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SunVox Update

SunVox got a massive update. Included is a new 32bit audio engine, and the arpeggiator we saw earlier this week.

What's new in SunVox v1.8 (Abridged):

  • audio engine has been switched to 32bit (Floating Point) mode;
  • other than 44100 sampling rate support;
  • Audiobus 2 and IAA (partially) support;
  • new Module View (Routing) functions: Zoom (with multitouch support), Snap to Grid;
  • MetaModule: EDIT button has been added; now you can edit MetaModules without annoying Loading/Saving;
  • MetaModule: additional options: Arpeggiator (change the pitch of internal MetaModule patterns), Apply velocity to song;
  • Sampler: the following options have been added: Record on play (use it if you want to record in sync with the PLAY button), Record in mono, Record with reduced sample rate, Record in 16bit;
  • SpectraVoice improvements: auto render, additional sample size, new band types (random, triangle1, triangle2, overtones1, overtones2, overtones3, overtones4);
  • Sound2Ctl: "Record Values" option has been added; now all values from this module can be recorded alongside with the other SunVox events (notes, Theremin, etc.);
  • MultiSynth: new controller "Random phase" has been added; for example, with this option you can play the Sampler's notes from the random position;
  • Analog Generator: new option "Filter freq. scaling per key (reverse)";
  • Analog Generator: new controller "Noise" - amount of the white noise;
  • new pattern command: Previous Track; use it to apply effects to previous track; but the following secondary effects are not allowed: 2x, 40..5F, 1D;
  • additional MIDI slot has been added to the Preferences; now you can use two MIDI keyboards simultaneously;

Buy SunVox on iTunes: $5.99

Leda (One Man Band)

Cesar Roldão did a unique poppy Portuguese song in Loopy, controlled from his Behringer MIDI pedalboard.

Video Description:

This is one more of my songs played live in a loop station (lyrics in Brazilian Portuguese). It's the second in a set of videos to register my first shots at this way of making music. I can tell you something: it's fun!

Just FYI, loops are recorded live and are brought in and out along the song through a MIDI pedalboard.

The setup for this song was the same as the previous one: http://discchord.com/blog/2014/11/3/pela-fresta-one-man-band.html

Tech Specs:

  • Loopy HD, Funkbox, Multitrack DAW and Audiobus running in an iPad 2
  • FCB1010 Behringer MIDI pedalboard
  • Studio Quad Digitech Effects Rack, controlled by a homemade pedal (used only for the guitar delay)
  • Boss VE-20 Vocal Pedal
  • iPad 2 connected via iStudio iS202 Behringer
  • Xenyx1204 Behringer mixer
  • Tagima acoustic guitar

Buy Loopy HD on iTunes: $3.99


Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $4.99

Buy FunkBox on iTunes: $4.99


Buy MultiTrack DAW on iTunes: $9.99

haQ attaQ - "Wub Wub" [Let's Play] 

Jakob Haq has been battling a cold, yet he's still putting out Let's Plays! This is quite rough, but he does show off an interesting way to play with that classic DubStep "Wub Wub" sound using a custom MIDI Designer Pro layout.

Buy Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on iTunes: $14.99

Buy MIDI Designer Pro on iTunes: $24.99

App Sales: IK Multimedia's Good Stuff

FM4 Teaser - New FM Synth Coming December

Primal Audio has announced FM4, a new app taking a crack at the classic Yamaha DX series FM synthesizers.

Although the DXs were pure digital synths, and thus easily imitated in apps, Primal Audio is also trying to emulate the quirks of the physical hardware. Special care is being paid to internal quantisation errors and the digital-to-analogue conversion that was present on the hardware.

They've also designed the interface to keep all of the controls on a single iPad screen, without the need for multiple pages.

FM4 will be shipping next month, in December. It will even launch at a special intro price of just $1! I'm so psyched! I used to have to beg for FM on iPads 3 years ago. I can't wait! In the meantime here's the highlights, some SoundCloud demos, and a short teaser video.

FM4 Highlights:

  • Four operators configurable via eight different routings
  • Three sound engines modelled on 1980s hardware units
  • Eight waveforms derived from classic FM synths
  • 2x, 3x, and 4x polyphonic unison
  • Tempo-syncable arpeggiator with up, down, up-down, and random patterns
  • Microtuning with eight different temperaments
  • Supports Inter-App Audio, background audio, and MIDI (support for Audiobus is planned)
  • Up to 24 voices of polyphony
  • Import/export presets through iTunes
  • Works on all iPads supporting iOS 7.0 and up
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