bs-16i update – further tweaks for bismark’s multi-timbral virtual instrument

Download from iTunes App Storebs-16i logoI mentioned bismark’s bs-16i 16-part multi-timbral sample-based music app in my ‘virtual instrument round-up‘ article some time ago. Given how blessed we are with some excellent iOS synth apps and the fact that we are starting to see some very high quality sample-based instruments appearing for iOS – with Korg Module now leading the way on that front – you could be forgiven for not getting overly excited by an app such as bs-16i based on the (fairly) humble SoundFont.

With an app like bs-16i, I think that perhaps misses the point though. This is not intended to be a sound source for recreating the detailed nuances of an acoustic piano (for example); it is, instead, an efficient, multi-sound source, workhorse. When you need a single app to produce multiple sounds at the same time, and to do it with a relatively low CPU overhead, this is just the thing.

bs-16i - a great workhorse multi-timbral sound sound for iOS - and now with iOS9 support.

bs-16i – a great workhorse multi-timbral sound sound for iOS – and now with iOS9 support.

Anyway, as I mentioned a few days ago, bs-16i was updated v.2.5 and, as might be expected, the update includes support for the latest Audiobus SDK and, therefore, ensures a smooth workflow via Audiobus under iOS9. However, the update is notable for one further reason; the app now offers support for the new 3D touch facility introduced on selected new iOS devices.

However, a further update – v.2.5.1 – has appeared on the App Store today and this fixes issues for some users under both iOS9 and iOS7 while the 3D Touch support has also been improved. It will be interesting to see how this new technology develops as more users get access to the feature via newer iOS hardware…  and to see if iOS music app developers are keen to support the options for adding expression to musical performances.

bs-16i now supports the new 3D touch technology.

bs-16i now supports the new 3D touch technology.

At UK£5.99, bs-16i is a very respectable virtual instrument workhorse and particularly useful if you find you need lots of different sounds all going at the same time. As iOS only allows you to run one instance of any app at a time, being 16-part multi-timbral is a big plus (it makes for a good comparison with IK Multimedia’s SampleTank that is four-part multi-timbral but perhaps features a somewhat more details set of samples). With support for iOS7 or later, bs-16i is a very useful little app to have within your music production toolkit.

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