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VoKey Gets Audiobus - Hundreds of Devs Ask, "WTF?"

Stone Light Pictures, makers of shit apps you've never heard of, somehow got ahold of the Audiobus SDK (still in developer beta) and have included it in their recently released sampler app!

iTunes Description:

Create your own instruments from sounds you record. Make your own Grand Piano, Cat Piano, Dog Piano, Bird Piano or Majestic Bug Piano, or get creative and create something with your own voice. There are no limits.

Record any sound, and play it back on the keyboard as an instrument or using Virtual MIDI and Core MIDI! Record anything and turn it into something musical and creative. For example, record one note from a guitar, and instantly can play any note from that guitar.

Buy VoKey on iTunes: $4.99

Reader Comments 20

And 'hundreds of users ask "WTF are these developers problem"'? Pure snobbery Tim!

February 20, 2013  | person_outline tom_tm

LOL! Fair enough. As hipster music blogs go, I try to avoid the usual cliches of sarcasm and irony, but I am definitely guilty of some occasional snobbery. Also, formulating opinions on your shoes.

In all honesty though, this article presented an interesting editorial challenge.

A new app gets Audiobus: That's news!

The app is so uninteresting I wouldn't report on it at all if it didn't have Audiobus: It is only barely news.

I don't want to encourage people to hastily buy some app, using my referal link, when I can reasonably expect the app to be shit; based on the history of the developer. So the challenge here was to preset this barely news, while discouraging people from thinking this is an endorsement to blow $5.

I am happy to see them on Audiobus - the more the merrier!

What I don't like about this app is the limitations of getting sounds into it.

It doesn't support copy/paste so no bringing in sounds from other iOS apps. And you can't use it in the Audiobus "Output" slot as a recording app. You have to go the old and tiresome "copy sounds via your computer" route.

It is the same limitation that we have with the "Sir Sampleton" app.

February 20, 2013  | person_outline Simon

Lol awesome work tim. Gave me a laugh. Plus it was informative!

February 20, 2013  | person_outline ISM

Re sir sampleton.....

If you have the audio share app in Audiobus input and Sir Sampleton in AB output

Load the sample into Audioshare,

Switch to Sir Sampleton, in settings 2 (Advanced Settings) select wait for sound.

Press the record button in Sir Sampleton Aop (NOT the AB control)

In the AB control press play in Audioshare

Bingo sample copied into sir sampleton , save in SS to taste.

February 20, 2013  | person_outline Bianca

Thanks for that tip Bianca.

One question about using this method - do you get a nice, neat 'trimmed' sample in Sampleton with no silent, blank space at the start or end of the sample? Or do you have to have super fingers to tap the "stop" button at the end of the sample recording? Or can you trim the top and tail in Sampleton?

The nice thing about copy/paste is you can get the sample exactly right in AudioShare and then copy it into another app with no hanging space at the top or tail.

February 21, 2013  | person_outline Simon

If you trimmed the start in Audioshare then the start will be neat and tidy if you do it this way. As for the end I'm not so sure but I think so.

February 21, 2013  | person_outline Bianca

OK, thanks Bianca!

Here's an interesting video on YouTube that shows problems mapping samples with VoKey:


February 21, 2013  | person_outline Simon

Simon, if you record an 'A' note with VoKey everything maps correctly. Also VoKey automatically trims the sample so there is no dead space at the beginning or end of the sample. AudioCopy and AudioPaste have been added and submitted to the app store, just waiting on approval from Apple.

February 22, 2013  | person_outline Terry

Terry wrote:

<<< AudioCopy and AudioPaste have been added and submitted to the app store, just waiting on approval from Apple. >>>


February 22, 2013  | person_outline Simon

There still seems to be a problem with it mapping correctly.

See this video:


February 23, 2013  | person_outline Simon

Thanks for the feedback. We've found the pitch mapping bug, and it is solved. The update is just waiting approval. The update should be live as soon as it gets the thumbs up from Apple! This fix will be included with the AudioCopy/AudioPaste Update. If you have any requests keep the videos coming! or write at support@stonelightpictures.com

February 23, 2013  | person_outline Terry

Sounds great Terry.

BTW: the video wasn't mine. I just put a link to it.

February 24, 2013  | person_outline Simon

New Version 1.6 is out. Take a look at the new features, and if you have any feature requests, send them my way and I'll see what I can do about getting them implemented in a future release. Up for next release is sample layering.

February 28, 2013  | person_outline Terry

So it would seem that a "shitty app that I've never heard of" is rapidly becoming the sampler I always wanted to have in iOS

March 01, 2013  | person_outline Sasa Rasa

To be fair, the "shit apps" you "never heard of" links go to other apps by the developer and were provided for context in the absence of any demonstration of this particular app. I think you'll have a hard time saying the apps I linked to are not shit, or that you've heard of them.

So can VoKey loop and crossfade multisamples like a classic sampler is able to? For example, lets say I take a sample of a string ensemble synth playing a "C4" note, can I set a loop point for it so that it will loop as long as I hold the key down?

Does the synth do crossfading (either manually or automatically)?

How long of a sample can be stored (in seconds)?



March 01, 2013  | person_outline Sean Ercanbrack

Another question. How are the actual patches stored? In other words, is there a way to import/export the actual patches so that they can be shared with others or stored in case the app needs to be reinstalled?


March 01, 2013  | person_outline Sean Ercanbrack

Thanks for honest opinion I have been burned by Audiobus capable apps or apps that are in capable of making music.

March 01, 2013  | person_outline Funky monkey

Sean, you can set the loop point in the next update, also there will be a way to export the patches to save and transfer between devices.

March 03, 2013  | person_outline Terry

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