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Live Performance with iPad: AUM iOS & MIDI Controller

Reader Pink Sky Music's YouTube name makes me think that at some point we're going to find out that he's the arch-nemesis of Red Sky Lullaby. Although it is too soon to say who will be the victor in their inevitable battle:
No matter who wins, we'll all be seeing a shade of red. This summer at a theater near you.

In the meantime, Pink did an excellent demonstration of AUM as a live performance mixer. The demo jam is good enough to standalone, but he's also provided a detailed explanation of his workflow and signal-chain!

Video Description:

In this video I demonstrate how to use AUM, one of the most versatile iOS music apps, as a live performance mixer using a Novation Launch Control MIDI Controller. Read More for an in-depth workflow explanation!

Workflow:I created five loop tracks in AUM and loaded loops that I had recorded using AUM earlier. All loops were created by recording various iOS music apps into AUM. I then mapped the Launch Control to control each loop track: each vertical row on the controller corresponds to a track in AUM with the top knob mapped the filter cutoff, the bottom knob mapped to an effects send, and the button mapped to loop start/stop. MIDI routing with AUM is super intuitive.

For performance effects, I setup two effects bus tracks in AUM - one bus with Audio Damage's Dubstation 2 Delay for the melodic loops, and one bus with Audio Damage's Replicant (glitch/repeater effect) and Blamsoft's Resampler (bit crusher) for the drum loops. Also, there's a Master bus with Audio Damage's Rough Rider 2 compressor that all audio is routed through. All of Audio Damage's iOS effects are top-notch, and since they're AUv3 format, they can load inside of AUM and don't require their own screen.

Once it was all setup, I just kinda hit play and winged it. AUM has an internal clock that keeps all the loop tracks synced - the workflow feels very similar to working with clips in Ableton.This is my new preferred method for composing and performing live with the iPad.

Red Sky Lullaby - Samplebot iPhone Demo

Reader Red Sky Lullaby did a fun video demoing his whole process of sampling and jamming on Samplebot!

Video Description:
Fun sampling demo with Samplebot on iPhone.
Also using Mood Synth, FingerFiddle, Layr Synth and Audioshare.

EGSY01 Analog Synth Update

EGSY01 Analog Synth, from Elliott Garage, got its first update since 2015! The new version brings Audiobus 3 support as well as 20 presets by reader Red Sky Lullaby!

What's new in EGSY01 Analog Synth v2.3.4:

- New presets browser
- 20 new presets by Red Sky Lullaby
- Audiobus 3 support
- Design optimization for iPhone screen

Red Sky Lullaby even put together a demo video to show off the update and presets.

Zeeon Synth by BeepStreet

BeepStreet, developer of Sunrizer, hasn't released a new app since Impaktor back in 2012. Today they bring us Zeeon Synth, a virtual analog that uses circuit modeling. Usually this technique is used to clone an existing synth, but instead they took their models to create an entirely unique synth! You'll find audio demos on the official site, as well as a manual. Zeeon arrives with AUv3 support!

Zeeon synth iTunes Description:

Zeeon is a virtual analog synthesizer, powered by an advanced analog circuit modelling engine. We spent a lot of time analysing iconic analog synths, both vintage and modern, to find out which parts of the circuit contribute most to their specific character. We used this knowledge to create a unique synth, with focus on what’s most important - the pure, organic and detailed sound. Many analog synth emulations sound dull. Not Zeeon. We take care of the entire spectrum range from deep lows to sweet highs. All audio and modulation signals are processed at 176 KHz (4x oversampling).

Full manual and audio demos available at the BeepStreet website.


• Audio Unit v3 and standalone application with a simple polyphonic step sequencer

• 2 oscillators with continuously variable waveforms, hard-sync and sub-oscillator. Carefully simulated analog drift and PSU influence.

• Filter: 3 models available: Transistor ladder low pass, OTA cascade low pass and State Variable Filter with continuously variable LP-HP + BP mode.

• 2 low frequency oscillators and envelope generators per voice.

• Overdrive: diode clipper and transistor saturation, pre and post filter.

• Up to 2 layers per voice. Layers can modulate each other.

• Powerful modulation matrix offering self-modulation and cross-layer modulation, 8 modulation slots, 17 signal sources and 41 targets available, both from modulation modules and audio signal path. This takes Zeeon into semi-modular territory. Imagine oscillator waveform, panning, filter cutoff, resonance or LP-HP mode modulated by oscillators or another layer!

• Effects unit: Circuit modelled BBD chorus, bass booster, zero-delay Phaser, Stereo delay and Reverb.

• 144 presets and Tutorials bank.

More presets and exciting features in upcoming updates.

While there is no official demo video, there is also no shortage of unofficial ones! The are preset tours by thesoundtestroom, and Synth Anatomy. Red Sky Lullaby also explored the features with captions.

Embedded below is Jakob Haq's review and guide!

Phosphor 2 by Audio Damage, Inc.

Audio Damage, Inc. just released Phosphor 2 for iPad. This Additive Synth is modeled on the alphaSyntauri. The desktop version is extremely popular for its recreation of this scarce synth, and now we have it in AUv3!

Phosphor 2 iTunes Description:

Full manual available at the Audio Damage website.

Phosphor is an unique instrument modeled on the alphaSyntauri, a vintage digital additive synth from the early 80s. The original alphaSyntauri required an Apple //e to operate, but we've gone ahead and eliminated the middle-man, and now you can have this classic digital synth in your iOS device, no 5.25" floppy drive necessary!

Featuring two additive oscillators (with the original 16 partial complement of the alphaSyntauri, or optionally with 32 or 64 partials), each with its own amp envelope, Phosphor's topology closely follows the alphaSyntauri, while adding many modern features such as full velocity control, a much more extensive modulation routing system, tempo synced LFOs, a pair of delays, and two monophonic modes. The noise and oscillators are able to work in the original alphaSyntauri "low-resolution" modes, or can be run in modern high-resolutions. Phosphor can accurately model the original sounds of the alphaSyntauri, yet still provide new paths for sonic exploration.


• Two complete oscillator/envelope sections modeled on the original topology of the alphaSyntauri.

• Each set of partials can run in "lo-fi" mode, emulating the gritty digital voicing of original, or in a modern mode for alias-free sines.

• The noise can be either "lo-fi" digital shift-register noise per the original, or modern white noise.

• Two complete delay sections with LP/HP filtering and cross-feedback.

• Two tempo-syncable LFOs with multiple modulation destinations.

• A large complement of presets included that show off the extensive sound generating capabilities of Phosphor, including some famous alphaSyntauri presets directly ported from the original.

• XML preset system, with copy-to-clipboard, for sharing presets in forums and with your friends.

• AudioUnits V3 version for use in all AUv3 hosts, like AudioBus 3, AUM, BeatMaker 3, Cubasis 2, GarageBand, etc.

• Standalone version (with full single-panel UI) with Inter-App Audio and BlueTooth MIDI capability.

• iPhone version coming soon!

Reader Red Sky Lullaby shared a quick demo on the app, with captions. SYNTH ANATOMY did a lengthy preview of the presets.

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