Pete Sasqwax - Morning Mononoke Meditation

YouTuber Pete Sasqwax did some grungy ambient looping with Mononoke, OB-Xd, and Gauss.

Video Description:

OB-Xd looping in Gauss (Gauss filter cutoff modulated by Rozeta LFO)
OB-Xd sequenced by Atom Piano Roll 2 (effected by Perforator and Kosmonaut; Perforator filter cutoff modulated by Rozeta LFO)
Mononoke mixture of notes held and notes played live

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Mela 2.1 Update

Mela 2 – Synth & FX, from Nikolozi Pty Ltd, was updated with several new features including an improved preset selector, preset browser. The update also exposed new parameters to play with!

What's new in Mela 2 – Synth & FX v2.1:

Preset Selector:
- Tapping preset selector now shows / hides the preset browser. This behavior aligns better with the user's expectations.
- The context menu is still available by long pressing the preset selector.
- "Random in Group" is a new mode of preset selection. When enabled, the left/right arrows turn into dice and tapping on them randomly loads a preset from the selected preset group.
- "Import" and "Export All" items have been removed from the context menu. These features are now part of the preset browser.

Preset Browser:
- Added a new action menu with the following items: "Save Preset", "Init", "Default", "Create Group". It's accessible by tapping on the button with the ellipsis icon.
- Added ability to create custom preset groups. Their buttons are double in length when compared to the User or factory preset groups. And unlike them, the custom groups aren't visible to the host.
- Presets can be imported into or exported from the User or a custom group directly. To access these features, long press a preset group button.
- When a preset is changed via the preset selector, the browser now automatically scrolls to the selected preset and selected group.
- A preset or a group can be renamed via the context menu.
- Added the ability to empty the User group.
- The context menu now displays "Factory Preset" or "Factory Group" when the long press gesture is performed on a factory item.
- The preset browser is now visible by default when the audio unit is loaded.
- Preset group contents refresh even when the changes are made in another instance of the audio unit.
- Increased minimum preset row count from 2 to 3.
- Added new presets.

Parameter controls:
- Added the global dry/wet mix parameter to Mela FX. The Dry and Wet parameters can still be adjusted independently and are found in the I/O module.
- The global mix parameter is now also a destination in the Mod Matrix.
- Increased the precision of the intensity parameter controls in the Mod Matrix.
- Double-tap-to-reset now also works on the intensity controls.
- Manually entering parameter values is now possible in Mela 2. Simply select "Number Pad" from the parameter control's context menu.

Other Changes:
- Improved fade animations of controls.
- In the app, the musical keyboard is now visible by default.
- Preset title text size no longer follows the system's text size setting.
- Added a workaround to the iOS bug that prevents the preset importer sheet from being presented.

ID700 Update

ID700, from Jonathan Schatz, was updated with the ability to import your own tunings. There are other refinements to the ingest workflow for waveshapes, presets, and tunings.

What's new in ID700 v1.8:

• Add MIDI Sustain Pedal support
• Add Tuning import
• Add navigation to the correct browser screen after importing a Tuning, Waveshape, or

SONGEN - Make Music & Beats Update

Vibin Oy released SONGEN - Make Music & Beats back in December. I was pretty skeptical when I found a video for it from iPad Beat Making, but I was impressed by the content that had been coming out. $9 per month strikes me as an expensive song generation service, but I remain impressed by how much content he has been adding for customers.

Here are all of the updates that have come out just since I posted about it last in March.

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.14:

- Improved Techno lead
- Slight adjustments to Boom Bap to better represent the genre
- Extensions to lead composition
- Improved onboarding experience

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.13:

- Latin genre received a major update addressing recent trends
- Synthwave received a hint of Retrowave influence and more variance
- Rock comp guitar is now more natural

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.12

- New genre: Westcoast Rap
- New instruments: G-Funk bass & Westcoast lead
- Improved midi export: all midi tracks are normalized to same velocity range and the range can be adjusted, defaulting to 100. This makes it easier to finish the track in any DAW
- New feature: toggle to fix all notes' velocity to given value when exporting midi files

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.11

- Select genre separately for each track. Create interesting combinations between genres. Genres can also be mixed "thoroughly" as previously.
- Major update to arrangements: create more detailed arrangements with more granular building blocks.
- New feature: Export audio or video in seamless mode. Create seamlessly repeating loops with precise total duration. Loop tempo can be adjusted while arranging the song and the total duration is displayed with millisecond accuracy.
- Refresh to a few music genres to keep them up-to-date with modern styles: Trap, Drill, EDM, Rock
- New bass sound: Growl - the kind of bass that's commonly used in Trap and Drill to create those super low frequency lines
- Another new bass sounds: Dirty 808 - heavy-hitting bass sound for modern trap & drill genres

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.10

- New genre: Techno
- Improved chord progressions

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.9

- New genre: Rock
- Export multiple midi files at once

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.8

- Fix to a compatibility issue related to importing separated drums format in Cubasis 3
- Minor fixes to drum export mappings

What's new in SONGEN v1.0.7

- New feature: Integrate Songen seamlessly with iOS DAWs such as NanoStudio 2 and Cubase 3. This makes the drum notes to play correctly out of the box when Songen-generated midi is imported.
- New feature: Automatically match genre tempos when mixing multiple genres with significantly different tempo ranges. For example: Boom Bap tempo (around 75bpm) is doubled when mixing with Trap (around 135bpm). This feature can be toggled on/off under the tempo options on Premium. It's activated by default (Free).
- Genre names are now encoded in the exported file name when no custom name to the song is given


Tom Jones: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

NPR Music featured Sir Thomas John Woodward in a hell of a Tiny Desk Concert. This space is confounding. I'm terrified of the reflections that should be bouncing off those bricks, but everything sounds amazing!

Video Description:

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Bob Boilen | June 7, 2021
We're publishing this Tom Jones Tiny Desk (home) concert on his 81st birthday. It's a poignant moment in the life of a singer whose career spans 56 years and more than 100 million records sold; the passing of his wife, Linda, in 2016 after 59 years of marriage was devastating and resulted in the longest break between recordings of his career. But now Tom Jones is back with a new album, Surrounded By Time, and ready to share his deepest feelings, channeling songs by others with a voice still rich and muscular. It's a triumphant return to the Tiny Desk (his first visit was in 2009), and it's the first time he's performed these songs since recording them last year.

The songs on the album (and for this Tiny Desk) deal so eloquently with time and aging. Tom Jones sings Bob Dylan's "One More Cup Of Coffee" and going "down to the valley below." Then, he takes on Malvina Reynolds' folk tune "There's No Hole In My Head" and turns it into a fierce statement about being yourself.

When Tom Jones was 33, and after one of his infamous shows in Las Vegas, jazz composer Bobby Cole presented him with the song "I'm Growing Old." With lyrics including "I'm growing dimmer in the eyes / I'm growing fainter in my talk / I'm growing deeper in my sighs / I'm growing slower in my walk." Tom Jones didn't feel old enough to do it justice, but he held on to it. His performance here brought me to tears and is well worth the wait.

• "One More Cup of Coffee"
• "There's No Hole In My Head"
• "I'm Getting Old"

• Tom Jones: vocals
• Ethan Johns: guitar
• Nick Pini: bass
• Stephanie Ward: keys
• Jeremy Stacey: drums

• Video: Dan Shipton, Ross Nicholson
• Audio: Dom Monks
• Special thanks to Black Skull Creative

• Producer: Bob Boilen
• Video Producer: Maia Stern
• Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
• Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
• Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Gabrielle Pierre
• Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
• Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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