JAX Selective Range (SR) : Airforce (announcement)

You should have been asked.

A selective range Mid/Side audio processor, which also can apply a sample delay to the side signal for phase shift and correction and other parameters for special stereo control and ‘airy’ effects.

So why ‘selective range’ ?
You may not want to apply the effects to the entire audio signal but merely to a selected frequency range, i.e to achieve ‘airy’ sound in high range or just remove mud and phase issues from a bass and so on….

How does it work ?
The stereo signal is split into 3 wide, overlapping frequency bands. Then the mid frequency range (the selected range) is processed by extracting mid and side signals and these 2 signals will be processed further, separately, with several options for stereo enhancements. This can be the entire frequency range too, of course.

The result is a more or less modified mid/side relation and tonal adjustment. The processing result can be applied in parallel, meaning the dry/wet mix will sum everything to the final output. A quick mono compatibility check is possible on the fly.

What is the result of a ‘side delay’ ?
Applying a delay to the side signal can produce the famous ‘air’ effect of some ancient analog gear and also eliminate bad phase summing effects. But this should be applied with some care, destined and sparingly.

Can I create new fancy and unheard cool effects with this ?

The effects are more or less subtile and should be applied merely if you exactly know, what you are doing. This requires generally good audition abilities. (My experiences are rather, that most people are obviously just deaf and do not even recognize, if something sounds really problematic, awful or degraded and so on…
So this tool is for the ‘Tone Engineer type’ of audiophiles.

Is this a replacement for JAX Stereo Tool or JAX ┬žStereo ?
No. By no means. It does completely different things and can be used in conjunction with our other stereo tools and analyzers.

JAX (SY) : SH-116 OMNI (beta)

Synth minimalism maximized.
The closed beta of a (very) long secret work in progress has been started.

Unlike on the screenshot – this is a picture of the alpha version – the synth will be named SH-116 OMNI and is a 16 channel multi timbre polyphonic unison monster thingy, something that would not even be possible with 16 single items of a real SH-101 legend ( these are late 80’s, very popular monophonic, one-oscillator synthesizers from Roland Corporation – regularly sold for thousand++ dollars even today on the second hand market. The original is neither polyphonic nor multi timbre nor unison capable ).

With the start of the beta phase, we redesigned the vector based user interface completely to become a real 3D interface.

With using Apples SceneKit or maybe RealityKit the UI will be presented in a controllable 3D environment. Previous UIs did react somehow sluggish because of using loads of stitched image resources.

GM MIDI Player (super universal update 2.0)

GM MIDI Player was our very first iOS release. After 5 years, we updated this ancient but still excellently working piece of software for support of latest technologies and the latest Swift language. It now should perform on macOS (Apple Silicon) and Apple’s Vision Pro without any issues.

GM MIDI Player was and is completely written in Apples Swift programming language and comes with some nice features, like downloading MIDI files from zip packages. It initially was thought as an essential tool for playing MIDI files on iOS, especially iPhones, as Apple did not provide a default system player for this kind of popular audio files at all.

The price was re-adjusted. GM MIDI Player was also prepared for future enhancements. Note: It is not available as AudioUnit, so for this purpose, please take a look at our latest JAX MIDI Module&Player, which is available as standalone and AudioUnit (AUv3) package.

JAX MIDI Control Pad (update 2.6)

We compiled a new update for JAX MIDI Control Pad (version 2.6).
On user request a new feature was implemented, which aims to emulate popular hardware behavior with snapping back to a definable position.

Update version 2.6:

  • implemented (optional) autosnap feature for emulating popular
    mechanical hardware behavior ( user request )
  • implemented animation and controller interpolation for autosnapp
  • connected the new buttons for selecting the snapping scheme to the autosnap function
  • implemented a speed parameter for auto snapping
  • corrected the factory presets for reflecting the new parameters
  • fixed an issue, where the channel select parameter was not correctly reflected on the user interface
  • new parameters are saved with a preset
  • updated the manual to reflect latest changes

This update will be uploaded to the Apple AppStore today and scheduled for auto release after review.

JAX MIDI : Control Pad (update 2.5)

We added new features with the latest update for our JAX MIDI Control Pad version 2.5 :

  • added a MIDI channel selector, no need for external extra routing
  • implemented (C)AT (channel aftertouch) as virtual CCO number 128
  • implement PB (pitch bend coarse) as virtual CCO number 129
  • added 9 buttons with useful reset positions
  • added user definable main color, which is saved as parameters with the preset
  • added new preset management dialog and JAX unified preset handling
  • minor UI cosmetics
  • added a common MIDI controller list to the embedded manual 
  • updated manual, reflecting the latest version
  • fixed a minor value mismatch
  • fixed the background contrast parameter

This update will be uploaded to the Apple AppStore today and autoreleased as soon it gets accepted. The price for the super universal audio unit, available on all major Apple Silicon platforms was re-adjusted to the final.

JAX Triple Series : 3Stereo (super universal release & update)

JAX 3Stereo (3.6) was released on the Apple appStore today. An update (version 3.7 was appended too). 3Stereo is the successor and (replacement?) of our popular JAX StereoTool and adds triple band processing.

JAX 3Stereo is the evolution of our legacy JAX StereoTool, one of the very first iOS releases we ever made. It extends the essential functions for stereo analysis and processing for usage on an analog style triple band-split. The old all-pass mode is still available and so it aims to replace this existing legacy release.

JAX 3Stereo is super universal, thus being available on iOS, iPadOS, visionOS and macOS now.

Existing customers of the purchased version of the JAX StereoTool 1/2 are entitled for a free upgrade via promotion code. Please contact us via email.

( JAX StereoTool was originally free, customers of the purchased versions can provide the AppStore receipt for getting a free promo code for JAX 3Stereo. )

JAX SUPERSONIC (super universal release) – public beta available!

The first item in our series of synthesizers is the 16 x multi-timbre polyphonic JAX SUPERSONIC, which is able of loading Standard MIDI files. But it is NOT a General MIDI player (rompler) based on samples, but …

it is a virtual analog monster with 15 sound channels and one sample based drum channel ( channel 0x09/ 10 ). The public beta for jamming tests is available.

We wanted to create a synthesizer, which can produce complete song arrangements out of the box, with just a MIDI sequencer connected. A rather minimalistic song creation setup, limiting to one tone generator device, although the sound of just a single voice from JAX SUPERSONIC is NOT minimalistic but optimized for modern sound. Tjis is the return of our memories, working with just one or two Access Viri (Virus b & c) and building complete arrangements with that…