Takashi Mizuhiki has updated his long running DXi FM Synthesizer with support for Audiobus!
DXi was first released way back in May of 2010. Incredibly in all of that time no one has attempted to dethrone DXi as the defacto FM synth for iOS. It is easy to say this is my favorite FM synth for iPad, because there are no alternatives, but it is also my favorite way to play with FM synthesis on any platform!
Development has continued to bring new features to keep DXi relevant in the ever changing iOS Music App space. Last October's update included both Background Audio and Virtual MIDI ports, and now we get to play with Audiobus too!
Peavey were at NAMM showing off their new AT-200 guitar. This is a wildly impressive, and equally complicated, guitar that auto-tunes from the inside-out. The results are exceptional, and far better than you'd get with auto-tuner effects, used later in the chain with pedals.
While some of the auto-tune controls are available on the guitar itself, through switches and knobs, to really explore the added functionality requires a MIDI interface of some kind. Peavey opted to make their own with MIDI Designer for iPad. MIDI Designer let them expose all of the features and was used in NAMM demos.
The guys at Peavey were so pleased with it that they did a private demo for the MIDI Designer design team.
Mitch Gallagher has recovered from NAMM and is back with a new iOS Update to share some of his favorites from the show. Mitch and the rest of the crew at Sweetwater had a lot of NAMM coverage. You can find all of it on the Sweetwater YouTube channel.
Daniel Inglesia has released a new app that will allow you to make your own music apps, without a lot of programming knowledge.
MobMuPlat (short for Mobile Music Platform) lets you create your own custom audio software for iOS. MobMuPlat hosts a list of user-created documents, each of which defines a user interface and audio engine.
Creating your own work consists of two parts, both done on your laptop/desktop.
First, create a graphical user interface (GUI) with the MobMuPlat Editor (OSX only).
Second, create the audio engine using the graphical programming language Pure Data (PD).
With both of these applications open, and data sent between the two, you can simulate the app behavior on your laptop/desktop. Once development is complete, just drag the two saved files into the "Documents" folder of iTunes, and they are uploaded to your device and can be opened in the MobMuPlat app.
We've seen other apps that bring Pure Data (PD) to iOS, but this is the first to offer interface design as well. It is a shame that the editor is Mac only. Everyone can make use of user-created files though, as YouTuber weekendbrain demonstrates in this video.