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Borderlands Granular 2.0

Originally released in October 2012, after two and a half years on the App Store Borderlands Granular has received its first update! There are a whole lot of improvements in here, but most welcomed of all is the ability to easily get your music in and out of the app now! Most readers of this site will have AudioShare, and probably a collection of sounds in their AudioShare library already. You'll find it super easy to import favorite samples now into Borderlands Granular with the built-in AudioShare import functionality.

The app itself makes some great textures, but it benefits tremendously when thrown into Audiobus with some additional effects. That is now possible, along with recording from other apps into Borderlands for sampling directly.

What's new in Borderlands Granular v2.0:

New Features:

  • Audiobus Sender, Filter, and Receiver support
  • AudioShare import and export
  • Real time audio input recording and granulation
  • Gesture recording and looping for cloud parameters and positions
  • Save and load "scenes" - presets of clouds, sounds, and automation
  • Resonant filters for each grain cloud with per grain randomization
  • ...and much more!
  • Bugfixes:

  • Fixed common sources of crashes on launch.
  • Better sample import options
  • Better performance, hardware accelerated audio
  • Support for external audio interfaces
  • Improved memory handling
  • Multiple sample rates and buffer sizes supported
  • Interface rotation supported
  • File sharing enabled
  • Buy Borderlands Granular on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $12.99)

    Here is an official video from the developer, along with a 20 minute demo by The Sound Test Room.


    Medly™ is the latest freemium app to promise talentless non-musicians the ability to make music with ease. I'm not sure how that's supposed to work. It uses a piano roll for sequencing, and any real non-musician will be intimidated by that interface. Because it looks slightly more advanced that it claims, I'm including it here.

    Medly™ iTunes Description:


    Medly is not only for musicians. All you need is to tap and draw to create your song.

    Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, Medly offers everything you need to create your song.

    Choose from 69 instruments and 9 drum kits to create your song.


    Buy Medly™ on iTunes: Freemium

    The app is free, and they're selling sound packs for $2 each. The promo video tries to provide a reasonable expectation of use, in that you will surely be playing clubs within a week of owning the app.

    haQ attaQ - "Thor DubStep Modulation Tutorial"

    Jakob Haq released a new haQ attaQ over the weekend; this time wobbling up Thor for some DubStep fun.

    Buy Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on iTunes: $14.99

    Korg Module Update

    Korg's elaborate piano sound Module has been updated with the ability to support MIDI channel changing.

    What's new in Korg Module v1.1:

    • Now supports MIDI Channel Change.
    • Now supports Global Transpose.
    • An issue that caused an unnecessary backup of "Ivory Mobile Grand" and "Wurley Electric Piano" in your iCloud is now fixed. Please ensure that you remake your iCloud back up in the iOS settings after updating.
    • Other improvements have been made to enhance stability.

    Buy Korg Module on iTunes: $39.99

    HarmonyWiz Update

    Jordan Rudess' HarmonyWiz was updated with new features and user requests!

    What's new in HarmonyWiz v1.0.6:

    In this update you get a little more control over the finer points of the composition:

  • You can now tell HarmonyWiz what sort of leading notes you want in minor harmony
  • There is also support for pauses, otherwise known as fermata, which allow for a break in the harmony.
  • Some requests from customers have been implemented:

  • note editing with the pencil does not modify the duration or note type
  • auto scroll during playback can be toggled in the settings menu
  • Also there are some bug fixes.

    Buy HarmonyWiz on iTunes: $9.99

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