Review: Magellan

Yonac have unleashed an astonishingly powerful synth, with features that will be welcomed by both new and experienced users.

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $14.99

Waldorf announce PPG Wavegenerator for iPad

Correction: Waldorf is not involved with this app, as has been clarified by Russ Hughes in the comments here. My fault, I think I just got used to tacking "Waldorf" to the front of the letters PPG.

Synthtopia pointed out a little tidbit on Facebook, as Waldorf announces a new app coming "in the next few weeks" for iPad.

Yes it's true; from the Father of the PPG Wave comes the future of synthesis on the iPad... coming soon are going to be sound samples, pictures and more info from the man himself. Like this page to find out more about this exciting new iPad App - it really sounds like nothing else you have ever heard.

Exciting news! The Waldorf PPG Wave is an advanced wavetable synth on PC/Mac, itself a recreation of a high-end synth from the late 80s produced by Palm Products GmbH, which was later absorbed into Waldorf.

The only screenshot we have of the app is this one, held by PPG Wave inventor Wolfgang Palm.



NWave -Click for higher-res screenshot!

This is an entirely separate app from the NWave app in development from NLog developer, Tempo Rubato, with Waldorf. The screenshot on the left reveals a distinctly different visualizer and layout.

I contacted Tempo Rubato's Rolf Wöhrmann for comment. He said that official details would be coming very soon, but emphasized that they are indeed separate apps.

"NWave is a different beast... !"
-Rolf Wöhrmann

Waldorf must be taking iOS music pretty damn seriously to be investing in two apps!

Clarification: As Zymos points out in the comments here, Wolfgang is not Waldorf. It may be that this is done independently from Waldorf. That is really unclear, though Waldorf is not mentioned anywhere on the Facebook page. Since PPG has just been a part of Waldorf for so long, I am under the impression that any use of the PPG Wave name is authorized by Waldorf.

Jordan Rudess Presents: Music App Spectacular

Jordan's put together a gonzo video of different music apps; from his hotel in Bogotá, Colombia.

Tabletop updated with free Recording Device

Tabletop has received an update which has added the "Magic Mic". This is a free recording device for all Tabletop users. Also in this update is a T-Pain effect from iZotope, for $5.99 as an In-App Purchase. It is unclear if this is included for people who bought the All You Can Eat bundle option, that was added to the IAP Store in May.

iZotop is well regarded in professional circles for their Ozone and RX mastering tools. Last year they released The T-Pain Effect plugin for PC/Mac. Now a full 6 years after T-Pain's gimmick has peaked, you too can slather auto-tune all over your tracks!

Buy Tabletop on iTunes: Free

Semi-official word from Moog on Animoog Update

Over on the KVR Mobile forum, member Breeze posted a reply he received from Moog about the Animoog update. There are some great details in here, especially for saving your presets!



Due to high volume of e-mails relating to the latest Animoog update, the following is a general outline of how to solve the issue and what to expect in the coming week:

1) If you have already updated and the app isn't opening, DON'T delete it right away if you have custom presets you want to save. There is a free program called i-FunBox (for Mac and Windows) that you can use to offload your presets to a computer for safe-keeping first: http://forum.moogmusic.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=14118

2) If you don't have any custom presets or if you've saved them already, deleting the app and re-downloading (for free) from the App Store will get it running again. i-FunBox is the easiest way to load your presets back into Animoog, as well. You can also create a .zip file containing your presets folder, and use iTunes File Sharing and the "Import Presets" button on the Animoog setup page to restore saved presets. Drop the zipped presets folder into the Animoog File Sharing window in iTunes, then open Animoog and do Import Presets.

3) Animoog v1.1.1 has already been submitted and will fix all of these issues. Apple has just approved this update, so the new version should be coming online within 24 hrs. If you prefer, you can just wait for the next update and it should make everything right. No further action is required and no presets will be lost. I would anticipate the v1.1.1 update should be available via the App Store by this time next week; possibly sooner.

Further information:
*There was an outage with the server that hosts the In-App Purchases, but it should be back up within 24 hrs. Once it is back up, you should be able to access all purchases again.

*If you have purchased the MIDI Out expansion and are using the Alesis IO Dock, you may need to update the firmware on your device. Older IO Dock firmware can cause missed and stuck notes with the latest version of the Animoog. To update your device, go here:
http://www.alesis.com/iodock#
(downloads and updates tab)

Excellent news! That bit about when the 1.1.1 update is coming out seems confused, as in one sentence it says within 24 hours, and then later it is, "by this time next week; possibly sooner."

It is also odd that we're getting this info third-hand, but at least we're getting some acknowledgement from them beyond changing the iTunes description to include a warning. It would have been nice if they came out and immediatly got in front of this by just saying, "Everyone stay calm, the update will make sure you can keep your presets!"

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