Music & Audio Apps Debut With Apple iPad
Apple officially released their Apple iPad and the onslaught of Apps specifically created for the “Large iPhone” has started. Here’s a rundown that will be updated with the latest releases appearing at the top. And away we go…
Yonac Software miniSynth PRO
Yonac Software has premiered the miniSynth PRO for the iPad. Conceived and designed by the same team behind the original synth and the theremin for the iPhone OS, miniSynth PRO contains a new sound engine crafted especially, and deployed only, for the iPad platform.
miniSynth PRO is a virtual analog synthesizer, which incorporates an improved version of the time proven zero latency “push-pull” Yonac keyboard algorithm that powers their existing synthesizers, and features a highly customized version of their original analog-clone “Vincent” tone shaping filter. More importantly, it marks the debut of the brand new YASSE (pronounced “Yah-See”) modular sound sequencing and synthesis engine, developed in Yonac labs over the last three years.
As a step up on its predecessors, miniSynth PRO is designed as an FM / Subtractive hybrid synth. Among other innovations, it features custom “Vari-wave” dynamic waveform selection algorithm, individually parameterized voice processing, and carefully selected waveforms driving its dual interactive oscillators and its five-destination LFO. miniSynth PRO offers many other features to render music making easier. They include a dedicated arpeggiator module, dual individually adjustable keyboards, user control matrix, and 82 presets designed by actual musicians. Users are able to record their own performances, as well as save and recall any number of their own presets in the brand-new YPAT patch design format.
Yonac’s miniSynth PRO costs $9.99 via the iPad iTunes Store.
IK Multimedia Groovemaker
IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that its GrooveMaker range of remixing apps is now available for the iPad.
Released for the iPhone and iPod touch in August 2009, the GrooveMaker Free version has consistently been in the top 100 music apps with over 600,000 downloads, and the entire GrooveMaker family features 11 style-based apps for the most popular genres of music.
GrooveMaker for the new iPad offers the same smart features and streamlined workflow as the iPhone/iPod version for making music with loops, but also takes advantage of the new larger multi-touch surface to provide enhanced operation with an integrated, advanced controller. Users will find a mixer-like environment with large slider controls for volume, pan and master volume of the 8 controllable loop tracks, plus instant access to tempo, solo and mute functions all on the same screen.
Also, GrooveMaker for iPad adds even more control when working with loops, providing a new level of creative flexibility. Users can now switch “snapped” grooves with a single touch, plus control the number of loops that are automatically combined during a random mix. GrooveMaker iPad is the perfect addition to a DJ set, providing unlimited creative flexibility in live remixing and DJ applications.
There are 4 GrooveMaker packs for the iPad available now: Free (a 120-loop pack with a mix of House and Hip-Hop); House; Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass.
IK’s GrooveMaker House, Hip-Hop and D’n’B contain over 300 loops each and will set you back $9.99 / €7.99 from the iTunes App Store. More information on the new GrooveMaker for iPad apps.
Korg has released the iElectribe for the iPad. The “virtual analog beatbox” (Whatever that means…does anyone in Korg’s marketing department actually use their products?? —Ed.). allows users choose one of the eight parts (or sounds) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build patterns and grooves.
The iElectribe models “the historic Electribe R’s” (“historic” are you kidding us?? Who actually gets paid to write this stuff??! —Ed.) sound engine – including analog synthesis modeling and PCM synthesis, along with virtual Valve Force tube modeling. The sequencer can record instrument parts as well as advanced Motion Sequencing – the recording of knob movements as part of a pattern. The iElectribe comes preprogrammed with 64 new preset patterns that allow the user to create music in a wide variety of dance and electronic music styles; the user can also create up to 64 patterns of their own.
Korg’s iElectribe is available now for $9.99 before it goes up to a substantial $19.99 after June 30, 2010.