Update: Intermorphic contacted me with a new updated version of the tutorial. I've replaced the old one.
I just stumbled on this! Point Blank Online are having Freddy Frogs perform with an iPad live in a Google Hangout, starting now!
Correction: Misleading video title from Point Blank. This is a TouchOSC tutorial being done live for some damn reason.
Just last month Sugar Bytes released the astounding port of Turnado for iPad and today they bring us another direct port of their powerful Thesys sequencer! Once again all the features of the VST are here plus: Audiobus, JACK, VirtualMIDI and even a synth!
Thesys iTunes Description:
Thesys is an extremely powerful and intuitive MIDI stepsequencer app, giving you control over just about all aspects of your favorite MIDI devices. Use Thesys to create varied and organic bass lines, screaming leads, pulsating chords, and organic pad sounds in the studio or on stage.
For live musicians, Thesys provides an extremely versatile palette of performance options which can be triggered right from your MIDI keyboard: you can transpose, manipulate, twist up, mutate, and mangle your patterns without even getting near your iPad. No other MIDI sequencer plugin offers you the ease and power of Thesys. It is 100% MIDI compliant and therefore provides the ultimate MIDI sequencing solution.
iPad Edition Features:
- Midifile Export
- Integrated Synth
- Audiobus Support (Sender)
- Full Midi Support (Virtual, Network, Extern)
- Midi Clock Sync (Master & Slave)
- Action Section (Gatetime, Looper, Slowdown...)
- Pattern Sequencer
- Jack iOS Support
I was playing with Thesys quite a lot this morning and I'm blown away by the amount of creative control offered here. Although it is designed for sequencing only 1 synth/app/misc. gear at a time, it does so with control over 8 assignable MIDI CC modulations, tons of performance controls for immediatly changing up your patterns, and even supports polyrhythmic sequencing. Polyrhythms are created when you have different sequence lengths playing against one another. This means that you could have a sequence of 8 notes, but a modulation sequence of 32, so that 1 bar pattern would evolve and change over the course of 4 bars. The performance controls can also be sequenced in an elaborate way that would be difficult to describe, so I advise you just hit the Random button on the side for a quick demo of how much can change in your patterns there.
Unfortunately like Turnado with great power comes great UI hurdles, and manipulating the tiny on-screen controls can be tricky. It's a trade off; they either give us all the goodies or gimp it for iOS. I think they made the right choice by offering us the complete package, and we'll just have to get used to using the Zoom function. The power of polyrhythmic sequencing is something we haven't seen before in iOS sequencers, and I'm very excited to explore this with iPad synths! Since Thesys has Audiobus support (as an Input) you get the Audiobus connection panel controls to start or stop your sequences from inside other apps!
There are no iPad specific demo videos yet, but here is a tutorial for the PC/Mac version to help get you going.
Alex Smith, aka Alkex Instruments posted this preview of Mode Machines x0xb0x for iPad. Mode Machines is a German boutique synth manufacturer with experience making hardware x0xb0xes, and even more experience insisting that I do not qualify for a discount on a SID. Alex Smith has developed a lot of music apps, the most notable being chiptune iPhone app Bleep.
Among 303 clones the x0xb0x is probably the most user-friendly, so although there is already BassLine, bleep!BOX, technoBox2, ReBirth, Rhythm Studio, Tabletop, etc., this is a welcomed addition! Mode Machines x0xb0x for iPad is expected to be released within "days" and available for free.
Intermorphic, makers of Mixtikl, have brought their powerful modular desktop app Noatikl 2 to iOS!
Noatikl 2 iTunes Description:
Soundscapes. Yours to design. You don't have to be a musician to create new musical ideas or enjoy making music. Noatikl 2 lets you create deep, fascinating, custom generative music (AKA 'inmo' music) and gives you all the power, features and breadth of control you need. With Noatikl 2 a journey of musical discovery awaits you.
Learning how to design and blend generative music is also inherently satisfying in its own right. And, once experienced, you may find it a rich new area ready for your creative exploration.
To fashion the best still requires patience, experimentation and the honing of skills. But, you will be in good company as you can tweet and share your pieces.
Download it now, play the demos and try it yourself!
I was playing around with this for a bit, but almost immediately deleted it in frustration with the UI. Like Mixtikl there seems to be a lot of power here, but it is buried in endless menu-diving to accomplish any task. I may be overly sensitive to that, but for anyone who expects their music apps to look inspiring you should look elsewhere. It is free to try though, and unlike Mixtikl it doesn't nag the shit out of you to pay up.
If you are up for it there is a 124 page manual PDF. Thanks to reader Andrew for pointing this out.
Here is a demo of the beta version on a tiny iPhone driving a massive modular synth. There is no denying the power of this app.