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Chimera Instruments Ltd bC16 mk5 modular synthesizer on eBay

Another even more rare bC16 on eBay now. I quite liked the description on eBay:

"I ordered a Chimera bC16 synth sometime around the start of Obama's first term. It arrived in January. In the intervening time, I have acquired more than enough gear and frankly want this albatross out of my house.

Patchable with mini banana cables.

Used by Throbbing Gristle & a bunch of fancy brits with the clout to get their synths delivered on time.

Absolutely mint condition. Includes MIDI Din adapter, power supply, inverter, 1/4" jack to 2mm banana cable, 10 mini banana (2mm) patch cables"

Chimera Instruments Ltd bC16 mk5 modular synthesizer on eBay

And finally, CASSINI Synth for iPad is also only on sale until the end of the day

CASSINI Synth for iPad is down from $5.99 to $3.99 until the end of today.

Last call for sale price on CASSINI Synth for iPhone

As per Laplace, CASSINI Synth for iPhone is on sale at $1.99, down from $3.99, but only until the end of the day.

Last call for sale price on Laplace - Resonator Synth

Laplace - Resonator Synth is on sale at $3.99 (down from $5.99) but only until the end of the day, which isn't far off now. Sorry for the late reminder ...

Reminder: Buy apps from the sites and blogs you love

Just a regular reminder that if you want to help support the blogs and sites that make up the mobile music community please do consider buying your apps using the iTunes links you find on those sites (including this one of course). Thanks.

What's your app of the week?

What's the app that's been most useful or the most inspiring this week? Or maybe just the app that's been your work horse for the last few days. Tell me which one it is and why.

Borderlands Granular performance ...

This is back on eBay again

A rare bC16 on eBay, it's been on eBay before, but not sold as far as I can tell.

Chimera Synthesis BC16 on eBay

Arpeggist arrives from VirSyn

Arpeggist is a MIDI Note arpeggiator with a very flexible step matrix editor for programming and a unique “rolling dice” random arpeggio generator. You can build arpeggios from scratch or use one of the factory arpeggios as foundation. You can also create an unlimited number of user arpeggio presets.

Just play a chord or a single note and it gets transformed into a grooving monophonic synth line or a rhythmical chord pattern.

introductory offer 50% off

Full featured programmable Arpeggiator
  • User programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
  • Can trigger single notes and chords.
  • Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
  • 40 Factory arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.
  • For each step you can program tie (bound notes), accent, transposition and note order
  • Use to control MIDI compatible Synthesiser

  • Play trigger notes live with the onscreen keyboard.
  • Optionally use CoreMIDI compatible hardware keyboard.
  • Chord generator plays complex chords on one finger playing.
  • Internal sound generator.
  • Selectable Arpeggiator MIDI Output port.
  • Dozens of scales selectable
  • Variable Keyboard layout for scale optimized playing

  • Audiobus 2 compatible (Input slot) with Preset saving.
  • Inter App Audio
  • Exchange user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.
  • Support for virtual MIDI input/output connections.

Arpeggist is currently at its launch price of $4.99 which is 50% off the normal price

7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth Arturia iProphet (video)

iKlip Grip - The multifunctional smartphone video stand with Bluetooth shutter (video)

Domenico Lorusso's smooth jazz on BIAS FX (video)

Why I'd like to see more music tech companies on crowdcube (especially mobile)

It struck me the other day when I saw that chirp.io were raising money on crowdcube that there are actually very few music tech companies who raise funds on sites like this, and that's a shame in my opinion.

Sure, we see loads on Kickstarter and indiegogo but very few raising equity. In fact the only two I know of are chirp.io and Mindflood (who are the company behind patchblocks).

Personally I'd like to see a lot more music tech companies trying this route to finance. I realise that it isn't for everyone but it does offer a way to engage users by making them a part of the business. As stakeholders, and as shareholders. 

I'd certainly be interested in investing in companies offering equity and I'm sure lots of other people would too, given the chance. 

Of course it isn't something that'll either appeal to or potentially work for some app makers. I realise that it isn't for everyone of course. However, don't discount it it straight away. Raising equity doesn't mean you need to be a big firm or have a large number of staff. You do need a vision for where you're going with you idea and how you plan to expand and develop, and you can't just raise money in order to spend it for the sake of it or just as normal expenditure.

You'll need a proper business plan. As I said before, it isn't for everyone, but if you've got a vision for where you want to go then it could be worth investing the time and effort in exploring equity raising as an option. 

One thing is for sure. The mobile music user base is engaged and keen to be a part of the development of tools, apps, platforms and hardware for the future of mobile music. If chirp can raise money in this way then I don't know why others couldn't too. Of course given that the business model and vision is right. 

Different Drummer low price only on for another few days

What's your workflow?

Everyone has a different workflow and a different way of working and getting the sounds you want. So what's yours? How about sharing it and explaining why it works for you? Just get in touch (check the 'about' page) and tell me all about your workflow.

A bit of history, the second ever Palm Sounds post back in 2006

The 27th of May in 2006 was the second post on Palm Sounds. It was more of a description of what the site was then going to be about. You can read it here.

The Korg iM1, The BIG Soundtest for iPad, Awesome Synth (video)

Amplitube 4, iOS, Ampeg Bass Tones Demo (video)

I Hope You Dance (instrumental demo)

I'm a big fan!

BIAS FX - Blues & Rock Pedalboards (video)

Chillout II: Signals by Clive Brooks (music)

Album Description:

A four-track EP influenced by signals and communications technology. Produced exclusively on an iPad using the Korg "Gadget" music production App.

Get this on iTunes:

Get Korg Gadget on the app store:

SynthMaster Player for iOS arrives

SynthMaster Player arrives ...

"SynthMaster: The most powerful softsynth you may not have heard of" Keyboard Magazine

"If ever there was a desert island synth, SynthMaster is it, covering all sonic bases with authority and a superb tone" Computer Music Magazine

"Many developers say that they've produced the one and only synth you'll ever need, but we've always felt that was a dubious claim. In SynthMaster’s case, though, it’s one that rings true" MusicRadar


SynthMaster Player for iPad is the mobile player version the award winning SynthMaster software synthesizer. It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds during music production. Although it is a preset based player, users can edit the following preset parameters:
  1. 8 easy parameters assigned by the sound designer
  2. 2 XY Pads assigned by the sound designer
  3. Effect bypass states and send amounts
  4. Layer bypass states and volumes
  5. Master volume, polyphony
The free app comes with 100 factory presets. When users complete registration by entering their names and email addresses they receive another 100 factory presets as a bonus!

After completing registration, users can upgrade to the Pro version of the app by purchasing the "Factory Presets" bank via In-App-Purchase (IAP). With the Pro Upgrade all of the 800 factory presets are loaded and also the following features are unlocked:
  1. Users can save the changes they have made to the presets.
  2. Users can purchase additional preset banks via In-App-Purchase (IAP). We currently have 28 additional preset banks that contain 1750 presets for various genres/styles.
  3. Existing SynthMaster users can download their previously purchased SynthMaster preset banks inside the app, so that they don't have to purchase them again.
  4. Existing SynthMaster users can export their own presets in SynthMaster v2.7 and import them into SynthMaster Player for iPad using iTunes.


The built-in 2 octave keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels lets users play notes without having to connect an external MIDI controller to their iPad. With its Scale functionality, it shows the users the notes on the scale, and with its Chord functionality the user can play a certain chord by pressing a single note.


SynthMaster Player for iPad supports CoreMIDI and also virtual MIDI. It acts as a virtual MIDI destination for other DAW apps. Midi input device, midi input channel, and receive midi beat clock settings can be adjusted from the MIDI Settings window.


SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as an source/instrument in InterApp Audio. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to InterApp enabled DAW apps.


SynthMaster Player for iPad acts as a source/instrument in AudioBus, with state saving enabled. We demonstrate in our user manual how to connect it to AudioBus enabled DAW apps.


Minimum Operating System Supported: iOS 7.0
Minimum Hardware Supported: iPad 3rd Generation
Recommended Hardware: iPad Air and above

The app is free on the app store:

iPad solo: Geo Synthesizer + BIAS FX (video)

Video description:

"Track created with Korg Electribe EMX-1 and Electribe ER-1. Solo played on Geo Synthesizer for iPad using BIAS FX for amp simulation, reverb, delay and drive."

Whatever it is that's coming from Mr HumbleTune, I'm sure it'll be good ...

haQ attaQ 63 - How to make tutorials - iPhone / iPad - App Audio & Voice-Over (video)

CZ App for iPad 1.0.8 arrives

Here's what's new in the CZ App for iPad:
  • Supported saving config value
  • Updated for the latest Audiobus SDK
  • Added privacy policy to config menu

things that happens at night- volca sample, SoundScaper, op1, particle, kaoss pad, blofeld (video)

Don't miss Frozen Lonesome's latest album

You may have missed Frozen Lonesome's album from a week or so ago, but in my opinion it really is worth having a listen to so please do check it out here.


And then the KORG iM1 arrived ...

A very welcome new addition to the iOS music making world as Korg brings us the iM1 on PalmSounds birthday no less! Here are the details ...

Debut Special Offer: 33% Off through June 30!

A complete reproduction – and more - of the legendary M1 that defined an era
Mobile Digital Synthesizer for the iPad

Since it went on sale in 1988 the legendary M1 music workstation rapidly achieved record-breaking sales, becoming a mainstay of the music scene from the late 1980s and beyond. The common element of electronic instruments that have left their name in history is that they had a unique sound that was difficult if not impossible to replicate. Sounds such as the “M1 Piano” is instantly recognizable and have appeared on countless hit records over many years, and yet these are sounds that could only be produced by the M1. And that’s what you can now have on your iPad!
  • A faithful reproduction of the original M1 Sound
  • The PCM data provides the library of the original M1. For the hardware, we analyzed the circuit diagram of the original design, and completely replicated it in software down to the last detailed parameters. Engineers with an exhaustive knowledge of the M1 made careful adjustments in order to obtain the sound of the original unit, something that cannot be obtained simply by sampling the original sounds.
  • A continued evolution of the M1
  • Not content with simply reproducing the original, iM1 provides further evolutionary developments. Synth parts now have the Filter Resonance that was requested at the time of the original, as well as VDA modulation. The effect parts, originally consisting of only two effects, have been powered-up to 18 effects. The user interface has also been refreshed with additions such as a KAOSS pad. iM1 is the ultimate version of the KORG M1.
  • A gigantic library encompassing 3,300 sounds and 34 cards*
  • In addition to all 19 of the ROM cards originally released for the M1, iM1 also covers the sounds of the M1EX which expanded the internal PCM of the M1, as well as the sounds of the KORG T-series which appeared as an evolution of the M1. There’s also “BEST OF M1”, a selection of 100 great M1 programs. The new “Smart Sound Browser” makes it quick to find the desired sound. You can also view the sounds ranked by how often they are selected by iM1 users around the world. *with all the Expansion Card installed via In-App Purchase
  • KAOSS pad lets anybody perform
  • iM1 features a KAOSS pad from the popular KAOSSILATOR, allowing you to perform intuitively just by touching the screen. By using the dual KAOSS pads to play phrases or adjust the sound, even people who are not accustomed to keyboard instruments or knowledgeable about synthesizers can enjoy performing the iM1. There’s also a conventional keyboard, as well as the “Smart Keyboard”, which lets you specify a scale setting and play phrases with a single finger.
  • Use with KORG Gadget and GarageBand for song production
  • iM1 can be used together with Gadget, the music production DAW app that won the App Store Best App of 2014 award in Japan. If both apps are installed, you can use iM1 as a sound module within Gadget, taking advantage of the program sounds in iM1 for music production. iM1 also supports Audiobus and Inter-App Audio, so it can also be used for GarageBand etc.
  • Connect a MIDI keyboard and use as a sound module
  • In addition to enjoying iM1 on its own, you can connect a USB MIDI keyboard* via a Lightning adaptor (sold separately) and play the iM1 as an external sound module. You can easily take along an even more powerful workstation sound module as part of your iPad-based compact mobile system. *microKEY 25Key, nanoKEY2, taktile series
  • Interchangeable with the KORG Legacy Collection and the original M1
  • Sounds that you create in iM1 can be sent from your iPad via iTunes to a Mac/PC. If you have the Legacy Collection M1, you can use those sounds in a DAW. Data compatibility is maintained not only with the plug-in but also with the original M1; this means that you can transfer data in system exclusive format from the original M1. It’s a dream come true!

iM1 from Korg costs $19.99 at launch, which is a 33% reduction until the 30th of June.

Happy app birthday to iComposer

iComposer was one of the very early notation apps for the iPhone and Touch, and arrived today back in 2009.

Back in 2010 ... The Mobile Music Alphabet, W

I did enjoy doing these alphabet posts, of course back in 2010 there weren't as many apps as now, but there were still a few. You can find out which ones right here.

Palm Sounds begins, back in 2006

That's right, the 25th of May in 2006 was the first day that there was a post on Palm Sounds. It wasn't much, but it was a start. You can read it (for what it's worth) here.

Sparkle 1.2 Features (video)

Back in 2007: Meteor first arrives

Meteor arrived back in 2007 on Windows Mobile. It was a really big deal back then. There was no multitrack on a mobile platform at all back then, so this was (and for me it still is) pretty amazing. You can read about it here.

zMors Modular brings lots of new modules, including Pd

Here's all that's new in zMors Modular:
  • add pure data module
  • add 8bit osc module
  • add physical modeling oscillator module
  • add inter app audio host module
  • add midi file player module
  • add sampler module
  • add midi filter module
  • add motion module to create cv signals
  • add polyphonic midi module
  • add record/bounce wave file option (iOS8)
  • add iCloud Files Support to import audio, midi and pd files
  • add new custom layouts to macros for sub patches
  • add new programs to combiner module
  • add new programs to dsp module
  • add osc mode to wavetable module (by default)
  • add midi bluetooth low energy advertise
  • add double tap to module zoom
  • add midi out to keyboard module
  • add new presets
  • optimize sub patch handling with macro modules
  • show modules with red headline when not in render chain
  • show current buffer size in setting popover
  • fix usb midi reconnect on app start
  • fix midi note index
  • fix background image select

AmpliTube 4 iOS - Loop Drummer - Your personal session drummer (video)

Novation LaunchPad, Zen Ambient Soundpack Demo for iPad

What's your app of the week?

What's the app that's been most useful or the most inspiring this week? Or maybe just the app that's been your work horse for the last few days. Tell me which one it is and why.

PO-12 Rhythm: Making a wooden case (video)

Video description:

"Here's a quick run through of the process of making this wooden case for Teenage Engineering's Pocket Operator-series."

That's so cool!

iProphet 1.2 arrives

Here's what's new in iProphet 1.2:
  • AudioBus support has been improved
  • MIDI menu now has a channel selector and supports even more MIDI devices + better hotswapping
  • Virtual MIDI input fixed
  • Panning fixed

Happy app birthday to SoundGrid

SoundGrid first arrived today in 2009 and was very popular as a grid based / tenori-on type sequencer app.

iMini 1.6 arrives

Here's what's new in iMini 1.6:
  • AudioBus support has been improved
  • MIDI menu now has a channel selector and supports even more MIDI devices + better hotswapping
  • Virtual MIDI input fixed
  • Fixed crash when rapidly scrolling preset list

Back in 2009: iPods Hacked with Re-ware

This is one of those things that I never got around to doing and I thought it was a cool use for an old iPod. In fact, I still do. Read the original post here.

What's you fav app and what do you want from it?

So, which app is keeping you busy right now and what would you really like to see it get updated with? What's the feature you really want to see? Comment it in and here.

FLUX:FX and the Keith McMillen SoftStep - A Perfect Pair (video)

Video description:

"Guitarist Adrian Belew demonstrates the power of the FLUX:FX audio processing app when combined with the Keith McMillen Instruments SoftStep."

FLUX:FX on the app store:

AmpliTube 4 iOS - Your New Mobile Guitar & Bass Tone Studio - Overview (video)

After The Burial checks out BIAS FX (video)

haQ attaQ 62 - step-seQuenced WUB speed [Tutorial] (video)

Missing something? Try catching up on all the round up posts

You can always just use the 'round up' tag to check out all (or at least most) of the weekly round up posts to make sure you haven't missed anything too big.

MultitrackStudio for iPad 2.1 arrives

Here's what's new in MultitrackStudio for iPad 2.1:
  • Now includes 64 bits version (better performance).
  • On 64 bits iPads the Guitar Amp effect uses 4x oversampling instead of 2x (better sound).
  • Semi-transparent 'Rewind' / 'To last start' hints appear on touching transport counter box.
  • Onscreen MIDI keyboard is a bit smaller (except for Guitar and Drums layouts).
  • Height of full-size tracks is now automatically adjusted when MIDI keyboard appears or hides again.
  • Audiobus now works with 32 bits values instead of 16 bits.
  • Uses Audiobus 2.1.6 SDK.
  • Some graphics and user interface improvements.
  • Punch-in recording: transport now automatically starts at least one bar before punch-in point (2 seconds if editor timescale isn't set to bars).
  • Improved MIDI recording compatibility (recording MIDI data from certain apps didn't work).
  • Fixed: error message could appear after purchasing Pro Extension.
  • Fixed: issue with sending volume controllers (#7) to External MIDI Instruments

Because we love the molecule synth ...

Molecule Synth from Molecule Synth on Vimeo.

Here's an interesting interview with Mike the CEO of Artiphon

Artiphon is one of my favourite new start ups in the iOS space and their Instrument 1 has been very well received. So if you're interested in them and the instrument, and Mike, you might be want to read this.

Happy app birthday to 4Pockets Aurora Sound Studio

4Pockets grid based music production studio that started out life on Windows Mobile, went to iOS and then on to the iPad too. A great app on any platform, and one of my personal favourites.

Jimmy Fallon & Queen Latifah Beatbox "Bust a Move" Using iPad App (video)

Video description:

"Jimmy and Queen Latifah make a beatbox loop using an iPad app to sing "Bust a Move" by Young MC."

Multi-selection editing in Audio Evolution Mobile (video)

Video description:

"Short video explaining the multi-selection editing feature in Audio Evolution Mobile 3.6.8."

Via Musical Android.

7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth - Scythe (video)

MikroWave 2.3 is coming

LP-5 update on the way ...

Introducing telePort 0.9.2 (video)

BIAS FX - BIAS AMP integration (video)

Bias FX on the app store:

Bias Amp on the app store:

Voice Jam Studio is now Universal!

Here's what's New in Voice Jam Studio:

Voice Jam Studio is now Universal! Runs on your iOS 8 compatible iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices.

Four powerful per-track loop synchronization options co-developed through partnerships with our fleet of touring artists:
  • Beat Sync: All actions are synchronized to the nearest beat
  • Loop Sync: All actions are synchronized to the wrap point of any other active track in the Loop Sync Group.
  • Serial Sync: Only one loop per Serial Sync group will play at a time. All others will be queued.
  • Free: Completely ignores the active tempo
  • *New* Variable Speed Tape-Scrub, Reverse, and a new Stutter loop effect.
  • *New* Overhauled internals for enhanced performance and a smaller footprint.
  • *New* 5 Vocal FX radio-button presets. Store your 5 favourite presets in each session to be recalled instantly during a live performance.
  • *New* Facebook video uploading. Share your recorded performance videos directly to Facebook with a single click.
  • *New* Improved visual metronome.

Back in 2008: More thoughts on handhelds and live

As I wasn't able to put out any video from this live performance in 2008 I put down some thoughts instead. You can read them here.

QuickQlip #2 - "Renegade vocals" [Virsyn Harmony Voice] (video)

Back in 2008: Thoughts on the son of miniMIXA

After the demise of miniMIXA and the creation of Intermorphic I put down a few thoughts on where next for the successor to miniMIXA. You can read the original 2008 post here.

1st NodeBeat update in a while

Yay, NodeBeat now has iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ support!

They also:
  • Fixed issue where battery was being used when closed
  • Fixed issue where audio would continue when closed or when using other audio apps
  • Added better MIDI support for virtual and external devices
  • Squashed several bugs and made other minor improvements

Phantom City : KORG DSN-12 (video)

Back in 2007: Pocket MC 2.0

This is a Windows Mobile app that I never got around to getting and it might be too late now. This post from back in 2007 was all about the version 2.0. You can read it here.

AmpliTube 4 iOS Slash compared to Mac/PC versions (video)

AmpliTube 4 iOS Looper in action (video)

AmpliTube 4.0 arrives

AmpliTube (all versions) has now been updated to version 4.0. Here's what's new:
  • Significantly enhanced sound quality: AmpliTube now uses the same amp DSP as AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X and PC
  • "Cab Room" feature that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics (available via in-app purchase)
  • New Looper feature (available via in-app purchase)
  • You can now place 2 FX after the amp for even more sonic possibilities
  • Added drag and drop stompbox FX placement
  • 16 mics derived from AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop are now available via in-app purchase
  • Improved Studio section interface
  • Complete project compatibility between iPhone and iPad AmpliTube versions
  • Loop Drummer now features improved time stretching and UNDO/REDO editing
  • In-app purchases are now displayed by an easy-to-browse graphic carousel system
  • Overall aesthetics have been redesigned to suit iOS 8
  • Greater consistency between all versions

The Wablet is now universal

The Wablet (still free) is now also universal.

QuickQlip #1 - "Renegadget" [KORG Gadget] (video)

Crystal Synth XT Demo for iPad (video)

iRig Pads Editor available now! (video)

Video description:

"iRig Pads Editor, available for Mac and PC and free for all iRig Pads users, features an intuitive single-screen interface that lets lets you quickly create, edit and transfer scenes to iRig Pads. This gives you full control over all MIDI messages and assignments from the convenience of your computer. Now you can customize and tailor iRig Pads so that it fits your own unique production and performance workflows. iRig Pads Editor is available inside your IK User Area."

Beautiful Crime (Remake with uFXloops) (video)

Video description:

"I produced this Instrumental Remake of the Daredevil Title Beautiful Crime by Grayson Sanders (Tamer) as a showcase for uFXloops and to express my feelings for this epic song. This version has been produced from the first note to the final production on a Samsung Galaxy S4 with uFXloops. The only post processing was to convert it to mp3 from ogg.
Downloadable Track on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ufxloops

More information about ufxloops can be found here:

Get uFXloops on Google Play:

Please like and share and leave a comment. I will publish a making-of video if uFXloops users are interested in that, to show how the beats were made, which mixersettings in uFXloops have been used, and some little tricks to create the ambience.

Very special thanks to Grayson Sanders for allowing me to publish this remake.

Samples Attributions (Creative Commons Attribution):
oboe, original Author: mancini, ufxloops.com
jaz-epi-3-5, original Author: erh, freesound.org
dancepiano, original Author: alfa, ufxloops.com
vibes, original Author: mancini, ufxloops.com
cinematicboomnorm, original Author: HerbertBoland, freesound.org
pearl vinnie paul snare 14x8 rimshot, original Author: pjcohen, freesound.org"

AmpliTube 4 iOS Amazing New Cab Room (video)

Video description:

"AmpliTube 4 for iPhone/iPad will have a new cab room with gorgeous, hyper- realistic 3D representation of how to mic your speaker like a real one, using IK’s exclusive VRM (volumetric response modeling) technology. Two selectable microphones, with blend control and accurate 3D positioning for the most realistic speaker tone ever in a mobile app."

In case you missed this ...

In case you missed it from the weekend, the new Frozen Lonesome album is out and you can find all the details here.

Tin Pan Rhythm for iPad has arrived ...

I posted the trailer video for Tin Pan this morning, and here it is. It looks like an interesting app for getting song ideas up and running quickly, and I especially like their simple yet effective app store description below:

Bring song ideas to life with Tin Pan Rhythm.

Compose and arrange short musical phrases through a process of play and discovery.

The simple interface guides you along: create a chord progression, then arrange the band in real time.

Use your creations as background music, inspiration for songs, or as practice loops for your real-life instrument.

Record and share your music or use it inside your favorite apps.

Nerdery: Audiobus, InterApp audio, Dropbox, AudioCopy, Audioshare.

Tin Pan costs $2.99 on the app store now.

Diode-108 Drum Machine gets some MIDI

Version 1.1 of Diode-108 Drum Machine brings MIDI love ...
  • MIDI sync
  • MIDI Note In
  • 3 New Special FX
  • AudioShare support
  • AudioCopy support

pyxis minor is on the bus

I always like that phrase about any app. So now pyxis minor is on the Audiobus. Here's everything else that's in this update:
  • Introducing Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information.
  • Fixed screen resolution issues on smaller devices.
  • Replaced Envelope generator with more intuitive envelope controls.
  • Added ability to change the scales and keys.

DJ Sybian - Grind (video)

Video description:

"Another 80's throwback, this time channeling Depeche Mode. I realized I hadn't used Beatmaker 2 in a while. The fact that it's sample-based lent itself well to the metallic nature of the sounds in this track."

Audreio 1.4 brings a new recorder and more

Here's what's new in Audreio 1.4:

New! Built-in recorder
  • Capture the incoming audio from a remote device, an IAA app, or the microphone.
  • Safe Record: When recording from a remote connection, the audio file will not have glitches even under poor network conditions where live streaming produces audible glitches.
  • Playback (and stream) all recorded files or export via AudioCopy or iTunes file sharing

New! Transport controls
  • Control the IAA host’s transport with Play, Rewind, and Stop
  • If sending to remote device, control the remote IAA host

  • Improved audio streaming
  • Bug fixes

In case you're wondering about what Audreio is, here are it's main features ...
  • Audio streaming (via cable): Stream 32-bit audio between your iOS device and the Audreio plug-in running on a Mac DAW (e.g. Logic, Live, DP, Studio One).
  • Wireless audio streaming: Stream 16-bit audio between other iOS devices running Audreio, or between a desktop DAW running the Audreio plug-in.
  • Recorder: Capture the incoming audio from a remote device, an IAA app, or the microphone.
  • Safe Record: When recording from a remote connection, the audio file will not have glitches even under poor network conditions where live streaming produces audible glitches.
  • File export: Export recorded files via AudioCopy or iTunes file sharing
  • Transport: Control playback and recording on a remote device and IAA host with the transport controls

Audreio on the app store:

Tin Pan Rhythm Trailer ...

Coming soon to your iPad ...

New Music: Gradients of Yesterday by Frozen Lonesome

It's great to see another album from Steve. I'm a big fan of his work and from looking at the list of apps he's using to produce it there are very few that I wouldn't agree with.

Steve is one of the pioneering members of our community, so I'd urge you to check out his work and support him if you can.

About the album:

Gradients of Yesterday - Tracks recorded in Loopy, AudioShare, and Auria. All tracks arranged in Auria and finished in Mastering on an iPad 3.

Featured sounds from my Bass Station ll, ThumbJam, Laplace, Photophore, Different Drummer, Elastic Drums, CubeSynth, Gadget, MitoSynth, iSEM, TriqTraq, and others.

FX include Reverb FX, ToneStack, apeFilter, AltiSpace, AUFX:Dub, AUFX:Push, Svep, Vandelay, Crystalline, Swoopster, and others.

Special thanks to Clif Johnston, the Apptronica family, the IOS music community, Danny Hui, David Khan, and all of Apptronica's patrons and supporters.

Back in 2007: Rhythm Pro

Another Palm OS 4 app that I looked at back in 2007. A nice little drum machine for the Palm OS. You can read about it here.

Dreaming Together (For the People of Nepal) by Martin Neuhold & Friends

If you can support this album then I'd urge you to do so, this is such an important cause.

Back in 2013: 13 Months of Audiobus

An interesting post from 2013 where Michael from Audiobus reflects on how Audiobus started and where it's going.

Back 2008: Belkin Podcast Studio was on the way

At the time I was more interested in the TuneStudio rather than this hardware, and of course both got taken over really very quickly indeed by what would become iOS eventually. That's not to say that both of these weren't good ideas. I think that they were, just that their timing wasn't right, but then, back in 2008 they didn't know how things would turn out.

Coming Soon: AmpliTube 4 for iOS -Your New Guitar & Bass Tone Studio ....

Something new coming from IK ....

Hexaglyphics Noise Generator, Demo for iPad (video)

Mobile music session with NinjaJamm, ElasticDrums & Impaktor (video)

Video description:

"Mobile music session with NinjaJamm, ElasticDrums & Impaktor"

"Audience playing with some mobile music apps after Matt Black's talk about SyncJams"

Too brief!

SyncJams iOS demos (video)

7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth - 76Synthesizer (video)

DFX - Digital Multi-FX V2.0, MIDI (video)

Quick Session: Nanoloop vs. Korg Monotron Delay (video)

Sunday Synth Jam (April 26 2015) (video)

Video description:

"Havin' fun on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. Featuring:

Roland Alpha Juno 1
Korg X5Dr
Waldorf Blofeld
Mopho Desktop
Magellan iOS Synth
Novation Bass Station II
Beatmaker 2 iOS midi sequencer"

Polyphonic pitch bend prototype in Auxy (video)

Polyphonic pitch bend prototype in Auxy from lenberg on Vimeo.

Video description:

"Let’s break free of global pitch bend and bend each note individually in any direction! A prototype of polyphonic pitch bend editing in Auxy for iPad. Coded by Fredrik Gadnell at MIDI HACK #2 in Berlin."

Back in 2009: No Bhajis coming to your iPhone

At the time I think a lot of people expected Bhajis to come to the iPhone, but after this I think it finally put the idea to bed. It was a shame, but almost inevitable.

Music IO 1.3 :: Effects Loops (video)

Back in 2009: Little Boots on TV with a Tenori-on

This is a significant thing in my view. Seeing on TV playing a Tenori-on which is a mobile music making device, was just great.

BIAS FX - Blues Tones (video)

Back in 2007: The original mobile music app directory!

This was my first attempt at trying to put together a whole list of mobile music apps. Of course now you couldn't run it as a list anymore, but you could perhaps if it was limited to the older apps.

Wejaam Designer and the Menu (video)

haQ attaQ 60 - The haQ TC-11 Guide part 5 - Controllers (video)

New version of Animoog on the way ...

Back in 2007: MiJam Minis

To say that these were weird ideas would be a little bit of an understatement. I've never got hold of them, and I probably wouldn't bother now, Strange the directions people take with mobile music making stuff.

Music App Developers Linkedin Group

If you're making music apps then you might want to take a look at this group on linkedin which might be of use to you.

Back in 2007: Theremini

Back on this day in 2007 I posted on Theremini which is now almost impossible to find anywhere sadly. If you're interested take a lookhere

If you haven't heard of Hexaglyphics Noise Generator then you need to right now, because it's awesome

I started playing with this app on Saturday and I struggled to put it down. Don't ask me why though. I just think it's amazing. It's one of those somewhat rare apps that just grabs your attention, or at least it grabs mine anyway.

It reminds me in many ways of the apps from the Strange Agency. In fact, it reminds me of their apps a lot. So that'll probably give you an idea as to whether or not it's the kind of thing you might like.

Anyway, to help you make up your mind here's a video:

For a $3.99 app I'm not sure you can get much better than this. I think I'm going to be playing with this for a very long time.

Good to see an update on the way for KoalaSAN

DFX - Digital Multi-FX

What's new in DFX - Digital Multi-FX? Here's what they have to say ...

"We are happy to announce DFX version 2.0 with a freshly added Midi Engine. You can now plug any Midi controller or keyboard, relax and watch DFX reacting to the push of a fader or the turning of a rotary button. Multiple controllers, multiple gestures are welcome. We have covered pretty much much any control in DFX. Feels nice doesn’t it?

One more thing, there is also a new Flute generator that we are quite proud of ;^)


The Fingerlab Team."
  • MIDI Input selection (hardware, virtual, network session)
  • MIDI channel selection (1 to 16 or Omni)
  • MIDI LEARN mode : plug you midi device in and control DFX
  • New “Flute” Generator
  • Fixed some minor UI issues
  • Fixed some launching freezes with older ipad models

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - iConfig Overview (video)

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Recording to an iPad (video)

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Recording to a DAW (video)

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Using the Touch Panel (video)

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Default Setup with DAW (video)

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Installing Software (video)

Quincy Lite 1.1 arrives

Here's what's new in Quincy Lite:

"In version 1.1.0 we have several UI changes. The main toolbars for play, edit and draw modes have been updated with new graphics and highlighting labels plus the color coding of transport UI elements has been refactored to better indicate state. The BPM indicator is now animated in a metronome style and the main draw pattern view has been inverted for better contrast. There were also some moves to keep the iOS version of Quincy in line with the Mac OS version and to present a more logical association as well. The 'use syllables' switch has been moved to the settings window and audio instruments were moved to the module settings window. The latter now fill the entire window instead of using the system picker. Tool slider view animations have been refactored for a snappier feel and the scope of undoable parameters has been widened.

There were also some bugfixes. Notably stepping through a composition now works immediately with newly opened documents. Also, color changes are now immediately refected in the live draw cursor. Also, module setting headers for Voices and Rhythm now appear consistently."

haQ VLog #12 50K views (video)

Wotja Text to Music Writer with Relaxing Generative Background Music (iPad) (video)

Video description:

"Relax - express yourself with Wotja. Add text and emoji and it will create a beautiful tune for you, then select a relaxing generative music backing. It's easy, fun, personal and magical. You can even share your wotja music via a tweet, facebook post, instant message or email!"

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Feature Overview (part 2) (video)

Arctic Keys 1.3 arrives

Here's what's new in Arctic Keys 1.3:
  • Support for iOS 7+
  • New Audiobus 2.0+ support
  • New AudioCopy support
  • New Kymatica AudioShare support
  • User Interface improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Wotja Text to Music Writer with Relaxing Generative Background Music (iPhone) (video)

Video description:

"Relax - express yourself with Wotja. Add text and emoji and it will create a beautiful tune for you, then select a relaxing generative music backing. It's easy, fun, personal and magical. You can even share your wotja music via a tweet, facebook post, instant message or email!"

iConnectAUDIO4+ Tutorial - Feature Overview (video)

Ninja Jamm 1.1 adds Audiobus and more

Here's what's new in Ninja Jamm:
  • IPhone 6 and 6+ now supported
  • Audiobus support! (Input slot)
  • Additional export options : Open In, Email, Audiocopy, AudioShare
  • Various fixes and optimizations

Wotja FREE Text to Music Writer with Relaxing Generative Background Music (iPad) (video)

Video description:

"Relax - express yourself with Wotja FREE. Add text and emoji and it will create a beautiful tune for you, then select a relaxing generative music backing. It's easy, fun, personal and magical. You can even share your wotja music via a tweet, facebook post, instant message or email!"

DJ Hombre on the Bastl Instruments MicroGranny (video)

Video description:

"This is just a little muck around with a sweet soul / funk sample (Otis Leaville - I Need You) ... No idea why no-one's copped this sample before, maybe they have.

Anyway, just testing out how well you can chop samples to get neat loops on this little beast."

Something new coming from Alex Matheu

Back in 2009: Yonac's miniSynth 2.0 arrived

miniSynth was one of the very first synth apps to hit the app store back in the early days of the iPhone and iPod Touch. I can remember first trying it out and being amazed by it. so it was great to see it get an update back in 2009. And it was worth the wait. miniSynth 2 brought recording and exporting too.

Wotja FREE Text to Music Writer with Relaxing Generative Background Music (iPhone) (video)

Video description:

"Relax - express yourself with Wotja FREE. Add text and emoji and it will create a beautiful tune for you, then select a relaxing generative music backing. It's easy, fun, personal and magical. You can even share your wotja music via a tweet, facebook post, instant message or email!"

Back in 2008: Concreted0g's show ...

Back then I didn't know him so well as now, but his interesting music of musical ability and the constant need to tinker and make interesting things has made us good friends now. It's nice to think that he's still doing cool stuff as he did back in 2008 at this gig.

pyxis minor 1.3 arrives

pyxis minor 1.3:

Improved audio effects by smoothing parameter changes and adding interpolating delay lines for pitch warbles.

Wireless syncing between 2 devices using Korg's Wireless Sync-Start Technology (WIST). This functionality can be found in the global settings menu.

Additional tutorial images to illustrate how to use the in-built audio effects!

Back in 2007: The first time I saw the Akai Trackman

This has always been like some kind of mythical creature for me. I've never seen one in the flesh, and I've never managed to get hold of one either. I'd love to have one, but I know I'd have no use for it either!

Loopy Masterpiece: Data (video)

In 2008: More on the iPhone as a controller

Another step on the way to the iPhone's place in music making today, from back in 2008. You can read it here.

Wotja 1.7.1 arrived

Here's what's new in Wotja:
  • All new visualiser with 3 new settings: Vis, Size and Opacity
  • Fixed the issue of occasional hanging notes
  • Simplified the URL export to create "Wotja Music URLs" which include the tune, params and emoji, but no other text
  • Now much easier to share Wotja Music URLs in instant messaging apps with goo.gl shortening
  • New option to export Wotja Music URL directly into Messages app widget
  • Revised Player Repeats/Range parameters to now define the total number of times a melody is played (play count), whether a variation or not, rather than to define the number or repeats of a variation; this means that after the play count is reached, no melody will play
  • Improved Action/Sharing popup ordering
  • Much nicer load screen
  • Bug fixes

And there's also the free version too.

In 2007 we still wondered about 3rd party apps on the iPhone

We didn't have anything to worry about, but back then Apple had decided that 3rd party apps were a bad thing and web apps were best for everyone. Read the rest here

Secret Base Design launches Music IO: MIDI over USB (free at the moment)

Music IO : MIDI over USB between your iOS device and your Mac.

This is the MIDI-only version of Music IO, the only professional MIDI and audio-over-USB solution for iOS. This version of the app is free for a limited time; you can upgrade to the full version of Music IO to get both MIDI and audio, without needing to change the Mac server.

Easily send MIDI between your iOS and your Mac. It's fully bidirectional, simple, reliable, and near-zero latency.

Music IO is a joint effort by three of the most respected iOS music app development teams. Confusion Studios makes MIDI Designer Pro, the most innovative MIDI controller platform for iOS. MIDI Designer is adored by users, loved by Music Industry press, and trusted on stages and in studios around the World. Audeonic Apps makes the pioneering MidiBridge app, an essential tool for routing and filtering MIDI messages on iOS; they also provide the MidiBus software library, which powers dozens of successful music apps (including Music IO). The Secret Base Design team has built a range of pioneering apps providing high-speed MIDI and audio connections over Bluetooth LE and WiFi, as well as unique signal processing apps.

The three teams have joined forces to build the only fully integrated USB audio and MIDI solution that doesn't require additional hardware. It's been in development for months, from developers with decades of experience. Music IO lets your iOS device become an integral part of a modern professional music production system.

  • Send & Receive MIDI between any CoreMIDI apps over USB (Lightning or 30 pin) with no perceptible latency nor jitter
  • Large sysex messages (eg. bulk dumps) handled seamlessly
  • Choose "send to" ports (OSX and iOS)
  • Choose "receive from" (OSX): route MIDI from anywhere to your iOS device
  • BridgeClock, a ground-breaking inter-device MIDI-clock-synchronization technology, provides jitter-free sync between platforms

  • Music IO is designed to work with iOS 7 or newer, and OS X 10.7 or newer. Audio is transferred in 32-bit stereo, at 44.1khz; other audio sample rates will be supported in an upcoming release.

Download the free, companion app and plug-ins from the the Music IO web site (musicIOapp.com/mac) and get connected in no time. See the demonstration video: musicioapp.com/vid120