Primal Audio updates FM4 synth app to v1.1

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Primal Audio has released version 1.1 of FM4, a 4-operator synthesizer app for iOS.

Primal Audio FM4

Modelled on the popular DX series from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units.

Every aspect of the hardware — from envelope curves to sine-table sizes and quantisation errors to digital-to-analogue converters — has been meticulously analysed, in order to recreate the raw and dirty sound of the original units.

Changes in FM4 v1.1

  • Audiobus support.
  • iOS 7.0.x crash has been fixed.
  • Performance boost: the UI responsiveness has been drastically improved.
  • App-size has been reduced with more than 60%.
  • The manual is up.
  • Added a tempo popover with manual control of the tempo.
  • Added a waveform popover with an overview of waveforms.
  • Minor bug fixes.

FM4 is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

A free FM4 Lite version is now also available.

The lite version is fully functional except for the following limitations:

  • MIDI is disabled.
  • Inter-app Audio is disabled.
  • Audiobus is disabled.
  • Saving is disabled.
  • Only 40 factory presets are included.

More information: Primal Audio

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IK Multimedia intros iRig UA, iRig Mic Studio & iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia has introduced three new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

IK Multimedia iRig UA

iRig UA is the first universal guitar effects processor and interface for all Android devices.

IK is pleased to announce iRig UA, the first digital effects processor and interface to allow universal near-zero latency guitar processing with AmpliTube UA on all devices with Android 4.0 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG.

iRig UA represents a paradigm shift for Android users, that for the first time, will now be able to experience high-quality real time effects processing on any Android device.

iRig UA will be available soon, priced at 79.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

The iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital microphone for for iOS devices, Mac/PC and Android.

Offering superior sound and an extremely portable size, it packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure to capture professional recordings anywhere.

With iRig Mic Studio, creative hobbyists or pros of all types have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand!

iRig Mic Studio will be available for purchase soon for 144.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

iRig PowerBridge is a universal charging solution for all iRig accessories using your iOS devices.

iRig PowerBridge is a new charging system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows for the continuous charge of the device while using iRig accessories.

Now mobile musicians can practice, perform and record with their favorite 30-pin or Lightning compatible digital IK gear — like iRig Mic HD, iRig HD, iRig Keys, iRig PRO or iRig MIDI 2 — for as long as they want, anytime and everywhere.

iRig PowerBridge is available for pre-order for 54.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia

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Casio releases CZ App for iPad

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Casio has released CZ App for iPad, a virtual synthesizer app based on Casio’s best-selling CZ series of synthesizers, including the CZ-101 model released in 1984.

Casio CZ App for iPad

Along with its electronic musical instruments, Casio has been developing musical apps with the goal of providing the joy of playing music to more and more people. To date, Casio has released several apps that have become widely popular: Chordana Viewer and Chordana Tap, which automatically detect the chord progressions of songs; as well as Musical Practice Tool, a useful app for practicing a musical instrument or singing.

Now Casio has released the CZ App for iPad, an iPad app that recreates its best-selling CZ series of classic synthesizers and includes several all-new functions. CZ App for iPad allows up to four separate parts to be played using the original Phase Distortion sound source by Casio, and features 36 types of waveforms for producing a wide range of sounds.

The app is available for purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Casio / CZ App for iPad

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UVI launches BeatHawk music production app for iPad

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UVI has announced the release of BeatHawk, a portable music production studio app for iPad.

UVI BeatHawk

A complete music production environment, BeatHawk was designed from the ground-up to provide an immediate and efficient workflow optimized for portable use while providing studio-grade sounds, instruments and effects thanks to the industry-proven UVI Engine at its core. Users can create beats, sample, pitch and time stretch, layer melodies, mix, arrange, and export full songs, stems and MIDI quickly and efficiently through BeatHawk’s sleek and intuitive user interface.

BeatHawk includes a large library of high-quality sounds and instruments which can be expanded with user content or through additional UVI expansion packs available via in-app purchase. Expansion packs provide a tremendous value, delivering the same level of quality found in UVI’s desktop instruments used in studios around the world. BeatHawk launches with 15 available expansions including; Acoustic Grand, Brass Riffs, Choirs, Disco, Electric Piano, Electro Pop, Funk, Guitar Loops, Scratch, Talk Vox, Trip Hop, Atlanta Urban, West Coast Urban, Latin Percussion and World Percussion, with more expansions slated for release during the following months.

In addition to stand-alone use, BeatHawk provides immediate connectivity for studio environments with full support for CoreMIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, AudioCopy, WIST Sync, MIDI-over-LAN and compatibility with class-compliant MIDI keyboards. Users can play BeatHawk from external keyboards, sequence from a desktop DAW, wirelessly sync multiple iPad sessions or export 24-bit stems and MIDI for further editing in desktop applications.

BeatHawk features

  • 16 track sequencer with up to 16 patterns.
  • 780Mb sound and instrument library included.
  • Trigger via. pad mode, keyboard mode or with external device.
  • Edit and tweak sounds with high-quality effects and ADSR envelope.
  • Sample from iPad built-in mic, line-in or external devices.
  • High-quality pitch and time stretching.
  • Choke groups and One-Shot sample modes.
  • Perform and record arrangements realtime.
  • Integrated sound browser with realtime preview.
  • Exclusive UVI sound libraries available via in-app purchase.
  • Jam with multiple iPads using WIST Sync over Bluetooth.
  • Export stereo mix, stems or MIDI files with one touch.
  • Easily transfer files via. iTunes App.
  • External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI.
  • Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, Audio Copy and WIST compliant.
  • Export: 44.1kHz 24-bit WAV.
  • Import: FLAC, WAV, MP3, MP4, or AIF.
  • iPad 2 or newer (iPad 4 or newer recommended).
  • iOS 7+

BeatHawk is available for purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD (regular $9.99 USD).

More information: UVI / BeatHawk

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Positive Grid intros .strandberg* Signature BIAS amps

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Positive Grid and Strandberg Guitars have announced a major update to BIAS, the revolutionary guitar amp designer and modeler for mobile and desktop devices.

Positive Grid .strandberg* Signature for BIAS

This new version offers BIAS users a series of .strandberg* amps created by .strandberg* guitar artists, and focuses on giving a stunning tube amp tone made to enhance extended range guitars tone. The new BIAS .strandberg* amps are available for BIAS iPad users first, and will be available for BIAS Desktop users in the following weeks. Strandberg Guitars will host a series of BIAS Strandberg live demo sessions for the product at the NAMM Show this January 22-25.

“Launching our amps as ‘virtual amps’ using BIAS gives us so much more than just awesome tone. Our guitar customers can now reproduce the exact tone that our artists created for that guitar and that they might have heard in a demo or on an album. Not to mention they are free and don’t add an ounce of weight to the rig.” says Ola Strandberg, the founder and CEO of Strandberg Guitars.

During the NAMM show, BIAS and BIAS Professional are on sale for $74 USD and $174 USD, respectively.

More information: Positive Grid

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