The MakeNoise Phonogene is hands down one of the coolest most interesting Eurorack modules. It’s a sort of sampler, tape machine, looper and grain slicer with CV control. This week there has been a firmware update and the video above shows some of what has changed.
“The Phonogene rev 372 upgrade includes: Improved Audio Fidelity, Improved Vari-Speed response (shorter scale, greater resolution), End of GENE Pulse (EOS outputs pulses for both Splices and Genes, turn up Gene Size see this in action), Longer Record Time (improved memory management and improved audio fidelity make longer recordings possible), Broken ECHO Mode: all new behavior allows for realtime processing of audio signals.” – Walker Farrell
Here’s another new iPad music app with a wicked interface. This one is called FEED (iTunes link). It’s a sampler/looper. The waveform is circular. You can loop any parts of it. The circle size controls volume. You can scrub and more. $1.99 USD.
“Feed enables complex, rich manipulation of a “live feed” of sound. Record, playback, loop, pitchshift and modulate the live feed in a variety of ways to spontaneously create compositions from musical sources, spoken word or ambient sound.” – theincidental.com
The VoiceJam app for iPad was the centerpiece of my performance at TekServe a few months ago. They recently updated the app. The main new feature is a plug-in architecture and the first available plug-in the C1.
“The version adds In-App purchase of a VoiceTone C1 plug-in for adding the HardTune effects along with a long list of other features, improvements and fixes.” – tc-helicon.com
There are a few Loopers for iOS but the newly released VoiceJam from TC-Helicon is my favorite. WIthin the first hour I recorded some really cool stuff with it. The demo video above will give you a good idea of what’s possible with one exception. They don’t mention that if you use an iRig or similar device you can record drum machines or whatever “line in”. I used my iPhone into the iPad and FunkBox to lay down a beat, Beatbot for some synths and recorded some vocals. It was very fun almost to the point I will say this is a musicians iOS killer app.
“Traditional audio loopers constrain you to a single loop. While they often make it easy to build up a great phrase with each new layer and track, they never make it easy to go anywhere with the original idea. VoiceJam encourages you to expand outwards, giving you the tools to create a complete musical performance with all the dramatic structure of a fully mixed composition.” – tc-helicon.com/voicejam
Everyday Looper has become my favorite iPhone app period. If your a musician go grab this thing. It’s really fun to play around with and although you can’t tell by my loop it get’s your creative juices flowing. $4.99: click here