Live Techno Synth Jam – Market Correction

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a techno synth jam by Tim Webb (Discchord) , with some help from Charlton Harleston, Market Correction.

The track is available as a free download at SoundCloud.

Technical details:

  • Acid Lead: Cyclone Analogic’s TT-303 Bass Bot
  • Lead Distortion: Sunsine Audio’s Vanishing Point
  • Dirge: Arctic Keys (iPad)
  • Melody: Elektron Analog Four A4
  • Sub-Bass: Moog Minitaur
  • Drums: Maschine (Custom hybrid-acoustic kit with TR-909 hats)
  • The Anti-Christ: Charlton Heston

Arctic Keys Updated With AudioBus

arctic-keys-audiobusOne Red Dog Media has released an update to Arctic Keys – its iOS software synthesizer.

Here’s what’s new in Arctic Keys 1.2.0:

  • Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps.
  • Background audio will be automatically enabled when Audiobus is connected
  • Various bugs fixes

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Arctic Keys Synthesizer Updated, Now Universal

Arctic Keys synthesizerOne Red Dog Media has updated Arctic Keys, its virtual analog synthesizer for iOS.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
  • Two X-Y Pads with assignable modulation routing
  • Keyboard scales
  • Numerous bug fixes and enhancements including soft limiter and global audio engine settings
Arctic Keys is a dual-oscillator virtual analog subtractive synthesizer. It’s available for $4.99 in the App Store.

Developer – ‘With CoreMIDI, Your Music Apps Are No Longer Just Toys’

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Synthetic Bits shared this video today, which demonstrates using iOS devices in a fairly elaborate multi-platform MIDI performance.

The video demonstrates the CoreMIDI capabilities of two iOS music apps, FunkBox and Little MIDI Machine, when connected to an iRig MIDI interface.

Other instruments used are a Korg Monotribe, Little Phatty, Tattoo drum plugin, Arctic Keys synth app, NLog synth plugin, and Ableton Live.

The performance is a real-world demonstration of the current state of iOS as a music platform, and reflects the work developers have done as part of the Open Music App Collaboration initiative.

While I’d disagree with the generalization that music apps that don’t support MIDI are ‘just toys’, the focus that iOS developers have placed on improving MIDI communication between apps has opened up a lot of options for musicians.

Check out the video and let us know what you think about the state of iOS as a music platform!

Arctic Keys For iPad Review – Interesting, But Buggy

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Reader Tim Webb, aka Discchord, offers his thoughts on One Red Dog Media’s Arctic Keys, one of the latest software synths for the iPad.

“Arctic Keys improves upon the standard Subtractive Synth model with an elaborate step-sequencer,” says Webb. “This is great for a rhythmic control over the parameters.”

Unfortunately, Webb’s bottom line on Arctic Keys is that it’s a really interesting new synth, but ‘buggy as shit’.

It’s important to note that Webb reviewed version 1.0.1. One Red Dog Media has been rapidly updating Arctic Keys, releasing several updates to address crashes in patch browser, problems that cause keys to stop working and other issues. One Red Dog Media has also been actively responding to issues raised by Synthtopia readers.

The current version, 1.0.3, currently has a four-star rating in iTunes.

If you’re an Arctic Keys user, let us know what you think of the latest version.

Arctic Keys is $4.99 in the App Store.

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Arctic Keys For iPad Now Available – Here Are The Details

iPad Music Software: Developer One Red Dog has released Arctic Keys – described as a ‘hardware quality synthesizer” for the iPad.

Arctic Keys is a virtual analog synthesizer for iPad that features a classic dual-oscillator subtractive synthesis design.


  • Alias-free analog modelling oscillators
  • 16×4 gate step-sequencer with deep modulation routing
  • Effects processors including EQ, distortion, chorus, and stereo delay
  • Multi-touch performance oriented keyboard with pitch bend, velocity and aftertouch
  • Real-time phrase recorder with audio, MIDI, and patch file sharing
  • CoreMIDI support with Virtual MIDI Ports

Arctic Keys is available now in the App Store for USD $4.99.

Details and demo video below. Check them out and let us know what you think of Arctic Keys!

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New iPad Synth, Arctic Keys (Sneak Preview)

Arctic Keys synth for iOS

Developer One Red Dog Media, creator of Molten drum machine for iOS, has announced that their new virtual analog synthesizer for the iPad, Arctic Keys, has been submitted to Apple for approval.

Arctic Keys is a four-voice synth, offering extensive modulation capabilities, an arpeggiator, a sequencer and deep MIDI options.

Here’s what they have to say about Arctic Keys:

Tweak. With all the synthesizer parameters immediately available on one page, you get instant feedback as you tweak.

The two LFOs each have three modulation destinations. Each LFO may also be free running or sync’ed to tempo and the timing rate adjusted.

The modulation matrix allows for deep routing between the Mod Wheel, aftertouch and 16 x 4 analog-style gated step-sequencer.

Perform. The classic arpeggiator is complimented by the 16 x 4 gated step-sequencer. Play a note to trigger the sequencer.

Step through a sequence to play short melodic lines or let it modulate the synthesiser. Each of the 4 tracks have an assignable modulation destination and loop point.

Adjust the velocity by tapping along the length of the key from top to bottom. Change the key mode to mono for retro lead lines.

Share. The live phrase recorder lets you save your performances as 44.1KHz 16-bit WAV files and as a Standard MIDI File.

The MIDI File includes all the knob’s control change information along with the notes you play.

Use Sonoma AudioCopy or Intua Audio Sharing to paste recorded audio directly into other apps.

E-mail the patches you make or share them over Wi-Fi

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