Effectrix update and giveaway

Download from iTunes App Storeeffectrix logoI reviewed Effectrix from Sugar Bytes last week on the blog and was really impressed by the processing options offered by the app. Rather like Turnado, this is very much in the ‘creative and in your face’ school of audio effects processing although Effectrix can do subtle if you want it to.

While my own testing with the app when used with Audiobus was very smooth, shortly after release, Sugar Bytes did indicate that there were some initial issues, both with the AudioCopy support and with IAA. I’d managed to get the IAA working at one point with the initial release but did experience some rather inconsistent behaviour.

Effectrix update

As they promised, the company have been quick to follow up with an update and v.1.0.1 landed in the iTunes App Store a couple of days ago. The crash associated with AudioCopy has been resolved and, aside from a few other minor bug fixes, there have also been some improvements with the IAA support.

Effectrix - step-sequencing for multi-effects :-)

Effectrix – step-sequencing for multi-effects :-)

Having given this a bit of a workout using Cubasis as my IAA host, I’m happy to report that things are most definitely better with the update. I was able to use Effectrix as either an insert or a send effect within Cubasis and, the majority of the time, the process was pretty smooth. Equally, I was able to use a Cubasis MIDI track and route the output to Effectrix to trigger pattern changes. This also worked very smoothly and the whole pattern system within Effectrix makes if very easy to switch between radically different effects processing options without the app missing a beat (at least is seems that way on my iPad Air test system).

I did still experience a couple of IAA oddities. First, Effectrix did occasionally seem to lose the connection to Cubasis. This seemed to occur most often when I switched to Effectrix but without Cubasis in playback mode (so, presumably, Effectrix was not getting MIDI clock data from Cubasis when I switched?). However, going back the Cubasis, initiating playback and then returning to Effectrix seemed to re-establish the connection.

The IAA support in Effectrix has been improved....  but if any one can help me by explaining what the second Effectrix entry in my IAA apps list is for then I;d be most grateful :-)

The IAA support in Effectrix has been improved…. but if any one can help me by explaining what the second Effectrix entry in my IAA apps list is for then I’d be most grateful :-)

The other thing was that, when selecting Effectrix as, for example, an insert effect on an audio track, I could see two instances of the app in the list of available IAA effects apps; one just labelled ‘Effectrix’ (which was the one I used) and the other labelled ‘Effectrix (Midi)’. I’ve no idea what this second instance should be used for and, at present, there is no specific information about this in the Effectrix manual. Answers welcome if you have already worked it out….  leave a comment below and share it with others :-)

Effectrix giveaway

Despite a few initial gremlins, it doesn’t take a genius to see the potential of Effectrix and, if you are a fan of more extreme or off-the-wall audio processing options, then the app ought to be right up your street.

However, if you have not yet taken the plunge, then you could always try and bag yourself a free copy as Nadine from Sugar Bytes has been kind enough to provide me with 5 free copies of the app to give away to readers of the Music App Blog.

As usual with the giveaways I run on the blog, the deal is simple; get your name in the hat and see if it gets pulled out.

You can enter the draw in one of two ways.

  • First, if you just want to enter this draw, then use the Contact Us page to leave your details before 10 pm (GMT) on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. Make sure to enter ‘Effectrix’ in the message subject line.
  • Alternatively, if you want to get included in this – and every future app giveaway run on the site – then sign up for the Music App Blog email list before the deadline. All members of the list will automatically be entered in every draw. You can sign up here and, as a bonus for signing up, you also get a copy of the Music App Blog’s ‘25 iOS music apps to get you started‘ guide. And if you are already signed up for the email newsletter, then consider yourself entered :-)

As soon as I can organise after entries close, I’ll draw a suitable number of names at random from all those entered. I’ll then notify the lucky winners by email and include the details required to download your free copy. I’ll also post a list of the winners here. If you are one of the lucky ones, do make sure to download ASAP – iTunes Redeem Codes generally have a relatively short life span once they have been issued.

You can read the full review of Effectrix here. If you can’t wait for the draw to give it a try, then click on the appropriate link to purchase and download the app from iTunes but, if you want to be in with a chance of winning a free copy, get in touch or join the email list before the deadline.

Good luck :-)

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    1. I get the “Effectrix” and the “Effectrix midi” in the IAA menus, both in Cubasis and Auria. I’m not sure what the differences, if any, are yet. I know that this isn’t the last update that’s in the pipeline, it might be a bit of code from the next version that’s showing up here. Not sure.

      And yes, it works great as IAA now. It keeps track of the play head in Cubasis and Auria (and most likely any other iDAW with IAA), so the internal sequencer in Effectrix will always be correctly aligned with the sequencer in the DAW.

      • Hi Chris… glad to hear your experience is also positive…. and that I’m not the only one still in the dark about the second instance in the IAA list :-) best wishes, John

        • I got a bit more info from Sugar Bytes on the two instances of Effectrix. First, IAA is a bit of a mess and poorly documented, this is the general consensus from all devs I’ve from. With that said, here’s what Sugar Bytes said. There are various setups being used by various hosts (GarageBand, Cubasis and Auria). For example, if you use “Effectrix midi”, you won’t get any MIDI out from GarageBand. In most cases “Effectrix midi” is the right choice since Effectrix do act as a midi reciever with that instance.

          Here’s a short list of iDAWs and what will work properly…
          Garageband: no MIDI
          Auria: MIDI only
          Cubasis: Both

          • Hi Chris… that’s helpful… and I guess the same applies to the update for WOW Filterbox that I’ve just posted about. Let’s hope SB update the documentation soon to make this clearer for users. best wishes, John

    2. Looks like an interesting app. Wouldn’t mind giving it a run.

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