TC-11 Updated with Retina & Improved iPad 1 Performance

Bit Shape has been keeping busy! This is the 2nd update this month for the unique TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer. This one has added Retina support and improvements to the iPad 1's lower latency performance. The previous update brought some nice tweaks to improve control over your patches:

Version 1.3 adds a new area to the Patch view: Options. These settings are patch-specific, and are saved as part of your patch. You can ‘Suppress First Touch,’ which allows the first touch to be muted while still generating controller data. This allows ‘stretchy’ patches to ignore the unused touch so they can focus on the sound of the other voices.


Also new is the ability to create ‘Custom Grids’ for the patch. All three axis (X, Y, and radial) can be set to a specific number of divisions, and checkered for easy viewing. Users who create scales or divisions of the screen with the Sequencer will can now create a matching grid view for their patches.

This is one of the few apps that has garnered an Essential rating in the Buyer's Guide. This is a very unique take on playing with a synthesizer; totally utilizing the iPad's screen to allow for radical customization. If you want to explore typical synthesis in some atypical ways watch my video review.

Buy TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer on iTunes: $29.99

meta DJ Updated with Recording

One of the more impressive looking iOS DJ apps, meta DJ, has now been updated to include support for recording performances. I've never actually played with this and have heard some mixed reviews from users. It seems to be very polarizing with some people loving it and others hating, but I don't want to repeat hearsay so I won't go into the details either way. Instead here is the official word on the patch:

  • Recording
  • Riser synth for creating risers using noise and tones with filtering and modulation.
  • Posting mixes via email and SoundCloud
Here is a video teaser of the new features in action!

Buy meta DJ - DJ. Mix. Beats. on iTunes: $19.99

Physynth Updated with Retina and New Drum Kit!

The highly experimental Physynth app has received it's second major update, including Retina Display support and a free drum kit addition. I was playing with the new "Circuit" kit this morning, and it has a good gritty-circuit-sound, while not being too messy or distorted. It is so nice to see them continue to support this app with free updates; considering they are only charging $3 for the app.

I don't have an iPad 3 so I can't comment on how good the Retina resolution looks, but this is one of the prettiest musical apps out there. It is actually built on a game engine, and has all kinds of cool little pseudo-3D stuff going on, so I imagine it ought to look spectacular.

I've embedded my review here, though I think I should mention some people have disagreed with me strongly on it. It is experimental, so it isn't for everyone, but I like the order than can be brought to the chaos of physics.

Buy Physynth on iTunes: $0.99 (On sale, usually $2.99)

bleep!BOX Updated with Retina for iPad

Yet another update for bleep!BOX, this time with support for Retina Display on the new iPad 3ish. White Noise Audio sent a couple of screen shots over! Click the thumb-nails and then go buy a new monitor to appreciate just how much retina displays really display!

Buy bleep!BOX on iTunes: $3.99

Audiobus alpha demo video!

Audiobus is an exciting new app/protocol for routing audio between apps and devices. This is a collaboration between Loopy developer, A Tasty Pixel, and SoundPrism Pro developer, Audanika. A lot of people are very excited for this and around 200 developers are watching eagerly. Soon we'll be able to route audio from an instrument app, directly into a DAW/recording app, or even throw an effect app in between. I'm personally really eager for the day I can run Moog's Animoog directly into Moog's Filtatron from the same iPad!

Here's a very brief demo of it actually working to send audio from an iPad app into a iPhone over WiFi.

For the many of you who email me with problems getting Virtual MIDI working, this is going to be vastly easier to get going. I've been spending a lot of time talking with Audanika's Sebastian Dittman, a company and man who know a thing or two about interface design. They have a clear vision for how apps and devices will connect to one another; in a single-unified interface. No more hunting all over trying to figure out each app's individual implementation panels, as we have to do with every instance of MIDI.

You can follow development on Twitter, their Tumblr Blog, or sign up for their mailing list on their site... and stay tuned here, as I am going to be all over this one! I'm so excited... It's alive!

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