Apple today announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.
The announcements were largely what people expected Apple to introduce – a more powerful top-of-the-line iPhone and a more competitively priced iPhone.
The real news, though – and what makes today’s announcements relevant to musicians – is the state of performance on the iOS platform. The flagship iPhone 5s promises significant performance improvements – 2x the CPU performance of the previous model and an impressive 40x the original iPhone.
Apple characterizes the performance of the iPhone 5s as ‘desktop class’. There’s clearly some hyperbole there – but there’s also some truth to it, too. The new iPhone is built on a 64-bit architecture, even as popular desktop DAWs are being updated to 64-bit designs.
Sunsine Audio has released Impact, a set of 64 new presets for Impaktor.
The pack makes full use of every aspect of both synthesis engines. Physical Modeling is explored through the “Membrane” and “Resonator” sections, Noise Shaping through the “Noise + Vocoder” section, and Frequency Modulation though the FM synthesizer section. Many of the presets contain a combination of these techniques interacting and combining in various ways, including some “tuned” presets that allow playing discreet pitches in a scale depending on the frequency of the impulse. In this manner some presets allow a melody to be played in the style or spirit of a talking drum or steel drum.
The sounds in this set range from classic “ethnic” sound types such as clay or frame, steel, or talking drums, to more traditional electronic sounding drums, and finally futuristic style percussion and drum sounds which may be defined as industrial, alien, or hybrid instruments.