Modular synth rigs call to mind tangles of cables, dozens of hardware modules and hundreds of arcane knobs. But what if you could build a modular rig on your iPad? Well, there's an app for that: the zMors Modular.
YouTuber Jakob Haq set out to demonstrate how and why you'd want to use a Noise Gate, but the video made me want a Shure MV88. Damn, that mic sounds amazing for such a tiny package! The price tag is less tiny.
What is a Noise Gate, what is it good for and how do you use them? These are questions that I am attempting to answer with the help of Channel Strip, an AUv3 app from Audio Damage. Tired of that annoying background noise? Well check this out!
MusicTech got a demo of the fun fluXpad, from developer Jan T.v. Falkenstein, at Superbooth!
Made under the label MoMinstruments (for founders Mouse On Mars), fluXpad is a sampler and sequencer where you create sequences by drawing on the iPad. The app has also gained high-profile devotees such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). We see how easy it is to make a sequence in this video.
I love Karplus-Strong string synthesis. It tickles my eardrums and brain in exactly the right way. My mini-series on Audulus was all about building up my own Karplus-Strong engine. Fortunately you don't have to do any of that, because Strng presents all of the vital elements in one pretty little package.
Sugar Bytes brought their modular synthesizer Factory to iOS! Unlike most traditional hardware modulars, Factory is polyphonic with 8 voices! You can generate those voices with a colossal collection of oscillators, and a deep modulation matrix. Factory arrives with AUv3, Ableton Link, and iCloud preset syncing.
The app is free to try, and is presently $18 to unlock via IAP.
Factory iTunes Description:
Made for complex and organic sounds, Factory sports a big modulation matrix with all kinds of features to create a wildlife of sounds. A vast array of DSP is ready to play: Analog style oscillators and filters, but also different flavors of wavetable synthesis, Wavetable driven Waveguide resonators and a 3-FX-Chain in a dynamic signal flow. With the Morph crossfader, sounds can be changed drastically, but always musically. The Preset Browser with tags and rating makes finding sounds easy and fun.
Don´t miss out on super sonic modular mayhem and check Factory today!
• Poly Synth with Mod-Matrix and Sequencers
• 2x10 Oscillator Engines
• Sub-Oscillator with Ringmodulation
• Noise Generator with 5 colors
• 8-voice VA-Sync, Wavetable, Waveguide & Fractal Synthesis
• 8x10 Mod Matrix with 36 targets
• Morph Fader, 2 States & Copy/Paste
• Envelopes and LFOs
• Sample & Hold Modul
• 4x Sequencers for all kinds of Gates and CV's, incl. 36 motion curves, uni/bipolar.
• Arpeggiator, Intonation engine, Scale Quantizer
• 11 Filter models & 3x Multi-Effect with drag 'n' drop signal flow
• Audio Unit v3 & Standalone
• Virtual, Network, External & Bluetooth MIDI
• Ableton Link
• MIDI Learn & Host Automation
• Preset iCloud Sync
• Preset Share
Doug Woods did a Factory demo, and embedded here is the official tutorial series for the desktop version.