Korg Unleashes Volca Sample Software Development Kit

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Korg’s Volca Sample has been one of their most hotly debated recent introductions.

The new Volca is inexpensive (street price around $160) for a sample sequencer – but Korg makes that price point by leaving out sampling hardware. So you can sequence samples, mangle samples and load it up with your custom samples – but it depends on an external app to do the sampling and sample management.

And, while Korg has released a free sampling tool for the Volca Sample, AudioPocket, the app is only available for iOS.

Now Korg is opening up sampling for the Volca Sample to everything and everyone. Korg has released a free software development kit (SDK), designed to help developers create apps that can talk to the Volca Sample.

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Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface Overview & Demo

On the latest episode of the iOS Update, host Mitch Gallagher takes a look at the Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface.

The Steinberg UR44 is a 6-input audio interface for iOS, Mac, and PC. It offers 24-bit/192kHz recording, with USB 2.0 connectivity, and onboard DSP effects.  Continue reading

mi.1 + mi.1 connect Let You Get Your Wireless MIDI On

mi.1-connectQuicco Sound, creators of the mi.1 Wireless MIDI interface, have released mi1 connect – an iOS app that lets you wirelessly connect with your iOS music software.

It’s a free download from the App Store.

The mi.1 wireless MIDI interface, below, was introduced earlier in the year. It a pair of MIDI plugs that have a built-in Bluetooth transmitter, so you can plug them into any MIDI keyboard and turn it into a wireless MIDI controller:

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Deregulator 2 ‘A Journey Into Unusual & Very Cool Sonic Territory’

deregulator-2Developer Savelii Kaliupanov has released Deregulator 2, a major update that introduces a cleaner UI, MIDI control, Audiobus 2.x and IAA support and more.

Deregulator is an audio processing app with 3 FX modules, Echo, Delay and Reverb. You can randomize each of the module’s settings dynamically.

You can even randomize the randomizers, allowing you “to journey into unusual and very cool sonic territory.”  Continue reading

Korg AudioPocket Now Available

korg-audiopocketKorg today released AudioPocket – an audio sampler for iOS that’s designed for capturing samples for use with the recently announced Volca Sample.

The Volca Sample – the latest member of the Volca line – is a sample mangler, playback device & sequencer. To keep costs down, though, it doesn’t not have built-in sampling capabilities. Instead, samples are managed using the AudioPocket app.

It’s a free download.

There’s no word yet from Korg on whether AudioPocket will be available for other platforms, or whether it will be possible for third-party applications to load samples to the Volca Sample.

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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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