Beatonal by Luuk van der Graaff

Luuk van der Graaff released Beatonal, an "accessible" music composition app with built-in synthesizers and drums. The app is available on both iOS and Android. Beatonal doesn't seem to have any of the usual Inter-app goodies on iOS, but it does have Ableton Link. There is also MIDI export. All in all, this is an impressive looking effort from a first-time developer.

The app is free to try, but requires an IAP to unlock all of the features. The unlock IAP is presently discounted at an introductory price of $3.

Beatonal iTunes Description:

!!! ON SALE !!! NOW 20% OFF !!!

Beatonal is an accessible music making app, enabling you to easily create and share your musical ideas using the built-in synthesizers and drum machine.
Create drumloops using the pattern pads, and effortlessly sketch baselines, chord progressions and melodies.

This app is free to try, but requires an in-app purchase to unlock all advanced features and project saving.

other features include:
- 4 audio channels: drum machine, base, chords and lead
- Input is automatically fixed to a user selectable scale
- Contains demo tracks to get you started
- Analog synth with two oscillators, FM, AM and pitch modulation, lowpass filter, and various effects
- Contains 60 built-in synth presets, but you can also create and store your own presets
- Store tracks on your device
- User friendly track sharing via track-url's
- Export track as MIDI so you can continue your work inside other apps or a DAW
- Export track as wav
- Output realtime midi to other apps on multiple channels, or to an external device such as your DAW
- Small app size
- Load your own drumsamples
- Synchronize with other music apps using Ableton Link

Doug Woods brought this one to my attention in his latest Getting Started Tutorial video.

Audulus Tutorial Livestream: Modular Synthesis 101 - Part 1

The latest Audulus Tutorial Livestream covered the fundamentals of modular synthesis. I know a lot of people have anxiety about approaching modular synthesis, but it really is as simple as hooking up modules! Mark Boyd goes through it all, and does a great job of explaining the core concepts.

Video Description:

This livestream will be about the fundamentals of modular synthesis. It will be a great place to learn for total beginners, but also a good resource for those who are new to Audulus or want to understand more about how it works.

Sound á la carte: Hexaglyphics - Mesmerizing Noise Generator

Tim Heinrich is joined by Yvonne Ringsdorf as they explore the wild sounds of Hexaglyphics Noise Generator!

Video Description:

Hexaglyphics is the fith iPad App we present. It´s a nice designed noice generator to create crazy 13-bit sounds. Whatever you´ll do it will sound and look mesmerizing.

Bumbumbumbadi at the iTunes Store:

Tutorial-Series „Sound á la carte“

We show apps for the iPad, that satisfy musicians for a long time, Ableton Live tutorials, do field recording, create crazy sounds of daily life items and make them aesthetic.

Free downloads:

Yvonne Ringsdorf:
Yvonnes music at Spotify:

Tim Heinrich:
Shop (beats & sounds):


KASPAR by Yonac Inc.

Today Yonac Inc. released KASPAR, a "Supersynthesizer" with 24 oscillators, 8 filters, 8 arpeggiators, and whole bunch of interesting morphing options. The synthesis engine is rounded out with extensive modulation and 2 separate effects buses. KASPAR arrives on sale at an introductory price of $10.

KASPAR iTunes Description:

***ON SALE! Special Intro Price for a Limited Time***

Harness the enormous power of 8 polyphonic synths: meet KASPAR Supersynthesizer! Featuring our cutting edge Multi-Engine Automorphing SuperSynthesis technology, KASPAR is a gigantic machine. A total of 24 oscillators, 8 filters, 8 arps; extensive morphing, automorphing, and layering abilities; a powerful modulation system; poly aftertouch; 2 FX Busses filled with fully stereo Yonac effects — just a few of the amazing features of this behemoth synth!

KASPAR comes with tons of pro features. In addition to extensive MIDI capabilities, Inter-App Audio, and Audiobus, it also works as an Audio Unit plug in. Just fire it up in GarageBand or your favorite DAW for even more KASPAR goodness!

Top Notch Sound Generation

• 8 fully-featured polyphonic synth engines, each with,
— 3 oscillators (24 systemwide total!)
— Over 20 unique waveforms per oscillator
— Special 6-stage ‘dADSHR’ envelopes
— 14 types of filters to choose from
— Dedicated filter envelope
— Arpeggiator with multiple modes
— Chordmaker - easily program & play chords by touching a single key
— Powerful modulation features (see below)

Extensive Modulation

• Each synth has a dedicated mod assign matrix with 6 slots
• 20 mod targets to choose from, including pitch, timbre, filters and more
• Each target can be modulated by a continuous signal, as well as a control signal
• 2 LFOs per synth
• Modulation envelope
• Poly aftertouch
• Velocity, Mod Wheel & Key Tracking


• 4 morph groups with onscreen control pad
• Automorphing: simply draw a figure on the pad and KASPAR automatically tracks it
• Modulate the morph using the x- and y-controls
• 6 automorph trigger modes
• 4 automorph looping modes
• Adjustable, beat-syncable pathread & modulation speeds


• Combine the 8 KASPAR synth engines in infinite ways
• Each synth comes with dedicated volume and panning, as well as FX1 & FX2 send controls
• Conveniently map the synths to regions of the keyboard: great for ‘splitting’ or ‘layering’ multiple synth patches
• Each engine has its own transpose & drift controls, as well as adjustable pitch bending, velocity, and aftertouch ranges

Professional FX

• Two independent FX busses
• Each bus contains 8 state-of-the-art stereo FX specially designed for KASPAR
• Simply drag-and-drop to change FX signal flow
• FX include:
— Analog-modeling compressor
— 6 band parametric EQ with 9 filter options per band
— Stereo chorus with 10 parameters
— Stereo phaser
— Stereo flanger
— Amplifier with 4 virtual circuit types and 4 cabinet types
— Stereo delay with BPM syncing
— Algorithmic reverb with 14 parameters

Professional Features

• Standalone app features Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, and Ableton Link
• Comes packaged with FREE Audio Unit plugin, with native processing at any standard sample rate
• Crystal clear, super high quality audio generation
• Virtual ribbon control with polyphonic aftertouch, as well as classic keyboard
• Virtual KB velocity with adjustable sensitivity
• Extensive MIDI Learn options
• MIDI Maps manager with MIDI CC profile saving
• Over 300 high quality presets, including an exclusive bank by New Wave Presets
• Powerful preset management system: save, share & edit presets

System Requirements

• Recommended for iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 2, or newer

Some timely demos for this are already available from Synth Anatomy and thesoundtestroom!
Here is an official tutorial from Yonac on morphing with Morphology 101.

CUCKOO: Samplr for iPad Tutorial

YouTuber CUCKOO is know for doing lots of interesting music making tutorials, and today he focused on Samplr for iOS!

Video Description:

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Samplr is a musical app for iPad. I think it sets a benchmark in touch interface music performance apps. It's simple to use, yet there's depth. Here's a little video tutorial.


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