Monday, May 28, 2018

Using iOS apps for live performance

These several examples demonstrate how iOS apps can be used for live performance and studio recording together with other instruments and audio devices.

Usually for live performance very convenient use the MIDI controller for control the audio processing apps or simple MIDI keyboard for synthesizer apps. For the best audio preferable to use an external audio interface connected to the iOS device. With MIDI controller and audio interface you can conveniently use apps for live performance even on iPhone.

To connect several USB MIDI and audio devices to single iPad or iPhone you can use simple non-powered USB hub. Mostly any hub works without problems. But in this case you should use power adapters for your MIDI controllers and audio interfaces. Or you can use powered hub and connect to him any controller that can powering thru USB.

Also you need have "Lightning to USB Camera Adapter" to connect USB hub to the iOS device:

Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (with this adapter iOS device will powering from battery)
Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (this adapter can power and charge iOS device)

In this setup were used two apps SynthScaper and FieldScaper on iPads, three DIY sound boxes and analog synthesizer with two analog effect units.

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The SynthScaper app was controlled by a MIDI keyboard/controller Akai MPK49, and FieldScaper app by MIDI controller Novation Zero MKII. Each iPad with own app was connected to individual audio interface Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. Stereo outputs from these interfaces were mixing and recording on Tascam Portastudio 424 Mk III. Of course it could be any other mixer and recorder. Also to the mixer was connected separate mono audio output from synthesizer Roland Juno-60 processed thru filter Akai MFC42 and tape delay Roland RE-201 Space echo.

Outputs from DIY sound boxes were connected to external audio interface of FieldScaper app. The FieldScaper processed sound from these devices in real time with the first oscillator in the "Loop" mode, and also plays and processed several pre-recorded loops in the second and third oscillators.

This setup in action:

[ More about SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer ]

[ More about FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor ]

There is another setup with SynthScaper and SoundScaper apps.

In this example different oscillators in SynthScaper control by external MIDI sequencer Doepfer Dark Time and MIDI keyboard/controller Akai MPK49. The SoundScaper app was operated by MIDI controller Korg nanoKontrol2. Two stereo outputs from external audio interfaces Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 were mixed and recorded on Tascam Portastudio 424 Mk III.

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All USB devices (except Korg nanoKontrol2) have own power supplies and connected to iPads thru non-powered USB hubs. Korg nanoKontrol2 powering from iPad battery thru USB hub.

This setup in action:

[ More about SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer ]

[ More about SoundScaper - An experimental sound mini lab ]

Two synthesizers processed by FieldScaper app.

In this example two synthesizers - Roland Juno-60 with additional effect unit Roland RE-201 Space echo and Korg MS2000 were used as external audio sources for first oscillator in FieldScaper app. This oscillator was configured in "Looper" - "Effect" mode. Synthesizers were connected to two different input channels of external audio interface Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. In the app these channels mixed to one for use in oscillator. For this oscillator was used the slightly modified preset "Dark and foreboding places".

Two other oscillators in FieldScaper app were configured for using pre-recorded samples with several presets. All oscillators were operated by using MIDI controller Novation Zero MKII. The six faders at the right side are assigned on "Main effect" and "Output level" for each oscillator. Buttons below assigned for switch between presets and samples. Knobs at the left side are assigned for mixer "Distance" / "Panorama", filter "Frequency" / "Resonance" and for "Clock" / "Clock offset".

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Stereo output from FieldScaper app thru external audio interface was recorded on Roland V-Studio 100.

This setup in action:

[ More about FieldScaper - Field recorder & Scapes constructor ]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FieldScaper ver. 1.9 has been released

FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder and scapes constructor for iPhone and iPad ver. 1.9 has been released!

With this update you can access FieldScaper records and samples by using iOS 11 Files app. Just open app "Files" - "On My iPad (iPhone)" - "FieldScaper" to copy, move, delete or rename any file which contains in FieldScaper. Also with Files app you can easily copy samples to FieldScaper from any other apps or storage cloud services.

FieldScaper is advanced field recorder combined with a sound warp engine and a collection of ready to use dynamic presets for iPad and iPhone. Discover new ways to create and construct unusual and exciting sounds from any environmental audio recordings or samples recorded from other apps through Inter-App audio or Audiobus.

The main advantage is that you can record and modify samples along the way within the single app. You can record sounds and noises, delete unwanted parts and then use presets to give a whole new sounding or create spectacular soundscapes and textures to use them as loops in this app. And even use FieldScaper as effect in real time with other apps or external input.

[ More about FieldScaper ]

[ Complete description of FieldScaper 1.9 in PDF file ]

FieldScaper app processes external synths and playback the samples:

[ Know more about this setup ]

Abstract patterns (FieldScaper and Korg Monotron only):

[ Know more about this setup ]

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Sale! All Audio Mastering apps

Limited time sale all apps of Audio Mastering series.

Audio Mastering - The fully functional audio mastering application with professional quality delivers an unprecedented level of clarity, punch and warmth to your mix. Precise control of all parameters and highest quality audio processing, the most important part of any mastering, is the base of this app. Buy on App Store >>>

AltiSpace - Convolution Reverb. The realistic sound of famous reverb gears in your iPad and iPhone! Includes a large built-in library of the highest quality reverb impulses taken from actual devices and possibility to upload your own impulses of reverb spaces. Intuitive and compact user interface for maximum ease and efficiency. Buy on App Store >>>

Master FX contains a set of classic sound effects which you can use for guitar, synth or voice at live performance or for processing tracks in DAW and other mixing apps thru Inter-App Audio or with Audiobus. Through the use of unique high quality audio processing algorithms the sound of this app is closest to the sound of world famous hardware audio effects. Buy on App Store >>>

Master Record - Tape simulation recorder, player and effect for Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. Easy to use application with convenient control brings the richness and warmth of analog tape machines to your instrument, voice or final tracks. Buy on App Store >>>

More demos:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SynthScaper ver. 1.4 has been released

SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer for iPad and iPhone ver. 1.4 has been released.

Synthesizer specially designed for creating and experiments with ambient soundscapes in wide range from noises to melodic instruments and everything in between.

You can construct melodic pads or atonal soundscapes from different kind of built-in or downloaded samples by using all power of multi-layered oscillators, chains of filters and effects, envelope generators and low frequency oscillators. Or just use predefined scenes and creating your own scenes from library of oscillators presets.

>>> More details about SynthScaper

This update adds Designer tool to iPhone version. This tool is intended to automatically generate and tweaking new presets and scenes. With using neural network the Designer generates new presets based on already existing by adding some random variations and checking the result so that the new preset remains similar to the selected pattern.

>>> Short description of Designer tool

Also in this update:

  • Added new scenes and presets.
  • Added a lot of new samples in built-in library.
  • The Designer tool available for iPhone version.
  • Improved the option autotune for samples.
  • Optimization for use on iPhone X.
  • Audiobus SDK updated.
  • Several minor bugs were fixed.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Audio Mastering ver. 2.95 has been released

The fully functional professional quality audio mastering application for iPad. For everyone who wants to take their final mixes to the next level. Precise control of all parameters and highest quality with 32-bit / 96 kHz audio processing, the most important part of any mastering, is the base of this application.

This all-in-one tool allows you to finalize the completed mix, record a track, convert audio formats, change sample rate, convert bit depth, cut part of a track for preview and apply fade-in and fade-outs. Support for Inter-App audio and Audiobus allows you to use Audio Mastering together with other audio applications. Moreover, with an external audio interface, you can use this application as a powerful sound processor or insert effect in your studio and integrate it with other studio hardware.

>>> More about Audio Mastering app

What's new in this update:

  • Support of Audiobus 3.
  • Fixed Dropbox access.
  • Fixed SoundCloud access.
  • iOS 11 optimization.
  • Average RMS level on waveform.
  • Some improvements of user interface.
  • Several others minor bugs have been fixed.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AltiSpace - Convolution Reverb ver. 2.2 has been released

The realistic sound of famous reverb gears in your iPad and iPhone. Includes a large built-in library of the highest quality reverb impulses taken from actual devices and possibility to upload your own impulses of reverb spaces. Intuitive and compact user interface for maximum ease and efficiency. 

You can use this application together with Inter-App Audio hosts (like a DAW, Mixer, Recorders or Audio file managers) or with Audiobus for adding studio quality reverberation effects to the sound of other music applications or pre-recorded tracks.

AltiSpace can also be used with external audio interfaces for real-time sound processing. Suitable for live performance or in the studio together with other equipment.

>>> AltiSpace review - convolution reverb app

What's in this update:

  • Audiobus 3 supported.
  • iOS 11 compatibility update.
  • Sound engine optimization.
  • Minor bugs were fixed.

>>> The most famous reverb gears (included in AltiSpace)

>>> More about AltiSpace app