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Roland SOUND Canvas for iOS

Roland pulled a big surprise out today with the release of SOUND Canvas, an app version of their popular module. This is Universal and comes with some demo videos. Thanks to reader Roy for writing in with this news!

SOUND Canvas iTunes Description:

The good old sound module "SOUND Canvas" has come back for iPhone and iPad!

SOUND Canvas for iOS is the software synthesizer built-in SMF player (SMF:Standard MIDI File with extension ".mid"). It is based on Roland GS standard that has been de fact standard sound source, "SOUND Canvas" of Roland Desk Top Music (DTM).

It is compatible with the sound for "GS","GM2", and "GM". It includes Reverb, Chorus, Delay, and 2 Band EQ, plus 64 types of insertion effects. This utility cannot edit the tone nor insertion effect.

In addition, it plays SMF for "SC-88Pro" and "SC-8820". Subtle nuance of Tone color, Volume balance, trigger timing of note on may vary depending on the data.

You can enjoy the old data created by SOUND Canvas series and a variety of GS data on the market from Roland with high quality sound.


  • Two types of graphical user interface: “Sound Canvas skin” for music data creation and “Player skin” for practicing with instruments or karaoke application
  • High quality MIDI file sounds by its 1,600 tones and 63 factory drum presets.
  • Convenient functions:"LOOP" mode to repeat your specifying region, "SONG LIST PLAY" to play sequentially plural songs, and more multifunction.
  • MIDI interface (separately sold) connection enables to receive MIDI data from the external devices to play sounds.
  • Available with a music application compatible for the Core MIDI.
  • Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS : 8.1 or later
  • Works on : iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6 Plus, iPad Air or later, iPad mini2 or later

  • Acknowledged Bugs:

    Fixing version is In Review now.

  • The app aborts when you hook up or unhook a MIDI device to iOS device by Lightning connector. You can avoid the bug in order to CONNECT them FIRST, then start the app.
  • No TEMPO data displayed at the edit window popped up.
  • Noise problem occurs at SC-55 map on playing the pedal hi hat sound (note number 44).
  • Buy SOUND Canvas for iOS on iTunes: $14.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

    Here is a playlist of all the demo videos for this one!

    DFX - Digital Multi-FX

    DM1 developer Fingerlab has released DFX, a new multi-effects app with Audiobus and Inter-app Audio.

    DFX - Digital Multi-FX:

    DFX is a powerful real-time Quad Multi-Effects Processor for iPad. With an intuitive and beautiful user interface for easy playability and instant fun.

    We are curious. We like new experiences. We welcome unexpected discoveries. And... we are musicians. It was an obvious choice for us to develop for the iPad the multi-effects that we wanted, that we needed for our thirst for sound. Four powerful and multipurpose chained effects, driven by trackpads for fast and easy sonic explorations. Like a million of pedal boards on a device.

    Plug in any audio source, a guitar, a bass, a microphone, a DJ mixer. Or play your favorite iOS synth or drum machine with Audiobus or Apple Inter-App Audio. Or why not playing a track from your iTunes Music Library. Select one, two, three or four effects amongst 35 hi-quality digital audio effects and explore endless sonic possibilities. Delays, echos, reverbs, filters, tremolo, autowah, compressors, distortions, vocoders, resonators, etc… more possibilities that you can imagine.

    At last, but not least, DFX is also a great little sound design machine. Just select one of the built-in tone synthesizers on the first effect and let your imagination build new sound landscapes at the tip of your fingers. We have had a lot fun making ours in the Factory presets.

    No in-apps, no ads, no fuss. DFX is simple, intuitive and fun. No user guide required.

    Buy DFX - Digital Multi-FX on iTunes: $1.99

    The new app arrives with a timely demo video from Doug at The Sound Test Room!

    Making Music with SunVox - Tutorial 3

    Daedalus Young continues his lengthy SunVox tutorials! Part 3 weighs in at 45 minutes, but you'll find the full tutorial playlist is nearly 3 hours long.

    Buy SunVox on iTunes: $5.99

    Buy SunVox on Google Play: $5.99

    MidiBlob for the Waldorf Rocket

    MidiBlob is a unique new control surface app for Waldorf's Blofeld and now their relatively affordable Rocket.

    MidiBlob for the Waldorf Rocket iTunes Description:

    MidiBlob is a performance oriented multi touch controller for your Waldorf Rocket synthesizer.

    By a set of very intuitive interaction you can modify and control your synth sound to a depth that cannot be reached with traditional controllers. Graphical feedback keep you in touch with what you are doing and where you are in your sound space.

    MidiBlob works with any Core MIDI compatible interface or with a network based Core MIDI connection, and it is an iPad application. It require iOS 8.x.

    Buy MidiBlob - Waldorf Rocket on iTunes: $2.99

    Buy MidiBlob - Waldorf Blofeld on iTunes: $3.99

    NAMM2015: Steinberg UR12 Audio Interface

    Sweetwater stopped by the Steinberg booth for an introduction to the UR12, a rugged gigging rig with iOS support that you can pre-order now for $100, and is expected to ship soon.

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