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MIDI Designer Mock Up Across a Keyboard

MIDI Designer developer Dan Rosenstark posted this impressive looking 3D render to the MATRIXSYNTH Facebook Lounge. Here you see all of the pages in the Casio XW version of MIDI Designer, if they were laid out on a physical keyboard.

I've been thinking a lot recently about virtual space vs. "real" (physical) space and control. I finally got a 3D artist to do a rendering. This one is for our layout for the Casio XW keyboards... one for our massive layouts for the Roland U.S. JD-990 would probably be more appropriate for this lounge, but anyway... this is just a fun concept image. Hope you dig it and don't mind the plug.

Buy MIDI Designer XW on iTunes: Free


Update: This pic generated some interesting comments, and an even more interesting response! One of the members of the MATRIXSYNTH Lounge asked why all the fun apps are always on iOS and not on the other mobile platforms. Dan Rosenstark answers with some good technical reasons.

Mellotronics M3000 Updated with New Tapes

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.

Buy Mellotronics M3000 on iTunes: $11.99


Here is a behind the scenes look at the Violin Collection recording.

Temperament

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.

Audiobus supported.

Universal purchase supporting iPad/iPhone/iPod. Requirements: iOS6, Apple A4 processor or better. For best performance, A5 or better is recommended.

Buy Temperament on iTunes: $2.99

iDesignSound Closes

Yesterday iDesignSound editor Alex announced the closure of the long running iOS music app site.

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.

Fiddlicator - Free IR Effect with Audiobus

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 features:

  • 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

Buy Fiddlicator on iTunes: Free


Here is a demo of Fiddlicator working with Inter-App Audio.

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