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
There is a new iOS game I am in love with called Helix. It’s kind of like a mix between the a game on Magnavox Odyssey 2 called UFO and anything from Jeff Minter. Acid colors, awesome soundtrack and very good arcade play.
“It all makes for a wonderful arcade experience. The twist is rich enough that everything feels fresh, and there’s something almost painfully addictive about the game as well.” – pocketgamer.co.uk
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
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
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
I ordered an iPhone 5s. Since I have so many Apps installed on my 4s I decided that when the new phone arrives to start fresh and only install Apps I really use often. My go to recording App has always been FiRe by Audiofile Engineering. I was thinking that I never notice FiRe being updated so I decided to do a little research and I discovered that FiRe was in the hands of RØDE. The new App RØDE Rec adds a bunch of new features and a new iPad version. One of the best things about FiRe/RØDE Rec is the large real time audio waveforms. I have had a lot of trouble recording my live shows. Even with a Limiter and concert settings on using various portable mics I always get distortion. I’m going to try using RØDE Rec on my iPad next time because I will clearly be able to “see” if I’m distorting in advance. The iXY mic they sell looks good but I will wait until they have a version with a Lighting connector. RØDE Rec is $5.99
“RØDE Microphones is excited to announce the next iteration of its ?eld recording app for Apple’s iOS devices, RØDE Rec. This update, released to the app store today as a free upgrade, has a number of enhancements including a dedicated iPad interface, MP3 publishing and support for ten different languages. RØDE Rec has been incredibly well received since its launch in January of this year, where it was the only app on the market to allow for recording at 24-bit/96kHz (using RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone). This is the ?rst update since RØDE acquired the FiRe app from creator Audio?le Engineering, and signals RØDE’s intention to provide not only the best ?eld recording app for mobile devices, but a platform that rivals dedicated audio ?eld recorders.” – promusicapps.com
Pulse Code the makers of Rhythm Studio have released Modular Synthesizer for iOS. The synth is free and then you buy modules for .99 each or $4.99 for all the current modules available. It certainly wont sound as sharp and wild as the real thing but should be great fun on a flight, waiting room or while on the phone with your mother in law.
“Modular looks, acts, and sounds like a hardware modular synthesizer to give you features that musicians want such as pulse width modulation, oscillator sync, 4 pole ladder filters, and 1v/oct filter tracking. Traditional modular systems are expensive and out of reach for the average artist. Modular is here to bridge that gap and allow everyone the opportunity to use these powerful synthesizers.” – pulsecodeinc.com
DevoBots is new synth a robot maker app from Devo. Crack that whip. Give the past a slip. Step on a crack. Break your momma’s back. .99 and available now.
“DEVOBOTS is an upcoming DEVO-authorized iOS app that is a combination robot maker and synthesizer. Users will be able to create their own DEVO-inspired robot characters from a library of 10,000 robot parts. The designs can be applied to apparel, posters, and other merchandise. The synthesizer app will allow users to create their own music from sounds taken from the DEVO archives.” – laughingsquid.com
I really like a new game for iOS and Android called Puk. It’s super minimal with really nice sounds. It’s like target pong. 1000 levels and very addictive.
“PUK is a fast paced pure action puzzler requiring skill dexterity, nerve and endurance. Pull back and ping to obliterate portals in 1000 unique, quick-fire levels that are endlessly generated and different every time.” – Laser Dog
I love 80s analog video, VHS glitch effects. I use my Bleep Labs HSS3i for my live show video and have my eye on the LZX Analog Video modular modules. PixiVisor is a new app for iOS that allows you to transmit video from an iPhone to a reciever iPad app. The video is transmitted via audio through the air. The results are very cool and the Receiver app allows you to further customize the image. You can also use a cable to connect the transmitter and receiver and then use a filter to modify the image. In the last video above you see an analog mixer sending different signals to the transmitter therefore becoming a video mixer. This is wonderful.
“PixiVisor is a revolutionary tool for audio-visual experiments. Simple and fun, cross-platform application with unlimited potential for creativity! It consists of two parts: Transmitter and Receiver. Transmitter converts the video (static 64×64 image or 10FPS animation) to sound, pixel by pixel (progressive scan). This lets you listen to the sound of your image. But the main function of the Transmitter is to transmit the signal to the receiving devices. Receiver converts the sound (from microphone or Line-in input) back to video. You can set the color palette for this video, and record it to animated GIF file.” – warmplace.ru