DM2 Is An Exciting New Synthesis Drum Machine For iPad and iPhone

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DM2 is the new drum machine app from Audionomy and sequel to their award-winning sample-based iPad drum machine – DM2.

DM2 brings a new approach to Drum Synthesis with a powerful and easy to use graphic editor to create and manipulate sound. It is packed with ready-made factory Drum Kits. You can mix and match any sound from any drum kits to any track of your song. Play a song and load any drum kits (from factory kits or from any other songs) to listen to a completely new song every time.

As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Audionomy, have developed DM2 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy interfaces.

There are 6 different sections that DM2 offers:
  1.  The Step Sequencer – takes advantage of the iPad multi-touch screen for fast and creative patterns drawing. The Sequence handles 16 or 32 step patterns and is polymetric (just gently tap and drag the blue handle at the right end of each track)
  2. The Drums Page – is a powerful graphic Audio Synthesis editor. Play, experiment and discover new sounds with the 6 graphs. Tap the little magnifying glass each title bar, it will expand the graph to a bigger size for extra precision
  3. The Pads Page – simply lets you play and record any beat that tickles your fingers, with automatic quantize so that you don’t miss a beat. With a Beat Repeat effect for extra fun
  4. The Mixer Page – for quick and subtle sound mixing of your drum kits. Large and spacey so that you can get the big picture. Pan and Solo included
  5. The FX Section – offer a powerful Quad Pads Effect processors. Refine or super charge your sounds with this powerful Master effect chain
  6. The Song Page – allows you to quickly build a song with the patterns you have created. Just drag and drop the patterns onto the timeline. Each pattern in a song can be repeated for compact Song composition
Features:
  • Retina Display
  • Graphic design by Jonas Eriksson
  • Pure Data powered audio engine with dynamic rendering
  • Ready-made electronic drum kits
  • Step Sequencer with multi-touch matrix
  • 16 or 32 Steps per patterns
  • Polymetric Sequencer
  • Powerful graphic editor for Audio Synthesis offering for each sound:
    • A mix of an oscillator (Sin | Triangle | Sawtooth | Square) and a noise generator
    • Two self-oscillating filters (lowpass | bandpass | hipass)
    • Two volume envelopes (exponential | linear | clap)
    • A pitch modulator for the oscillator (exponential | lfo | random)
    • A distortion effect to boost or crush your sound
    • A stereo switch
  • Copy and paste sounds
  • Swap sounds between two tracks
  • 9 Pads to play and record patterns
  • With Beat Repeat effect
  • Full screen Mixer with volume, pan and solo mode for each track
  • 4 FX Pads for your Master Effects chain: Compressor | Overdrive >>> Phaser | Chorus >>> Delay >>> Reverb
  • Mode song with fast editing and patterns repeat
  • Audio background mode
  • Audiobus support
  • Full MIDI implementation
  • Inter-App Audio support
  • Ableton Link compatible

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DM2 is currently 40% off for it’s first week on offer. You can download it for $4.99 (promotional price) from the Apple App Store.

Features planned in updates:

  • Multiple synthesis engines
  • Synthesis tutorials
  • Record and share audio
  • Export and import songs
  • Full MIDI mapping
  • Step subdivisions

“and a few extra surprises too we’ll keep secret for now”

How To Make Money and Get Unlimited Uploads On SoundCloud For Free

With RouteNote’s SoundCloud Network you can get paid for your music, unlimited uploads and more all for free when you join.

The RouteNote SoundCloud Network is free to join and gives you extra power over your profile. Here’s the benefits you get with our SoundCloud Network:

  • Monetise your tracks and keep 85% of all profits
  • Unlimited upload time (SoundCloud free limits you to 3 hours)
  • Track visuals
  • Full transparency – view your stats in real-time on SoundCloud
  • Better rights management
  • No lock in – you can leave at anytime
  • You keep 100% ownership of your account and all your tracks
  • Verification for your profile

It’s free and you can join today! Just head to www.routenote.com, create a free account and add your SoundCloud profile. Then you can start monetising your tracks and getting all the benefits of the RouteNote Network.

V2 of Free Roland Synth Emulator Plugin Sounds Awesome

Plugin developer Martin Lüders returns with version 2 of his PG-8X which plays brilliantly, sounds epic, and is totally free to download.

PG-8X is a virtual analog synthesiser that emulates the classic Roland JX-8P. The developer behind this great free synth, Martin Lüders, has just updated PG-8X to make it even better for the people lucky enough to find it.

The first improvement you’ll notice from the older version is the updated user interface that looks gorgeous and now stands confidently next to any premium synths. The flesh of the synth’s functions haven’t been altered much focussing mainly on bug fixes, but when you already have a great synth emulator why try and change it?

Here’s what you get with the free PG-8X 2.0:

  • Up to 12 voice polyphony
  • Two DCO’s with Saw, Square, Pulse, Noise
  • Hard Sync and Ring Modulation
  • Two exponential envelope generators
  • 24 dB resonant LP filter
  • HP filter (3 stages)
  • Stereo Chorus
  • Import and Export of JX-8P Sysex data
  • 6 key assignment modes:
    • Poly (re-assignment of voices)
    • Poly2 (round robin)
    • Unison (two voices in unison)
    • Unison2 (second voice shifted by 1 octave)
    • Mono
    • Mono2 (all voices in unison)
  • MIDI Learn: MIDI Controllers can be assigned by right clicking on the slider
  • Automatic adjustment of oversampling

You can download PG-8X yourself from here.

Check out how it sounds with a video of version 1 below:

2 Free Sample Packs From Producer Mayo Staccato

You can never have too many sample packs for music production, and when the packs are free what excuse do you have not to download them?

Mayo Staccato is a prolific electronic producer and apparently part time sample creator.  The appropriately titled ‘Free Sample Pack 1’ and ‘Free Sample Pack 2’ feature a selection of kicks, claps, snaps, FX, snares, and vocal samples.

They’re totally royalty free so you can use them in any recording commercial or not. All samples are WAV format stereo recordings on 24-bit PCM.

Hear a taste of the sample packs below:

Download Sample Pack 1 and Sample Pack 2.

YouTube Red Now In Australia For Ad-Free & Offline Videos

Australia are now the second country to have access to YouTube’s first ever subscription service, following it’s US debut last October.

YouTube Red is the first ever paid subscription offering from YouTube and lets users watch videos ad-free, save them for offline viewing and other extras. YouTube launched Red last October for the US and now Australia are the second territory to have access to Red.

The service, which comes bundled with Google Play Music, have been slowly developing original content to add more value to the service. Until now, as Red exclusives, only the US have been able to watch these exclusive videos but now Australians can too.

YouTube have been quiet on any global expansion of YouTube Red but hopefully Australia can work as a gateway to opening up more countries. In January we covered YouTube’s deals with licensing companies suggested a UK release was approaching, but we’re yet to hear further on any UK launch of YouTube Red

A subscription to YouTube Red will cost AU$9.99 (US$7.22) until June 6th, after which it will cost AU$11.99 a month.

PRX Bring Radio Together With New App Company, RadioPublic

RadioPublic will launch new apps from PRX that will bring together their giant catalog of radio shows and podcasts.

PRX are a non-profit organisation that distribute public radio shows like This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and the Radiotopia podcast network. This move is a giant one as PRX make the move into a for-profit business with new company – RadioPublic.

So giant in fact that founding CEO of PRX, Jake Shapiro, will be moving to become CEO of RadioPublic. Shapiro told Poynter: “We believe RadioPublic can be radio rethought. We think that there’s something extraordinarily powerful and simple and beautiful and coherent about radio that needs to be transformed for how people are using and accessing information.”

RadioPublic’s founding team will be led by Shapiro, chief product officer Matt MacDonald, and Chief architect Chris Roden. Shapiro recognises that launching an entire new company won’t be easy but says that “having billions of radios, essentially, in people’s pockets, is an enormous channel for distribution that is still, in many ways, up for grabs”.

Their apps will also help creators by providing analytics data previously unavailable so they can understand and tailor to their audience more. Shapiro added: “We see RadioPublic becoming a kind of a flywheel lab full of information and transparency and data that really helps the next generation of producers think about what to create for an audience that they now have some more insight into.”

PRX radio podcast app

Meanwhile at PRX chief operating officer Kerri Hoffman will replace Shapiro as CEO. Hoffman commented: “PRX will remain, as it has for years, focussed on solving problems in the producer space. If you think about these two entities together – PRX will continue to focus on the needs of the producers, and RadioPublic will help all of us, on all of our shows, gain new audience.”

RadioPublic’s app is in development with a private beta for iOS and Android planned in the future. They are currently looking for people to help them build and create their apps, you can find out more about their positions here.

Rhapsody Launch App For Virtual Reality Concerts

Music streaming service Rhapsody have launched a virtual reality app that lets you watch live concerts in 360-degrees.

Rhapsody have become trailblazers with the launch of the first solely music based VR app. On launch VR concerts will include performances by classic rapper Talib Kweli and modern rap group Flatbush Zombies. There are also performances from lesser known artists.

The app won’t require a Rhapsody subscription to use meaning that anyone can download the app and experience live acts in virtual reality for free. Rhapsody say that they will be updating the app with new content every month.

Rhapsody worked with Visual, a virtual reality company based in Minneapolis, to create their VR experiences. Visual founder Chuck Olsen said: “360° video is emerging as an exciting way to experience music and entertainment, and it’s been awesome to work with the future-thinking musicheads at Rhapsody.”

VR is becoming increasingly common as YouTube has supported 360° videos since last March and have now announced their upcoming dedicated VR app – Daydream, launching at the end of this year.

The VR concert experience works best with Google Cardboard but will work without it. You can download Rhapsody VR today from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

Drake Is Now The Most Popular Artist Ever On Spotify

Apple Music got to bathe in the success of Drake’s new album Views for 2 weeks, but now it’s released on Spotify Drake has taken Justin Bieber’s place as their most streamed artist ever.

Drake has always been a massive presence on Spotify and with the release of View’s, after 2 weeks exclusively on Apple Music, Drake has pushed his way to the top of Spotify. With over 3.1 billion streams he only just edges past Justin Bieber, both of whom are however far ahead of Ed Sheeran’s third place with 2.15 billion streams.

Drake top Spotify streaming music

Drake’s Spotify success story doesn’t end there though. Thanks to the new boost in his streams with the release of Views he has also become the most popular artist of the last month with 33.7 million active monthly listeners, taking Rihanna’s top monthly spot.

Still thinking that’s not enough, that Drake deserves one more top spot on Spotify? Drake’s most recent single from Views, One Dance is currently number 1 on Spotify’s Global Top 50. The track has almost 6.5 million plays daily and is the final piece of proof needed that Spotify users love Drake, and he’s dominating.

Drake Views charts Spotify top music streaming

In the first week of it’s release Views broke the record for album streams in a week with 247 million streams on Apple Music just in the US.

Spotify, Tidal and More Join T-Mobile’s Binge On For Free Unlimited Streaming

T-Mobile have added some more services to their Binge On data plans, including video from some of the biggest streamers.

Joining the host of services T-Mobile have made free to stream on the go, like YouTube and Amazon Music, are some big new services. Music streaming leaders Spotify join Binge On, as well as Jay Z’s hi-res streamer Tidal and Google Play Music for unlimited video streaming. These services have been included with Music Freedom for a while but now music videos and shows on the services are included.

T-Mobile president and CEO, John Legere said: “Binge On is a success, and our customers absolutely love it. In the six months since we launched Binge On, the number of video providers streaming free without using your data has grown more than 240%. We’ve got something for everyone, and customers never have to worry about getting slammed with ridiculous overage penalties.”

T-Mobile have offered Binge On alongside Music Freedom since last November. Both allow for data streaming at no cost; Binge On for video services like Netflix and Music Freedom for music streaming services. With the announcement of the new services joining their free-streaming plans T-Mobile also revealed just how successful they’ve been with users, and how people are responding.

  • T-Mobile customers have streamed more than 377 million hours of video without using their high-speed data since the launch of Binge On and are watching up to 2x more from participating providers that stream free on limited data plans
  • 92% of T-Mobile customers surveyed said they’ll watch more video with Binge On
  • 93% said they like the idea of having all video optimised to DVD quality so they can watch 3x more using the same amount of high-speed data.
  • A huge majority (89%) of US wireless customers say Binge On would be appealing to have as part of their wireless service
  • An even bigger majority (94%) say they’d try a new online service if it were a part of a free data offering, like Binge on

Here are the video services now available to stream with Binge On:

  • Google Play Music
  • Tidal
  • Spotify
  • Great Big Story
  • NBC
  • Kiswe
  • Ligonier Ministries
  • NOGGIN
  • Qello Concerts
  • Radio Disney
  • Univision
  • Univision Noticias
  • Toon Goggles

YouTube’s Full Virtual Reality App Revealed – Coming Fall 2016

YouTube and parent company Google have announced a new dedicated virtual reality app that will let you use some of your favourite apps in VR.

Since introducing support for 360-degree videos on YouTube last March Google have been enhancing the feature with 360 live streaming, 3D audio, and various other improvements. Now the past year of experimenting with VR videos has culminated into ‘Daydream’, an upcoming app from Google that provides a dedicated VR experience.

Announced at Google I/O yesterday Daydream is set to launch towards the end of this year. The app won’t just be a home to the “world’s largest collection of VR videos” (YouTube’s claim) but will allow you to use certain apps in virtual reality. Watch the Baseball in 1st person with the MLB app, travel the world in Google Street View, and plenty more.

In a blog post YouTube virtual reality’s senior product manager, Kurt Wilms said: “We’ve been working with some amazing creators to experiment with new formats that offer a wide range of virtual experiences. We’re already collaborating with the NBA, BuzzFeed and Tastemade to explore new ways of storytelling in virtual environments that will provide valuable lessons about the way creators and viewers interact with VR video.”

virtual reality Google YouTube

Daydream will retain a lot of the main YouTube app’s features like voice search, discovery options and playlists. YouTube say the app will feature “everything from classic 16×9 videos to 260-degree footage to cutting-edge VR experiences in full 3D”. YouTube’s VR experience spreads to Coachella performances, artist interviews, and even videos that aren’t 360-degrees can be experienced with Google Cardboard. Whether support will be added for Google’s VR experiences outside of YouTube isn’t currently clear, like their ‘Inside Abbey Road Studios‘ app.

YouTube are also working with camera developers to enhance upon VR and 360 camera tech like the GoPro Odyssey. They’re also launching a ‘Jump program’ at their YouTube Spaces around the world to allow more creators to use VR tech, starting in New York and Los Angeles with all the other YouTube Space’s to get it soon.

There’s no specific launch date for Daydream beyond “Fall 2016”. Kurt Wilms closed the blog post saying: “We’re just beginning to understand what a truly immersive VR experience can bring to fans of YouTube, but we’re looking forward to making that future a (virtual) reality.”