iMaschine Beat Making

YouTuber BIG SID BEATS shows the entire beat making process on iMaschine, starting with a Biggie Smalls sample.

This is hip-hop, so put on headphones if you're at work. It has about 16 "Fucks" per minute.

Buy iMaschine on iTunes: $4.99

Drums by Asrodot

Asrodot developer Arno van Goch is Dutch, but that didn't stop him from sending me a nice limerick instead of a press release!

iTunes Description:

Ask a drummer or a percussionist what a wooden coffee table sounds like. He or she will reply that every inch of the table sounds differently. Some parts of the table will sound somewhat like a bass drum. Other parts of the table will sound more like a rimshot. Parts in-between will sound like a mixture of both.

The table metaphor has been used in the creation of Drums by Asrodot. Using the real estate of the iPad screen it has been made sure that every pixel sounds just a little bit different, which makes drumming on the iPad come to life. Want to create drumrolls with subtle accents every third note? Now you can.

This does not mean that Drums by Asrodot sounds like a coffee-table. The app comes loaded with six drum kits tailored for various styles of music.

Buy Drums by Asrodot on iTunes: $1.99

I'll put the limerick in the comments here, if you care to read it. I think it is impressive for a non-native English speaker.

You should definitely check out this video though, as he demonstrates playing various percussive styles on the app.

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

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