Free App Brings MIDI Over Bluetooth LE To iOS Music Apps

midi-le-bluetooth-midi-ios-8Developer Matthias Frick let us know about MIDI LE, a free app for iOS 8 that’s designed to bring low-latency MIDI over Bluetooth LE to CoreMIDI compatible iOS-Synths and applications.

The advantage of MIDI over Bluetooth LE is that you can connect compatible devices wirelessly, without the need for a Camera Connection Kit and other gear. MIDI LE routes the virtual ports of supported music applications via Bluetooth.

Frick says that, if your favorite application was working with MIDI over WiFi in the past, it will most likely work with MIDI LE.

Bluetooth over MIDI is a newly introduced feature in iOS 8 and will also be incorporated into OS X Yosemite 10.10.

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Electrify NXT Turns Your iPad Into A ‘Virtual Groovebox’

electrify-nxtDeveloper Ingolf Koch has released Electrify NXT, a virtual groovebox for iPad.


  • Rewritten and enhanced audio engine.
  • New session mode lets you perform with loops and clips by creating arrangements on the fly.
  • New polyphonic FM-style Synthesizer: Electrify NXT comes with a fully fledged frequency modulating synthesizer with 11 Algorithms and wave-morphing oscillators.
  • The new drumkit combines 8 samplers into one ‘grooving loop factory’.
  • Looper and slicer lets you deconstruct audio loops or rearrange your own clips beyond recognition.
  • Comes with more than 1600 audio loops and one shot samples
  • A huge load of effects
  • Powerful parameter modulation: nearly every parameter of instruments and effects can be modulated by LFOs, Envelopes or by realtime parameter sequencing.
  • Flexi-Groove templates
  • Audiobus, AudioCopy and Midi are integrated.

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xMod Adds AudioBus, CoreMIDI & Background Audio

xmod-synthesizerDeveloper Mark Carlotto has updated xMod, an FM synthesizer for iPad, adding AudioBus support, CoreMIDI, background audio and more.

Here’s what’s new in xMod 1.3:

  • Better sound quality and effects!
  • Audiobus compatible
  • Core MIDI compatible – Sends AND receives MIDI including program (sound patch) information
  • Now runs in background mode
  • Fixed file management – can now delete files within app.

The xMod sound engine is a polyphonic triple-oscillator cross-modulated FM synthesizer. According to Carlotto, ‘the complexity of programming FM synthesizers is solved in xMod.”

xMod is available for US $4.99 in the App Store.

Magellan for iPad – Working With Dual Synths

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Here’s a quick intro to Yonac Software’s new software synth, Magellan for iPad.

The video explores one of the more unique features of Magellan – the twin independent polyphonic synth engines. It covers: loading presets, foregrounding a synth, adjusting parameters, synth coupling, and other advanced settings.

Magellan is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

If you’ve tried out Magellan – let us know what you think of it!

Loopr Live Loop Composer For iOS

Loopr is a new multi-track audio looper for iOS.

With Loopr, you can create, practice, jam along, or sample audio soudscapes. It offers synchronization with drum machines and sequencers via its MIDI out sync feature, but also fast multi-layer recording via its ‘fast recording mode’.

Loops can be sent as independent files (including tempo and time signature information), which lets you share the groove with most desktop audio production apps (e.g. Logic Studio, Garage Band, …).

It’s also CoreMIDI and CoreAudio compatible, to use with the most popular iOS compatible interfaces.

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Voxkit Sound-Triggered Drum App For iPad (Sneak Preview)

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Secret Base Design has introduced Voxkit – a MIDI drum controller that lets you trigger notes with sound.

Clap your hands, tap a pencil on a desk, or use your voice, and Voxkit will detect the tone of the sound and trigger a sample from the app or a MIDI note. By listening to external sounds, rather than just the touch on a screen, Voxkit can capture velocity and rhythm variations.

You can also customize the sounds that Voxkit makes – add WAV format samples through iTunes File Sharing.

Availability and pricing are to be announced.

MIDI Studio For iOS Now $3.99 For Limited Time (Or Free For Fast Synthtopia Readers!)

Reader Nick Mayer sent word that MIDI Studio – a software MIDI controller for iOS – is discounted from $10.99 to $3.99 through tomorrow.

Better yet – he sent along codes (below) that will let 15 Synthtopia readers get MIDI Studio for free.

Midi Studio Features:

  • CoreMidi
  • WI-FI
  • USB
  • True Velocity Sensitive (with the force of impact)
  • Modulation
  • Drums
  • Faders
  • Knobs
  • Buttons
  • Touch pads
  • Two Keyboards
  • Different Keys Size
  • Custom Key Scale – (Like: Major, Minor, Klezmer, etc…)

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