.99)
ThereMIDI: now $3.99 (was $8.99)
Midiflow: now $3.99 (was $5.99)
ReSlice: now $9.99 (was $14.99)
Dub Siren DX -DJ Mixer Synth + Reggae Dub Radio: now $2.99 (was $3.99)
GaMBi: Chiptune Player: now $3.99 (was $5.99)
Audio RTA: now $2.99 (was $4.99)
Audio Spectrum: now $0.99 (was $2.99)

Last checked 31/12/2017, 14:41 (GMT).

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Groove Rider GR-16 is a hardware inspired groovebox with everything on one page for maximum inspiration

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 25 Dec 2017 1:13 am

Well I’ve always liked groove boxes and apps where you can do everything in one place. From the developer who brought us Poison-202, comes Groove Rider GR-16. This is a professional step-sequenced groove box, inspired by professional hardware drum machines and rhythm boxes.

It has a powerful Poison-202 based two oscillator synthesizer engine, plus a big variety of included PCM drum samples, insert/send/master effects, arpeggiator, automation recording, modulator, ADSR and filter block, and more! Built-in factory pattern library includes patterns in different music styles, which will inspire you (the list will be appended with the regular updates).

Check out the patterns demo video:

One remarkable feature of GR-16 is that it has made all of the controls available on just one single screen, like on a real groove box device. Groove Rider GR-16 lets you access almost all useful parameters from this one single screen, and so you can forget about loads of sub-windows and dialogs, which can ruin your inspiration and workflow. Groove Rider is the fastest path from your imagination to reality!

You can use GR-16 as a ready-to-go realtime musical instrument (groove box) in your jam sessions together with Ableton Link feature to synchronize it with your other music gear. Groove Rider is also very handy for quickly sketching your musical ideas, allowing you to instantly record them directly by using the Record function. Making music becomes easy and fun, in contrast with boring note drawing process and dealing with tons of files and expensive plugins in the DAW’s! Don’t loose your inspiration, boost it up with Groove Rider!

Features:

  • Ableton Link support
  • Audiobus support
  • Inter-App Audio support
  • synth engine is Poison-202 based: 2 oscillators, 5 waveforms (Saw, Pulse, Sine, Triangle and Super-Saw)
  • synth oscillator modulation types: Ring, Sync, PW and XFM
  • 83 available oscillator configurations
  • Filter module with LP, BP, HP, Notch type filters, 12 and 24 dB/octave
  • amp module
  • ADSR envelope, assignable to Amp and Filter
  • Modulator module with 9 LFO modulation shapes x 6 modulation destinations (Pitch, Filter, Level, Pan, Osc Edit, IFX Edit)
  • voice portamento (Slide)
  • polyphony up to 32 voices
  • 16 sounding parts per pattern
  • 16 steps x 4 bars per each part
  • each step consist of up to 4 voices (notes)
  • each step can be time shifted forward/backward a fractional value
  • assignable strokes for each step (to play several notes at one step)
  • assignable probability (chance) for each step note
  • 12 send effect types, one send effect per pattern
  • 22 master effect types, one master effect per pattern
  • 34 insert effect types, one insert effect per each part
  • master brickwall Limiter (can be switched on/off)
  • Arpeggiator with 6 modes and over 30 rhythm patterns
  • Scale play mode with 36 different scales to select from
  • Chords and Notes play mode
  • more than 30 different midi groove templates
  • up to 256 user patterns to store in one user pattern bank
  • import & export user patterns via iTunes File Sharing and Files.app

Minimum recommended devices:

  • iPhone 5 and newer
  • iPad Air and newer

Groove Rider GR-16 costs $9.99 on the app store now, which includes a 50% off launch discount

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Maxima is an audio effect designed to provide automatic gain control of your audio materials

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 24 Dec 2017 11:40 pm

Maxima is the second app to come from Frederic Corvest. The first was FAC Chorus, both a Mac and an iOS version. Now Fred brings us Maxima, which is an audio effect designed to provide automatic gain control of your audio materials to ensure that the levels stay consistent and never exceed 0dB. It’s a clever idea, a combination of dynamic processors that can be set to provide a gentle transparent signal boost respecting the initial dynamic or significant colorised level maximisation. Thanks to a unique signal path, algorithms and a small set of parameters, Maxima makes a complicated task really very easy indeed.

In addition to the classic final stage application, Maxima excels on individual tracks too. With a few changes it’s easy to go from the common gain deviation compensation, e.g. for vocals, to drastical audio changes that will bring your audio material to new territories: boost reverb tails, flattenize drums… The applications are various and the possibilities are limitless.

Get the final touch!
Maxima definitely makes audio louder and that makes it an effective tool in many mastering engineers’ arsenals.

Be creative!
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Go further!
Tired by the advertisement boost, or important speech level variation in broadcasting? Use Maxima to maintain the level constant. DJ’s may also benefit from the effects to normalise in real time the level of the mixed tracks.

As with all FAC products the interface has a unique sober look and provides a great user experience. Maxima also brings a real-time multi-waveform graph having a 6s buffer of the audio material before and after operations, this will help on setting the right parameters and have a visual feedback.

Maxima costs $6.99 on the app store:

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Sequle brings musical scales based sequencing to your iOS workflow

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 24 Dec 2017 11:20 pm

Sequle is musical scales based sequencing app. It uses musical scales theory to produce notes for MIDI-interface.

It has six tracks with note lengths, velocities and transpose. Tracks can have invidual pattern lengths and speeds. Song mode for more melodic performances. Minor and major scale and global transpose. It can be clocked either internally or from MIDI clock.

Using scales instead of specific notes makes everything sound good and it gives you more space to just play with the sounds get inspired easily.
Use note length and velocity to create rhytmical melodies. Vary pattern length to create polyrythmic sequences.

This app works with Camera Connection kit and most of the USB->MIDI converters.

The app is free to download but it has a limited playing time. You can purchase the full version with in-app purchase option and support the development.

Sequle is free on the app store, but the full version is an IAP away:

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ChordBud has got all the tools you’ll need for making interesting progressions

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Sun 24 Dec 2017 10:54 pm

If writing your tracks by using chords is the way you work, then you might want to take a look at ChordBud, a new universal iOS app for doing just that.

ChordBud is an all in one app that combines some of the most important concepts you might need when sketching out a song. The app gives you tons of scales, together with their harmonic fields, together with options to choose triads, 7th, and extended chords. Most common chord progressions with the ability to create your custom progressions and even notes if you want to sketch a melody or bass, all under your hand.

ChordBud does not generate any sound on its own, but instead it has a built-in MIDI sequencer that sends MIDI to other MIDI enabled apps in your iOS device, connected MIDI hardware and CoreMIDI enabled software on your Mac or PC via network session. It auto detects available MIDI destinations and lets you choose which one you want to connect. Also, ChordBud supports Ableton Link as well.

With ChordBud you can add up to 16 tracks to your projects, add chords or notes to your tracks and assign different MIDI channels to them and sketch your ideas into fully fledged song.

If that wasn’t enough, in the spirit of open source, ChordBud also offers its core components open sourced on GitHub. Feel free to fork them, send a pull request to make it better, open an issue to share your ideas or give them a star if you like them.

ChordBud costs $1.99 on the app store now

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Roli’s NOISE update brings the feature I’ve been wanting all along

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Mon 18 Dec 2017 11:53 pm

From day one using Roli’s Blocks and NOISE app I’ve wanted them to add overdubbing to the app. Today they have, and I am really happy about this. They’ve given me an early Christmas present and something I’m going to enjoy trying out over the holidays. I’d really like to start getting more creative with NOISE and using it to make complete pieces. Now I think that’s going to be much easier. Overdubbing is the start. But that’s not all, they’ve added even more in version 3.1 too.

Here’s everything that’s new in the app:

  • Overdubbing (the feature that I’ve been hoping for all along) — You can now build up beats and harmonies by overdubbing over an existing recorded loop. Just hit the record button again to start building up layers on a clip
  • Cue and Record Loop Length — Go to the new settings page in the song view to adjust both the Cue Length (the timing clips can be launched) and the Record length (the global length any new clips will record for)
  • Ableton Link — Also in the new settings page you can enable Link to sync with other apps
  • Ableton Live Export — Now easier to share and export audio loops from your projects, as well as exporting Ableton Live Sets direct from NOISE

Additional fixes and improvements:

  • Fixed bug where recorded clips (most noticeably on Groove Kits) played back incorrectly the first time around
  • iPhone X support
  • Smoothed Tempo Changes and now accurately show tempo
  • Click is now enabled when first recording
  • Reduced memory spikes when loading SWAM sounds
  • Fixed issue with 5D settings not updating correctly
  • Fixed crash when exporting a project with multiple SWAM instruments
  • Fixed bug where Undo button undoes multiple clips
  • Now support brighter Lightpad Block displays introduced in latest firmware (please make sure to update your firmware to make the most of this!)

Roli’s NOISE app is free on the App Store with IAPs for content packs

And, as a festive treat Roli have made a special Christmas content pack!

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