The Pono music player – the high-resolution digital audio player promoted by Neil Young – has massive buzz.
It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. The Pono developers sought $800,000 in funding from the public, but ended up raising a staggering $6.2 million from people that bought into the idea that an audio player that played high-resolution uncompressed audio would deliver music the way it is supposed to sound.
But is the hype behind the Pono just that – hype? Continue reading
Fingerlab has introduced DFX – a real-time Quad Multi-Effects Processor for iPad.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Plug in any audio source, a guitar, a bass, a microphone, a DJ mixer. Or play your favorite iOS synth or drum machine with Audiobus or Apple Inter-App Audio. Or why not playing a track from your iTunes Music Library. Select one, two, three or four effects amongst 35 hi-quality digital audio effects and explore endless sonic possibilities. Delays, echos, reverbs, filters, tremolo, autowah, compressors, distortions, vocoders, resonators, etc… more possibilities that you can imagine.
At last, but not least, DFX is also a great little sound design machine. Just select one of the built-in tone synthesizers on the first effect and let your imagination build new sound landscapes at the tip of your fingers. We have had a lot fun making ours in the Factory presets.
No in-apps, no ads, no fuss. DFX is simple, intuitive and fun. No user guide required ;^)
Here’s a demo video for DFX: Continue reading
Developer Maurizio De Cecco has released MidiBlob for the Waldorf Rocket – a performance-oriented multi touch controller for the iPad for the Waldorf Rocket synthesizer.
Using a set of intuitive interactions, you can modify and control your synth sounds. Graphical feedback is designed to keep you in touch with what you are doing and where you are in your sound space.
MidiBlob works with any Core MIDI compatible interface or with a network based Core MIDI connection. Continue reading
Primal Audio let us know that they’ve updated FM4, their four-operator FM synthesizer for iPad.
They also introduced a free version, FM4 Lite, that lets you try the app out, but has a few of the more advanced features, like MIDI and Audiobus, disabled. .
Here’s what’s new in FM 4 1.1: Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Yamaha introduced a new iOS app that combines a virtual synth with vintage synths – the Yamaha Synth Book.
This app features a complete history of Yamaha Synthesizers, an integrated virtual analog soft synth, and serves as a portal to Yamaha’s online synth communities.
The app is being released as part of Yamaha’s celebration of its 40 year history of makin
The history features detailed, “behind the scenes” information about the 40-year design and development history of Yamaha synthesizers. It covers the technological breakthroughs behind key Yamaha synthesizers, from teh CS-80 to the DX-7, and some fantastic vintage synth rarities, too.
The app also includes a software synthesizer. . Continue reading
Line 6 has introduced Firehawk FX, a new multi-effects guitar processor that they say ‘combines world-class tone’ with intuitive wireless editing.
The Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android gives you the ability to sculpt your tone, using 200 amps and effects. The app lets you create, save and recall an unlimited number of presets. Continue reading
Casio has introduced CZ App for iPad – a new software synthesizer, designed to reproduce the sound of Casio’s best-selling CZ-series models.
The CZ App features a built-in 4-part PD (phase distortion) sound source. Its 36 waveforms are capable of generating an extensive and diverse range of sounds. The created tones can also be played on MIDI-compatible instruments.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
Developer Glowgraph has introduced Everest Audio Looper for iOS – a new app that lets you record, play, and remix audio loops in real-time, on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
According to the company, “Everest puts the power of four road-worthy, independently controlled, self-synchronizing samplers in the palm of your hand.”
Here are the details: Continue reading