D.G. - Trance

YouTuber Dee Gee starts off our week with some mellow Deep Trance that ramps up to anthem levels!

Video Description:

Ok, here's my another live improvisation it's a bit old (one year, but still..)

I played it on Novation Ultranova using my own synth presets created from scratch, most of them have 2 voices.

I used DM2 (iOS app) to compose drum tracks in advance after that I switched between them during playing.

All were recorded live simultaneously via Focusrite Scarlet 8x6
Cubasis Mobile was used as a DAW

Ultranova was controlled by Launcontrol XL and a 25 key keyboard with faders (for an upper octave and volume control) they were routed via MIDI IO app.

Zoom multistomp MS-70CDR was used as an effect processor for Nova and recorded along with its clean sound. (from digital and analog outputs of the NOVA)

Mobile Set:

Hardware:
- Novation Ultranova
- Novation Launch Control XL
- 25 Key Midi Keyboard
- Powered USB Hub
- iPad PRO
- Focusrite Scarlet 8x6
- Zoom Multistomp MS-70CDR
- Sustain Pedal

Software:
- Cubasis
- MIDI IO
- DM2




Performed / Music by Dee Gee
Copyrights © Dee Gee 2018

Let's Play with Volt

YouTuber Me was feeling pretty bad for Numerical Audio. They've brought us some fantastic effects in the past, but on the week they decided to release their first iOS synth... Moog released Minimoog. I felt Volt deserved some more attention, because Numerical Audio included some of their excellent effects built-in.

Video Description:

Volt is a new iPad synth app with AUv3, Audiobus, and MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) ... but you might have missed it because it came out the same week as Minimoog! I thought it deserved some attention, because Numerical Audio's built-in effects make for instantly satisfying patches.

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LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer Update

Living Memory Software released a major update to LayR today! This excellent synth app now features AUv3 support! There have also been a lot of improvements to the UI.

I received an email from reader Perry, who points out that UI refresh does not improve readability or contrast. I'm inclined to agree. I'm starting to worry about my own vision going. I can sympathize with people who don't want to have to reach for reading glasses to use a music app.

Contest: I have 2 copies of LayR to give away. Register and comment here for a chance to win!

Contest closed! Congratulations to skoptic, and Bristol Manor!

What's new in LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer v1.2:

GENERAL:
- Audio Unit v3.
- New App Icon.
- New look for User Interface.
- PDF Manual ( please read it! ).
- An optional "Light" colour scheme.
- More new presets!

AUDIO UNIT:
- Zoomable, scrollable editor.
- Shortcut buttons to quickly zoom to locations in the Layer Editor.
- Presets shared between instances and with stand-alone app.

NEW MIDI CC MIXER:
- A slider strip for each chanel groups Instrument levels while maintaining relative volumes.
- A slider for every MIDI controller assigned in the current Performance.
- Slider strips can renamed or hidden from the mixer panel.
- Query which instrument/layer/dial any MIDI controllers have been assigned to in the current Performance.
- Optionally transmit CCs to the MIDI output port.

LAYER EDITOR:
- Clearly labelled controls.
- Double tap or pinch on the background to zoom the UI.
- New Mod Matrix for routing modulation sources to any destination.
- New Oscillator mode providing coarse/fine tuning and improved FM with a much greater range.
- New "Fixed" oscillator mode to decouple the oscillator from MIDI notes.
- New "Sync" mode for LFOs keeps LFOs in all playing voices synced to the same phase.
- Dials: Increased accuracy and threshold between vertical and horizontal tracking (coarse/fine).

ARPEGGIO SEQUENCER:
- Every track can now have it's own mode, length and speed.
- New Playback Types.
- New Event Types.
- Copy/Paste/Clear tracks (long press on track).
- New "Hold" button, the sustain pedal is no longer used to hold arpeggiator notes.

DRAG & DROP IN INSTRUMENT MIXER PANEL (iOS 11 only):
- Drag and drop Instrument Strips to rearrange order.
- Drag and drop Instrument Strips to copy into or merge with another Instrument.
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to rearrange order within an instrument
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to the mixer background to create a new instrument with that Layer
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to other Instruments to make a copy in the destination Instrument.

PRESET FILING:
- Easier Import/Export for presets.
- Bank Files: A new file type for importing and exporting entire banks of presets to Files etc.
- Banks and programs can now be deleted/cleared.

MIDI: ( See manual )
- A new MIDI input port for live "Performance" bank/program select using any channel. (optional)
- Option to use either MSB or MSB for bank select.

MISC:
- Optional "expert level" swipe shortcuts to open or close various panels.
- Performance "Append…" has been fixed, you can now append multiple performance programs to the currently loaded performance.
- Reverb is now silenced when changing presets.
- “Fold” amount in Filter 2 is now adjusted downwards as key notes go up, reducing aliasing artefacts as notes get higher.
- An Optional "Legacy Mode" to maintain compatibility with older devices

+ various minor bug fixes and more!

Doug Woods from thesoundtestroom just posted a video checking out the new update.

How to Tune 808's in Intua Beatmaker 3

YouTuber Plan B '85 brings us a short and sweet tip for tuning 808 kicks in BeatMaker 3.

Video Description:

How to Tune 808s in Intua Beatmaker 3 on iPad Pro using fine tune.
Shot on Samsung Galaxy S8 in 4K
Edited in LumaFusion


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Victor Borges - Roli Lightpad Block M Live Jam. Tons of fun!

YouTuber Victor Borges put together a nice groove with his new Lightpad Block M.

Video Description:

Playing my new lightpad that arrived yesterday. Really intuitive and fun. All recorded live, with slight editing to remove some messing around to choose sounds/patches on the go. I’ve also used Strymon Big Sky for effects, captured with Roland Go straight to my iPad camera. Sounds from Roli’s Noise app for iOS. Video effects from iPad’s Videoleap.

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