Mellotronics M3000 got a bunch of new tapes, available as individual In-App Purchases, to greatly expand the sample library of the app. This includes Harry Chamberlin's Original Tapes for $21, Clare Lindley Violin Collection for $7, and Classic Streetly Tape volumes for $9 each.
The new developer website offers some insights into these new sounds:
One of the Streetly tapes is a sample set derived from Harry Chamberlin's original tape of 23 voices, featuring saxes, solo vocals, and the original '3 violins' tape which, after EQ and remastering became the classic M400 violins sound. The 'Harry' original is something else - much cleaner, much less 'mellotron' than the M400 version, and much more like a real string section.
And that got us thinking - if strings could be made to sound this good in 1951, imagine what we could do in 2014? Thus was the Clare Lindley Violin Collection born. Featuring Stackridge violinist and occasional vocalist/guitarist/ukulelist Clare Lindley, the recordings were done in a single 4-hour session in late March 2014 by Glenn Tommey (keyboard player with Stackridge). They were then edited and assembled over the next week into a collection of 10 individual voices. This collection is very much designed to be played, and features multiple solo and ensemble arco voices, with and without a gentle vibrato, plus pizzicato, tremolo and spiccato. Using the ABC control to fade between a set of 3 of these violin voices, selected to have different playing intensity and vibrato level, offers up a huge sonic palette than has not been available before on any 'mellotron', real or virtual.
Here is a behind the scenes look at the Violin Collection recording.
Temperament is a new Universal circular synthesizer, which released today with Audiobus support but no demos.
Temperament iTunes Description:
Temperament is synthesizer with a circular interface offering physically modeled instruments, as well as instruments using traditional synthesis methods. Two swipe/gesture areas allow on the fly changes to key, instrument, zoom, temperament, and more.
Universal purchase supporting iPad/iPhone/iPod. Requirements: iOS6, Apple A4 processor or better. For best performance, A5 or better is recommended.
Yesterday iDesignSound editor Alex announced the closure of the long running iOS music app site.
All good things must come to an end. It’s been fun but time for me to move on :-)— iDesignSound (@iDesignSound) April 14, 2014
Alex has been a good friend to many in the community. He provided extremely helpful free consulting to both iOS Musician and myself when we were starting out. Discchord would be a much poorer place if I didn't have him helping me out from the beginning.
His kids, now 5 and 8, are getting to that stage where they can do things besides drool and shit, so he wants to spend some more time with them! I guess I can see how that would take precedence.
Although he reported music app news in a no-nonsense manner, he's a very funny guy and it has been my privilege to get to know him over the years. We've tried to support each other as Gear Addict Anonymous sponsors, but ultimately we just ended up egging the other one into buying more synths.
We also collaborated, unwillingly, on his TT-303 Unboxing video when I couldn't let slide his pronunciation of "three" in the video. Here Alex introduces the synth, and I provide the American English overdub.
Free Impulse Response effect app Fiddlicator has been updated with Audiobus support!
Fiddlicator iTunes Description:
The Fiddlicator is an audio tool which can simulate various kinds of acoustic environment by the convolution of the input signal with a custom impulse response. It was developed to simulate an acoustic body resonance for electric musical instruments (mainly the electric violin), but it can also be used for a cab simulation with proper impulse response files (not included).
The impulse response files can be imported via iTunes share or via 'Open in' option from another application.
The Fiddlicator is not appropriate to use as convolution reverb engine, because it can not process impulse response files longer than ~0.35 sec.
Now with the Audiobus support!
- main filter is based on convolution (filter kernel up to 16k TAPs)
- own custom IR kernel files could be imported
- 6-band parametric equaliser (low-shelf, 4xpeak, high-shelf)
- simple delay
- simple reverb
- high-pass and low-pass filter on input
- low latency
- IR files could be imported from standard sound files (wav...) or csv file (via 'Open in...' or iTunes share)
- mono input/output 44.1kHz (allows channel selection)
- Audiobus and IAA support
Here is a demo of Fiddlicator working with Inter-App Audio.
I had noticed Doug Wood, aka thesoundtestroom, has been quiet on his YouTube channel since his csGrain video last week. Doug is relentless about releasing new videos, so the week long absence seemed unusual. Last night readers Patrick and hansendesigns alerted me to a thread over on the Audiobus forum from his wife, Jo on April 9th.
Hi all, this Is Jo, Dougs Wife, just to let you know Doug has been admitted to hospital. I pray and hope he will be back soon. Annoying me with his video recordings. :)
Yesterday she posted an update in the thread.
Hi all Jo here again, update on Doug. Doug was taken in with dangerously high blood pressure as a result his retinas ruptured and his sight is impaired for the moment, he has an enlarged heart and one side isn't working properly. He is going to be in hospital for a while, its been quite a week, unfortunately my sister died and my brother is in a coma, so all prayers and positive thoughts are very welcome. Thank you all for your wishes and comments they mean an awful lot too us xxxx
Jo is continuing to watch that thread, so if you'd like to wish him well please jump over there and do it!