Back in June, Sunrizer developer BeepStreet announced Impakton; a semi-modular percussive synthesizer that uses your iOS mic to drive acoustics through synthesis. Today Apps4iDevices posted a video that is demonstrating a "secret app", that seems to be doing the same thing. This could be the first video of Impakton in action!
Early this morning reader DSWO sent me an email linking over to an interesting post on Moog's official forum. After poking around in Animoog to recover his presets, craig8128 found a bunch of samples and started to opine on how to add user timbres. This was pretty exciting stuff so I got into a full-on hackathon today!
Adding files to the directory suggested by craig8128 didn't yield any results. I was encouraged though and started looking around on my own. I realized I didn't see any of the Richard Devine or B.A.S.E. timbres in that directory, so I figured that wasn't the right place. I found both in the cache directory, and poked around in their for a while. I wasn't able to add new timbres there, but I was able to make the first 2 octaves of any factory timbre do interesting noises.
After about 4 hours I found the right directory! As you see by this screenshot here, I am now able to add my own Timbres!
I proudly present the first Official Unofficial discchord Animoog Timbre Pack! This pack includes 10 timbres, all on the general theme of abusing electronics. These are samples from a Reaktor project of mine that models a circuit bent TB-303. Here's how to get these, or any of your own, into Animoog!
- Download The Pack!
- Extract the .zip file somewhere you'll be able to find it.
- Using i-Funbox (jailbreak is not required!) find your Animoog directory.
- Under the Animoog directory look for: [Animoog Directory]/Documents/.data/samples/
- Copy all of the .wav files into there.
That's it! If Animoog was running you will have to force restart it, and they should all show up at the bottom of your Timbres list. If you want to make your own, just make .wavs that are 0.371 seconds long. They should also be 44.1, 16-bit MONO. If you give it anything else they will crash when you load them. Interestingly it will not crash Animoog just from having them, only when you load them up.
I've also included in the zip a little .preset that uses some of my timbres. You can import this in the usual way, through iTunes file-sharing and then under Setup tell it to import. Here is a preview of what that sounds like!
Rheyne has posted a new live jam. From his videos I got the impression that he was Persian, or maybe Mediterranean. I have no idea where I got that impression from, maybe his music takes me to some exotic locale. I always thought he was recording in a lavish location full of rich culture, like an ancient Byzantine Palace full of gear and DJ lighting.
According to his YouTube channel though, he's just in fucking New Jersey!
A live looping improvised jam using analog keyboards, USB controllers, and Lemur on iPads. All loops are recorded live, nothing is pre-recorded.
Download or stream the audio at SoundCloud: http://snd.sc/TY0EtW
To celebrate, sound designer Fletcher posted a video of the preset Retro Arp, being controlled by NodeBeat HD.
Holy shit, his hand looks scary in that thumbnail! Quick, buy lots of Sunsine packs so he can eat!
With all of the teasing going on for PPG Wavegenerator, there has been a lot of speculation about the price. Today Wolfgang has released the details:
We were clear that this was never going to be a toy, but a serious product, as close to a synth that used to cost thousands of dollars, but now on the iPad. However Wolfgang wanted to share his baby with as many people as possible.
So we're not going to do any silly 'buy it for X for 7 days' kind of promos ever, it's simply going to be $19.99! Outstanding value for an amazing pro synth on the iPad.
That started off with such a wind-up; like they were going to blaze new trails in pricing with the first $1,000 iPad synth! $20 is pretty manageable, and I respect the notion that it should just always be that price. I know a lot of you hold off on buying apps you want, hoping for months that a sale will come. Or worse, feel like a sucker when you buy an app and it is 50% off the very next week.
The often mysterious editor of MATRIXSYNTH (seriously, I don't even know his name and we've exchanged about 50 emails) usually prefers to keep his opinions to himself, but he lapsed into a full-on OpEd halfway into this excellent article:
PPG WaveGenerator & The Death of Digital Hardware Synths
He is absolutely right; software is software. All of those fancy digital hardware synths are basically over-priced single-purpose apps.
A new demo for one of the presets in PPG Wavegenerator has also been released.
Let's play a game in the comments and try to name the synth this sounds most similar to.