Roli has released a new app called Seaboard 5d. After release of recent update of Noise app original touch-keyboard (emulation of Seabord keyboard) has disappeared and replaced by new Blocks interface. Also old soundbanks (that sound amazing) also were lost. Of course many old users were unhappy by loosing soundbanks they have purchased and by loosing old Seabord-style keyboard.
And we all know that Roli is amazing company that would brings lots of new great products on the market and their Seabord Rise keyboard is becoming modern classic – so they reacted very fast on all the user complains – today they have released Seabord 5d – new app with old functionality. And what’s even better all the great Soundbanks (sounds extracted from their exclusive Equator software synthesizer) are FREE. So grab the app and get some great sounds while is free!
ehDirtDelay has a number of unusual if not novel features:
Outside the feedback loop:
– A pre-delay for expanded rhytmic potential.
– Two syncable LFOs with per stereo channel phase settings.
In the feedback loop:
– Unipolar amplitude modulation, for adding dirt, noise and glitch.
– A basic reverb for diffusing the signal or “metalizing” it.
– Three choices for overdrive / distortion.
– Samplerate / bitdepth reduction.
Convenient signal routing options:
– Stereo or mono input.
– Mute left or right input.
– Swap left and right input.
– Feedback stereo balance.
– Invert feedback phase.
ROLI – developer of innovative Seabord and Seabord RISE keyboards has introduced new controllers for their iOS music app – Blocks. And today they have updated their iOS app NOISE with the support of Blocks. And actually updated app looks like complete rebuild with the whole new concept of Blocks in mind.
Here’s how previous version looked like:
And here’s new version:
So it is a complete redesign – I don’t know why but ROLI has decided to take out old keyboard that had few modulation dimensions and few faders – and leave only new “Blocks” interface without much control over sound…
UPDATE from ROLI: “We’ve redeveloped NOISE from the ground up, and that’s why we’ve had to temporarily disable Seaboard View and other features. Not to worry, though! We will reintroduce them within a month. We apologize for any inconvenience that the temporary removal of these features may have caused.”
If you liked previous version and had some IAPs – don’t update – wait while they fix it.
The new version is more like Scram or Figure. It is very simple – you just touch the screen and music plays. No IAA, no AU, no Audiobus.
So the app is really basic though it sounds pretty good. All embed sounds (there are not many) are pretty playable especially while modulating them by moving your finger.
And new controllers are amazing I think. Watch these videos:
It is really cool set of modules. Really small but still playable. And with several modules you can create your own unique layout. I just wish ROLI either develop NOISE app to give more control over sound or open MIDI interface to control other apps.
Another great update from KORG – after announcement of release of ARP Odissey for iOS – KORG has announced Monologue – their new mono synth that will be available in January for just $299.
It is available in 5 colors – so you’ll need to think a lot which one you prefer.
The keyboard has 25 keys – from E to E (not your regular C to C keyboard) – pretty reasonable decision for a synth focused on bass sound. Front panel is pretty typical for a 2 oscillators synth (except advanced sequencer and tiny display showing waveforms or menu). To build Monologue KORG took the best from Minilogue and added new sound sculpting abilities – “completely new filter, modulation, drive, and LFO can generate powerful basses and sharp leads, creating awesome mono sounds that showcase its single-voice design”.
From what we can hear on the sound demos – synth sounds amazing! Check out the video:
What stands this synth apart from others is advanced sequencer, waveform display and advanced microtuning developed in partnership with Aphex Twin.
Analog synthesizer with all-new synthesis structure optimized for amazing monophonic sounds and sequences
Fully programmable, with 100 program memories (80 presets included)
16-step sequencer with extensive motion sequence technology to make your sound move
Microtuning lets you freely create scales and alternate tonalities\
Oscilloscope function helps visualize the waveform in real time
Battery-powered for portability
Rugged and stylish with aluminum top panel, chassis-mounted pots, rubber-coated knobs, and real wood back panel
MIDI, USB MIDI, and Audio Sync for all types of in-studio and live connectivity, including direct sync with minilogue, SQ1, volca, electribe, and more
Five color variations that will shine on stage or in the studio
The following improvements are included in Maschine 2.5.0:
Support for MASCHINE JAM and it’s associated features
Perform FX effects
Maschine Factory Library update (available in Native Access)
Fixed Velocity is now unified between Pad and Step entry modes
A detailed list of missing plug-ins is now presented when trying to load content which requires plug-ins that MASCHINE cannot find.
REPLIKA is embedded correctly in MASCHINE’s plugin strip
Improved Loop behaviour when deleting and moving scenes
Numerous bug fixes
Perform FX description
Enliven your sounds with MASCHINE 2.5 software’s advanced Perform FX. Designed for spontaneous, tactile control in recording or live performance, these eight complex multi-effects alter motion, space, dynamics, and more for added expression.
An analog-modeled High, Low, and Band-pass filter capable of yielding raw, natural-sounding results using saturation and resonance. Roll off the highs for a thick, murky veil, or use the resonance to create sounds that float into self-oscillation infinity.
A comb filter effect with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Get performance-ready flanger or phaser effects, or expose its wild side – setting higher decay and frequency values unleashes ping-pong delay-like flutter effects.
A warm, versatile echo with plenty of character, designed for spontaneous splashes of echo. Strong, responsive attacks that taper off into hazy trails are perfect for dub and can also be tweaked for more extreme sound design.
A complex resonant echo with advanced feedback and saturation that verge on psychedelic tendencies. Echoes range from a tight, punchy resonant hum to ambiguous howling sounds from another dimension.
Built on a carefully selected bank of ring modulators, Ring adds a bell-like quality to melodic sound sources. Using the additional plate reverb, tweak a knob or Smart Strip to hand-pick individual notes and keep them ringing into the stratosphere.
Turn the intensity up, and down again with Stutter. This beat-mangling effect adds creative dynamics like glitches, fills, and expressive pitch-bending crescendos to drum patterns and more.
A no-frills tremolo and vibrato effect that’s perfect for creating motion and wobble on the fly. Instantly add expression with multiple modes, Rate, and Depth ranges, and use the Stereo knob to create auto-pan motion effects.
Scratcher warps your sounds with turntable motion effects that can get other-worldly. Apply a ‘brake’ to a sound, then scratch with it – just like on vinyl. Or use the pitch shifter delay to thicken the sound and create alien-sounding sweeps.
Steinberg has updated Cubasis to 2.0 bringing lots of new features for both professional musicians and beginners.
First of all time-stretch – long waited feature requested by many users. There’s manual and auto mode.
Pitch shift is another requested feature.
New channel strip makes Cubasis more suitable for professional use. Great to have saturator on each channel.
Though it is great update and great intro price for new users there are still some important features missing: Ableton Link support and 12″ iPad Pro interface – it is still scaled version of 9″ ipad.
Cubasis 2 special price valid from September 22 to October 06, 2016: € ($) 24.99 (regular price: € ($) 49.99). Special price for FX Pack 1 and FX Pack 2 (exclusively available through in-app purchase) valid until October 06, 2016: € ($) 3.99 (regular price: € ($) 6.99).
What’s new in Cubasis 2
• A Refreshed User Interface – Enjoy profound usability by straightforward workflows
• Real-time Time-Stretch – Tempo match audio loops to your song’s tempo in a snap
• Pitch shift with formant correction – Easily change keys of any tracks and tune them to perfection
• A studio-grade channel strip – Reach true sound perfection for all channels
• Spin FX – Tweak and mash-up your tracks with DJ-like breaks, stops and stutters
• MicroSonic TAPE instruments – Perfectly recreate trademark sounds from the ’60s era
• 76 new Micrologue presets – Lay down your tracks with cutting-edge modern synth sounds
• Factory loops tempo match – Enjoy the freedom to use included audio loops at any tempo
• MIDI Auto Quantize – Sync MIDI tracks with the beat while recording
• Ready for iOS 10 – Cubasis 2.0 is fully tested and proven iOS 10 compatible
Cubasis 2 Improvements & Fixes
CB-335 Zooming behaviour in arrange window and editors has been reworked to provide enhanced precision and accuracy.
CB-3282 Response time has drastically been improved for menu bar and tool bar buttons.
CB-3081 Record mode tools have been added to tempo pop-up for improved usability.
CB-3145 Factory audio loop library has been converted to lossless FLAC format for improved quality.
CB-3273 Background color option has been added to the setup for the Arrange window.
CB-3209 Order of fixed insert slots can be swapped via corresponding icon.
CB-3289 Improves the cosmetic issue of iOS keyboard and text pop-ups overlapping.
CB-392 Overlapping events no longer flicker when zooming or scrolling.
CB-2947 Loading audio unit instances during playback no longer results in muted audio playback.
CB-3298 Releasing the pitch-bend wheel now correctly resets its value.
CB-3314 Fixes the graphical issue of overlaying event names and event lengths.
CB-3321 Fixes the problem of unreliable rendering of Cubasis when transferring a file via Air Drop.
CB-3341 Fixes the problem of unreliable rendering of Cubasis when deleting user files via WiFi.
CB-3063 Fixes a rare phenomenon where audio files can get lost after recording, renaming and reloading a project.
CB-3028 Solves a rare problem where undoing a track recording could lead to losing corresponding I/O track settings.
CB-3045 Fixes a rare issue where undoing a recording can lead to renaming of the corresponding track.
CB-3129 Fixes a problem where the user interface of Blamsoft Viking appears broken after being assigned as AU instrument.
CB-3127 Freezing an AU track that contains Moog Model 15 now leads to expected results.
CB-2919 Fixes a problem where loading a project that contains a NS1 AU instrument instance could lead to unreliable behaviour of Cubasis.
CB-2205 Swing quantize settings are now properly saved with the project.
CB-3046 Fixes a problem where activating cycle mode during pre-count can lead to loosing recordings.
CB-3062 Activating cycle mode during count-in no longer leads to unwanted results.
CB-3110 Fixes defective samples of Microsonic’s Mellow EP instrument.
CB-3159 Type parameter of filter effect plug-in can now be automated as expected.
CB-3145 Importing loops from the factory library no longer results in wrong audio event lengths.
CB-3170 Return to stop in record mode now works as expected when having roll/count enabled.
CB-3175 Solves a problem where importing 96 kHz samples could lead to broken MiniSampler instruments.
CB-3210 Deleting an effect no longer interacts with other effect or track automations.
CB-3162 Fixes a graphical issue where importing .wav files could lead to overlapping between waveform and event size.
Synapse (developers of Dune and Antidote synths) has released new Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason: The Legend.
The Legend is modeled after legendary Moog’s MiniMoog synth with several additions not found in the orginial synth.
“Every component, ranging from the voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), voltage-controlled filter (VCF) and voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA), have been modeled to an accuracy never seen before in software. Furthermore the snappy filter and amplifier envelopes have been meticulously modeled, as well as the massive bottom end – even the most marginal effects like temperature drift or effects originating from the power supply have been taken into account.”
Anybody who have seen Minimoog or any plugin that recreates it (Arturia, NI Monark) will find familiar interface – three Oscillators with Moog-style controls, Mixer session with Noise and Feedback, Two Envelopes – One for filter and another for VCA. But also there are couple of new things…
First addition comparing to the original is Poly-mode. Second – it has Unison. At the back-side of the synth you can also find Reverb and Delay section.
What would be cool is to have Envelope CV outs (I hope Synapse add it in the future releases) – but except that it is perfect virtual analog synth that sounds fat and really analog. I would say it has the most analog sound comparing to any other RE-synth. And also from the design point of view – it is one most beautifully designed rack extensions. It looks great with a new Reason 9 black theme.
The Legend is available in Rack Extensions Store for $99 – which is great price tag for one of the best sounding Rack Extensions.
As for today most of Maschine users creating track sketches in Maschine and exporting stems/audio/midi into other DAW for further arrangement/processing.
Maschine sequencer – from capturing ideas to the full track
One of the mid-term goals for Native Instruments is to “support the full workflow from capturing first ideas to sketching a song arrangement”.
In v.2.4.6 Maschine Sequencer was updated to support Scene Length (independently from the Clip Length – before that Scene length was equal to longest clip in the scene).
The next improvement to be added is called Linked Scenes.
“This will allow Scenes to be inserted into the arrangement multiple times, and changes in one of the linked Scenes (or instances of the Scene, if you like) will be mirrored in the other linked Scenes. With one press of a button, a linked Scene can be turned into a “unique” Scene, i.e. new Patterns are generated on all Groups and the Scene is unlinked, but contains exactly the events of the linked Scene – and can be edited on its own from then on. We are implementing this feature in a way that it is unobtrusive to existing workflows of Scene duplication etc.”
Song Layer and Song Clips
The next step will be adding Song Layer – a new layer on top of the Scene arranger where Song clips can be placed independent from the Scene boundaries. So Scenes would contain patterns. And Song contains Song Clips. Pattern can be turned into Song Clip.
As mentioned on the forum – all these new adjustments are being tested by small group of beta testers. I expect new Song Layer to be available in next major Maschine update 2.5. And maybe NI finally introduce new hardware – to respond Ableton Push 2 and MPC Touch.