Velocipede’s thoughts on Noise IO

velocipede commented this on my post about Noise IO Pro this morning. I understand and agree with this. Sometimes interfaces make you work in ways that don’t fit with you and that can cause you to find it difficult to work with an application and use it to it’s full potential. Here’s what he said…

I was spending some time with Noise IO Pro last night after letting it sit on my Touch for about a month.

I spent a lot of time making a patch and trying to figure it all out. I am impressed by the power and sound it has and the configurable XY screen.

At the end, though, I started to wish that I could patch up on my Mac and just use the Touch version to play it. To make a patch, Noise IO demands more commitment than I have when I am using my Touch because of all the pages. I am going to spend more time with the presets in the future.

I hope that the record function is improved in a future update. I can certainly imagine using it to send riffs to Beatmaker.

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  1. Despite its awesome power, I have to confess that I use Noise.IO as a presets synth. I just don’t seem to be able to get it to sound like I want using the editor, but other people have created some stonking patches for it.Exporting WAVs to Beatmaker is cool though.I wonder if Apple could just allow us to have an area on the file system that apps can write media to for common use? Then allow the music/video player to access it too, instead of forcing us to somehow get or media into iTunes then encoded and synced back to the iPod as music. Heh, that way you could have a looped WAV playing behind ANY app that supports you playing over your own music (e.g. Bebot, iShred etc.) Sorry to drift off topic there!


  2. I want to emphasize that my comments were not intended to be critical of Noise IO Pro, but rather meant more as an observation of its pushing the limits of the iPhone/Touch interface. My wanting a desktop version for patch-making and tweaking is because I am impressed with its depths and sounds and want to explore its potentials more easily. Maybe if I spend more time with it, or if I was a more skillful synthesist to start with, perhaps I wouldn’t spend as much time flipping between screens. At any rate, along with some other apps, it really shows the amazing power of these little devices as music makers.


  3. Velocipede, I absolutely understand your comments and I realise that your comments weren’t meant to be a criticism of Noise IO.I know what you mean about the number of screens and the like with Noise IO and I also agree that it is a fantastic app but one where you have to get used to the interface.


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