App developer Shape of Sound have released Sketch Synth 2, a ‘pad based rompler’ that lets you draw sounds and draw on effects.
This first version ships with 5 instruments:
- Punisher – dark wobblers with dubstep drums
- Noise Valley – a range of windy and tranquil noises to sculpt
- Psycho Trance – fast upbeat arpeggiated synth sounds
- Falling Grace – darker trance patches
- Chip Tune – chirpy acidic sounds
Here’s a preview of Sketch Synth 2 in action: Continue reading
iOS effects processor Echo Pad has been updated with a new UI, a motion looper and more.
Here’s what’s new in Echo Pad 1.4.2:
- New re-designed, simpler UI
- New Motion Looper! Record your effect parameter movements and loop them in realtime like an audio looper.
- Trigger Motion Loop from the Audiobus sidepanel.
- Main Looper now automatically renders loops to wav file in the background, automatically ready for Export to AudioShare and AudioCopy/Paste.
- new Utility menu includes functions “Reset Current Session” and “Delete all wav files”
- “Reset Current Session” resets all parameters to default.
- “Delete All Wav Files” function clears all recordings and loops from Echo Pad’s iTunes File Sharing folder, freeing up precious space on 16gb devices.
- fixed a bug causing crackles in audio when panning quickly from left to right
- fixed a bug causing audio pasted into scratch looper 1 to be looped incorrectly
You know all those in-app purchases developers have been adding to their iOS apps lately that unlock features (Animoog), new sound libraries (iMaschine) and new instruments (Tabletop)?
Looks like they are here to stay. App analytics firm Distimo reports that three-quarters of developers revenue comes from in-app purchases:
In-app purchases (IAP) now generate the majority of the revenue in the app stores. This has been the case for some time now, and it continues to rise.
In-app purchases generated only 53% of revenue in the Apple App Store for iPhone in January 2012 in the U.S., but generated a record 76% in February 2013 clearly demonstrating the success of this monetization method.
Developer Affinity Blue has introduced a new app, Tunable, for Android and iOS.
Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator and metronome that helps musicians learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat.
Featuring a unique tuning history display for visualizing pitch over time, Tunable is designed to be a toolkit for professional and beginning musicians. Continue reading
Music software on iOS has evolved rapidly, from being scorned by many Synthtopia readers (remember all the Apptopia comments?) to becoming a major platform for electronic musicians.
While iPad music software doesn’t replace desktop DAWs and plugins for most users, it does offer a useful combination of mobility, multi-touch control and power.
Because of this, it seems like some of the most innovative new software synths are now being released for iOS and the iPad.
If you’re and iOS user, let us know what you think. What are the best software synths for iOS?
DreamUpApps has released a new app, TF Looper, inspired by hardware looping pedals.
TF Looper works standalone or with input devices such as Apogee Jam for better sound.
- Low-latency sound engine makes looping a breeze
- Straight-forward workflow and interface akin to dedicated hardware loopers
- Undo functionality
- Trigger recording on input for easier recording of instruments
- Automatic quantization of loops for fuss-free recording
- Unlimited overdubbing
- Fade previous overdubs option to create a continuous looping soundscape
- Octave-down and octave-up on individual channels
- Stop tracks anytime, play them again and they will synchronise to other tracks in time
- Included limiter and noise reduction
- Stop-all channels / Start-all channels function for breaking it down
Here’s a demo of TF Looper in action: Continue reading