A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY...
A Classic Reborn
iMini now brings this iconic instrument to the iPad® user with a new level of quality never before heard in the iOS platform.
iMini is not based on static samples or the simple algorithms that others use to simulate analog sounds. Instead, built upon our award-winning TAE® analog modeling technology, the exact same technology that produces stunningly realistic sound for all Arturia software products. The result is a more true-to-life and musical experience.
iMini provides the familiar interface of its classic namesake, but we didn’t stop there. We added the unique flavor that people have come to expect from Arturia. A viewable keyboard control panel allows you to set octaves, scales, envelope modes and other parameters.
The Performance mode gives you access to a multifunction arpeggiator and two assignable XY pads that provide real-time control over your sound.
The Effects mode offers a very flexible, high-quality chorus and analog delay.
A Complete Description
The main mode is the screen that any connoisseur of synthesizers will recognize instantly; it is the classic front panel of the Model D.
It includes the 3 oscillators, mixer, noise generator, simulated headphone jack feedback on the external input, a recreation of the classic ladder filter as well as the ADS envelopes. We have added our own touches and included the level controls for the chorus and delay as well as a poly switch to allow for polyphonic performance.
Pressing the gear icon on the panel above the keyboard will reveal controls for glide, decay/release and legato triggering, as well as controls for the keyboard.
The keyboard can be scaled using the Zoom control or scrolled up and down using the Scroll control. The Scale function allows you to change the keyboard into a preset scale from a list of 26 different scales and modes.
You can load any of the hundreds of sounds available by simply pressing Load and choosing the sound designer or category that you prefer.
The Performance page gives you access to the arpeggiator and 2 assignable XY pads. By using the XY pads and the arpeggiator Latch modes you can create all kinds of patterns and morphing sounds.
iMini comes with the same wide-ranging chorus and accurate analog delay models that come in the mini V software. The Chorus allows for subtle thickening sounds to wildly modulated effects. The stereo analog delay can sync to external tempo via WIST or within the Tabletop™ environment.
iMini is Tabletop-ready. Tabletop™ is a free app for your iPad® that allows you integrate iMini into a complete studio environment. In Tabletop™ you can use multiple instances of iMini; record your performance into a real-time sequencer; automate any of the parameters; add effects; run sounds through the iMini filters, etc. Tabletop™ also features number of in-app purchase options to add more effects and instruments from other 3rd-party companies. Together iMini and Tabletop™ make for a powerful electronic music studio that you can take anywhere.
iMini will work with CoreMIDI interfaces and CoreMIDI devices via the camera connection kit or Wi-Fi. Arturia's KeyLab 25 and MiniLab keyboards make perfect companion controllers for iMini.
Using Audiobus (app sold separately) you can interface iMini with a number of other iOS apps. You can use other virtual MIDI controllers to send note information to iMini or record the output into your favorite DAW, such as Garageband or Cubasis.
iMini is Tabletop-ready. The connect page is also your avenue to open up a whole new world of possibilities with iMini via Retronyms’ free Tabletop™ application.
iMini can also import and export presets to be used with our mini V software on the Mac or PC. This unique ability allows you the freedom to work how you want, anywhere you want.
All the knobs and switches in each page can be assigned to the MIDI CC of your choice, which allows iMini to be automated by any external MIDI source. For owners of our MiniLab or any of our KeyLab series controllers, the default MIDI map works perfectly with iMini as soon as the two are connected.
Import .minibank Presets
You can also import your own .minibank presets via iTunes file sharing. To use iTunes file sharing:
- Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.
- Select your iPad under the DEVICES header in the left navigation column.
- Click on the “Apps” tab above the main window.
- Scroll down to the “File Sharing” section.
- Select iMini from the list of Apps.
- Under “iMini Documents” click the “Add” button; this opens a dialog box to select the location of the presets on your computer.
LIVE & FXs
The effects section is designed to allow subtle or drastic changes to your sound. The chorus can generate light doubling effects, watery depth or wild pitch-warping noises. The stereo delay adds ambience and depth to your sound. The separate controls for left and right as well as the beat sync switch will give you a wide sonic palette to use to enhance your sounds.
The Performance page gives you access to the full-featured arpeggiator and the user-assignable XY pads. The arpeggiator offers 5 modes of operation, with repeat, octave range and 2 latching modes as well as BPM sync options. The 2 XY pads will allow you to assign the controls to any of the iMini front panel parameters, providing a wealth of options for control and sound modification.
The iMini app allows you change multiple aspects of the keyboard which simplifies using it in a live situation. Pressing the gear icon next to the iMini logo will reveal the keyboard controls, which gives you access to multiple functions. From here you can choose the octave range of the keyboard, the scale and the key settings, which makes playing iMini a breeze. You can then zoom the keys to better fit your hand.
OVER 500 PRESETS
The sound design team for iMini is world-class, and includes Geoff Downes, Klaus Schulze, Scott Solida, Nori Ubukata, Ted Perlman, Mike Hosker, Glen Darcey, Jean-Michel Blanchet, and many more.
iMini was created using Arturia's "True Analog Emulation" or TAE®. It accurately reproduces the tones, harmonics, waveshape, tuning and filter response of analog circuitry. This gives iMini the same renowned sound quality that professional musicians have come to rely on from all Arturia software products.
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Use via MIDI
iMini fully supports Apple CoreMIDI. This allows you to control iMini from your computer via Wi-Fi, via any of the 3rd party CoreMIDI interfaces, or directly using the camera connection kit and a keyboard that is iPad-compliant. We also support the WIST sync function that allows you to sync the arpeggiator and delay to others using iPhone® or iPad® apps that support WIST.
Use in Tabletop
Tabletop is a free app from Retronyms that allows you to use iMini within a virtual electronic music studio full of effects, sequencers, recorders, drum machines and other synthesizers. Having iMini inside Tabletop opens a vast new potential for song creation all within the iPad.
Export to SoundCloud from TableTop™
Once you have your song produced in Tabletop™, you can then export the song as a .wav file for use in other DAWs. You can also choose to use the SoundCloud seeder and upload your finished production to your SoundCloud account. Another option is to use AudioCopy to make the sound files available within other iPad applications.
iMini requires at least an iPAD 2 and iOS 7.0 or later.
- 3 oscillators
- 24dB per octave filter
- Polyphonic mode
- Simulated headphone jack/external input feedback
- External audio input processing
- 2 assignable XY pads
- Full user MIDI mapping of panel controls
- Full-featured arpeggiator
- Hold and Memory latch modes
- Octave span
- 5 note-order modes
- Speed and sync controls
- Chromatic or tuned scale keyboard modes
- Virtual Analog Chorus
- Virtual Analog Delay
- Background audio support
- Inter-App Audio
- Audiobus support
- Supports WIST sync with other iOS devices
- Owners of both the iMini and mini V software apps can exchange sounds via iTunes.
- SoundCloud seeder (via Tabletop)
- Render to .wav file (via Tabletop)
- ‘Audiocopy’ to paste your audio into another iPad application (via Tabletop)