I love it and I use it!
Refraktions is a Drone Machine, a Generative music tool, a 8 tracks sequencer, or a Sound Expander.
There is someone in this App...
Someone who learn about you each time you launch the App or play a new melody...
" Your taps imprint the AI memory and help it generate loops tailored to your choices over time."
"These sounds will loop and morph into new compositions over time, evolving indefinitely. More taps will be taken into consideration by AI and steer the app in new directions. The AI memory persists between app launches and the more you use the app, the more it learns about the tracks, pitches, and compositions you prefer, weighing your most recent decisions more heavily."
"The notes will loop, getting quieter each time it plays. When the note has completely faded out, the overall composition is assessed by the AI and new sequences are generated. The result is that each time the app is used it outputs a unique composition that morphs and evolves over time. The more the app is used, the more the AI shapes itself to the user."
8 horizontal lines = 8 ribbon keyboards = 8 tracks = 8 instruments
Only 8 instruments?
Yes, and it's cool... The developer choice... 8 beautiful sounds to create an Atmosphere, a Drone.
I love to use the internal sounds but you can also turn off a built-in instrument or all and send the MIDI out to another App.
A few gestures...
Swipe from L to R to remove all notes from a track.
To rearrange the notes on all tracks, shake your device.
To get the Tempo Selector to appear, drag three fingers up or down the screen.
To reset the sequencer, draw a counter-clockwise circle on the screen. This is an easy way to clear out a busy song and start from scratch. If MIDI Clock is set to SEND MIDI CLOCK, then a MIDI Song Position of 0 0 is sent to the MIDI Destinations.
Scrubbing the sequencer. Emulating the jog-wheel on classic hardware MIDI sequencers, you can change the position of the playhead by spinning the outside ring of the sequencer circles. This action also sends the corresponding Song Position data to the MIDI Destinations.
Sound on / off - Quantize - Pattern length from 1 to 8 bars - notes duration from 8 to 64 bars - Volume - Volume lock - Tune (slider by semitones) - Chromatic- Octave selector - Octave Range - Notes lock on loop (will not change the note) - MIDI send - MIDI receive
Scales selector - Ableton Link - MIDI source- MIDI destination- Background Audio - Reset all memory - Reset all tracks to default
I love it!
Seline is a Sounds Expander which comes with an interesting UI, and a few great features.
The sound quality of the instruments is really good. Some of the instruments avaliable are unconventional and this is really cool...
An expression Pad is located on the bottom (in the middle) of each keyboards allowing to set easily the Filter, Volume, Delay or Reverb while you are playing.
In the FX menu you will be able to set all the parameters for the Delay and the Reverb. A Chorus is also available.
2 knobs allows you to switch an octave up and 2 others to set the playing modes: Legato or Staccato. (In the Setting menu you can adjust the Staccato spacing)
You can play a PitchBend by moving your finger on a Pad. This feature can be disable in the Setting menu.
There are also 3 others knobs located on the top of each keyboards allowing you to set the octave , to switch all Keys to 11 semitones (max) up or down and to change the notes position.
On the top of the screen a keyboard roll displays the keyboard range, the selected scale and the notes you are playing. Tap on it to set the Scale and the root note depending of the keyboard layout you are using. (You can create a custom scale too).
Now, some others great features....
1, the Rhythm track.
Each Pack come with few Drum or/and Percussion loops and Done as well. (See below)
2, The Drone:
Seline allows you to play a Drone. It's really cool but ... unfortunately impossible to set the chords progression.
Another annoying thing is the lack of Tempo setting... So it's impossible to set the Rhythm and the Drone tracks Tempo. In the other hand, Seline comes with an Audio and MIDI File recorder with an Overdub feature. It also comes with an Audio file editor with all the features needed to create your backing Track. (Fade in & out, Trim, Silence, Repeat, Clone, and Volume.). You can also import an Audio File from another App.
In the Setting menu, you will be able to set the volume independently for the Drone, the Playback (Rhythm) and lead track
3, a multi touch Arpeggiator mode.
Play one note, hold it on, then play another note or 2 notes at the same time to play an Arpeggio for the higher note.
In the Setting menu you will be able to set the Arpeggio speed and the mode:
Up / Down / up and down or random.
4, the 3 outputs available while you are using Seline with Audiobus or with an IAA hosting App. (Lead / Drone and Master output)
To conclude: Seline Redux is really great but because of a few little things I can not say that it's a Must Have.
Why no Tempo setting?
The MIDI implementation: No MIDI learn feature, no way to receive a MIDI CC from another App.
The expression Pad, great but the Filter can not be reset to its default position...
Why it's not a Killer App?
Because I am not sure that that the developer team is still working on it..
There are a few little bugs when you are using it as an IAA App or with Audiobus:
The App quiets if you are changing a Drone.
Depending of the keyboard you are using another note can be play while you are playing one.
The red cursor (available in the settings menu) will freeze on a few notes...
OK, it's not so dramatic, but...
A Super App!
Review by Ed
I am so happy!
All my favourite instruments in 1 App!
(Excepted the Duduk...)
79 Indian instruments with an awesome sound quality!
(I will post everyday 1, 2 or 3 instruments included in Swarplug. Here it's just the review of the App...)
So, the sound quality is awesome but the number of samples for one instrument is awesome too!
On the left side of the screen, the sound Library, the Store.
Below an ADSR.
On the middle, the Gain and Pitch parameters. A Global and a Fine tune knobs for the Master out. Below the same parameters for the left and the right channel. (This allows you to set a different pitch for some Drum instruments)
And the right side, the MIDI Files...
Here is also the awesome of this App!
Each instrument comes with a lot of MIDI Files.
First you choose a Raga, then a sequence.
You will be able to share this sequence to another App (open in feature) and edit it!
SwarPlug is a Stand Alone App that you can control via another App or external hardware but also an Audio Unit instrument....
It means that you can play a Philharmonic Indian Orchestra with it!
This App will never leave my iPad. This is sure!
A Must Have, a Killer App!
I have seen this App in the App Store before, but I didn't understand the potential of Swarplug... that this App was made for me...
Because very old I am...
Review by Ed
Stand Alone & Audio Unit
Sharing a MIDI File and create a Orchestra with x Audio Unit instances
Oval Synth was developed by the descendant of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the banking business in his native Frankfurt, in the German duchy of Hesse. The name Oval comes from the famous oval office of the White House offered by his rear great-great-grandchild to the president of the United States.
N'importly oiuq! (unknown language) - N'importe quoi (in French) - Totally crazy (in English)
In the App Store some Apps are Free but come with ads.
We have also Paid Apps that should be Free...
And sometimes we have Free Apps that should be Paid Apps.
Oval Synth is one of them. I mean, the last category...
This App is very very well done. The sound quality is great.
Oval Synth is not a synthesizer, it's more a Keyboard, a Sound Expander.
The App,is Audiobus and IAA compatible.
On the left side, you can choose the scale, the Bass note and set the octave.
In the center, the keyboard. A circle. You can play it with one hand and set the bass note, the scale and the octave with the other.
On the right side, 4 FXs. A Filter, a Reverb, a Delay and a Compressor.
The App allows you to record your performances and to trim your recording before to share it.
It comes also with a MIDI out feature.
To conclude: a Must Have for Free! A very High Kap to the developer!
Review by Ed
I am so happy!
LumBeat has just released the Mid East Drummer App!
I am so happy because I am a Persian !
So, it's sure that I will not be really objective....
No,, not really...
There are some new features that could excused me if I concluded my review like this:
The best of the LumBeat's App!
First, you can set the Time Signature when you are creating a pattern. (Assymetrical too! 7/8, 5/8, 15 / 16, 11/ 16 ..)
Because of this, we can filter our search with a Time Signature (load a Pattern)
There are also 2 tracks for the Cymbals and you can set the Ghost Rolls separately for each track (as well as the Jamming sensitivity)
For each Percussions, 4 Samples.
Now, for those who don't know,ow the LumBeat Apps....
It's a Drum Machine like no others.
The best one!
Because in each of these Drum Machines the developer has put a very litle human inside...
And this human will play Rolls or Jam (play fills) all along your patterns...
There are also a page the "Live Pads" where you can assigned 8 patterns to 8 Pads.
You will be able to control them via MIDI.
There is a Song Mode too and a Sound Module mode with allows you to use all the LumBeat's Apps as a Sound Expander.
And one other thing, everytime for each of his App, the sound is perfect.
I forgot also the 4 effects: Compressor, EQ, Delay a,d Reverb.
East Mid Drummer is perfect! The Best of the LumBeat's Apps!
A Killer,App, a Must Have!
Review by Ed
bs-16i is an sounds expander.
It can play SoundFont and DLS files. You can also import your SoundFont and DLS files from another App, iCloud Drive, Dropbox,...
The Stand Alone version is a 16 tracks sounds expander because of this it comes with a Mixer.
For the Audio Unit you load as many instance of bs-16i as you need.
The other difference is the Midi files player that you will not find in the Audio Unit version.
Excepted that, the 2 synth module are the same.
1/ Output: Volume - Pan- Reverb - Chorus - Delay (Send)
2/ Tune: Coarse - Fine tune - Pitch - Portamento - Mono or Stereo
3/ Eg / Filter: Attack - Decay - Release / Cut-off - Q
4/ Vibrato: Rate - Depth - Delay
In the App in Purchases, you can unlock the High Resolution engine (enables high-quality and low-noise audio outputs by 100% floating point calculations.) and 128 voices of polyphony (64 for the standard version).
To conclude: bs-16i is a Must Have! Yes, because it always useful to have an App like this in our iDevice. On the Web you can find a lot of SoundFont files. A lot of instruments for free... The App is very well done and I like the 2 versions.
A Killer App! A Must Have!
Review by Ed
expression Pad is a little synthesizer with 2 Oscillators, a modulation module for the FM AMT, an ADSR, a mix and a Sub knobs for the 2 Oscillators, an LFO routes to a Filter module. You can save your presets. All this for Free!
expressioPad it’s also a sound Expander, called sampler here. 18 presets are available. The sound quality is really cool! The Sampler is also Free!
expressionPad comes also with an FX section. A Reverb, Delay, Distortion and a Fatness filter. This effects rack is also Free!
expressionPad is also a Midi controller with a customisable UI. 3 keyboard layouts. Piano, Square and hexagon. You can set the number of rows and columns, the colour, the brightness, the Piano contour, the ripples, and the note’s label opacity. You can also set the row’s tuning (interval), the scale and the root note.
Wait, I have to check something…
This is Free also..
This App is totally Free without add!
To conclude, a little synthesizer, a little sound Expander, a midi controller for Free! A very big thanks to the developer!
A Killer App, a Must Have!
Review by Ed