Addictive Synth 2.0 is now out!

Just a quick update, I know a lot of you are fans of Addictive too. The new version is out now and on the App Store!

New in version 2
  • Spectral noise generator with dynamic filter structure.
  • Hi end reverberation unit.
  • revised GUI with retina support for new iPads
  • 32 new sound presets.
  • Many MIDI controllers added.
  • revised PDF Manual (Google Docs viewer) PDF Download here.
For those of you don't already own Addictive, it was the second app I reviewed:

Buy Addictive Synth on iTunes: $5.99 (Or use the banner up top, to support the site!)

For more information on Additive Synthesis, this guy gives a great tutorial:

Propellerhead announces Figure for iOS

Propellerhead Software, makers of Reason (PC/Mac) and ReBirth (PC/Mac/iOS), have announced a new app that should be arriving shortly! Figure looks to be taking on the Korg iKaossilator, as a minimialist X/Y controller instrument. You play around on the screen with your finger, and the movement is translated into notes that trigger a couple of synths or 4-part drum kit. 

They insist that some amount of the Reason engine is under the hood, but from what I've seen in the coverage coming from Music Messe; I think this is a tremendous exageration. The presets are limited to a "fixed" set, with only a couple of sound design options (e.g. Filter). Their usage of the word "fixed" there seems to imply that Reason owners will not be able to import their own patches. 

One bit of innovation that might give them an edge over Korg's iKaossilator is their recording function, which looks to be based on your finger movements, rather than any specific note or audio data. This allows you to record a little finger-wiggling groove, and then dramatically change it with different scales or patches.

Perhaps the best feature is the price, at only $1! The app has been submitted to Apple for review, so we should hopefully be seeing it this week or next. If you want to see it in action, the best video for it is over at Sonic State.

Grain Science 1.3 Update, now Universal and more!

Wooji Juice has just updated Grain Science (link to review)... a lot! The app is now Universal for playing on your iPhone, without having to buy a second iPhone specific version. They've also added an Animoog style Ribbon Controller, to replace the keyboard. I spent a lot of time this afternoon playing around with it and they really got this right. It plays and feels exactly the way I like it in Animoog.

This is an excellent example playing with aftertouch, from an on-screen controller. Simply assigning the cutoff on a low-pass filter to the keyboard velocity will have you sliding around through harmonics as you play. This is easily one of my favorite features from Animoog, so I am really excited to see it so perfectly reproduced in Grain Science. 

This alone would make for a sizeable update, but Wooji has been busy! They've completely rewritten their Arpeggiator, which can be zoomed in to fill up your whole screen. There is now the ability to assign Velocity along with Control A & B, within the Arp, to modulate any of your science. This works just like you would assign the X/Y controllers or a MIDI assignment, through the extensive assignment panel.

Additionally there is the new "G-1000 Shapeinator" effect unit, which applies customizable wave-shaping to your audio. I played around with it a bunch and it is definitely an interesting effect for pushing some wild shit, but I have no idea what I'm doing with it yet. Hopefully Wooji will release another of their excellent video tutorials to explain this one!

Buy Grain Science on iTunes: $9.99

Addictive Synth Makes Noise in Version 2

The additive synthesizer, Addictive Synth, is nearly a year old and is still one of my favorite synths on the iPad. This is absolutely the first app I turn to when I want to make some aggressive sounds. I am really excited to hear that VirSyn is getting ready to release version 2, which will be adding even more bite to this baby's harmonic teeth.

The new version brings a "Spectral Noise Generator", which sounds awesome, but they don't provide many details on what the fuck that actually means. From watching their video, it looks like a noise oscilator that is following the harmonic spectrum of the pitched oscilators. This allows all of the morphing goodness to play with the noise generator, which keeps an otherwise chaotic mess in sync. That's just my guess though, watch the video below to see whatever it is in action!

Put on some headphones, this has some nice stuff going on the stereo spectrum too.

Buy Addictive Synth on iTunes: $9.99

bleep!BOX Update + Jam Video

I wish someone had told me about bleep!BOX earlier. I might have based the first 5 episodes of ECPM off this instead of technoBox! Similar to Rebirth and technoBox2, as a complete studio with multiple synth and drum parts, this blows both away. It beats Rebirth out in ease of use, and technoBox2 in terms of both the sounds it produces and the control it provides. This is a complete synthesis solution for beat making, without relying on tired old 808 drum samples. 

The new update pushes this even further ahead of the competion, offering both MIDI sync and triggering. As you might expect of an App from White Noise Audio, makers of Genome MIDI Sequencer, the MIDI support is complete with a full virtual MIDI implementation. This is something I have sorely desired of technoBox2, but has yet to be implemented.

This came at a great time for me too, as I was in the mood for an acid jam. The video below was done in my first hour of playing with it. For people who like step sequencers, but hate stepping through the steps this is so easy to use. It took all of about 3 minutes to program in this month's pattern from the Monthly Acid Pattern group on SoundCloud.

Buy bleep!BOX on iTunes: $4.99

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