If you missed the Apple event yesterday, here's a recap that gives you all of the highlights in 1 minute.
In a move that is sure to be greeted rationally, Apple is all-in on 5G. Today's Apple event included the phrase more frequently than the number of people who can actually use 5G in their area. In addition to its well-documented implications for the downfall of humanity, 5G includes some real limitations many people may be unaware of and Apple didn't mention.
Even if 5G is available in your area, there is a big difference between 5G and the ultrawide-band that Apple and Verizon were promoting today. Regular 5G low-band is only marginally faster than 4G/LTE. In fact, in a recent test AT&T and T-Mobile users had slower speeds on 5G than 4G.
Today's event hyped up the faster millimeter Wave (mmWave) 5G ultra-band signal. They failed to mention that it has an absurdly limited range; requiring line-of-sight to an enabled tower, without any obstructions. mmWave cannot even penetrate glass. This is why the only example they showed of it working was at a stadium! If you're outside in an entirely open field you'll still only be able to experience 5G mmWave if you're within 500 meters of a tower. There's also a 5G mid-band that offers wider coverage, and faster than 4G speeds, but is unlikely to penetrate inside of buildings.
This technology is intended to be a replacement to your home Internet, with a fixed antenna on your roof. Putting it in a phone is a nearly pointless exercise in technological brinksmanship! The amount of attention given to it in this event is an embarrassing example of how meaningless marketing is dictating the path at Apple. They did have some impressive technology to show off. Instead of focusing on their 5nm manufacturing, or insanely powerful Neural Engine, or the fact that this is a phone with 6 CPUs, they tried to cram in a 5G mention wherever they could. Even the fucking camera demo included 5G nonsense!
Well if Apple doesn't think any that's worth exploring, I guess I won't either. This 5G year's 5G iPhones 5G include 5G a mini 5G iPhone, with 5G the 5G same 5G specs 5G as 5G iPhone 5G 12 5G under 5G a 5G smaller 5G 5.4" 5G screen. The iPhone 12 mini and Pros can be preordered on November 6th, and they will ship out starting on the 13th. The iPhone 12 will be shipping on the 23rd of October, with preorders starting this Friday.
And one more thing... all that 5G tech costs an extra $100 over last year's models. They did a good job of obscuring that in this graphic. The mini iPhone is $699, the regular iPhone 12 starts at $800!
Klevgränd just released Skaka - Shaked Percussion. This is the full-package; offering both sequencing and samples designed for the unique character of shaken percussion instruments. Skaka arrives on sale for 50% off on iOS, macOS, and Windows. The iOS version includes AUv3, with a bunch of automatable parameters!
Skaka - Shaked PercussionSkaka is a sample-based sequencer plugin for shaked percussion instruments. The sequencer and sample player engine are built from the ground up with respect to the needed parameters, and has exclusive features for playing and interacting with these types of sounds. Each event added to any of the 12 independent sequencers can control multiple parameters like pitch, velocity (as in how fast the instrument is shaked) and envelope. It can also be synchronized to the tempo and playhead position of the host application.
Giving full control of shuffle/swing amount, a complex humanizer settings panel, internal awareness of in- and out shakes (yes, they sound different), using grids divided into triplets/quintuplets/septuplets, time fine-tuning and variable sequence lengths, Skaka can get very close to how a human percussionist would sound in almost any tempo without any use of degrading time stretching or similar techniques.
In addition to the 12 sequencers and their internal parameters, there is a reverb, a room simulator, and a high shelf filter.
Skaka comes with nearly 200 ready-made patterns covering most genres and styles.
NOTE! Skaka is an AUv3 instrument plugin that only works in an AUv3 compliant host like Garageband, AUM, Cubasis, Beatmaker 3, Auria etc. It does not work as a standalone application.
The main view shows 12 slots containing a sequencer and its parameters. These sequencers are started and stopped by MIDI Note On and Note Off (one for each MIDI note from C to B).
To reveal and edit a sequencer's events and parameters, tap the sequencer overview (in the middle of each slot).
Full documentation is available inside the standalone version of the app or at https://klevgrand.se/downloads/skaka-docs/
Egg - An egg shaped plastic object containing small hard particles.
Shaker - A plastic cylinder object that sounds similar to the egg, but a bit softer.
Tambourine - A circle shaped wooden frame with small metallic plates attached to it.
Caxixi - A small closed basket filled with dried seeds.
Single Shot - Similar sound to a shaker, but with a shorter and more distinctive sound.
Ghungroos - A set of small bells tied to a belt.
Calabash - West African thin layered seed container.
Seeds - Several seed capsules tied to a string.
AUTOMATABLE PARAMETERS (FOR EACH SEQUENCE)
* Humanize amount
* Shuffle amount
* Sequence fade in time
* Sequence fade out time
* LP Filter
* Reverb send
* Output gain
* 4 different rooms and 9 different reverbs
* Reverb decay time and level
* Room level
* LP filter frequency
* Output Level
Tove from Klevgrand shows off the individual sequencers and other features inside of Skaka!
KORG Module Pro, from KORG INC., was updated with a AUv3! This comes a mere year after they added AUv3 to Electribe Wave. At this pace KORG should have AUv3 in iMS-20 by 2030! The Module update also added a Hybrid synth module, which is available in KORG Gadget 2 as a new Fairbanks gadget.
What's new in KORG Module Pro v4.0.0:- Hybrid digital synthesizer "Hybrid" module is added.
- "Hybrid Synth Pack 2" and "Cinematic" sound packs for Hybrid module are added.
- AUv3 is now supported. Now you can use Module in other iOS music production apps.
- The "Fairbanks" gadget is now available in conjunction with KORG Gadget 2.
- Added: a free trial feature for the Expansion Sound Libraries.
- Various other tweaks have been made to improve stability.
What's new in ChordPolyPad v2.0:• Development and addition of the Audio Unit version of ChordPolyPad
• The ‘Real Time Transposition’ setup is now part of the preset and is called ‘Global Transposition’ from the main pad view
• The MIDI triggering mode is now part of the ‘Pads Setup’ and can be saved and recalled with the preset
• The 16 or 64 pads setup is now saved and recalled with the preset
• Added a MIDI triggering order to dispatch MIDI notes from ‘Top to bottom’ or ‘Bottom to top’ on a group
• Option to reset the MIDI control used on the pad when released
• Added 64 pads setup to the iPhone version
• Possibility to share presets by "AirDrop", "Mail", "Message", and other available services