microSketch Lets You Experiment With Microtonal Equal-Tempered Tuning

microsketch-microtonal-synthesizerOp 133 Studios has introduced MicroSketch – an iPad music app for playing and experimenting with equal divisions of the octave other than the standard 12-tone scale.

WIth MicroSketch, octave divisions can be anything from 7 to 96.

The app is polyphonic up to the capabilities of your device’s processor (typically 24 voices) and multi-timbral with 16 ‘instrumental’ timbres.

The instruments are all fully synthesized (no samples!) using subtractive, additive, frequency modulation, the Karplus-Strong string model, VoSim, and granular synthesis techniques. Continue reading

New App, ScaleGen, For Musicians That Want To Explore New Ways Of Thinking About Music

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Developer Jesper Nordin has introduced ScaleGen for iPad, described as ‘the ultimate tool for musicians who want to explore new ways of thinking about music.’

ScaleGen is a tool for organizing pitches into custom scales and tunings. It lets you create and audition scales within the app, and then export it as a MIDI file or to their gestural music app Gestrument.

It goes far beyond mainstream types of scales, letting you experiment with up to 24 notes per octave, use historical and experimental microtonal tuning and even scales that are different in each octave, like the overtone series.

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Free Microtonal Synthesizer For Windows

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Xen-Arts has released Xen-FMTS 2 – a free microtonal synthesizer for Windows.

Xen-FMTS 2 is a 4 Operator FM Synthesis VSTi with a specialized set of features for computer musicians interested in exploring the possibilities of making music with alternative intonation systems

It is a freeware 32-bit plugin instrument for Windows that includes 115 patches, 55 microtunings and 56 partials files. Continue reading

Microtones v1.2 Adds Background Audio, Better Sound Engine

microtonesDeveloper Szymon Kaliski let us know that MicroTones – a microtonal synthesizer for iOS – has been updated to version 1.2. The new version is a completely rewritten application, featuring full support for new devices (including iPhone 5 and iPad mini), improved engine, new interface and background audio.

Here’s what’s new in Microtones 1.2

  • optimization for newer devices (including iPhone 5 & iPad mini)
  • better sound engine (support for up to forty simultaneous sine waves)
  • background audio
  • new improved interface

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