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XK-1 by One Red Dog

Arctic developer One Red Dog has released a new Universal performance synth app. This is not meant for knob tweaking, just playing. You can however tweak parameters with a big X/Y pad above the keyboard. It comes with 16 presets for $1, but can be expanded with 168 more presets for $2. This seems to be strongly associated with the slick CME Xkey keyboard, though obviously any keyboard will do.

XK-1 iTunes Description:

XK-1 is the perfect companion to your CME Xkey keyboard. Now take this powerful synthesizer with you everywhere your iPhone goes.

Optimised for live performance, the large touch pad supports dual-finger parameter manipulation combined with the high precision ribbon strip for pitch bends.

Includes 16 free presets from our professionally developed sound library. Use In-App Purchasing to buy the full library of 168 presets.

Connect the Xkey to your iPhone or iPad using the USB Camera Connection Kit and access the full library of presets.


  • Simple to use design
  • Support for polyphonic aftertouch
  • Fresh and modern presets
  • CME keyboard design
  • Up to 8 voices (1 voice only available on iPhone 4)
  • Supports Audiobus
  • Supports Inter-App Audio
  • Supports CoreMIDI

Powered by Arctic ProSynth
Xkey is trademark of CME Pte. Ltd.

* This is a preset player only, you cannot save synth presets.

Buy XK-1 on iTunes: Free ($2 Sound Pack, Free with CME Xkey)

One Red Dog has commented on Twitter that the base app should be free. Furthermore the $2 sound pack is also unlocked for free if you plug a CME Xkey keyboard into your device!

ToneStack Update

Yonac's new guitar amp simulator ToneStack got its first update today, adding increased bottom-end and other goodies.

What's new in ToneStack v1.1:

  • More robust audio subsystem
  • Increased bottom-end response for amps
  • Enhancements to amp tonestack behavior
  • All amps also get ~3dB output volume increase
  • Latest Audiobus SDK - now iOS 8 compatible
  • Many other improvements & fixes
  • Thank you for all your feedback!!

Buy ToneStack on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale)

iOS Update Vol. 80: iMPC Pro with MPC Element

In this week's Sweetwater iOS Update, Mitch Gallagher looks at the Akai iMPC Pro app which is still on sale at its introductory price. This video also explains how to properly connect the MPC Element controller, in order to avoid the Not Enough Power message in iOS. That is a super-handy tip!

Buy iMPC Pro on iTunes: $12.99 (On sale, $19.99)

Caramel - Crunch & Crusher Effect Preview 2

Holderness Media has posted a new preview video for his upcoming Caramel effect app, along with a release date announcement for this Thursday! I'm super excited for this one. I get excited for all distortion effects, but the ability to tweak the stereo channels independently looks amazing! We get a taste of that at the end of this teaser.

Chordy Update

Unique instrument app Chordy received its first update since release back in December.

What's new in Chordy v2.0:

  • Instrument Mode: High quality 8 instrument sounds including acoustic/electric piano, organ, strings, brass, etc.
  • Audiobus 2 support: Save and recall presets.
  • Inter-App Audio support
  • Wi-Fi MIDI support. You can also connect via iOS-supported MIDI interface (e.g. iConnectMIDI).
  • Choose a type of scale degree labels (Arabic/Roman numerals or Movable Do)
  • Auto Accidentals

Buy Chordy on iTunes: $4.99

There is also a new demo video for the Instrument Mode sounds added in this update.

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