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Arpeggionome Pro – Review

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Arpeggionome Pro By: Alexandernaut

UPDATED: 6-23-2013

Arpeggionome Pro was already getting a fine work out on my iPad controlling other MIDI capable synths and the likes. Now Audiobus support has been added to further expand the apps functionality. Audiobus wasn’t really a necessity since the apps Arpeggionome Pro controls sends the recorded audio through Audiobus to whatever output is being used. It does however make things much easier to do. Triggering the record function while in AP definitely speeds up the process and eliminates extra home button clicks.
Personally I really appreciate the landscape view support being added. Choice is good.
Don’t underestimate this app. This is a strong piece of software and is worth the cost.

Original Review:

I’ve been looking around for a robust, dedicated Arpeggiator app to add to my iPad music studio. Since I don’t use any midi hardware and have found most virtual midi capable apps less than exciting, they often don’t escape my self induced blind spot. There are some very good ones, and then there are those like Arpeggionome Pro that blow me away. This is one cool program! I am kicking myself for having missed it until now.

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Arpeggionome Pro is first and foremost a midi controller. It is a very complex Arpeggiator with a full plate of programming capabilities. It has its own built in synthesizer, but very basic. Using this to control any (virtual) midi capable synth is where it at. Thanks to a thoughtful design that inspires easy use, making midi connections is a breeze.
Deigned to control pretty much anything midi, Arpeggionome Pro beckons users to put it to work with what ever you want it to control. Quantize first note, use any of the 16 channel sends, midi clock sync, so on and so on. If its midi, Arpeggionome Pro can do it.
Making virtual midi connections are effortless and more up my alley for my uses. In no time I was enjoying this marvelous app controlling my favorite synths and crafting some slick arps.

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The range of arpeggio pattern controls are splendid. Center screen is the performance matrix for primary pattern control by touch to manipulate first triggered note (left & right) and pattern speed (up & down). 6 groups of button matrices and 8 virtual knobs frame the performance matrix. Make pattern adjustments in any size, shape or speed on the fly. Theres no need to stop the flow just to change where it goes, the octaves, gate, speeds etc.
Having all the controls right there in your face makes this one very tidy experience. At the top of the screen is also a visual indication of the notes as they are played out on a virtual keyboard.

See screen shot below for details on the button matrices and knob controls.
For even more details please visit Alexandernaut here! There is a lot going on under the hood.

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As you can see (from the screen shots) the available controls are not just numerous, but also just a quick tap or slide away. No changing screens, or menus to dig through. One screen with everything. This is designed with consideration to those performing live and with the adjustable accelerometer assigned messages, (like, pitchbend, gate, etc) Arpeggionome Pro becomes a whole new instrument full of expressive possibilities.
With the combination of all the available options to make up your own unique arpeggios you’ll soon discover this is all you’ll want for your pattern programming needs. Nothing opens up a greater, more pleasant experience for creating any arps you can imagine. Plus a nice selection of preset patterns to use or build off are included as well.
Anything you create can be saved for future use and is quickly accessible via the pattern banks on the bottom of the same screen.

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Arpeggionome Pro has no record, audio copy, or Audiobus support. Audiobus support is planned. Even without it Arpeggionome Pro can control a synth assigned to an Audiobus input which can then be captured by whatever output you are using. It works fine as is, but starting a recording in an output slot app from the very handy Audiobus remote control would be a nice addition here.

If you want something to create specialized and unique arpeggios beyond the usual fare get Arpeggionome Pro and start making some serious arps. This is powerful, fun, and creative. All packed into an intuitive interface that works with you. This is a masterpiece in design and functionality.

Smashing! 5 stars Click here to buy Arpeggionome Pro in iTunes.

*There is also a lighter version called simply “Arpeggionome” with fewer features at a smaller price.

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Orphion App Review

A virtuosic instrument with MIDI
Based on use with iPad 2 and the New iPad
The technology of iOS devices has brought about some of the most interesting, and innovative developments in how music can be made, and played. From virtual studios, synthesizers, to instrument emulations, to original touch interface inspired musical instruments. So many to choose from.
Recently I was alerted to Orphion, a Musical instrument with a sound between string and percussion for the iPad.
I was trying to think of a way to explain Orphion. I couldn’t out do the creators description so the following is a quote from It’s creator Bastus Trump.
The concept of the Orphion results from my master thesis at UdK Berlin supervised by Robert Henke (aka monolake). The topic was to develop an interface for multitouchscreens which allows a maximum of expression.
The basic idea behind is a strong link between interface and sound like on every acoustic instrument – when you buy a violin it will always sound like one although you can create thousands of different sounds with it if course. Nevertheless I added MIDI-Out to allow you to play your favorite synth and own sound with it
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~Bastus Trump. Visit his website here to learn more about this great app.

Thank you Mr.Trump, I really couldn’t have put it any better myself

You can choose between different layouts of tonally tuned pads, which sound differently depending on the finger position when played and can by modulated by further movements.
The sound and the way of interaction is a mixture of string and percussion instruments and reaches from soft to plucked to a hard slap.

After a couple hours playing with Orphion, linked to and playing sounds from Sunrizer Synth running in the background of my iPad 2, I was feeling very good about this instrument. It really does play and feel just as described.

It is simple in design and connects effortlessly to other synth apps with virtual MIDI out, making its sonic options nearly limitless. The sound I was making was entirely influenced and controlled by my fingers just like any instrument should perform.
Playing the pads on screen with differing gestures manipulated the sounds, not unlike how one might do when playing a guitar, or violin. It felt…..natural.
Orphion is a musical instrument.

There is no record or audio copy paste at this time, but both are planned for a future update. Other improvements and features are under consideration as well, such as an editor for your own pad layouts.

I definitely enjoy Orphion and look forward to what’s to come. It’s a fine example of how iOS devices can be transformed into any musical instrument one might desire. This is an excellent example of the future of musical instruments bridging the gap between the virtual and real world instruments.

Buy Orphion here from the iTunes App Store