Introducing Mela 2 with iPhone support, Perform View and more
For the past 8 months I’ve been working on version 2 of Mela. Like most software projects, it takes at least twice as long as planned. So Mela 2 is released in March instead of November. I think, the wait was worth it. Most of Mela’s interface has been rewritten (using SwiftUI), which allowed me to make the UI highly adaptable. It now supports iPhone and iPad split-screen in all orientations as well as any AUv3 window size. All controls have been updated giving Mela a more consistent design language. And it ships with a new color scheme. The classic theme can still be enabled from the settings menu.
Another big new feature is perform view. It is a great way to cherry pick the AU parameters you care about most and access them all from one place. This is especially useful when you want to make the Mela or Mela FX window small inside a host and still be able to tweak the parameters. You can assign up to 8 parameters and the mapping process is fast and simple. Check out the user guide for more details.
Mela and Mela FX can happily coexist next to Mela 2 and Mela FX 2 in your list of AUv3s. Additionally, the user presets created in Mela 1 can be accessed and loaded from Mela 2.
There are a lot more enhancements in this update. Check out the release notes for more details. The FAQ page has also been updated with some relevant information.
The app pricing is always a complicated topic. Given the App Store limitations (e.g. not having a built-in upgrade pricing capability) I’m trying to make this as simple as possible and as fair as possible.
Mela received 9 significant 1.x updates since its initial release and I feel it’s reached a point where charging for the new version is fair.But Mela 1.9 is a stable piece of software that you should be able to use for a long time. So, if you are happy with it and for whatever reason you feel it’s not yet worth the upgrade, you are welcome to do it later. Obviously, Mela will receive significant 2.x updates and you can support its development by buying it early.
OK, now let’s get to the pricing. All prices mentioned here are in US dollars for simplicity. Here’s the breakdown:
- The regular price of Mela 2 will be $15.
- Mela 2 will be available at an introductory price of $10 for about a week.
- There is also an app bundle containing both Mela 1.9 and Mela 2 sold for $15. That means, if you already own Mela 1.9, then you will just have to pay the price difference to complete the bundle and own Mela 2. For example, if you paid $10 for Mela 1 you will receive Mela 2 for $5.
If you are unable to afford Mela 2 at the moment, get in touch and I’ll send you a promo code.
Grab Mela 2 from the App Store.