I created a bank of presets for Arturia’s fantastic iSEM synthesizer. The presets are available in the latest update. I also did an interview for Arturia (link). iSEM is really one of if not the best iPAD synth app. I worked hard on making these sounds so please check them out and enjoy the preset names too.
“Discover The Horrorist, the artist behind the new iSEM presets, and what he thinks about the app.” – arturia.com
For more info: arturia.com/company/news/agenda/interviewhorrorist
I think we all hoped to have full featured comfortable sequencers on our iPads. That reality as not quite happened (yet). As a sound source that goes into a desktop DAW the iPad is amazing. One of the best music apps to come out is Korg’s Gadget. An update this week brings export to Ableton Live. I’ve actually made a few small sketches on Gadget I really liked so today I will update and give this a try.
“KORG has collaborated with Ableton to offer a new music production workflow that lets you move seamlessly from mobile to desktop. KORG Gadget can export your project in an Ableton Live format, via iTunes or Dropbox. The phrases of each track and scene you create are internally converted into audio files. You can then use Live’s powerful Session and Arrangement workflows to edit and and refine your ideas, perform or record new parts, arrange your ideas, and mix your song. If you don’t already have Ableton Live, sign up in app to receive Ableton Live Lite for free.” – korg.com
For more info: korg.com/korg_gadget_for_ipad
Even though nothing sounds like vinyl at all I am amazed people still bring records to clubs. They are so heavy and I cherish my own collection so much I don’t want them full of vodka. I’m also amazed at all the people who “controller shame” saying you need to use vinyl to be a real DJ. I have Traktor and an S4 and I also have it on my iPad. While Im not so sure I will use the new SuperSlicer in app purchase ($1.99) I do thing it’s pretty cool and futuristic as hell.
“Remix your tracks like never before with the new SuperSlicer for Traktor DJ. Slice-up your tracks and rearrange your loops using Scratch, Brake, Reverse, Slice or even Pitch-shift effects.” – Native Instruments
For more info: itunes.apple.com/us/app/traktor-dj
It’s amazing how many interesting granular sequencing sampler Apps there are for iOS. You can add Earhoof to that list. I picked up an iConnect MIDI2 just for Apps like this one. $4.99 available now.
“Earhoof is a musical instrument which combines a powerful sound generating engine with an innovative rhythmic playback mechanism. Simply by holding the surface, complex rhythms trigger and seamlessly transition, while the sounds the internal sequencer generates continuously vary as you glide your fingers across your device. Even though Earhoof is easy to play, its flexibility makes it easy to create your own techniques.” – psicada.com
For more info: psicada.com
Wait a minute. A iOS app can be a Eurorack LFO? Apparently so! Check out the Brute LFO videos above to see it in action. Pretty cool! $3.99 USD.
“The Brute LFO is a powerful low frequency oscillator that modulates your analog gear. If you have a hardware synth that allows you to use external gear to modulate the pitch, the filter, or any other parameter, just plug the Brute LFO into the CV in and start playing. It consists of three separate LFOs. LFO 1 and 2 can be controlled using the control elements in the top half of the screen. The big knob in he middle sets the rate of both the LFOs. Additionally you can change the waveforms of the LFOs, detune LFO 2 and change its phase. The amount knob in the top half also sets the overall amount of the modulation. The elements on the bottom half (LFO 3) can be used to modulate the frequency of LFO 1 and 2. And the brute switch destroys everything!” – justuskandzi.com
For more info: justuskandzi.com/brute-lfo
Boinkss – Sound Toy for iOS from Andy Dolphin on Vimeo.
I love apps that are good for an intro or breakdown of a song. Boinkss fits that description. Draw on the screen and you will create some interesting “woman walking down a scary street at night” sounds.
“Boinkss is a sound toy that uses simulated physics to create shifting sonic patterns and freeform sequences. The player draws colourful lines and shapes, then drops bouncing balls into their creation. The collisions of the balls results in dynamic and varied sounds. The different colours in the palette relate to different sound types, which can be combined in many different ways.” – noisetoysound.org.uk
For more info: noisetoysound.org.uk/boinkss
Here’s two neat things you can do with Waldorf’s Nave iPad synthesizer. The first video show how to use Nave to create some very early sounding computer voices. The second video shows you how to create a sample from another iOS app and bring it into Nave.
“The Nave sound engine includes two novel wavetable oscillators with sonic possibilities way beyond the scope of conventional wavetable synthesis. While the spectrum of a sound can be transposed independently of its pitch, the waves can be rendered from perfectly periodic to very noisy and anywhere in between. Especially sounds with an accent on formants can be produced easily, which made us integrate a speech synthesizer for the easy creation of wavetables, enabling Nave to talk and sing.” – waldorf-music.info
For more info: waldorf-music.info/en/products/nave
Arturia has released iSEM for iPad. I only really post things if they seem interesting to me and well another iPad synth? Yes it’s based on the SEM but I have a Telemark and my modular so what gives? You see this iSEM has a nice killer feature! Watch the tutorial video above at about 3:25 in concerning the Voice Programmer. Here you can have the iSEM rotate each key press through 4 different voices. This is excellent as you can then set up each voice with a different filter setting or slight pitch variation. Setting up the voices like that gives you a really nice vintage sound. I also like that they implemented different keyboard scales. $9.99 available now.
“Set your key and choose from 26 scales, including Major, Minor, Pentatonic, Lydian and more. Inspired by the multitimbrality of the Oberheim two, four and eight Voice, the 8 Voice Programmer is a powerful module which lets you edit the parameters of 7 additional voices. Voice Programmer makes programming a breeze thanks to its visual layout. Select one of six directions for voice selection with modes including FWD, BWD, FWD-BWD and RANDOM. Whether you want to play spectral pads or complex sequences, this module will allow you to reach amazing sonic results.” – Arturia
For more info: arturia.com/evolution/en/products/iSem
TC-11 takes a good synth engine and tosses it under a highly customizable and beautiful touch interface. As you play the apps different presets your fingers fire LFOs, sequencers, arpeggiators, waveshapers, phasers and more. This is really a wonderful app. I think it’s like the classic Bebot on mega steriods. Be warned if you watch the videos above there is a good chance you will drop the $29 is costs.
“TC-11 is a programmable modular synthesizer on the iPad, controlled by multi-touch and device motion controllers. All synthesis parameters can be controlled by these two sources, which allows the user to create countless unique patch configurations. TC-11 does not use on-screen objects like knobs or buttons for synthesis control. Instead, your touches are the controllers. Distances, angles, rotation, speeds, and timings created by the touches are used to push synthesis parameters in real-time. TC-11 opens up every inch of the screen for performance. Plus, the iPad’s device motion capabilities can be used as controllers. The accelerometer, gyroscope and compass can be assigned to synthesis parameters to turn your iPad into a expressive motion-controlled synth.” – bitshapesoftware.com
For more info: bitshapesoftware.com/instruments/tc-11
Here’s a tip made for parents that could be very useful for stage musicians. The CNET video above shows how you can make it so you iPad will act as just one app using Guided Access. If you use your iPad on stage I think this is a great idea to ensure the home button and jestures won’t mess you up.
“Learn how to use Apple’s Guided Access feature in iOS to temporarily limit the use of your child’s iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to a single app.” – CNET
For more info: apple.com/ipad