Mapped controls now respond to MIDI when Animoog is in the background
Fixed MIDI input and output port selection sometimes tacitly picking another one
External pitch bend now behaves linearly across the pitch bend range
Pitch bend strip is more usable by reducing the sensitivity in the middle
Stability improvements of the 4-track recorder
The recording length of the basic recorder has been doubled
Invalid timbre files are marked and don’t cause crashes anymore
New installations now by default map CC64 to the Hold switch
Version number is now shown at the bottom of configuration screen
Improvement of in-app store layout
Overall stability improvements
There’s also a little nice surprise the official changelog won’t tell you, look in the in-app store, scroll down and you’ll find that the ‘BASE Pack’, an expansion pack containing 25 presets and 40 timbres, is now not only available for in-app purchase, but it’s also free to everybody! Thanks Moog!
« To demonstrate some of what you can do, I’ve created a few sample videos based on music I improvised with the award-winning Animoog app for iPad ($29.99). Music made on mobile devices is quickly growing in popularity with tons of innovative musical instruments disguised as apps being available for iOS »
Here’s the third video I recorded live in the context of this article. It’s for the ‘don’t June’ track. It’s voluntarily less diverse than the previous two videos since I used it to showcase a specific technique with the iTunes visualizer.
Please allow this entry focusing on what I do on Animoog
Satri’s And back to space video
I’m happy to present to you my second video for the ‘Unanimoog, escape inside the music [Unmastered]’ album. It’s for the 45th track named ‘And back to space’ which is a solo improvised with the Animoog app. Playing a single Animoog preset in solo is just like playing a raw violin solo: a single instrument played live without loops, sequencing or external effects. Because of the expansive frequency content and harmonic complexity of Moog’s Animoog iPad app, along with the heavy presence of stereo ping-pong in the preset, please wear high end headphones to fully enjoy the track. All of this work is licensed as Creative Commons CC-BY.
The whole video is made from a single run of the iTunes visualizer. Anyone with a Mac or Windows computer and the free iTunes software can make similar videos live, that’s several hundred millions people! The entry for my first and similar video for the ‘Curious explorer’ track details the iTunes visualizer shortcuts, even the hidden ones, and tells you how to make the best out of it. I’m also working on a longer article which would provide even more details.
The whole video is made from a single run of the iTunes visualizer. Anyone with a Mac or Windows computer and the free iTunes software can make similar videos live, that’s several hundred millions people! I recorded the video with Quicktime, which can record a screencast. I however had to change the screen resolution of my old mac to the lowest possible (1280 x 720 pixels) to reduce the stuttering during recording. The simple montage was made in iMovie using one of its default themes. The following instructions tell you how to play and fully enjoy the iTunes visualizer yourself, at the full resolution of your screen and, of course, no stuttering since you’ll be playing it live. It’s a much nicer experience than what is shown on the video. I only played with the iTunes visualizer for less than an hour, I suspect someone’s skills after more practice means great fun.
I found undocumented keyboard controls in this 2008 lifehacker article. Once you know and use the various controls in harmony with the music that you hear, you play the role of a VJ. Let me tell you about the basics of controlling the iTunes visualiser:
There are three main visual components, (A) the cores, which are the moving spheres, (B) the rays, which flow out of the cores, and (C) the nebula clouds, which fill the whole screen and changes the ambiance
There are 20 modes for you to enjoy, you incrementally cycle from one mode to the next with the ‘M key’. Take the time to explore the various modes since they’re what alter the visualizations most
You can modify the movement of the visual components by freezing the rays (F key) and by locking or releasing the camera rotation (L key)
The nebula clouds (N key) should not be underestimated, they radically change the ambiance and can also be toggled on/off rhythmically. Pressing the ‘E key’ will enhance the nebula clouds, making them more prominent
The ‘A key’ and ‘S key’ will add or subtract rays to the visualizer, usually, I prefer when there’s more
The ‘+ key’ and the ‘- key’ are equally important since they increase or decrease the brightness of the of the rays
Finally, you can change the color palettes (P key) which obviously impact the general feel of the animation
Once you understand the basics, the most artistic and technically challenging part begins: controlling it live over a great song! A difficult part of the performance to me is making certain changes of modes (M key) and freezing (F key) along with the rotation (L key) generate something beautiful and in sync with the music. That makes the most significant difference
Keeping the rotation enabled (L key) mean you can get closer to the cores. Once very close to a core you may want to freeze and stop the rotation since the effects are often superb
Try also toggling freezing and rotation rhythmically, you can achieve something nice this way
The iTunes visualizer keyboard controls that I’m aware of, for iTunes version 188.8.131.52:
iTunes visualizer keyboard shortcuts
Increment to the next visualizer 'mode', out of a total of 20 modes
Freeze cores and rays
Freezes the movement of the cores and rays, which can still rotate (L key). With freeze and lock rotation enabled, nebula clouds will also freeze
Stops and starts the rotation of the camera. If the rays are in the frozen state (F key), only brightness of the rays will change according to the music's loudness
Enable nebula clouds that fill the screen with an animated haze. These clouds are not available for all modes (M key)
Enhance nebula clouds
If nebula clouds (N key) are enabled, pressing the 'E key' will accentuate them
+ / -
Adjust ray brightness
Increase (+ key) or decrease (- key) brightness of the rays, multiple presses further increase or decrease their intensity
A / S
Add or subtract rays
Add (A key) or subtract (S key) rays to the visualizer
Change color palette
Increment to next color palette, out of about 10 different color palettes
Displays the track cover image, title, artist and album names at the bottom left of the screen
Cycle mode after track
The visualizer mode increments to next mode when a new track begins. Enabled by default
Reset the brightness (+ / - keys) and density of rays (A / S keys) to their default values
Displays most of the keyboard shortcuts, but this current table also tells you what the official Help won't
Any other key
Avoid hitting unpaired keys!
The two improvements I’d like to see to the iTunes visualizer: (a) easy control for the number of cores in the scene, and (b) full control on how close or far we are from the cores.
If I missed any hidden iTunes visualizer keyboard control, please let me know in the comments below! Have fun — Alex / Satri