Auxy Offers ‘Beat Making Without Distraction’

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Auxy is a new app for iPad that the developers say is designed for ‘beat making without distraction’.

This is similar in concept to simple beatmaking apps like Figure, but Auxy offers a more traditional grid sequencing interface.

”Creating modern music should be more about music and less about technology” says Henrik Lenberg, co­-founder and CEO of Auxy. “A lot of people would love to make modern music but feel it’s too complicated to get started. Our app removes technical barriers to give everyone a better experience.” Continue reading

Native Instruments Maschine 1.8 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

MaschineNative Instruments has released an update to Maschine, version 1.8.

Here’s what’s new in Maschine 1.8:

  • Offline time stretching and pitch shifting feature
  • Transient Master
  • Tape and Tube Saturators
  • Save group with samples feature
  • Improved handling of missing samples
  • Revised select page (hardware) with access to note length
  • Quick select events of a sound in a pattern (Shift + Select + Pad)
  • Quick erase events of a sound in a pattern (Erase + Select + Pad)
  • Pre-hear samples from the hardware browser before loading them
  • Choke all playing sampler voices feature (“panic button”: Shift + Mute)
  • Sample play position indicator on the waveform (hardware and software)
  • AutoWrite pinning feature
  • Various bug fixes

See the NI site for details.

Music From Garbage

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a sampling synth jam, via Aaron Apter, that uses only a ‘broken weight plate’ as a sound source.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

During a Labor Day group workout my gym, someone dropped a bar and accidentally broke in half a well-worn 25lb plate. Half-jokingly, I asked if I could take home the remains and attempt to put them to musical use.

While permission was granted, I definitely got the vibe that others thought I either was up to my antics or a fool to think I could make music out of such a dull and lifeless looking/sounding piece of rubber. That perceived slight was both the motivation and boundaries I had been desperately seeking!

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Propellerhead Updates Figure For iPhone With AudioCopy, WIST

Propellerhead today released an update to Figure, its beatmaking app for the iPhone.

Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.2:

  • AudioCopy—enabling pasting of Figure audio directly into AudioPaste or Pasteboard compatible apps on iOS
  • WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)—simultaneously start two iOS devices with compatible apps
  • Additional new atonal / chromatic scale mode
  • Performance pads now have a grid

Propellerhead Figure is available for $.99 in the App Store.

Check it out and let us know what you think of the new version of Figure!