Propllerhead Doesn't Care About White People (Problems)

About as soon as Propellerhead announced their iOS app, Figure, a debate begain on iDesignSound about the features. Interest revolved largely on the topic of exporting songs and requests for support of AudioCopy/Paste. Kalle Paulsson, Product Manager for Apps at Propellerhead, responded... but before we get to that let me give you some context. 

Gerren Grant, @freesoulvw, a long-time member of the iOS Music community, posted an essay to appeal for standards. Here is a snippet:
"With apps like Animoog, Sunrizer, and more we have seen what iOS can do. We all know the tricks by now. Copy/paste are standard, Soundcloud is now becoming standard. If Propellerhead thinks they can drop in to this establishment 2 years later without even putting [in] an effort [towards] what iOS musicians are actualling needing, or using to make music, then I see that as a slap in the face."

Zac Laurent, EvolutionaryArts, responded in kind with an equally lengthy post I have abridged here:
"I'd say we are spoilt and despite the fact that we are hoping for better from the pros, maybe, just maybe, they are hitting another market - the entry level market initially, maybe they are not aiming to please us so called seasoned producers. We have to remember we are not the only audience category."

At this point Kalle waded in with his own thesis:
"Balancing the fun factor that we’re aiming for with “pro” features is not easy. In the end, it comes down to priorities." ... "The “pro” features [are] there so far in the form of the full Reason sound, and whatever implications that will have on updates to come. We have a wide audience in mind for Figure. Compared to that, the iOS musician crowd is pretty small. And in that crowd, we really don’t know how many use specific features such as ACP for instance. And to add to the fun, there’s constantly new technologies coming in and stirring things up, like Audiobus."

I can respect Propellerhead's position here, we are a minority when compared with the general app buying market, but this seems like a foolish thing to say to that minority. You can read the whole thing here

csGrain - CSound based Granular Synth out now!

Continuing Apple App Review's theme is our 3rd "experimental" iPad release today; a CSound powered little beauty.
csGrain, by Boulanger Labs, is a real-time audio processing and recording tool that lets you create sounds and textures by transforming your voice, instrument, or iTunes library.

  • Remix your iTunes library
  • Process, record and save audio
  • Manipulate audio with SyncGrain, a real-time granular synthesizer
  • Connect a MIDI controller and turn csGrain into a live performance tool
  • Create ever-evolving soundscapes with the Randomize Settings feature
  • Choose from ten built-in effects, including: 
    pitch shift, ring mod, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb and more
  • Export your audio via Dropbox, AudioCopy, or Email

Perhaps most impressive of all is that right out of the gate they have some examples on SoundCloud, as well as a demo video on Vimeo.

csGrain Trailer from boulangerlabs on Vimeo.

Buy csGrain on iTunes: $9.99

Strange Attractor - Chaos Theory Sound Generation App

It is a very strange day for iOS Music, with Strange Attractor's release on iPad. 

This sound generator is based on Chaos Theory, using feedback to processs and generate sound. And "PhD research" so you know it is the one your doctor recommends.

As you might expect from something based on Chaos there is very little ordered control, but you can navigate through it all with your finger. As the website puts it:

By moving your finger on the screen, you can navigate through a space of evolving sounds, that build-up, pulsate, and decay.

Sound input through the microphone or headphone socket can be processed into fractal textures, or will trigger and control oscillations.

Buy Strange Attractor on iTunes: $2.99

Waldorf and Tempo Rubato Developing New Wavetable Synth

Hardware synth manufacturer Waldorf and NLog developer Tempo Rubato are getting ready to blow our fucking minds! Not content with all of the previous incarnations of Wavetable Synthesis, they are engineering an entirely new approach that will take advantage of the iPad's touch interface. 

From the screenshot it looks like it is going to be everything the $20,000 Fairlight CMI wishes it was. Here are some details about it: 

An innovative approach to wavetable synthesis allows for the transposition of the spectrum and the balance of periodic and sound spectra entirely independent from a wave's position. The existing wavetable technology is thereby extended by two new dimensions, and it allows for formant shifts as well as numerous other unheard sounds. Also, unlike with typical wavetable instruments, the number and length of waves in a wavetable will no longer be restricted. It's the era of wavetable synthesis V2.0!

In and of itself this sounds like a great project, but with these big hitters working on it I am so psyched! Naturally since Tempo Rubato developer Rolf Wöhrmann is involved, he is making sure it not only supports all of the current standards for iOS Music Apps (AudioCopy/Paste, Virtual MIDI) he is even including support for the yet-to-be-released AudioBus


Two New Generative Music Apps Now Available!

Julien Bayle, aka protofuse, has had a busy week. Not content to release just one extremely unique app, he has released two in the last two days.

The first is Mobile Particles, a generative music (iOS Universal) app for creating some ethereal ambient melodies. It seems to be a combination of a particle generator and a granular-something. I'm honestly not sure, the details are limited:

"This is an algorithm which generates in real time particules with strange behaviours. You'll have some sliders to interact with the algorithm.
I hope you'll like it."

The result of which is some spooky-sounding-pretty-shit with neat visuals of "flocking particles" that represent what is going on in the audio engine. Both the spooky-shit and visuals are well demonstrated in this video:

Buy Mobile Particles on iTunes: $2.99

Next up is Digital Collisions (iPhone or HD, separate apps), which is: "a unique sound generator based on physics collisions algorithms"

A lot more details are available for this, but sadly no audio or video:
Touch the screen to create particles.
Each particle lives its own life, making sounds while bumping walls or meeting the other particles. Zen defines the quietness of particles. Autogeneration is a special mode where particles are generated automatically, sometimes. Birth defines the amount of automatically generated particles in Autogeneration mode.

Additionally there are effects like Delay, which has a unique Symetery function, and a Filter. This sounds like it could be fun, so I'll be sure to post as soon as any videos appear!
Thanks to Synthtopia for bringing these to my attention!

Buy Digital Collisions HD on iTunes: $4.99

Buy Digital Collisions on iTunes: $4.99

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