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#6 An intelligent pitch-shifter/harmonizer plug-in AU.

Each PRESET is for a single piece of music. A PRESET contains up to 128 different pitch maps. A single map allows you to set any monophonic input pitch to produce up to 0-5 output pitches. Each map also contains several trigger settings. MIDI notes can be used to select different maps in realtime, or MIDI CC events can be used to step through mappings in sequential order.

In a standard map mode, all input and output pitches are based on sub-sets of 12-tone equal temperament. Each input pitch produces the user-mapped output pitch or pitches in chromatic or diatonic scales or modes. Scales are used filter possible options to speed up the process.

In advanced mode, each input pitch can be a range of frequencies-- so the plugin produces different outputs if an input pitch is flat, in-tune, or sharp depending on the ranges set. Also, in advanced mode, the output pitches will have both both note and cents (+/- 100). Advanced mode could employ a selection of tuning maps (like scala files) as well, to speed up editing.

Each map will have a trigger list to set up, which MIDI note or notes will activate that map. Only one map can be active so switch conflicts will be prevented in selection. If maps are to be selected in serial order, the map can be flagged with it's order position. Also, maps can be called up with an onscreen palette.

You could set up harmonies for a song where you have a different map for each section, each chord change or for each beat of the song. Perhaps the plugin could include a rudimentary MIDI sequencer to place the map-change triggers.

Easier said than done, but wouldn't that be cool?!

Dhalang MG Update
Saturday, February 25, 2017 by person stub
@skip. Thanks for letting me know. I'm trying to decide whether to go Mac or iPad version.

Do you know what kinds of rhythmic structures (beats per measure, tuplets, etc) are permitted?
Dhalang MG Update
Friday, February 24, 2017 by person stub
Wow. I can't believe I didn't know about this app. It's in that same kind of deep rich kind of realm like Stroke Machine, and Different Drummer (perhaps more like the latter).

I'm mainly interested in the scales capability, but also the synths & stochastic features are intriguing as well.

efectism - hErE & tHeRe
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by person stub
Ah, yes, I missed the b7.

When scales are notated and the notes are named in western music, whether a note is called sharp or flat has to do with seeing if the scale can be expressed "in alphabetical order".


C Db E F G Ab B C

Allows us to see the notes as a series of different letters. I imagine with some Indian scales that wouldn't be possible or even matter.

Do you use another system of note naming?

efectism - hErE & tHeRe
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by person stub
Those tabla sound terrible, like a really low bandwidth mp3. Too bad. The rest of the track sounds nice.
efectism - hErE & tHeRe
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by person stub
I think this is

C Db E F G Ab Bb C

Like C major but with b2, b6 and b7... So... nothing like C major.

It is, in effect, a mode of F harmonic minor, starting on C.
IIRC, Genome was pretty limited as far as meters and tuplets. So that must have changed in a subsequent update? I bought it once and then got a refund because it was too limited rhythmically.

MTS and Auria Pro are very flexible, but you can't trigger patterns like you can in Genome.
Material Modeler for iOS Preview
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by person stub
I don't have a google or youtube account, so I'd probably need to contact him directly, (I guess), but then there'd be no chiming in from other people. I do think the potential for audio mayhem is pretty lovely. Things like mapping color to control some aspect of the sound impulse, and using speed/momentum/impact to amplitude, and having a few other sliders to tweak the slosh madness. Ok, maybe I will email him.
I think some developers have made at least partially workable import options available with iCloud. However, the only time I've tried using it, it didn't work correctly. -- Not sure whether the issues were with the developers or with Apple. At this point, Apple has not inspired much confidence in their OS's. They don't fix things, they just nag you to update all the goddamn time.
Material Modeler for iOS Preview
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by person stub
That's fascinating, Tim. Thanks for sharing that!

It's too bad there couldn't be a kind of "pick up" on one or more of the sides that could simulate the impulses/waves of pressure brought on by the materials that collide with it.

I'm still on OS 9, and have hesitated to update to iOS 10. I've become OS-update-averse since I've lost functionality of apps and Apple has in asshole fashion prevented reverting to a previous OS version.

Tim: not being able to use a question mark in the subject line really imposes a limit on the meanings.
Please feel free to list all the apps you've wanted but that don't yet exist (or exist only in a half-assed way). Since I'm starting this thread, I'll list the ones that are obvious to me. But please add your wish list here. If you don't mind, let's preserve the numbering (advance the numbers from post to post)-- so others can comment on particular numbers from previous posts.

Here we go!

#1 A goddamn sampler. We need a standalone/AU sampler that let's you map user & 3rd party samples to key-ranges AND velocity ranges-- have some redundant parameter adjustments per sample, per zone, per instrument (channel), and per multi-timbral (all-chans, i.e., global).

BeatMaker requires you to use the whole DAW to get a sampler and doesn't have velocity. Thumbjam is too tedious to edit, and is feature-limited, soundfonts don't have zero attack-times, so don't work for percussion samples.

#2 A goddamn vocoder with modulator AND carrier inputs, and 20+ bands.

#3 A multiband dynamics processor (standalone & AU). Though I list it separately, if this was done with enough bands, and a "side-chain" input, it would work for a vocoder (#2)

I'll stop there.
I had been carrying a bit of a grudge about this developer when one of their apps broke on my Android device and there was literally no way to get support (except through social media). And I grumbled about this every opportunity that I got.

I've also been on something of an OCD crusade about drum machines providing different beat divisions. And was singing the praises of Molten and DrumPerfect for that functionality.

But I just realized that their drum machine apps (not the Super Metronome) if you tap and hold, it will highlight that beat on that part and you can drag up and down to increase or decrease the beat divisions.

That's awesome.

Best Music Apps for iPod Touch (iPhone)
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by person stub
After years of using an iPad 4, I've got a pretty nice selection of tools there.

After years with my iPad 4, I just bought my first smaller device, an iPod Touch 6. I got the 64GB version so I have decent room for apps. And I was pleased to see that some of my favorites are already available either as Universal, or as separate versions.

My favorite kinds of apps are effects, synths, drum machines, sequencers, and metronomes. I also enjoy those hard to categorize ones.

So far, I have Different Drummer, which is pretty wild. Metronomics works well. I also got DM1 for iPhone, which works pretty well. Would love to see Patterning in some form for iPhone.

Are there any other great ones for iPhone or universal that work well on that tiny screen? I'd appreciate any suggestions.