iceGear have released another unique poly synth! This one provides the same sort of virtual analog (subtractive) synthesis we've seen before, but in addition to chord and delay effects Lorentz also includes a resonator! Resonators are typically used as their own style of synthesis engine, such as physical modeling as in the case of iceGear's other app Laplace. This app marries the two worlds to great effect, as you can hear in the demo below!
Lorentz iTunes Description:
Virtual Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer with Resonator.
- Oscillators : Saw, Pulse, Sub, Noise
- High Pass Filter
- Low Pass Filter
- Envelope Generator
- Programmable Arpeggiator
- Inter-App Audio
- CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI Input
- MIDI Controller Mapping with MIDI Learn mode
- External MIDI sync
Alright, as iTunes descriptions go that is not very descriptive, but fortunately there are a couple of really excellent demos. There is short polished looking intro video, but embedded below is a tweaking demo that is practically a tutorial for all that it can do. The Resonator section kicks in at around 4:50, but you won't be doing yourself any favors to skip ahead.
At WWDC this year we learned that Apple will bring Audio Units to iOS9, but it is still an open question as to what that actually means for users in any practical sense. Music Radar asked 5 developers to find out what they think. Unfortunately it feels like they really cherry picked the responses, and left any technical details out of the published answers.
Audio Damage's outspoken developer Chris Randall is both optimistic and dismissive in his answer. Music Radar would have us believe he managed to go two paragraphs without saying, "Fuck."
"These aren't Audio Units like the ones in your plugins folder on your MacBook, in the strictest sense. And the iOS platform doesn't (yet) have the power to run big, resource-hungry mega-plugins like we regularly see on desktops. It's a different platform with its own unique challenges (not least of which is the iOS App Store pricing model), and it will be interesting to see how things play out."Overall, we feel that, like most things Apple does in the music producer market, it will be very good for consumers, but a huge headache for developers."
Jorge Castellanos from Audreio had the most technical response.
"Enhancing iOS/desktop communication and simplifying the development process for these platforms can only be beneficial to musicians. Whenever technical boundaries like these disappear, creative possibilities arise.
"Technically speaking, an audio iOS app is already an Audio Unit, and IAA already acts as a mechanism to connect apps together. The remaining problem is that a host app currently can't show another app as a sub-view. However, the newly announced split view greatly improves this situation, and being able to run several processors within an app will be a welcome and powerful change."
You can read the other 3 answers from Klevgränd, Sugar Bytes, and Datakalsong in the Music Radar article.
Both versions of Moog's Animoog have been updated with support for Audiobus Remote!
What's new in Animoog (both):
- Added support for AudioBus Remote with triggers for Recorder, Preset Navigation, Scale Lock, Hold and Orbit Time Change
- Added support for mixing down to AudioCopy and AudioShare in the 4-track recorder
What's new in Audiobus for iPhone:
- Added scale lock to 4" screen iPhones/iPods and bigger.
Here is a screenshot shared by developer Geert Bevin showing what they actually look like inside of Audiobus Remote. Note that the Filtatron update has been submitted, but is still awaiting approval from Apple.
Gumdrops was updated with Audiobus Remote triggers and new import options. The last Gumdrops update was the first to be featured here with a goofy ascii character drawing in the update text. This one has a hugging/kissing little guy that I liked so much, I decided to see how he looked in my headline font. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
づ ￣ ³￣)づ New in Gumdrops v1.5:
- Audiobus 2.2 w/ remote triggers for playback, A/B/C/D quick patterns and first 3 groups of pads
- Auto sets beat mark upon loading sample (Applying sample to all pads in group also applies the same beat mark)
- Now supports "Open In" so you can easily import audio from your favorite apps directly to a pad in Gumdrops
- Now supports the standard Document Picker so you can easily import audio from your iCloud Drive and 3rd party storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive.
- Long press in MIDI learn to un-learn a mapping
- Fix IAP (In-App Purchase) download progress
- Fix bugs in MIDI Learn
- EZAudio updated
For those of you that pre-ordered Retronyms' don't-call-it-a-dock Wej, Dan Walton has an update here with a demonstration of their final prototype for the circuit board. Here it is transmitting MIDI while charging an iPhone!