Olympia Noise updates Ondes for iPad to v1.1

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Olympia Noise Co. has released version 1.1 of Ondes, a fun and expressive musical instrument for iPad.

Olympia Noise Ondes

Inspired by early electronic instruments such as the Ondes Martenot and the Theremin, Ondes emulates the fluid playing style of those classic instruments with an interface and synthesis engine firmly grounded in the present day.

Changes in Ondes v1.1

  • Swarm Oscillators – Two extra oscillators to thicken your sound. Detune them and tell them lag behind to create a swarm effect.
  • Hold Button – Press the ‘hold’ button to sustain notes indefinitely. Play melodies over top or move the sustained notes around.
  • MIDI Mode – You can now control other synths and electronic instruments with Ondes using MIDI. Please read the instructions though — there are a few things you should know about first!
  • New Modulation Parameters – The Y Axis can now control more parameters: Assign the Y Axis to control wavetable LFO rate & depth. Assign the Y Axis to control filter LFO rate & depth. Adjust the Y Axis to control volume from -100% to 100%
  • Inter App Audio Transport – Using Ondes as an instrument in Garageband or other DAW just got easier! You can you control the play, record, and rewind buttons from right inside Ondes.
  • Keyboard Range – Choose between small (1.5 octave) and large (2.5 octave) range for the keyboard.
  • Snapping – New “Scale” and “Chromatic” snapping modes.
  • Scales – In the mood for some modes? How about the “prometheus” scale? Choose from a bunch of pre-loaded scales or create your own. Save and reuse your custom scale types!
  • Tuning Systems – Put all that microtonal space to good use with alternate tuning systems. Choose from experimental and traditional tuning systems such as Just Intonation, Pythagorean, and Highland Bagpipe tuning. Create your own tunings or import & export .scala files. (Some limitations apply)
  • Tuning Reference – Ever feel like A440 isn’t right for you? How about A415? That’s more like it.

Ondes for iPad is available for purchase for $7.99 USD.

More information: Olympia Noise / Ondes

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Cinematique Instruments releases Poing! for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced Poing!, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Poing! for Kontakt
Poing? Just let two balls bouncing inside an enclosed area and let them play a sound each time they are contacting an obstacle! That exactly is Poing – It is musical Ping Pong. But also much more….

Poing! is a self generating musical tool which makes sounds by every touch of two balls with the border of an area in which the balls are bouncing or 3 bars inside this area. These bars can also move either automatically or controlled by the mod wheel. Poing! provides four different sound sources, which can be mixed with four seperate knobs. These are a Monochord, a Gentle Glockenspiel, a normal Sinus Sounds and the sound of a glass bowl.

In order to shape the sound of Poing there are available a lot of options: reverb, delay, phaser and a low pass resonance filter. But you can also set the pitch and the scale of the generated notes. There are available 10 different kinds of scales such as major-, minor, whole-tone, chromatic or mixed scales. Finally you can separatly start each ball and adjust the speed of them. Because of its advanced
scripting Poing! is like the 80ies video game – just musically fun.

Beside using Poing! as a self generating tool you are also free to play Poing! manually with your keyboard.

The Poing! library for Kontakt is available to for 16 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4 or higher full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Poing!

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Kapture: the audio-recording wristband

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Kapture, the audio recording wristband that allows you to save and share what was just said, is pleased to announce the success of their recent Kickstarter campaign.

Over 1,228 backers supported the month-long campaign with a total of $162,386 being pledged, exceeding their goal of $150,000, and putting them in the less-than-one-per-cent of Kickstarters that raise over $100,000.

“The success of the Kapture Kickstarter campaign can be attributed to enthusiasm for the product’s endless applications in the everyday lives of its supporters,” said Matthew Dooley, one of Kapture’s co-founders.

During the course of the campaign, the founders remained actively engaged with the Kickstarter community, innovating where they discovered an opportunity.

One such innovation was the Klip, which was designed in response to supporters who wanted an alternate option for accessorizing with the device. In addition, Kapture solidified its status as wearable tech that’s meant to be seen by introducing two luxe metallic editions, putting it in the company of the stylish iPhone 5S and Google Glass. Initially offered in five on-trend colors, Kapture is now also available in 14K gold and chrome, thanks to a partnership with 3D printing powerhouse Shapeways.

Kapture will be accepting pre-orders through its website starting November 1st, 2013. Kapture’s public release is planned for March 2014.

More information: Kapture

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Fingerlab releases Musyc music app

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Fingerlab Musyc

Fingerlab has announced Musyc, the a fun and innovative music application where touch turns into music.

No use of piano keyboard or partitions, draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen.

Enjoy the 64 instruments exclusively created and produced at Fingerlab music studio as well as all the exciting and new physical and music tools provided in Musyc.

Musyc features

  • Graphic design by Jonas Eriksson.
  • Retina Display.
  • Optimized for iPhone 5 and new iPad.
  • High quality sound engine.
  • Ultra-realistic physical engine.
  • Audio track mixer (level, pitch, length, pan, mute).
  • 2 effect channels with 5 effects (Delay, Overdrive, Reverb, Dalek, Compressor).
  • Physical sequencer.
  • Motion recorder.
  • Advanced physical objects (planet, black hole, modulator, …).
  • Real-time audio recording.
  • High-quality or compressed exports (DropBox, SoundCloud, Mail, AudioCopy and iTunes).

Musyc is free to download at the iTunes app store. Musyc full version is available through in-app purchases.

More information: Fingerlab / Musyc

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Ninja Tune releases Ninja Jamm mixing & jamming app for iOS

Ninja tune has launched Ninja Jamm, a free mixing and jamming app for iOS that lets anyone instantly remix music from the Ninja Tune label using touch control, state of the art effects and killer music from Ninja artists.

Ninja Jamm

The app is a revolutionary fusion of music and software for the iPhone brought to you by the musical innovators at Ninja Tune and the design wizards at seeper.

Combining aspects of DJing, remixing and producing, the app lets anyone experience the excitement of playing with electronic music. Ninja artists such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Mr Scruff and Coldcut, provide the tunes for you to jamm with.

As each tune plays, you can switch seamlessly between the original licks and bonus clips, created by highly trained remix Ninjas, whilst glitching and effecting each channel and firing oneshot samples over the top.

Unlike many other music apps, the Jamm experience is very hands-on and immediate- your human feel is their key to enjoying freestyle mix possibilities. You can touch, tilt, shake and use multiple fingers and thumbs to Jamm and record, create a killer version of a favourite Ninja Tune and instantly share it with the world through Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

The Ninja Jamm app comes bundled with a free Tunepack, Beats and Pieces3 from Coldcut, the cut’n’paste classic from the DJ duo who helped define both the modern remix with Paid in Full and mashup with Journeys By DJ. More Tunepacks from Ninja artists are available for in-app purchase.

More information: Ninja Jamm

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