Real Orchestra vs Virtual Instrument Mockups

orchestra-vs-synth-mockupsAre virtual instruments getting good enough to replace a traditional orchestra?

That’s one of the questions raised by an interesting series of posts at sound design site AudioCookbook.

UK composer Tom Player has been sharing a series of examples, looking at synth mockups of his compositions and comparing them to the final recordings with real orchestras. Continue reading

Korg Module Review

Korg recently introduced Module – a sound module app for iPad that offers ‘bread and butter’ keyboard sounds, including piano, electric piano and organ.

This video, via John Mike, is a review of Korg Module that takes a look at using it in live performance. Mike also demonstrates how to record Module into GarageBand on the iPad.   Continue reading

New iPad Drum Machine Inspired By Classic LinnDrum

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Developer Elliott Garage has introduced EGLM1 – a software drum machine for iPad, inspired by the classic Roger Linn LinnDrum drum machine. Continue reading

Fiddlewax Pro 2.0 More Intuitive, Expressive & Capable

fiddlewax-proFiddlewax Pro – a music sketchpad for iPad and MIDI controller – has been updated to be more intuitive for players, more expressive for songwriters and more capable for experts.

Here’s what’s new in Fiddlewax Pro 2.0:

  • Directly record audio to create custom instruments.
  • Import SoundFont files (.sf2) to use with instruments.
  • Import audio files (.m4a, .wav, .mp3, etc.) as samples.
  • Adjust sample parameters (gain, offset, attack, & release).
  • Updated Audiobus and added remote play/pause.
  • Improved circular loop indication.
  • Updated user interface and simplified info overlay.
  • Expert MIDI mode (adjust volume of each channel).
  • Muted chord automation for advanced users.

Here’s the official video intro to version 2.0: Continue reading

Korg Module Now Available

Korg today released Module for iPad, a new app that turns an iPad into a mobile sound module.

Korg Module features five dedicated sound engines, a set list function with PDF image score viewer and music player, and the ability to record performances and share them via SoundCloud.

The engines feature technology that was developed for Korg’s keyboard workstations and synthesizers, including: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Clav, Organ, and Multi.

Korg Module is available now at an introductory price of US $29.99 (normally $39.99) in the App Store.

If you’ve used Korg Module, let us know what you think of it! Continue reading

Korg Module For iPad – The Epic Guide

The latest episode of The Sound Test Room takes a look at the new Korg Module – a sound module for iPad that offers five dedicated sound engines, a set list function with PDF image score viewer and music player, and the ability to record performances and share them via SoundCloud. Continue reading

Tempo Rubato Brings Inter-App Audio To The Harpsichord

historic-harpsichordsTempo Rubato has introduced Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 – a sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time.

According to the company, Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 has been tested and tuned with ‘hardened harpsichord instrumentalists’ and features full recreation of all stops and combinations. Creative users can play both manuals individually using separate MIDI channels with faithful recreation of manual coupling using key velocity for controlling onset delays. Continue reading