Here’s one that slipped through the net in the maelstrom of NAMM and taxes. Mixvibes has been steadily beavering away on its performance software Remixlive for iOS, and with v3.5 comes a new split view mode, giving access to features that previously skulked around on different screens.
The usual highly detailed words from Mixvibes:
FX and Mixer at your fingertips
Remixlive 3.5 for iOS brings with it extended sound shaping possibilities, thanks to the all-new Split mode, making FX and Mixer accessible from the main view.
A few months after upgrading Remixlive with Drag & Drop, version 3.5 features the latest step forward in a series of workflow improvements: now available in Split mode, the FX and Mixer can both be displayed and controlled alongside the main view.
As a result, users can tweak their sound presets on the go while launching additional samples simultaneously. This makes Remixlive even better-suited for live performance, offering new ways to create build-ups and progressions by combining Beat Repeat, sound effects and in-depth mixing capabilities.
Alongside this new feature come several design improvements, such as smoother animations when switching between views and a redesign of the FX interface, delivering an eye-pleasing and superior experience on all iOS devices.
Overall design improvements
Redesigned FX view.
Smoother animation between views.
All-new Split mode
Control FX and Mixer from the main view.
Create build-ups and progressions easily.
FULL FEATURE LIST
Finger drumming mode
Tap the beat in the extra “Drum” grid with percussion & note samples.
Record patterns thanks to a loop-based sequencer — with overdub.
Grouped (Link) & exclusive (Shock) triggering of samples.
Route each pad to a mixer line — with its associated color.
Control everything in real time
Tap Tempo and Live BPM control — with time-stretch.
Play in sync with any Ableton Link-compatible app.
6 live-controllable FX (Delay, Filter, Flanger, Reverb,etc.).
6 Beat repeat pads from 1/16th to 2 bars.
Complete remix toolbox
Mixer: EQs, levels, filters & Mute/Solo on each channel.
Sample editor: Gain, Pan, ADSR, Transpose, Reverse & more.
Record external sounds through the mic.
Inter-App & Audiobus 3-compatible: share audio between apps.
Sounds for every taste: 60+ sample packs
Grid: 24 pads on iPhone, 48 on iPad.
96 samples per pack: 48 loops/FX and 48 drum/note samples.
50+ sample packs, including artist packs by Carl Cox & DJ Vadim, among others.
Colored pads: 16 colors to customize your grid.
Import samples in WAV, MP3, AAC, M4A & AIFF.
Export & import packs between devices.
Record your performance & share it via email or SoundCloud.
Drag and drop files with compatible apps (iPad & iOS 11 only).
The effectiveness of apps is in many ways down to the use of screen real estate. And in a performance app, there will always be a tradeoff between use of space and size of controls. It used to be that the Remixlive screen was full of buttons, making them easier to hit with your fingers. But this meant that important controls were hidden away in other screens, making using buttons and other controls tough, if not impossible.
But having split screens means that while the buttons are smaller, you can access everything you need, or hide them away as you see fit. From a performance perspective, Remixlive just got a lot easier to use, and a lot more powerful too.
For those still curious, Remixlive is free, and has a broad selection of in-app sample packs to purchase. I grabbed the Raw Jungle pack, and haven’t had as much fun in a long time. Go on — you have nothing to lose except all your time in a productivity black hole.