SynthTool by Behringer

Behringer have been releasing a lot of new synths this year, and they're wrapping it up with the release of SynthTool. This Universal iOS app lets you upgrade your synthesizer's firmware from an iOS device.

The App Store description also mentions that it can "control Behringer's synthesizers" but fails to expand on the topic with any useful details. At the time of this writing there are no additional details from Behringer's website or social media, and I don't have a Behringer synth to test it on.

SynthTool App Store Description:

This APP is used to control Behringer's synthesizers and firmware update.
The user needs to prepare a lightning to USB B cable to connect the Behringer's synthesizer to iOS device.
This APP will prompt the user to upgrade the connected synthesizer's firmware if available in the Behringer's Cloud.

In Transit Ep 2: Making A Song on a Bus?!

YouTuber Ultra Choice is back with another In Transit episode, where he makes use of his downtime on a bus.

Video Description:

In this episode of In Transit, I made a song on the bus (technically two buses). Track made entirely in Cubasis 2 on iPad Pro 2018 with a few different AUV3s (links below). Mixed and mastered in Ableton using iZotope Ozone and Neutron.

ShockWave by Kai Aras

Kai Aras, the developer that has brought us the many great Numerical Audio apps, just released ShockWave! This is a Phase Distortion synth with some modularity, and holy shit it sounds amazing! ShockWave arrives with all of the features you'd expect; like MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), AUv3, and Audiobus.

Update: Reader Carole wrote in to let me know that the current version only supports iOS 11 devices, but App Store says it will work down to iOS 9. Kai Aras stated that this is a bug and that, "the 1.0.1 update will fix that and restore support for iOS9 and 10." He expects that update to arrive by next week. To his credit the current App Store description notes that iOS 11+ is a requirement.

ShockWave App Store Description:

ShockWave is a monophonic Synthesizer designed to bring modular style workflow to the world of iOS & AUv3 plugins.

Built around the concept of Phase Distortion (PD) Synthesis, Shockwave includes a pair of PD Oscillators each capable of creating everything from pure Sine Waves over smooth Sawtooth and Square Waves to Resonance & Sync sweeps, filtered Noise and more.

In addition to the Synth Voice, ShockWave includes a dedicated control section housing a pair of 8 step sequencers, a sample & hold module as well modules for trigger divisions, logic comparisons and controlled randomness.

A pair of Low Frequency Oscillators and 2 Attack/Sustain/Release (ASR) Envelopes serve as main modulation sources and can be used in a number of ways. Envelopes can be triggered from a number of internal sources including other modules such as trigger divider, logic or chance module but can also be connected to each other allowing for a wide range of patches usually only possible in large modular systems. LFOs are individually tempo sync-able and capable of producing total of 5 different waveforms each.

The two sequencers can run independently or combine to one 16 step sequence where rate and length can be controlled independently for each of the two.

In true modular nature almost any control within ShockWave can be modulated with up to 11 sources - simultaneously. Modulations are setup simply by holding a control and dialling in the desired amount in a list of all available sources. A special X-Ray mode adds a realtime display of all currently active modulations right at their corresponding control making it easy to understand what's happening inside the synthesizer at any given time.

Synth Voice and Control Section are accompanied by built-in Delay and Reverb sections placed on send busses with all of their controls including the send levels being available as mod destinations.

Last but not least, ShockWave features a solid MIDI implementation including support for Single Channel MPE, regular and poly Aftertouch, custom CC mappings and more.

MIDI Output is supported as well and includes Note and Control Change output generated from various internal sources including Sequencers, Envelopes and LFOs making it possible to control external MIDI gear or chain multiple plugin instances for advanced, self driving patches.

Overview:
- Semi Modular Monophonic Synth Voice
- Phase Distortion Synthesis (PD)
- Dual PD Oscillators with 5 Waveforms + Noise
- Dual ASR Envelopes with variable trigger source
- Dual LFO with Tempo Sync
- Cross Modulation with Linear/Exp. FM, PM, AM & RM
- Mixer section with individual pan and level controls per oscillator
- Output VCA with variable control source
- Pattern Generator for generating sequences from various internal sources
- Quantizer to force note input into a specific scale (19 Scales + User Scales)
- Step Sequencer with 2x8 or 1x16 steps, individual rate and number of steps per row
- Trigger Divider for dividing internal trigger sources
- Probability Gate for adding controlled randomness
- Sample & Hold for additional randomness
- Logic Module to create triggers from various internal sources
- Built-in Delay & Reverb Effects
- MIDI Note and CC output for controlling external gear or chaining multiple instances
- Semi Modular Architecture
- 11 Modulation Sources
- 40 Modulation Destinations
- 2 Color Themes

MIDI Input:
- MPE (Single Channel)
- Aftertouch (Channel/Poly)
- ModWheel / Pitchbend
- Tempo Sync
- Custom CC Control

MIDI Output:
- Note
- Control Change

Connectivity:
- Standalone
- AUv3
- AudioBus
- IAA

Requirements:
- iOS11+
- iPad 4th generation or newer

Jakob Haq was prepared for the release with a detailed and delicious demo!

EZ AUv3 Effects Suite by Colin Hallett

Colin Hallett, developer of K-One Vintage Synth and Melody Live, released 5 new AUv3 effects today! The App Store description mentions a bundle, but that has not yet been approved by Apple. How annoying is that? Why does Apple need to approve bundles on already approved apps?

EZ Delay App Store Description:

EZ Delay is an AUV3 delay FX plugin. With its simple to use and intuitive interface, it is perfect for any type of production, from subtle vocal delays to experimental, reversed soundscapes.

There are three types of delay – a mono delay, a stereo ping pong delay and a reversed delay. All have a smooth and variable delay time and feedback control.

The interface is centred around an XY pad, which controls the feedback and time of the delay. There are also mix and input/output controls. By boosting the input gain, the audio will subtly saturate the signal, giving a warm analogue feel.

EZ Modulator App Store Description:

EZ Modulator is an audio FX plugin with a simple and intuitive interface that’s capable of deep and musical modulation of sound.

There are three FX units in EZ Modulator – a chorus, flanger and phaser. Used individually, or in combination – it can transform your sounds – helping you to create shimmering pads, wild sound FX and liquid drums.

The interface is centred around an XY pad, which controls a bespoke range of parameters within each modulation unit. A unique widen control, will give your sounds massive stereo width. Boosting the input gain will subtly saturate the signal, giving a warm analogue feel.

EZ Reverb App Store Description:

EZ Reverb is a reverb audio plugin. It is perfect for giving depth and space to your mixes as well as having extreme reverb times for interesting sound design. The simple to use, intuitive interface gives you complete control over your sound.

It is capable of short, room-like spaces to, huge, practically infinite cavernous spaces.

The interface is centred around an XY pad, which controls the pan and length of the reverb. The colour control can change the reverb from a dark muffled space to a bright wide open one and the pre-delay can help give clarity and separation between the dry and wet signals. Boosting the input gain will subtly saturate the signal, giving a warm analogue feel. You can also pan the reverb’s output, which can give your mixes a tasty stereo depth.

EZ Filter App Store Description:

EZ Filter is an AUV3 filter FX plugin. With five different types of filters and a simple to use and intuitive interface, it can add an analogue warmth to your sound, or create intense screaming FX for your tracks.

There are five filter modules – two low-pass filters, a bandwidth filter, a high-pass filter and a resonant like filter.

The interface is centred around an XY pad, which controls the frequency and resonance of the filter. There is LFO control, mix and input/output control. By boosting the input gain, the audio will subtly saturate the signal, giving a warm analogue feel.

EZ Filter runs as an AUV3, with all its parameters exposed for automation and state-saving from within any DAW. It is very lightweight on CPU usage and you can chain many instances together for more complex FX.

EZ Crusher App Store Description:

EZ Crusher is an audio FX plugin is the perfect solution to all your distortion needs. It’s capable of a huge variety of FX with an intuitive and simple to use interface.

There are four types of distortion – an analogue style saturator, an intense distortion, a digital bitcrusher, and a phase-style distortion. Each one has its own distinct character to beef up your leads, or add an analogue warmth to your mixes.

The interface is centred around an XY pad, which controls a bespoke range of parameters within each distortion unit. The noise control will give your sound an old-school tape style hiss to your track.

EZ Crusher runs as an AUV3, with all its parameters exposed for automation and state-saving from within any DAW. It is very lightweight on CPU usage and you can chain many instances together for more complex FX.

AudioKit Synth One Synthesizer Update

AudioKit Synth One, from AudioKit Pro, was updated with its own internal recording feature. This was brought to the open-source project by midimittr developer Matthias Frick.

What's new in AudioKit Synth One Synthesizer v1.4:

AMAZING! Thank you. New Feature:
+ YOU CAN NOW RECORD IN THE APP!!!
There's a new record button on the main screen. Thanks to Matthias Frick for leading this development.
Use it to record your musical creations and export them. :)
+ We are all volunteer musicians & coders. Thank you for your help!
+ BTW, you can also record Synth One in GarageBand using Inter-app Audio (IAA)

Synth one is getting better every day! That's the power of open-source.

Please note that we all are volunteers. AudioKit does not have any sponsors or investors.
We are all musician/developers who love making apps.

The more people that know about the apps, the more musicians can enjoy them!
Tell one musician you care about. That's all it takes.
Together we can change the world.

We love hearing your music! Send it to us. For friendly conversation or to say hello, please email
hello@audiokitpro.com

The full & complete source code is available:
https://github.com/AudioKit/AudioKitSynthOne

YouTuber SoundForMore made use of the update to record AudioKit and then import it into DigiStix.

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