If you happen to be in the field of making music, (and you love taking your iPad along for the ride, ensuring you can continue to drop the beat on the move), you may also be excited to hear that Bit Shape’s fully-programmable, multi-touch synthesizer – TC-11 – is updating to include full support for Audiobus, this week.
Audiobus is unique in the sense that it allows you to plug-in different available music creation apps as if they were physical input devices – just like virtual cables. So, for example, you might start drumming in one app, and have a metronome running in another … all the while adding beats in another, and mixing up after-effects in another. Audiobus keeps track of everything you’re doing, too, ensuring the result sounds just as you originally intended.
The update arrives just days after Apple itself added native support for the inter-app audio routing system to its own music-creation suite, Garageband, with this latest update to the synthesizer app also bringing with it variable ‘polyphony’ (up to 11 touches) for the beats you produce, visualizations for touch ‘amplitude,’ and a satisfying 34 unique color sets.
There are no on-screen knobs, keys, or sliders to fiddle with; all synthesis is driven by your multi-touch performance. Touch relationships like distances / angles / timings perform all the controller functions. It’s just you and the full screen multi-touch performance area. Use the iPad‘s accelerometer, gyroscope, and even the compass to attack your synthesis patch! Tilt and move the iPad to change any filter, effect, or module. You can create real vibrato by moving the iPad during performance, or change the speed of a sequencer by tilting forward and backward!
With 8-voice polyphony for ‘full, real-time synthesis,’ alongside fully programmable AHDSR, LFO, and sequencer modules, and an engine that the developers note has been “highly optimized” to deliver both crisp and responsive performance — on the improvements front, TC-11 1.8 now includes a brand-new, faster graphics engine, alongside a whole bunch of bug fixes.
One particularly notable fix in this version is aimed at rectifying an issue which may have caused the app’s ‘sequencer keyboard’ view to incorrectly hide itself on occasion, for some.
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