Voice Synth Updated with Retina Support and 100 Presets

Voice Synth (Link to Review), the voice controlled synthesizer, got a nice update today! In addition to Retinal support, it now has 100 Factory presets. This is a big jump up from the 8 it had previously! You can also now save an unlimited number of user presets, instead of saving over the 8 factory slots. All of which can now be shared with import and export options.

• Retina graphics for iPad 3
• Preset Library with over 100 factory presets, unlimited user presets
• Import / export presets
• Extended equalizer panel with 8 quick presets and stereo VU meters
• Info center with improved news notification badge
• Fixes issue with M4A encoding on iPhone 4S and iPad 2/3
• Fixes issue with sound output becoming silent
• Fixes issue with hanging MIDI notes
• Improved noise resilience for use with noisy headsets

Buy Voice Synth on iTunes: $9.99

iControlMIDIDesign Ends iOS Development

iControlMIDIDesign have been making apps designed to expose additional MIDI functions in hardware synths for over a year. Ironically I didn't think it was worth reporting on any of them, but here I am reporting on their demise.

Due to insufficient sales, we have to terminate this project.

So, what does it mean?
• We will not be releasing any new Apps
• We are leaving our Apps on the App Store for maintenance purposes only (updates, bug fixes, etc…)
• Apple will automatically remove all our Apps from the App Store in 01/2013 as we will not renew our iOS License Agreement
• If you are an iControlMIDI licensee you are most likely safe with our Apps (which runs fine on iOS 4.2, 4.3, 5.0, 5.1 and 5.1.1); the only risk our Apps fail is Apple updating iOS and breaking our Apps. This will not happen if you are an iPad 1 owner as iOS 6 will not run on that device (we are not saying here that our Apps will not run on iOS 6!). It seems that Apple will be dropping older hardware support so we are entering into a firmware scenario and safe for years to come. However, this depends on Apple, not on us, so we cannot guarantee it.

Thanks for your interest in iControlMIDI, thanks for your business.

I'm a little shocked by this. They have been at it for a while, so this seems sudden. Although I haven't made use of any of their apps it has always been nice to know they are out there if I should ever buy a cheap DX7 off Craigslist. These apps aren't pretty, but they are really helpful for hardware synths with poor patch design interfaces.

Given that their stated reason for ending development was a lack of sales, I contacted the developer to ask if he had considered lowering the price on the apps. Each individual app is listed at $30-50! That seems prohibitively expensive. If they aren't selling at $50, maybe they will sell at $5?

This turns out to be exactly the wrong thing to ask...

Tim: I know a lot of people are using the iPad and custom MIDI designers like TouchOSC to get more use out of their old hardware. There definitely seems to be a market here. Have you considered drastically reducing the prices on your apps, just to see how that goes?

Michael: Thank you for the advice (I already received a tons of emails with the same brilliant idea); so I'm going to give the same in-your-face answer. Who are you? Do we know each other? Are the the CFO of a Fortune-100 software editor? Are you a Partner a KPMG? Do you have a MBA from Harward? What I'm reading here is as good as what I can read in the 'free press' while riding the subway to work in the morning which ends up in the subway trash when I arrive to work! Now I'm going to give a VALUABLE piece of advice. If you do not like our Apps or its pricing; download XCode and develop an App of your own with the pricing you want.

Our conversation dissolved from there into Nietzschean concepts on the revaluation of values, and finally the Alamo. Never forget!

Sweetwater - iOS Update Vol. 6

This week Mitch takes a look at IK Multimedia's new iRig STOMP and pairs it with Amplitube. He gets some nice tones in Amplitube!

Caustic Modular Prototype for iOS

Caustic, a popular Android Acid App, may be coming to iOS as an entirely different beast! Developer Single Cell Software has announced Caustic Modular. This is a full feature modular synth designed for the touch screen... and you can play with a prototype! It is available now on Mac or Windows.

I've been playing with it this morning and it is off to a great start. You can add and remove a lot of different modules that are already programmed. You play with their knobs on the front, but the back is where the magic happens!

It is a lot like Propellerheads' Reason, as you flip back and forth between the panel and a whole bunch of wires! Knobs! Wires! Either way you look, you can't lose. The last panel is a global effects rack which adds a lot to the raw sound.

You can help Rej by poking around and giving him presets, bug reports, and module component ideas.

I've been working on and off on this prototype since February, bits and pieces in between "serious" coding sessions for the app itself. The plan for this thing is to create a new machine to add to your rack in Caustic, but I'm also thinking of releasing it as a stand-alone iPad app to test the iOS waters.

But first I'd like to gather some feedback with a stand-alone PC/Mac version.

Be sure to read all of the blog post announcing it. No additional documentation is available, and this is serious business.

iFretless Bass Tutorial: Playing Chords

Hans Anderson, one of the developers for iFretless Bass has recorded a simple explanation on playing chords.

Buy iFretless Bass on iTunes: $2.99

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