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Audioswift Version 2.1 – Now With MPE Support

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AudioSwift updated to version 2.1 + 30% Off Sale

Since we did take a look at AudioSwift the product has been continuously updated and even more enhanced.

Audioswift Version 2.1 is one of the few professional tools ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina. Do not upgrade yet to Catalina as any of the other tools you may use will stop working.

So what is AudioSwift?

AudioSwift for macOS is an app that let’s use a trackpad as a MIDI controller.  Designed for music producers, composers and sound designers, with AudioSwift control DAWs and virtual instruments by just using simple gestures over a trackpad. AudioSwift works in MacBooks, MacBooks Air and MacBooks Pro with built-in multitouch trackpads. It also works with the Magic Trackpad 1 and the Magic Trackpad 2.

This is how it works—call AudioSwift with four or five fingers tap. A console window appears on screen taking control of the mouse pointer and keyboard. Start touching the trackpad to control a parameter or play notes, and when you finish hit the escape key to turn AudioSwift off.

Switch between controllers by pressing keyboard shortcuts or by using the Touch Bar in compatible MacBooks. Trackpads with Force Touch support can send aftertouch MIDI messages. AudioSwift can also be used to edit photos faster in Adobe Lightroom with a third-party plugin.

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Audioswift New Features

  • MPE support in Trigger Mode.
  • New type Chords in Trigger Mode.
  • Option to set scales and Chords in Trigger Mode.
  • Adds labels in Trigger Mode.
  • Adds 8, 15, 16 and 20 pads configurations in Trigger Mode.
  • Divides the pads in banks. Up to 180 configurable pads.
  • Option to copy, paste and reset pads and banks.
  • CC values are shown in real-time on the Console in XY and Slider Modes.
  • Option to invert CC values in XY and Slider Modes.
  • Adds two more options to turn off AudioSwift automatically.
  • Adds new keyboard shortcuts.
  • Adds automation modes.
  • Updated to Swift 5 and macOS 10.14 SDK with dark mode support.
  • Notarized and ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Version 2.1 introduces a new design of the Trigger Mode with MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support for multidimensional control of many parameters, within MPE compatible software. The trackpad becomes an ultra-compact MPE controller for music production and sound design.

Users in Trigger Mode can play quick melodies in a chosen key with polyphonic expression. Horizontal and vertical movements send pitch bend and control change messages per MIDI note. This version adds a new type called Chords that lets trigger a pad and play a chord, helping the user generate chord progressions easily.

AudioSwift Comes in Five Controller Modes

  • Trigger—tap the trackpad to make beats, trigger chords and play melodies with MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).
  • Slider—divides the trackpad into 4 virtual sliders that send either control change or pitch bend MIDI messages.
  • XY—control multiple parameters at the same time using one, two or three fingers.
  • Mixer—designed to speed up the mixing workflow, control two faders at the same time, panning, send, use the trackpad as a jog wheel and write automation.
  • Scale—play notes in a chosen key.

AudioSwift Requirements

  • Requires macOS 10.11.6 or newer.
  • A MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with built in multitouch trackpad, or any Mac with a Magic Trackpad 1 or 2.
  • Force Touch support requires a compatible trackpad.
  • Touch Bar support requires macOS 10.12.2 or newer.
  • For Lightroom, it requires macOS10.12+, Lightroom 6+ Classic CC, and the plugin MIDI2LR installed. See its requirements.
  • Mixer Mode currently fully supported in Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper.
  • Trigger, Scale, XY and Slider modes work with all DAWs.

Availability and Pricing

AudioSwift version 2.1 is a free update for existing users. The regular price is $24 and it’s 30% off with coupon code GOLDENFROG30 until October 31, 2019.  Try the free trial at www.audioswiftapp.com.

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AudioSwift 2.2 with Velocity Response & 30% Off Sale

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AudioSwift 2.2 with Velocity Response & 30% Off Sale

AudioSwift, the app for macOS that turns a trackpad into a MIDI controller, has been updated to version 2.2. Now the Trigger and Scale Modes are velocity-sensitive.

Tapping the trackpad harder or softer will change the levels of the MIDI notes. The user can also choose to use a fixed velocity in the Preferences window.

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This new feature, with the MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support, makes AudioSwift the perfect compact MIDI controller for mobile and desktop music producers, who can now make quick ideas using the trackpad as a creative tool.

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AudioSwift version 2.2 is a free update for existing users. To download it, click ‘Check for updates’ on the main menu.

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AudioSwift 2.2

  • Adds velocity sensitivity to the Trigger and Scale Mode.
  • Adds option to choose fixed velocity.
  • Fixes an issue with random false hits Trigger Mode.
  • Fixes an issue with “swooping” sounds when using the MPE controller and certain plugins.
  • Fixes an issue that caused to not trigger Note Off messages in Trigger Mode.
  • Fixes wrong tip messages.
  • Minor bug fixes.
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AudioSwift 2 – Control, Improve & Create with your Trackpad

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With the release of AudioSwift 2, the earlier reviewed AudioSwift app has been updated with some substantial new features. AudioSwift for macOS is an app that lets you use a trackpad as a MIDI controller.

Designed for music producers and photographers, with AudioSwift you can control virtual instruments in your digital audio workstation or edit photos faster in Adobe Lightroom, all by just using simple touch gestures over the trackpad.

AudioSwift comes in five controller modes depending on what you want to control:

  1. Slider — divides the trackpad into four virtual sliders that send either CC or Pitch Bend MIDI messages
  2. XY — control many parameters at the same time using one, two or three fingers
  3. Mixer — designed to speed up your mixing workflow. Control two faders at the same time, panning, sends, use the trackpad as a jog wheel, and write automation
  4. Trigger — tap your fingers over the trackpad to make beats or launch audio clips
  5. Scale — play notes in a selected key

What’s new in Version 2?

  • Slider Mode with 12 configurable virtual sliders
  • New XY Mode design with 5 views and 30 configurable controllers
  • It now works with Adobe Lightroom using a third party open source plugin
  • Adds Pitch Bend with relative center position (0 pitch bend)
  • Adds new Regular Format for CC messages
  • Adds default CC values and automatic return to default after a finger is released
  • Adds labels for Slider and XY modes
  • AudioSwift’s console can now be turned on temporarily with a tap plus the shift key
  • When working with two trackpads or a trackpad with a mouse, AudioSwift can now be turned on automatically by just touching the trackpad’s surface


Requires macOS 10.11 or newer:

  • A Macbook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with built in multitouch trackpad, or any Mac with a Magic Trackpad 1 or 2.
  • Force Touch support requires a compatible trackpad.
  • Touch Bar support requires macOS 10.12.2 or newer.
  • For Lightroom, it requires macOS 10.12+, Lightroom 6+ Classic CC, and the plugin MIDI2LR installed. See its requirements.
  • Mixer Mode currently supported in Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper.
  • Trigger, Scale, XY, and Slider modes work with all DAWs just like any MIDI controller.

AudioSwift for macOS is available for free as a trial demo for 15 days. Regular price is $24, but for a limited time, it’s 50% off using coupon code GOLDENFROG50.

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AudioSwift by Golden Frog Music Review

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AudioSwift by Golden Frog Music Review

Users of modern Kontakt libraries are looking for a way to add movement and realistic tones to Synths and Kontakt libraries. These libraries and synths support more and more these days an X/Y pad.

AudioSwift transforms your Apple Magic Trackpad or MacBook trackpad into a MIDI control surface that you can use your DAW. With Kontakt libraries like Thrill, Haunted Spaces and others the tone is driven mainly by working an x/y pad.

AudioSwift can be used in as a pad, mixer fader. To trigger sounds – most composer will stick with the x/y pad function. Golden Frog Music did send a review copy with no strings attached.

Installation

You download the App and drag it to your Applications folder.

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AudioSwift requires an Apple Magic Trackpad or MacBook trackpad with a MAC running macOS 10.11 or newer. According to the vendor AudioSwift is currently supported by Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Reaper (Reaper support was added in version 1.2).

Usability and working with the tool

AudioSwift helps to generate more realistic sounding tracks with help to improve your score. With the tool, you can use the trackpad to write midi automation. This Midi information is used to inject live and movement or just changing between different sounds (all depending on the library or synth used). The developer is continuously enhancing the app; recently version 1.2 was made available. There are many tutorial videos available to get you started and help to address issues you discover.

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In AudioSwift preferences, you set up the behavior of your Trackpad to work with the different DAWs and on how information is transferred to your DAW and the receiving Instrument. I use the tool since Jan 2018 and it helped me already with Kontakt libraries and different soft Synths to better control them and as a result to achieve more realistic sounds.

The alternative is an iPad with a different application, but the pad is already at your desk to use it in your DAW.

AudioSwift Features:

  • Four controller modes: Mixer, Trigger, Scale, and XY.
  • User configurable preferences settings.
  • Compatible with several DAWs (see requirements).
  • Compatible with MacBooks, Magic Trackpads 1 and 2.
  • Force Touch and Touch Bar support

Technical Requirements:

  • Requires macOS 10.11 or newer.
  • A Macbook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with built-in multitouch trackpad, or any Mac with a Magic Trackpad 1 or 2.
  • Force Touch support requires a compatible trackpad.
  • Touch Bar support requires macOS 10.12.2 or newer.
  • Mixer Mode currently supported in Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live (more DAWs to come).
  • Trigger, Scale and XY Mode works with any DAW just like any MIDI controller.

Rating:  Five out of five stars

AudioSwift works excellent after you use it a couple of minutes. The Audioswift approach is simplistic and gives your Apple Trackpad a meaning beyond moving the mouseor using MACOS related shortcuts. For me, it is solely an x/y pad that I use when I record movement in my DAW with various Kontakt Libraries. It is priced at $24 with a 30% discount using coupon GOLDENFROG30 until March 2, 2018. If you do not have one this is a reason to buy a trackpad.

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