Update: Neo-Soul Keys v1.2 Released – Adds Support for Audiobus, Background Audio, Virtual MIDI & More!
MIDIculous have released version 1.2 of Neo-Soul Keys – their keyboard app that brings professional quality electric piano libraries to the iPad. The update adds support for Audiobus, background audio and Virtual MIDI! There is also now a MIDI channel filter and latency adjustment for each synth as well as many other improvements and bug fixes.
- Audiobus support
- MIDI channels filter for each synth
- Virtual MIDI support
- Latency can be adjusted for each synth
- Option to enable or disable background audio
- The samples for the stage synth have been improved
- Improved realism of release decay
- In-App purchases can now be made without leaving the synth
- Option to disable mechanical effects to reduce CPU load
- New mechanical release equation to decay over time like a real electromechanical EP does.
- New Barks in phase with Sustain to eliminate phasing.
- The app now plays when the iPad is locked
- The app doesn’t lose become muted when another audio app is open
- Interruptions handled more robustly
- MIDI dump contains more information for troubleshooting
- The effects algorithms are more efficient and takes up less CPU.
- Fixed bugs with MIDI Learn and made it more effecient
- When activating preset, the window now closes automatically.
PROFESSIONAL QUALITY ELECTRIC PIANO LIBRARIES FOR LIVE GIGGING AND STUDIO WORK FOR YOUR IPAD AND IPHONE.
FEATURING AUDIOBUS AND VIRTUAL MIDI!!!
ONE OF THE FIRST iOS MUSIC APPS TO FEATURE REAL-TIME SAMPLE STREAMING, USING APPLE LOSSLESS (CAF) FORMAT
With the incredible success of our computer based versions of Neo-Soul Keys®, we felt it an obvious decision to bring our incredible electric piano libraries to the iOS. Despite the eagerness, we did not want to produce a sub-par app just for sake of making an electric piano library, so we worked directly with Apple’s engineers to bring to you, for the first time ever: SAMPLE STREAMING USING APPLE LOSSLESS CAF FORMAT. No other app that we know of offers real-time zone switching sample streaming with lossless compression. Many other sample library apps offer the samples to be loaded into memory, which obviously severely cripples the detail and amount of samples you are able to use. With sample streaming, we are able to use the same high quality sampling techniques, zone switching, and velocity layering, without sacrificing the quality similar to a desktop sample library. So what we did was load all of the electric piano effects samples in system memory, and dedicated the most important sustain samples to stream from the internal flash RAM. The results make for a high quality, low latency, and professional grade electric piano sound module that you can take with you and play live!
You see, many sound designers are trained in a certain way of sampling, by making things so tidy and neat. Every sample is perfectly cut, trimmed, and cross-faded to perfection. Unfortunately, this is not real life and it definitely is not what a real electromechanical instrument is suppose to sound like. It is in those uneven notes, blanks, quarks, splats, clanks, and mechanical nuances that really make you feel like you are playing a real living and breathing organic instrument. This is what we intended with Neo-Soul Keys® - a real world feeling and experience of playing a real electromechanical instrument. You even hear the pedal noises when the sustain pedal is being pressed and released. THAT IS HOW MUCH DETAIL WE PUT INTO OUR INSTRUMENTS! As a result, our Neo-Soul Keys® has been featured and licensed by none other than Steinberg®, who are the the inventors and creators of VST technology.
Neo-Soul Kes® has also been used by the legendary Gerorge Duke and is quoted by Keyboard Magazine during his final interview:
"Unless I’m doing a trio format with Al Jarreau or I’m using an acoustic piano and a real suitcase, my main electric piano is the Scarbee library. I also incorporated one called [Gospel Musicians] Neo-Soul Suitcase, because that has a little more grit and meat on it for certain types of sounds. There’s another that’s pretty smooth, and it’s also a Scarbee thing but it’s toned down; it doesn’t have a lot of attack. As a matter a fact, I’m using that sound on “Brazilian Love Affair.” When I go into playing more funk, I might use Neo-Soul Keys®, which has a lot of attack. But if I’m doing, say, a Miles Davis tune, I prefer the Scarbee." - Keyboard Magazine, August 2013
Will work for the iPad 2, 3 and Mini, but polyphony and CPU may be limited. The iPad/iPhone 4 and higher are recommended.
Latest Release Notes - v2.1.0
- Updated and Optimized for iOS 7
- Added a Virtual Keyboard
- Added iPhone support
- Other Misc. Bug Fixes and Improvements
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