‘Apps On Stage’ Documentary Looks At DigiEnsemble Berlin & The Challenges Of Music Performance With Mobile Devices

Reader Matthias Krebs, a composer and sound artist, let us know about a new documentary, Apps On Stage, that looks at the DigiEnsemble Berlin & the challenges of music performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble Berlin, founded by Krebs), is made up of classically trained musicians that work to explore to challenges and to push the limits of live performance with mobile devices.

The DigiEnsemble’s performances are provocative and raise many questions. Why perform classical music on mobile devices? What apps are they using? Why not use real instruments? Is this more than just a gimmick?  Continue reading

New Sampler For iOS – Elsa

elsa-sampler-iosDeveloper Erik Sigth has released Elsa – a retro-style sampling app for iOS (Universal) with tempo based looping.

Elsa lets you record, save, load & reverse samples. You can play it with a multi octave on-screen keyboard or plug in a core MIDI device of choice, soft- or hardware.

Elsa comes with three built in effects, a reverb, a resonant low pass filter and a frequency/bit crush. Samples are looped in three different modes, one off, forward and/or forward-reverse. The start and end of playback also comes in three modes, one set of start and stop for all, one set per note and/or one set per octave, allowing for many different types of samples. Additionally at playback time, sample length can also be controlled by a set of sample dividers, 1-8.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

New Software Synthesizer, Nice To Be Your Friend Synth, Designed For Jamming With Friends

nice-to-be-your-friend-synthSecret Base Design has released a new software synthesizer for iOS, Nice To Be Your Friend Synth, that’s designed for jamming with friends.

Nice To Be Your Friend is Universal, and offers more than a hundred sounds, using a SoundFont engine. The app is polyphonic and multi-timbral and supports MIDI In/Out. Continue reading

The iVCS Controller

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Saturday Synth Porn: The iVCS3 Controller is another fantastic custom controller design from Synth Project.

The iVCS3 is specifically designed for the iVCS3 iOS app. It features an iPad slot to hold your tablet. The upper front panel has additional knobs and switches for the step sequencer and the flanger.  Continue reading