Let's Play with Korg iDS-10 for iPhone

I was surprised to see Korg port their classic DS-10 to iPhone, but this app has more to it than the original Nintendo DS "game" from 2008. The first synth app I ever played with was ReBirth for PC, but the first app I truly learned synthesis on was the DS-10. In fact my love for that app was the primary reason I bought an iPad 2 when the iMS-20 app came out! It's mind blowing to think about it, but this site legitimately might not exist if it weren't for Korg DS-10 and iMS-20.

I think my enthusiasm comes through. I seem as giddy as a schoolboy pushing the new app to its limits in this Let's Play!

Update: Korg's dev team just got in touch with me to let me know they are planning on adding Audiobus in a future update!

Video Description:

Korg's iDS-10 is much more than just a port of the classic Nintendo DS cart. It may look like a simple subtractive synth, but I push it far beyond that to create a Wavetable synth Bass, FM synth Lead, Formant synth Pad! If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord

Buy Korg iDS-10 (iPhone) on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Rytmik Ultimate

In a further effort to strain the spelling of rhythm beyond "RYTM" and "Riddim," developer Cinemax brings us a colossal workstation in Rytmik Ultimate. The original Rytmik was released exclusively on the Nintendo DS in 2010, but this Ultimate version is available on 3DS, iPad, and even PC through Steam!

Rytmik Ultimate iTunes Description:

Rytmik is a powerful pocket music station allowing you not only to play with samples and musical instruments but also to mix them together, shape them and create music clips or tracks for your Friday night set-list.

Thanks to new features, Rytmik Ultimate takes music creation to a whole new level. Rytmik allows you to share your songs with other users through the Rytmik Cloud and can also serve as a music player for songs uploaded on Rytmik Cloud with it. On top of that, users can exchange their songs and cooperate on their composing.

Another new feature, which is also the most desired one among fans, is exporting and saving music to a local storage. Once your work is complete, you can save it in WAV format.

And that’s not all! Every instrument is now a wavetable synthesizer. With the advanced effect module, you have more power to shape sounds with the ADSR envelope, vibrato, portamento, noise shaper, or digital delay. In addition to that, the drawable waveform synth module allows users to draw and modify their own wave and use it as a sample oscillator – with that you can use Rytmik Ultimate as a sonically unique chiptune synthesizer.

Rytmik Ultimate comes with a sound library of more than 750 instruments containing the libraries of the previous Rytmik series (Rytmik, Retrobits, Hiphop King and World Music) and adding a brand new set of samples ranging from deep dubstep kicks and basses to cutting synth leads and special effects.

Rytmik Ultimate with Rytmik Cloud will of course include more features and additions to the popular series to enrich your experience with playing with sounds and creating music on the go.

Key Features
  • Share your songs via Rytmik Cloud
  • Export your music in the WAV format
  • More than 750 musical instruments
  • A drawable waveform synth module
  • Advanced effects like the ADSR Envelope, Digital Delay, Noise Shaper, Sample Offset and Loop Definition and more
  • Almost every effect parameter can be modulated via the step sequencer
  • Drag&drop powerful interface
  • Rytmik Ultimate is a powerful pocket music station.

Buy Rytmik Lite on iTunes: $5.99


Buy Rytmik Ultimate on iTunes: $17.99

Buy Rytmik Ultimate on eShop: $17.99

Auxy for iPhone

Auxy (the company) has released an iPhone version of Auxy (the app), confusingly named simply as Auxy (fuck me).

The new app is allegedly "10x better than the iPad version" according to developer Henrik Lenberg. The key difference is a new sound engine, with elements from famed VST/AU developers Sonic Charge and FXpansion. The app also features a unique vertically scrolling piano roll sequencer. What it does not have is MIDI out, Audiobus, nor even IAA.

Auxy iTunes Description:

Make Your Music

Auxy brings real music creation to iPhone in a simple and inspiring format. By removing unnecessary distractions it lets you focus on your musical ideas and be more creative.

Create and Combine Loops to Build Tracks

Create drum beats and synth melodies by drawing notes on the grid. Find the perfect sounds for your tracks and tweak the effects in realtime to get the right vibe. Record your performances to capture tracks.

Share with Fans and Collaborators

Upload and share your tracks or export them as high quality audio files. Projects can be exported as MIDI files and opened in apps like Logic or Ableton Live.

Under the Hood

Behind the minimalist interface runs a powerful sound engine with state-of-the-art effects by Sonic Charge and FXpansion. The sounds are designed by producer 7 Skies and routed through a series of carefully tuned master effects to make your music sound fantastic.

3D Touch Support

If you have an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, you can jump straight into editing by pressing loops, or start a new project by pressing the app icon.

Buy Auxy (iPhone) on iTunes: $4.99

This comes out at $5, while the (10x worse) iPad app is still free. It has a good demo though!


Audeonic has released a MIDI clock driven metronome app, MidiMetro. This Universal iOS app has support for syncing with just about anything including IAA and his own MidiBus; which was also updated today to integrate the new app.

MidiMetro iTunes Description:

Simply the most accurate, MIDI clock driven metronome available on iOS.

  • sample accurate metronome (to 0.0226 millisecond resolution)
  • use standalone or synced to external MIDI clock source
  • can be synced internally or via MIDI clock from third party hardware or application
  • backgroundable, virtual MIDI support
  • nudge control that lets you nudge the metronome audio forward (or back if driven by MidiBus)
  • Inter-app Audio instrument; insert into IAA host apps like musicIO, Cubasis or Auria
  • responds to MIDI clock, Song Position Pointer (SPP) and time signature
  • sends MIDI notes out so can trigger metronome sounds on third party hardware or apps.

MidiMetro was designed as a companion app to the MidiBus app (keep a lookout for forthcoming bundle) in order to add reliable audible timing to the most stable MIDI clock on iOS. Syncing to the MidiBus app adds the following advantages:

  • MidiBus location and time signature are mirrored in MidiMetro
  • nudge the metronome sound backwards as well as forwards

Our aim was to craft a metronome built around accuracy and external MIDI control. With this paradigm we have been able to devise a mathematical method for ensuring the metronome audio is bang on time with the MIDI clock signal along with a mechanism for dealing with transient jitter. Even when running internally, MidiMetro is generating and slaving to its own MIDI clock; a 'pure' architectural model.

MidiMetro is built using the MidiBus iOS/OS-X developer MIDI library. See http://midib.us

Buy MidiMetro on iTunes: $2.99

Buy MidiBus on iTunes: $2.99

Rheyne Jam #141

Rheyne is feeling uptempo today in his latest live looping jam! Lemur is still on sale for just $10 on both Android and iOS. I don't even have an Android device that could run it, but I'm seriously thinking about snagging it right now at that price.

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $24.99)

Buy Lemur on Google Play: $9.99 (On Sale, from $24.99)

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