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LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer Update

Living Memory Software released a major update to LayR today! This excellent synth app now features AUv3 support! There have also been a lot of improvements to the UI.

I received an email from reader Perry, who points out that UI refresh does not improve readability or contrast. I'm inclined to agree. I'm starting to worry about my own vision going. I can sympathize with people who don't want to have to reach for reading glasses to use a music app.

Contest: I have 2 copies of LayR to give away. Register and comment here for a chance to win!

Contest closed! Congratulations to skoptic, and Bristol Manor!

What's new in LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer v1.2:

- Audio Unit v3.
- New App Icon.
- New look for User Interface.
- PDF Manual ( please read it! ).
- An optional "Light" colour scheme.
- More new presets!

- Zoomable, scrollable editor.
- Shortcut buttons to quickly zoom to locations in the Layer Editor.
- Presets shared between instances and with stand-alone app.

- A slider strip for each chanel groups Instrument levels while maintaining relative volumes.
- A slider for every MIDI controller assigned in the current Performance.
- Slider strips can renamed or hidden from the mixer panel.
- Query which instrument/layer/dial any MIDI controllers have been assigned to in the current Performance.
- Optionally transmit CCs to the MIDI output port.

- Clearly labelled controls.
- Double tap or pinch on the background to zoom the UI.
- New Mod Matrix for routing modulation sources to any destination.
- New Oscillator mode providing coarse/fine tuning and improved FM with a much greater range.
- New "Fixed" oscillator mode to decouple the oscillator from MIDI notes.
- New "Sync" mode for LFOs keeps LFOs in all playing voices synced to the same phase.
- Dials: Increased accuracy and threshold between vertical and horizontal tracking (coarse/fine).

- Every track can now have it's own mode, length and speed.
- New Playback Types.
- New Event Types.
- Copy/Paste/Clear tracks (long press on track).
- New "Hold" button, the sustain pedal is no longer used to hold arpeggiator notes.

- Drag and drop Instrument Strips to rearrange order.
- Drag and drop Instrument Strips to copy into or merge with another Instrument.
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to rearrange order within an instrument
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to the mixer background to create a new instrument with that Layer
- Drag and drop Layer Strips to other Instruments to make a copy in the destination Instrument.

- Easier Import/Export for presets.
- Bank Files: A new file type for importing and exporting entire banks of presets to Files etc.
- Banks and programs can now be deleted/cleared.

MIDI: ( See manual )
- A new MIDI input port for live "Performance" bank/program select using any channel. (optional)
- Option to use either MSB or MSB for bank select.

- Optional "expert level" swipe shortcuts to open or close various panels.
- Performance "Append…" has been fixed, you can now append multiple performance programs to the currently loaded performance.
- Reverb is now silenced when changing presets.
- “Fold” amount in Filter 2 is now adjusted downwards as key notes go up, reducing aliasing artefacts as notes get higher.
- An Optional "Legacy Mode" to maintain compatibility with older devices

+ various minor bug fixes and more!

Doug Woods from thesoundtestroom just posted a video checking out the new update.

Contest Entries 23

New update looks sweet - Arp looks very interesting. Perhaps I'll win...
Mrs. Meighan your husband sweats more than any man I know and now I can understand why
I would like to win a copy, even if that means i have to wear my reading glasses more often ;-)
April 20, 2018  | person vasre
Maybe time for an ambient layer cake?
(Thanks also for the heads up on the open source cash grabs perpetrators the other day)
April 20, 2018  | person MrJames
Just registered and hoping to get this synth. After reading it is AU now, I was going to wait for it to go on sale before getting. I’ve heard so much about it.
April 20, 2018  | person DE
i skipped through the new presets earlier and i'm impressed , i hadn't used it much before but this update sounds really nice.
April 20, 2018  | person Re5etuk
I’ve had this app on my wishlist for about a year. Seems like a good time to pull the trigger! I’d love to try it out with the Lauch Control XL I just picked up.
April 20, 2018  | person czn aaron
Looks like a lot of synth for an AU - with Synthmaster and audulus coming too it’s pretty mental what what can be done these days!
April 20, 2018  | stars skoptic
Looks like a quite powerful synth which of course I’d be thrilled to win. And I have to agree about the comments on readability—some apps are so much better than others in this regard.
April 20, 2018  | person Pixelpeer
Auv3 is the way to go now! Nice update
April 20, 2018  | person wooliscool
This synth sounds great! Thanks for running the contest. I am a long-time reader but now a registered reader.
Hey this really looks like a worthy Update. I appreciate the decision of releasing it with an Auv3 option. More synths (and effects) should be (re)Released with an Auv3 Port...
April 20, 2018  | person bazebuster
Ha! I have to wear glasses just to find my phone, let alone read anything on it!
I’ve had my covetous eyes on Layr since it came out, but my alas my wallet won’t allow me to betray the reality of our empty coffers.... It would truly be a prize if I were to win.
April 20, 2018  | person orphandeity
Ok finally registered! Woohoo! I have a Roland Jupiter 80 which is a layer king, could this iPad synth LayR give it a run for its money? I'm willing to run it through its paces and see! I just got an iPad Pro 10.5" and an RME Babyface Pro audio/midi interface for it. I run it into an old USA built Mackie mixer which goes to an old Hafler Pro 2400 power amp, then out to old school Tannoy near fields and a sub. The sound I'm getting out of this iPad with the good synth apps rivals my hardware and computer VST synths. In fact I've been pondering getting a real Moog Model D, I had two of em from 1978-1988 when I made my living with em in both clubs and studios here in So.Cal., and I'm kinda going through a midlife crisis type thingy thinking I need em back lol. Anyway I just bought the Moog Model D app .. and running through the aformentioned rig am now thinking why?! This thing sounds every bit as good as my old Model D workhorses did back in the day from what I remember .. actually better as we didn't have the quality of effects we do now! And its the same now with quite a few other IOS synths that emulate their hardware counter parts. Agan the quality of these iPad synths running through a quality interface just floors me! Anyway .. I see a real possibilty of a synth like LayR replacing (or augmenting) my Jupiter 80 as a sound generator, although I'd never sell it as the 76 key semi -weighted keybed is priceless (and needed to enter notes on the iPad :D

On another note .. I am greatful to Discchord and Tim these past few years, the blog and now website have been my go to first thing everyday followed by Synthtopia. Between these two sites there is little reason for a keyboard player to go anywhere else to stay on top of the latest releases and technology these days .. which saves us a lot of time .. time that can go back into actually writing, playing, tweaking, and experimenting with our craft. So Thanks Tim!

Rick E
The kind leading the blind
April 20, 2018  | person SimHC
Pretty sweet
Count me in
Layr has a wonderfully expressive sound. Such depth!
April 21, 2018  | person emac
I just wanna win. Thanks.
Looks really interesting! Would be grateful for an opportunity to try it out!
April 21, 2018  | person MrFromage
Would love t add this to my iOS collection of synths
April 21, 2018  | person Gifyku
I've to remove my glasses to read small print, so I think I'll do just fine with LayR. :D
April 21, 2018  | person steffen
Too many synths and now I need to LayR them?
April 21, 2018  | person Charlie
Maybe creating layer after layer can hide my lack of synth programming skill. Does look like fun.
April 21, 2018  | person Osidenick

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