Freshly-founded high-end musical instrument and effects software developer Franke Music has announced its debut product, Stroke Machine, a professional drum and groove synthesizer for Apple's iPad (iOS 6.0 or higher), now available on the App Store. Here's the full details in Franke Music's own words...
"As implied by name, Stroke Machine lets users program their own rhythm and groove patterns and switch between them at a stroke in a live performance, mute or solo individual instruments, change parameters on the fly, and record performances as high-quality audio files for sharing or subsequent editing on a computer.
Stroke Machine immediately stands out from the crowd. Its attractive and highly-functional high-contrast user interface is specifically suited to overcoming far from ideal lighting conditions that are typically associated with onstage operation, and also assists with making studio-based sound creation easier on the eye, too.
Similarly, Stroke Machine's powerful synthesizer engine is dressed to impress. It features high-quality oscillator, filter, overdrive, and effect models; extremely fast envelopes and LFO; a sample-exact pattern sequencer; and a sophisticated sample, sound, and pattern library that are all equally ear-opening.
In-depth sound creation possibilities come courtesy of Osc 1 and Osc 2 -- both boasting typical analogue waveforms and sample playback; frequency and ring modulation; and a separate white and pink Noise generator with integrated multimode filter. All tone generators are summed into a Transient generator, followed by another multimode Filter and a Drive module (with several types), a sample rate converter and bit depth reduction stage (Redux), and a two-band EQ with shelf and bell curves. Freely-assignable modulations with an easy-to-understand interface (Assign) offer maximum flexibility, easily surpassing even expensive hardware synthesizers! Each sound is mixed into one of four FX busses -- each featuring a sum overdrive (Drive), a compressor, a modulation effect (such as chorus, flanger, phaser, or sum filter), and a space effect (such as delay or clocked delay, and natural, plate, or non-linear reverb choices).
Time to take to the stage or studio today, then, and get grooving with Stroke Machine in the most illuminating ways possible. Never has your iPad looked or sounded so good!"
Pricing and Availability:
Stroke Machine can be purchased and directly downloaded from Apple's App Store for an introductory discounted price of €13.99 EUR/$14.99 USD from December 20 to 26, inclusive (rising to €17.99 EUR/$19.99 USD thereafter).
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