Maria Calfa-DePaul - when sleep won’t come

Reader Maria Calfa-DePaul couldn't get to sleep so she took out her iPad. The resulting track is an interesting combination of relaxing and haunted.

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i shouldn’t have had that tea at 12 pm

ELECTROMECHANICAL: Operation Firestart

YouTuber ELECTROMECHANICAL used a bunch of apps to create this track inspired by the Commodore 64 game Project Firestart.

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#videogamemusic #c64 #8bit #iosmusician #synth #virtualsynth #cubasis #ruismaker #phasemaker #ripplemaker #brambos #auv3 #electronicmusic #laplace #micrologue #fmsynthesis #karplusstrongsynthesis

Aparillo by Sugar Bytes GmbH

Today Sugar Bytes released Aparillo for iPad! This is a massive 16 voice FM synth which they refer to as, "The Cinematic Machine." In addition to all of the FM synthesis, you can further shape your sound with Formant Shifting, Wave Folding & Shifting, as well as a bunch of built-in effects. As you may expect from all of Sugar Bytes' recent AUv3 updating, Aparillo arrives with AUv3 support.

Aparillo iTunes Description:

The Cinematic Machine

Aparillo is an advanced 16 voice FM synth tailored for complex sound structures , majestic motions, moving and evolving soundscapes and atmospheres that are perfect for film, TV or games.
It‘s not limited to the conventional fm sounds but also delivers a huge range of styles from basses to brasses, pads to leads to even percussion.

••• SYNTH •••
It is based on two interacting FM Synthesizers capable of forming the most complex timbres. A clever arrangement of synthesis, wave shaping, filtering, FX and modulation unfolds into a serious sound design tool for epic sonic creation. Aparillo uses many parameters that can be modulated for individual adjustments PER voice. Each of the sixteen voices interact with almost two dozen targets in a variety of ways for a continuous transformation and to create endless rhythms and melodic progressions.

••• FX •••
The integrated effects include a free-signalflow Filter/Spacial Comb device, a polyphonic Auto Pan with multiple waveforms, the obligatory Delay, our finest Reverb algorithm, and a Sugar Bytes innovation, the Spacializer. This is a very special breed of delay based effect, which can work as a delay, reverb or tuned comb filter and can add room, plucked strings or even pinged percussion to your sound.

••• ORBITER ••
The superstar of Aparillo is the Orbiter, an instinctual "mass-controller" you move through Aparillo's endless sonic universes for one-touch sound morphing. That finally gives you unlimited control over new grounds of sound manipulation.Aparillo for iPad will seamlessly integrate with your mobile studio setup.

We built in MIDI support (Virtual, Network, External, Bluetooth), Audio Unit v3 and Ableton Link.
Syncing your presets to use them accross other devices couldn't be easier with iCloud.

Enjoy Aparillo, the more you dig into it the more you fall in love with it!

• Standalone & Audio Unit v3
• FM Synthesizer with 16 Voices
• Formant Shifting, Wave Folding & Shifting
• Multi-Mode Filter with Spacializer
• Orbiter for one-touch Sound Morphing
• 500 handpicked Presets
• Audio Unit v3 Plugin, Standalone App & Ableton Link
• Full MIDI Support (Virtual, Network, External, Bluetooth), MIDI Learn & Host Automation
• Preset iCloud Sync
• Preset Share

Sugar Bytes has a detailed tutorial series for the desktop version. Doug Woods did a demo of the desktop version when it was released last year. Dj Puzzle from iPadLoops brings us a short demo that quickly gets into a demonstration of how dramatically you can shift your sounds around with the performance controls.

NanoStudio 2 - Arriving December 7th!

Developer BlipInteractive has finally set a release date for NanoStudio 2! The original NanoStudio was essential in the early days of music apps on iOS. It was so powerful and easy to use that it is still fondly regarded 8 years later. The modern follow-up has been anxiously awaited for the last 4 of those years.

You can pre-order NanoStudio 2 today for $30, and it will be arriving in the App Store on Friday!

Reader tom_tm provided some additional information that the initial version of NanoStudio 2 will only work on devices down to iPad Air 1, due to unspecified Apple nonsense. They will continue to work on it to provide the iPad 4 support that was promised. iPhone support is expected in 2019. Given that NanoStudio 2 was initially slated for a 2015 release date, I feel these expectations should not be held very tightly.

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Here's a little preview of NanoStudio 2, coming to iPad very soon. Click or tap on 'SHOW MORE' below for a more detailed description of the app's features and what's in store for the future.

NanoStudio 2 is a powerful music production environment for recording, synthesis, sampling, arranging, editing and mixing. It’s the successor to the original NanoStudio, an app held in high regard by musicians for many years for its usability, quality and productivity.
With six years development behind it, NanoStudio 2 builds upon the same design principles that made its predecessor so popular and then takes a quantum leap with a massive range of extra features and a new audio engine delivering truly professional sound quality. Everything is optimized for CPU efficiency, so complex projects with many instruments and effects are handled with ease.

This is a complete in-the-box solution to production, enabling you to develop your initial musical ideas right through to a final master with an intuitive workflow carefully designed to get things done.

NanoStudio 2 is a fully featured host for external Audio Unit (AUv3) instruments and audio/MIDI effects. A library of all your AU instruments and presets is maintained so they’re in one place – tagged, searchable and just as accessible as NanoStudio’s own internal instruments.
For composing and arranging there are powerful fully featured editors for songs, MIDI parts, automation and samples. All editors share a clean and consistent user interface which means you’ll be up to speed with them in no time.

Main features:

• Fully fledged song editor with tempo and time signature tracks, arbitrary track grouping/nesting, track lanes and no limit on the number of tracks in the song
• MIDI and automation editors
• A sample editor capable of efficiently handling audio files up to 2 hours long
• A mixer which also supports track grouping and nesting, unlimited insert effects, configurable audio and MIDI sends and pro-style latency compensation
• 11 built-in quality effects including reverb, sidechain compressor/expander, EQ with spectrum analysis, look-ahead limiter, delay, exciter, chorus, flanger and phaser.
• AUv3 audio or MIDI effects can be used in effect chains, just like internal effects
• Mixdowns up to 32 bit/96kHz and export file formats including wav, aiff, ogg and M4A
• Support for mixing down track stems in a single operation and/or just a region of the song
• Ableton Link support
• Sharing with the iOS Files app, Dropbox, AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing, AirDrop, email, and song import from your iTunes music library
• Built-in WebDAV server for full control and backup of your files
• 8 In-app purchase sound packs including multisampled acoustic instruments

Obsidian (synth):

• 3 oscillator 16 note polyphonic synth with stereo voices
• Each oscillator can use 7 different types of synthesis: Analogue, Wavetable, Phase Distortion, FM, Multi-Saw, Shaped Noise or Multisampled Zones
• An innovative spectral loop mode for samples
• 18 filter types including resonant analogue, clean digital, comb and formant
• Modulation provided by 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs and 10 macro controllers
• Effects chain with a reverb, delay and chorus/flanger/phaser
• 300+ Factory patches

Slate (advanced drum sampler):

• 32 pads with 4 internal effects busses and a final master output bus with limiter
• Each pad can use up to 3 split or layered samples and has its own filter, waveshaper, envelopes and voice grouping options
• 500+ factory samples ranging from multisampled acoustic drums through to cutting-edge electronic percussion and effects, arranged into 50 kits

Plans for 2019:

• Universal version (to add support for iPhone)
• Improved utilization of the iPad Pro's larger display
• A super-efficient convolution reverb
• Linear audio tracks in the song editor

SquareSynth 2 Update

SquareSynth 2, from James N, was updated with new presets and AUv3 parameter automation!

What's new in SquareSynth 2 v1.0.5:

- New Preset patches.
- Colors are more muted.
- Line Graph Display table automation.
- Audio Unit (AUv3) parameters writable in host.
- Fixed Pitch Sweep bug on iPad.
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