eXtream Software Development has released a major update to its Audio Evolution Mobile Studio DAW for Android. Version 5.0 brings the Evolution One virtual analog synthesizer, a redesigned effects section, compressor sidechain, tempo and time signature change, a new user interface for easier editing, Vocal Tune PRO, Toneboosters V4 Barricade, EQ, ReelBus and Reverb, and […]
AudioKit has announced the availability of a new iPhone/iPad app that aims to create a vintage and nostalgic emotional sound. Retro Piano lets you create your own signature retro, lo-fi, or vintage piano sound. This is the second in a series of 10 limited edition apps, following the recent Bass 808 Synth. Hope you are […]
AudioKit has released its first in a series of 10 Limited Edition Bonus apps. Each special limited edition app will be available for a short period of time, much like a limited edition vinyl run. The Bass 808 Synth is a sub bass and kick synthesizer for iOS/AUv3. Whether you make electronic, pop, hip hop, […]
Now you can get hands-free metronome features while you practice and play – without worrying about privacy or needing signal.
Hands-free music makes sense. If you’re an instrumentalist, it means the ability to use your music gadgets along with your instrument, without taking your hands off the keys, string, bow, and so on.
But there are some issues with the way major tech providers generally provide voice recognition.
Big corporate Internet-powered online assistants pose some real privacy risks. For just one example, The Guardian surveyed the use of human contractors and other privacy worries around big five Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – with a particular focus on Amazon. That may not be a big priority for musicians. But as I wrote when Roland adopted some (otherwise very cool) Amazon Alexa features on its digital pianos, those consumer concerns will bleed over in music manufacturing as the two industries partner.
Oh, yeah, and another problem – what if you don’t have any signal in your studio? Lots of musicians practice when touring, or in basements without cell phone reception or wifi.
Audiokit, the makers of friendly and open source developer tools for music and audio, have a solution. Their app ‘Hey Metronome’ uses voice recognition that works on the device, rather than connecting to the cloud. And given you’re using simple commands, that makes sense. You can set meter and tempo or even tempo and range simply by saying “Hey metronome, set tempo to allegro” or whatever bpm or time signature you want.
For musician users, you get a one-buck music app that’s likely a must-have. For developers, the code is open source – and if you’re learning how to develop apps, it also represents a simple app you can use to learn to code. (Audiokit promise a “free coding tutorial series, teaching students and enthusiasts how to build their own music app.” Looking forward to that!)
Synthtopia gets the first scoop on this, and say that the developers plan more voice-controlled music applications in the future. That’s thanks to a partnership with speech recognition experts KeenASR Research.
By the way, if you’re a developer, KeenASR has an on-device voice control SDK (it’s also right on GitHub). It works on Android as well as iOS; Audiokit is focused exclusively on Apple platforms (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and Apple Watch).
AudioKit has announced availability of Hey Metronome, a new app for iOS that uses hands free, advanced proprietary voice-recognition, all without Siri, Alexa, or Voice Control. Hey Metronome uses innovative hands-free, on-device voice-recognition, eliminating the problems of practicing with a classic metronome and its many uninspired digital equivalents. It allows fluid, advanced, and lightning-fast interactions—NO […]
AudioKit and Coda Labs have released the L7 Live Looper, a powerful looper app developed in collaboration with Daniel Kuntz. Inspired by the RC-505 Loop Station, L7 packs dozens of features previously only found in professional hardware loopers into a sleek, easy to use package with virtually unlimited creative potential. Looping is one of the […]
AudioKit Pro has announced the release of FM Player 2, an updated version of the iPad Instrument inspired by classic 80s FM synthesizers. The sequel to the award-winning FM Player app (released in 2017) that has been played by Herbie Hancock and downloaded by over a hundred thousand musicians worldwide now comes with AUv3 support, […]
AudioKit Pro has released an update to the AudioKit Synth One, a free and open-source iOS synthesizer instrument. Version 1.1 comes with a color-coded microtonal keyboard. Volunteer developer and microtonal researcher Marcus Hobbs, creator of the free scale tool Wilsonic, contributed the microtonal code and keyboard interface for Synth One. Users can now explore non-western […]
AudioKit has announced AUv3 support for its Digital D1 software synthesizer instrument. Digital D1 is a 64-voice virtual analog/PCM synth inspired by the digital synthesizers of the ’80s and ’90s. You can now use Digital D1 in both iOS Hosts as well as any DAW that supports AUv3 plugins. You can think of AUv3 as […]