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Quincy - Cellular Automata

Quincy is a new music app based on Cellular Automata, aka Conway's Game of Life, for Universal iOS. This sort of thing in music is not new. One of the earliest Nintendo DS music apps used this. Their implementation in Quincy is pretty good though, and stands out with definable scales and other customization.

It has an unfortunately odd feature list; including WiFi MIDI, but not VirtualMIDI or Audiobus.

Quincy iTunes Description:

Quincy is a most unique music composition tool. Its modular approach to interpretation of cellular automata renders Life worlds in styles ranging from Balinese Gamelan music to that of Stockhausen. Auto-generated on-device, interactive music that sounds authentic and goes far beyond the mere triggering of note events or squeeky sine waves.

Quincy’s core engine is a full implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, capable of generating all possible Life variants including HighLife and Seeds. It comes with a Life editor, a large library of patterns, color mixer, features an adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and many display options. Editing tools go beyond pen and pattern stamp and also include options like copy, paste and rotate.

Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with many more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines the key and a base scale to be used as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales.

There are two playback modes, audio and MIDI. In audio mode playback is routed through a device’s speakers or headphones. This mode offers 128 instruments and adjustable reverb settings. MIDI over WiFi uses Bonjour for discovery of suitable MIDI destinations to seamlessly integrate Quincy’s output into any DAW like Logic or Ableton.

Quick Features:

  • Universal app (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
  • Document based
  • Adjustable grid size
  • MIDI over WiFi
  • Full general MIDI instrument library and adjustable reverb
  • Performance view (iPad)
  • Large pattern library
  • File transfer via Email, Message or AirDrop
  • Extensive online documentation

Buy Quincy on iTunes: $5.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

GaMBi Trailer

Upcoming chiptune app GaMBi has been announced with the following trailer! The app is said to be coming this spring. Although the developers are listed as 151A and DJBJF, Propellerhead developer David Ventura is also involved.

Video Description:

GaMBi is an iOS app for chiptune fans, performers, DJs, and remix artists, allowing deep customization of classic video game sound and connection with other music-making apps via channel control, AudioCopy and Audiobus.

SECTOR iPad & Bass Station II

Preset sound designer Alba Ecstasy did a little jam with SECTOR and the recent Novation Bass Station II synth. This is quite good, but also quiet. Crank it up to fully appreciate that bass! SECTOR is still on sale this morning.

Video Description:

Using SECTOR & Bass Station II
Bass Station & other synth presets on: http://www.albaecstasy.ro/
Sector is an amazing sample slice sequencer for iPad.

Buy SECTOR on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $8.99)

Vocal Exercises

Davengi has released a vocal exercise app, to help aspiring vocalists.

Vocal Exercises iTunes Description:

Vocal Exercises by Davengi is a flexible tool for vocal instructors, students and artists who need a convenient way to provide accompanyment for vocal warmups. It provides a wide range of pre-defined warmups as well as allowing custom warmups to be defined.

A large number of vocal accompaniment patterns are included for use with both pre-defined and custom warmups. The vocal range for each warmup may be easily modified at any time.

The application plays a series of musical patterns moving through scales to allow the full vocal range of the singer to be exercised. The scale range can be moved through chromatically or based upon a major scale. The range can be moved through going both up and down through the scales, moving only up or moving only down. The speed of playback can be adjusted on the fly ranging from 50 beats per minute up to 200 beats per minute. The vocal range indicators play the indicated note when touched so that the singer can verify and adjust the desired vocal range before the exercise is played.

Buy Vocal Exercises by Davengi Lite on iTunes: $0.99

Massive App Medely

Marcus Padrini from MusicApps.com.br put together a nice sounding track using 7 apps. The video starts off with a deconstruction of the different elements, and then starts at about 1:15.

Video Description:

A new track featuring Thor (Lead), Sunrizer (Pad), GarageBand (Smart Drums, Smart Bass, Smart Guitar), Geo Synth (MIDI Controller), MIDIBridge (For MIDI note Split between Thor and Sunrizer), AUFX:Space (great reverb!) and SampleTank (Miroslav orchestral sounds).

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