Developers of the ‘first person synthesizer’ game, FRACT, have announced that it will be released April 22 and is now available for pre-order.
FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music in the game. Continue reading
Keyboardist Ed Diaz works as a product specialist at Roland, but he also has been making a series of video blog posts, sharing his thoughts on gear and experience with keyboards. Continue reading
Propellerhead has updated Figure – it’s beatmaking app for iOS – adding new drum kits, additional sharing options and more.
Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.6:
- Share your songs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter
- Three new drum kits: Sonny, Code and Boom Bap
- Bug fixes
Figure is available in the App Store for US $.99.
If you’ve used Figure, let us know what you think of it!
This official Novation video features Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll, in his studio, sharing his thoughts on their new Bass Station II. Continue reading
This video, embedded below, takes a behind the scenes look at Squarepusher’s music robots, the Z-Machines, which are featured on his latest EP.
“For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar”, notes Squarepusher. “I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.” Continue reading
MobMuPlat (short for Mobile Music Platform) – a free app that lets you create custom audio software for iOS – has been updated to version 1.5.
Here’s what’s new:
- AudioBus integration (input, output, and filter port).
- Menu widget, to choose item from pop-up list.
- Button to invert interface.
- Panels can optionally pass touches to scroll the canvas.
Here’s how you can create a custom app with MobMuPlat:
- Get the MobMuPlat iOS app
- Create a user interface in the MobMuPlat Editor
- Create an audio engine in PureData
- Drag those two files into the MobMuPlat Documents folder in iTunes
- Play your app on your iOS device.
Here’s a video intro to MobMuPlat:
MobMuPlat is a free download from the App Store.
If you’ve tried MobMuPlat, let us know what you’re doing with it!
Synth designer Rob Papen shared this MIDI controller concept, RP-Control, via his Facebook page.
At this point, he’s just floating the concept for RP-Control to get input on the idea and to gauge interest. Continue reading
Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.
PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).
Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it. Continue reading