Developer Igor Vasiliev has released an updated version of MIDI Pattern Sequencer, a software sequencer for iOS, adding CC/RPN/NRPN automation, a new Learn Mode for external controllers, input-output mapping and more.
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Developer Gregorio Zanon has announced uPhase+ – a new app for iOS that’s designed to let you improvise with phased sequences.
As shown in the above demo, uPhase lets you play sequences of different lengths against each other, creating complex patterns. This type of canonical phasing is a key element in Steve Reich’s early electronic and acoustic work.
To make things even more interesting, uPhase+ lets you distribute your sequences over a collection of networked iOS devices.
Clavia has released Nord Beat – a 4-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer for iPad.
Nord Beat is designed to be a companion for the Nord Drum percussion synth, but can be used with other MIDI instruments, especially for beat sequencing.
PhiliZound Software’s Sequetron is a Windows MIDI sequencer with a twist:
- Sequetron is designed as a live instrument for hands-on use, played & controlled from the music keyboard. It runs from startup with no interaction, and converts even the simplest MIDI keyboard or device into a multi-track recording, playback & looping instrument.
- Sequetron has sequencer-like functions, but is different from other programs as it is controlled using series of music notes called command sequences. In Sequetron, there is no difference between commands and music – they are all sequences, hence the name… it can even control itself.
- Input can be any MIDI keyboard or device, and the output can be any MIDI device(s) such as synthesizers, drum machines, light displays etc.
- Sequences can be recorded in real-time or step-time, played back, looped and altered (channel, velocity, pitch, mute etc.), either individually or in any combination, but unlike hardware sequencers, there is no concept of ‘steps’, nor do the sequences have to be monophonic; any notes & chords can be used. They can also be saved to standard MIDI files for further processing by other programs.
- This hands-on ability to record, play & alter different length sequences starting at different times on-the-fly gives Sequetron an unusual syncopated feel, encouraging you to experiment with overlaying and controlling patterns; even the most basic 1, 2 or 3-note sequences can create something totally unexpected.
Developer Ross Bencina let us know that a new version of AudioMulch – an interactive sound design and performance environment for Mac & Windows – is now available.
Improvements in AudioMulch 2.2 include:
- Performers processing live audio or playing virtual instrument plug-ins will benefit from the responsiveness of the overhauled low-latency sound processing engine. The engine now supports lower latency buffer settings with improved stability.
- Musicians using AudioMulch in conjunction with MIDI synthesizers and outboard effects units can take advantage of extensions to AudioMulch?s modular MIDI routing system. MIDI data can now be routed to external MIDI devices from sequencer and control generator plug-ins.
- AudioMulch 2.2?s new timing engine improves timing stability when chasing MIDI or network synchronization. A new ?pattern mode? MIDI clock sync option provides compatibility with pattern-based hardware step sequencers.
- Performers who control AudioMulch from a MIDI controller will welcome the ability to switch Metasurface parameter snapshots under MIDI control.
- Mac users will appreciate AudioMulch 2.2?s improved plug-in compatibility stemming from the switch to a Cocoa-based user interface framework. AudioMulch 2.2 is ready for OS X Mountain Lion today.
Details on the release are available at the AudioMulch site.
This release also marks the launch of a new community patch sharing area at AudioMulch.com where AudioMulch users can share sound processing patches and compositions.
Reader Neil Cosgrove sent word about an update to LNX_Studio – a free music environment for OS X that’s designed for realtime Internet collaboration:
LNX_Studio is a way of bring people together to make music with new and innovative tools. It’s all about creating and sharing ideas. There are many features in LNX_Studio and it’s strength lies in putting the creative process at the forefront of a networked collaboration.
This release sees some major changes, including the ability to design instruments and effects in SuperCollider. It has an automatic GUI system which is used to create and edit your own widgets. It’s ‘sequencing is driven by a fully featured piano roll.’