SunVox got a minor, but meaningful, update today. This follows surprisingly quickly after the major update last week.
What's new in SunVox v1.7.4b
- MetaModule: number of user defined controllers has been increased to 27;
- Delay: new controller "Delay units" has been added; possible values: sec/16384, ms, Hz, ticks, lines, lines/2, lines/3;
- Delay: max delay length has been increased to 4 seconds;
- Main Menu -> Preferences -> Main: new option "Automatic session restore" has been added; enable it to hide the "Restore Previous Session" dialog;
- Timeline: new font + text wrapping;
- bugs fixed.
The first update for scanned synthesis app VOSIS is out! This answers both of your major requests in the comments here; Audiobus, and orientation auto-rotate.
What's new in VOSIS v1.1.0
- Improved sound quality and performance for non-retina iPads
- Multiple Landscape Orientation Support
- Initial Audiobus Support (please help me test!)
I've never even heard of this app before, and it's been out since 2012, but it looks like a fun little modular environment! This update adds iOS 7 support, but it does not have Audiobus or any mention of IAA. A sale kicked in today to, bringing the price down to $1!
Waveboard iTunes Description:
Waveboard is an iPad app for creating musical instruments. Wire together touch pads, keyboards, oscillators, sensors, sliders, switches, speakers and more to build a synthesizer exactly the way you want it. Or choose from a wide selection of built-in instruments, from ballpark organs to spaced-out synth pads. Then mix and match components and rewire until you get the sound you crave. Waveboard is fully customizable and infinitely reconfigurable.
All components in Waveboard are polyphonic, so you can play touch pads and keyboards with up to five fingers automatically. Components are high-level, so you can build a unique and funky instrument with just a few parts.
For in-depth information and support, take a look at the manual, available at http://lukebradfordapps.com/waveboard.
Wilfred Kluft is a high school teacher, who makes his own apps to teach his students! Here's one for learning to read music.
Fragment GB iTunes Description:
Fragment is a fun App to train yourself to listen and read musical notes. Especially the relationship between the score and what you hear is practiced well with Fragment. Well-known melodies have been cut into eight or nine separate parts (bars) and are mixed. You put the parts back together in the right order. The melodies vary in level of difficulty. You can choose which melody you want to begin with. More than one person can use Fragment, because you log in with your own name.
Choose a melody and have a good listen to it. Then put the parts in the right order. You can also listen to each part separately and easily swap it for another part. If the melody is correct, it is checked. Before you start, check the explanation (?) and the info (!).
Tip: make it even more difficult and sing or hum the separate parts or play them on your own musical instrument instead of listening to them on your tablet.
WholeWorldBand brings the most authentic experience of professional studio sessions to iPad. Or at least the parts that require a lawyer and an accountant to navigate. With a convoluted pricing structure that blends Euros between some imaginary Spacebucks, and rights management that will suck the creativity right out of you, 30 minutes in this app will make you deeply regret any interest in the world of professional recording musicians.
But before I shit all over the app, have a look at this informative interview from NAMM. Sonic State spoke with creator Kevin Godley about the project. I think you'll see the potential in this new collaborative opportunity. I personally envisioned doing dozens of collaborations with readers here, until I actually loaded up the app.
Kevin's enthusiasm and whimsy had won me over, but the hard reality to all of this talk about revenue-sharing is a deal breaker. What would have been a great app to collaborate with friends is instead a mired mess of cryptic currency conversions that seem designed to gouge everyone involved. American media outlets are always warning about how European socialism is trying to spread over here, and this feels like the latest effort in that plot. After just a half an hour I am now a raging Communist desperate for a world untrammeled by commodification. The app really is a good idea, buried under minimum-buyout clauses for €150.
WholeWorldBand iTunes Description:
WHOLEWORLDBAND is an audio visual recording studio and a new way for people around the world to make music together and share it.
Pick What You Want to Be
Want to be a singer? A songwriter? Play guitar or bass? Using the WholeWorldBand app is like entering a virtual recording studio. Just pick a recording session and play or sing along. It’s that easy! Or upload YOUR song and let others add to it. You also get to be the producer by creating a Video Mosaic of the track, featuring yourself plus any five musicians. And when you’ve made something great, SHARE IT!
This version of the app lets you see what’s going on inside the WholeWorldBand virtual studio. This includes top songs, the latest additions, and our staff picks. You can also check out new music as our artists record with musicians and fans from all over the world.
The Performer Upgrade
When YOU are ready to perform, you can upgrade for FREE to the full version! This enables all of the audio/video recording, mixing, and sharing functionality - bringing you into a whole new music collaboration ecosystem. Get ready to become an international recording artist!
• Start an audio/visual recording session that others can join
• Collaborate and contribute to other people’s sessions
• Create a Video Mosaic with up to six performers.
• Build and mix custom bands and tracks, then share the results
We think making music with others is an amazing / fun / phenomenal / beautiful / fantastic / incredible / rewarding experience. And that's what WholeWorldBand is all about.
Thanks to readers Eric and Charles for encouraging me to check this one out. Death to the Bourgeoisie!