Caustic 3 for iOS & Android

Caustic has been a long running music app on Android, but version 3 is the first to make the cross-over to iOS!

Caustic 3 iTunes Description:

Caustic 3 is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizer/sampler rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of:

  • Subsynth - Virtual analog subtractive synthesizer
  • PCMSynth - Multi-sample wave synthesizer
  • BassLine - 303-like monosynth
  • BeatBox - 8-channel sampling drum machine
  • PadSynth - Harmonic table pad synthesizer
  • 8BitSynth - 8bit equation solver synthesizer
  • Modular - Fully configurable and routable synthesizer
  • Organ - Tonewheel organ with rotary speaker
  • Vocoder - 8-band harmonic vocoder
  • FMSynth - DX-style 3-operator fm synthesizer

The app also includes:

  • Effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine (16 effect types).
  • Mixer desk with EQ, panning and global Delay/Reverb effects.
  • Master section with effect slots, parametric EQ and limiter.
  • Song sequencer

Supports automation recording on most controls and includes powerful editors for modifying automation curves.

Users can record their own WAV files for use in the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder or import files through iTunes file sharing or the built-in FTP server. Supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate). The PCMSynth can also load SoundFont files (.sf2) and FL/Xewton instruments (.instr, .ZIP)

Exported songs can be shared using the AudioShare app.

Supports CoreMIDI for note and velocity data.

See the in-app help section for dozens of informative tutorial videos and full online manual.

There is also a FREE (full version) PC version available for download on the product website. Come visit to download more presets, request features, share your tracks and hear what others are creating with Caustic 3.

Buy Caustic on iTunes: $9.99

Buy Caustic on Google Play: $9.99

This is a pretty stellar feature set, with both CoreMIDI and AudioShare support! Sadly Audiobus and/or Inter-App Audio are not present in this version.

Developer Rejean Poirier went well beyond the call of duty on his tutorial videos! In addition to this 22 minute overview video (embedded below), you'll find a 34 minute tutorial for the modular synth, a 20 minute tutorial for the subtractive synth, an 8 minute video for the 8BitSynth, plus a hell of a lot more on the official YouTube channel.

Apps Sales of the Week

Readers Hoyas79 and Willem let me know about some more deals going on this week. Bias has been further reduced another 25%, bringing it to $13 down from $20, and JamUp's IAPs are 50% off! VirSyn's iVoxel joins the rest of their apps on Inter-App Audio and is discounted 50% as well.

Update: Some new additions for the weekend! I just went through and verified that all of these sales are still on going as of Sunday.

I'm also including all of the other sales still ongoing from earlier in the week, with the newest on top.

Buy Swoopster on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy CASSINI Synth for iPad on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy CASSINI Synth on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Jam Synth on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $2.99)

Buy Tunable on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $3.99)

Buy Jamn on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $0.99)

Buy AmpKit+ on iTunes: $8.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Robotic Drums on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy SoundPrism Pro on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $7.99)

Buy Master FX on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $11.99)

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

Buy BIAS on iTunes: $12.99 (On sale, $19.99)

Buy JamUp Pro XT on iTunes: $9.99 (On sale, $19.99)

Buy Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, $5.99)

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

Buy megamicron on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $59.99)

Buy Audulus on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy Music Studio on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy AmpliTube For iPad: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy iGrand Piano for iPhone on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy iGrand Piano for iPad on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

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

Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy Harmony Voice on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Buy Super Manetron on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $6.99)

Buy Filtatron on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $7.99)

Chris Catalano - Wishing for Winter

Chris Catalano has been very active in the comments here, but this is the first time his music has been featured on the site. What a great introduction! The mixing on this is amazing! Check out his SoundCloud page for more dark/moody music made on apps.

Video Description:

Had a snow day in Vancouver a few days ago. Created, recorded, mixed and (sort of lol) mastered the song, shot and edited the Video all yesterday on an iPad using Samplr, Harmonic Dogs Multitrack Daw, vocals recorded on Apogee Mic into Auria (where I also went a little bonkers with the "warming" plugins), Animoog, and Samplr (Gyrosynth is the creepy Cat Meow solo at the beginning), Sleigh Bells, my iPhone with Kit Camera, Nikon D7000 footage from Monday, and edited in iMovie for iOS, which does amazing AV time stretching. Audioshare allows exporting straight to iMovie, such a must have app...

A weird Christmas song, more of a song fragment, really, but to keep it in sync with Samplr...also wrote lyrics yesterday to try to fit the moody Xmas vibe...

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth for Mac Released!

After a lot of buzz from the iOS release of Apollo last month, the Mac version arrives! This version is free so you don't have to pay twice to use it with your iOS device!

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth Mac Store Description:

This Mac application is designed to work with the iOS app Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth.

With Apollo, you can send MIDI between iOS devices, or between an iOS device and a Mac. Between iOS devices, MIDI messages can be sent in either direction at any time. With a Mac and an iOS device, you can toggle the MIDI direction any time you like.

You can use the apps to use one iOS device to control synthesizers and sequencers on another, sequence an iOS device using Logic, or use an iOS device as a controller for Garageband. Apollo opens up new ways for you to use MIDI in your music setup.

Because the MIDI messages are carried over a Bluetooth connection, they are very low latency, and the bandwidth is also high. Bluetooth is commonly used in game controllers because of the responsive nature. With Apollo, you get low latency and easy set-up, without a tangle of MIDI adapters and cables. Visit the support link to see a demo of the app, and to get more information.

The Mac version is free -- but can only connect to the iOS version, which is available in the iTunes app store.

Both the Mac and iOS versions require Bluetooth LE. This is a standard feature of recent Mac desktop and laptop computers; older Macs can use a compatable USB Bluetooth LE adapter.

Bluetooth LE is available in the iPad3, 4, Air, and Mini, and in iPhones starting with the iPhone4S and newer. Please note that older iPads and iPhones do not have Bluetooth LE, and are not compatible.

Buy Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth on Mac App Store: Free

Buy Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth on iTunes: $3.99 (On Sale, $5.99)

Here's a tutorial for configuring the Mac app to work with an iOS device.

Guitar to MIDI with Thumbjam

Reader Tim Behrens did a video in response to Derek Buddemeyer's recent MIDI Guitar video. Here he shows off how he uses ThumbJam, an app he already has, instead of popping for the more expensive MIDI Guitar to do Guitar to MIDI for other apps.

Video Description:

A quick demo of how I use the audio to midi conversion in Thumbjam to play samples in Sampletank (works for other programs, too). I am not discouraging anyone from buying any apps here. Just showing how I use Thumbjam to achieve sounds close to what the dedicated midi conversion apps do. For anyone who is serious about this kind of feature, I would recommend checking out the Midi Guitar app, as it is certainly tracks well and is polyphonic. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.

One last thing I'd say is that you have to practice with these apps. You can not just play your guitar like you normally do. Notes have to be muted more, there is a bit more latency, sustain will confuse it, vibrato jumps around. It takes time, but hopefully I demonstrated that you can get some very playable results.

Buy ThumbJam on iTunes: $8.99

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

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