This Week in Music Tech: Reason 7 MIDI, Beatsurfing Update, Animoog for BlackBerry, Arpeggionome App, and More

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The latest edition of XLR8R's weekly gear and music production roundup includes a look at Reason 7's new MIDI functions, the Animoog for BlackBerry, Beatsurfing updates, iZotope's new sound libraries, the newly released Arpeggionome app, and a free collection of FX racks for Live 9.

One of many substantial enhancements offered in the newly released Reason 7 software is that—for the first time—the program can send MIDI information out of the computer and into external hardware devices. Earlier this week, Propellerhead shared a video detailing the new function.

Vlek's Beatsurfing app—a program we discussed at length with its creators when it was released last year—has updated the app with a host of enhanced features, including a quantize module, tweaks to the programmable objects, improvements to expressiveness, and fixes to a number of bugs encountered in Beatsurfing's original version. Version 1.1 of the program is available for free in the iTunes store to existing Beatsurfing users. The full list of updated features and fixes that 1.1 brings can be found here.


No longer just an app for the iPhone and iPad, Moog's powerful Animoog synthesizer app can now be used with the BlackBerry Z10.

App designer Alexander Randon has released his newest creation, an iPhone and iPad app which enables users to program unique arpeggio lines which can be customized and controlled. The Arpeggionome's full details and capabilities can be read up on here, and it can be purchased for $0.99 in the iTunes store from now through the end of the month.

This week, iZotope unveiled two new sound libraries for its powerful, sample-based soft-synth Iris, created specifically for the software. Modular, built from real samples of new and vintage modular synthesizers, and Altered, built from real samples of traditional instruments being played in nontraditional ways, are profiled in the videos above. More information on both new Iris sound libraries can be found here.

Electronic musician, DJ, and sound designer Tarekith has revisited his popular Ableton Live 8 racks and updated them for use with Live 9. The racks include a few DJ-minded EQs and FX, along with unique signal processors, including the new "Lock and Key" and "Red Shift" racks. A free download of Tarekith's Live 9 racks can be found on his website, here.