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Midi TTS

Midi TTS is a new MIDI controllable Text-To-Speech app, from Mark Carlotto, which promises Audiobus is on the way in the next version.

Midi TTS iTunes Description:

midiTTS is a MIDI-controlled text to speech synthesizer based on CMU's Language Technologies Institute Flite speech synthesizer. The app contains 128 MIDI controlled pads, organized into eight 4x4 programmable pad sets. The pads can be played using any Core-MIDI compatible device (keyboard, sequencer, or controller).

Check out the documentation with a short demo on our web page if you have any questions.

Introductory price - Price will increase in next version when we add Audiobus capability.

Buy Midi TTS on iTunes: $1.99

Unfortunately I can't find the "short demo" on the web page, or elsewhere. Mark seems to keep himself very busy making apps, with over 50 on the App Store, but doesn't take the time to present them.

MIDI Editor

Nikolozi Meladze's Universal iOS MIDI Editor app just got an update this morning; adding Importing options.

What's new in MIDI Editor v1.5:

  • Import MIDI files from the other apps via Open in... *
  • Triplets grid support added.
  • It's now possible to create notes in edit mode via a pop-up menu.
  • Edit mode is a default mode now.
  • Bug fixes

* If a MIDI file consists of multiple tracks they will be imported as separate clips. At the moment maximum imported MIDI clip length is 32 bars.

Buy MIDI Editor on iTunes: $4.99

Kymatica AUFX Bundle

Kymatica's AUFX effect app suite, for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, is now available as a bundle too! At this price it is nearly a "buy 2 get 1 free" deal!

AUFX Audio Effects Bundle:

The full suite of AUFX audio effect apps at a reduced price!

  • High quality 32-bit DSP engine.
  • Lots of parameters to tweak to find your unique sound.
  • Comes with several bundled presets.
  • Process hardware input/output.
  • Process other apps through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.
  • Save, load and share user presets.
  • Supports Audiobus 2 state saving.
  • Fully MIDI controllable, including Virtual MIDI.
  • Background Audio.
  • Built-in lookahead limiter to prevent clipping.
  • Record the result directly in app.
  • Email recordings or export to AudioShare audio manager app.
  • Access user presets and recordings through iTunes File Sharing.

Buy AUFX Audio Effects Bundle on iTunes: $8.99

iOS 8: Doom Bringer

It's that time of the year again! A new version of iOS will be rolling out in about an hour, and doom will surely consume us all. Honestly, this year is quite different from previous years in which I was flooded with dire warnings from developers. There have been very few complaints from developers actually!

That's not to say that there won't be problems. It is always advisable to let other people be the guinea pigs! Like one sad tech reporter, who made the mistake of updating an old iPhone 4S because Apple said it was safe.

A lot of apps have already been updated in preparation, thanks to Audiobus' latest SDK; which addresses some of the more fundamental changes to audio. That should not be taken to mean that all possible iOS 8 app conflicts are resolved, merely that the Audiobus portions of those apps should continue to work.

With that disclaimer out of the way though, there are some neat new features to look forward to in iOS 8.

Offline Audio Plugins

Last month Wooji Juice demonstrated offline audio plugins in iOS 8. Unlike Inter-App Audio and Audiobus, this new method is meant to facilitate non-realtime audio effects. It includes the ability for apps to open up portions of the User Interface from other apps. This will be a handy aid for mastering tracks. Having the interface pop up in the host app should dramatically improve workflow. If you missed it you should go check out Wooji Juice's demo video.

MIDI Over Bluetooth LE

Announced earlier this year at WWDC, Apple has Sherlocked™ the Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth app by Secret Base Design. In iOS 8 you will be able to send MIDI over Bluetooth LE to other iOS 8 devices and Mac's running Yosemite. That is... once the apps involved have all been updated to make use of this new functionality.

Some apps will have to make UI design changes to accommodate the new MIDI method, and that has not been a priority. Most developers are in "Gotta keep this shit from breaking" mode, rather than "Let's add new shit to the feature pile" mode. It may be a while before we see this start to take off, but it is certainly something to look forward to! MIDI over Bluetooth LE is extremely low latency, and so much nicer to work with than WIFI! I've also heard some interesting rumors from the hardware world about this, but it is far too early to tease much on that front.

App Bundles

The App Store in iOS 8 now supports app bundles, allowing developers to offer discounts to loyal customers. Fortunately if you want to keep your iOS devices on 7 you can still get in on bundles from the desktop version of iTunes. Of all the changes coming in iOS 8, this is the only practical one you'll be able to take advantage of today! Holderness Media is the first to offer an App Bundle for music apps, and it is further discounted to an introductory price!

Holderness FX Bundle - Audio Effect Processors

The bundle includes all 5 Holderness FX apps including:
• Caramel - Crunch and Crusher Effect
 • Crystalline - Shimmer Delay/Reverb
 • Echo Pad - Echo-centric Multi-Effect
 • Stereo Designer - Stereo Shaper and Mid/Side Processor
 • Swoopster - Fuzz/Flanger Effect

Buy Holderness FX Bundle on iTunes: $12.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

All 5 apps are iOS 8 ready and work well with Audiobus and Inter-app Audio on both iOS 7 and 8. The apps are still compatible with iOS 7! If you already own one or more Holderness FX apps, you can “complete your bundle” in the AppStore at the discounted price difference.

That link isn't working yet for my regional iTunes, but it should be propagating around the world as you read this.

Finger Drumming Session on iMPC Pro

App Sessions did a highly instructive demo of finger drumming with iMPC Pro. If you've ever wanted to learn finger drumming then this is a nice introduction to the discipline. Travis also includes a solid tip on the free samples provided by DJ Techtools. If you subscribe to their mailing list they'll send you a monthly newsletter, at the bottom of which you'll find a free sample pack. I've been subscribed to their list for over a year for the same reason! Some of the packs are quite good, and they haven't abused my email. They also haven't brainwashed me into buying a Midi Fighter!

Buy iMPC Pro on iTunes: $12.99 (On sale, $19.99)

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