SunVox AUv3 Update

Alexander Zolotov updated the iOS version of SunVox with AUv3 support! You can now use SunVox inside of any AUv3 host as an instrument. As with all SunVox updates, this one arrives with a ton of other features too!

What's new in SunVox v1.9.5:

* Audio Unit Extension (AUv3 instrument) has been added - SunVox can now be used inside any AU host;
* Main menu -> Export/import: additional export/import functions provided by the system;
* extended set of supported MIDI sync commands (slave mode): Start/Stop/Continue, MIDI Clock, Song Position Pointer;
* full support of 65534 modules per project and 32 tracks per pattern;
* optimization of graphic and sound engines;
* Distortion: new type "overflow2" (symmetric overflow);
* Loop: incoming notes (Note ON commands) restart the loop;
* Delay now also delays the incoming events (note, pitch, phase, velocity);
* MultiSynth: new option "Generate missed Note OFF cmds";
* Pattern Editor: new function "Cyclic shift";
* new pattern effects (column EE):
* 15 - change the relative note and finetune of the module; XX - relative note (00 - ignore; 01 = -127; 80 = 0; FF = 127); YY - finetune (00 - ignore; 01 = one semitone lower; 80 = 0; FF = one semitone higher);
* 31 - jump to line XXYY (address) right after the end of the current line;
* 32 - set jump address mode YY: 0 - absolute address, relative to the start of the timeline (default); 1 - ( pattern beginning + address ); 2 - ( pattern beginning - address ); 3 - ( next line + address ); 4 - ( next line - address );
* new set of destructive effects (irreversibly change the contents of the pattern):
* 38 - delete an event on track XX with a probability of YY (00..FF(100%)); see simple_examples/pat effect 38 self destructive.sunvox
* 39 - cyclic shift of track XX down by YY lines;
* 3A - generate a new iteration of YY-line polyrhythm on track XX; see simple_examples/pat effect 3A polyrhythm.sunvox;
* 3B - copy track XX to a pattern named YY;
* MutliCtl, Sound2Ctl, Pitch2Ctl, Velocity2Ctl: "OUT Controller" range has been increased to 255, so now it's also possible to address the MIDI controllers (CC0 = 128, CC1 = 129, ...) of the connected module(s);
* new module visualization settings: background options (outline/fill), level scale (linear/logarithmic(dB)/RMS), peak meter;
* Project properties: "Sync" settings allow you to specify the types of synchronization commands that the project accepts;
* Preferences -> Main: new option "Autosave" (disabled by default);
* Preferences -> MIDI: "Module preview channel" - MIDI channel that will be used to receive notes during module pre-listening (when selecting a file);
* Preferences -> MIDI: "Sync source" - MIDI device for receiving synchronization commands;
* Preferences -> Timeline: new option "Hexadecimal line numbers";
* Preferences -> Interface -> Shortcuts: delete buttons [x] have been added;
* improved text fields (long text scrolling has been added) + improved virtual text keyboard;
* simple copy/paste (ctrl+c/v) in all text fields;
* Wi-Fi export/import: additional file information fields: size and modification date/time;
* export to WAV: new mode "File per module (connected to selected)" - export modules connected (as sources) to the selected module;
* new keyboard shortcut: SHIFT + 7 - cyclic shift up (for the selected region in the pattern editor);
* new keyboard shortcut: SHIFT + 8 - cyclic shift down;
* new instruments and effects from other users (see the instruments and effects folders);
* new examples (SunVox Compo 2019.03 winners): Trackerbound - its over now; make a wish; Logickin Lambda - Soar Beyond; manganoid - Dash of Wind;
* new examples: NightRadio - 5100, 5101, 5102, Sines of Night, Au; Manwe - Ambient; Philip Bergwerf - Venaya;
* bug fixes.

NAMM2020: Soundbrenner Smart Watch for Musicians

I thought I was done with NAMM videos! Gaz Williams from Sonic State spotted this Smart Watch for Musicians. It is by Soundbrenner, makers of The Metronome on iOS. While all of its features will eventually, and undoubtedly, be copied by the Apple Watch and its apps; this has an impressive feature set. I particularly like the decibel meter to let you know when your jam has gotten too loud for your own good! The features shown here are in the Core ($230) and Core Steel ($330) models, not the earlier Pulse.

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With a vibrating metronome, magnetic contact tuner, decibel meter and of course an actual watch.
Originally launched as a crowdfunding project it did very well, funded many times over in its original form.

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Another Alien - Vertical Buffer

Reader Another Alien did a fantastic Electro Rock track with a beautiful video to match! All made on iPad!

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"Vertical Buffer" from the EP "OWN"

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Poly 2 Tips and Jam: Beat Skip and MIDI IN

YouTuber Edward Spiegel doesn't produce a lot of videos, but when he does they are all excellent. I've been impressed in the past. This latest one has some very detailed tips for getting the most out of Poly 2's features.

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Poly 2 is a great generative music app for iOS. I take a look at two overlooked features Beat Skip and MIDI IN (for note selection)

ajp - Enso looping

Reader ajp did a short, but oh so sweet, jam with apps looped in Enso with a QuNexus!

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It's been far too long since I've posted anything....

This little melody came about as a diversion while I was working on another piece. I wanted to have a semi-chaotic looper/reverser/delay, so I set up Fugue Machine to send notes with multiple playheads to trigger the overdub and reverse in Enso.

The QuNexus is triggering iGrand and Lorentz. Fugue Machine, via mfxConvert is controlling Enso.
Dedalus, Reverb FDN and Discord 4 are doing the processing.

I've started an Instagram account ( where I can post little snippets, ideas, experiments, etc. such as the above. This is a crossover, but I'm planning on keeping them separate. Instagram for more frequent, but shorter and incomplete explorations. YouTube for more finished pieces.

I'm half-heartedly doing the Jamuary thing on Instagram; half-heartedly because I've got several full-length tracks that I'm spending more time on that are almost ready to go. There will be a lot more activity on this channel in the coming weeks....

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