Stroke Machine Massive Update

Stroke Machine's second update is just insane. I'm not even going to include all of the fixes in the What's New list.

Notice: Do NOT update to this version if you are on iOS 6. The developer is warning that it will crash on iOS 6. A fix is in the works right now. Thanks to reader synthandson for pointing this out!

Check out the new Subdued skin, if the old one was too intense.

What's new in Stroke Machine v1.0.2

  • Audio Buffer Size adjustable. Setting it to higher values improves performance, which is especially helpful on older iPads.
  • Alternative skin "Subdued" with a more subtle color scheme.
  • Added Inter-App Audio. Stroke Machine can now act as a node for Inter-App Audio hosts like Garage Band, Cubasis and others. If it is active, Stroke Machine's internal pattern sequencer is disabled and the transport buttons control the host sequencer, so Stroke Machine acts purely as a sound generator.
  • Added Virtual MIDI. Stroke Machine can now receive MIDI messages from iPad MIDI hosts.
  • When Stroke Machine is used with Inter-App Audio or Virtual MIDI, incoming channel-based MIDI messages are routed to the respective Melody Part (MIDI channel 1 to Melody Part 1, channel 2 to Part 2 and so on) rather than the currently selected Melody Part. Incoming notes between C1 and B2 are still mapped to the Drum Parts.
  • Added MIDI Clock Synchronization.
  • Added MIDI Clock Offset parameters in Clocks and Milliseconds. Adjust Clocks to compensate sync masters sending too many or too few clocks after start, adjust Milliseconds to compensate a fix latency between the sync master and the iPad audio output.
  • Added Audio Copy for your pattern or performance recordings to process them in other audio apps.
  • Added Audio Paste for samples.
  • Added Share Kit and Share Sound to share your kits or sounds via email or Air Drop with others.
  • Added FX Bus selection buttons for the currently active sound to the FX page.
  • Improved editing of linear controls (including rotary controls when set to linear control mode). Their value is now changed only vertically, moving the finger horizontally increases the resolution for finer adjustments.
  • Rotary controls in the Assign view now show if a parameter is modulated (filled indicator) or not (hollow indicator).
  • Improved performance and sound of oscillator models Sine, Triangle, Pulse and Sawtooth.
  • Empty Pattern Quick Access slots are now filled with the available preset kits.

Buy Stroke Machine on iTunes: $19.99

BIAS for iPhone

JamUp was updated today with Inter-App Audio support and integration with the newly release BIAS for iPhone. The description between the iPad and iPhone versions of BIAS are nearly identical, so I believe this has all of the goodies!

BIAS for iPhone iTunes Description:

BIAS is an Amp Designer, Modeler and Processor. It's warm, accurate and more versatile than any other modeler, processor in hardware or software ever created.

Create totally new sounds by designing your custom dream amp. It’s as easy as tap and drag. Using BIAS’ highly intuitive and lightning-fast interface, it’s child’s play to instantly swap out colorful tube preamps, lush distortion circuits, classic tone stacks, boutique power stages, custom-built transformers and cabs loaded with specially matched speakers. The result is a depth and range of tones not possible using traditional guitar amps or other modelers. Whether you’re a classic rocker, metalhead, jazz player, bluesman or singer-songwriter—and whether you understand how amplifier electronics work or not—you’ll be dialing in killer, exclusive tones in a heartbeat.

BIAS integrates seamlessly with Positive Grid's free JamUp XT and optional JamUp Pro XT guitar multi-effects apps for iPad, expanding BIAS into a powerful and completely unified professional guitar system for live use, recording and jamming. Simply tap the JamUp icon on BIAS' upper bar to open your current BIAS amp setup directly in either JamUp XT or JamUp Pro XT. JamUp XT adds 1 amp and 6 effects to your BIAS rigs. JamUp Pro XT adds fully 6 amps and 16 stomp-box and premium rack effects - including distortion, compression, tape delay, tremolo and spring reverb. Both JamUp XT and JamUp Pro XT include Jam player, 8-track recorder and phrase sampler, tuner and metronome, effectively turning BIAS into a recording studio and top-of-the-line practice utility.

BIAS works with GarageBand and other audio apps using iOS 7’s Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. Whether recording, songwriting, or honing your chops—at home or on the road—BIAS places unequaled tone at your fingertips.

Feature Highlights:

  • The most complete, accurate, and versatile amp modeling available in the world
  • 36 amp models included with the introductory release
  • Factory categories organize amps by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, acoustic and bass
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets and mic selection and placement—mix and match!
  • Customize the look and feel of your own amp panel, change name, tolex, panel and knobs.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two 8-band equalizers
  • Included noise gate and room simulator
  • Create a virtually unlimited number of custom amps
  • Quick preset to recall each of your 8 favorite settings in turn with just one tap
  • Seamless integration with JamUp XT and JamUp Pro XT, open and save your amp models inside JamUp with one tap
  • Works with GarageBand and other audio apps via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.
  • Designed for iOS 7, requires iPhone 4S, iPod touch 5th gen or newer

Buy BIAS for iPhone on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $7.99)

A ton of new demo videos for this came out today, from a lot of different guitarists on YouTube. I thought this one from Alberto Bonso was the best of the bunch. It's amazing to think of that sound coming from a little iPhone!

G-Stomper VA Beast Synth for Android

Planet H has been hard at work on G-Stomper, the premiere Android music studio! In addition to an update to the studio, a whole new app has been released, G-Stomper VA-Beast. This polyphonic Virtual Analog synth is available standalone, or as part of the Studio version of G-Stomper!

What's new in G-Stomper Beat Studio v3.0:

  • VA-Beast Synthesizer fully integrated (up to 12 times multitimbral) Polyphony: Up to 10 concurrent Voices per Instance/Track
  • VA-Beast Poly Grid (Polyphonic Step Sequencer with up to 12 tracks)
  • VA-Beast Full-Size Piano view
  • USB Midi Support: Midi Clock, Start, Stop, Continue, NoteOn/Off, Velocity, ModWheel and PitchBend
  • You can map up to 13 different midi channels

Buy G-Stomper Beat Studio on Google play: Demo (Full version $7.59)

G-Stomper VA-Beast Google Play Description:

G-Stomper VA-Beast is a polyphonic virtual analog Synthesizer to produce complex synthetic sounds of any variety, designed for experienced sound designers as well as for complete beginners. So it's up to you if you just explore the Factory sounds or if you start right away with designing your own sounds in impressive studio quality. Its sound capabilities paired with the intuitive and clearly laid out interface simply makes G-Stomper VA-Beast to the ultimate Mobile Synthesizer. You will be able to create the sounds you want, and you'll do it faster than on any other mobile synthesizer.

Demo restrictions: 4 Synthesizer Tracks (instead of max 12), Loading and Saving is limited to one Pattern, Audio Exporting is limited to 8bit Sum-Export of a single Pattern

  • VA-Beast Synthesizer : Virtual Analog FM Synthesizer (polyphonic + multitimbral)
  • VA-Beast Poly Grid : Polyphonic Step Sequencer, max 12 Tracks
  • Line Mixer : Mixer with up to 12 Channels
  • Effect Rack : 3 chainable Effect Processors (28 Effect Types)
  • Master Section : 1 Sum Effect Processor (28 Effect Types)
  • Pattern Config : Allows almost every Beat Signature and complex Swing Quantization
  • Piano Roll : On various Screens (8 Octaves switchable)

Buy G-Stomper VA-Beast Synth on Google play: Demo (Full version $3.99)

Here is a quite excellent sounding demo of the new VA-Beast!

App Sales: Thursday Edition

Wow, a lot of apps went on sale today! Thanks to readers Adrian and Kevin for pointing out some of these. I'm going to claim credit for the OnStage sale, because that's exactly the price I accidentally listed it for here when I confused it with OnSong! There might be some truth to this too, as the developer commented on my mistake.

Buy Traktor DJ on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Traktor DJ for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (From $4.99)

Buy OnStage on iTunes: $12.99 (On Stage, $19.99)

Buy Sample Lab on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $6.99)

Buy Magellan Jr. on iTunes: $1.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy Master Record on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy Audio Mastering on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $12.99)

Buy Master FX on iTunes: $5.99 (On Sale, from $11.99)

ScaleCoach Pro

ScaleCoach came out as a freemium app back in December. Now there is a Pro version available for those you that would like to work on your singing, without the Blues of IAPs!

ScaleCoach is designed for instant pitch detection based scale training. ScaleCoach is a high-end app, that will help you master all the scales you need, in an easy and entertaining way. ScaleCoach is an important tool in teaching music. Train alone or challenge each other. Who can hit it spot on! ScaleCoach is your new musical best friend.

ScaleCoach is the first and only app that lets you play all the scales and at the same time check your intonation.

When you have learnt your scale you can test yourself and see if your intonation is correct. You will get feedback whether you sing or play either a false note or in tune.

Intonation forms part of the basis in music when you're playing with yourself and others. It is therefore very valuable to be able to test your intonation and with ScaleCoach you can test it with any instrument.

That includes all fretless instruments as violin, chello, double-bass and all other instruments as trumpet, saxophone etc. The singers can learn how to sing in tune. ScaleCoach will support you regardless of your level and let you choose the tempo. In the S.W.Y.P (See What You Play), you will be able to see what you sing or play on the ScaleCoach piano.

B or H? With ScaleCoach you can have them both.

Buy ScaleCoach Pro on iTunes: $6.99

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