What’s The Best New Mobile Music App Of 2015?

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While 2015 has been a great year for new hardware synthesizers, its also been a big year for new mobile music software.

In fact, it’s starting to look like many developers are taking a ‘mobile first’ approach to developing music apps.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most important mobile music software introductions of 2015. We’ve focused primarily on apps for the Android & iOS platforms, because the combination of relatively inexpensive hardware and cheap software has made them the most popular mobile device platforms for music making.

What’s the best mobile music app of 2015? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading

KORG iDS-10 Brings Portable Synth Studio To iPhone

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Korg has introduced iDS-10 – a portable synthesizer studio for iPhone, an evolution of the original DS-10 app for the Nintendo DS platform.

Korg iDS-10 combines a virtual analog synthesizer, voice synthesizer, and drum machine, inspired by the design of the original Korg DS-10. The app gives you a hand-held system for creating electronic music.  Continue reading

Noatikl 3 Generative Music Composer Now Available

noatiklIntermorphic has introduced Noatikl 3, the latest version of their iOS generative music system.

Noatikl a 16 track MIDI generating system, with 120+ parameters & many included generative music templates. Sound generation is via the integral Partikl Sound Engine, a stereo sound source comprising a modular synth with Soundfont (SF2)/DLS support + live FX.

Noatikl also supports MIDI out if you want to drive external MIDI synths or samplers.

Here’s what’s new in Noatikl 3: Continue reading

SpringSound For iOS Updated With Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression

anchorage-synthesizerDeveloper Christophe Duquesne has released version 2 of SpringSound – a physical-modeling audio synthesizer.

Version 2 adds support for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and more.

MPE support means that you can use modern MIDI controllers that allow for continuous control over the expression (pitch bend, volume, timbre, etc) of each individual note that you play.  Continue reading

Blamsoft Intros Zero Chorus Audio Unit Extension For iOS

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Blamsoft has introduced Zero Chorus – a Audio Unit Extension for iOS, inspired by the Roland Dimension D chorus.

The same algorithm is found in the Zero Hybrid Synthesizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. The available parameters allow you to dial in a wide variety of chorus effects, from transparent to heavy. It’s great for thickening electric guitar or synth parts.

Here are the official audio previews: Continue reading

iMaschine 2 Lets You Create Entire Tracks

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Native Instruments today released a major new release of its beatmaking app for iOS, iMaschine 2.

While the original iMaschine focused on beatmaking, iMaschine 2 is designed to let you create entire tracks. It adds new arranging options, new note entry options, an arpeggiator, color-coded pads, 3D Touch support and more.

Unfortunately, the specs make no mention of Audiobus, MIDI support or Audio Copy/Paste.

Here’s what’s new in iMaschine 2: Continue reading

Ableton Link Makes Live Unnecessary

One of the most intriguing elements of Ableton’s Live 9.5 release, earlier this week, was the announcement of Ableton Linka technology that keeps devices in time over a wireless network. 

The idea behind Ableton Link is to streamline syncing of multiple devices – both computers running Live and iOS devices running music apps – you just connect & sync wirelessly.

Link will soon be available to Live users as a free update, so two Live users will be able to sync wirelessly.

But what’s even more interesting is that Ableton Link is making Link available to developers via a free software development kit. And Live isn’t even necessary to use Ableton Link Continue reading