Friday, June 24, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FL Studio Mobile App Released now!

Tenorion for iPad iPhone 4 - meet TNR-i

The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface. 
Even if you don't know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed.
On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch. By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.

TNR-i can produce 16 types of sounds at the same time (16 layers), and it can memorize up to 16 song patterns produced using those sounds (16 blocks). By switching between song patterns in real time, you can produce a rich variety of musical expressions.

6 Performance Modes

There are six different types of performance modes that you can select for each layer. You can make elaborate music by combining different modes. In score mode, the most fundamental of the modes, you can arrange sounds horizontally (temporally) and vertically (by pitch). In the exciting random mode, the sounds that you arrange are not just played in order—the melody and rhythm constantly change as twists are added. In draw mode, you can perform music by tracing your finger across the buttons as if drawing a picture. In bounce mode, the glowing lights are like bouncing balls that produce sound when they fall. In push mode, you can continuously change the sound as you perform. In solo mode, which is fun for solo performances, you can easily adjust the speed of repetition and the pitch.

First, please try the demo. You can experience the joy of performance just by switching layers. 
- Loading the Demo: From the menu (touch the display), touch All Blocks, iD-Xtra_uncTK, and then Load. 
- Switching layers: Press R5 and the area that the 16 × 16 buttons are in at the same time. (You can double-tap R5 to hold it and make it easier to switch layers.)

TNR-i Sessions with Distant Friends

The appeal of TNR-i isn't just limited to its faithful duplication of the TENORI-ON concept, design and interface, which were developed under the supervision of Toshio Iwai.
If you are connected to a network, you can participate in TNR-i sessions with distant friends and others. Up to four people can connect to each other over a network and enjoy performing together simultaneously. First, tap Clear and the display at the same time to activate the Game Center feature. Then, invite your friends, or use the auto-match feature to automatically select a partner, and start your session. For more details, see page 23 of the internal manual.
Manual: From the menu (touch the display), touch System Menu and then Manual.

If you update the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o) to version 2.1 and use it with TNR-i, you can participate in sessions using the TENORI-ON (TNR-w or TNR-o).

Preset Sounds

The preset sounds of TNR-i are the same as those of the TENORI-ON, and the performance files are also compatible. You can use iTunes to transfer performance files saved on your TENORI-ON SD card to TNR-i. Of course, the reverse is also possible.

Horizon Synth for iPad

Horizon synth is a virtual analog synthesizer that takes the definition of iOs synthesizer to the next level.

Thanks to carefully designed architecture and heavy usage of coprocessor it blurs the boundaries between iOs and hardware synthesizers.
Horizon was built to perform and works perfectly with any MIDI keyboard or sequencer. A lot of research has been done in order to achieve unheard warmth and clarity.


  • True SuperSaw sound emulation, first found in the legendary Roland JP-8000 synthesizer. SuperSaw is a layered waveform consisting of multiple saw waves which are detuned to create an extremely full and epic sound. It's possible to use 2 supersaw oscillators per voice * 7 polyphony = 98 saw oscillators playing the same time!
  • Two independent filters per voice with configurable routing. You can select between various filter types including classic resonant LP,HP,BP,Notch and less common like Comb and Formant.
  • The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.
  • 2 warm-sounding analog modelled oscillators per voice + 2 sub-oscillators (except SuperSaw). Available waveforms: Saw, PWM pulse,Triangle, SuperSaw.
  • Oscillator 2 hard-sync and configurable routing
  • Osc-mix, ring modulator
  • White noise oscillator
  • Two independent filters per voice with configurable routing. You can select between various filter types including: resonant LP,HP,BP,Notch, Comb and Formant.
  • Configurable routing: serial or parallel with bypass option.
  • ADSR envelope, keyboard tracking and full LFO control
  • Two LFOs per voice. It's possible to assign each LFO to almost any parameter. 3 LFO running modes: trigger, 1 shot, global. 6 waveforms, phase and fade-in knobs
  • The Morph Group function lets you continuously morph of up to 30 parameters in a sound (including effects), using only the modulation wheel.
  • Two Modulation ADSR Envelopes for amplitude and filters cutoff
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • A number of effects are built in: distortion, chorus, equalizer, stereo delay. All parameters can be modulated using mod-wheel.
  • Horizon incorporates very powerful programmable arpeggiator. You should think of it more like a small step sequencer.
  • Over 200 presets
  • 7 voices polyphony
  • Playback modes: poly, solo, arp
  • Built-in recorder supporting AudioCopy and iTunes file sharing.
  • Supports CoreMidi and MidiMobilizer. MIDI key velocity can affect up to 3 parameters.
  • Configurable piano keyboard size
  • Hold button allows you to to keep notes sustaining until you play new notes.
  • With Chord Memory function you can play the chord by only pressing single keys.
  • Tube soft saturation on output

iSyn Poly for iPad

iSyn Poly is an electronic music studio for use with Apple iPad. iSyn Poly places an unbelievable number of features including three studio-quality, fully programmable virtual analog synthesizers and a drum machine packed in just three different screens on your iPad !

Each synthesizer is a full-featured analog modeling synth with three oscillators, a classic 24 db/oct ladder-style lowpass filter, independent filter and amp envelope generators, and full modulation routings. With our 10+ years of experience with analog simulations you can expect some serious sound easily covering all those fat frequencies so prevalent in modern production.

iSyn Poly also includes a sample playback-based drum machine with seventeen kits, each containing eight samples. Drum samples include 808, 909, modular synth drums and numerous 80's drum machines. Volume, pan and decay time are individually adjustable and pitches are tunable over a wide range for crazy effects.

The full fledged sequencer let you arrange complete songs and can record the notes and controller movements  of your performance. The unique gesture oriented user interface makes it ideal for live editing of notes and automations.

Play the three synths or drum machine with the onscreen keyboard/drum pads for fun live jam sessions, or let iSyn Poly do the playing for you with its full featured piano roll sequencer editable while playing. Play the keyboard by touching notes, or sliding up and down for amazingly expressive pitch glides and vibrato. iSyn Poly can even play a beat and synth track while you jam over sequenced tracks for a one-man iPad band!

With the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit you can use a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard to control iSyn Poly.

Three Independent Synthesizers
  • Three oscillators with sawtooth, pulse, triangle and sine waves. Modulations routings: LFO->pitch, filter ADSR->cutoff, LFO->pulse width.
  • White/Pink noise generator.
  • Classic 24 dB/oct  ladder-style lowpass filter with drive parameter. Modulations routings:  LFO->Cutoff, Filter ADSR->Cutoff, Velocity sensitivity with external keyboard.
  • Amp section includes distortion with drive, asymmetry and crusher (bit reducer) parameters.
  • Control matrix allows real time control of five parameters using the X/Y touch pad, the modulation wheel of an external keyboard and the tilt sensors of the iPad.
  • Arpeggiator for automated sequences.
  • 64 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.
Drum Machine
  • Eight simultaneous instruments arranged into eight user-selectable drum kits.
  • Editor page allows tuning, panning, level and decay time for individual instruments.
Effects Section
  • iSyn Poly features one global effects unit with phaser, flanger, chorus and stereo/cross delay.
  • Effects amount is individually settable for each of the synths and drum machine.
  • Play melodies live with onscreen keyboard/drum pads. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
  • Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.
Full featured Sequencer
  • Four track sequencer with piano roll and automation editor.
  • Record what you play live with the onscreen keyboard/drum pads or using an external CoreMIDI compatible keyboard.
  • Real time quantize function and metronome for recording.
  • Arrange your songs with variable length patterns ( 1 - 99 bars ). Move and copy/paste patterns.
  • Recording and playback of X/Y Pad movements, modulation wheel, pitch bend and key velocity.
  • Full set of editing functions with unlimited undo.
  • Modeless gesture optimized editing.
  • Manage unlimited number of songs.
  • Render song or patterns to audio and midi files.
  • Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps (e.g. Intua BeatMaker and many others)
  • Exchange songs and user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.

Friday, June 17, 2011

SampleWiz preview

Loopy 2: Savvy iPhone live looper

On of my favourite loop app gets a serious update:

This is a looper that'll come out to play, but get down to work when you want to get serious.

While other music creation apps tend to be either powerful but difficult to learn, or easy to use but limited in features, Loopy 2 doesn't compromise. Loopy 2 offers a sleek, expressive, instantly understandable interface that beginners can start using effectively straight away. It's fun, right from the start.

More advanced users, however, will not be disappointed by Loopy 2's rich feature set, with extra features many other loopers just don't have. Plus, a sophisticated interactive tutorial system lets users discover Loopy 2's more advanced features at their own pace.


- Six beautifully rendered circular loops, with simple yet powerful controls.
- Count-in and count-out lets you keep your hands free to play an instrument.
- Overdub, to build beautiful, complex soundscapes from many layers.
- Support for tracks of any multiple or fraction of a beat, for flexible and expressive looping.
- Sophisticated audio or visual metronome to keep you in time - no matter what time signature you choose.
- Perfectly synchronized, low latency audio engine.


- Import loops from your computer via iTunes, with support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, M4A, CAF and more.
- Bring in audio from many other audio apps with integrated MAPI AudioPaste, with support for Intua general pasteboard format.
- Imported loops are automatically fit to your beat, no matter what tempo.


- Full stereo audio, with pan controls for each track to create custom stereoscapes.
- Fix up timing by twisting tracks around to line up the beat, or make funky sound effects with dynamic time shifting.
- Drag a track onto another track to merge tracks, and clear up a space.
- Live, dynamic tempo adjustment to speed up or slow down your creations, without altering the pitch.


- Record whole performances with in-app session recording facilities.
- Upload performances or single loops straight to SoundCloud, and post to Twitter or Facebook.
- Email audio clips (with automatic conversion to compressed AAC audio).
- Share audio with many other audio apps with MAPI AudioCopy.
- Transfer loops or performances to your computer via iTunes.


Note: Loopy 2 is a demanding application that requires an iPhone 3Gs and newer, or iPod Touch 3rd generation (with headset recommended) or newer to run well. Older devices are not recommended for use with Loopy 2.
Loopy 2: Savvy iPhone live looper

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Nanostudio Developer Matt Borstel on Instrum3ntal

"...after some initial experimentation I realised that it could do a lot more and I could define my ultimate goal – to make a music app with which you can make complete compositions.  Well, electronic music compositions anyway."
"I have a task list which would probably take three years to complete and I want to make the iPad version the top priority right now."
Interview with Nanostudio Developer Matt Borstel - Instrum3ntal

Instrumental for iPad


Launch Special!! 50% off until June 21!!

Instrumental is a Wi-Fi MIDI Virtual Control Surface

Use your iPad with your favorite MIDI software as a 4x4 Drum Pad, Wicki-Hayden Hex-Keyboard, or full-feedback mixing desk.

Like a USB piano keyboard, except all the controls have full feedback, text readouts and dynamic labels, and you're not limited to just a piano layout. The Wicki-Hayden hexagonal layout is a great way to inspire your compositions.

Important Note: Instrumental does not make any sound on its own. It connects via Wi-Fi to MIDI software running on your computer.

See the website for demonstration videos and more information, including the complete user manual.

Instrumental includes 6 highly configurable surfaces, all with plenty of configurable, labelled controls:
- a piano
- a wicki-hayden hexagonal keyboard
- a 4x4 drumpad
- a 16 channel mixer
- 2 completely generic pages for controlling random devices like equalizers, compressors and other effects.

Compatible with any MIDI software, it works best when the controls are automatically labelled by the host software by sending MIDI SYSEX messages.

Drivers for Propellerhead's Reason and Record provide control maps for every Reason and Record device, with automatic control labels that update even when you override controls on the fly!
Features include:
- modular control panels that can be swapped around quickly and easily
- all controls can have labels and text readouts provided by the host, or edited on the fly
- all controls have feedback from the host, so you know exactly where everything is set
- supports the QB Conductor Protocol for reliable low-latency MIDI over Wi-Fi. Conductor servers are available for both Mac and Windows.
- supports the Apple Network MIDI Protocol, available on every Mac.
- connect multiple iPads to the same computer; have your whole band playing through one computer.
- musical layouts with customisable response curves
- much much more!

Reducing Wi-Fi Latency by Quantum Clockwork

If you are experiencing excessive Wi-Fi latency, here are some things you can try:
  • Use the QB Conductor Protocol instead of Apple’s Network MIDI. Conductor’s protocol gives the Wi-Fi connection the best opportunity for low-latency performance in a noisy environment.
  • Use a dedicated Wireless Router. Having other people watch streaming video using the same radio channel can only make things worse.
  • Use a wired network connection for your computer. If both your computer and your iPad are using Wi-Fi to connect to a Wi-Fi router, then your input must travel over Wi-Fi twice – once from the iPad to the router, and then again from the router to the computer. This will double your latency — the time taken to send a message over the wired connection is miniscule compared to what it takes to send it over radio.
  • Try an “ad-hoc” wi-fi network that doesn’t use a wi-fi router at all. In this mode your iPad is transmitting directly to the wi-fi card in your computer. Personally I find these “ad-hoc” connections a little too fiddly — wiring your computer to the wi-fi router should be virtually as fast, despite involving more equipment.
  • Upgrade to a 802.11N Wireless Router. 802.11N provides a lot more bandwidth than the earlier wireless standards, and as a side effect delivers much lower latency. It also operates at higher frequency ranges, which may have less interference at your location.
  • Disable 80211.b/g compatibility mode in the router. 802.11N routers often support the older 802.11 standards (a, b, g); supporting the old standards prevents the 802.11N from running as fast as it should, as the router has to periodically switch modes to check for older devices.
  • Disable “Automatic Channel Mode”. Some Routers have a mode that automatically looks for channels with less interference and will automatically change. While this sounds like a good idea, you will get a spike in latency when it does change its mind about which channel it wants to use. Experiment with different channels
  • Eliminate sources of interference. Malfunctioning equipment can generate a lot of RF noise. I recently had an LCD Monitor that was causing digital-TV interference, but only figured this out when the monitor finally died, as that was when the annoying interference was gone.
  • Try moving the Router to different places; closer to where the iPad is is better, a clear line of sight will help; going through walls and appliances can only make things harder for the radio link
Reducing Wi-Fi Latency | Quantum Clockwork