Korg iKaossilator Sale

To celebrate Halloween, Korg has put iKaossilator on sale at 50% off! None of the other Korg apps seem to be joining it though.

Buy Korg iKaossilator on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

iRig Keys Demo

A new demo of iRig Keys is up. Usually the trolling in YouTube comments comes from the viewers, but IK has flipped that around!

Good demo of the iRig Keys, but I am beginning to get the impression that no one at IK knows what the iRig Mix is for.

In a comment on this video they were asked about how it was used in the setup presented here. Their response is baffling.

This is inline with a previous comment on Reddit, where IK's social PR guy Obi1 tried to spam some nonsense about the iRig Mix, while clearly having no idea what it was. Amusingly him and some other IK social guy, Doey, have spammed Reddit so much that the whole IK Multimedia domain name is now automatically blocked by Reddit.

The fuck? The force is strong with Obi1 if running the headphone jack of the iPad into the iRig is going to magically improve this scenario. For non-Jedi Masters this is an absurd suggestion. The merest hint here that somehow going mono, in the case of the iRig Stomp, is going to improve matters fills me with so much rage for this "social marketing" garbage. I can't believe IK hired a whole team for misinformation. They have at least 3 of these guys and 1 manager, who ignored my requests for them to stop spamming this shit on /r/iPadMusic.

Big AmpliTube Sale!

IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Amplitube for iPad have ridiculous deals going on right now. The lowest price either of these apps have ever been at before was $9.99, so this is a new record.

Buy AmpliTube For iPad: $4.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $4.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Free Magellan Presets and Preset Design Contest!

Big news today for fans of synthesis, sound design, and Halloween! I'm proud to announce the first discchord preset contest, sponsored by Sunsine Audio! Sunsine Audio have also released a Free Halloween Pack of 20 presets for Magellan!

For the contest, your goal is to make your own scary sound for Magellan. If you don't already have Magellan, watch this review to see why you should!

The top 3, picked by readers, will be win a free Sunsine Audio preset pack of their choice. Make any kind of sounds you like, but keep them spooky and get them in to me by the witching hour on Sunday, October 28th.

Entries will be played, recorded and put up for voting on October 29th. Winners will be announced on Halloween! All entries will be playing the same notes to keep the judging focused on the preset and not the tune. For this one we'll be doing C3, G#2, F2; with each note held for a bar, the last note holding for a bar and a half. All at 66.6 BPM, which turns out to be a tortuously slow rate to maximize the terror!

If you'd prefer for your recording to be in a different octave, or you're doing some interesting synth-coupling with 2 presets, just let me know. Also include any special instructions like tunings, panning and volume!

Submit your entry and any special notes to contest@discchord.com with the subject Preset Contest.

If you are submitting just one preset, use the usual export function. If you have two presets that are coupled then you should use the Song export function; go to Seq and then save and export from the menu on the left. This will include panning and volume information, but not tunings! Please be sure to include those details in the email, if you have changed them. I won't be fooling around with the X/Y or Mod Wheel, so make sure you save your preset with them in the position you like, before exporting them!

Here is a little demo of my own scary sound, synth-coupled with the AfterDark Pad from Sunsine Audio.

Special thanks to reader DSWO for the suggestion to do preset contests, and Fletcher from Sunsine Audio for working out the details with me!

iFretless Bass Update Adds New Samples

iFretless got a nice big update today with samples and new features!

What's new:

  • New synth technology with totally new samples:
    Slap, Jazz Fingerstyle, and Synth Bass sound.
  • Dynamic samples change tone with different touch force
  • Lower latency
  • X-Y pad allows you to control any two MIDI CCs
  • Loop recorder lets your jam along with yourself
  • More stable MIDI

Buy iFretless Bass on iTunes: $4.99

Here is a great cover of Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know, by Vito Astone with iFretless, and a guitar.

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