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Vio Now Freemium, Still Useless

Vocoder app Vio is now freemium, with individual presets costing $1 each or $5 for the lot. It now reports as an Inter-App Audio effect, but in my extensive testing this morning I could not get it to work at all. It is still not setup as an Audiobus effect, making this effect app pretty useless.

What's new in Vio v2.0

Vio 2.0 has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and is now free!

This incredible update includes a new interface that's more beautiful and intuitive. We've added four new background color palettes. Additionally, Vio is now fully optimized for iOS 7 and is free to download and explore. Once you discover how amazing Vio is, you can purchase a bundle of 19 audio presets and 16 more color palettes in Vio's new in-app store.

Buy Vio on iTunes: Freemium

Moon Beam Synth/Sampler

Chris Conti has release his first app, a grungy synth/sampler, but without Audiobus or a functional website.

Moon Beam Synth/Sampler iTunes Description:

Inspired in part by the Casio Sk-1's lo-fi sonics/sampling and Sequential Circuit's Pro-One synth, the Moon Beam also adds features only possible in the touch screen world: bend keys independantly!!! You can of coarse also bend all voices in sync using the touch pad. Also, for those of you Baroque sticklers... you can switch to Well-Tempored mode!

The Moon Beam Synth/Sampler gives you:
  • Unique key independant pitch bending
  • 2 sample/oscillator layers for each voice... or split them to top and bottom keyboards.
  • Effects (Delay/Reverb,Filter,Tremelo,Vibrato,Vinyl Noise,Distortion)
  • Easy sampling for each audio source
  • Easy editing of audio sample start/loop points
  • 4 octave keyboard + 2 pitch ribbons
  • 1 assignable effects touch pad

Buy Moon Beam Synth/Sampler on iTunes: $4.99

I couldn't find a demo video for this either. Instead I'll rant about how useless the iTunes review process seems to be. This is the second app I've run across today that either had a non-working website, or a next-to-useless Facebook page as the "support" link on iTunes. What exactly is the point of Apple's walled garden if they aren't checking the basics like, "Can the user get support for their purchase?" This app might be great, but you might also be pissing away $5 without any means of support.

JoLu MSosa - Jamming with Impaktor and Samvada

Reader JoLu MSosa did a guitar-based jam on his iPad, including sending the guitar at Impaktor! For those unfamiliar with Impaktor, it is a drum synth that uses acoustic impulses as a generator source. The intensity of the source changes the drum sound, for varying articulation and wild results with JuLu's guitar!

Video Description:

Jamming with Audiobus, Impaktor,Jam synth and Samvada
All the apps controlled with a guitar

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $4.99


Buy Impaktor on iTunes: $4.99

Buy Jam Synth on iTunes: Free


Buy Samvada on iTunes: Free

Brainwave Sequencer

Brainwave Sequencer just got its first update since May 2012, adding Dropbox support along with a lot of enhancements.

Brainwave Sequencer iTunes Description:

Brainwave is a clip based MIDI sequencer. Bring your melodies and drum beats into life with the streamlined and intuitive MIDI clip editor. Assemble and arrange entire songs with the Arrangement editor. Control up to 16 instruments using the built-in sampler. Use the built-in audio samples to quickly get up and running, or use your own samples for even more creative sounds. Then produce and export MIDI files to be imported to your favourite Digital Audio Workstation software. All this inside of an ergonomic and minimalist user interface that will help get your inspiration to fruition.

Drive up to 16 instruments

  • built-in sampler with 16 voices
  • volume envelope
  • loop points and loop modes (once, loop, ping pong)
  • transpose offset to tune samples
  • built-in samples or user samples, through iTunes sharing
  • drum pad mode allowing for 16 individual samples to be mapped to drum pads
  • mixer interface to solo/mute and adjust track volume

MIDI Clip Editor

  • 16 ticks per beat
  • up to 256 clips per song
  • sequence melodies and beats in the clip editor
  • sequence all instruments in the same clip
  • fine control over note length and velocity per note or for a selection of notes
  • copy a note sequence from one instrument to another
  • make a copy of a MIDI clip to create new variations
  • unlimited length
  • looping mode to easily iterate on a clip

Song Arrangement

  • quick start with built-in templates
  • sequence and layer MIDI clips
  • reorder clips to organize the visual layout

Buy Brainwave Sequencer on iTunes: $19.99

Korg Volca & iPad Old-School House 

Jordan Passmore was last featured here in September for his unique use of the Fairlight CMI app, and today he is once again exploring some new ground. Jordan feels that Korg's Volca Bass and Volca Keys are actually better off reversing their roles, so he did just that in this video with Funkbox.

Video Description:

This demo includes the Korg Volca Keys on bass, the Korg Volca Bass doing the melody and the Funk Box app on the iPad doing the drums (the drum machine it is emulating in this case is the Elektron Machinedrum). I created this demo to propose that the roles of these two Volcas could easily be switched up and actually I would goes as far to say I find the Keys better at bass duties and the Bass better for leads/melodies. The iPad, which is running the FunkBox app, is connected to an E-mu XMidi 2x2 USB MIDI device that outputs MIDI clock to the two Volcas. The Volcas are both running off their internal sequencer. The Volca Bass is connected to an old Washburn A-09 Analog Delay. All devices were mixed on a Bogen MX6A-T small-format mixer and sent straight to my interface (No EQ involved).

Buy FunkBox on iTunes: $5.99