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Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS and Mac music production this week

This is the place to keep up with all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand and much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we’re saying goodbye to an old friend, Cubasis for iOS is getting some major new improvements, we’ve got an epic new AU instrument from Spitifire, and the fantastic Magellan synth is 50% off on mobile. But most exciting of all, we get a brand new teaser video of what has to be the best iPhone companion device ever: the Teenage Engineering OP-Z!

All this and more in the top of the week iOS and Mac music production news:

Cubasis for iOS gets another major update, still 50% off

Cubasis for iOS is getting a major update this week, and it’s completely free for all existing users. By far one of the best DAW options on mobile, we get a full MIDI editor refresh, Audiobus 3 support (coming very soon) and “over 40” other additional improvements.

The MIDI Editor gets some cosmetic improvements along with a number of new visual aids and improved zooming. the RoomWorks SE Reverb, which has been available on the Cubase desktop app for some time now, is another great addition to Steinberg’s mobile recording suite.

Even better, it’s still on sale at 50% off:

Universal iOS: Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System: $25 (reg. $50)

  • Audiobus 3 support — Connect your favorite MIDI controller and filter applications and enjoy smooth workflows
  • Updated MIDI Editor – Quickly edit your MIDI tracks and compose creatively, backed by the most accurate tools and an ultra-intuitive interface design
  • RoomWorks SE*—Use the powerful reverb effect delivering pro-quality sounds that enrich your tracks with extra shine and sparkle
  • More than 40 improvements — Discover optimal performance combined with rock-solid stability

Next iOS Connected Video Walkthrough OP-Z Video Synthesizer/Sequencer

Well, we know it’s coming in the fall, but apart from the info TE left us on its website we didn’t see much of the illusory OP-Z. Until now. Well-known personality of Internet music equipment, Hello, had the chance to familiarize himself with an early model and was kind enough to give us a fairly lengthy walkthrough. Now, that’s just a basic overview of the synthesis side of things, no video or external display yet.

This time, TE has chosen to leave out the on-board display. Instead, users will use a connected iPhone or iPad as a visual aid. However, the sequencer-based system can be used entirely without the display, as you can see in the video, and those trig components look interesting to say the least! Components are effects or behaviors that can be used to modify your games step by step (retrigs, randomize, reverse exits and much more).

We I loved the OP-1 and couldn’t be more excited for the release of OP-Z in September. We’ll definitely get our hands on it for a full Logic Pros review.

Spitfire Audio unveils its new polyconvolution synthesizer: Phobos BT

Spitfire Audio has partnered with a recognized film composer BT for its first standalone instrument outside the Kontakt environment. Phobos has a massive 20GB library to support its “molecular loops, patterns and textures”. It is presented as a polyconvolution synthesizer. In the developer’s own words, “a powerful new device for adding unique timbre expansion to your compositions by unleashing the liquid, morphing and transforming capabilities of convolution.” You can get a full overview in the video above.

BT Phobos will be available on April 6 for a introductory price of $229, before it jumps to the full MSRP of $299.

We say goodbye to the Minimoog Voyager XL

Well, I guess that’s sad news, unfortunately. Moog has just announced the discontinuation of Minimoog Voyager XL, the latest synthesizer Bob Moog designed from start to finish. While it’s not exactly something that’s ever been in my particular budget at around $5,000, it’s still sad to say goodbye to a (modern) classic. There are a few left, so you should definitely take care of it if you’re interested, but soon eBay will be the only place to grab one.

We have already had the opportunity to review the fantastic Sub37 and Sub Phatty Analog Synths. I was certainly impressed with the quality of these instruments and I’m more than excited to see what’s next from Moog.

Music Production App Sales:

Yonac, maker of the popular iOS synth Megallan, has kicked off its spring sale with up to 50% off its most popular mobile sound makers. And in case you missed it last week, KORG still has a number of its iOS synths/bundles on sale:

iPads: Magellan: $7 (Reg. $15)

iPhone:Magellan Jr: $2 (Reg. $5)

iPhone: miniSynth 2: FREE (Reg. $1)

iPads: Galilee organ: $5 (Reg. $10)

Universal iOS: KORG Gadgets: $20 (Reg. $40)

Universal iOS: KORG module: $20 (Reg. $40)

Universal iOS: KORG iM1: $15 (Reg. $30)

Universal iOS: ARP ODYSSE: $20 (Reg. $30)

Universal iOS: Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System: $25 (reg. $50)

Universal iOS: Steel guitar: FREE (Reg. $1)

Universal iOS: ToneStack: $5 (Reg. $10)

Universal iOS: Elastic drums: $6 (Reg. $12)


See something cool in the world of music production that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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