MidiPatterns 2 A Major Update To The OS X MIDI Step Sequencer

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Developer Amedeo Farello has released MidiPatterns 2 – a major update to the multitrack, pattern-oriented, MIDI step sequencer for OS X.

You can use MidiPatterns as a simple drum machine, or to handle complex multi-timbral, polyphonic scores, controlling multiple hardware and software synthesizers at once.  Continue reading

Cycling ’74 Releases Max 7 Visual Programming Language For Media

cycling-max7Cycling ’74 has released Max 7, the latest version of their visual programming system for audio and video.

Cycling ’74 calls Max 7 a ‘visual programming language for media.’ It works on Mac (OS 10.7+) and Windows (7+), and supports a wide variety of hardware.

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Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer Updated

koushionKoushion MIDI Step Sequencer for iPad has been updated with some significant functionality improvements.

Koushion turns an iPad into a step sequencer that can be used to control iOS apps, desktop music software or hardware MIDI devices, using a hardware MIDI adapter.

Here’s what’s new in Koushion 4: Continue reading

MIDI Over Bluetooth With Yosemite, iOS 8 & Ableton Live

When major system upgrades are released – like the recent OS X and iOS updates – many musicians like to wait a few months before upgrading, to avoid compatibility issues.

And then there’s guys like Colin Swinney of The Sound Test Room, who’s exploring the new MIDI over Bluetooth available with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

In the video above, he demonstrates using Ableton Live to wirelessly (over Bluetooth LE) sequence Caramel running on his iPad.

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GarageBand Updated For Yosemite, Brings Back AU Control

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Apple quietly rolled out an update to GarageBand for OS X, earlier this week, that adds support for OS X Yosemite and brings back control over audio effect plugins.

GarageBand 10 is seen by many as an improvement in usability, but a major step backwards in functionality from the previous version. The update restores some functionality, but many may still prefer the earlier version.  Continue reading

What’s The Best Desktop DAW? (2014 Poll)

Best DAW PollIn 2010, Synthtopia readers voted Ableton Live the world’s best DAW.

In 2012, FL Studio took that title, when over 10,000 readers voted in our DAW Poll.

Since our last DAW poll, the percent of our readers that use iOS and Android mobile devices has grown to over 33%. But, while mobile apps are popular, desktop DAWs are still the first choice for over 90% of electronic musicians.

So – what’s the best desktop DAW in the world in 2014? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading