X Drummer Update

X Drummer, from Positive Grid Inc, was updated with a new song editor amongst other changes in a completely redesigned UI. The update also includes 5 new drum kits, available via IAP, and new drum kit preset management. The update brings Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support, along with direct integration into other Positive Grid apps.

What's new in X Drummer v1.5.0:

- Completely redesigned user interface for better workflow – new Song Editor, transport controls, Browser, Play to Find, and more.
- The groove library has been expanded to 380+ realistic drum performances.
- New drum kit preset management lets users quickly save and recall custom drum kits.
- Improved Play to Find engine for more accurate and faster analysis.
- New filter options allow quicker navigation within the MIDI groove library.
- Recorder feature allows users to overdub guitar riffs on top of the backing drum track.
- 5 new drum kits (80s Rock, Modern FX, Jazz, Progressive Metal and Indie Rock) available as in-app purchases.
- 3 MIDI groove packs (80s Pop, Classic Rock and Heavy Metal) available via in-app purchases.
- Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support (full integration with BIAS FX, BIAS Amp, BIAS Pedal, and JamUp).
- Export audio and drum tracks via Email or Dropbox.

haQ attaQ: I can't whistle, but KORG iMono/Poly can!

Jakob Haq brings us a fun modulation tutorial for Korg's iMono/Poly!

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We are digging into iMono/Poly by KORG making some wind sounds. We're also having a look at what it is that make a synthesized wind sound, sound like a uh, wind sound YEAH! Modulation rules!

KORG has done an excellent job with iMono/Poly for iPad and iPhone. It's packing all the analogue-esque sound capabilities from the original Mono/Poly hardware synthesizer and the price we pay for it is ridiculous. It's a steal and it is most definitely a must have! iMono/Poly is also available as a module inside KORG Gadget as Montpelier on iPad, iPhone and Macbook. Check out this in depth walk trough, review and tutorial to find out more ► https://youtu.be/_K8mFwuu6Uk

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Quantiloop Pro Update

Looper app Quantiloop Pro was updated with a whole bunch of tweaks. The highlights here include a new per-layer transposition option, and the ability to store and recall multiple input configuration scenes. There is also support for the Singular Sound BeatBuddy, a $300 drum machine in pedal format!

What's new in Quantiloop Pro v2.7:

* Changed behaviour of track transpose to only transpose one layer.
* This allows you to change key overdub and change key back etc.
* New input-"Effect" Looper Bypass, lets you bypass the looper for a specific input, to avoid a mic being recorded for instance
* New End Fade option (with stop at loop end). Holding the stop button stops with a fade.
* New Play mode: Loop End
* Input Scenes: Store and recall multiple input configurations.
* MIDI Clock Sync Improvements
* Clock Sync Indicator
* Full bidirectional support for the Singular Sound BeatBuddy
* Tempo/Time Signature sync
* Volume/Tempo Control
* Auto Transition / Auto Fill
* Song / Drum set selection
* Pause/Intro/Outro
* MIDI control actions for the BeatBuddy

I was curious about the BeatBuddy and found this review from Sweetwater Sound.

guitarscaper by Rob Jackson

Moodscaper developer Rob Jackson released guitarscaper this weekend. Like its moody older brother, guitarscaper offers a unique way to develop rich soundscapes with both generative and interactive features.

guitarscaper iTunes Description:

Guitarscaper is a generative music app and virtual instrument that’s easy on the ears and fun to play. Launch the app, and with a single tap of the auto-play button, guitarscaper will create evolving and ambient guitar-based soundscapes that are unique every time.

While all of the guitarscaper sounds originated from a single electric guitar, many have been extensively processed to create an “impossible guitar” that can morph between orchestral-type swells and ethereal choir-like sounds. Think of it as guitar DNA taken to the next level!

Guitarscaper in auto-play mode is the perfect companion for relaxing, studying or providing non-intrusive headphone music at work or on your commute. You can even set a timer so you can fall asleep to its gentle and soothing tones.

You can also play guitarscaper as a virtual instrument using the dedicated keypads and performance loop recorders, and tailor the sounds with built-in reverb, delay and “character” effects parameters. And while you’re playing, guitarscaper can lend a hand by adding auto-accompaniment parts and even provides hints for notes it thinks might sound good depending on which notes you play!

As a sample-based instrument, guitarscaper currently supports two “moods” – a light mood, based on the E major / pentatonic Yo scale, and a sad mood, based on the Em pentatonic scale.

Please note that guitarscaper is not a chromatic or MIDI-compatible instrument, and it is unlikely to become one.

You can also record and process the audio output of guitarscaper using any Inter-App Audio host that supports IAA Generators.

You are free to use guitarscaper in your own recordings or live events and installations on a royalty-free basis. All I would ask for is a simple credit that includes the name of the app – “guitarscaper”.

I hope you will agree the guitarscaper interface, while minimalist and a perhaps a little cryptic initially, will eventually become very easy to use. Please do take the time to read the quick-start guide which can be found on the guitarscaper.com website. This is also the best place to ask questions, get technical support or report any issues.

Happy guitarscaping!

Reader Meerkat Music has already put guitarscaper to use on a track. Doug Woods did a thesoundtestroom demo. Embedded here is the official demo from the developer.

PolySynth by DesignByPaul

Prolific developer DesignByPaul has released PolySynth. This polyphonic synthesizer features "analog character" and a whole bunch of features including Audiobus 3, Inter-App Audio, and MIDI Input.

PolySynth iTunes Description:

PolySynth is the first true polyphonic synthesizer from DesignByPaul with only 3 note polyphony but packed with vintage analog character. Everything on one screen makes sound design quick and easy including fine tuning of each note in the scale for endless microtuning possibilities.

PolySynth filter section sports and ms20 style resonant highpass and 24db/oct resonant lowpass.

PolySynth has Audiobus 3 support, IAA (Inter-App Audio) and MIDI-In so you can connect, play and record with other apps.

— Microtonal tuning
— 3 note polyphony
— MIDI note in
— 24db/Oct MS20 Lowpass filter and resonant highpass
— Arpeggiator
— AudioBus
— Inter App Audio
— 3x oscillators
— 2x LFOs
— 2x ADSR envelopes
— Delay
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