Brainwave Sequencer

Brainwave Sequencer just got its first update since May 2012, adding Dropbox support along with a lot of enhancements.

Brainwave Sequencer iTunes Description:

Brainwave is a clip based MIDI sequencer. Bring your melodies and drum beats into life with the streamlined and intuitive MIDI clip editor. Assemble and arrange entire songs with the Arrangement editor. Control up to 16 instruments using the built-in sampler. Use the built-in audio samples to quickly get up and running, or use your own samples for even more creative sounds. Then produce and export MIDI files to be imported to your favourite Digital Audio Workstation software. All this inside of an ergonomic and minimalist user interface that will help get your inspiration to fruition.

Drive up to 16 instruments

  • built-in sampler with 16 voices
  • volume envelope
  • loop points and loop modes (once, loop, ping pong)
  • transpose offset to tune samples
  • built-in samples or user samples, through iTunes sharing
  • drum pad mode allowing for 16 individual samples to be mapped to drum pads
  • mixer interface to solo/mute and adjust track volume

MIDI Clip Editor

  • 16 ticks per beat
  • up to 256 clips per song
  • sequence melodies and beats in the clip editor
  • sequence all instruments in the same clip
  • fine control over note length and velocity per note or for a selection of notes
  • copy a note sequence from one instrument to another
  • make a copy of a MIDI clip to create new variations
  • unlimited length
  • looping mode to easily iterate on a clip

Song Arrangement

  • quick start with built-in templates
  • sequence and layer MIDI clips
  • reorder clips to organize the visual layout

Buy Brainwave Sequencer on iTunes: $19.99

Korg Volca & iPad Old-School House

Jordan Passmore was last featured here in September for his unique use of the Fairlight CMI app, and today he is once again exploring some new ground. Jordan feels that Korg's Volca Bass and Volca Keys are actually better off reversing their roles, so he did just that in this video with Funkbox.

Video Description:

This demo includes the Korg Volca Keys on bass, the Korg Volca Bass doing the melody and the Funk Box app on the iPad doing the drums (the drum machine it is emulating in this case is the Elektron Machinedrum). I created this demo to propose that the roles of these two Volcas could easily be switched up and actually I would goes as far to say I find the Keys better at bass duties and the Bass better for leads/melodies. The iPad, which is running the FunkBox app, is connected to an E-mu XMidi 2x2 USB MIDI device that outputs MIDI clock to the two Volcas. The Volcas are both running off their internal sequencer. The Volca Bass is connected to an old Washburn A-09 Analog Delay. All devices were mixed on a Bogen MX6A-T small-format mixer and sent straight to my interface (No EQ involved).

Buy FunkBox on iTunes: $5.99

FL Studio Mini Synth Demo & Beta

Image-Line have announced the beta for FL Studio Mini Synth is now available on Windows. Previously this was only available in the FL Studio Mobile app. As part of the announcement they've released an excellent demo video. This should be of great interest to FL Studio desktop users, as this is going to be a key element in how they handle project exporting from Mobile to Desktop.

Buy FL Studio Mobile HD on iTunes: $19.99

Buy FL Studio Mobile on iTunes: $14.99 (iPhone)

App Sales

A bunch of apps have gone on sale this week; including iMS-20 developer DETUNE's Handy Harp, and the lowest price yet on BIAS. ProRemote is a control surface for ProTools, originally released back in 2008 for $150! That was a pretty expensive iPhone app, but it is now Universal and a lot cheaper.

Buy Handy Harp on iTunes: $5.99 (On Sale, from $13.99)

Buy ProRemote on iTunes: $42.99 (On Sale, from $59.99)

Buy Pro-XY on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $1.99)

Buy Noisepad on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $5.99)

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

MixerFace: The Mobile Recording Interface

Sonic State has news from CEntrance, and their plans to be at NAMM this month. Ahead of that they've started an Indiegogo campaign for their new phone and tablet audio interface, MixerFace. This tiny audio interface comes at a hefty premium of $600, but early Indiegogo backers can get it for $300.

The Indiegogo appeal video is fucking bizarre. Showing no self-awareness, or taste, the video starts off with "In a world..." un-ironically. This is followed by inventor Michael Goodman telling us how "if you're making a demo, the audio quality can be the deciding factor for being hired" with way too much room reverb on his vocal take. As if this might not be enough to make the audience feel detached; the majority of the footage is of a side-long shot, with Michael seemingly talking to some other room altogether. The interface looks slick, but wow... This is rather amateurish for someone expecting to sell these for $600.

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