Free iOS App For Sound Experiments

sammi-experimental-iphone-appS.A.M.M.I. is a new iOS application, designed for sound experiments and sonic formations. It features a sequencer, drone machine and theremin.


  • Sequencer – including key, note range, 5 waveforms, delay, filters, release, bpm, number of beats and loading/saving patches.
  • Drone machine – four oscillators with 5 waveforms, frequency/note, detune, filters, LFO (controlling volume/pitch/filter), delay effect and loading/saving patches.
  • Theremin – including tilt/touch control, starting note/frequency, note range, interpolation/step frequency change and delay effect.

S.A.M.M.I. is a free download in the App Store.

telePort Control (POV Sneak Preview Video)

Developer Lasse Kolding shared this sneak preview of the upcoming telePort Control app, in its iPhone form.

The focus here is on using the phone as a controller for an instrumentalist doing live looping music with the live performance-oriented music app telePort (Mac & Windows).  Continue reading

BIAS For iPhone – An Amp Designer, Modeler & Effects Processor


Positive Grid has introduced BIAS for iPhone - an amp designer, modeler and effects processor. According to the company, BIAS is ‘warm, accurate and more versatile than any other modeler, processor in hardware or software ever created’. Continue reading

touchAble Mini Turns Your iPhone & iPod Touch Into Full-On Ableton Live Controller

AppBC has released touchAble Mini, an iPhone/iPod touch version of the touchAble Ableton Live controller app for iPad.

touchAble Mini has been shrunk down to fit the size of the screens found on the iPhone and iPod touch, and some elements such as the Main menu have been specially redesigned to provide a quick access to all the functionalities provided in the pocket version.

Combined with its integration in Live, its six different modules (Clips, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, XY Pad) and a MDI Clip Editor, touchAble Mini covers every control element of Live’s session view in a compact interface. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Intros $25 iRing 3D Music Controller


IK Multimedia has introduced the iRing – a $25 device that works with your iOS device to work as a motion-tracking controller for music.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers & your mobile device’s front-facing camera to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position in the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution for 3D motion control.

draw_hand_xyzThe iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This lets you control up to six music parameters in your preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures. Continue reading

New App, YouCompose, Is Like A Virtual Assistant For Composition

bach-iphoneElstar has introduced YouCompose – a music composition application that turns your mobile device into a virtual composition assistant.

Using the rules from the ‘common practice period’, YouCompose helps you compose in classical 4-part harmony.

YouCompose Is Like A Virtual Assistant For Composition

YouCompose comes with a built-in assistant composer. This assistant can help you compose your music in many ways.

You can enter melodies using the built-in virtual keyboard (with metronome) or enter single notes in a grid editor. Your assistant composer will then harmonize your melodies.

You can influence the way the assistant harmonizes your melodies, by setting harmonization points and other options, or you can also leave that completely to your assistant.

You can also ask your assistant to compose a melody or even a complete composition.

A composition can be edited in many ways. YouCompose allows you to copy, paste, move, repeat and discard movements, segments and individual notes, enter lyrics, transpose, change gain etc.

YouCompose can play your composition with its built-in instruments and, since YouCompose is Core MIDI compatible, you can also utilize a MIDI keyboard or a MIDI sound module.

Youcompose-sheet-musicYou can view your composition’s full score or the individual parts and print them directly from YouCompose to an AirPrint compatible printer.

You can save compositions to your device and load them again later. Additionally, YouCompose allows you to send and receive them from other devices running YouCompose via an AirDrop connection.

You can share your composition with others by sending an email containing MIDI files and a PDF document with the full score and the individual parts.

A complete user manual is included in the App and you can print it to an AirPrint compatible printer.

Several sample compositions containing well known melodies are also included in the package.

YouCompose is available for iOS in the App Store.

‘Großer Herr’, From Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, On iPhones & iPads

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by the DigiEnsemble Berlin of the aria Großer Herr, o starker König from the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The oratorio is sung by Tobias Berndt.

The DigiEnsemble explores the state of the art of music performance on mobile devices. Music director Matthias Krebs chose the Bach aria with the intention of accomplishing a signifying step in the ensemble’s development.

Professors from the Berlin University of the Arts were consulted to optimize the musical adaption and musical interpretation. The technical performance level was enhanced by utilizing a number of elaborate controllers, including a new motion control app called MIDI In Motion by Florian Schwehn.

The DigiEnsemble documents the technical process behind their performance in this new ‘behind the scenes’ video: Continue reading