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Postby Soulless » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:22 pm

Roli Noise app - Free download for newer iPhones and iPads

I didn't see this mentioned, and I use Noise a lot. I provide a link to the Roli page where they have a pretty decent demo. https://roli.com/products/noise
This app is for an iPhone 6s or newer iPad. I prefer the iPad one on the iPad Pro because it sounds better and the keyboard is larger. I just checked the Apple App store and find it is still free. Looks like there are downloads for packs for new sounds, which I hadn't known but which I will grab today (3 to 4 pounds each looks like). I saw these on the Roli website.

And another thing I discovered is that it now enables the iPhone or iPad to be used as the audio engine for the Seaboard Rise (which I also have). THAT Is excellent news for me, as I have had to drag my mac and all that that entails with me to make the Seaboard work outside of the home studio. I know nothing about it yet, but as soon as I do I will put up a short post.

A link to a youtube demo. Worthy of a moment of your time. https://youtu.be/IOFfaTr-bf4
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby job » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:34 pm

Airfoil. It allows you to route audio from your DAW (or anywhere), out through your phone speaker. Something i like to do in the final stages... or at all times if making a ringtone! :thumbup:

Soundwire for Android does the same, for anyone on that platform reading this.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby JRJulius » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:06 pm

This doesn't seem like the liveliest of threads anymore, but I use iOS in my musicmaking and I feel like talking about it. Here are the apps that I can't do without anymore:

Korg ODYSSEi: Only a few weeks old and arguably a significant step up over their previous CMT engines. They've modeled oscillator drift this time around so they beat a little unless you activate sync. Whether this is good or bad is up to you, but it certainly sounds more "analogue" to me. I had no complaints about the ring mod sounds on iMS-20, but they've supposedly revamped the Sync and RM capabilities to remove aliasing and provide more convincing upper frequency content. Plus, they added a sequencer, effects, and polyphony. It sounds great and is a ton of fun to play but the interface is a little fiddly on an iPad Mini and a LOT fiddly on an iPhone.

Moog Model 15: It's been discussed to death elsewhere, I'm sure, but I didn't see it mentioned in this thread. Moog pulled out all the stops with this one and while it isn't exactly a "fully-featured" VA modular (it has far fewer modules compared to Audulus, Oscillot, etc), it sounds amazing and is an excellent starting point for those new to modular systems. Its built-in controllers are also fantastic -- you get a ribbon controller, a standard keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, an Animoog keyboard, and a pretty decent arpeggiator. The interface is surprisingly intuitive and works well on an iPad Mini but you'll probably have more fun with a larger screen. Requires a 64-bit device.

Olympia Noise Co. Patterning: Another one that has made some serious waves since its release. It's a circular drum sequencer with a focus on pattern variation. I can't describe its standout features succinctly but let's just say that percussion hipsters will have a field day with this one.

It's also worth mentioning that if you're using a recent version of MacOS (I first noticed it with El Capitan), you can send audio from your device through a Lightning cable -- no need to use the headphone jack. Just go into Audio MIDI setup and add your iPad or iPhone as an audio source, then go into your DAW and select it as your audio input. It's a bit of extra hassle to switch audio inputs all the time, but if you don't have the right I/O on your soundcard, this will cut some 1/8"-1/4" adapters from your setup. But Lightning still won't transmit MIDI, which I find unfathomable.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:29 pm

I'd be interested to know if Cubasis or Auria have improved (i.e. introduced) time signature handling.

I've commented before that MultiTrackStudio for iPad was the only app I could find which offered the capacity to build any kind of tempo map. I subsequently found that it does all kind of things immaculately, albeit with a relatively ugly GUI.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Andy McBain » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:05 pm

JRJulius wrote:Moog Model 15: It's been discussed to death elsewhere, I'm sure, but I didn't see it mentioned in this thread. Moog pulled out all the stops with this one and while it isn't exactly a "fully-featured" VA modular (it has far fewer modules compared to Audulus, Oscillot, etc), it sounds amazing and is an excellent starting point for those new to modular systems. Its built-in controllers are also fantastic -- you get a ribbon controller, a standard keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, an Animoog keyboard, and a pretty decent arpeggiator. The interface is surprisingly intuitive and works well on an iPad Mini but you'll probably have more fun with a larger screen. Requires a 64-bit device.

Rather good this one, isn't it? :D

I'm still not entirely sure what all the bits do... but I managed to make a fat sounding acid patch pretty easily.

I'm very interested in iOS synths since equipping my iPad Air with MIDI in. I can see the Moog instruments in particular becoming genuinely useful in my tracks, rather than just toy apps...
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Soulless » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:06 am

I once posted my affection for Roli Noise, a free download then, and now. It has improved since, changed rather substantially. The latest incarnation seems intended to fold in the Blocks capabilities. I have one Block as of this week, and a Seaboard. They do not presently meld well, Blocks is a suite of hardware with a lower entry price point than the Seaboard line, but is similar in capabilities and quite versatile. Maybe more versatile. Take a look, it is free to use, but there are low cost in app purchaseables. It sounds good and is portable fun. No hardware needed other than an iPhone or iPad. The Blocks are available to make it more fun.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby John Willett » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:28 am

One app I have found excellent is Duet display :thumbup:

This little £15 app turns your iPad into a second display for your computer.

This is an excellent app and I am using it now.

While using your DAW, you can have varous things open on the second screen, while using the main screen.

For the minimal cost of £15 it saves you having to buy a second screen.

Superb and highly recommended (and it will work with a PC as well as a Mac) :thumbup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby ore_terra » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:36 pm

got that one as well. it's pretty good.

I use it when I'm on the road with the laptop.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Richard Graham » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:27 pm

Agree about the Model 15. Got mine for a shade under a tenner. Brilliant. Plugged an old Korg NanoKontrol in there using a generic camera control kit, mapped the sliders to the Model 15's knobs: instant "analogue"!

Between that and the Korg M1 I've got analog and digital covered.

On the subject of equipping your iPad or iPhone with a MIDI in, you may not have to.

Korg's MicroKey Air keyboards transmit MIDI over Bluetooth with no hassle, negligible latency, and 100% reliability (in my experience). If you can handle the mini-keys they are also a very nice feeling keyboard, streets ahead of (for example) the Akai LPK-25.

You also get various bits of software, including a very nice acoustic piano, electric piano, strings and Hammond organ, in the form of Module Le. Runs on a modest spec: I can use my iPhone 5s as a wireless sound module!

Oh, and has anyone mentioned SynthMaster Player yet? It's bloody marvellous and you can get your hands on gorgeous, inspiring sampled mellotrons and hammond and things as a a £5 IAP (Art Rock Basics).
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:12 am

Moog now have the Model D app...
https://www.moogmusic.com/products/apps ... odel-d-app

I have both this and the Model 15 and they sound great, but I've had no joy with integrating them with the computer using iPhone/Windows 10/Ableton and the Studiomux app. The user manual for the latter is atrocious for the Studiomux Server element of it.

Having just switched to Mac am hoping I can finally get these to work in a useful way.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dan LB » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:52 am

Thor by Propellerhead. Paid app. My favourite synth I’ve used on iOS. :thumbup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:24 pm

Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:36 pm

Dave.P wrote:Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/

Are you able to get sound via the lightning cable into your DAW and send MIDI out to Synth One from the DAW to sync it?

See my post above regarding the Moog apps. I still haven't been able to successfully do it. Makes any iOS apps a bit of a waste of time for me.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby zenguitar » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:53 pm

redlester wrote:
Dave.P wrote:Audiokit make the free and excellent Synth One.
There is also aFM/DX model too and then a paid for D1 Synth.

I use them to record directly into my DAW as a proper keyboard really helps.
https://audiokitpro.com/audiokit/

Are you able to get sound via the lightning cable into your DAW and send MIDI out to Synth One from the DAW to sync it?

See my post above regarding the Moog apps. I still haven't been able to successfully do it. Makes any iOS apps a bit of a waste of time for me.

It can be done, but not just with a lightning cable. I have the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+ which is a USB MIDI interface for Mac/PC which is also a MIDI host for additional USB devices and a pair of USB/lightning interfaces for iOS devices which carries both MIDI and audio between Mac and iPad/iPhone.

https://www.iconnectivity.com/products/ ... tmidi4plus

There is a smaller version too.

You need to set up an aggregate device in your Mac audio settings. So far I've not used it in anger, but it is incredibly sophisticated in handling multiple MIDI devices with different connectors.

Andy :beamup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:02 pm

I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:29 pm

Dave.P wrote:I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.

Looks like the Alesis is specifically for iPad? I would require someting for iPhone use. I do have an iPad gathering dust but it's a second generation one and incapable of running any of these synth apps. My phone, however, is an iPhone XS.
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:35 pm

zenguitar wrote:It can be done, but not just with a lightning cable. I have the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+ which is a USB MIDI interface for Mac/PC which is also a MIDI host for additional USB devices and a pair of USB/lightning interfaces for iOS devices which carries both MIDI and audio between Mac and iPad/iPhone.

https://www.iconnectivity.com/products/ ... tmidi4plus

There is a smaller version too.

You need to set up an aggregate device in your Mac audio settings. So far I've not used it in anger, but it is incredibly sophisticated in handling multiple MIDI devices with different connectors.

Andy :beamup:

This looks like what I might need. I will bear this in mind for future, as it has three sets of MIDI DIN in-outs as well.

After years of not bothering with this music lark, when I rediscovered my love for it a few years back I intended to do everything "in the box" and have largely kept it that way. But strangely I now find myself with (as well as all the software synths and sample libraries) a Moog Subsequent 37, a DFAM and a Volca Keys.

It's starting to expand outwards. Like my stomach! :mrgreen:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:25 pm

redlester wrote:After years of not bothering with this music lark, when I rediscovered my love for it a few years back I intended to do everything "in the box" and have largely kept it that way. But strangely I now find myself with (as well as all the software synths and sample libraries) a Moog Subsequent 37, a DFAM and a Volca Keys.

There's no hope for you now, my friend. Sorry to be the one who has to break the sad news to you.

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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby redlester » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:38 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:There's no hope for you now, my friend. Sorry to be the one who has to break the sad news to you.

That's what I was thinking myself.

Can you let my wife know please CC? :sos: :beamup:
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Re: iOS (iPad and iPhone) Apps of worthiness!!

Postby Dave.P » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:45 pm

redlester wrote:
Dave.P wrote:I us an Alesis iO Dock II to connect everything up.
Seems this was discontinued a while back so there may be some second hand deals around.
Be aware that earlier ones did not come with a lightning connection as standard.
Fortunately my iPad Pro 1st generation fits in pretty well.
In Cubase, the iO Dock shows up as the target for the midi from whatever device I choose so can even make it follow the chord track.
Audio comes back in via a stereo pair to my interface.

Totally agree that you need to set up an Aggregate Device.

Looks like the Alesis is specifically for iPad? I would require someting for iPhone use. I do have an iPad gathering dust but it's a second generation one and incapable of running any of these synth apps. My phone, however, is an iPhone XS.

You can use it with an iPhone if needed - just use a lightning extension cable....
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