Category Archives: Wish list

Step-by-step Instructions to Install Third-Party Animoog Presets and Timbres with iFunbox

There’s well over 2,000 Animoog presets available now, lots of them free, and let’s be honest, the official mean to install third-party Animoog presets with iTunes is cumbersome and limiting. Animoog players ask the question often enough that I’m convinced it’s worth providing these step-by-step instructions on how to install third-party Animoog presets and timbres with iFunbox.

What are the benefits of of using iFunbox for installing Animoog presets and timbres?

  • You can quickly and easily install new Animoog presets and timbres from your computer to your iPad or iPhone
  • You can create folders and move presets in the folders you want
  • You can rename Animoog folders and presets, and thus order them to your liking
  • You don’t need iTunes which, for installing presets, is error-prone and for some of us, simply does not work
  • You can import your own presets for backups and then share your own presets with others
  • You do not need your iPhone or iPad to be jailbroken for installing Animoog presets and timbres with iFunbox

ifunbox

Is iFunbox safe? I’m not kidding, this is important: no one wants to install malware on his computer and suffer the consequences. I spent significant time searching the web and found no evidence that iFunbox would be malware. The proprietary software will show you ads but no source provided indications that iFunbox is unsafe in any way. If you have good reasons to believe installing iFunbox is actually unsafe, let us know in the comments below!

With these instructions, you can easily install plenty of great third-party Animoog presets, lots of them free, provided by nice sound designers sharing their work with us

ifunbox-animoog

The step-by-step instructions:

  1. Get the new and shiny third-party presets and timbres you want to install. You’ll find them on this table of Animoog presets and timbres
  2. Download iFunbox. I’ve seen reports that other similar tools work as well, if you can confirm, share it in the comments below. iFunbox is free and ads-supported, and I’m not related to them in any way
  3. Launch iFunbox. On macOS, the first time you launch an unsigned app you need to right-click on the app’s icon and select open
  4. Quit Animoog on your iPad or iPhone. To do that, double-tap on your iOS ‘Home’ button, browse opened apps to find the Animoog app and drag its thumbnail up to quit the app. If you ignore this step, you won’t see the new presets until you quit and relaunch Animoog
  5. Plugin your iPad or iPhone. It will show up in iFunbox
  6. Open the Animoog folder under ‘App File Sharing’. See screenshot above. The Animoog folder under ‘User Applications’ can’t be accessed and that’s fine since you don’t need it
  7. Create a new folder to host the presets you want to install
  8. Open the new folder and move your Animoog presets from the finder to your new folder. Note about the location of timbres: you can apparently copy your timbres in any folder under ‘categories’, presets are able to find the timbres no matter which subfolder there are in
  9. That’s it! You can use this opportunity to move and rename folders and presets while you’re there, otherwise you’re done, you can quit iFunbox and unplug your iOS device. When you’ll relaunch Animoog, the new presets and timbres will be there for you to enjoy!

If anyone knows better options than iFunbox or have related tips to share, simply write a comment below for all the community to benefit from your knowledge. Better together! :-) Maybe a future Animoog version will provide a better official option than the current one that relies on iTunes, that has been on our Animoog wish list since day 1, but as of today, using iFunbox is a useful, simple and free way to manage your Animoog presets.

And for those who read so far, I have good news, I got tons of fresh new presets for you from a few nice Animoog sound designers that contacted me. The new presets will be announced with the next version of the table of Animoog presets. I hope to have the time to release it by mid-July. Hope this post helped you better enjoy Animoog :-) — Alex / Satri

Animoog Expansion Packs table

1,713 Presets: a Major Update to List of Animoog Expansion Packs

1,713 presets, that’s how many presets sound designers gave us to explore. Thank you. Without you, Animoog wouldn’t be the Animoog I love so much today. As a mean to thank you dear sound designers and to highlight your work, I’m pleased to provide this major update to the List of Animoog Expansion Packs.

What’s new and improved

Version 1.2 brings:

  • Added Alba Ecstasy’s 429 presets bundle
    • I find those presets pretty amazing, however, they don’t fully leverage Animoog’s polypressure by default — you need to go to the ENV/MOD tab and manually configure polypressure (I plan to eventually write documentation describing how to do that)
  • Added Sunsine Audio’s 254 presets bundle
    • As far as I’ve tested so far, Sunsine Audio presets don’t leverage Animoog’s polypressure by default — you need to go to the ENV/MOD tab and manually configure polypressure
  • Added ‘Luftrum 8’ 64 presets
  • Updated the ‘BASE Pack’ info, which is now free and available from the in-app store
  • Updated Airplane Shadow presets, which are now hosted on Animoog Love itself, thanks to Jeremy Lewis
  • Added the number of presets for the Halloween pack
  • Changed & added colors to the table
  • Improved third-party packs installation instructions — yes, it’s much easier with iFunbox than with the official instructions
  • And a few other minor modifications such as: ordered the list in a way that makes more sense, removed the reference to the html and csv versions of the table, and various other minor improvements

Here’s two examples of improvisations done with the Alba Ecstasy presets bundle. Since stereo ping pong is abused, headphones are required.

I need your help. Can someone tell us in the comments below how many presets and timbres there are in the vanilla Animoog? That info is missing from the table. Thanks!

Click on the following image to head to the exhaustive list of expansion packs!

Animoog Expansion Packs table

Wish list and hiatus until August

Unrelated, I also updated the Animoog improvements wish list with a few enhancements and ideas, such as leveraging the iPad’s accelerometer sensor and allowing it to act as a ‘control’ in the ENV/MOD tab, thus enabling vibratos and pitch bending by shaking and turning (changing the orientation of) your iPad

I’ll be away for the upcoming weeks until the end of July. Expect Animoog news upon my return. Meanwhile, enjoy Animoog! — Alex / Satri

Animoog Improvements Wish List Updated

I took the time to make a significant update to our Animoog improvements wish list. It incorporates the community feedback we got so far (thanks for your contributions! :-)), I added a few of my own and removed wishes that have actually been fulfilled by Moog in the latest versions (proving that what we wish for is actually making sense! ;-).

I’m sorry I’m not providing a log of what changed with this new version of the wish list, most sections have actually been augmented or enhanced, so you might as well read it all.

The timing might actually be an excellent one since we got recent news that Moog is spending efforts on Animoog development. As always, everyone is welcomed to share comments, insights and opinions regarding what could be done to improve this app we love.

Animoog Love liked this post

Animoog 2.2.1 and Animoog for iPhone 1.1.3 Released

animoog_splashscreen

There we go! Today were released both Animoog 2.2.1, the iPad version, and Animoog for iPhone 1.1.3. These welcomed releases bring iOS 8 compatibility and Audiobus + Inter App Audio support. Here are the official release notes.

For Animoog 2.2.1:

  • Audiobus 2 Support
  • Inter App Audio
  • AudioCopy 2 Support
  • iOS 8 Compatible

For Animoog for iPhone 1.1.3:

  • iOS8 Support

That’s not entirely true for the iPhone version… the release 1.1.3 also bring fixes that make all the new shiny features of version 1.1.2 actually work fine. There’s also a few minor interface changes and improvements that you’ll discover while playing with the new versions. One of those is the new previous/next buttons in the presets list, another one is the new Timbres browser. There’s also a new look for the expansions list in the Store tab. Have you found anything else new or changed?

After updating to the latest Animoog version, lots of my presets were not playing fine: several timbres were missing. The solution for me was to restore purchases from the ‘Store’ tab. I still have issues with some presets, but I suspect they are all presets I manually installed and which may require new direct manipulation to make them work (see the section at the bottom of this page regarding manually installing expansion packs).

While these updates ‘only’ bring current iOS and Audiobus + IAA support, and the improvements wish list includes plenty of other exciting features, this is still great that Moog is back at actively working on Animoog development. Rejoice! We have new versions of Animoog! :-)

What’s in development for Animoog

Content removed at Moog’s request. The former entry included publicly accessible content provided by a reliable source, however, this content that wasn’t meant to be publicly accessible. It has been removed at the source and Moog requested we remove it from this site too. We certainly meant no harm to Animoog in any way. — Alex (aka Satri) for Animoog.org

Releasing Animoog as open source?

I wasn’t planning to write about that, but the suggestion on Moog’s forum encouraged me to share the following.

I’m a heavy user, supporter and sporadic contributor to open source and free software, so this suggestion captured my interest! Don’t hesitate to help me understand why you’d like Animoog to be open sourced if you have such inclination.

Software lives and dies according to the developer care they get. This is true for both proprietary and open source software. Developers can be paid or do it on their own time, but when a piece of software gets no time and love from developers, development has effectively halted and its days are numbered. Software development for anything even slightly complex, and Animoog certainly is in the sophisticated category, requires serious expertise and resources. You need people dedicated to coordinating the code and changes to the code, handling the bugs, priorities, feature requests, the releases, etc.

Software lives and dies according to the developer care they get

What about Animoog? Yeah, it’s been almost a year now since the last Animoog release. Has it been abandoned by Moog? I doubt it. Especially considering Animoog’s sound engine is driving Moog’s Theremini which was just announced last month. Could Animoog be improved? It’s clearly the case as we can see from this fan-generated wish list of improvements. But the truth is that Animoog is currently working fine and as great as last year. Analog pianos and guitars haven’t changed much in past decades and that does not reduce their quality, popularity or ability to do what they were built to accomplish.

Would Animoog be better of as open source, in the hands of a community coordinated by Moog? I’m not certain. As much as several of us can be dedicated to Animoog, there probably isn’t that many of us with the time and required expertise to develop Animoog at a quicker pace than Moog. I suspect it makes more sense for Moog to sell the app, and numerous users are happy to pay for it and its in-app purchases, and Moog to use that money to further develop Animoog, than hope for a community to organize itself and actually deliver sustained and coordinated improvements to Animoog. But hey, I could be wrong!

I suspect it makes more sense for Moog to sell the app, and numerous users are happy to pay for it and its in-app purchases, and Moog to use that money to further develop Animoog […]

With an open source Animoog, Moog will most probably get less revenue from it and consequently will devote less time to improve it. Another scenario would be that with Animoog becoming free, the increase in users and associated potential increase of in-app purchases would be enough to fill that revenue gap for having the core of Animoog open source. That scenario appears unlikely to happen, and at a minimum it’s a pretty big risk if revenue is important to Moog.

If Moog decides to drop Animoog’s development in favor of other priorities, sure, providing it as open source makes all the sense in the world (software code can be open source but still be proprietary, there’s a difference between open source software and free software). Otherwise, despite being a heavy user and supporter of open source, I’m not convinced that it would actually help for the future of the instrument we love.

There’s an infinity of opportunities. Another scenario would be for Moog to keep Animoog’s core closed, but provide an API that would allow developers to extend Animoog through in-app purchases – those extensions could be either for a fee, free or open source. That could be the best of both worlds. But it also means Moog would have to spend time providing and documenting an API for third-party developers to leverage.

What do you think? Should Animoog become open source? Why? And how?

Update to the Animoog Wish List

Thanks to the feedback provided on the official Animoog forum and the addition of some important items I forgot for the initial publication of the page, the Animoog improvements wish list is now significantly improved! Additions include:

  • A new section on transferring and the syncing of tracks, presets and timbres, copied below
  • In-app tutorials
  • Animoog for Android
  • and a few other minor enhancements and wishes

Here’s the whole new section we added as part of this update:

Presets and tracks transfer and sync

  • Getting data in and out Animoog could be much easier and straightforward, especially for (A) 4-track projects, and (B) user-saved presets and timbres
  • For tracks, we can use ‘AudioCopy’ to move to Garageband and then export away, or use Audiobus to export to yet another app. For copying presets out, we currently have to rely on iFunBox. In both cases, it requires lots of manipulations and third-party software
  • What about a simple ‘Send by email’ feature for tracks? That would be a great start
  • Tracks and user-saved presets could also be synced in and out via DropBox, ownCloud or a similar file syncing services, that would really be easy to use and immensely useful
  • Moog could be rightfully worried that paid-for presets and timbres could be shared amongst users if they becomes easy to share them. I suggest the following solution; let Animoog users share the presets they modified and are proud of, let them build a sense of community around sharing user-modified presets and timbres, but in order to avoid the piracy of presets sold as in-app purchases, make it a requirement that in order to use a preset coming from another user, someone has to have bought, if applicable, the original preset on which the shared preset is based on. Technically, Animoog simply needs to validate that the preset the user is loading is based on a preset that the user already has rights to, if not, let the user know that it needs to buy the original preset in order to use the modified preset
  • Tracks could be pushed to SoundCloud directly, but this is of lower priority in my opinion

Here’s the Animoog improvements wish list for you to see its latest shiny version. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback and own wishes, I’ll gladly update the page accordingly.

Sincere regards — Alex for Animoog.org

Animoog Configuration

Announcing the Animoog Improvements Wish List

It’s my pleasure to provide an initial version of the Animoog improvements wish list.

The two main items in there to start with, detailed in the associated page:

  • A Sequencer for Animoog – to record and easily modify, in an easy to use user interface, played notes, the subtle changes to poly-pressure, x/y pad changes and ideally anything players usually modify while playing Animoog
  • Saving session states – to be able to save session’s states, which would include the selected preset, x/y pad location, keys and scale settings, and essentially any settings your can set via Animoog’s interface

Everyone is welcome to share ideas, thoughts and comments directly over the wish list page.