iPhone App Directory

And a very Happy New Year from Palm Sounds

Just a short note to say a massive thank you to everyone who's read the blog, or contributed in anyway at all. I wish you all a very Happy 2014.

KORG monotribe - おうま / BakaOscillator (video)

KORG volca - お正月 / BakaOscillator (video)

News from @YonacSoftware

Multiple Effects in Audiobus 2 - visit audiob.us/two

Multiple Effects in Audiobus 2 - visit audiob.us/two

Caustic 3 -- Creating Aux Bus for enhanced Reverb Effect

MC-303+Volca Bass&Keys (video)

Don't forget: Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is 50% off

Don't forget that Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is 50% off at the moment. Its price is down from $14.99 to $6.99, so grab it this week.

Arpeggionome Pro still 50% off

Arpeggionome Pro is still half price with the price down to $9.99 from $19.99.

News from @BorderlandsiPad

Looking back at 2013 with Mutable Instruments

A nice look back at the year with Mutable Instruments, one of my favourite DIY brands. Well worth a read in my book.

Korg Volca Beats Midi out drives a Clavia Nord Drum1

Echo Pad Shimmer Reverb Presets (video)

Echo Pad - Multi Effects Processor update brings some nice new presets and more

Here's what's new in the latest version of Echo Pad - Multi Effects Processor:
  • New presets "Shimmer Reverb” 1 & 2 emulates famous shimmer reverb effect found in guitar pedals and rack gear
  • added transport controls for Inter-app Audio.
  • Input and Output gain settings now saved in presets
  • bugfixes

News from @AudioEvolution5

News from @AudioEvolution5

Stroke Machine cleans up its problems in a big fix release

Stroke Machine seems to have addressed the issues that damaged its launch version. I'm already hearing that users think that this has fixed the majority of problems, but if you think different please let me know.

Here's the full list of what's new:
  • Permanent Audiobus key.
  • Fixed audio glitches (drop outs).
  • Fixed distorted Audiobus recording.
  • Fixed a problem that Stroke Machine stopped generating sound after loading a number of kits.
  • Fixed issues with modulation wheel, pitch bend and aftertouch.
  • Improved overall performance significantly.
  • Improved performance of Phaser.
  • Reduced bouncing volume.
  • Added yellow voice killing indicator to the right of the Master Volume label. If this indicator lights up during playback, you might consider removing one or two notes in your pattern.
  • Added red audio glitch indicator to the right of the voice killing indicator. During normal operation, Stroke Machine doesn't glitch anymore, but it might happen that another process draws so much CPU performance temporarily that this results in a glitch.
  • Added "Download Manual" button to Global page.
  • Added lots of Preset Kits.
  • Changed "www.frankemusic.de" to a button linked to the Franke Music website.
  • Fixed issue with kits using Delay or Clk Delay having the wrong delay length.
  • Fixed an issue with muted or soloed parts when loading a kit.
  • Fixed an issue in the assign view.
  • Fixed hanging notes on sequencer playback start.
  • Fixed problem with some notes playing back too long.
  • Fixed a zoom error in step view.
  • Fixed possible crash when loading a sound or kit.
  • Fixed crash when importing a sound or kit via document sharing on the iPad, i.e. by tapping on a Stroke Machine document received via email.
  • Fixed rare modulation problems.

Nice to see a developer really respond to issues.

Inside Volca Bass (video)

Sunvox 1.7.4 is coming, and with Raspberry Pi too ...

Here's what's new in this release:
  • SunVox has been ported to Raspberry Pi;
  • engine optimization;
  • new module - Sound2Ctl; this module can convert the audio signal to the numeric value of any selected controller;
  • new module - MultiCtl; with this module you can control multiple controllers at once;
  • Amplifier: new controller "Absolute" has been added; enable it to apply "absolute value" filter to the signal;
  • MultiSynth: new buttons have been added: Options, Reset, Smooth, Load, Save;
  • MultiSynth: now you can switch between different types of Velocity Graphs in the Options menu; it is useful for complex velocity mapping;
  • DrumSynth is now supports Velocity Change commands;
  • "Change font size" option has been changed to "Scale"; and now you can change the pattern editor scale very smoothly on any device;
  • now you can set the name of the pattern, instead of the 16x16 icon;
  • now the screen orientation can be changed manually (only for Android, WinCE and PalmOS) in the Preferences -> Interface -> Angle;
  • additional File Browser functions: Remove, Rename, Cut, Copy, Paste, Create Directory;
  • now you can see the file size in the File Browser (except PalmOS);
  • new simple examples: sound2ctl*, drumsynth*;
  • new song examples: moon_secrets, CsardasContinuum (by Frantisek Fuka (Fuxoft)), berlin_fm_-_nt;
  • tons of bugs fixed;
  • something else in the final release...
 Of course the iOS and Android versions follow, but what's this "something else in the final release..."? What does that mean?

a few shots of volca #3 (video)

Unfinished Tracks 2009 - 2013 by NightRadio

Made in SunVox warmplace.ru/soft/sunvox

Drama Queen Fantasy Hour by Frozen Lonesome

A dense synth post-holiday exploration. All sounds from my Bass Station II and Xynthesizr. Ran through AUXFX:Dub into LoopyHD. Arranged in Loopy, mastered in Auria and AudioMastering.

DM1+iMS-20 at iPad by BBCB

Apples and Oranges by Angel José

The name does not give a clue to what I did here. Well, I have been noodling with Thor making patches and it is fantastic and surprisingly easy to make noises. I wanted to find another synth to build the same patches and see if I'm successful in recreating the sounds. Not so easy as I thought. I built the beat and base on ReBirth, Audiobus to Garageband, then the other four synths in the first part are using Cassini. The second pass is using Thor. The pad is almost spot on, the others not so much, especially the lead and the FM-type sounds, vastly different from both, plus the way the filters interact is also different. I gave it a try and now I can build the same patches on other synths to see what other differences or similarities I encounter. Let's see what happens :)

moving lopass by BuildingTheStation

made on the move 2013 mobile music iOS

Test Song (Of Kicks and Gibblets) by Zachary McPheron

Test song Created with G-Stomper Beat Studio for Android | http://www.planet-h.com/gstomper

Elegant Dungeon by Gemini Knight

Here it is. The last song for 2013. I have made more songs this year than all of the previous years combined. Next year things are going to change, and be warned, unless some things change, this may be the last song I put up on Soundcloud.

I won't disagree (no i won't even think) by Sinking Feeling

Dark Ambient by Daniel MacGregor

Uploaded with AudioShare app - http://kymatica.com/audioshare

excommunicated by Sinking Feeling

iPad Music: Apps of the year

IconThis year was challenging for iOS music app developers. Audiobus, iOS 7 and Inter-App Audio. A lot of things to implement in just one year. We’ve seen a lot of new apps, great new synths, updates on our favorite DAWs, Audiobus/IAA effects which is kind of new class of music apps. It is a difficult task to pick just one ... … Read more

Click here for the original post from iPad Music

News from @momupro

A lovely New Year Message from Audio Mastering Studio

You can read the whole message here, and it's well worth a read too.

News from @Miselu

littlebites KORGsynth kitSound1230

Groovesizer Delta - Feature Overview

News from @AudioEvolution5

Robotic Drums adds a mixer just in time for new year

A nice little update to sneak in before the end of 2013. Robotic Drums added a mixer page with per voice control for volume, mute, solo and panning.

I'm pleased with that. I love this app!

News from @j_liljedahl



Groovesizer vs SH-32 (video)

Doc Pop " Listening to the final mixes of My new album at @differentfu"

Really looking forward to this album.

Mobile music objects of desire

Incredibly useful little box

Electricity in the Fish Life (video from NightRadio)

News from @momupro

Anything new for the wait list?

It's Monday, is there anything that needs adding into the wait list? Let me know if there is, or just take a look and see what's coming up.

Different Drummer 2.6 arrives with IAA and more

So here's what's new with Different Drummer:
  • Inter-app audio (iOS7)
  • Ability to map voices to specific external MIDI channels and notes
  • Ability to control individual parts of the waves in terms of shape, polarity and multiplier
  • Better memory management when dormant makes app quit less likely
  • Improved audio with new Play Styles feature
  • New Beat Visualizer
  • Automatic Templates folder
  • 34 new sounds added (near 200 altogether)
  • Mute/Solo added to Mixer and track labels too
  • Various bug fixes

CASSINI Synth for iPad also on sale until the 5th

CASSINI Synth for iPad, like its iPhone little brother is still on sale until the 5th of January. The price is down from $4.99 to $2.99. So, grab a bargain while you can.

CASSINI Synth for iPhone is still on sale

That's right, CASSINI Synth for iPhone remains on sale with the price down from $4.99 to $2.99 until the 5th of January.

News from @BitShapeSoft

Making of: BACH Aria "Großer Herr" on mobile devices - recording session

LittleBits KORG Synth kit on Xmas morning!

DMI Mixer Demo and Tutorial for iPad (video)

Nevo - Littlebits Korg Synth Kit

Groovesizer Delta V111 (video)

KORG iPolysix is also 50% off

KORG iPolysix is also on sale at 50% off. The price is down from $29.99 to $14.99.

Another reminder: KORG iKaossilator is also 50% off

KORG iKaossilator is also on sale with the app's price down from $19.99 to $9.99.

Consider yourself reminded.

News from @Nightradio

Case Study: Project Studio Design & Build with Mitch Gallagher - Sweetwater Sound

News from @BitShapeSoft

News from @BitShapeSoft

Music Studio: Mozart Loop (video)

News from @bigrobotstudios

Rheyne - Live Jam #99

Dancing Fingers [Fingerbaby]

Well, what do you make of that?

qunexus meets the minimoog (video)


KORG iMS-20 makes 10 SFX for 10 Clips

OP-1 Mixer Tutorial

News from @AudioEvolution5

News from @humbleTUNE

RD4 - Groovebox update brings deep integration with Novation Launchkey

Here's all that's new in RD4 - Groovebox:
  • Deep integration of the external keyboard/controller Novation Launchkey Mini - Control RD4 with the Launchkey: play notes, turn knobs, set drum steps and operate the mixer.
  • Send MIDI Clock implemented
  • Song Mode fixed
  • Various bugfixes

OP-1 Drum/Synth/Tape Recording Tutorial

iDensity update brings IAA and more

Here's what's new with iDensity:
  • iOs 7 sdk update
  • Inter-App Audio
  • Crash fixed in iOs 7
  • FX Popover crash fixed
  • New Waveform View
  • New Snapshots Manager
  • Audio improved stability
  • Live Granulation improved
  • UI improvements

OP-1 Tape Tutorial

What are you making this weekend?

So, it's the weekend, what are you planning to make? Music? Apps? Templates? DIY? If you're doing anything cool and want to share it just let me know.

Different Drummer still on sale and something big coming too?

Different Drummer is still on sale with the price down from $23.99 to $19.99, and according to the developer there's something big coming too.

Volca Beats getting Dubby with Serge and Kilpatrick Modulars

Rheyne - Live Jam #97

Tiny Synths Jam: TNR-i, Mininova, OP-1, Volca keys, Slim Phatty, Minibrute, Monotribe

Santa Session: Jingle Synths (w/ Tabletop iPad App)

News from @apptronica

AD 480 pro adds IAA and more

Here's what's new with AD 480 pro:
  • InterApp Audio Support
  • Audio Recording, Playback, Offline Processing
  • Audio Import & Export via AudioCopy/AudioPaste/AudioShare
  • Dynamic Upgrade (AD 480 free & AD 480 basic are automatically upgraded to pro features when AD 480 pro is installed)
  • iTunes Library Access
  • various bugfixes

News from @humbleTUNE

Garageband FX Workaround for Echo Pad and Swoopster using AudioBus + AudioShare

Garageband FX Workaround for Echo Pad and Swoopster using AudioShare + IAA

White Noise Audio: Genome audio test

More of what's coming to Genome ... Sounding very good.

GrooveMaker 2, Demo and Tutorial for iPad and iPhone. This is Fast and Smooth

TF7 Synth update

Here's what's new with TF7 Synth:
  • Go crazy with the new chaos arpeggiator!
  • Comes with 25 new arpeggiator-friendly presets
  • Generate over-the-top arpeggios in normal or chordal (diatonic) mode
  • Available as a new In-App Purchase
  • Pro Pack purchase not required for arpeggiator
  • Midi channels bug fixed

Rheyne - Live Jam #98 (live looping with Ableton Live)

DMT 163: The Echo Nest

Video description:

Hope you're having a good holiday break wherever you are! In this special episode of Digital Music Trends I chat with Jim Lucchese the CEO of music intelligence company The Echo Nest. The company was started in 2005 in Boston, MA and has experienced tremendous growth over the past couple of years with over 400 applications built on its platform.
We chat about the company's evolution, its products including a recent foray into ad targeting and the challenges posed by the integration of music from all over the world.

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and 'till next time!

Andrea Leonelli

Ep.41: Benjaman Schogler from Skoog Music (DMT 1-2-1)

Video description:

This week on the DMT 1-2-1 show an interview with Benjaman Schogler, Creative Director at Skoog Music. The company produces the Skoog, a brand new instrument designed to allow people with the widest possible range of abilities and disabilities to make music. The Skoog today is used in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings as well as by musicians who enjoy the freedom afforded by the instrument.
Research around the instrument started in an academic setting back in 2006 but the company's journey really began in early 2010 after its first round of funding.

During today's show Benjaman talks about the development of the Skoog, its use in a variety of different scenarios, its interface, software and lots more. This week's show is very visual so I'd recommend listeners to head on to check out the video version.
If you'd like to know more about the Skoog visit http://www.skoogmusic.com

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week an 'till next time!

Andrea Leonelli

Jam Synth updates with more MIDI, and more

Here's what's new with Jam Synth:
  • GREATLY IMPROVED MIDI OUTPUT: sends noteoffs, string bends work correctly (be sure to enable MIDI pitch bend in settings)
  • portamento knob to adjust glide time between notes
  • oscillators have more volume output
  • volume mute and MIDI switch added to toolbar and as Audiobus triggers
  • ADSR attack bugfix
  • New IAP Intelligent Harmonizer: This creates musically correct harmonies based on the key you are playing in. The harmonies can be altered by choosing a specific interval and one of the seven musical modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian.
  • New IAP Rotary Vibe: This recreates the swirling psychedelic sounds of the 1960's by combining a thick 12-stage stereo phaser with a 3D rotary panning effect. Create anything from a slow stereo swirl to a futuristic synth organ with this.
  • iOS 7 bugfixes

Volcas on Ice - 4 Year Old's 1st Outdoor Synth Jam

News from @mutable_instrum


News from @momupro

That's such a cool Christmas Stocking ...

Connecting iOS devices to littleBits KORG Synth Kit for Audio and Modulation

CTRL Music now uses your iPod Library

What's new with CTRL Music? Well, now you can now use any music from your iPod library.

iPad with Phaedra, Novation Drum Station, Novation A-Station

A massive congratulations to Mr Liljedahl from Kymatica, we wish you all the best

Volcas on Ice - 4 Year Old's 1st Outdoor Synth Jam

Neo Soul Keys Demo and Tutorial for iPad

And a little more about what's coming to Genome

Reminder: The Mutable Trusted Builder list

I've posted about this before, but it's worth restating as it's a very handy resource if you'd like to get into DIY synths but are put off by the fact that you don't have all the skills for actually building the stuff. So I wanted to make people aware of the Trusted Builders list on the Mutable Instruments forum. The trusted builders are people who are skilled at making Shruthis or other mutable instruments kits. So if you're interested in getting a kit made but either might struggle to make it yourself or just don't have the time, you should check out this list, and my personal favourite on the list is Paul (who happens to be an old friend, but is also an excellent builder).

Another look at what's coming next to Genome

Still one of my fav sequencer apps, and it looks like it's only getting better and better.

So, what did you get for Christmas?

As per usual, it's the post Christmas "What did you get for Christmas?" post. So, anyone get anything nice? Unusual? Unique? Comment them in.

Boxing Day Sale at Teenage Engineering

Normally I wouldn't post on boxing day, but I've no idea if this sale will go on after today. So, check out the Teenage Engineering store for the discounts.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from Palm Sounds

Just a quick not to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. Palm Sounds will be quite for a couple of days now, but will return with the largely traditional 'what music gear did you get for Christmas' post.

Seasons Greetings ... Palm Sounds.

2013 Happy Holiday - Rockers!

A nice Christmas message from Positive Grid

News from @onereddogmedia

KORG monotribe X8 - TYPE-4 / BakaOscillator

News from @distraub

News from @iMIDIPatchbay

Littlebits Korg Synth Kit Review (video)

Stroke Machine Quick Start Tutorial video

iSyn Poly version 2 brings IAA, Audiobus and more

Here's what's new in this version of iSyn Poly:
  • Inter-app audio instrument
  • Audiobus compatible (Sender)
  • Redesigned GUI
  • One effect per synthesiser/drum part
  • 32 new Presets
  • many Bugfixes

Musix Pro controlling VSTs in Cubase

Video description from Tim:

Shiverware recently had a contest to show off their control app for the iPad, Musix Pro. I was incredibly fortunate to come in second place, and amazed at the generosity of their prizes, and the friendliness of their staff. I originally wrote a film-esque piece to show this off, but scrapped it for something a bit more energetic. Now that the contest is over, I wanted to get it down before it fled as so many other ideas do.

It's a great app, very responsive, customizable with a number of different key configurations and sizes, has an internal sound engine, but plays nicely with other iPad apps, and can also send midi externally, in this case to my DAW playing some orchestral sounds in Cubase.

Can't say enough nice things about the app and the company. Will definitely be posting more.

Awesome stuff to look forward to in 2014 from AudioTool?

Many thanks to janogarcia for commenting this in on yesterday's wait list post. It's from the AudioTool newsletter:

“We are confident that 2014 will see the Audiotool application running on HTML5 in the browser and natively on a variety of platforms like iOS and Android.” 

That's something awesome to look forward to in 2014!

Vocaform 2 update gets on the bus!

Yep, Vocaform 2 is now on the bus! Excellent news. Here's what's new in this update:
  • Audiobus support.
  • Pitch Bend Sensitivity control.
  • Fixed keyboard delay near the bottom of the screen.

News from @momupro

News from @intermorphic

If you missed Sunday's round up of the news from last week

Then you can find it here and catch up on all that you might of missed last week as there were quite a few new apps and big updates too.

Syncing Volca Beats and Kilpatrick Modular and Buchla


If you're looking to catch up on what's on sale ...

Then just click here, it'll just show you all the 'price drop' posts and I expect that a lot of them will still be on sale over the holidays.

Hope you pick up a bargain!

Synched Sequencers (littlebits video)

News from @OrphionApp


Should've put one of these on the back of mine

circuit bent-circuit bent noise synth (video)

Video description:

Revisiting the "circuit bent programmable organ". increased the lfo range by a factor of ten, and added a pt2399 echo circuit to give the sound a little more dimension.

This keyboard is for sale at my blog www.noystoise.com

The daily picture ...

Whatever happened to these?

News from @momupro

Tsunamidi for the Palm V (something a bit different for your Christmas Eve)

I was digging around for a photo of something else (which of course I couldn't find) and instead found these which I thought would be excellent to share on a Christmas Eve. It's one of those extremely rare Palm OS hardware add ons that has completely vanished now.

Korg SyncKontrol, Monotribe, Volca Keys, iMS20 and Op-1

News from @Miselu

And that's a lovely seasonal message from the folks at Teenage Engineering ...

Going to be doing some promo code give aways on twitter

So if you're looking for some nice pre-Christmas presents, I'll have a few to give away on twitter in the next 30 minutes or so.

So follow me on twitter here.

AUFX PEAKQ Demo and Tutorial for iPad (video)

That's an unusual OP-1 picture

Minigamagoop video, is this for real?

Video description:

This is a miniature version of Thingamagoop. UM3561A Three Siren Sound Generator, Auto blink color rotate Red Green Blue LED, CdS (light-dependent resistor, LDR) CR2032 Coin cell

Syncing Volca Beats and Kilpatrick Modular and Serge

In case you missed it, Apptronica Magazine arrived and it's pretty damn amazing ...

It landed a few days ago and it's taken me a little while to catch up with it. It's a very significant step to have a publication dedicated to music making on iOS. From my perspective it's very strange considering that back in 2006 when Palm Sounds started there were no publications dedicated to mobile music of any kind and very few music making publications ever ran anything on mobile stuff.

So, it's a big thing to see Apptronica launch, and I wish Clif every success with it.

It's on the app store, and it's free to download, so grab it please.

Volca Bass & Keys & modular synth


Noatikl 2 -ambient-Family Photography

zMors gets IAA and more

A bit update and a lot going on with zMors. Here's what's new in this update:
  • add Interapp audio
  • add new filter envelope per channel
  • add 4 automation tracks per sequencer channel
  • add new oscillator wave vector linear mode
  • optimize synth engine
  • fix a keyboard problem in iOS7
  • audiobus SDK update

Unboxing the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer (video)

Apple's 12 Days of Christmas

In case you weren't aware, Apple are running their usual 12 days of Christmas give aways from Boxing day onwards (the 26th). So, if you want to get nice little reminders to check to see if you want one of the goodies or not then just download their 12 days app.

Although, I'll probably remind you if there's anything really worth having.

Apple GarageBand iOS Tutorial: Using Guitar Attack

Mobile Music Objects of Desire: from Chimera

These get more rare by the day.

Anything new for the wait list?

It's Monday, is there anything that needs adding into the wait list? Let me know if there is, or just take a look and see what's coming up.

Here's the weekly round up

Well it's been another busy week for everyone. Sorry that the round up is pretty late, but I've been ill all day so I just haven't had a chance to do it. Anyway, enough of my woes, here are the highlights ...

New Apps:
  • Of course the biggest news was the arrival of Caustic 3 not just for Android and also for iOS, which was a massive surprise, and there are loads of videos too, just click here to find them
  • A free version of Voice Synth arrived on the store
  • Orphinio for iPhone arrives, a nice little version of Orphion, but for the iPhone, and there's a video too
  • 432hz Synth arrives and looks amazing, but according to users it has a lot of audio ads, so beware if you're thinking of trying it out
  • SnowChime from NTHsynth arrives in time for Christmas
  • IKM delivers up GrooveMaker 2. Will there be as many versions as the original one?
  • Electrify NXT arrives on the app store
  • VibraNode for iPhone arrives and looks very interesting
  • Serato Remote Mini arrives
  • Stroke Machine from Wolfram Franke although I've heard that there are a lot of problems with this app so far
  • AUFX; PeakQ arrives as the next app in the AUFX series

Significant app updates:

Things to watch out for:
  • Looks like RealBeat will be getting on the bus

Interesting Stuff:

Here's to next week and the holidays too.

Brute LFO iPhone app Modulation source for Analog Synths (video)

AUFX:PeakQ (universal) arrives

Another great app in the AUFX series from Kymatica (Jonatan Liljedahl). Here are the details:

A versatile 4-band parametric stereo equalizer for everything between subtle frequency enhancements and agressive boosting/cutting or special resonator effects.

This app is part of the AUFX series, a collection of simple and powerful audio effect apps.
  • High quality 32-bit DSP engine.
  • Two parametric peak filters with gain, frequency and Q.
  • Low-shelf filter with gain and frequency.
  • High-shelf filter with gain and frequency.
  • Displays the resulting frequency response graph in real-time.
  • Process hardware input/output.
  • Process other apps through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus (input/filter/output slots supported).
  • Save, load and share user presets.
  • Comes with several bundled presets.
  • Fully MIDI controllable, including Virtual MIDI.
  • Background Audio.
  • Built-in lookahead limiter to prevent clipping.
  • Record the result directly in app.
  • Email recordings or export to AudioShare audio document manager app.
  • Access user presets and recordings through iTunes File Sharing.

The app is priced at $3.99.

Stroke Machine Teaser video

AmpKit+ gets some very nice new features in this release

AmpKit+ brings new things to their app that just keeps on getting developed after more than 3 years on the app store. Here's what's new:

  • Setlists deliver masterful control over your setups for playing live shows, practicing, or simply organizing groups of setups just the way you want them.
  • You have total control of the order of setups within the Setlist.
  • Each Setlist can include a mix of your personal setups and AmpKit presets.
  • Extra-large navigation buttons enable fast switching between setups, even when playing live.

  • Use MIDI and AirTurn-style devices to control AmpKit amps and pedals, as well as navigate setups and Setlists—perfect for live gigs but also great for jamming and practicing.
  • Easily map an external control, such as a stomp switch or expression pedal, to any of over 350 AmpKit functions.
  • Works with most iOS-compatible external controllers, including local, network, and Bluetooth MIDI devices, as well as Bluetooth foot controllers like the AirTurn.

AirTurn is a trademark of AirTurn, Inc.

JamStik: Introducing Drew Lerdal

Stroke Machine arrives from Wolfram Franke ex-Waldorf

Stroke Machine is a professional Drum and Groove Synthesizer and Sequencer for the iPad developed by Wolfram Franke.

Program your own rhythm and groove patterns and switch between them in a live performance. Mute or solo individual instruments, change parameters on the fly and record your performance as high-quality audio file for sharing or later editing on your computer.

The high-contrast user interface is perfectly suited for dim light situations on stage and assists in sound creation in the studio.

Stroke Machine's powerful synthesizer engine features high-quality Oscillator, Filter, Overdrive and Effect models, extremely fast Envelopes and LFO, sample-exact Pattern Sequencer and a sophisticated Sample, Sound and Pattern library.

The deep sound creation possibilities include two oscillators with typical analog waveforms and sample playback, frequency and ring modulation and a separate white and pink noise generator with integrated multimode filter. All tone generators are summed into a transient generator, followed by another multimode filter and a drive module with several types, a sample rate and bit depth reduction stage, and a two-band equalizer with shelf and bell curves.

Freely assignable modulations with an easy-to-understand user interface offer maximum flexibility easily surpassing even expensive hardware synthesizers.

Each sound is mixed into one of four effect busses, each featuring a sum overdrive, a compressor, a modulation effect like chorus, flanger, phaser or sum filter, and a space effect like delay or clocked delay, or natural, plate or non-linear reverb.

  • 12 drum and percussion sound parts
  • 12 melodic sound parts
  • number of voices only limited by CPU
  • 4 multi-effect busses
  • pattern with up to 8 bars and 16th resolution, bar nominator and denominator freely adjustable
  • swing
  • modulation sequencer for smooth or quantized automation of each continuous sound and bus parameter
  • 128 patterns including all sounds in direct access
  • track solo and mute
  • sample import
  • audio export of a pattern or the whole performance
  • AudioBus support
  • WIST support

Per voice:
  • 2 oscillators with waveforms sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse with pulse width modulation
  • sine waveforms can be changed in slope, symmetry and saturation for additional overtones
  • sample playback
  • frequency modulation of each oscillator by white noise and oscillator 1 by oscillator 2
  • ring modulation
  • noise generator with white and pink noise, variable density and multimode filter
  • transient generator with crack, rattle, spike, click and thump generators
  • multimode filter with 6 dB low or high pass, 12 dB and 24 dB low, band or high pass and band stop
  • drive stage with light, medium, hard, clip, tube and fuzz overdrive and tone control
  • redux stage (decimator) with sample rate and bit reduction
  • fully parametric two-band equalizer with shelf and band types
  • glide generator with portamento and glissando for melodic sounds
  • voice allocation poly, mono and 3 alternate groups
  • 1 LFO with waveforms sine, triangle, pulse, positive pulse, sawtooth, 4 step ramp, 8 step ramp, sample & hold, random, rate synchronizable to clock
  • 2 Envelopes with (ADSR) or without (2 decay stages with breakpoint) sustain and variable slope for each stage
  • modulation sources LFO, envelope 1 and 2, velocity, note number, 4 random generators, pitch bend and modulation wheel
  • any continuous parameter can be modulated
  • voice mixed into one of four effect busses

Per effect bus:
  • sum drive stage with various types and tone filter
  • compressor
  • modulation effect with 2 to 6 stage chorus, 4 to 12 stage phaser or multimode filter
  • space effect with stereo modulation delay, synchronizable to clock, natural, plate, or non-linear reverb

Minimum requirement: iOS 6.0

The app is priced at $14.99.

Apple GarageBand iOS Tutorial: Xmas Lounge (video)

It's that time again, time to listen to Kasio Kristmas ...

Visit their site, get the free track and then decide if you're going to buy the album or not!

iPad Music App: CHAiOS Synth (video)

OP-1 Finger Sequencer How-To

Trinity Introduction - Bastl Instruments

It's a quirky video, I'll certainly give them that, but I also found it interesting to hear what the little boxes sound like, which, if you want to skip to it, is at around 4 minutes in.

Serato Remote Mini for iPhone

Another one I've been meaning to post but just haven't got around to. Here's the details:

The Serato Remote Mini is a special version of the Serato Remote, designed specifically for use with your iPhone or iPod touch. Designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live or Serato DJ setup, we took the best parts from the Serato Remote and stripped it back for better usability with the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Now you can have the Serato Remote with you at all times, ready to whip out for a little extra control at your next party.

Serato Remote Mini will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live and Serato DJ hardware. Load tracks, instant double, set and trigger Cue Points, Loops and Samples and manipulate FX. Connect over USB for ultra low latency or wirelessly, freeing you to move around the stage.

We’ve designed the app with real world performance in mind:
  • Plug & Play with easy set up
  • Big easy to hit buttons that are quick to locate on the fly
  • Control Cue Points, Samples and FX
  • Perform Auto Loops and Loop Rolls
  • Perform super fast Instant Doubles
  • Roll FX Mode combines Loop Rolls with momentary FX
  • Cue Point inherited from the Serato laptop software
  • Virtual Decks, BPM and time information mirror the information on your laptop
  • Scroll your library and load to deck.
  • Control of your Scratch Live or Serato DJ Sample Player.

Similar to the Serato Remote for iPad, the Serato Remote Mini has library control, plus three performance tabs: PADS, SP6 & FX, all have been meticulously designed for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The PADS performance tab gives you control of 4 Cue Points per deck, with a pop out loops panel for controlling Auto Loops and Loop Rolls.

We've kept it simple and focused on performance, with a play button for each slot, plus a global volume control and stop button. Trigger those airhorns straight from your phone!

The FX performance tab gives you an easier and more creative way of controlling Scratch Live or Serato DJ FX
  • Select your favorite FX and control them in latched or temp modes
  • Trigger Loop Rolls and FX simultaneously using the FX Roll Mode.

Control your Serato software library on your laptop with the Library controls. Navigate your tracks and TAB to your crates, files or folders.
  • Drag to Virtual Decks to load
  • Perform super fast Instant Doubles by dragging from deck-to-deck
  • Fast Scroll View with two-finger track load.

Serato Remote Mini is designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live or Serato DJ setup, you will need:
Scratch Live or Serato DJ supported hardware.


The app is priced at $4.99.

DMT 162: Beyoncé (and more Beyoncé ), the most influential stories of 2013 and music apps innovation

Video description:

This week on Digital Music Trends I had the pleasure to welcome Glenn Peoples (Billboard), Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown) and Michael Roffman (Consequence of Sound). We chat about Beyoncé's surprise album release and its potential impact on the industry, discuss the news stories that influenced 2013 and may also be relevant through 2014 and finally talk about the future of innovation for music apps and services using the iTunes best-of 2013 list as a springboard.

Quite how we managed to stretch these three subjects to well over 1h 10minutes is beyond me but it was a really fun show - you'll have to tune in to figure it out!!

This is the last news show for 2013 but there will be a couple of specials coming in the next two of weeks: an interview with The Echo Nest's CEO and a "DMT around the world in 2013" with some of the best interviews I recorded this year so look out for them!

Have a fantastic week and 'till next time.

VibraNode for iPhone

I've been meaning to mention / try this app for a little while.

VibraNode is an app that invites you to use our modern smartphones as objects that can strike our physical world and make acoustic sounding vibration music. By only using the vibration in the iPhone, everybody gets the opportunity to explore the thousands of physical objects that surround us every day and use them as resonators. Coffee cups, plates, cutlery and old casette tape covers are transformed into instruments and sound creators, and thus open up a potentially infinite orchestra of things that are ready to fill the world with acoustic vibration music.

VibraNode is created by Redia in collaboration with the composer and sound artist Morten Riis and The Danish Composers Society.

The app is free.

Ep.40: Thomas Ford, Soundrop (DMT 1-2-1)

Video description:

This week on the DMT 1-2-1 I chat with Thomas Ford, VP of Marketing and Communications at Soundrop. The startup allows users to discover music and chat with people from around the world through "listening rooms" and is available on Spotify, Deezer, iOS and Android.

We chat about the company's development, its expansion to Deezer, its initiatives on artist-lead listening rooms, potential monetisation avenues and much more.

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and 'till next time.

Andrea Leonelli

Miselu's C.24 Shipping update: "We are currently working towards shipping the first units the week of February 17th"

And they publish a bunch of photos of the production process. Interesting stuff ....