The Sound Test Room: Aphelian Pre-Release Demo

Doug Woods from The Sound Test Room got an early build of Aphelian to preview for us. This fun looking "visual sequencer" garnered interest last month with a series of their own tutorials.

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mTonal by Skeflect

mTonal from Skeflect is a $5 microtonal MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) controller for iOS. In addition to its own sound set, mTonal can output MIDI to anything that supports MPE!

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mTonal is an expressive 24-tone keyboard synth that can be used to smoothly glide across the frequency spectrum, something which is not possible with a regular MIDI keyboard controller. It can send MIDI information to digital audio workstations (DAWs) that support MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), making this app extremely versatile for recording and processing microtonal MIDI data. Record audio files using the synth presets of the app and share them across other apps, email, or social media.

Explore the world of quarter-tone music using this 24-tone keyboard. Blue keys between the white and black keys mark the quarter-tones. Switch between octaves using the octave controls on the upper-right corner of the keyboard. Choose between three keyboard layouts: one octave, two octaves, and seven octaves. The seven-octave layout gives you a wide range of tonal possibilities without taking the size of a grand piano. Use the warning button to clear any unreleased touches in the synth.

Send MIDI information to various DAWs and software synthesizers that support MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) like Logic Pro, Cubase, and Max/MSP. You have the option of using a wired, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth MIDI connection, and you can change the connection anytime using the settings button on the upper-left corner of the keyboard.

Turn on gliding to smoothly transition between two notes and create a microtonal soundscape. Use the cents button to display the note's cents value for precise control over the pitch. Familiarize yourself with the keyboard’s layout using the notes button, which displays the note names on top of the keyboard. For more expressiveness in playing, activate the velocity feature to control note velocity based on the touch size. Hold notes for an extended period of time even after they have been released using the pedal.

Apply delay and reverb to customize the sound. These effects only apply to the app's synth presets and will not be sent through MIDI out.

Record and save your favorite tunes to the iPad. The files are saved in .m4a format. Once recorded, the audio files can be played back in the app. The files can be shared through email, social media, or between other apps. You can also organize your audio files and delete unwanted ones from the iPad to free up space.

Dusty Patches - Petting Zoo

YouTuber Dusty Patches has a fantastic name for a modular synth channel. His latest jam on the Eurorack includes samples on an Elektron Octatrack that were developed in Patterning 2.

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Created with Eurorack modular synthesizer, Octatrack, and Digitone. The guitar is a Kiesel Vader V8 through an Axe FX II preamp and sampled into the Octatrack.

Abridged Patch Notes

I'd like to highlight the parts of this patch that I'm interacting with and the different sounds you hear. I'm going to leave out the nitty gritty details but please ask me anything if you want to know something specific.

Let's start with the modular synth. There are 4 voices sequenced by the Octatrack via the QMI2. Loquelic Iteritas and Braids are the oscillators for the two lead synths. I have the joystick patched to DAMP and FOLD on the Loquelic. Braids goes through Clouds in delay mode and I'm tweaking the feedback at times. The chippy bass synth is the Ataraxic Translatron. The fourth voice is Basimilus Iteritas for the tuned synth snare sound. All these voices are routed through the LOW, CENTRE, and HIGH inputs on the Three Sisters filter. Pam's New Workout is sending a slow LFO to the FM input. During the slow heavy part I'm turning up the QUALITY (resonance) and messing with the SPAN (bandwidth) which sweeps through each of the voices in a really pleasing way.

The Morphagene is supplying a constant stream of glitchy random animal noises, a must-have for any discerning musician. The Beatstep Pro is patched to the 1010music fxbox (conveniently through one 1/8 inch TRS cable passing MIDI data) providing 16 pads of tactile effects control. I especially enjoy the gigantic reverb and the ping pong delay.

Onto the Octatrack. Aside from sequencing the modular synth, it is playing back a lot of tasty samples. For percussion I created conga, bongo, and drum patterns. I used the Patterning 2 iPad app. The guitar used was a Kiesel Vader V8 through an Axe FX II preamp and sampled into the Octatrack. The final half of the song has some clean FM voices from the Digitone coming in, sequenced by the remaining 4 MIDI channels of the Octatrack.

AudioKit Digital D1 Synth Update

AudioKit Digital D1 Synth continues to receive a lot of post-release updates in rapid-fire succession! The latest update offers an easy way to view and select PCM cards.

What's new in AudioKit Digital D1 Synth v0.9.8:

Thank you! We are Improving D1 every day. NEW FEATURE IN THIS UPDATE:
+ New PCM Selector Panel
Click on "PCM Cards" on the "Layers" panel to see a new easy-to-use view of the PCM cards.
+ Sustain Pedal Support improved
+ We've received all your ideas/bug emails and we're working on everything. Our "To Do" list is a mile long. But, we'll get to everything.
MORE FEATURES ARE COMING! Tell your friends... D1 will be amazing!

Email bugs, music, & friendly notes to:
We're working hard to improve the app for you!

BM3 Beginner Series: Adding Effects To Your Tracks

The Microphonist continues his BeatMaker 3 Beginner series with instructions on adding effects. If you missed Part 1 you should check that out too for details on creating your own samples from field recordings.

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BM3 Beginner Series: Adding Effects To Your Tracks (Part 2)

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