Audio Dev Interview: Andy Bull, creator of LayR iOS Synth

Developer Matthew Fecher interviewed Andy Bull, the man behind the epic LayR synth! Andy let it slip that the price for LayR will be going up later this month, so you should definitely snag it now if you haven't already!

Video Description:

Andy Bull has had an amazing career. Before the internet was even invented, he started out writing software for the world famous Akai Samplers, including the MPC. Read more to see some highlights...

And now, he's using his decades of experience as an engineer and musician to make amazing apps like LayR, an awarding winning iOS Synth that sounds LUSH.

"Don’t let people put you off your vision. Develop a thick skin for criticism. Learn the technical aspects as you go instead of feeling like you need to 'get it all' before you begin". — Andy Bull


0:00 Intro & Inspiration for LayR?
1:42 Working w/ Sound Designers Brice Beasley & Red Sky Lullaby?
3:39 Why the massive LayR update?
4:45 How did you get started making apps?
8:10 Golden advice for those with ideas who want to make apps?
10:00 Working at AKAI?
11:14 Making Music Shareware for Desktop "Back in the Day"
13:57 Apple "App of the Year" Award Winner
14:53 Is the App Store sustainable? Tell us how you really feel
15:45 Passion Projects, Music Making
16:56 Software Andy made for the DX7
18:00 All Marketers are liars
20:02 What's next for Andy
21:38 AudioBus forum preset creation
22:50 Dealing with bad reviews in the app store
26:15 Do apps need manuals/videos, why don't all apps have them
28:13 Final Thoughts

>Living Memory Software:

Brice Beasley LayR Video:

Red Sky Lullaby LayR Video:

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Electronisounds: Perforator - AUv3 Rhythmic Gate Effect

Dean from Electronisounds plugged his Ultranova trance-machine into the new trance-gate effect, Perforator! This is an excellent demo of what this app was designed for, and how well it does its thing!

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maasijam - Ambient Jam (feat. Fugue Machine & Animoog)

YouTuber maasijam produced some beautiful ambient music with 2 iPads running Fugue Machine and Animoog. The two iPads are synced via Ableton Link, and he's controlling them from MIDI controllers.

Video Description:

Atmospheric ambient ipad session with two ipads and animoogs sequenced by fugue machine. Synced via Ableton Link. Live recording in one take.

Fugue Machine
DIY Arduino Midicontroller
Akai LPD 8
iPad Air / iPad 2018
Eventide Blackhole

Filmed with:
Sony a6300 / Samyang 12mm 2


TouchOSC & TouchViZ Updates

Developer Hexler released updates to both TouchOSC and TouchViZ. This is the first update to either in almost a year, so it is nice to see they are still getting updates in 2018!

What's new in TouchOSC v1.9.10:

- Sending and receiving OSC/UDP port numbers can now be the same
- Added option to send all OSC messages as bundles with timestamps
- Added XY/Multi-XY background and outline options
- Added "Help" button to "Settings" screen

- Added dedicated Tab bar labels
- Added option to send XY / Multi-XY control values in reversed order
- Added option to disable/enable Push button control push/release messages separately
- Minor improvements and bug fixes

Be sure to also update to the newest version of the TouchOSC Editor and TouchOSC Bridge at

What's new in TouchViZ v1.3.4:

- Added ability to toggle recording using MIDI and OSC messages
- External displays are now activated automatically
- Added "Help" link to application manual on "Settings" screen
- Minor bug-fixes and performance improvements

If you enjoy the app and would like to see more free updates and continued development, please consider leaving a review! Thank you!

Cross DJ Update

Cross DJ, from MIXVIBES, was updated with a new feature that automatically detects and assigns cue points to songs as you load them up. I'm not sure how well it will do at that, but an algorithm taking stabs in the dark at transients is better than nothing when you just want to mess around with some beat-juggling.

What's new in Cross DJ v3.5.0:

The best DJs deserve the best app! This is why we keep improving Cross DJ for you to have the best experience when mixing your music.
This version contains a new "Auto Hot Cues" feature that detects the different parts of your song and sets locators so you can "jump" easily within your song.

Keep sending us emails at, your feedbacks are important to us!
And if you like Cross DJ make sure to rate it on the App Store ;)

*Add Auto Cue feature
*UI modification in the collection: import files and navigate more easily
*Stability improvements

Here is a new demo from Mixvibes to show off the Auto Hot Cues.

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