iPhone 5s Packs ‘Desktop-Class’ Power Into A Mobile Device

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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.

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Wolfgang Palm’s MiniMapper Now Available For iPhone

minimapperWolfgang Palm has released PPG MiniMapper for iPhone and iPod touch.

PPG MiniMapper is a performance synthesizer with a wide range of sounds for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Key Features:

  • New Sound map concept – create new sounds playful and experimental
  • Map Recorder generates new programs on the fly
  • Features the same audio engine that powers the highly popular PPG WaveMapper
  • Arptor – a flexible Step Sequencer / Arpeggiator combination
  • Schematic touch keyboard – zoom and scrollable
  • Build your own keyboard, with the keys you prefer for your music.
  • Powerful sound browser – sorting by category, bank management
  • Virtual and Hard-MIDI in/out – sending/receiving keys and polypressure
  • Sending/receiving the Icon positions and X/Y performers
  • Audiobus support
  • 10 min Audio recorder and Audio Copy
  • Context specific help for all pages
  • Easy data exchange between MiniMapper and WaveMapper

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Free App, Yellofier, Lets You ‘Yello-Fi Your Life’

Boris Blank has released Yellofier – an iPhone/iPad app that ‘makes anything into music’.

Yellofier lets you record your voice, a musical instrument or everyday noises and then create music with your samples. Continue reading

Universal Guitar To MIDI Converter For iOS, Sonuus G2M

sonus-guitar-to-midiSonuus has introduced G2M – a Universal Guitar-to-MIDI Converter app for iOS.

According to the developer, Sonuus G2M delivers high-performance, low-latency, MIDI conversion for guitar and other musical instruments.

The G2M app gives you access to the same technology of the Sonuus hardware G2M:

  • Any electric guitar can be used as a solo MIDI guitar: i.e., it’s universal.
  • No guitar modifications or special pickups required.
  • Robust note detection — minimises wrong notes.
  • Velocity detection of notes, so your playing dynamics are translated into MIDI messages.
  • Fast, accurate pitch-bend determination, or alternative chromatic mode.
  • Very low latency & very fast tracking.
  • Built-in, precise tuner.

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Rode Intros iXY Stereo Microphone For iPhone, iPad

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RØDE has announced the iXY, a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad with 30-pin connector. It’s designed to allow high quality recording at sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

The mic is intended for recording live music, meetings, lectures, reporting, dictation and sound design, and also is ideal for use on-camera as a dual-system recorder for DSLR.

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uPhase+ Pattern Phase Sequencer Now Available

Developer Gregorio Zanon has announced that uPhase+ – a pattern phase sequencer & synthesizer for iOS – is now available.

Zonon describes uPhase+ as ‘a door to Interactive Minimalism’. Here’s a demo of the app in action, being used for a cover of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase:

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64 Presets For Impaktor

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.

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BitCode Presets For BitWiz Audio Synth

Sunsine Audio has introduced BitCode – a library of 154 presets or “codes” for Kymatica’s BitWiz Audio Synth.

Each code began randomly, and was then altered to make it more appealing; adding and subtracting variables, changing constants, etc. Support was added for the XY pad on almost every single code, resulting in potential changes ranging from subtle to drastic.

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