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MIDI SWEET: Module Unit (AU) by Jens Guell

Jens Guell released MIDI SWEET: Module Unit (AU) forcing me to change the way the site limits unreasonably long app names. Previous if the site saw an absurdly long app name it would just split it at a colon, or dash. With these new MIDI SWEET apps though, this fix made them all just "MIDI SWEET" and it was confusing. Over the weekend I had to expand the threshold for what the site considers to be a stupidly long name, and that's had some cascading effects on a lot of other apps. I'm not happy with that, and may reset it.

This particular app with a senselessly long name is a General MIDI (GM) module, with some helpful controls.

MIDI SWEET: Module Unit (AU) App Store Description:

This is the first multi timbre sound module with GM compatibility in Audio Unit format.

MIDI SWEET: MIDI Module Unit is a 16 x multi timbre Sound Module (playing on max. 16 MIDI channels) in Audio Unit format, that basically implements the General MIDI Standard.

With Module Unit you can play up to a maximum of 1024 dynamically allocated voices of an integrated sample-based wavetable synthesizer at ones. These voices are mapped to the 16 internal MIDI and audio channels and this mapping is also done dynamically while playing with the device in realtime. 

There are 2 integrated send effects, a reverb and a chorus too (internal send busses) which can be mixed to the internal audio channels, usually controlled by MIDI controllers.

MIDI Module Unit can be remoted with most important MIDI controllers, defined in the GM standard, so that MIDI files can be played directly thru its engine. An example of such controllers are Gain (007) and Pan (010) or Expression (011).

Everything in MIDI Module Unit will be automated with MIDI controllers, rather than Audio Unit parameter automation. It basically behaves like a classic external Sound Module.

The user interface implements a virtual mixer console environment, where important controllers can be edited per touch screen and automated MIDI action (i.e. playing MIDI files thru it) can be watched.

The mixer environment will generate MIDI data, similar of that, what the mixer in our MIDI Player Module is generating. Such controllers can be sent to external connected devices too.

A manual is included with the distribution app. The main app also includes a set of standard MIDI files and allows to select your own MIDI files for playing thru the module engine.

There are a bunch of demo songs on the official YouTube channel, that all sound like generic GM.

Reader Comments 1

It's in that SoundCanvas territory. IIRC, Roland did release an iOS version of SoundCanvas-- which did give one a certain nostalgia for times when ROMplers sounded "cheap" ... like: funny-cheap.

Still, this kind of thing is pretty useful for a kind of quick sketch kind of thing.
January 27, 2020  | favorite_border stub

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