Musikmesse 2015 is going on in Frankfurt! There haven't been a lot of iOS revelations at the show, but I thought it was worth sharing this excellent BeatStep Pro demo. Sonic State's Nick Batt was treated to this jam using an array of Arturia synths controlled by the upcoming $250 sequencer. Originally intended to ship in April, Arturia are now saying the BeatStep Pro will be 1-2 more months.
Watch in awe as Sebastian uses $3500 worth of gear to emulate the capabilities of the $15 ReBirth app.
In January we got a pleasant surprise from Yamaha in the form of their Synth Book. Besides exploring the history of synths the app came with a functional Virtual Analog poly synth, AN2015! Yesterday Yamaha went one step further with the app, by including Inter-App Audio and Audiobus support!
Unfortunately Yamaha has the annoying habit of releasing a US version and International version of most of their apps. The US version of this one seems to be neglected! Only the International version received the update yesterday, and the US version is still missing the goodies!
What's new in Yamaha Synth Book v1.5.0:
New 64 Voices for AN2015.
64 Voices such like Synth Lead, Synth Brass, Synth Bass for your own playing. In total 128 Voices available on AN2015.
Compatible with Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
Can be used with other apps that are compatible with the new iOS7 features of Inter-App Audio, such as Synth Arp & Drum Pad and Mobile Music Sequencer.
News function added.
This feature provides you with information such as driver updates, local event and sales campaign.
The update also comes with a demo of the new voices.
Line 6 have updated their AMPLIFi Remote app with Apple Watch support. Now you can control various functions of the AMPLIFi-ers from your wrist. I'm still not sold on the practical use of the Watch, especially not at the price, but it is interesting to see apps leaping to support it.
What's new in AMPLIFi Remote v2.11:
Support for Apple Watch provide fast access to:
Tuner MyTones Dictation search of Line 6 Tone Cloud Master and instrument level control
Reader Vinícius Mello updated his Breathless MIDI Controller app with Virtual MIDI and new demo.
What's new in Breathless MIDI Controller v1.2:
- Virtual MIDI
- Automatically save settings on exit
- Fingering editor
- Panic and Legato buttons