Thesys sequencer by Sugar Bytes gets Audio Unit v3 and iCloud Drive support

Sugar Bytes Thesys for iOS

Sugar Bytes has announced that its Thesys MIDI sequencing app for iOS now supports the Audio Unit extension and iCloud Drive with the new 1.3.0 update. Users can now sequence instruments in their mobile DAWs or use the Standalone to directly trigger their favourite AUv3 plugin. Through iCloud, you’ll be able to share your saved […]

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Audio Damage releases Enso creative looper plugin

Audio Damage Enso

Audio Damage has announced the immediate availability of its latest plugin for Windows, Mac and iOS. An architecturally unique and sonically characterful looping toolkit for producers and live performers, inspired by both modern looper pedals and vintage tape-based setups, Enso combines elegant and intuitive UI design with a deep but accessible feature set and stellar […]

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Accusonus offers Beatformer for iOS as a FREE download (limited time)

Accusonus Beatformer iOS

Accusonus has announced the release of the iOS version of its Beatformer effect for musical beat sculpting. It’s a fast, easy to use and to-the-point beat enhancer, ideal for both beginners and seasoned pros. Beatformer allows you to effortlessly shape and instantly transform your beats with just 4 intuitive knobs – Boom, Punch, Squash, Air. […]

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Giveaway: Win SynthScaper LE multitimbral atmospheric soundscape generator

SynthScaper LE

Igor Vasiliev has announced the release of SynthScaper LE, a multi-timbral atmospheric soundscape generation app for iOS. With the special lightweight version of SynthScaper LE you can easily create and modify your own multi-timbral pads and atmospheric soundscapes. Three separate sound generators in this application give you possibility to create complex sound scenes by mixing […]

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Audio Damage updates Grind wavetable distortion plugin to v1.1

Audio Damage Grind

Audio Damage has updated its Grind wavetable distortion and sound-shaping plugin for Windows, Mac and iOS. Version 1.1 features a redesigned GUI with a new font for better legibility. Some controls were moved so that the interface better matches the signal flow. While Grind can, with care, produce subtle distortion and plain-vanilla filtering effects, such […]

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NanoStudio 2 music production app for iPad now available

NanoStudio 2 Song Editor

Blip Interactive has launched NanoStudio 2, an update to the powerful music production environment for iPad. NanoStudio 2 adheres to the same design principles as its predecessor, but has been completely rewritten for a new generation of mobile music makers. With six years of development behind it, NanoStudio 2 builds upon the same design principles […]

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Klevgränd releases REAMP audio gear modeler effect plugin

Klevgrand Reamp

Klevgränd has announced the release of its latest plugin REAMP, an audio gear modeler effect that can emulate hardware such as cassette tape, tape reel and tube preamps. The simulation uses a unique and efficient spectral saturation algorithm. REAMP is a complex spectral saturation processor simulating a set of different analog gear in a new […]

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Noir is part bass, part drum synth – a must-have iOS drum machine

Dark, crunchy, synthetic sounds, grooves that morph somewhere in the shadows between bass line and percussion pattern – Ruismaker Noir is exactly the sort of drum machine you’d want with you at all times. And as it’s an iOS app, you can take it with you.

Here’s the idea: what if the drum synth were also a monophonic synth? And what if you could morph between those, for basslines that start to get edgier and more rhythmic, or rhythmic lines that start to get more melodic? And what if you had an integrated sequencer so you could mess with both of those at once (including all the mighty morphing modulation)? Well, uh, obviously the answer to that would be yes, please, I would want that.

Noir is the latest in the Ruismaker line from Dutch developer/designer Bram Bos. Bram has had a series of synthesis-focused drum machine apps for iOS mobile, and as if that weren’t already enough experience for you, he has a long history of plug-in development dating back to one of the first software drum machines ever.

But that’s the thing about developing electronic instruments – it’s often not about a single breakthrough but lots and lots of iteration. So Noir is the most full-featured of the Ruismaker series yet, but also reaches a new level of playability and sound. Sorry, that sounds like marketing copy, but having used Bram’s stuff over the years, I mean that from first-hand experience – I’ve watched him add those details and refine ideas as he goes.

And it comes at the right moment. You hear a lot of these sort of aggressive, synthetic sounds (uh, winter is coming for the northern hemisphere). But a lot of people use modulars to get them, which means you need a modular rig and some time in the studio. (Time, money, space … uh oh.) Plus, having this in an iPad app with an intuitive touch sequencer will also be a far shorter path to articulating a groove that’s in your head for a lot of people. And the results here are distinctive enough that even if you do have that modular rig, you might tinker around with this anyway.

You can also use a standalone mode to fine-tune presets, then jam with the plug-in later.

It’s built as a plug-in, so you can use it with DAWs like Cubasis, Garage Band, and Modstep. Or combine it with other drum machines like Elastic Drums for some serious drum mayhem.

Delicious with effects:

Specs:

– AUv3 (Audio Unit) plugin, with integrated sequencer
– Basic standalone mode for tinkering or preset creation
– Universal; runs on any iDevice with iOS10 or higher
– All parameters accessible via MIDI CC and AU Params
– AU MIDI output from sequencer (requires iOS11+)
– Fullscreen plugin GUI in all compatible hosts
– Modest CPU and resource loads

This whole thing packs a lot into one app. There’s a full MIDI implementation, which means you could even make a hardware controller mapping if you like. But it’s also nice that the internal sequencer will do the job if you don’t want to switch back and forth to an app.

I have a feeling I may not sleep on my flight back from the USA to Germany as I’ll get sucked into playing with this. See you on the flipside.

The app:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ruismaker-noir/id1441208874?ls=1&mt=8

User manual available on ruismaker.com

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Ruismaker releases Noir drum synthesizer app for iOS (AUv3)

Ruismaker Noir drum synth

Bram Bos of Ruismaker has announced the release of Noir, a different kind of drum synth for iOS that is a hybrid between drum synth and bass synth. Noir presents a way of creating monophonic rhythmic complexity by using pitch, tonality and velocity sensitivity to generate morphing sounds that seamlessly blend into each other. It […]

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Klevgränd releases Kleverb algorithmic reverb effect

Klevgrand Kleverb

Klevgränd has announced the release of Kleverb, an algorithmic reverb designed for quick and smooth handling with supreme results. An intuitive UI combined with a carefully calibrated network of filters and delays gives a very flexible and mixable reverb. Thanks to a built-in ducker, three different room size algorithms, and high quality filters this reverb […]

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