iOS 7 is due to be released in about a week. I have identified a crash issue related to Audiobus in the current version of bleep!BOX that occurs in iOS 7. A fix is ready and I’m working on submitting that, however there’s no guarantee it will be approved on launch day. If you are a musician who depends on having a working copy of bleep!BOX (or other apps for that matter), it’s recommended that you hold off a bit on updating to iOS7 until developers have had adequate time to update their apps.
I’ve tested Genome under iOS 7 and haven’t seen any issues with the current version. I have been steadily working on the next update to Genome, and I will post something soon on what is coming in the next version.
bleep!BOX now supports Audiobus for streaming audio into other applications. It also supports the native iPhone 5 resolution. If you are a longtime bleep!BOX user and recently got an iPhone 5, you may need to delete your UserBackground.jpg from your bleep!BOX documents folder in order to have the background extend across the full screen (connect your iPhone to your desktop and use iTunes file sharing to do this). BTW, you can customize your bleep!BOX background by replacing this image with whatever you like – just keep the same image size.
Also, an important note – bleep!BOX allows user-selectable audio buffer sizes, though Audiobus only supports two of those (low and medium). If you want to use Audiobus, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t have ‘High’ selected for your audio latency.
We’ve been experimenting with a lower price for bleep!BOX for a long time now. Based on our sales numbers, this hasn’t been a strong motivator in getting additional people to buy bleep!BOX (in fact, we probably lost a lot of money), so we’re going to put the price closer to where it was before the drop. This will go into effect tomorrow.
Thanks, and happy bleep!’ing!
While Genome 1.2.0 is still being worked on, we’ve released an interim update that addresss several important bugs that have been reported:
- Bug fix: Importing a file with a .MIDI extension would cause Genome to crash. - Bug fix: Fixed issue where 'LastSong' could get corrupted when force-closing Genome - Bug fix: Background Mode setting was not properly saved from the config panel - Bug fix: Emailing a file always sent the file as an audio/wav file and named it 'audio'. Now uses the proper mime type and file name.
It should be appearing in the app store shortly.
Genome 1.1.2 has been out for about a week now. We haven’t received any major bug reports yet, but please email us if you are experiencing any issues. We’re currently working on a small update for bleep!BOX and also the next big version of Genome.
We’ve added Beatmaker 2 to our list of compatible apps. Since the last update Virtual MIDI should be fully working with BM2.
Also, it looks like Korg has updated all it’s apps with Virtual MIDI support! Here’s Discchord’s take on their implementation.
Just wanted to make a post about the status of the promised ‘metronome’ addition. Some weeks ago I said the metronome would be in the next update – this was intended to be part of a a larger 1.2.0 release which will include a modular audio system for virtual instruments within Genome. The reason for this is that the metronome will be an audio module and will share some of the ‘audio plumbing’ that will be needed for the other stuff. In recent weeks however, it became clear that there were a few serious bugs that would need to get fixed before a 1.2.0 release, which is the reason for the 1.1.2 release. 1.1.2 is primarily a bug fix release. It includes a few new features, but these are mostly things that were already being worked on and happened to be ready to release. I know that the metronome is an important feature for a lot of people and it is being worked on. On the plus side, a lot of the groundwork for the audio system has already been laid and a good portion of the work remaining is interface related. Barring any major bugs that come up after 1.1.2, the next release will be 1.2.0. Thank you for being patient!
Genome 1.1.2 is currently being tested. I wanted to post this now so people are aware that bug fixes are coming -
Better visual feedback on patterns that are playing
Fixed bug with ‘View Snap’ zoom mode that was causing view to jump around
Added a ‘dead zone’ on zooming so zooming doesn’t occur immediately
Added scrollbars for easier navigation
Fixed Pattern Mini-map
Fixed a serious bug with changing note lengths
Fixed stuck note when bringing up the tap ‘n hold menu
Fixed bug that occurred if you duplicated a pattern more than once. One of the duplicates wouldn’t play at first.
Improved naming of duplicates. No longer calls them ‘copy copy copy.. “, instead “copy 1, copy 2″, etc.
It is now possible to have notes that stretch past the end of the pattern without being cut off as soon as the pattern ends
Fixed a bug on switching song steps that would kill all playing notes.
Some under-the-hood changes to the way looping works (mainly for the above change)
NEW: Pattern Info -> Added ‘Legato’ launch quantization option. This allows patterns to change immediately and still keep sync.
NEW: Pattern Info -> Added Loop flags (affects how looping works, with regards to starting and continuing notes)
Notes that extend past the end of the pattern will no longer be broken into two notes (see pattern playback changes)
Updated MIDI Mobilizer library
The ‘Send Sync’ button (formerly, “Send Clock”) in the MIDI config, now controls whether MIDI Start and MIDI Stop messages are sent as well as Clock.
Background Mode changes. It’s now easier to do external clock sync while Genome is in the background. If Genome is not playing, it will wait in the background for 15 minutes unless you toggle the ‘background’ button in the settings (which will cause it to sleep immediately). If Genome is playing, it will run in the background until stopped.
Added options for controlling Latency Compensation for MIDI Sync (sync-in and out)
Fixed track ‘scale’ not getting reset on song->clear
We’ve lowered the price of bleep!BOX to tier 6 ($5.99) US. You still get a 10-voice groove box / drum machine but at a much lower price!