20 Ways To Get More From Your Synth Gear

Ziv Eliraz, better known as Loopop, has released a new video, a comprehensive walk-through of “what a matrix synth and drum machine would look like”:

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The synthesist and video producer explains: “The idea is to build a setup where you can pull out and replace an individual component (sequencer, synth, effect pedal, etc) without the need to rewire the entire setup, and in addition, that you can quick build new audio and MIDI routes without plugging or unplugging a single cable.”

The setup in the video is based on MRCC by Conductive Labs and Matrix Mixer by Erica Synths, but it also discusses patch bays and other alternative products.

Eliraz has a copious library of instructional, review and demo videos on his Loopop YouTube channel.

Add Your Own Drum Samples to Garage Band on iOS Using Sitala

Decomposer has just released a full-featured version of their Sitala sampler for the iPad and iPhone, for beat-making on mobile devices.

Sitala is a 16-pad drum sampler that includes a free 808 kit, a handful of controls to shape the sound of each sample, beat slicing, automatic silence detection and trimming and a bunch of other stuff. DJ Fresh recently called it, “The state of the art in break-slicing.”

On iOS, Sitala can be used either as an AudioUnit plugin for GarageBand, Cubasis, AUM, AudioBus or any other music creation app that supports Apple’s AudioUnits. Sitala developers commented that “[t]his is a big deal since GarageBand’s default drum instrument doesn’t let you swap out the samples at all. It’s also possible to use as a standalone for finger drumming or driven by a MIDI controller (Bluetooth or USB-on-the-go).”

The new iOS version of Sitala has all of the features of the desktop version and also introduces a special-for-iOS sample browser that lets the user quickly browse whole directories of samples rather than having to import each sample individually. This has only been possible since iOS 14, and developers say that Sitala is the only sampler to date on iOS that can do this.

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The iOS version also moves to a MPC-style 4-by-4 grid of sample pads (unlike the Roland-style layout of the desktop version), “since that makes more sense for the iPad and iPhone layouts.”

Pricing and Availability. Sitala is available now in the Apple App Store for $4.99 US until the end of June (price is usually $9.99).

The desktop version of Sitala remains free and is available on the Decomposer website.