VirSyn's Harmony Voice 40% Off

VirSyn, makers of Addictive Synth, also make a vocal chorus effect app, Harmony Voice, which is on sale for a limited time.

Feature Highlights:

Harmony Voice is a pitch shifter and harmonizer with professional features including automatic tuning correction.

• Four part realtime Harmonizer / Pitch corrector
• Play background track from your iTunes library.
• Hi-end Reverb, Chorus and Delay effects.
• CoreMIDI compatible for MIDI Keyboard.
• Upload to SoundCloud and File Export.
• Audio pasteboard for exchange with other Apps

Headphones are required to avoid feedback. Headsets with mic work great, for best quality we recommend IK Multimedia's iRig Mic.

Buy Harmony Voice on iTunes: $5.99 (On Sale, From $9.99)


Here is a demo to give you an idea of what it can do.

Korg iPolysix and Impressions

Korg have released an iPad version of their famous Polysix! I had to drag myself away from it to update the site this morning!

iTunes Description:

iPolysix is an analog polyphonic synthesizer that's been carefully designed to take full advantage of the 7.9-inch display of the new iPad mini as well as the iPad. Bringing together a sequencer, drum machine, and even a mixer, it transforms your iPad or iPad mini into the ultimate analog synth studio. Pack an amazing set of early-'80s analog equipment into your iPad, and time-travel back to the dawn of polyphonic synthesizers!

Features:

  • The world-wide best-selling Polysix polyphonic synthesizer, fully replicated on your iPad
  • Use the newly developed Polyseq polyphonic step sequencer to control the Polysix
  • A music production environment including two Polysix units, a drum machine, and a mixer
  • Dual Kaoss Pads with chordal support make it easy for anyone to play analog synth sounds
  • Polyshare powered by SoundCloud lets you publish, share, and remix songs with iPolysix users

Buy Korg iPolysix on iTunes: $29.99

Impressions:

In a lot of ways this feels like a huge upgrade from iMS-20; both in terms of the sonic capabilities in this polyphonic synth, and the functionality added to Korg's way of doing things. This will feel immediately familiar to anyone who has used iMS-20, minus the vestigial patch bay. Everything is much less scary, as friendly knobs replace messy cabling.

Unfortunately while the synthesizer technology has leaped forward by a decade, Korg's iApp technology has not! It has AudioCopy, but that is about the only modern app tool provided. Virtual MIDI is still absent from Korg's design, and background audio isn't an option. There isn't even a goddamn Panic button for when keyboard MIDI notes hang, and they will. Korg's proprietary WIST technology is on board, if you have multiple iDevices you'd like to sync, but the lack of Virtual MIDI at his stage feels like a huge omission from any serious app. You can send it notes from Genome, when sending to Network Session, but you won't hear anything unless iPolysix is in the foreground. In fact just dropping from the app for a second to check your email will cause you to wait through a splash screen when you return to iPolysix.

There are some great improvements though, including lengths of up to 4 bars in a single pattern, instead of the claustrophobia inducing 1 bar of iMS-20. The automation is also vastly improved! Every knob has its own individual automation panel, instead of pecking through the archaic iMS-20 sequencer and trying to assign things in there.

Drums are still synthesized like in iMS-20, but also like iMS-20 you cannot perform any automation there. You can however play around with them manually as a song is playing! If you want a synth-based studio this is easy to recommend, and you might also want to grab the manual. Just don't expect to be using any other apps unless you have a second iDevice to run them on.

Here is an excellent performance from Rutger Muller, aka iNALOG, which you can download from inside iPolysix's PolyShare. All of this synthesis goodness is happening on Rutger's iPad 1! An impressive feat, considering how much Korg have built into this app.

Korg 50% off Sales!

All of Korg's Apps are 50% off, now until the end of the year!

Buy Korg iMS-20 on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, from $32.99)

Buy Korg iElectribe on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Korg iKaossilator on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)


This is a great opportunity to pick up iMS-20 if you've ever wanted to follow my Everyone Can Play Music series that uses it, or to try out some of Korg's other awesome apps! Just this weekend I rediscovered iEelectribe. As a previous owner of a hardware Electribe ESX, I can tell you the iElectribe is so much easier to work with!

Here is a great performance in iElectribe, by DJ Galactic!

Metropolis: das DigiEnsemble Berlin (English Subtitles)

Matthias Krebs from DigiEnsemble wrote in with some interesting news, about being recently interviewed by German television show Metropolis (ARTE). They even went through the whole process of adding English subtitles to the segment! This is a neat opportunity to watch high-brow-German-artsy-stuff, and learn more about the professional mobile app band.

We've seen DigiEnsemble rock out in some impressive videos, in the past year.

Video Description:

The TV program Metropolis (ARTE) portrays a rehearsal of the DigiEnsemble Berlin and the early stage of their new project. The process of rehearsal though might be slightly different than expected: the DigiEnsemble Berlin does not utilize conventional instruments, there is no bowing or strings to be tuned - they play on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. This not being extraordinary enough, the group chose to realize the famous and monumental Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach. Throughout the rehearsal it becomes clear to the viewer and the musicians themselves how they grew into the project and into an actual ensemble.

Chopsticks on MIDI Control

Secret Base Design uploaded a little video of Chopsticks on MIDI Control, showing off the split screen mode for 2 people to play!

Video Description:

Chances are you've seen the iPad commercial where they play "Heart and Soul." As that song is still under copyright, we decided to do a quick video playing the Chop Waltz instead. Both MIDI Control keyboards are being used to drive the app BS-16i; as the other video shows, it's easy to mix and match.

MIDI Control is designed to give quick access to the wide range of iOS synthesizers, as well as external equipment. And of course, the keyboards rotate, allowing two people to play at the same time.

Buy MIDI Control on iTunes: $0.99

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