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SynthMaster Player Released

KV331 has released their much anticipated SynthMaster Player! Please keep in mind this is just a "player" of presets. Although it provides several interesting performance controls, you won't offer all of the synthesis available in SynthMaster for desktops. The app itself is free, and the Pro upgrade to add 800 factory presets is on sale for $5 until July.

Update: Or at least it should be $5... Reader Tadets just pointed out that the Pro upgrade is $10/£8. This is probably a glitch, and the sale price just needs to be sorted out on Apple's end. The price should be fixed now!

Thanks to reader Alberto letting me know about the release this afternoon!

SynthMaster Player iTunes Description:

SynthMaster Player for iPad is the mobile player version the award winning SynthMaster software synthesizer. It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds during music production. Although it is a preset based player, users can edit the following preset parameters:

  1. 8 easy parameters assigned by the sound designer
  2. 2 XY Pads assigned by the sound designer
  3. Effect bypass states and send amounts
  4. Layer bypass states and volumes
  5. Master volume, polyphony

The free app comes with 100 factory presets. When users complete registration by entering their names and email addresses they receive another 100 factory presets as a bonus!

After completing registration, users can upgrade to the Pro version of the app by purchasing the "Factory Presets" bank via In-App-Purchase (IAP). With the Pro Upgrade all of the 800 factory presets are loaded and also the following features are unlocked:

  1. Users can save the changes they have made to the presets.
  2. Users can purchase additional preset banks via In-App-Purchase (IAP). We currently have 28 additional preset banks that contain 1750 presets for various genres/styles.
  3. Existing SynthMaster users can download their previously purchased SynthMaster preset banks inside the app, so that they don't have to purchase them again.
  4. Existing SynthMaster users can export their own presets in SynthMaster v2.7 and import them into SynthMaster Player for iPad using iTunes.

Built-in Keyboard

The built-in 2 octave keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels lets users play notes without having to connect an external MIDI controller to their iPad. With its Scale functionality, it shows the users the notes on the scale, and with its Chord functionality the user can play a certain chord by pressing a single note.

MIDI Settings

SynthMaster Player for iPad supports CoreMIDI and also virtual MIDI. It acts as a virtual MIDI destination for other DAW apps. Midi input device, midi input channel, and receive midi beat clock settings can be adjusted from the MIDI Settings window.

Inter-App Audio

SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as an source/instrument in InterApp Audio. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to InterApp enabled DAW apps.


SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as a source/instrument in AudioBus, with state saving enabled. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to AudioBus enabled DAW apps.

Buy SynthMaster Player on iTunes: Freemium ($4.99 Unlock IAP)

Here is the official promo. Be sure to check out Doug's preview for an example of more of the presets.

Indiegogo: DrumPants 2.0

Last year's Indiegogo campaign for DrumPants was an instant success, reaching well beyond their goal. They're now launching a new crowd funding effort for the next version, which features built in Bluetooth LE support, designed specifically to work with Apple's Bluetooth MIDI for iOS & OSX.

Co-Founder Tyler wrote in with details on this, along with a new design philosophy.

"The big news is that we're going open source! This will give makers, hackers, and other music instrument manufacturers a reference to implement their own MIDI over Bluetooth LE instruments, as well as expose some of the workarounds needed to get working with Apple devices (since they don't quite follow their own spec very well.) We hope to provide a solid base for pushing forward the future of wireless musical instruments."
- Tyler Freeman, DrumPants CTO

For $120 you can get your own DrumPants 2.0, but they also have Dev Kits for $70 and an expanded version with 4 sensors for $210. There is even a $250 TAC version that is specifically designed to help people with disabilities with what they're calling Drum Assistive Technologies.

The intro video is quite good. You can see more unique uses for DrumPants in this other video too. I was especially inspired by The Augmented Drummer, which has its own Behind the Scenes video.

See You Again (Garageband Cover)

YouTuber Sheldon Lo did an amazing cover of See You Again with Garageband and a whole lot of different takes. Some of the vocal video is out of sync, but it is still a pretty excellent performance.

Video Description:

This cover was made playing instruments from the iPad garageband, then afterwards I recorded the vocal parts on my iMac . The iPad is an extremely useful tool, especially if you love singing, but dont know how to play instruments. You definately should learn how to play real ones, but on your way there, this can make things more convenient and help you achieve your short term goals quicker. I mean if I had this earlier I may have started writing songs way earlier and developed my song writing earlier, cause the time it took me to play guitar well enough to write and sing with, and being limited to writing 4 chord songs kind of took a long time haha. Anyway Hope this video gives you some inspiration to jump start your song writing/song covering/performance goals!

Buy GarageBand on iTunes: $4.99

Novation Launchpad - Zen Ambient Demo

Doug from The Sound Test Room did a demo for the Zen Ambient soundpack for Launchpad released in March.

Buy Novation Launchpad on iTunes: Freemium

PO-12, Volca Keys, iPad Mini 2 Improv

Reader Maria Calfa-DePaul got a new Pocket Operator PO-12 and set out to sync it with the rest of her gear! She did a little improv with the setup, and includes details on how she pulled it off.

Video Description:

I was able to sync my. Korg volca Keys to the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-12 and it worked great. I have the two of them going into the iPad mini 2 via the lightening adaptor and the apogee jam then I have the out of the iPad mini going into the lightning port of the iPhone 5 via the Behringer UCA-222 audio interface and then the iPhone camera app recorded it all!

I used Audiobus to route the out put of the keys and PO-12 into the app Stereo Designer app but used a separate lane so that the app Z3TA did not go through the fx.

The PO-12 is awesome and packs the punch that the volca Beats doesn't! Thanks for watching!!

Buy Stereo Designer on iTunes: $4.99


Buy Z3TA+ on iTunes: $19.99

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