BLEASS INSTANT #13 : Ruismaker Noir + BLEASS delay

Developer BLEASS posted this demo jam of their new BLEASS delay affecting Ruismaker Noir.

WARBL Configuration Tool by Michael Eskin

Developer Michael Eskin has worked on a lot of wind instrument apps over the years. He was tapped to create the official configuration tool for the upcoming WARBL open-hardware MIDI flute. Judging by this app it looks to be a very capable instrument.

The WARBL will become available sometime this Spring, though the price has yet to be announced.

WARBL Configuration Tool iTunes Description:

WARBL is a plug-and-play USB MIDI wind controller that allows the traditional musician to practice with headphones using familiar playing techniques. Designed to simulate a variety of open-tonehole wind instruments such as tin whistles, flutes, and bagpipes, WARBL has optical sensors and real toneholes for continuous finger sensing and realistic feel. An air-pressure sensor allows playing with breath or a bagpipe bag.

WARBL does not produce any sound on its own. It is designed to control hardware MIDI sound modules or MIDI sound module apps running on an iOS device, for example AppCordions "Celtic Sounds" or Roland Sound Canvas.

The WARBL Configuration Tool allows complete control over the air pressure sensitivity, vibrato/pitch bend, expression, and many other settings. You may adjust and save settings to design the instrument of your choice.

The WARBL supports saving three preset instrument configurations, for example, Whistle, Uilleann Pipes, and Great Highland Bagpipes. The buttons on the back of the WARBL may be programmed to switch between the instrument preset configurations, change the octave, send MIDI messages, and many other options.

To use, just plug in your WARBL to an Apple USB Camera Adapter connected to the Lightning port on your device, run the app, touch "Connect WARBL and Touch Here to Connect" and begin configuring your WARBL.

When connected, the status at the top of the page will show "WARBL Connected" and the tone hole status display at the bottom of the page will show when you cover the holes, lighting them up in blue.

Touch the yellow “info” buttons for instructions on using each section of the Configuration Tool.

Here's a demo from the WARBL YouTube channel using the app to calibrate the tone holes to your hands. There is also a short performance on the WARBL with Michael Eskin's Celtic Sounds MIDI Module app.

SonicPi LiveCoding TouchOSC example

YouTuber dcts coding shows off a performance in SonicPi with touchOSC. SonicPi is a simple programming language for procedural music making, which can be run on desktops or inexpensive Raspberry Pis.

Video Description:

Short composition made in SonicPi () and controlled with TouchOSC via iPhone 6. Full sourcecode can be found here:

If you have trouble setting up TouchOSC let me know in the comments, maybe I can help.

Blocs Wave / Patterning 2 / Turnado / Aparillo / DRC

YouTuber Roller Chaoster produced some experimental percussion with several apps on his iPad!

Video Description:

an experimental drum jam with ipad

New iPad Air & iPad mini for 2019

Apple just pulled a very un-Apple move by casually releasing new iPads today without a lot of fanfare. This is just one week before their big March press event, which makes me wonder what (if anything) will be happening on the 25th. The current rumors are that the event will be about a new TV streaming service.

Guess I can skip it now!

Rumors leading up to this month had been indicating that we would see a new "non-Pro" iPad and a new iPad mini. Both of those were correct! The new iPad Air is being compared to the old iPad Pro of 2017, with a similar 10.5" footprint. Meanwhile the mini is coming in at 7.9", which has been the standard iPad mini size.

Both devices arrive with support for Apple Pencil and $160 Smart keyboard covers.

You can buy both of these models today, and they'll be shipping next week. Currently the site estimates deliveries between March 29th and April 2nd. The new iPad Air is $500 for 64GB, or $650 for 256GB. The iPad mini starts at $400 for 64GB, and $550 for 256GB.

There are two key distinctions between these new entries and the Pros that came out last Autumn. Today's models include headphone jacks and Lightning connections; while the Pro models have a USB-C connector.

The current iPad range includes last year's 9.7" $330 "New iPad", the actually new 7.9" $400 iPad mini, the also new 10.5" $500 iPad Air, the recent 11" $800 iPad Pro, and 12.9" $1,000 iPad Pro. There are no technical specs available for the new devices, other than they sport the A12 Bionic chip found in the current range of iPhones. This is not the A12X found in the latest iPad Pro models.

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