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(Modulate This) iOS iPad Synth: Samplr

Samplr 1.4.4 Update with Panning, Return to IAA Host and More…

My fav iPad app Samplr The Multitouch Sampler just got another update to 1.4.4.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/samplr/id560756420

Updates in 2020

Here are all the updates so far this year.

1.4.4 April 15, 2020

  • Sample panning
  • Button to return to the IAA hos
  • Play/Pause button latch
  • Improved support for audio interfaces
  • Fixed microphone recording to one channel
  • Fixed support for Files app
  • MIDI Sync improvements

1.4.3 Feb 25, 2020

  • Bluetooth audio support
  • Improved MIDI Sync from hardware devices
  • Fixed file import from Loopy HD
  • Audiobus recording at any sample rate

1.4.2 Feb 4, 2020

  • Ableton Link support
  • Fixed audio recording and file import issues
  • Enhanced UI for new iPads
  • Improved MIDI Sync
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Classic iOS Music Apps Samplr and Borderlands Granular Get Long-Awaited Updates + Jakob Haq Helps You Grok Borderlands Granular

Samplr, and Borderlands Granular are simply fantastic apps for making music with sample-based sources. Neither had been updated in quite some time so I’m happy to report that both have received updates.

Samplr Version 1.4.2

This is THE most used APP in my arsenal. Version 1.4.2 is the first update on Samplr since 2014. Here is what’s new:

  • Ableton Link support
  • Fixed audio recording and file import issues
  • Enhanced UI for new iPads
  • Improved MIDI Sync

You can download the app from here https://apps.apple.com/us/app/samplr/id560756420?ls=1.

There isn’t a video yet of new features but for those not familiar with Samplr here is a video which illustrates the Play Modes.

Learn more about the app here http://samplr.net/.

Borderlands Granular 2.1

The Borderlands Granular update is HUGE. Here is what developer Chris Carlson says about it on the product web page.

NEW! Version 2.1 is available now on the as a free update for all existing users! While this is technically a “point” release, it is packed with a ton of new features, bugfixes, and improvements that I have been chipping away at for the past 5 years. Highlights include tempo synced grains via Ableton Link, waterfall-style input and sound on sound recording with an overdub control, semitone pitch tuning, a new ADSR option, proper scaling at all iPad resolutions, and artist presets from Electric Indigo, King Britt, Mikronesia, Tom Hall, and Cristian Vogel. There’s a lot more – please have a look at the changelog to see what’s new.

Here is an overview video.

You can download the app from this this link https://apps.apple.com/us/app/borderlands-granular/id561369733.

Jakob Haq Video Helps You Grok Borderlands Granular and Offers Interview Snippets with Developer Chris Carlson

I have to admit while I’ve used Borderlands Granular on-and-off some parts of the app where just a mystery to me. Now thanks to 36 minute video Jakob Haq I grok it! The video also includes some audio interview segments by developer Chris Carlson.

The video reveals the scope of development for Borderlands Granular so if you want to support Chris’s work beyond the app purchase, or if you got this as a free update, go http://www.borderlands-granular.com/app/ and click the “Buy Me a Coffee” link.

Also it’s clear Jakob put a lot of effort in this video and if you’d like to support him check out his Patreon page.

Here Is to Future Updates!

Now that both devs have popped the hood on these amazing apps I’m really hoping looking forward to future updates.

Mark

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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Events iOS Live Performance Mosher-Deane Video

Audio and Video Recordings from Mosher-Deane Live MicroFreak Session at the Renaissance Room

Below is a live recording of the Mosher-Deane duo improvising with two MicroFreak synthesizers as their primary tonal source. This live session was recorded at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup on October 8th, 2019 in the Renaissance Room at La Vita Bell in Longmont, CO.

Teaser Video

First up just under a minute of some live footage from the show.

Full Audio Recording of the Set

Here is a 12 minute audio recording of the full performance.

All tonal elements are from one of the two MicroFreaks which were being performed live as well as processed and live sampled with further mlusical mainpulations. Samples were used for percussive elements.

Mark’s Rig

MicroFreak: (synth), audio out to Octatrack MKII
Octatrack MKII:

  • Track 1 – Flex machine for live sampling
  • Track 2 – Thru Machine to route input in from MicroFreak plus add FX
  • Track 3 – Pickup Machine with Filter and Delay
  • Track 4 – Pickup Machine with Filter and Reverb
  • Track 5 – Static machine for percussive samples
  • Track 6 – Static machine for percussive samples
  • Track 7 – Not used
  • Track 8 – Master FX – LoFi, Reverb

Dino’s Rig

MicroFreak: (synth), audio out to UCA202, usb to HUB
UCA202: (audio i/o) audio out – main output usb to HUB
QUNEXUS: (keyboard) usb to HUB
HUB: (usb hub) usb to iPad
IPAD5:

  • AUM – mixer
  • ch1- microfreak audio, effect – kleverb
  • ch2- samplr (live sampling microfreak
  • ch3- beathawk (percussion), effects – visual eq, blackhole, kosmonaut,
  • Ch4- master fader, effect – limiter
  • ch5- rozeta arpeggio
  • usb input from qunexus
  • usb output to beathawk

New Landing Page for Mosher-Deane

I’ve also created a new landing page with more pics and audio recordings of our work here http://MarkMosherMusic.com/MD.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) iOS Live Recording Mosher-Deane New Releases Synth: Micro-Freak

54 Minutes of New Music from Mark Mosher & Dino J.A. Deane

Yesterday I did an improv session with my good friend and mentor Dino J.A. Deane. This session was recorded live at the Dino’s studio (The Bohemian Lounge) using ambient room mics. We recorded 4 songs which came out to 54 minutes of music. I uploaded to this Soundcloud playlist for your enjoyment.

Mark Mosher Instruments:
Elektron Octatrack, Elektron Digitone, & Tablet (Samplr)

Dino J.A. Deane Instruments:
MicroFreak & Tablet (AUM-SpaceCraft-ENSO-NOIR-Samplr)

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Photos and Video from Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup 7th Anniversary at Tilt Arcade

We had a crazy fun time at Tilt arcade on Tuesday night at our 7th anniversary celebration! Event description here. Of course the meetup is http://RockyMountainSynth.com.

A Huge Thanks To…

Photos of Event

Here is a small gallery of some of the photos of the event. There are many more (60+) photos here https://www.meetup.com/Rocky-Mountain-Synth/photos/30099553/482997226.

Performance Videos for Event

Mike Metlay, Dino J.A. Deane, and J.L. Kane I performed arcade inspired sets. I created a Vimeo showcase gallery for the videos here. Individual videos below.

“Mark asked us to embrace “arcade sounds” in our mini-sets.
I captured a 4 minute “video game sounds trivia recording” that
covered 20 classic game sounds into “Audio Stretch” on my iPad.
I scrubbed around that file for 12 minutes recording into “Audio Share”.
I cut that recording into 6 two minute files and opened them in “Samplr”.
My set was about improvising with those files.” http://www.jadeane.com
Mike Metlay’s set featured some great video classic game sounds.
J.L. Kane played a fun set set featuring some classic game songs and beats. He also donned my DEVO Energy dome for part of his set. Note we used the dome as a bowl for ticket drawings.

Thanks Again & Stay Tuned for Event #72

Thanks again to all. I’m planning the next meetup for September or October. Join the meetup at http://RockyMountainSynth.com for updates.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Elektron Analog Four Event Events iOS iPad News Sampling Upcoming Events

Performing an Analog Four Set with Live Sampling at Beat Cypher at madelife Boulder Thursday February 28th 7:30 pm

I’ll be performing an improv experimental set at the Beat Cypher event at madelife in Boulder using my trusty Elektron Analog Four with some outboard FX from iPad with hands-on control with Launch Control XL. I’ll also be live sampling all that into iOS Samplr but all source sounds will be from Analog Four.

madelife
2000 21st St, Boulder, CO 80302
Thursday February 28th, 7:30-10pm
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KAnNfvaWWBL2
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1980133178941598/

For those not familiar with Beat Cypher.

“All styles welcomed and invited. The purpose of this event is to gather music producers/performers in the Boulder/Denver area and build community. Each performer gets a 10 minute time slot. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so get here on time to get a spot. “

The event is always a lot of fun with some super interesting sets – so come on down.

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Performing an Experimental Acid House Set in Boulder October 25th at Beat Cypher at madelife

I’ll be performing an improv experimental acid house set at the Beat Cypher event in Boulder using an iPad rig.

For those not familiar with Beat Cypher. “All styles welcomed and invited. The purpose of this event is to gather music producers/performers in the Boulder/Denver area and build community. Each performer gets a 10 minute time slot. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so get here on time to get a spot. “

The event is always a lot of fun with some super interesting sets – so come on down.

Event is 7:30p-10

madelife
2000 21st St, Boulder, CO 80302
https://goo.gl/maps/KAnNfvaWWBL2

Mark Mosher
Synthesist: Original Electronica Music and Interactive Visuals

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Podcast: SonicEncounters.com

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Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

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Winter is here in Boulder, CO. This time of year I tend to do a lot of sound design work next to a nice warm fire :^) I traditionally pick one synth to focus on and create patches from INIT. This year I picked an old favorite, U-He’s Zebra 2.

I’ve already got 70+ patches I’ve created throughout the years and a custom Lemur patch I made for the iPad. I’ll be focusing on adding expressive control to the existing patches and making new ones.

I’m also working on a Max for Live device that will allow me to modulate commonly used CCs such a Modulate, Aftertouch, Breath, as well as 4 X/Y pads without having to have a hardware controller. This will allow me to test these patches without having to pop open the Zebra interface which is quite handy for couch potato sessions.

Future Sound Set and Controller Bundle?

Perhaps I’ll package all this up into a bundle later on in the year. If you’d be interested in this, drop me a note through my contact form. You can also subscribe to Modulate This! by email if you want to following along in your inbox.

Past Works with Zebra 2

For now I’ll leave you with a few past songs I’ve created using Zebra 2.

“The Knowing and the Dark Mirror” from my album Fear Cannot Save Us.

4 Instances of U-HE Zebra using patches from my library Outpost Airlock which you can download for free here. Performed on Ableton Push 2.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 014 – “Replicant’s Lament“.

More details on this piece here.

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I’m Performing Sunday Dec 27th, 7pm at Mutiny Information Café in Denver

I’ve been invited to perform as part of a synth drone collective this Sunday with some fantastic artists. Consider coming down for a post-holiday chill out. If you think you might come mark yourself as “going” on Facebook – Facebook invite. More info on the show below.

Textures Ambient Showcase 2015-12-27

show rules

The show will be a free improv session with the following rules:

  1. one synthesizer per player
  2. all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)
  3. play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing
  4. music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired
  5. players can break or not as desired

Details

symbolic insight & bios+a+ic present,
textures ambient showcase with
Synth_Drone collectivetextures ambient showcase features 3 live acts each LAST Sunday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver. Shows are ALL-AGES, beverages are available, and we requests a $5 donation for the artists.Synth_Drone collective
The debut performance will be over 2.5 hours of continuous synth drones from a select group of Denver’s synth wizards each with one synthesizer.kuxaan-sum, Mark Mosher, Sean Patrick Faling
Wesley Honegger, Wes Milholen, biostatic
and possible others….

My Rig

I’ll be performing on Electron Octatrack.

octatrack-outside

This instrument is not normally known for drone and ambient work, but I find it’s well suited for this type of free improv. Just to give you an example of what can be done with an Octatrack, check out the is a short ambient video below using mostly Octatrack with Nave iPad synth and Tenori-on as sources. Here are podcast episodes where I used the Octatrack.

https://vimeo.com/80239103

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Intro to Working with Graphical Scores in Experimental Music

No-poem_score

I had never used graphical scores for experimental music till this year. Darwin Gross, turned me on to new ways of thinking about them. I used them in a release earlier this year, and we will be using in them in tours with (no)poem.

I'm really digging the concept and results so I thought I'd share my use cases and first impressions of using graphical scores in experimental music.

LITERAL

I worked with graphical scores for the release and performance of MaroonedThis score was literal and had one interpretation – and like a traditional score – existed to help me remember what to do when. 

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=779108028/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 This was especially critical when performing this piece live as I used no automation at all. All hand performed :^) I made the score using Mindmeister and used its presentation featured to advance the score simply by touching the screen. In the photo below, you can see my iPad to the left on a Gig Easy Mount (the only mount I would trust my iPad to BTW made by my friend and Boulder Synthesizer Meetup member and presenter Darren Kramer).

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 Below is a screen shot of score zoomed out. The score is  included in the digital booklet for Marooned when you download the album from Bandcamp.

  Marooned-score

INTERPRETIVE 

For the upcoming (no)poem tour this weekend, we're utilizing graphical scores created by Darwin - but this time we are using the scores in a more abstract way than I did with Marooned.

Here is the idea.

Our work is completely improvised, but are supported by the use of postcard-sized graphical scores. This gives us the ability to create structured improvisations while remaining open to react to our surroundings and to each others' work. We do not use laptop computers or keyboards during our performance, forcing us to use alternative controlling devices to produce the work.

The graphic at the top of this post is an example of this score. Our tour posters use a second score as background. BTW – if you click the posters to see invites for these show

Nopoem-2015-aug-1-lincoln

Nopoem-2015-aug-2-des-moines

Here is one way we'll be using these scores. 

Names and shapes are used to determine structure and timbre.

NO COMPUTERS – KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SCORE

If you read my previous post  "(no)poem creative limitations: Modular/Looper/Max/Beatstep Meets Octatrack/Blofeld/Lemuryou'll know that we made the decision not to use laptops on this tour. One reason is we need to be able to both see the score, plus see each other's body language and performance. You can't see the score if you are staring at the computer screen man. 

BENEFIT – KEEPING YOU FROM FALLING BACK ON "GO TO" PATCHES AND CHOPS

I've found there are a lot of benefits to using graphics scores. For me, one of the biggest is it changes what I do when changing gears during collaborative sessions and performances.

You know, there are always those moments where you feel it's time to move on in a piece, or something your collaborators are doing means you need to change what you are playing. Sometimes in those gaps, you can feel a sense of slight panic as your reaching into your bag of tricks to tee up your next line of play – or tweak a patch.

This can lead to you falling back on some "go to" patches or chops rather than doing something fresh that fits the vibe. The score overlays a mental structure and acts as an abstract guide that will influence you to go where you might have never gone before – and with less stress. The bottom line is better creative results.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

There are many possibilities and many more benefits to this concept than I've mentioned. Feel free to leave a comment with notes on how you are using scores. You might want to give this wiki article a look if you want to start digging into this more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_notation.

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Introducing (no)poem – A New Collaboration with Darwin Grosse + Heartland 2015 Tour
(no)poem creative limitations: Modular/Looper/Max/Beatstep Meets Octatrack/Blofeld/Lemur
Intro to Creating and Loading Custom Wavetables into Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer
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(no)poem creative limitations: Modular/Looper/Max/Beatstep Meets Octatrack/Blofeld/Lemur

Darwin and mark

CREATIVE LIMITATIONS

In my last post, I mentioned the formation of a collaboration with Darwin Grosse called  (no)poem. When we where putting this project together a few months back we started by defining a set of creative limitations which would inform the art for our first mini-tour through Lincoln and to Des Moines.  

We created this set of limitations:

  1. Desktop only
  2. No keys
  3. No laptops
  4. No synced clocks
  5. No sampling of each other's output

RIGS

For Darwin, this meant a modular-centered rig:

For me this meant an Octatrack-centered rig:

  • Electron Octatrack
  • Waldorf Blofeld Desktop with custom presets from init, custom wavetables, and custom samples as oscillator sources via License SL
  • Instrumentality for Blofeld are via a custom Lemur patch on iPad (USB Midi with Camera Kit) and Octatrack (MIDI)

DIFFERENT WORKLOW = DIFFERENT CREATIVE RESULTS

Different rigs and different workflows yield different results of course. A hardware focus means our eyes are free to focus on graphical scores (more on this in a future post) and paying attention to each other's body language. No keyboards means we have to use knobs, buttons sliders, cables, visual feedback from hardware, and in my case, physics and multi-touch through the Lemur interfaces. Again, this changes the creative result – especially when playing tonal passages without being restricted by a 12-tone keyboard interface.

TRANSCENDING TECH TO SERVE THE ART

If you've been following along here on Modulate This! you know I've gone deep with both the Octatack and the Blofeld for many years now so this upcoming tour is the culmination of a lot of work to create expressive workflows around these instruments. 

UPCOMING POSTS

Stay tuned for more detailed posts on how I'm using Octatrack (see dedicated category), Blofeld (see dedicated category), and Lemur. I'll also do some posts on working with grphical scores and free-running clocks.

Lastly, tune into to Darwin's new blog All Things Modular to learn more about his rig and artistic process.

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Introducing (no)poem – A New Collaboration with Darwin Grosse + Heartland 2015 Tour
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(Modulate This) iOS Sound Design

Experimental Synth Video on Koushion 4.0 MIDI CC Sequencing with Moog Slim Phatty & Little Phatty

Koushion

My friend Chris Stack over at ExperimentalSynth.com just posted a cool video on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/experimentalsynth

Watch Koushion 4.0 MIDI CC Sequencing with Moog Slim Phatty & Little Phatty.  

Some first experiments with sequencing MIDI CC values with the Koushion iPad app. New features in ver 4.0 allowed me to control multiple CC parameters simultaneously while also sequencing notes.

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What iPad Looper App Did Jimmy Fallon & Robert Plant Use to For Their 2-Man Doo-Wop Group

I caught this great segment on Jimmy Fallon the other night live looping with Robert Plant! Click here to watch the video. I really enjoy how Fallon just goes for it with legends like Plant and attempts things like this.

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonJimmy Fallon & Robert Plant Form 2-Man Doo-Wop Group Using iPad AppJimmy and Robert Plant loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing the classic song “Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler.

via www.nbc.com

They are using the iPad app Loopy http://loopyapp.com/.

Loopy

Mark Mosher
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.aiwinter.net
http://bouldersynth.com (meetup)

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(Modulate This) iOS iPad iPhone/iPod/iTunes Synth: Zebra 2.x

BBC Interview “Brian Eno on Apps and Albums” with Zebra 2 Cameo

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I just watched this interesting BBC interview “Brian Eno on Apps and Albums”.  I don’t see a way to embed so click here to watch it..

His latest venture is the app Scape, a follow-up to 2008's Bloom app. Scape not only contains his most recent 'album' of the same name, but is also a tool allowing people to compose their own music on mobile devices.

He developed it with Peter Chilvers, known for his work creating music for computer games in the 1990s.

The app promises "deep access to the musical elements" that the composers used to make the album itself.

I thought it was pretty cool to see one of my desert island synths Zebra 2 on the monitor behind him :^ ).

Scape

Here is a video on Scape.

You can buy Scape for 5.99 on iTunes.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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First Try at iOS6. Which Musician Apps Work, Which Don’t.

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I’m between production projects so I thought I’d take a bullet for the community and just upgrade my iPad 3 to iOS6 without knowing if any apps would work – lol. If you are in the middle of a project I suggest you wait to upgrade. This is a general rule I follow for all my equipment and software.

I restricted my testing to the following criteria. Will the app start? Will it function in a basic way (GUI works, makes some noise)?   I don’t own ever app made so this is just my list of what works and what doesn’t. If you find issues with apps feel free to make a comment – and of course notify the developer so they can upgrade the app for iOS6.

App Crashes After Splash Screen Displayed
Update: Both of these apps are now working in iOS6.

  • PPG WaveGenerator
  • Akai SynthStation

If you double-click the button on your device you’ll see these apps are running in the background.

App Functions at A Basic Level

  • TC-11
  • Alchemy Mobile
  • CrustalSynthXT
  • GeoSynth
  • GrainSicence
  • iElectribe
  • iMS-20
  • iRigMIDI
  • Lemur
  • Magellan
  • Midi Monitor
  • Moog Animoog
  • Moog Filtatron
  • MorphWiz
  • NanoStudio
  • Nlog
  • Orphion
  • SampleWiz
  • SoundPrism Pro
  • Sunrizer
  • SynthX
  • TC-11
  • ThumbJam
  • TNR-i

Proceed with Caution

Again this is a basic test just to see if apps function at a basic level. I’ll let you know if I bump into more serious issues as I work with the apps on iOS6 in the comments.

Electronic Musician, Boulder CO
http://www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) iOS iPad Synth: PPG Wavegenerator

PPG WaveGenerator App Now Available + Show & Tell Videos by Wolfgang Palm

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I’m a huge fan of Wolfgang Palm’s work and my favorite hardware synth, the Blofeld is based on PPG waveforms. After hearing that he was going to release an iPad app this week, I’ve been going to the store a few times a day waiting for the app to appear.

Well the wait is over and the new app is now available in the Apple Store here . He just released two videos showing how it works.

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http://www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com