Ondes Update Adds ‘Swarm’ Oscillators, MIDI Out

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Olympia Noise Company has released a major update to Ondes, its Ondes Martenot inspired musical instrument app for iPad.

The update adds swarm oscillators to its synth engine, new modulation parameters, microtonal tuning and and a new MIDI mode.

Here’s a video demo of Ondes being used as a duophonic continuous controller for a modular synthesizer: Continue reading

What’s The Point Of Imitating Traditional Hardware? Conductr’s Oriol Rosell On Live Controller Design

oriol-rosell-conductrPatchworks today released Conductr 1.3, the latest version of their iPad Ableton Live controller app.

With the new version, Patchworks is trying to develop Conductr into tool not just for Live performance, but also music production.

In this interview, we talk with Patchworks co-founder Oriol Rosell, right, about what’s new in the latest version of Conductr, their vision for the role of MIDI control apps and more: Continue reading

Conductr Controller For Ableton Live Gets New Production Features

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Developer Patchworks has released a major update to Conductr, their Ableton Live controller app. The update adds a ‘smart’ MIDI keyboard controller and more.

Conductr was previously focused on live performance control of Live. With this update, Conductr is introducing more production-orient features, with the addition of the Claydr keyboard module. Continue reading

Skoogmusic Intros Skoog-Controlled Mogo Synth

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Scottish based SkoogMusic has introduced Mogo – a new software synth that’s tailored to being played with the company’s Skoog accessible wireless MIDI controller.

Mogo is Skoogmusic’s latest software-synth creation, designed to give musicians the opportunity to explore sound using the tactile sensing capabilities of Skoog 2.0. It has fully assignable filters, envelopes, stereo multi-effects, a multi-stage arpeggiator, a built-in loop station; and can be used to manipulate any audio input for on-the-fly filtering and effects processing.

Here’s a video preview: Continue reading

Sugar Bytes Intros Egoist Groove Instrument For iPad

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Sugar Bytes has released Egoist for iPad – an iOS version of its groove instrument application.

According to the company, you can load any audio file and ‘squeeze the groove out of it’, using sample slicing, effect sequencing, a built-in beat box and more.

Here’s the official intro video for Egoist for iPad: Continue reading

New FM Synthesizer For iPad, FM4, Recreates Classic Yamaha DX Sound

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Primal Audio has announced FM4 – a new FM synthesizer for iPad, modeled on classic 1980s Yamaha DX series keyboards.

According to the developers, “Great care has been put into analyzing and replicating inherent sonic characteristics of the original hardware, such as internal quantization errors and digital-to-analogue conversion.” Continue reading

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