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Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile Pro = Wireless iPad Controllerism For Alchemy Full Version

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I’ve been a fan of Camel Audio Alchemy for some time. If you are an Alchemy user and have an iPad or iPhpne/Touch I’m going to recommend you pick up Alchemy Mobile Pro. Note, you only have to buy the app and content once to use on both the iPad and iPhone.

Pro edition is not only a great mobile app on its own but is also a great multi-touch surface for controlling Alchemy wirelessly on you computer.  Here is the marketing blurb from Camel Audio on latest update:

Photo Jun 30, 9 03 56 AMPro allows you so wirelessly integrate your iOS device into you computer workflow. In other words you gain a multi-touch controller for Alchemy full.  The 1.27 update allows you to:

Alchemy Mobile v1.1.27 lets you move the remix pad using the new Tilt function to translate your physical hand movements into morphing sound changes, while Inertia lets these moves continue under their own steam while you carry on playing. Other new features include quantise to tighten up the timing of your recordings, as well as unlimited record, bounce and export times, further improvements to the keyboard and menu displays, more control over MIDI input and outputs, and iPad 3 retina display graphics.

The Pro Upgrade now lets you record remix pad movements to capture complex sound changes, bookmark your presets to make favourites easier to find, adds more complex quantise functions including triplets and a new 'Clear MIDI performance and loops' option. Upgrading to Pro is easy once you've installed the free version - just tap on the preset name in the upper left, switch to the Libraries page and select the Pro Upgrade to purchase for $14.99 / €11.99 / £10.49.

How To Connect Alchemy Mobile Wirelessly

STEP 1: On Alchemy on you computer select “FILE” then “Turn On iPad/iPhone” Control”

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STEP 2: On the iOS device click the Sound Library name. Scroll down to “Alchemy on..”.  You’ll see you computer there. Click the item and now your synced.

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At this point the iOS synth is disabled and the surface controls Alchemy full on you computer including patch browsing. Brilliant!

Not a “Shinny Object”

A lot of iOS music apps are like “shinny objects” to me. They are fun but don’t end up in my workflow. Alchemy mobile is exception to this. Nicely done Camel Audio!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Free Streaming Ableton Tutorials Thursday June 21-June 24

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Free Ableton Video Tutorial Weekend on the wonderful MusicSoftwareTraining.com.

That’s right folks. I am making every video collection I’ve made available for streaming for a full weekend.

Smooth streaming

No ads

All I ask is for an email

I think that’s a fair trade for 30+ hours of videos, don’t you think? Beside, you can always cancel afterwards if you like. No hard feelings.

So here’s the deal

The doors open for guilt free looting of the store at midnight tonight Central time

Thursday June 21st – June 24th

Enjoy!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Starting Work on an iPad Lemur Template for Moog Phatty

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I've started work on an iPad Lemur template for my Moog Slim Phatty. This will most likely end up on Patch Lab at some point so signup for my email newslettter if you want to be notified. This is a very early version of what I have ultimately planned but I thought I'd share this as I went along.

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I'm programming the Lemur via Wifi, the Lemur is attached to the Phatty via the camera kit and straight into the USB port. I also have a Novation Remote SL hooked up via MIDI to play notes on the Phatty. You can also use WiFi via a host like Ableton live to control the Phatty.


Photo Jun 06, 8 12 11 PMIn this version of the template, Filter controls are in red. There is an XY for Cutoff and Res with physics controls for Friction, Attraction and Speed. I can also lock the control on the X and Y Axis. To the right Filter EG amount with filter envelopes. Under that Filter Overload.

Next are Arpeggiator controls that are normally hidden under-the-hood in the Advanced Menu. So I can directly control Arp on, Latch, Clock Div, and Arp Octave. To the right of this a little note trigger button.

Lastly I have an Amp Envelope in Blue. Unlike from the front panel of the Phatty, Lemur allows me to control more than one parameter at the same time, like Cutoff and Res, or all the segments of a an envelope.

Here is a video of all this in action.

More to come...

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


#MusicMonday: New Ultravox Album "Brilliant" Featuring 80s Lineup

I can clearly remember the first time I heard an Ultravox song. Back in the early 80's I was watching a cable show called “Radiovision” produced by a local radio station KILO (awesome call sign right?) in Colorado Springs. They were playing videos by bands like the Pretenders when all of the sudden the song “The Thin Wall” came on. I loved the song and the video and I was hooked and Ultravox became an influence.

Through the power of the interwebs, you can watch this very video right now :^)

Fast forward to 2012 and on May 28th Ultravox released their first new album since 1994 featuring the 80s lineup of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann.

If you’re a fan, I think you’ll enjoy this release as the style an instrumentation of the songs are classic Ultravox with the band being at the top of their game.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon… checkout Ultravox’s official store site for links. They are touring Europe in the fall and you can see their schedule here. I’m really hoping they add a US tour leg as I’ve never had the chance to see them live.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


iPad Experiment Controlling Sunrizer Synthesizer from TNRi

In this video, I'm experimenting with using an TNRi  on iPad to drive the Sunrizer synth which is running in the background.

I've used the physical Tenori-On W for over two years. I prefer to use it as a controller and run racks for virtual instruments running in Ableton Live or to turn external hardware rather than using it's internal synth engine. So naturally, after getting TNRi for my iPad I wanted to replicate the same idea.

Luckily, certain synths such as the wonderful Sunrizer (http://beepstreet.com/) can remain running in the background allowing you to switch over to a controller app such as TNRi.

This video shows all this in action. Here is the setup:

1) Start Sunrizer and find or create a patch to your liking
2) In the top-right of Sunrizer is a button labelled 'BCK". Click it and it will start blinking yellow.
3) Click the Home button on your iPad
4) Start TNRi
5) Launch the menu by clicking the status window above the play button
6) Select "Preferences Menu" and turn "Local Control" to "Off".

 

That's it, now all the MIDI gets pumped through to the background app.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com