New preset packs for DXi and Cassini

Ahhh presets, I know a lot of you love them! As one reader put it, "I'm 38... somedays I just don't want to reinvent the wheel!"

I don't use them much myself, but I'm excited about this DXi one! Presets, especially professional ones, can be a great way of learning new tricks. There are also new tricks to be learned! The ones that shipped with DXi were boring; trying too hard to replicate the DX7's. Sunsine Audio's take here sounds much more modern. The demo for the Cassini presets, on the other-hand, sounds very retro.

Note: The drums, especially the shaker, in the demo are not included.

To DX With Love

• 64 presets
• 1 voicedata.plist file
• Includes easy installation instructions.
• All presets labeled with S.A. initials for easy recognition

$2.49 on Sunsine Audio


• 59 cassini_timbre files
• 1 cassini_arpeggiator file
• Includes easy installation instructions.
• All presets labeled with S.A. initials for easy recognition

$2.49 on Sunsine Audio

Cassini update adds Virtual MIDI and Background Audio

iceGearMusic have updated their iPhone-mega-synth with support for Virtual MIDI! This is rare for iPhone-only apps.

As a big fan of Virtual MIDI I'm excited to see developers going for it. There's really no reason not to include it, when all of the 4th Generation devices are running on the same chip that powers the iPad 1.

Buy CASSINI Synth on iTunes: $2.99 (iPhone)

Everyone Can Play Music #17: Synthesizing Hi-hats

ECPM makes its triumphant return! It feels really good to get to do these again, I'm so psyched.

This lesson builds on what we've learned about the Ring Mod, from Lesson #16, to synthesize metallic and lively Hi-Hats.

Buy Korg iMS-20 on iTunes: $32.99

New free instrument for Rhythm Studio!

I love Pulse Code! They continue to pump out big updates and entirely new instruments for Rhythm Studio, with no In-App Purchases. Hell, you can buy the whole app for a buck right now because it is also on sale!

Today we get FM-3, a step-sequenced 3 Oscillator Frequency Modulation (FM) Synth.

Nice! It looks like a cross between the OP-1 and a TB-303, but with an FM engine.

My video review is somewhat outdated by all these updates.

Buy Rhythm Studio on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Is iDesignSound really a secret cover for Palm Sounds?

I don't like to report on rumors, but it's a very slow day. I've also recently been brushing up on Libel & Slander laws in Illinois, so I'd like to explore those!

Two of the biggest iOS music sites have been iDesignSound and Palm Sounds, but are they really run by the same person? It was on January 2nd, 2012 that Ashley Elsdon announced Palm Sounds would shut down, but it has returned in a series of posts exploring contemporary mobile music making. On the same exact day "Alex" has stopped updating iDesignSound. Coincidence or cover-up?

What do we really know about the "alleged" men behind these sites? They both claim to be living in the UK, but where were they born? Neither have released their birth certificate, even after all of these years!

Let's look at the facts:
• iDesignSound's last post was the Arctic Keys update on May 25th.
• Palm Sounds celebrates its 6th Birthday with a post also on May 25th.

The only known
picture of Ashley
What is he hiding?

No Photo Available
Artist Rendering

Immediatly following the events of May 25th, iDesignSound stops regular updates, while Palm Sounds has seen a new post everyday!

• May 26th - Hold on, have we just replicated the desktop on mobile devices?
• May 27th - The journey from music consumption, to creation (and beyond)
• May 28th - Platforms, Subscriptions, Models
• May 29th - Mobile Music, Community and Social Media

Trust no one! Not even me! Everyone involved in iOS music making has been touched by these sites. Palm Sounds was the first site to regularly feature my Everyone Can Play Music videos. If something were to happen to "Alex", and iDesignSound was finished, discchord would become the leading iOS Music App site.

I contacted Ashley to get to the bottom of this! He adamantly denies everything, almost as if he had something to hide!

I do know Alex and we both live in the UK, but we're not the same person.
- Ashley via Twitter

I hope it is painfully obvious that this post is a joke. I just wanted to link over to Ashley's new stuff and couldn't think of a good way to frame it. His posting of my videos on his site was how I got started, so finally I can post something of his on mine! I also hope Alex is okay! The Internet would be a poorer place without iDesignSound.

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