PPG WaveMapper

Wolfgang Palm has released his second iOS app, WaveMapper!

This time around the inventor of Wavetable Synthesis is trying to make his baby more approachable and intuitive.

iTunes Description:

PPG WaveMapper features the Sound Map, which maps the various sounds in a way to easily access and experiment with them, more importantly the PPG WaveMapper features a new synthesis system which maps the waveforms of a sound into a new kind of wavetable which preserves the sound characteristics better than classic Wavetable synthesis and at the same time allows for the manipulations which make WT synthesis so unique.

The Mapping window is the visualisation of a pool of programs on which “modules” float. Those modules represent certain parameters of the synthesiser engine and each module can be placed on one of 32 programs. The moment an item is placed on map then the parameters of that module will take on the settings of those parameters in the underlying program on the Mapping window.

People who do not posses synth-programming skills can use this mapping technology as a starting point to create complex sounds. For example a user can drag a string sound source onto a drum envelope, or a guitar sound onto a string envelope – the concept is simple, yet incredibly powerful.

Power users can delve deep into the back end of any sound using a full set of professional features:
  • New Sound map concept – create new sounds playful and experimental
  • 3 types of synthesis – the optimal type for kind of each sounds
  • Classic wavetables – for the typical PPG sounds
  • Time compressed samples – more authentic sounds, allowing analysis of user samples
  • Pure samples – classic sample playback Analyzer – convert your own samples into the new format or into wavetables
  • 3 oscillators capable for totally independent sound sources
  • 90 sound resources – a huge sound palette, from real instruments to abstract wavetables
  • 4 parameter editor pages – comfortable and detailed access to all the parameters
  • 3 Noise generators, for audio and modulations
  • Ringmodulator
  • Classic 24 dB Lowpass Filter, combined with an overdrive simulation.
  • Dual amplifier, for versatile control of 2 audio signals as well as panning.
  • 13 Envelopes, for independent control of pitch, waveform, filter and noise
  • gain and panning
  • 4 LFOs – with 5 waveforms
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • Arpeggiator
  • Schematic touch keyboard – Build your own keyboard, with the keys you prefer for your music.
  • Powerful sound browser – sorting by category, bank management
  • Virtual and Hard-MIDI in/out – sending/receiving keys and controllers.
  • Audiobus support.
  • 10 min audio recording and Audio copy.

Buy WaveMapper on iTunes: $19.99

Here is a little demo of the sound sculpting possible in WaveMapper. For more details there is also Show & Tell Part 1 and Part 2.

Grain Bastard - Borderlands & Impaktor

Reader Grain Bastard is feeling more energetic, in this high-tempo Glitch-House jam with his Elektron Machinedrum, DSI Mopho, and the apps Borderlands Granular and Impaktor. He's also adding more cameras to his setup, so you can see more of the action.

Video Description:

In this one I use the superb app 'Borderlands Granular' & 'Impaktor' with a little help from my MD SPS-1, DSI Mopho & the Monotron. The snow had gone so I felt a little more energetic and upped the tempo along with the noise!!!! :)

Buy Borderlands Granular on iTunes: $3.99


Buy Impaktor on iTunes: $2.99

Mee Zanook - Korg iPolySix 41 Bar Synth Solo

Mee Zanook is back! This time he's spreading his wings from his usual iMS-20 forays, into Korg's other synth app.

Video Description:

I played chords and a 41 bar Keyboard solo showing the automation of Cutoff,Resonance and EG intensity.

All sounds came directly from the Korg iPolysix via the iPad.

Buy Korg iPolysix on iTunes: $29.99

Cubasis Updated with Audiobus!

Steinberg's Cubasis is the latest DAW to get Audiobus support!

What's new in 1.1:

  • Audiobus support
  • Audio engine improvements
  • Many user reported problems were solved

Buy Cubasis on iTunes: $49.99

I was playing with it this morning and I've been thoroughly impressed. Steinberg have seriously nailed it on this one. Like MultiTrack DAW, Cubasis will attempt to automatically assign tracks for apps connected in Audiobus. As you add or change apps, it keeps up and keeps track; like you would hope, but not dare to expect. Removing an app that you hadn't recorded anything for simply removes the track entirely from Cubasis. Things stay tidy, without a complicated input matrix.

If you've never played with the app, you are probably put off by the price or already invested in something like Auria. I wouldn't suggest abandoning Auria, but if you have neither and want a serious DAW then you should seriously consider this. Although it doesn't offer the extensive plugin architecture of Auria, Cubasis is much nicer to work in. My iPad 3 chugs with slow frame rates in Auria, even when it is running alone, but Cubasis is silky smooth even in complicated Audiobus setups.

Cubasis has none of the In-App Purchases in Auria either! Although they have the same base price, Auria's constantly being updated with new effects that will tempt your wallet. Cubasis comes with lots of effects right out of the box, though Auria's sound better to my ears. It is important to note that while Auria discourages using effects while monitoring Audiobus input, Cubasis flat out won't do it. In both cases, in order to use effects you'll have to apply them to a recorded track, rather than the live input.

BeatMaker 2 manages to provide effects on live Audiobus input, so if the Audiobus update for that ever goes live it may still reign as one of the community's favorite DAWs for iPad. For now though, Cubasis is easily the best DAW environment on iPad.

Arpeggionome Pro Controlling Animoog

Arpeggionome developer Alexander Randon is making it look easy in this demo for the Pro version of his app, controlling Animoog.

Buy Arpeggionome Pro on iTunes: $19.99

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