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Advanced Physics-Based Generated Music

Developer Simon Gladman posted this work-in-progress video of an upcoming generative music app. At first glance it looks like early physics-based generators and soundtoy apps, but this is all grown up with helpful details like what frequency you're actually getting when a ball hits a beam.

Video Description:

Here's another work-in-progress of my AudioKit/SpriteKit physics based computer generated music app. The application is written in Apple's new Swift language and uses the AudioKit libraries for sound synthesis and this video is a screen recording taken from my iPad Air 2.

This recording demonstrates removing dynamic instrument nodes and static bars by sliding to the edge of the screen and the ability to reposition an instrument node's origin position with the light grey toolbar at the top of the screen.

Different instruments are rendered in different colours with different shapes.

For more information, visit my blog: http://flexmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/physics-based-computer-generated-music.html

Beat Spacek - On Making an Album with iOS

Beat Spacek's Modern Streets includes 13 songs all written on his iPad and iPhone! While this sort of thing has been happening since 2010, Beat Spacek sounds like he really gets it. In an interview with MusicRadar he talks about his adventures in music technology over the last 20 years, and how that technology drives the future of music.

"Ever since things started moving onboard, I was dreaming about the day when you could make music… now! This moment. Doesn't matter where you are - you can just channel the ideas that are inside your head.

"Hanging onto the idea for a tune used to be a nightmare if that idea happened to arrive when you were in the supermarket or having dinner. I used to try and set up audio clues in my brain - the bassline is like so-and-so, the drums are like so-and-so. All you could do was hope it was all still there when you eventually got into the studio.

"These days, a vocal idea can go straight into the phone - via something like GarageBand or Auria - often followed by harmony lines, too. And a lot of those first-take vocals made it on to the album. The clicks, the pops, the sound of the birds in the garden or the traffic in the street all became part of the finished song. It's the best effect box you could ever buy… It's real life!"

Here's a super boring static-image video for the titular track.

Turnado Tutorial

Kenny Hsiao has done some great videos in the past, but he took all of 2014 off. This week he returns to give you whiplash! One of the challenges of recording a video for Turnado is that it really wants to be viewed in Portrait mode (3:4 aspect ratio), and there is no decent way of recording that for playback on 16:9 videos. I love Turnado, but I've never done a video of a Portrait mode app for this reason. Kenny is more daring than I!

Here is a lengthy, and informative, tutorial recorded sideways!

Buy Turnado on iTunes: $19.99

TC-11 2.0 Update

Bit Shape Software's elaborate multi-touch synthesizer TC-11 got a major update today! This includes a UI overhaul and several new modules! The update also comes with a collection of new videos to show off all the features.

What's new in TC-11 v2.0:

2.0 is here! This version is a major overhaul of the programming interface, synthesis engine, and patch manager. New features include:

  • Granular Oscillator
  • New patch editor, with drag-and-drop controllers
  • One-button tuning
  • Live patch UI display
  • New patch organizer, with tag filtering
  • New synthesis engine
  • New Table module
  • Many new controllers, totaling over 300!

There is much more to this new version. Stop by the website to learn all about it. And if you like the changes, let me know with a review!

Buy TC-11 Synthesizer on iTunes: $24.99


Unfortunately this update includes a nasty crashing bug if you have custom patches! There is a work-around posted to the official website, along with a hotfix submitted to Apple!

Here is a playlist of 6 videos showing off all the new features in TC-11 2.0!

TC-Data Update

Bit Shape updated TC-Data with a few new features for selecting your desired notes and scales, along with some bug fixes.

What's new in TC-Data v1.2:

New Features:

  • Whole Tone and Step N scales
  • Ramp function in Table and Sequencer allows fast scale setting

Bug Fixes:

  • Patch loading launch sequence bugs fixed. If you have had issues with missing patches, back up your own presets, and re-install TC-Data
  • Incorrect output selection fixed
  • Crash on MIDI note 0 send fixed
  • Missing New Output (+) popover fixed

Buy TC-Data on iTunes: $19.99

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