APG Composer + Me Jamming like a Fiend

I'm pretty nerdy. I set as a threshold for the site anything I deem too nerdy for me, as being too nerdy in general. APG Composer very nearly was dismissed as such. This 3 Voice FM Synth is very nerdy, but it is free so I poked around with it for a bit on your behalf. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, but it is definitely worth checking out if you like to seriously geek out with some knobs and synthesis.

There's no Audio Copy here, hell there isn't even exporting, nor MIDI, nor any of the usual stuff we expect, but it is kind of awesome at what it does.

This is really just a tech demo for the company's Audio Plugin Generator, software for designing VSTs, but that is also interesting as they were able to port it to iOS without any code changes. We could be seeing the Reaktor of iOS that many synth nerds have been dreaming of.

Here's a track I put together in the first 20 minutes of playing with it. I like the results! Just slap some drums on this and it's a solid track.

Thanks to iDesignSound for bringing this to my attention!

Buy APG Composer on iTunes: Free

MIDI Studio sale!

MIDI Studio is a nice solution for people who want a MIDI interface on their iPad, but don't want to fuck around with complicated layouts in TouchOSC/Lemur/TB MIDI. It is also now 60%-off!

For those of you that do like to make your own layouts, that is among the promised features for 2.0. I hate to repeat developer update promises here in connection with promoting apps, especially from unproven developers, but it is a deal at this price so it might be worth snagging while it's on sale.

Buy MIDI Studio on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $10.99)

Here's a demo video from YouTuber SergeyK1985 that shows it off. His English is bad and the video quality is worse, but his music and enthusiasm are great.

Overcoming Limitations of iOS Music Apps

Aaron Apter is a man determined to make music. He noted some "professionals" grumbling about the limitations of iOS Music Apps and decided to set them straight by detailing his process. The video I've embedded has lots of good captions about what he's doing, but you should probably check out the article on his blog for all of the finer details.

Buy Loopy HD on iTunes: $7.99

Electronic All Around - SunVox video

SolarLune posted a great video to YouTube of a completed track in SunVox. He's using the desktop version (Free), but since it is identical to the iOS/Android version I thought this was worth sharing here. It is always interesting to see what a full track looks like in SunVox, with all kinds of different patterns and modulations going on.

If you like this track, he invites you to buy it for $1 (or more) on BandCamp.

via MatrixSynth

Buy SunVox on iTunes: $4.99

Guitar-based Ambient Hellscape with csGrain

Ran Kirlian posted a startlingly beautiful csGrain manipulation. I don't really go in for atmospheric-ambient, but this is deep. I was moved by the first phase. I was hearing a hellish sandstorm drowning out the chants of an Arabic cleric in a long forgotten stretch of desert... but he was just playing guitar!

If you're into it you might also like this earlier video of a Moog Guitar into csGrain, which is more melodic but no less ethereal.

via Synthtopia

Buy csGrain on iTunes: $9.99

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