Oscilab update – 2beat get their excellent EDM production app ready for iOS9

Download from iTunes App Storeoscilab logoAs I posted back at the end of May 2014 when it was first launched, Oscilab – from developer 2beat – brings a very interesting, novel, and very intuitive approach to the creation of electronic music.  The interface looks fabulous and the app provides a combination of electronic-style sounds based upon modelled analog synthesis, samples and drum sounds.

Indeed, I enjoyed working with Oscilab so much that it was a shoe-in for my personal ‘top 10 new music apps released in 2014‘ list back in January. If you are a fan of electronic music production and have not given Oscilab a try as yet then do take a look; and at UK£7.99, it packs a punch well above its weight (price).

With Audiobus support added in the v.1.1.0 update, the much awaited MIDI sync in v.1.3.0 and, most recently, the excellent addition of MIDI out in v.1.5.5 about a month ago, Oscilab is great fun to work with and very capable of producing some excellent results. The interface is slick and, while have a bit of musical background knowledge will certainly help, this is also an app that producers without traditional instrument skills can also get a lot out of.

Oscilab in action with the two upper-most channels being used to trigger external synth and the upper-most drum track also sending out MIDI data to Diode-108.

Oscilab in action with the two upper-most channels being used to trigger external synth and the upper-most drum track also sending out MIDI data to Diode-108.

The app’s name is derived from the various ‘virtual’ oscilloscope displays you get of the oscillator waveforms and which you can interact with and adjust via the touchscreen. Essentially, Oscilab provides you with six channels of sound with four of these based on the synth/sample engine and two dedicated to drums/percussion.

The various preset sounds are very good indeed and, with the new MIDI out feature, you can also use Oscilab’s intuative pattern-based sequencing to drive other iOS synths or drum machines. The way that you create your own sounds or modify existing sounds makes great use of the oscilloscope-style views and your ability to draw waveforms within them. This is both fun and pretty painless; just tap, drag and pinch to tweak settings for the frequency, filter, amplifier and pan.

Anyway, the app has recieved a further update today. This includes a few routine tweaks to deal with isues surrounding the MIDI Clock sync, the background audio setting (now on by default for new installs of the app) and a couple of issues associated with switching between the different Scenes. However, the headline item is that Oscilab is now ready for iOS9 (well, as ready as I expect any developer can be before the masses download iOS9 and start to uncover any weak links in the chain). Fingers crossed we will see a few more iOS music apps come with similar ‘iOS9 ready’ messages in time for the official release of the OS update on September 16th.

Oscilab is well worth exploring if you are a fan of electronic dance music. I think the workflow is great and the sounds very engaging…. Highly recommended app for those with an electronic bent and, if you have not yet given it a go, hit ‘download’ check out the App Store details :-)


 2beat’s introductory video for Oscilab

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