Developer Mark Carlotto has updated xMod, an FM synthesizer for iPad, adding AudioBus support, CoreMIDI, background audio and more.
Here’s what’s new in xMod 1.3:
- Better sound quality and effects!
- Audiobus compatible
- Core MIDI compatible – Sends AND receives MIDI including program (sound patch) information
- Now runs in background mode
- Fixed file management – can now delete files within app.
The xMod sound engine is a polyphonic triple-oscillator cross-modulated FM synthesizer. According to Carlotto, ‘the complexity of programming FM synthesizers is solved in xMod.”
xMod is available for US $4.99 in the App Store.
This video, via Michael Allen, demonstrates his awesome mind-over-MIDI DIY project, mindMIDI.
And it’s no Jedi mind trick. mindMIDI may look like an ultra-bong, but it’s actually a mind-controlled MIDI controller. Continue reading
This video, via AfroDjMac, takes a look at how to use hardware synths in Ableton Live: Continue reading
Here’s a contemporary television commercial for the introduction of the Mattel Optigan – a sample playback keyboard. It was introduced in 1971 and produced through 1976.
via chumrain, optigan.com
Synthesizer developer Waldorf has released Rocket Control, a free iOS assistant app for iPad that ‘boosts’ the capabilities of its Rocket hardware synthesizer.
Waldorf describes the Rocket synth as ‘a superficially simplistic USB-powered desktop synthesizer’, that nevertheless offers a lot of power under the hood. Too keep the Rocket synthesizer’s size and cost down, though, Waldorf had to leave some features out, including patch memory. Continue reading
This video takes a look at programming a Quicksilver 303 pattern from scratch.
The Quicksilver 303 CPU is a CPU upgraded for the Roland TB-303 that introduces new capabilities. Notice that the pattern can be programmed while the sequencer is running, which wasn’t possible on the original 303.