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It looks a bit like what would happen if an iPad, a KAOSS Pad, and a plug-in folder had a love child. It’s the new iOS app from the makers of Elastic Drums.
Elastic Drums already had won fans as the indie-developed drum synth / production app released by Mouse on Mars. And inside Elastic Drums, you had a powerful range of effects. So, at some point, lead developer Oliver Greschke had the idea of taking all those effects, and making a standalone multi-effects processor for the iPad.
The result you get, though, is a fully spec’ed-out sound processing powerhouse for iOS: Elastic FX. If you were already using Elastic Drums, you’ll like these effects, too – but now they’ve been reworked, and provide stereo processing (not just mono). You’ll find new effects, too, plus all-new routing options and feedback.
And if you haven’t used Elastic Drums before, Elastic FX promises straight out of the gate to be one of the leading options for processing effects on the iPad.
There are 32 available effects, including modulation, pitch, distortion, filter, delay, reverb, and more.
From those 32 effects, you can assign to one of four effect units.
It’s that four-effect unit that opens up more possibilities. Choose how to route between effects, add feedback, then adjust parameters all at once via X/Y pad (KAOSS-style). That X/Y pad also has phrase recording and automation, of 1-8 bars in length.
There’s additionally a master effects section (which adds 3-band EQ, compressor, and stutter).
From there, you’ve got a load of options to integrate this with your mobile studio:
- Audiobus 3, Inter-App Audio for working with other apps’ audio (in/out)
- A built-in audio player so you can quickly audition effects
- Ableton Link support for jamming and sync, plus time-synced phrase playback and tempo-synced effects (like the delay)
- Save, load, share user presets
- MIDI, MIDI learn for parameter control
- MIDI program change for changing presets
Intro price, iPad only: 7.99€ / US$6.99
And check out this synced-up automation:
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This will sound like ad copy, but it’s true: Steps is the handheld iOS sequencer that all your mobile gear has been waiting for.
Our MeeBlip line makes MeeBlippy sounds, but it needs a MIDI input for notes – like a step sequencer. (I’m not just plugging our product here – I’ve even pondered writing my own app to fill the void.) The volca series and Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators have their own sequencers, but it’s useful to have a clock source for all of them – and you might outgrow their built-in sequencing functions. Add to that countless other bits of gear you’ve got lying around the studio, to say nothing of apps.
There are some terrific iPad sequencers, like Modstep. But Steps is unique in that a) it’s really simple, b) it’s easy to dial in polyrhythms, and c) it runs on an iPhone.
So, for instance, I wanted to sequence my MeeBlip triode at a recent gig. Steps was perfect. The ingredients:
1. An iPhone (an iPod touch will also work)
2. The oddly named “Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.” It was introduced with the iPad Pro, but it’s even more useful on the iPhone – because you can plug your iPhone into both a USB accessory and power.
3. A MIDI adapter. (I used the iConnectivity mio.
Now, you’ve got an ultra-portable rig that has a sequencer. And you can expand from there.
Ableton Link support means you can wireless sync up to your computer. So in this case, I didn’t even connect my iPhone to my laptop – I just used another tiny accessory (a pocket-sized wifi hub) and connected both my PC and my iPhone to it. Sync was rock solid between Ableton Live, Traktor, and the iPhone – nice.
A recent update made some other tweaks and added Audiobus 3 support. So you can also imagine your mobile studio inside the phone, as it were.
Check out the product here:
Honestly, for all the deluge of apps out there, I find the apps I come back to number about a half dozen – and this one just rocketed into one of those slots.
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